By Onukogu Kanayochuqu Jubal
Top seed Calvin Hemery progressed to the second round of the GSL Open Nigeria F3 Futures with a 6-1, 6-7 (6), 6-2 win over Fabiano De PaulAa.
Both players were finalists in the Nigeria Futures 1 and Futures 2 and it was the Franco-Nigerian Hemery, who come out tops on his returned to the court where he was beaten 6-2, 6-4 in the final of the Dayak Championship, as he makes a statement that he still has what it takes to go all the way before he heads to the French Open where he will feature in the qualifiers.
He now remains the only player that will get most of the fan’ support following defeats of Sylvester Emmanuel, Clifford Enosoregbe, Joseph Ubon and Alaafia Ayeni who plays for the USA but has Nigerian roots.
Emmanuel was edged by Norwegian Viktor Durasovic 6-3, 3-6,6-2 while Enosoregbe failed to hold on to a 6-3 first set win lose the second and third set 6-3, 6-2 to Egyptian Karim Hossam.
Imeh looked set to upstage the formbook as he raced to a 3-0 lead against sixth-seed, Takanyi Garaganga but he failed to last the distance as he was beaten in the tie break 7-6 (4) before the Zimbabwean close the match with a 6-2 win in the second set.
Ayeni, a wild card beneficiary, fought gallantly against Serbian Pedja Krstin bowing 6-4, 6-4 to the European who won the Nigeria F2 Futures last week.
Tunisian Moez Echargui triumphed in his second straight meeting with Benjamin Lock of Zimbabwe 6-3, 1-6, 6-3 and Aron Peirce of the USA bagged a 6-3, 6-4 over Hugo Largo of Spain; while Sasi Kumar Mukund came out superior in the all-India encounter with Anvit Bendre 6-4, 6-1.