Eight juvenile tennis players have been selected to represent Ghana at the 2017 World Masters Championship Bowl, an international junior tennis tournament scheduled for Croatia from September 16 to 25.
The players : Caleb Aryeetey, Desmond Ayaaba, Rginald Okantey, Johnson Acquah, Helena Hammond, Yvonne Noi, Portia Allotey and Edwina Kwartey qualified for the world event after they won their various events at the third edition of the Ghana Champions Bowl tournament held over the weekend at the tennis arena of the Accra Stadium.
The two-day event saw over 60 participants drawn from communities such as Osu, Kaneshie, Adabraka, Sakumono and Tema battle it out for slots in the boys and girls Under-12, U-14, U-16 and U-18 categories.
While Caleb Aryeetey beat Aaron Armah 4-2, 4-1 in the boys’ Under-12 event, Desmond Ayaaba secured a place for the Croatia tourney with his 5-4, 2-4, 10-5 win against Richard Okine in the Under-14 division.
Two-time International Tennis Federation (ITF) and African Junior Championship (AJC) participant, Okantey, beat Daniel Tagoe 4-0, 4-0 in the boys’ Under-16 category with Johnson Acquah defeating Richmond Armaah 4-2, 4-1 in the Under-18 event.
The girls’ event, which had no age category, was won by Helena Hammond with Yvonne Noi, Portia Allotey and Edwina Kwartey in that order, qualifying for the world event.
Mr David Derhnick-Coffie, Chief Executive Officer of Zion Management Africa Limited (ZMAL) told the Graphic Sports that he was excited the competition served the purpose of selecting the players for the World tournament.
He expressed appreciation to the sponsors – Wilson International Sports Brand, SIC Life, Indomie Ghana, Melcom Group of Companies, Ocean Spring Mineral Water and Innolink Ghana — for their support.