Alisi, Agyir win 2018 Babolat Doubles Open

Author: Beatrice Laryea
Tournament organiser Ismaila Lamptey with Clement Alisi (left) and Fred Egyir, winners of the social event.

Clement Alisi and Fred Agyir were on Sunday crowned winners of the 2018 Babolat Doubles Open Championship after they defeated siblings, Prince Ablorh and Raman Ablorh, 6-4, 6-4 in the final of the social event (semi-advanced players) at the Tema Oil Refinery (TOR) Tennis Club.

The three-day competition saw the duo finish tops in the preliminaries, before taking on the runners-up in the final which attracted one of the largest crowds since the inception of the tournament.

In the boys U-16 category, Ishmael Dowouna and Richard Okine defeated Desmond Ayaaba and Bright Nortey 6-3, 6-2 to take home a trophy, rackets, tennis shoes and accessories, together with a three-month gym access.

The mixed doubles saw title holders, Yvonne Bruce Tagoe and Andrew Adu Appiah, successfully defend the trophy as they dispatched Kate Coleman and Robert Botchway 6-4, 6-4 in the final.

It was all joy when Paa Kofi and Ike Nartey beat Napo Wobil and Alfred Adjei in the 50+ category by a single set of 8-2 to become the new champions.

Speaking at the closing ceremony, the organiser and representative of Babolat Tennis Products in Ghana, Mr Ismaila Lamptey, noted that the massive turnout was an indication that the tournament had come to stay, while thanking the sponsors and participants for their contributions towards making the tournament a success.

“My motivation to organise this tournament has always been my contribution towards the development of tennis in Ghana and this year has been superb because using three venues should tell you the participation has been massive,” he said.

Mr Lamptey continued: “Performances throughout the various categories have been superb because everybody really prepared well and I can say that we had a good tournament mostly because new faces have also come on board.”

The tournament was sponsored by Saint-Gobain, Weber, Ecostar, McDan Shipping Company, Bossgie Limited, Lucof Investment Litide, Jonmoore, Physioshop, Beniigh, Bethel Hospital and supported by Tenolf Sports Ghana.