May 16, 2017

GSL Futures 3: Four Nigerians tumble out

GSL Futures 3: Four Nigerians tumble out

By John Egbokhan

THE bonfire of tennis action that has gripped Abuja in the last two weeks, continued yesterday in Abuja, as the GSL Futures 3 served off in breathtaking fashion, with three Nigerians crashing out.


Leading the charge to the second round,  seed two, Brayden Schnur of Canada, eased to a straight sets 6-0, 6-1 victory over Indian Mohit Jahin. Joining him in the second round, is Alessandro Bega of Italy, who saw off  the feeble challenge of Thomas Otu, in quick sets of 6-1, 6-1.

Also biting the bitter dust of defeat was Henry Atseye, who lost 0-6, 0-6 to Christopher Diaz-Figueroa while Christian Paul was handed a 1-6, 1-6 thrashing by Kunan Anand of India.

A day to quickly forget for Nigerian tennis faithful was capped by Joseph Iyorovbe 0-6, 2-6 straight sets loss to David Argazinski of Poland.

But the likes of Sylvester Emmanuel, Clifford Enosoregbe and Joseph Ubon will today attempt to rewrite the Nigerian tennis story, when they step on the court for their respective first round matches in the single draw.

Emmanuel faces Norwegian Viktor Durasovic,  Enosoregbe plays Egyptian Karim Hossam, while Ubon squares up against Takanyi Garaganga of Zimbabwe for a place in the second round.