Tennis: Atta Mills Memorial tourney launched

BY: Kweku Zurek
A board member of the Atta Mills Foundation, Kodwo Mills, addressing yesterday's launch
A board member of the Atta Mills Foundation, Kodwo Mills, addressing yesterday's launch

A board member of the John Evans Atta Mills Foundation (JEAMF), Mr Kodwo Mills, has tasked participants in the 2016 Atta Mills Memorial Tennis tournament to pay a fitting tribute to the sporting legacy of the late President by giving their best during the competition.

The six-day tournament, organised by the JEAMF in collaboration with Invictus Africa Investment Partners, was launched yesterday in Accra with the final set slated for July 30 at the Accra Sports Stadium.

According to Mr Mills, a nephew of the late President, the tournament will witness contests in two categories reserved for professional and amateur players.

The senior players will compete for a trophy and cash prizes, while the amateurs will vie for educational scholarships and tennis equipment.

"It is our belief that the players will pay a fitting tribute to President Mills with the best tennis skills because he was a promoter of sports in his days as a student and later in public life," he said.

Mr Mills said he was hopeful the tournament would bring to the attention of the public the work of the foundation which, he said, had since 2012 handed out over 300,000 educational scholarships.

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The winners and runners-up of the professional segment will take home cash prizes of GH¢4,500, GH¢2,500 and GH¢1,500 respectively, while the top four players in the amateur segment will win scholarships worth GH¢1,000 each.

The Vice-president of the Ghana Tennis Federation, Mr Aboagye Duah, said the tournament was timely, given the lack of tennis competitions to keep local players active.

Prof. Atta Mills was the first Ghanaian President to have died in office on July 24, 2012. He died at the 37 Military Hospital.