Omotayo, Edem Lead Nigeria’s Charge in singles

By Anulika Menanya, Lagos

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Paris bound Olajide Omotayo and Offiong Edem will take centre stage as Nigeria’s flag bearers in the singles event of the 2024 WTT Contender Lagos. The prestigious tournament unfolds at the Molade Okoya-Thomas Hall of Teslim Balogun Stadium.

In Men’s Singles, Omotayo, the 2019 African Games champion, will lead a contingent of seven Nigerian players vying for spots in the second round. Je will take on India’s Manav Thakkar.

Junior sensation, Matthew Kuti faces off against Frenchman Thibault Poret, while other Nigerian talents like Azeez Solanke, Mustapha Mustapha, and Abdulbasit Abdulfatai brace themselves for formidable opponents from China and India.

In an intriguing clash of brothers, Amadi Omeh and Muiz Adegoke will battle each other in the first round.

Edem enters the women’s singles battle and is pitted against her compatriot Fatimo Bello in the opening round.

Reigning women’s singles champion Shin Yubin begins her title defense against Indian player Archana Kamath.

Meanwhile, 2024 Africa Cup champion Dina Meshref of Egypt faces off against Chinese teenager Xu Huiyao.

 

 

 

 

 

 

REUTERS/Christopher Ojilere

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