Nigeria’s Alex Adewale on Saturday emerged winner of the 2018 Dan deVan/ITF Wheelchair Tennis Futures Tournament in two sets by beating fellow Nigerian Wasiu Yusuf 6-1, 6-4.
The tension filled game, which was played at the tennis arena of the Accra Sports Stadium, saw the two players using long rallies most of the time but Adewale was consistent in his shots as he won both sets to take home a trophy and $400 as cash prize.
In the women’s category, Kafayat Omisore from Nigeria was crowned champion after she defeated Kenyan Jane Ndenga 6-1, 6-4.
For her reward, Omisore took home a trophy and $400 as cash prize while runner-up Jane Ndenga also received a trophy and $200.
By virtue of their victories at the four-day tournament, both Adewale and Omisore have successfully defending the titles they won in the same competition held in Nigeria in October.
“I am so happy that I won this tournament because I am just coming from one ITF tournament in Nigeria which I won so I am so happy that I won it again. Coming into this tournament I had a target so I trained very hard to meet my target. Now I want to go for the Paralympic Games in 2020 in Japan so I will keep working hard to meet that target,” said Alex Adewale.
Alex Adewale displaying the trophies he won
Ghana’s Maclean Dzidzienyo and Abdul Razak Nuhu only managed to win silver in the men’s doubles event as they lost the ultimate to Nigeria’s Samuel Kayode Alabi and Jelili Abiola Ishola.
In the women’s doubles event, Kayafat Omisore partnered with Kemi Oluwasegun to win 6-4, 6-4 against Ghana’s Bridget Nartey and Jane Ndenga (Kenya).
Kayafat Omisore receiving her award from an official of the GTF
In his closing remarks, CEO of Dan deVan Group of Companies, Daniel Nii Mensah pledged his outfit’s continuous support for the promotion of disabled sports in the country while urging other corporate entities to come on board.
Mr Mensah congratulated the winners and all participants while encouraging them to continue working hard and to keep believing in themselves.
In attendance were president of the Ghana Tennis Federation, Isaac Duah, National Coordinator of Wheelchair Tennis, Henry Larbi, former Black Stars keeper, Ali Jarah and Yakubu Lea, tournament coordinator.
Alex Adewale and Wasiu Yusuf hugged each other after the match