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GSL Open: Joao Menezes reigns supreme in Abuja

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Joao Menezes outclassed India’s Arjun Kadhe to claim the GSL Open title in Abuja today.

The Brazilian won 14 of the 15 matches he played in, registering impressive wins in all three legs of the ITF Futures event and capping it off with a 6-3, 6-1 dismantling of the fourth-seeded Kadhe in just 62 minutes.

“It was such a pleasure to play here in Nigeria,” Menezes said during the award ceremony. “Especially because in my head, I had the support of the crowd, so that is amazing for me.

“I’d like to thank my coach that came and supported me for the three weeks. And this results would not be possible without his presence here.”

The winner of the GSL Open, Joao Menezes (L) and runner-up Arjun Kadhe (extreme right), alongside the sponsor of the GSL Open, Mr. Bayo Okunsanya (far left) and the representative of the Minister of Sports, Mr. Nansel Nimyel after the final of the GSL Open in Abuja on Saturday.

Kadhe, who has now won only one of the four finals he’s played in this year, is content and states just how good Menezes’ has been.

“It was a great pleasure playing in front of an amazing crowd,” the Indian said. “I also want to congratulate Joao for an unbelievable three weeks. He (Joao) practically didn’t lose a match… And he’s played really well.

“It was a great two weeks for me as well,” he continued. “I won the first week’s doubles (in partnership with Ronnie Schneider) and I made both finals this week (the doubles and singles final), so I can’t complain. I take (sic) a lot of positives from here and I’ll like to thank everyone for organizing such a great tournament.”

Joao Menezes now leaves Nigeria feeling quite fulfilled, having claimed both the Tombim Abuja Open and the GSL Open titles as well as finishing as a runner-up at the Dayak Tennis Championship. The 21-year-old Brazilian will also, move significantly up the rankings log when the update rankings are released on Monday.

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