• Short Summary

    World Championship Tennis (WCT), the big money professional organisation that has attracted almost all the world's best players, is holding its first tournament in Africa in Nigeria.

  • Description

    1.
    GV Lagos Lawn Tennis Club, spectators and court (3 shots)
    0.30

    2.
    GV Allan and Borowiak enter court as crowd watches (2 shots)
    0.45

    3.
    GV Allan in light shirt serves and wins point
    1.02

    4.
    GV Allan serves Borowiak returns lob and wins point
    1.14

    5.
    SV Spectators watch as Allan serves, Borowiak wins point and set
    1.22

    6.
    SV Spectators
    1.28

    7.
    SV Dibbs & Solomon nearest camera receiving service from Shafei and Fairlie, rally follows
    1.50



    Initials BB/2035 TA/AH/BB/2059


    SPORT: TENNIS

    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: World Championship Tennis (WCT), the big money professional organisation that has attracted almost all the world's best players, is holding its first tournament in Africa in Nigeria.

    A special asphalt surface was flown in from the United States and used on the court in the Nigerian capital, Lagos, Stars like Americans Arthur Ashe and Stan Smith and Dutchman Tom Okker are playing in the tournament which began on Monday (9 February).

    Nigerian singles champion and Davis cup player Lassie Allan was drawn against experienced United States' professional Jeffrey Borowiak in the first round. Borowiak won comfortably 6-2, 6-2. The matches are being decided a three set maximum in the tournament.

    In the first round of the doubles Ismail El Shafei of Egypt and Brian Fairlie of New Zealand beat Harold Solomon and Edward Dibbs of the Untied States 6-4, 7-5.

    Egypt's Ismail El Shafei won 15,600 dollars (9,750 pounds sterling) on the World Championship circuit last year.

    SYNOPSIS: The Nigerian capital Lagos, where World Championship Tennis, the big money professional organisation that has attracted almost all the world's best players, has been holding its first tournament in Africa. A special asphalt surface for the players was flown in from the Untied States and used on the Lagos court. Stars like Americans Arthur Ashe and Stan Smith and Dutchman Tom Okker are playing in the tournament which began on Monday.

    In the first round Nigerian singles champion and Davis cup player Leslie Allan, a civil aviation pilot was drawn against experienced United States' professional Jeffrey Borowiak. The matches in the tournament were played to a three set maximum instead of the normal five. Allan, in the light shirt served, and for a while he held his service against the professional...

    But Borowiak soon applied the pressure and started winning points against Allan's service.

    Borowiak won the first set six-two and he lost only two games in the second set on his way to a quickly achieved straight sets victory.

    In the first round of the doubles Ismail El Shafei of Egypt and Brain Fairlie of New Zealand were drawn against Harold Solomon and Edward Dibbs of the United States. It was a lively match with plenty of well contested rallies before Solomon and Dibbs finally went down four-six, five-seven. El Shafei won fifteen thousand six hundred dollars on the world championship circuit last year.

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    Film ID:
    VLVADFXRJOF3SNKLXRDYVYDDTB9RN
    Media URN:
    VLVADFXRJOF3SNKLXRDYVYDDTB9RN
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    11/02/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:51:00
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    Canister:
    N/A

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