Namibia’s leading tennis player Deon van Dyk lost his singles match against Aziz Dougaz, currently ranked 54 by the ATP, going down in straight sets 6-0, 6-1.
Van Dyk hit the ball very cleanly, but missed his shots at crucial moments while Dougaz did not allow the Namibian to find his rhythm, as he kept him under pressure all the time.
The Namibian missed a few great opportunities for break points, but the more experienced Dougaz just stayed one step ahead during the exciting encounter.
It was a bad day for the out of luck Namibians, with Tuki Jacobs losing his singles match against Malek Jaziri ranked 92 by the ATP, succumbing to a 6-0 and 6-1 scoreline.
Jaziri played all the Slams this year and lost in the 3rd round of the Australian Open. The Tunisian made no mistake unleashing point-on-accurate shots, moving the ball all over the court.
Jacobs played really well, but could just not get the ball away from Jazira, who glided over the court with his effortless style.
Tunisia’s Malek Jaziri won the first set against Roger Federer before losing 5-7, 6-0, 6-2 in the opening round of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships in February 2013.
To worsen matters, Van Dyk and Deon and Henco Serdyn were also on the receiving end in the doubles, losing against Majed Kilani and Skander Mansouri 6-0 and 6-2.
“We tried our best, but the Tunisians played exceptional tennis at a different level. Our next match against Algeria will be crucial as we need to win because our ultimate aim this year is to remain under the umbrella of the top 4,”said Serdyn
“I lost against a very good opponent, one of the best in the world but I told myself before the match that I’m going to enjoy myself and play my normal game.
“However, my game still needs improvement but nevertheless I learned a lot from the defeat and will try to incorporate the lessons learnt on and off the court into my style of play and approach,” enthused Jacobs
• The full results are as follows:
Egypt beat Libya 3-0
Benin defeated Mozambique 2-1
Algeria beat Ghana 3-0
Tunisia saw off Namibia (3-0)