By John Egbokhan
Nigerian players will today get serious examinations of their title credentials as second round singles matches serve off at the Lagos Governor’s Cup Futures 5 holding at the Lagos Lawn Tennis Club (LLTC) Onikan.
A day on after some male players from the home nation battled their way into the quarter finals of the doubles event, their joy could be short-lived given the tough opponents standing on their path to the quarter-final stage of the point-awarding event.
Top of the list of of players who will enter the proverbial lion’s den is Christopher Anefu, who will need to muster all the courage and strength to withstand the fiery power of third seed from Egypt, Karim-Mohamed, while Henry Atseye face a peculiarly herculean task confronting sixth seed from The Netherlands, Boy Westerhof,.
Thirty year-old Westerhof is no newcomer to Lagos, having criss-crossed the Governor’s Cup landscape between 2006 and 2010, battling for ranking points alongside former Davis Cup top seed, Jonathan Igbinovia, Abdulmumuni Babalola, Sunday Maku and Toyin Dairo.
Westerhof was in his prime, renowned for his big serves, which powered him to the Nigeria F3 men’s singles title in 2007. He was indeed a force to be reckoned with and despite falling off the ranking to 686, he still packs a lot of aces in his sleeves and should be a handful for Atseye.
Clifford Enosoregbe faces another tough proposition from Poland, Maciej Smola, with the former keen to impress his way into the quarter-final stage while Sylvester Emmanuel comes up against seventh seed from Republic of Benin, Alexis Klegoo for a spot in the eight.
In other men’s singles second round matches billed for today, top seed, Enrique Perez of Spain confronts Duncan Mugabe of Uganda, while fifth seed from France, Mina Gianni takes on Russian Pavel Mirobyan.