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Eala’s brod wins in Cyprus

Unseeded Michael Francis ‘Miko’ Eala stopped Ilya Snitari of Moldova, 6-4, 5-7, 6-2, to top the Grade 3 International Tennis Federation Hellenic Bank Masters in Cyprus.

In fending off the 238th-ranked Snitari, the 349th ranked Miko, who is older brother of 14-year old Alexandra, has won his second tournament since taking the runner-up honors in the J3 Neuchâtel event in Switzerland back in June.  

Miko Eala displays his trophy.
Miko Eala displays his trophy. 
“I won the tournament! Dedicating this win to my Lolo Papa! I am headed to Israel for my next tournament,” said Eala in a statement.

Miko is on a tennis scholarship with his sister at the Rafa Nadal Academy in Mallorca Spain.

In a message, Miko said he will now compete in Israel in the coming days.

To reach the finals, the 17-year-old Eala turned back Lukas Pokorny of Slovakia, 7-6, 6-2, in the first round.

Then, he eased out Mili Poljicak of Poland, 6-7, 6-2, 6-3 in the second round before prevailing against Thibault Virdier of France, 4-6, 6-2, 6-3, in the quarterfinals.

After that, Eala outplayed Marc Ktiri of Spain, 6-1, 6-1, in the semifinals.

In June last year, Eala claimed his first crown in a Grade 4 event. Peter Atencio

Topics: Francis ‘Miko’ Eala , Grade 3 International Tennis Federation Hellenic Bank Masters , Cyprus
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