Nigerian male players will be in action today as the quarterfinals get underway in the doubles event at the ongoing Lagos Governor’s Cup Tennis Championship.
The duo of Henry Atseye and Enosoregbe Clifford will play Tunisia’s Moez Echargui and Egyptian Karim-Mohamed Maamoun.
In another game, Thomas Otu will pair Kofi Tsatsu Segbedzie of Ghana to confront Spain’s Lopez-Perez Enrique and Netherlands Boy Westerhof.
Second round games
There are second round games in the men’s singles today. Number one seed Spain’s Enrique will face Duncan Mugabe of Uganda, while number five seed, Mina Gianni from France will face Pavel Mirobyan from Russia.
In the women’s singles, top seed Valetini Grammatikopoulou from Greece will square off with Indian Prarthana Thombare, while second seed, Tadeja Majeric from Slovakia will battle Venugopal Talachar from India.
First round results
The results of matches of the first round concluded yesterday were not favourable to Nigerian players.
Moses Michael failed to live up to expectations as he was humbled by France’s Calvin Hemery in straight set of 6-3,6-2.
Moses confessed in the post match interview that the French player was better than him.
“I lost to a player who did not allow me to play at all. I tried my best but he played better than me and there was nothing I could do to help the situation,” said Moses.
Another French player, Gianni Mina beat Umaru Balami in 6-0,6-0 game.
Nonso Madueke lost 3-6,0-6 to Polish Karol Drzewiecki. Albert Bisong Bikom lost 1-6, 0-6 to Indian Sasi Kumar Mukund, and Nonso Madueke was beaten 3-6, 0-6 by Polish Karol Drzewiecki.