France-born Nigerian tennis prodigy, Calvin Hemery has emerged winner of the men’s title at the 2019 Lagos International Tennis Open, while Riya Bhatia of India took home the women’s singles, after both finals eventually held 24 hours after they had to be shifted due to heavy downpour.
Hemery, who also won the first leg to win a back-to-back title, defeated the same opponent in Monday’s final, Aldin Setkic from Bosnia Herzegovina retired injured, when the game was still 4-2, at the climax of the second leg of the ITF World Tennis Tour at Lagos Lawn Tennis Club, Onikan.
To Hemery, whose father is from Edo State, winning the ITF World Tour was a thing of joy for him, adding that he felt elated with the support he received from Nigerian fans, which he described as one of the rallying forces that propelled the victory.
The women’s singles final was a tough match for the winner, Indian Bhatia, who was stretched in the three sets thriller by opponent from Slovenia, Nastja Kolar, who fell 7-5,1-6,6-3; after which the winner described the runner-up as a good player, adding that it took her determined effort to win the match.
The Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babajide Sanwolu-Olu, who could not physically present at the finals was represented by Dr. Kweku Tandoh, the Executive Chairman of Lagos State Sports Commission and the Director General, Mr. Oluwatoyin Gafar.
Dr Tandoh who represented the Governor gave kudos to the finalists, most especially the winners. He praised, on behalf of the state government, the Local Organising Committee LOC headed by Chief Pius Akinyelure for putting up a good organisation of the competition. He wished all the players safe journey to their respective destinations.