Players will begin their charge for top honours on Monday, as main draw action at the Dala Hard Court Championship gets underway at the Kano Club in Kano.

2-time champion, Sylvester Emmanuel, who also finished as runner-up last year, will begin his quest for a third title on Monday, when he takes to court against Musa Bala. Emmanuel, who’s ranked No. 1 on the NTF standings, has been in bright form on the national scene, winning the CBN Open title mid-year. Can he produce another title-winning run here?

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Sylvester Emmanuel

Emmanuel Paul, who represented Nigeria at the Davis Cup in Nairobi, Kenya, in September, opens his account here, in Kano against Ikechukwu Iloputa, with the winner facing Sylvester Emmanuel in the second round, provided the former champion gets past Musa Bala.

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Emmanuel Paul

Nigeria’s No. 5, Uche Oparaoji and Joseph Iyorovbe will go head-to-head on Centre Court. Both men reached the third round in their last national event – the CBN Open in June and will be looking to put together better campaigns this week. Who will get off well?

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Uche Oparaoji

In other match-ups, Albert Bikom will face Oche Adehi for a second round spot, while Abdul Aminu confronts Nonso Madueke.

Main draw matches begin from 10:00am at the Kano Club in Kano.