Andrews Adu Appiah Raises Flag Of Ghana High In Tennis
Ghana’s Andrews Adu Appiah broke down in tears after winning his first International Tennis Federation (ITF) singles title, outshining India’s Farid Usmani 7-5, 6-2 in India.
His win makes him the first Ghanaian to win the ITF Seniors title.
The unseeded Ghanaian, Adu Appiah made a strong start to his ITF seniors career, beating India’s Lalit Agrawal Lalit 6-0,6-1 in the first round, then ousted another Indian, Ravindranath Pandey 6-2,3-6,7-6(7) in the quarter-finals and later defeated the third Indian Sachin Patil 6-3,5-0(r) before finishing his singles finals with a superb win over Farid Usmani.
The Oman FM presenter, AKAAK then paired with India’s Aakash Kale and lost in the doubles final to Deepak Marwaha and Sachin Patil 1-6, 5-7.
Speaking to ghanatennis.org during the trophy presentation to Ghana Tennis Federation (GTF) Andrew Adu described his win as “one of the biggest” wins of his career. “I didn’t expect to be in this position at all. I’m happy, very happy.”
“My goal is to give everything I have to be the best I can. I thank my manager Mr Evanger Osei based in the US and these special people Dr.Owusu CEO of Rockcare Clinic, Dr Mark Agyei- CEO of Newlife homoeopathic clinic, Dr Efia Owusu Sekyere – CEO Herbal Intervention Clinic, Martin Kwabena Kwakye- Director of Radio Oman FM, Nana Obokum Attah IX- Chief of Gomua Akyenpem traditional area, Mr Mark Bekoe lecturer, Coach Victor Anane Akwetey of Atomic tennis and all the Atomic tennis members for their support.”
Suspension Of Tennis Activities
Following the outbreak of COVID-19 and subsequently been declared as a pandemic by the World Health Organization, the Ghana Tennis Federation (GTF) has closely been monitoring the rapid spread of the disease and its ravaging effect on human lives and the disruption of many activities around the world. The International Tennis Federation (ITF) and the Confederation of African Tennis (CAT) in response to the pandemic have suspended all tennis activities and have consequently advised all member countries to take the necessary actions to guarantee the health and safety of members of the tennis fraternity. Ghana haven recorded six (6) cases so far, the President of the Republic, H.E Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on Sunday 15th March 2020 announced the immediate suspension of public gatherings and a number of measures intended to reduce the risk of the spread of the virus for public safety. For all the above reasons and for the love of the game, GTF wishes to announce the immediate suspension of all tennis activities in the country until 1st April 2020. Clubs and individuals who will want to arrange private plays should take the necessary steps to guarantee the safety and wellbeing of all concern by observing all the necessary health checks. This decision has not been taken lightly but with the consideration of all possible inconvenience it can cause. However we are consoled that it is based on the primary factor of saving human lives which should be the highest concern of everybody at this critical point in time. Medical practitioners in the tennis community are highly encouraged to take an active role in educating their respective clubs about best health practices and to constantly provide an update on the development of the situation to members of their clubs. GTF wishes to emphasis that, anyone’s fight against the virus is everyone’s fight and as such we should all be sensitive to the feelings of one another in this difficult time and to offer the necessary assistance to guarantee a healthy tennis community.
Ghana 12 & U Team Successfully Defends ITF Title
Ghana defeated Nigeria 2-1 to lift the ITF/CAT West/Central Africa zone 12 & Under Boys Competition trophy in Cotonou, Benin. The tournament which took place from the 3rd-7th March 2020, saw nine West African countries battle for honours.
As the defending Champions for four years in succession, Ghana will represent the West/Central African zone in the African Junior Championship in Morocco, June 2020.
Coach Noah Bagerbaseh led the team who were recently selected through the supervision of the technical committee of the Ghana Tennis Federation ahead of the championship. The boys are Aaron Armaah from Osu Salem Rd JHS, Hanif Boateng from Osu Day School, Samuel Aryeetey from Osu St Peters School.
The president of the federation, Mr Isaac Aboagye Duah expressed his delight to all who contributed to this success, “I am happy the team won this year’s championship and making it a four successive championship triumph, the 14 and Under boys won their division last month in Togo and that confirms our supremacy in the sub-region. We will continue to develop our girls’ teams to reach this height as well. Congratulations to the team”.
Ghana Wheelchair Tennis Chalks Success In Kenya
The National Wheelchair Tennis team has placed 3rd out of 8 countries at the just ended 2020 PNB Paribas World Team Cup Africa Qualifiers in Kenya.
The team was represented by Abdul Razak Nuhu (Men’s captain), Daniel Laryea “Lorlor”, Bridget Nartey (Women’s Captain), Stacy Konadu Mensah and led by Coach Philip Plange.
Since 2014, this is the best performance and first international trophy of the National Wheelchair Tennis team, a feat the Federation is very proud of. The Tournament saw strong teams from Kenya, Tanzania, Cameroon, Egypt, Morocco, Nigeria, South Africa and Ghana battling for just one slot for both Men and Women Team to participate in the upcoming 2020 PNB Paribas World Team Cup to be held in Portugal later in the year
The players had the opportunity to undergo an ITF Wheelchair Tennis classification which makes them eligible to participate in Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games pending their participation in the 2020 Morocco Wheelchair Tennis Open to be held in Casablanca from 15 – 19 April 2020.
The Ghana Tennis Federation (GTF) seize this opportunity to congratulate the National Wheelchair Tennis Team and to appeal to corporate Ghana to come on board to support Ghana Tennis to greater heights.
The team arrives today at 11 am at the Kotoka International Airport, the Federation welcomes all efforts in giving them a hero’s welcome and to reward them for making Ghana Proud.
GTF Working Committees Inaugurated
The Ghana Tennis Federation (GTF) has today, the 15th of February 2020 inaugurated its working committees at the Accra Sports Stadium to serve a 2-year term of office 2020-2021.
Membership of the committees is drawn from different stakeholder groups of tennis, home and abroad, with different backgrounds of profession and expertise.
The President on behalf of the Executive Board congratulated all members of the various committees and admonished them to consider their appointment as a golden opportunity to contribute to the development of Ghana Tennis.