William Sisters in Lagos Visits Governor Fashola; Hold Tennis Clinic
The duo paid a visit to the Governor of Lagos state, Mr Babatunde Raji Fashola and also and conducted a tennis clinic for about 700 kids who were thrilled by this once in a lifetime opportunity of knocking around tennis balls with the famed duo.
Lagos State Governor Babatunde Fashola presented the emblem of the state government to US tennis stars Venus (C) and Serena Williams during a visit at the government house in Lagos.
While at the Federal Palace Hotel and the Ikoyi Club 1938, the William sisters who were accompanied by their mother, Oracene, got a rousing ovation reserved only for royalty at the Federal Palace Hotel and the Ikoyi Club 1938, where all the adjoining streets to the exclusive club, were closed to traffic because of them.
Serena, who hoped that their tour of Nigeria will turn around the fortunes of tennis in the country as well as empower women and the girl-child said, “Nigerian girl must rise and achieve her potential. Its so amazing being here for the first time. I tried several times but I’m glad I made it this time around”.
Serena, who has 15 Grand Slam titles under her belt, revealed a long term dream come true for her – being in Nigeria.
“We are excited to be in Nigeria. My first time was a brief stop over when I traveled to an African country a few years back. It was disappointing that I could not interact with Nigerians back then, that’s why I’m going to cherish every minute I have to spend here now.
“It also makes me crazy to know that we have many fans in Nigeria, in fact, I receive thousands of messages everyday on Twitter from Nigerians who were asking if I would come here. Well here I am and It will be an honour to play against my sister for Nigerians and we will give you a good show..
“I hope that our presence and what we do would help to change Nigerian tennis. I hope that these players will be inspired to become the best”, added Serena, who last weekend won the WTA Tour Championship in Istanbul, by beating Russia’s Maria Sharapova in Turkey.
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