Main Draw action at the Tombim Abuja Open commences on Friday, as the best players on the ITF Pro Circuit battle for honours in the Nigerian capital.
32 players from 18 countries, which includes host nation, Nigeria, will slug it out for ranking points and $25,000 in prize-money.
Top seed Markus Eriksson will look to lay credence to his ranking when he takes to court against Suraj Prabodh of India. It will be Eriksson’s first match in Nigeria and he’ll be keen to make a winning debut when he takes on the 23-year-old Indian. This match is live from 10am Nigerian time on Court 1 at the Tennis Complex of the National Stadium.
Second seed, Maximilian Neuchrist of Austria will lock horns with Japanese qualifier Kazuma Kawachi, while India’s Dalwinder Singh will hope to get past France’s Thomas Setodji.
In the doubles event, Nigeria’s no.1 Joseph Imeh and Takanyi Garanganga will team up to face the duo of Chile’s Diego Fernandez Flores, who Imeh defeated in the qualifiers and Adebola Obasoto. This round of 16 match will get underway not before 1:00pm on Court 5.
Sylvester Emmanuel will have the Namibian wild card entrant Tukhula Jacobs by his side when the pair squares off against Diego Matos of Brazil and Japanese 30-year-old Kento Takeuchi, starting at around 1:00pm on Centre Court.
The Dutch duo of Stephan Gerritsen and Jelle Sels will have a huge task on their hands when they come up against the Sabanov brothers, Ivan Sabanov and Matei Sabanov, who are top seeds for the doubles event.
The Croatian brothers won both legs of the Governor’s Cup Lagos doubles event in October last year, and have posted impressive runs in tournaments, notably, in their home country of Croatia before entering the Abuja Futures event.