Nigerian teenager, Clifford Enosoregbe proved critics wrong at the ongoing 10th Governorâ€™s Cup Lagos Tennis Championship when he upset the winner of Futures 1, Israeli Amir Weintraub, who is the tournament number 3 seed.
Clifford, who is ranked number 1123 in the world was too hot for Weintraub, who is number 352 in the tension-soaked match that ended in straight sets of 6-2, 7-6(1).
Right from the beginning of the first round match of the Etisalat/FCMB sponsored tourney,Â the Edo State born Clifford, who came to the Governorâ€™s Cup after a tour of East Africa showed the champion stuff in him. The playerÂ received a loud ovation from the fans at the end of the match.
â€œIâ€™m glad to win this match,â€ an elated Clifford told P.M.Sports after the pulsating encounter. â€œNobody here today would have thought that I could win the match because of the pedigree of my opponent, who won the Futures 1 trophy. Itâ€™s always good to face a daunting task with determination and Iâ€™m happy that my focus paid off,â€ he said but a dissapointed Amir declined comments.
Chairman of the Governorâ€™s Cup Technical Committee, ex-international Thompson Onibokun said: â€œThis was what Iâ€™ve been anticipating in the second leg of this championship because having performed poorly in the first leg; I knew our players would bounce back in the second leg. With this victory, my believe is that Clifford will be full of confidence in his next match and I wonâ€™t be surprised if he goes far in the tourney. Iâ€™m happy that our boys are living up to expectations this week.â€
In other results of the first round matches played yesterday, Cliffordâ€™s brother, Kingsley, who qualified for the Main Draws through the qualifiers, was too hot for South African Steffen Solomon, who is ranked number 1422 in another straight set of 6-2,6-4. While another home boy Samuel Omoile beat Russian Alexei Filenkov 7-5, 6-4.
Clifford faces Ivorian Valentin Sanon in todayâ€™s second round match.