Independence Tennis Tourney thrills

TennisThere was excitement in the air as tennis players from different age categories took to the tennis court to demonstrate their skills at the much heralded Ghana Tennis Federation (GTF) Independence Day Tournament at the Accra Sports stadium last Friday.

In the men's doubles final, Wisdom Na-Adjrago and Bernard Dugbah defeated George Darko and Kwabena Ofosu Bamfo 7-5, 6-4 to claim first place.

It was a measure of revenge for Na-Adjrago who was defeated in both the singles and doubles by number-one ranked George Darko at last last month's National Ranking Tournament.

The Na-Adjrago and Dugbah partnership were determined not to lose this time round as they showed determination against the brothers, Darko and Bamfo to hold-on for a 7-5 opening set victory before cruising to 6-4 second set win.

In an interview with the Daily Graphic after the clash, Dugbah said their victory was down to them learning from the errors they committed in the National Ranking tourney.

He said: "We have already met Darko and Bamfo once this year, in a tie that we kost because of unforced errors, we polished our game and now we are champions."
Na-Adjrago completed his personal double when his mixed doubles partner, Francisca Nyarko aided him to a 6-2, 7-6 (4) win over Darko and Naa Shika Adu.

In the other categories of the competition, Prempeh Bannerman and Dan Laryea of the Osu Ebenezer Presbyterian Church won the 70 years title, George De Souza and Chief Cokar Asaan clinched the 50-59 years gong and Lomo Tetteh Hessey and Dr Max Adjei  were victors in the 40-49 years section.

All the winners were presented with trophies donated by Phoenix Insurance and CDH Financial Holdings while the men's and mixed doubles winners received cash-prizes from uniBank and Volta River Authority.

The event coordinator, Peter Annang commended the sponsors for coming to the aid of the competition adding that next year's event would be a much bigger affair.

By Kweku Zurek/Graphic Sports