Nigerian Men Tumble out of Governor’s Cup

Nigerian men endured a miserable day at the Governor’s Cup as all six players in action on Day 2 crashed out of the tournament.

Anthony Obekpa was the only home player to claim a set on Tuesday, but the 18-year-old ultimately succumbed to a 6-1 3-6 6-4 defeat to Russia’s Pavel Mirobyan after over two hours of battle on Court 5.

Obekpa’s cause was not helped by his 10 double faults, which played a big part in him winning just over 38% of his service games.

The highly-rated Moses Michael showed glimpses of his quality against second seed, Calvin Hemery, but the Frenchman, who narrowly missed out on qualifying for Roland Garros in May, was far too good in the end, closing out a 6-3 6-2 victory in an hour and 23 minutes.

Umaru Balami lasted only 43 minutes against another Frenchman, Gianni Mina in a 6-0 6-0 rout, while Albert Bissong Bikom managed just the one game against Kumar Sasi Mukund, with the Indian fourth seed running away with a quickfire 6-1 6-0 dismissal in just 38 minutes.

Poland’s Karol Drzewiecki inflicted a 6-3 6-0 defeat on Nonso Madueke, while Thomas Otu played a competitive first set against against Tunisian, Moez Echargui, but the Nigerian fell away badly in the second set, bowing to a 6-4 6-0 loss.

Tuesday’s results mean that of the 16 Nigerian men that made the main draw, twelve have fallen by the way side, with the remaining four in second round action on Wednesday.

There will no Nigerian representative in the second round of the women’s singles, after the last remaining home hope, Aminat Quadri withdrew from her opening round meeting with Israeli, Deniz Khazaniuk.

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