Abuja ITF Futures: Moses Upset Togolese Star


Tennis players at Abuja

Damilare Okunola/Abuja

Moses Michael, winner of last year’s Abridged Governor’s Cup, has caused the first upset at the ongoing Tombim Abuja ITF Futures, P.M.NEWS Sports can authoritatively report.

The player who recently returned from a nine-week tour of Egypt, defeated Kokou Missodey, ranked 1564 in the world 6-1, 6-2 to cement his place in the second round of the money-spinning tournament.

Henry Atseye also routing Borges Pereira Kevin from Brazil, 6-1, 6-1 in a one-sided affair at the Package B of the National Stadium, Abuja, venue of the competition.

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Playing at the centre court, Atseye gave his opponent no breathing space as he quickly raced to a 4-1 lead before finishing him in less than two hours under intense heat.

Thomas Otu ensured a hat-trick of wins for Nigeria as he was responsible for the scalp of Merunka Stefan, a Croatian player ranked 2184 in the world.
Moses told our correspondent after the win that, “I was happy with the win, but then I think I have improved on my game since my last tournament.

“I have grown in confidence and I believe that with this win, I can sustain the momentum. I have a more direct approach of play now, that makes me a better player.”

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