Round-robin action at the Zenith Bank ‘NextGen’ Masters continues on Wednesday at the National Tennis Centre in Surulere, Lagos, with Tochukwu Ezeh looking to bounce back from a first day defeat, while Musa Mohammed and Emmanuel Jebutu will aim to make it two wins out of two when they square off in the boys category.
In Group A of the boys field, Tochukwu Ezeh and last year’s runner-up, Godsgift Timibra face off, with the latter looking to bounce back from an opening day defeat and record his first victory here. Ezeh, who played in the qualifiers of the ITF World Tennis Tour events in Abuja in April without much luck, was beaten in straight sets by defending champion, Phillip Abayomi on Tuesday, and may face yet another tough test, when he meets Timibra, who was rock solid in his straight set win over Sani Musa on Day 1.
Elsewhere, Abayomi takes on Sani Musa as he seeks to stay on track for a successful title-defense in Lagos this week.
In Group B, Musa Mohammed, who dropped only 3 games in his opening match against Michael Ayoola on Tuesday, will hope to keep up the momentum when he plays Emmanuel Jebutu today, while Day 1 losers, Michael Osewa and Michael Ayoola square off in a bid to register a first victory.
In the girls category, Chidinma Ezeh, who lost in straight sets to Favour Moses on Day 1, faces a difficult task as she takes on the in-form Omolayo Bamidele, while Moses, who reached the final of the SNEPCo Futures C’ship last month, will fancy her chances of a second straight win when she squares off against Destiny Okhinaye.
Toyosi Adeusi, who showed great resilience to tough out a three-sets victory against Rebecca Ekpeyong on Day 1, will lock horns with Omolade Aderemi in what should be an interesting encounter in Group B. Somewhere around the grounds, Rebecca Ekpeyong will slug it out against Jumai Mohammed, who fell to Aderemi on Tuesday, for a first win.
Matches are live from the National Tennis Centre, Surulere, Lagos. The best two players from each group at the end of the round robin matches will qualify for the semifinals which is slated for Friday.