And we are down to the final day. The 2019 Dayak Tennis Championships title will be decided for when fourth seed, Tom Jomby, and Danylo Kalenichenko of Ukraine go head-to-head at the National Tennis Centre in Abuja on Sunday.
Jomby, ranked 399 in the world, will be shooting for a 6th title on the ITF World Tennis Tour, while Kalenichenko will certainly be looking to secure his 3rd title and first since 2017.
Both men are into the final after an outstanding week of tennis action. Jomby and Kalenichenko have done well to bounce back from first and second rounds exits, respectively, at the Tombim Open a week ago, to power to the final this week.
Jomby has done his without dropping a set. It is his first final since his back-to-back final appearances at the Lagos Open in October last year, where he won the title in the first leg. In matching that run, the 28-year-old Frenchman has beaten Luke Gamble of USA, India’s Kunal Anand, Pedro Sorgi of Brazil, and his countryman, Dan Added, without really having to dig particularly deep. Will his excellent form be on show against Kalenichenko in the final match?
The 595th-ranked Kalenichenko is playing in his second final this year, having finished as a beaten finalist at the M25 event in Barnstaple, Great Britain, in February. The Ukrainian made back-to-back quarterfinal showings at M15 events in Norway and France before coming into Abuja, where he got out in the second round in the first week (Tombim Open). This week, however, has arguably been one of his best on Tour since winning in Trnava, Slovakia, in July, 2017.
The Ukrainian began the week with a 6-4, 7-5 win over Suraj Prabodh in the first round, and then went on to beat Lagos Open champion, Jack Draper, by the same score in the second round. Getting on, the 25-year-old would rally from behind against defending champion, Maximilian Neuchrist in an epic quarterfinal to win 6-7, 7-6, 6-4, before going on to beat USA’s Peter Kobelt in straight sets for a place in the final. Can he remain on song against his French opponent on Sunday and claim the title?
It will be a first-time meeting between both men on the ITF World Tour. Who will come away with the win and reign supreme?
This final match is live on Sunday, 21 April, on Centre Court of the National Tennis Centre from 3:00pm.