President of the Ghana Tennis Federation (GTF) Isaac Aboagye Duah has predicted a brighter future for tennis after a successful host of the 2017 McDan Junior Open Championship.
The competition held at the tennis court of the Accra Sports Stadium brought together hundreds of young talented tennis players across the country to compete for laurels.
At the end of the weeklong competition, the President expressed his utmost gratitude to the sponsors for investing in the development of Tennis in the country, saying that, “this is exactly what we need to develop the budding talents in the sport.”
“This has been a successful competition and the future looks bright for Ghana Tennis. There are many talents in the country.
“This event came at the right time as when the junior team will be competing in the Africa Championship and this will help them to correct the rough edges and deliver. We will continue training from here.”
Representative from the McDan Group of Companies, Abigail Mckorley also added that she was excited that the organizers have been able to resurrect the juniors’ tournament after ten years in exodus adding that the tournament is here to stay.
She said he outfit would continue to support the development and promotion of sports in the country.
Lameck Bagerbaseh from Winneba defeated Amos Asante from Ashaiman 3-6, 6-1, 7-5 in a thrilling final encounter to win the boys Under 12 category. The two finalists, who conquered West Africa in April, will represent Ghana in Morocco in the Africa Junior Championship next month.
In the girls U-12 division, Tracy Ampah from Tarkwa beat Sekina Adams from Tema 6-2, 1-6, 6-4 to win that category whilst Bright Nortey of Osu brushed aside competition from Ishmael Dowuona 7-6, 6-3 to win the boys U-14 category.
In the rest of the categories, Aaron Asante, Mariama Ibrahim and Aleona Ankrah won in the boys U-16, girls U-16 and the girls U-14 respectively.
For their efforts they received a cash prize of GH¢2,000.00 and educational scholarship from McDan Group of Companies, sponsors of the championship.
They were also given gold medals, a certificate and products from Twellium Industries.
The runner ups also walked away with GH¢1,500.00 worth of educational scholarship, silver medals, certificates and products from Twellium Industries.
The semi-finalists were also rewarded with an amount of GH¢1,000.00 scholarship, bronze medals, certificates and products from Twellium.