Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Tennis: Enosoregbe leads Nigerian players in ATP rankings

CLIFFORD Enosoregbe is leading other Nigerian men's professional tennis players in the rankings released by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP).
The Team Civil Defence player is ranked 1168 in the latest world rankings in the men's singles.
Enosoregbe, who is ranked number one is followed by Spain-based Sylvester Emmanuel on the ladder as he is ranked 1170 and number two on the Nigeria Tennis Federation (NTF) rankings.
Nigeria's number three, Thomas Otu occupies the 1577 in the world as Edward Christopher and Mohammed Mohammed are jointly ranked 1781 in the world and fourth on the NTF rankings.
The trio of Henry Atseye, Christian Paul and Joseph Imeh are jointly ranked 1963 and joint sixth on the NTF rankings.         
Meanwhile, Sylvester Emmanuel fondly called MAJOR by his admirers is the only Nigerian player ranked by ATP in the men’s doubles. Sylvester who enjoys the sponsorship of Rainoil in Spain is ranked 897 in the World, which serves as his personal best.
However, no player of Nigerian heritage is ranked by the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) in the women’s singles category at the time of this publication.
Though, Melissa Ifidzhen born of Nigerian dad and Russian mum is currently ranked World No. 1285 in the women’s doubles category.
In the junior cadre, Adetayo Adetunji shot into the top 400 International Tennis Federation (ITF) Junior tennis players in the world.
In the rankings released by the ITF website on Monday, September 18, Adetunji moved up by 155 places to 369 in the world and number 10 in Africa, a feat which was occasioned by her success at the just-ended Junior ITF Circuit championship.
Oyinlomo Quadri, who was in the World’s top 400 last year, has dropped 133 places from No. 500 to No. 633 in the World.

National and ATP rankings of Nigerian players

*1. Clifford Enosoregbe          1168
*2. Sylvester Emmanuel         1170
*3. Thomas Otu                       1577
*4. Edward Christopher         1781
*4. Mohammed Mohammed  1781
*6. Henry Atseye                     1963
*6. Christian Paul                   1963
*6. Joseph Imeh                      1963 

Caption: Clifford Enosoregbe (left), after a domestic game against Onyeka Mbanu.

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