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 Nigeria. He talked so much about Nigeria and says he loves the country and I think it’s not good for Nigeria to repeat the Anthony Joshua mistake in tennis.”
Born in Les Lilas, France, Hemery is the top seed at the Dayak Championship which is coming on the heels of his triumph at the USA F15 Futures at Vero Beach, Florida, on April 29. Also, he reached the final of the 2016 Governor’s Cup in Lagos.
Now ranked 279 on the ATP log, the right-handed double-backhand player has risen significantly in the last three years, as he ended 2015 in a career-high 199. He could move within the top 200 should he win the Dayak Championship Nigeria F3 Futures, GSL Open Nigeria F4 Futures and qualify for the main draw at the 2017 French Open, as he is listed for the qualifiers at Roland Garros later this month.
Spaniard David Ferrer described him as “up-and-and coming superstar” after their match in the Swedish Open last year, where he took out Ferrer 6-3 in the first set before his injured knee cost him the match and the Spaniard won the second and third sets 7-5, 6-3 in Bastad.