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GSL Open: Nigerians headline first round action in Abuja

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The third ITF Futures event, the GSL Open, serves off today, 30 April at the National Stadium in Abuja and has quite a number of home players in action in the singles and doubles event today.

Barcelona-based Sylvester Emmanuel, who’s a wild card entrant, will be in action today against Frenchman, Tom Jomby. Emmanuel, popularly known as Major, has failed to get past the first round in the two previous tournaments in Abuja and will hope to deliver at the third time of asking.

Jomby, meanwhile, has made a couple of impressive runs this year, specially at the F5 in Egypt in February when he clinched the title. Can Major make that count for nothing and subdue the Frenchman?

Also, top seed Youssef Hossam of Egypt will square off against Ukrainian, Danylo Kalenichenko for a place in the second round, while Remi Boutillier of France plays Diego Fernandez Flores.

A lot of Nigerians will take to court in the doubles event today. Emmanuel Chinedu and Maxwell Kesiye, who both benefitted from wild cards, will fancy their chances of making it to the quarterfinals when they come up against the pair of Alexandru Danes and Diego Flores.

Sylvester Emmanuel will hope his partnership with Alexis Klegou yield results when they take on the duo of Hugo Largo and Mirko Martinez, while the duo of Christian Paul and Nigerian-Irish Adebola Obasoto lock horns with their countrymen, Emmanuel Audu and Michael Michael.

Argentina’s Franco Feitt will have Emmanuel Idoko by his side when they play India’s duo of Aryan Goveas and Anurag Nenwani.

The GSL Open, which starts today, will run through to the Saturday, 6 May and will see 32 players from 17 countries slug it out for $25,000 in prize-money and as always, vital ranking points.

ORDER OF PLAY

Court 1
Sylvester Emmanuel vs Tom Jomby, 10am.

Thomas Setodji vs Kento Takeuchi, not before 11am.

Arjun Kadhe/Ronnie Schneider vs Suraj Prabodh/Hardeep Singh, not before 1pm.

Alexandru Danes/Diego Flores vs Emmanuel Chinedu/Maxwell Kesiye, not before 2pm.

Centre Court
Ronnie Schneider vs Jaimee Floyd, 10am.

Moez Echargui vs Aryan Goveas, not before 11am.

Followed by Youssef Hossam vs Danylo Kalenichenko

Sylvester Emmanuel/Alexis Klegou vs Hugo Largo/Mirko Martinez, not before 2pm

Court 5
Arjun Kadhe vs Diego Matos, 10am.

Remi Boutillier vs Diego Flores, not before 11am.

Followed by Emmanuel Audu/Michael Michael vs Adebola Obasoto/Christian Paul.

Franco Feitt/Emmanuel Idoko vs Aryan Goveas/Anurag Nenwani, not before 2pm.

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