McDan ITF World Tour ends today

The Centre Court of the Accra Sports Stadium tennis complex will be full of fireworks tomorrow as it hosts the 2019 McDan ITF World Tour finals in the Doubles and Male Singles events.

From the round of 32 stages, the final two individuals and pairs for the Doubles event will seek to entertain the crowd expected to fill the court stands.

As of press time yesterday, battles for quarter and semi final matches were ongoing with players putting up inspiring performances.

Sadly, mo Ghanaian has been able to advance to the finals stages.

Andrews Appiah, Bernard Ashitey Armah, Jeff Baggerbasseh and others started on impressive notes, recording respective victories to qualify into the main draw for the round of 32 stages.

They failed to sustain the momentum; however, falling by the way as the tournament progressed.

Benjamin Fumi, Benjamin Palm, Johnson Acquah, Bernard Ashitey Armah and Andrews Adu Appiah all fell out along the way in the face of stronger opposition.

The five made early exits in the men’s singles first round with Benjamin Fumi losing 6-2,6-2 to Nigeria’s Joseph Imeh Uboh and Johnson Acquah also losing 6-2,6-4 to Netherland’s Len Schouten.

Benjamin Palm who had a wild lost 6-1, 6-2 to tournament third seed, Eric Vanshelboim from Ukraine.

Unseeded Daniel Anum Quartey also lost 6-0,6-1 to first seed Benjamin Lock from Zimbabwe.

Andrews Adu Appiah could not withstand Jurence Zosimo Mendoza, losing 6-1,6-1 to the Philippine. 

Lastly, Bernard Ashitey could not earn his first ITF/ATP points as he lost 6-3,6-1 to US based Luke Jacob Gamble.

In the other men’s singles games, Italian Andre Bassire defeated Great Britain’s Darryl Hale 6-3, 6-1.

Curaçao’s Michael John Every defeated Russia’s Alexey Dublin 6-3, 6-2; Namibia’s Tukhula Jacobs won 6-4, 6-7(3), 7-6(6) over Zimbabwe’s Courtney John Lock.

Tournament second seed, Ryan James Storrie from Great Britain also booked his place in the second round ousting Abdulaziz Bationo from Ivory Cote d’Ivoire 6-1, 6-2.

BY TIMES SPORTS REPORTER

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