Nigeria’s hopes of having a representative in the final of the ongoing Tombim Abuja Open have been dashed after her last player, Sylvester Emmanuel, was bundled out of the competition in the doubles semis on Thursday, May 4.
Naija Tennis Special gathered that the Nigerian star who paired with Mark Verryth from Australia, could not create the spark which saw them create an upset in their quarterfinal match, and were no match for their opponents.
|Sylvester lost his doubles semis, but still looks happy since he achieved part of his goals. Photo: Ewaoche Ameh|
They played against Alessandro Bega and Victor Durasovic from Italy and Norway respectively and lost (5)6-7, 3-6 in a match which was played for a little over one hour inside the centre court at the tennis section of the National Stadium, Abuja.
As it stands, no Nigerian player is left in the first leg of the ITF Futures, but they are all fired up to compete in the second leg of the tournament which is expected to commence on Monday, 8 May.
Sylvester, whose target was to at least reach the semis of the competition, must have felt hard done by the way things turned out for him after crashing out in the first leg of the Singles.