Rainoil Tennis Open: Babalola, Sylvester Emmanuel, Others in First Round Action

The big guns are set to enter the fray as hostilities get underway at the ongoing inaugural Rainoil Tennis Championship taking place at the Lagos Country Club, Ikeja.

Top seed, Abdulmumuni Babalola, who during the weekend led his team, Civil Defence to victory in the NCC Tennis Cup final, will kick-start his campaign agaist qualifier Osuebi Bishop in what is expected to be an easy passage for the ageless veteran.

Rainoil-sponsored Sylvester Emmanuel will lock horns with Musa Bala who came in through the qualifiers, while wild card beneficiary Isaac Attah keeps a date with former national champion, Clifford Enosorogbe.

2017 Dala Hard Court runner-up, Joseph Imeh will be looking to make a brilliant start like he always does when he plays Nonso Madueke.

In the Women’s Singles, Dala Hard Court women’s champion, Blessing Samuel squares off against Osariemen Airhunmwunde, while qualifier Temitope Fashanu faces a herculean task when she comes up against the national women’s champion, Christie Agugbom.

The Men’s Doubles promises some exciting clashes as Joseph Imeh teams up with Kayode Olawolu to take on the duo Paul Moses and Ikechukwu Ogbu, while the pair of Henry Atseye and Nonso Madueke squares off against Sani Adamu and Musa Bala.

The N3.1 million prize-money tournament will end on Dec. 17, and will see the Men’s champion pocket N500,000, while the Women’s champion carts away N350,000.

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