The GSL Open gets underway on Monday at the National Tennis Centre in Abuja, with players seeking to book their place in the main draw via the qualifying rounds.

Joseph Imeh and Sylvester Emmanuel headline the day’s action alongside Christian Paul and Tochukwu Ezeh. The Nigerians all received a bye in the first round and will kick-start their bid for a place in the main draw in the second round.

Joseph Imeh, who made it to the second round of the Dayak Tennis Championships last week, takes on Montenegro’s Igor Banicevic, while Sylvester Emmanuel faces either Dan Hiddleson or Alexey Dubinin, who are in first round action today. Emmanuel, 21, reached the second round of the Tombim Abuja Open two weeks ago, and will certainly aim higher should he make it to the main draw of this week’s event.

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Sylvester Emmanuel in action.

Elsewhere, Christian Paul, who’s seeded 10th in the qualifiers, will square off against Arnaud Sewanou of Benin Republic, while Tochukwu Ezeh go head-to-head with Boris Butulija of Serbia.

In other matches, Spaniard, Hugo Largo takes on Markus Schultz of Sweden, while Ivorian, Abdoulaziz Bationo meets Sweden’s Simon Yitbarek.

Matches begin by 10:00am at the National Tennis Centre, Abuja.

The main draw of the GSL Open will serve off on Tuesday, April 23.