Winner of the men’s singles title of the just-concluded 37th Central Bank of Nigeria Open Tennis championship, Thomas out has said his victory did not come as a surprise to him.
“I worked hard for it and all I can say is that the title is a product of hard work.”
In all his toils and sweat the young Boki-born tennis player said, “I have waited patiently for this and I believe the time has finally come. It’s a dream come true.”
Thomas out came from behind to beat Michael Moses 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 to emerge the 37th Central Bank of Nigeria men’s singles champion, while unseeded Russian-born Nigerian, Melissa Ifidzhen outclassed the women’s defending champion, Christy Agugbom 6-2, 6-4 to clinch the title in that category.
In the men’s doubles, the pair of Albert Bikom and Sunday Maku defeated Moses Michael and Christian Paul 6-2, 4-6, 17-15 to win the title just as new women tennis sensation, Melissa paired with Esther Adegoke to beat Aminat Quadiri and Aanu Aiyegbusi 6-3, 6-1 to lift the women’s doubles trophy.
Alex Adewale won the men’s wheelchair category with a 6-0, 6-4 victory over Jelili Ishola.