Sammy Heywood Okine, AIPS Member
ACCRA, April 10, 2019 – “Tennis is big business, and we are taking Ghana tennis to a higher level,” said Dr. Daniel Mckorley at the final of ITF World Tennis Tour Juniors (J5) at the Accra Sports Stadium on Saturday, April 7. Mckorley is the founder of the McDan Group of Companies.
The sports philanthropist was very happy for the successful event, but was sad that no Ghanaian made it to the final. He urged Ghanaian tennis players to be serious and train hard to be among the best in the world as the prize money for competitions keeps going high. He thanked all the foreigners who competed and advised them to keep raising the game.
Commendation Dr. Mckorley commended the coaches who have been grooming the players and urged them to work hard to get a Ghanaian star who can compete at the high level.He was however happy with the Ghana cadets and juniors team who have conquered West and Central Africa, and are ready to take on the whole of Africa and the world. He noted that the kids are the future and should be invested in so they can make the nation proud.
Benefits of sports Kobby Owusu of Hollard, one of the sponsors of the tournament commended the winners and all players.
He said Hollard knows the benefits of sports and wants their clients to get involved in sports like tennis to be fit and healthy. He said Hollard has come to stay in Ghana tennis.
Eddie Annan, one time vice president of the Confederation of Africa Tennis and former president of Ghana Tennis Association congratulated all the participants and the winners. He urged them to be serious as tennis can take them to many places.
Present at the tournament were Kwabena Yeboah, president of SWAG and the chairman of the Ghana Tennis Foundation.
Winners The boys U18 final was won by Mathis Bondaz (FRA) who defeated Daniem Laporte (SEY) 6-3 6-4.
The girl’s final was taken by Han Shi (CHN) who defeated Hagar Ramadan (EGY) 6-0 6-3.
The doubles final for girls went to Astride Cirotte (FRA)/ Martha Makantasi (GRE) who defeated Charlotte Mosbaek Ellegaard (DEN)/ Olga Mishenina (RUS) 6-2 6-2.
Other winners were Boys Lumba Eshaan (IND)/Youssef Nabil (EGY) who defeated Politowicz Marcel (POL)/Boris Stastny (CZE) 6-4 7-5