Spain’s Rafael Nadal made history by winning a record 10th French Open title with victory over Stan Wawrinka in the Paris final. Nadal, 31, came through 6-2 6-3 6-1 against the Swiss third seed to claim his 15th major title. He becomes the first man or woman in the Open era to have won a Grand Slam tournament 10 times. Wawrinka, 32, was beaten in a major final for the first time after winning his first three. Nadal moves above Pete Sampras on the list of all-time Grand Slam winners into second place behind Roger Federer, who beat the Spaniard to win his 18th at the Australian Open in January. Only Australia’s Margaret Court has more victories at a single Grand Slam tournament, with 11 Australian Open wins between 1960 and 1973. Securing a 10th title in Paris - La Decima - further entrenches Nadal’s place as the greatest clay-courter in history....
Onukogu Kanayochuqu Jubal French-Nigerian Calvin Hemery over the weekend, was crowned the champion of the ITF Futures 2 GSL Open, after he blew away Guatemalan Christopher Diaz-Figueroa 6-7 (2), 7-5, 6-1 in the final. Both players failed to engineer a break in the first set, with just one break point coming to the Central American in the eighth game when he was 40- 30 up. The ensuing tie-break decider saw the un-seeded world No 755 Guatemalan race to a 5-0 lead, putting pressure on Hemery to make a number of unforced errors, before sealing the set 7-2. The second set dragged till 4-4, with both players not blinking on their serves but it was the 22-year-old world No 279, who got a breakthrough, as he broke to love to lead 5-4. He then served out the set, albeit Diaz-Figueroa returned his grounded shot with full force, causing it to go inches-wide off...
Nigeria’s Sylvester Emmanuel and Franco-Nigerian Calvin Hemery continued their heroics at the doubles’ event of the Dayak Championship Nigeria F2 Futures, with a 7-6 (4), 6-4 win over Indian duo Haadin Bava and Anvit Bendre to qualify for the final where they will face Italian Alessandro Bega and Norwegian Viktor Durasovic. Both were unseeded for the doubles but sent packing top seeds and Brazillian duo of Fernando Romboli and Fabiano De Paula, who won the title last week. Also, in the singles, Hemery remained on course to land his first title in Nigeria, as he posted a 6-2, 6-3 win over fifth-seed, Sasi Kumar Mukun of India in 51 minutes to reach the semifinals of the tournament scheduled to end tomorrow, Saturday. Also, in the other quarter-final game, Canadian Brayden Schnur, Serbian Pedja Krstin and Brazilian Fernando Romboli– respectively second, fourth and eighth seeds – came out victorious. Krstin overcame Norwegian Durasovic 6-4,...
The father of Franco-Nigerian tennis star, Calvin Hemery, has stated that he would love his son to turn in Nigeria’s colours as soon as possible, insisting that the country would not afford to repeat the mistake she made in the case of Anthony Joshua. Ehi Henshaw-Aigbekaen revealed that his son, 22, ranked 279 in the world, is good enough to bring glory to Nigeria after he continued his winning run at the on-going Dayak Tennis Championship Nigeria F2 Futures. “He is willing to play for Nigeria, because he sees himself as more of a Nigerian than a Frenchman. He wants to put on Nigeria’s colours at international tournaments,” said Henshaw-Aigbekaen, a native of Edo State. “He’s playing as a Frenchman but he doesn’t get as much support when he is playing abroad; they see him more as a black man but he is not complaining. All he wants is to play for...