The long-awaited 2017 NCC Tennis League would serve-off Thursday at the National Stadium, Surulere, with a play-off involving three teams vying to take the 12th spot in the main event. The three-day play-offs would see Team Anambra (Onitsha), Team Oluyole (Ibadan) and Team Police College (Ikeja) take on each other for a place in the money-spinning league. These teams dropped into the playoff event based on their collective team ranking, as the Tennis League has a cap of 12 teams. According to the organisers of the league, the International Tennis Academy, the matches would be reduced to five to enable each tie finish in one day. The matches to decide each tie are: two men's singles, one ladies' singles, one men's doubles and one mixed doubles. "We are expecting some very exciting matches as the teams are featuring some very good national and intermediate players," a statement from the ITA said. The NCC...
World number one Andy Murray will continue to play for as long as he remains fit enough to compete. Murray is hopeful that his love of tennis could see him target a third Olympic title at the 2020 Games in Tokyo. “As long as I’m fit and healthy and enjoying playing, I’ll do it as long as I can,” Murray, who is making the final preparations for the defense of his Wimbledon title, told the Guardian newspaper. “I don’t want to stop in two years. I want to keep playing. Who knows where I am going to be in a few years,” the Briton added. “When I go out, I’m really trying to get better and learn stuff and improve. There’s a point to me doing it.” The 30-year-old, who will be looking to claim a record-extending sixth title at this week’s Aegon Championships in London, believes a third straight Olympic gold medal is...
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...