‘We beat the best to win gold’

 George Darko (right) and Wisdom Na-Adjingo displaying their medals

George Darko (right) and Wisdom Na-Adjingo displaying their medals

Vice President of the Ghana Tennis Federation (GTF), Isaac Aboagye Duah has commended the effort of the All Africa Games gold winning tennis squad that fetched Ghana her historic medal at the Games.

According to Aboagye Duah, Ghana played the best sides in the tournament and was no surprise they emerged the eventual winners.

The pair of George Ato Darko and Wisdom Na-Adjrago came out tops in the doubles event after beating the Democratic Republic of Congo in two straight sets of 6-4, 6-4 on Thursday.

Originally scheduled for the previous day, the game was postponed due to poor visibility when they had wrapped up the first set 6-4 and tied 1-1 after the first two games of the second set.

But they were not perturbed by the postponement as they continued with their impressive rallies the following day to seal the historic feat for Ghana.

On their way to the final, Darko and Na-Adjrago drew a bye in the first round before meeting Nigeria in what was termed the ‘final before final’ that renewed the stern rivalry between the two countries.

Ghana, however, prevailed, winning 7-6 (5), 4-6 and 10-8 before accounting for Kenya 7-5 and 6-3 in another exciting game.

Mr Aboagye Duah told the Times Sports the win was a clear manifestation that when tennis is given the needed push, it will rise to the top and add to the sports that continue to keep the flag of Ghana high.

He said what the players needed now is constant and regular competitions and exposure.

In that light, he commended the support the Federation has enjoyed in recent times from McDan Group of Companies, saying, ‘we are grateful to McDan Group for supporting tennis and calling on others to join us in the development of the sport.’

Mr. Aboagye Duah announced that the Golden Rackets will participate in the Davis Cup competition next month with the aim of qualifying to the Euro-Africa zone.

He pledged that the Ernest Yao Obimpeh led administration will continue to support and motivate the team in diverse ways including extending the team’s non residential camping from their own resources.

By Andrew Nortey

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