After an unbelievable performance which earned him a place in the second round of the second leg at the Governor’s Cup Lagos Tennis Championship in Lagos, Nigeria’s Joseph Imeh is hoping to continue his roller-coaster ride to clinch a spot in the quarter final.
Imeh put up a virtuoso display in front of the ever supportive Lagos crowd on Tuesday morning, to defeat Dutch star, Fransen Stephan in the final set, winning 0-6, 6-3, 6-0.
The CBN Open finalist who made it to the Main Draw by defeating ageless Nigerian tennis star, Abdulmumin Babalola, will now test his strength against Cem Ilkel, a top 300 player who is the tournament’s number four seed.
The Nigerian player is believed not to stand any chance against Ilkel who has been on the circuit all through the year, but with his performance so far in the tournament, it will be impossible not to give him the benefit of doubt in this match.
Top Nigerian coach, Rotimi Akinloye had in a brief chat with TennisNG, noted that when Nigerian players lose to top oppositions, it should not be regarded as a shameful loss because of the level of exposure of both parties.
He however, noted that seeing Nigerians put up such amazing performances as Imeh did, goes a long way to show the class that an average Nigerian tennis player possesses if he gets to play more pro-circuits throughout the year.
This year’s edition of the Governor’s Cup is the 17th edition.