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Tombim Open: Emmanuel, Imeh face tough hurdlesand



Nigerians will begin their quest for a memorable outing at the Tombim Abuja Open Nigeria FI Futures on Tuesday with the quartet of Sylvester Emmanuel, Joseph Imeh, Emmanuel Audu and Michael Michael all scheduled to face tough opponents in the first round of the $25, 000 prize money championship.


Spain-based Emmanuel, who is sponsored by Rainoil, keeps a date with Ronnie Schneider of the USA while Imeh, the top-ranked player by the Nigeria Tennis Federation, confronts Dutchman Stephan Garritsen.

Emmanuel Audu faces a tough battle against Remi Boutillier of France just as Michael Michael, a wild card beneficiary, confronts another Frenchman Jaimel Angele. In some of the first round ties decided on Monday, top seed, Markus Eriksson of Sweden, progressed to the second round with a 6-0, 7-5 win over Suraj Prabodh of India.


Austrian second seed, Maximiliano Neuchrist also advanced to the second round following a 6-4, 6-4 win over Kazuma Kawachi of Japan. Indian trio of Aryan Govewas, Dalwandar singh and Karunday singh also moved to the second round with 6-4, 6-2; 7-6, 7-6; and 6-4, 6-3 triumphs over Kenyan Ismael Mzai, Frenchman Thomas Setodji and Swiss Jakub Paul respectively.

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