Emmanuel upsets America’s Reed in first round
Nigerian players taking part in the 15th Governor’s Cup Lagos Tennis Championship began their quest for honours with victories in the first round of the competition with Sylvester Emmanuel making the headlines following his 7-6 (3), 6-3 win over United State’s Anderson Reed at the Lord Rumens Centre Court of the Lagos Lawn Tennis Club, Onikan.
Emmanuel, a wild card entrant, clinched the men’s singles title at the Dala Hard Court Championship two weeks ago and he seems to have saved his best for the Governor’s Cup as he could only watch his Team Kalotari manage a third place finish at the NCC Team Tennis Final on Saturday.
An elated Emmanuel said after the match that he was not surprised with the victory over Reed, who is ranked 1488 in the world, adding that hard work and experience he gained while travelling around the world to play in different circuits won the match for him.
“I feel great winning this match. I went into the match with a great confidence that I would win. This is because I played more ATP tournaments than Reed. He was a good player, but I am better than him,” said Emmanuel, who in the past few months had played in ATP ranked competitions in the USA, Togo and Benin Republic.
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