…Hon Ashitey declares as 8th Senior Open Tennis ends
By: Kofi Owusu Aduonum
The Greater Accra Regional Minister, Nii Armah Ashitey has expressed satisfaction about the large turn out and the healthy rivalry that characterized the 8th Senior Open tennis tourney final at the Accra Lawn Tennis Club on Saturday.
The Minister’s observation stirred him to pledge his unwavering support for tennis in the country, and particularly in the Greater Accra Region.
According to the Minister, his outfit will put words into action by starting pilot projects in second cycle institutions.
“We want to set the pace in Accra by taking it to the schools for the other regions to follow,” the Minister said.
He added: “I was surprised when I got down to see a lot of vehicles at the car park, I have realized tennis is still alive after all.”
He pointed out that the sport ceases to be a recreation, pointing to the fact that: “It is now a big business, and if a fraction of the money that goes into football is given to tennis and the other less endowed disciplines, we will make strides.”
It was Issah Iddi who won the ultimate prize, handing Charles Asomani with a two straight win 6-4, 7-5 in a game that saw the loser pausing intermittently to attend to his right arm injury in the men’s Open sigle 15-years and above category.
For his efforts, he took home a Multi TV decoder plus a dish, a trophy and a 21’’ LG TV set, while the runner-up received a Multi TV decoder and a trophy.
The ladies singles of 15-years and above saw Kate Coleman emerging winner over Annette Cruckshank, while Paul Hammond won against Emmanuel Addy in the 55-years and above event.
Zinabu Akoto played second fiddle to Augustina Yamak in a three straight defeat, 5-7, 2-6, 4-6 in the ladies 35-years-old and above. Defending champion in the 35-years and above men single Dr. Patrick Bankah retained his tile, defeating Club chairman Abeiku Bentsi 6-3, 6-3, while Lawrence Lartey won against Lankai Lartey in the men’s 45 and above category.
Tournament Organizer Mr. Peter Annan appealed for government support in subsequent editions and presented certificates to the competition title sponsor Japan Motors and other supporting sponsors.