Nigeria’s number one tennis player, Joseph Imeh has expressed readiness going into the ITF Futures, which is set to light up the city of Abuja for the next three weeks.
The qualifying rounds for the Tombim Abuja Open, the first of the ITF Futures, will hold on 14 & 15 April, with main draw action set to begin on Monday, 16 April.
Imeh had a tremendous season last year, where he started with a title at the Rainoil Masters, and then went on to be a finalist at the CBN Senior Tennis Championship, the Dala Hard Court Tennis Championship and the Rainoil Tennis Open, including playing a pivotal role in Team Muller’s run to the final in last season’s NCC Tennis League; performances that saw him end the year atop the Nigerian ranking log.
The 20-year-old is now drawing confidence from his impressive outing last year and has revealed he’s in top shape.
Speaking to TennisNG, he said, “It’s the first tournament of the year, and to me, right now, I’ll say I’m feeling good and confident, because of my last year’s performance. And the way I’ve been practicing since the beginning of the year. I really feel good.”
The tennis star, who’s currently training at the Tennis Complex of the National Stadium in Abuja in readiness for the Futures, was adjudged the best player of 2017 and he knows he has to live up to expectations.
“There’s a task, especially being the current number one in the country,” Imeh admitted.
“It’s a very big task for me. I have to give my best. To whom much is given much is expected. So as Nigeria’s number one, I’m expected to perform well.
“But I’m ready, I’m okay, I’m good to go,” the 20-year-old said, beaming.
The three ITF Futures tourney offer $25,000+H each in prize-money and will run from the 16th of April through to the 6th of May.