Clifford Enosorogbe, Dala Hard Court defending champion, will be in very confident mood when he steps out for his first match at the tier three Davis Cup Zonal Championship which starts in Cairo.
The Benin based tennis star edged Mumuni Babalola 6 – 2, 5-7, (10 – 5) – with the third set decided by a 10 point tie-breaker – at the first ever tennis challenge which took place at the Ikoyi Club on Friday. .
Onosoregbe who was picked ahead of Babalola for the Davis Cup assignment was obviously under pressure to justify his selection and he did with some scintillating ball stroking and speed around the court that overwhelmed his more accomplished opponent.
Babalola, however, rebounded with some serve and volley display that gave him the edge in the second set. Onosoregbe then took advantage of a tiring opponent to win the tiebreaker.
In the women’s match, Sarah Adegoke 16, proved too strong for Ronke Akingbade the 2013 CBN Open Champion winning in straight sets 6-1, 6-3.
It was a day the members of the Ikoyi club, which has not hosted a such a high level tennis match in recent memory, will not forget in a hurry as most of the spectators expressed surprise at the very high level exhibited by the cream of Nigerian tennis.
The chairman of the Ikoyi club tennis section, Ede Osemwengie, said the Ikoyi club will regard the tennis challenge as a test-run for the Ikoyi Club Masters planned for the first week of December for the top eight players – men and ladies – at the end of the year.
President of the Nigeria Tennis Federation Sani Ndanusa, who was the special guest of honour, thanked the Ikoyi Club for the initiative and promised that the NTF will give the club all the support it needs to do more for the development of tennis in Nigeria.