Tuesday, 16 May 2017
GSL Nigeria F3 Futures Tennis: Emmanuel, Enosoregbe, Ubon crash out
No thanks to the defeats suffered on Tuesday by the trio of Sylvester Emmanuel, Clifford Enosoregbe and Joseph Ubon.
Thomas Otu, Henry Atseye and Christian Paul, it will be recalled, had on Monday crashed out of the ITF-sanctioned championship.
Spain-based Emmanuel lost to Norwegian Viktor Durasovic 6-3, 3-6, 6-2 as Enosoregbe after a 6-3 first set win bowed to Egyptian Karim Hossam in the second and third sets 6-3, 6-2.
Imeh looked set to upstage the formbook as he raced to a 3-0 lead against sixth-seed, Takanyi Garaganga but he failed to last the distance as he was beaten in the tie break 7-6 (4) before the
Zimbabwean close the match with a 6-2 win in the second set.
Also, Alaafia Ayeni, a wild card entrant, who plays for the United States but of the Nigerian roots, did not fare better as he gallantly lost to the European who won the Nigeria F2 Futures last week Serbian Pedja Krstin 6-4, 6-4.
However, top seed Calvin Hemery progressed to the second round of the competition.
The French-Nigerian born who lost in the final of Dayak Nigeria F2 Futures last weekend also in Abuja, defeated Brazilian Fabiano De Paula 6-1, 6-7 (6), 6-2.
Hemery, who is scheduled to feature in the qualifiers for the French Open will today in the second round face American Aron Peirce who bundled out Hugo Largo of Spain 6-3, 6-4.
Caption: Nigeria's Henry Atseye, fails to advance to the second round at GSL Open.