Abban ready for Davis Cup challenge

Author: Bernard Neequaye
Herman Abban Junior

US-based Ghanaian tennis ace Herman Abban Jnr says he is ready to carry the country's Davis Cup team to qualify from Zone Three in next year's playoff and knock-out stages.

In an exclusive interview on telephone from his US base, 23-year-old Abban told the Graphic Sports that he was ready to play his part to change the fortunes of the Black Rackets in the Davis Cup team after a three-year absence.

"Davis Cup means the world to me and my biggest dream is to play in front of my mum, Ruby Abban, because she never got to see me play," said the student of Carthage College in Winsconsin, USA.

"I’m not there [ in tennis] to prove people wrong because people don’t believe in me, but I’m there to represent my country and to show them how hard work is never defeated," he told the Graphic Sports.

Ghana last competed in the Davis Cup in 2015  and suffered a three-year suspension after failing to pay an affiliation fee of $17,000, an amount which was later settled by philanthropist Daniel McKorley, the CEO of McDan Group.

The Golden Rackets now in Zone III are now eligible to play in next year's tournament, with Abban declaring his readiness to represent Ghana and help them to qualify for Zone II or possible Zone I.

"We have a huge tennis potential and we have great talents. With the right structures, equipment and mindset we can upset the odds," he said.

The youngster indicated he would return to Ghana after graduating from college in January and start preparations for the Davis Cup, which begins early next year.

He expressed profound gratitude to Natalie Rose for instilling discipline in him, his uncle Eben Abban and benefactor Danice Hazelman for catapulting him to this height.