Oyinlomo Quadri and Christopher Bulus will begin their title defence on Wednesday, September 13, Tennisng.com can authoritatively report.
The players landed in Benin Republic on Monday after initially postponing their trip by 24 hours and some of them have already begun their chase for the title.
Ayoola Michael started the competition on a good note defeating Turkey’s Binci Yigit in straight sets 6-4, 6-3 just as Benjamin Odiase dispatched Togo’s Christian Agbor 6-4, 6-1.
Emma Dim lost to Benin Republic’s Toheeb 6-1, 5-7, 2-6 despite winning the first set of their encouter, while Toheeb’s compatriot Carmen downed Nigeria’s Mariam Balogun, 6-1, 6-0.
Matthew Abamu broke the hosts’ resolve by defeating home boy, Sodiq Nougbessi 6-1, 7-5 as US returnee Adetayo Adetunji showed class against another Beninoise, winning 6-0, 6-1.
The Nigerian players distinguished themselves in the opening fixtures, and even though they suffered some losses, will consolidate with their subsequent performances.
Another impressive junior player, Wilson Igbinovia, did a lot to beat Herve Pendaniu from Togo in a hard fought game, winning 6-3, 7-5 but Jimoh Rasaki could not withstand the firepower of Cote D’Ivoire’s Isaac 5-7, 3-6.
Venus Ubiebi was overpowered by Marie Ange, another Ivorian, losing 1-6, 2-6, while India’s Malaht Megnah beat Omolayo Bamidele 6-1, 6-4.
The doubles for both boys and girls also commenced on Wednesday as Nigeria will be looking at another domineering performance over the three legs of the championship.
“We are definitely giving it our best shot as we are here for serious business. The players know the task ahead and we are well prepared for everything that will be thrown at us by every opponent here,” Coach Abel Ubiebi, one of the players’ trainers, said.