As it was in the previous editions, more Nigerian players were on Tuesday bundled out of the 2013 Governor’s Cup Lagos Tennis Open holding at the Lawn Tennis Club, TBS in Lagos, Nigeria.
Indian player, Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan who is tournament’s Number 3 seed sent Nigerian star, Henry Atseye out of the Men’s Singles in straight sets of 6-1, 6-0.
Also, Number 6 seed, Borma Coric of Croatia defeated Nigeria Abdulmalik Kabiru in straight sets of 6-0, 6-0, with the Nigerian unable to win a single game.
Another Indian player, Ranjeet Virali-Muguresan, the Number 8 seed, who emerged winner of the Men’s Singles of the 2011 edition, defeated Bolaji Olawepo of Nigeria 6-2, 6-2, while Samuel Omoile of Nigeria tried to shake his opponent, but eventually lost to Number 5 seed, Dino Marcan 3-6, 2-6.
Indian lady Prathana Thombare also got the best of her game as she defeated Loveth Nnadozie of Nigeria in straight sets of 6-1, 6-1, while another home lady, Ronke Akingbade lost 2-6, 0-6 to Anna Norgina.
In the other Men’s Singles results, Number 1 seed, Japanese Hiroki Kondo out-stroked Ivorian Slyvian Anibie 6-0, 6-0, Andre Gaspar Murta of Portugal beat Tinotenda Chanakira of Zimbabwe 6-1, 6-1, and Number 8 seed in the Women’s Singles; Dalita Jakupovic defeated Ester Masuri of Israel in straight sets of 6-1, 6-0.
Abdulmalik Kabiru, while reacting to the crash of the hosts, Nigerians at the tennis tournament, said: “I didn’t prepare very well for this match, as I played in the Main Draws as a lucky loser to replace Umaru Balami.
“I tried my best as a first timer in the Governor’s Cup. This is an exciting experience for me playing in a big competition for the first time. It is a pity that while these foreigners are having many tournaments to play in their country, we in Nigeria have only the Governor’s Cup to play.
“This is very bad in a game where a player must feature in regular competitions to keep fit. I want to appeal to companies and individuals in the country to please come to our aid”.
However, all the Doubles matches scheduled for Tuesday were shifted till Wednesday because of heavy downpour that forced the singles matches to begin around 12:30pm Tuesday.
Meanwhile, tournament Number 2 seed, Ti Chen of Chinese Taipe risks an ITF sanction as he did not honour his match.