The Nigerian players at the second leg of the Lagos Open International Tennis Championship have an uphill task of qualifying for the second round of the competition, Nigeria Tennis Live can report.
The trio of Joseph Imeh, Sylvester Emmanuel and Emmanuel Idoko will have to be at their very best when they take on the tournament’s top seeds in their first round matches.
According to the draws, the Nigerians take on Skander Masouri (1), Calvin Hemery(5) and Aldin Sektic (7) respectively in a mission that seems almost impossible.
Hemery and Sektic played the final of the men’s singles while Masouri won the men’s doubles with his Tunisian partner, but they are not unbeatable by the Nigerians.
Idoko, in his second round game during the first leg of the competition, already showed Imeh how to cause troubles for the top seed, hopefully, the Nigerian number one will take a cue from this.
But for Sylvester and Idoko, they will have to dig deep when they come up against the finalists at the first leg of the competition.
In other matches, youngster Abayomi Philips, Oyinlomo Quadre, Paul Emmanuel and Godsgift Timibra will be seeking a second round berth against relatively tough oppositions too.
Nigeria Tennis Live will monitor the players’ performance and report to our teeming audience from all over the world.