Luke Jacob Gamble of USA and Sweden’s Arvid Nordquist booked their place in the main draw of the GSL Open, following their semifinal victories in the wildcard playoffs for the event, which will serve off on Monday.
24 players contested the wildcard playoffs, which had two wildcard slots on offer. With a draw size of 32, only the winning semifinalists could clinch the wildcards.
Jacob Gamble claimed one of the wildcards, following a 7-5 rtd win over Kunal Anand of India in the semi-final. The American had taken the first set, before Anand retired injured. Elsewhere, Arvid Nordquist defeated Boris Butulija 6-3, 4-6, 6-2 to secure the other.
Arvid Nordquist made it to the second round of the Tombim Abuja Open two weeks ago, and lost in the qualifiers of the Dayak Tennis Championships last week. He will now be looking forward to a good run at the GSL Open this week.
Gamble, meanwhile, fell out in the first round of the Dayak Tennis Championships to eventual champion, Tom Jomby. Certainly, he, too, will be aiming for a fine outing this week.
This week’s GSL Open will bring the curtain down on the annual 3-week ITF World Tennis Tour in Abuja.