Junior Tennis Champs: Nigeria Boys’ Team Knocked Out
Nigeria endured a torrid time on Thursday at the 2017 ITF/CAT African Junior Championships holding in Johannesburg, South Africa.
The boys' teams succumbed to defeats in their doubles matches at the event featuring over 100 players from about 30 countries.
In the boys’ 16 and under, Michael Osewa and Michael Ayoola lost 7-5, 6-2 to South African Codie Van Schalkwyk and Damien Laporte of the Seychelles.
The match saw Osewa, who is the most-experienced Nigerian player at the tournament, facing Laporte for the first time after the player from the Indian Ocean Island triumphed in the final of the boys’ 14 and under last year.
Van Schalkwyk is the third seed in the singles and he justified his rating by influencing the outcome of the match.
In the boy’s 14 and under, David Dawariye and Mathew Abamu were put through a more harrowing experience as they threw away a 6-3 first set win against Zimbabwean duo of Taona Mhwandagara and Ethnan Sibanda, who rallied to win the second set 6-3 and then followed it with a 10-2 super tie-break win.
Abamu had claimed the scalp of Mhwandagara in the singles on Monday but met him on a different level this time around.
Marylove Edward is the only Nigerian left in the doubles and she is paired with Lorie Lemongo of Cameroon.