Christian Paul and Emmanuel Audu, who were the remaining Nigerians in the main draws, have failed to move past the first round of the Dayak Tennis Championship in Abuja today.
Christian Paul, who was the highest ranked Nigerian in the main draws, got sacked by second seed Markus Eriksson. Paul had a disastrous first set, but someway regained some composure to put up a fight in the second. It however, wasn’t enough as he bowed out 0-6, 4-6 in under an hour.
Emmanuel Audu didn’t have it any easy as he, too, fell to a disappointing 1-6, 4-6 defeat to Thomas Setodji of France.
Tombim Open champion, Joao Menezes made a statement of intent and is on course for a double in Abuja after he made light work of third-seeded Egyptian, Karim-Mohamed Maamoun, winning 6-3, 6-0 in 69 minutes on Centre Court. It was a duel which the Brazilian completely dominated, winning 100% of his service games to cruise into the second round in the nation’s capital.
Menezes will now face Swiss youngster, Jakub Paul, who was sensational against Anurag Nenwani in the first round on Monday.
In the other match, fourth seed Maximilian Neuchrist beat Holland’s Jelle Sels to set up a second round meeting with Danylo Kalenichenko, while Tom Jomby ran riot against Kadhe Arjun, registering a 6-0, 6-3 victory in under an hour to book a date with Takanyi Garanganga in the second round on Wednesday.
Elsewhere in the doubles, the Sebanov brothers – Ivan and Matej were narrowly edged 3-6, 6-3, 10-8 by the Dutch duo of Stephan Gerritsen and Jelle Sels. Gerritsen and Sels will fancy their chances of making the semis when they face the pair of Takanyi Garanganga and Moez Echargui in Wednesday’s quarterfinal clash.