14 November 2012

Rwanda: Bumper Entry for Rwanda F1 Futures

This year, over 50 foreign players are expected to take part in the double-legged ITF Men's Futures at Cercle Sportif.

With an ATP ranking of 292, Australia's Melzer Gerard will be the highest ranked player on show when the first leg gets underway on November 19.

Italy's Alessandro Bega (488) and the Egyptian pair of Sherif Sabry (514) and Karim-Mohamed Maamoun (560) are the other players in the top 600.

Similar to the Burundi F1 Futures which end this Friday, Jean Claude Gasigwa and Dieudonne Habiyambere have secured wildcards for the main draw while the likes of Mathieu Uwizeyimana, Mubarak Harelimana, Olivier Nkunda, Hamisi Gatete and Anatole Bizimana have to go through the grueling qualifying round.

Last year, the qualifying round proved too much for local players; Gatete lost to Switzerland's Lucas Zweili 1-6 0-6; Nkunda fell to Spencer Feldman of the USA 0-6 2-6 while Harelimana lost to Nigeria's Samuel Omoile 0-6 2-6.

It was not any different in the main draw where Ross-Hurt Dominic of Great Britain edged Gasigwa 6-3 7-5 while Habiyambere also lost in straight sets against South Africa's Ruan Roelofse.

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