Bright start for Darko…In ITF Futures 3 tourney

George Darko — Ghana’s top seed

George Darko — Ghana’s top seed

Ghana’s top tennis seed, George Darko, is leading a group of Ghanaian tennis players to participate in the International Tennis Federation (ITF) Futures tournament running under the promotional name of The Governor’s Cup.

The tournament with prize money of 15,000 USD started yesterday in Lagos, Nigeria and has attracted players from all over the world, playing on hard-outdoor courts.

Other players from Ghana include second seed, Wisdom Na-Adzrago, Tsaatsu Kofi Segbedzie, Bernard Dugbah and Kwabena Ofosu Bamfo.

Darko recorded his first win on day one yesterday with a 2-1 win over a Nigerian opponent, C. Kodjo in three electrifying sets.

The Ghanaian recorded 6-2, 3-6 and 7-5 to edge past the stubborn Nigerian in a game that lasted over two hours but with very poor statistics.

He won 11 Service games out of the 14 played, five break points and four Aces against his Nigerian counterpart who won 10 Service games out of the 15 played, won three break points with no Ace.

Darko double-faulted on six occasions against the five by the loser, calling for improvement in the Ghanaian’s game if he is to stay in the competition expected to end on Sunday, December 13.

The Ghana-Nigeria rivalry was expected to be given another dimension as of press time when Bernard Dugbah takes on Mohammed Mohammed of Nigeria on Court three.

On the same court three, the pair of Wisdom Na-Adzrago and Tsatsu Kofi Segbedzie were expected to play a France duo of Sadio Doumbia and Fabien Reboul in a round of 16 qualifier with the Nigerian duo of Umaru Balami and Edward Christopher Anefu also ready for the Ghanaian pair of Kwabena Ofosu Bamfo and George Darko in another round of 16 qualifier on court four.

By Andrew Nortey

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