The current Rainoil Tennis Open was praised by some of the participating players, claiming that it will contribute to the growth of the game in Nigeria.
One of the players, Thomas Otu, who met on Friday with the Nigerian News Agency (NAN) in Lagos, said the level and organization of the tournament was commendable.
Otu said it would help raise the game in the country.
“Honestly, I’m impressed by what I’ve seen so far in the tournament. “The organization was fantastic and the competition was very competitive,” he said.
Another player, David Dawariye, said the tournament was very difficult and made the most of him and the other players who were competing to be winners. The NetBet fans at the event also commend the tournament organizers.
“So far, this tournament has been very demanding. “We have some of the best Nigerian players here in competition, and I must admit that it has been very interesting for me to play against the best in the country.
I want to congratulate Rainoil for making this possible. This is a very competitive tournament and can be compared to any major championship in the country.”
For his part, Chima Michael said that participation in the Rainoil Tennis Open is an opportunity to compete at a higher stadium against some of the best players in Nigeria.
“I am happy to participate in this tournament and I am ready to give the best of myself. I congratulate Rainoil for making this tournament possible. The level is high and I want to believe that this is one of the best tournaments in the country, “he said.
Also, two tennis players, Joseph Imeh and Sylvester Emmanuel, qualified for the quarter-finals of their respective matches in the current Rainoil Tennis Open, the men’s singles champion. Christian Paul, who was seeded 13, Imeh had to dig deep to win 7/6 (3), 5/1 to get closer to the title race.
It was in a tight first set, and Paul’s level dropped in the second set as he retired due to injury. Imeh’s opponent in Friday’s quarter-final matches will be Godsgift Timibra, who progressed at the expense of Clifford Enosoregbe.
Enosoregbe had the first rest against Timibra in the third game of the first set in 1-2. While serving in the fourth game, the former national champion committed a double foul by 40-40 and reacted quite angrily, hitting the ball on the other side of the field where he met Timibra.
It was a different ball game for Emmanuel because he had an easy game against Paul Emmanuel, whom he dominated in 6/3, 6/2 straight sets, to keep his hopes of adding the Rainoil Tennis crown open under CBN. He won in June. Also, until the quarterfinals are Chima Michael and Thomas.
Chima recovered sensationally after a set to eliminate the third seed, Uche Oparaoji, 3-6, 6-0, 6-4, while the fourth seed, Otu beat Joseph Iyorovbe 6- 0, 6-2 to remain in the race for the title. On the women’s side, the seed number one of the tournament, Oyinlomo Quadre, produced an almost perfect performance to beat Loveth Donatus when he entered the quarterfinals.
In the pursuit of its third consecutive national title, the 16-year-old Quadre lost only one game in a 6-0, 6-1 victory. The talented young man will face the fifth seed, Patience Onebamhoin, who advanced after a 6-1, 3-1 (rtd) victory over Bukola Olowu, who retired due to a mid-career injury. set.
The fourth series head, Christie Agugbom, beat the young Oiza Yakubu 6-4, 6-4 to reach the quarterfinals. The fight, a repeat of their quarterfinal match that Ogugbom won, began with Yakubu breaking in the first game of the first set, but Agugbom immediately backed down 1-1.
The two players would exchange breaks again, before remaining in service until the tenth game, where Agugbom broke to take the set.
The second planted Aanu Aiyegbusi maintained his good form, beating Toyin Asogba 6-3, 6-0 to also reach the quarterfinals, while Ibirke Oladipo did a light job on Amala Nwokolo, winning 6- 1, 6-0.