Dala Hard Court Final Preview: Thomas Otu vs Joseph Imeh

It’s Thomas Otu’s eccentricity against the sheer brilliance of Joseph Imeh, as two of the country’s finest youngsters rekindle their rivalry in the final of one of the most prestigious tournaments on the Nigerian tennis calendar- there couldn’t have been a better final at the Dala Hard Court Tennis Championship.

20-year-old Imeh is unarguably the most inform player in the country at the moment. He beats just anyone and does it how he wants. Since his loss to Abdulmumin Babalola at the final of the CBN Senior Championships early this year, Imeh has efficiently crushed his Nigerian opponents one after the other.

He’s made light work of a tough draw in Kano. He took out former national champions Henry Atseye and Clifford Enosorogbe in the opening two rounds without dropping a set; and then recovered from the loss of the first set to beat veteran, Shehu Lawal 4-6, 6-1, 6-3 in the quarter finals. The Team Muller spearhead made light work of Uche Okparaoji in the semis with a 6-2, 6-1 win. Imeh makes it look easy, but, will the mercurial Thomas Otu cause problems for the youngster?

Will Thomas Otu’s shrewd style of play cause problems for Imeh?

Otu’s maverick style of play has a way of frustrating his opponents, and the Team Ndoma Egba man will once again look to get under Imeh’s skin in Saturday’s final. There is no doubting the talents of the 23-year-old, and when it all comes together for him, he can be very devastating.

The former national champion had a slow start to the Dala Hard Court Tennis Championship, but regained his form just in time to take out Emmanuel Idoko 6-2, 6-4 in the semis. And now he’s got possibly the toughest opponent in the country to deal with.

Will Joseph Imeh cap off a wonderful week with victory over another former national champion? Or will Thomas Otu’s shrewdness give him the upper hand?

The Dala Hard Court Tennis Championship final match is live from the Kano Club, Kano, from 3pm.

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