Top 4 McDan winners for Spain

JAPHET 3Top four winners of the maiden McDan Open Tennis championship would embark on their scheduled training tour of Spain after this year’s edition.

The second edition is scheduled to begin on, Monday April 20.

The training tour forms part of the prize package for the winner, Jeff Bargabasseh, runner-up George Darko, Wisdom Adzrago and Raymond Hayford, the losing semi finalists.

Earlier arrangements to have them undertake the two-week training tour before the 2015 edition was hampered by the timing of the Davis Cup tournament.

The Davis Cup Tournament will come off in October as Ghana aims at a Euro Africa Group Two return. Meanwhile preparations for the McDan Open have hit fever pitch with players engaged in various warm-up matches at their respective clubs.

It is expected to mark an improvement over last year’s participation in terms of numbers.

Registration is ongoing at the secretariat of the Ghana Tennis Federation (GTF) office at the Accra Sports Stadium with the biggest attraction being the increment in the prize money for both male and female categories.

That will see the men’s winner taking home GH¢ 2,000 with the women taking home Gh¢1,000.

Mr Daniel McKorley, Executive Chairman of the McDan Group of Companies, headline sponsor of the event explained that the prize monies were doubled to increase competition in the tournament.

“We will continue to increase the cash component and other reward packages every year to stir up the hunger to play well amongst the players. Next year, we will extend this to the West African sub region so that our players will compete with opposition from Togo, Cote d’Ivoire, Benin and Burkina Faso who also do very well in tennis.”

Winners are also expected to take home packages from tennis equipment dealers Babolat.

By Andrew Nortey

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