Tennis player of Nigerian descent, Michael Mmoh, on Saturday crashed out of the 2023 Australian Open in the third round after losing three straight sets 6-4, 6-1, 6-2 to American, Jeffrey John “J. J.” Wolf.
Mmoh, who created a huge upset in the competition after beating 12th-seed Alexander Zverev in the second round had been hoping to reach the fourth round of the competition for the first time in his career but was overpowered by the 24-year old American.
Despite his shock win over Zverev – ranked 13th in the world – many had predicted a tough encounter for him against the American who is ranked 67th in the world. Mmoh had a 4-2 lead in the first set before a terrible meltdown as Wolf, ranked 67th in the world, claimed the next four games in a row to take the set 6-4.
Mmoh had a frustrating time with the umpire as he was heard calling on the arbiter to calm the situation in the crowd which he felt was distracting to him. Despite a call for calm by the umpire, Mmoh’s horrifying fall persisted as he dropped the following five games before eventually securing a hold to bring the score 5-1 in the second set, eventually losing the set 6-1.
Despite his bright start, Mmoh was unable to get back into the game after his meltdown and altercation with the umpire. He would be remembered by the Australian crowd as the man who beat German star, Zerev.
Born in Saudi Arabia to a Nigerian father and an Irish mother, Mmoh began playing tennis at the age of 3. His father Tony Mmoh was also a professional tennis player who represented Nigeria and reached a career-high ranking of 105.