The second edition of the Gladiators Systems Limited (GSL) Tennis Open Nigeria started at the Abuja National Stadium on Monday.
The GSL Open F3 Futures is the third of a three-leg International Tennis Federation (ITF) Pro- Circuit tournament, trailing the Tombim Open F1 Futures and the Dayak Open F2 Futures.
In the matches decided early on Monday, Tom Jomby of France defeated Nigeria’s Sylvester Emmanuel 6-3 4-6 6-4 to progress to the next round.
Emmanuel and two others —- Abdulmumini Babalola and Otu Thomas —- are the three Nigerians in the tournament’s main draw.
Unranked Babalola is billed to take on Stephan Gerritsen of Netherlands in his round one match, while Thomas, ranked 1879th in the ATP Rankings, takes on India’s Anurag Nenwani.
In other matches on Monday, fourth seed Arjun Kadhe of India brushed aside Diego Matos of Brazil 6-0 7-6 (4).
In the doubles draw, Nigerian duo of Emmanuel Audu and Michael Junior will face fellow Nigerian Christian Paul and Adeola Obasoto of the Republic of Ireland.
Another Nigerian duo, Emmanual Dim and Maxwell Kesiye, will take on the pair of Alexandru Danes (France) and Diego Fernandez (Chile) for a chance to progress to the second round.
The Chilean was lost to Frenchman Remi Boutillier in straight set 6-1, 6-3 in one of the singles games played on the opening day of the tournament.
Sylvester and Emmanuel Idoko, playing against Alexis Klegou (Benin) and Franco Feitt (Argentina) respectively, also have a chance to progress to the next round.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that winners of the GSL Open singles and doubles finals will smile home with the grand prize money of $25,000 each at the end of the tournament.
The GSL Open finals come up on Saturday.