Seven Ghanaian tennis players George Darko, Pascal Alome Ziyab, Wisdom Na-Adjrago, Tsatsu Kofi Segbedzi, Kwabena Ofosu Bamfo, Yusif Ibrahim and Bernard Dugbah made a trip to Lagos Nigeria to participate in the 2015 Lagos edition of the Governor’s Cup Nigeria.
They performed poorly in the F3, only two players George Darko and Pascal Alome Ziyab made it into main draw in the men’s singles draw, F4, on the hand F3 and, saw four players Pascal Alome Ziyab, George Darko, Wisdom Na-Adjrago, Tsatsu Kofi Segbedzi made it into main draw in the men’s singles draw. However none of players qualified beyond the first round both F3 and F4.
George Darko put up a great display to upset Nigerian Mohammed Mohammed in the qualifying round of the championship but was no match for the Benin’s Delmas Ntcha who wrapped a convincing win 6- 4, 6-1 and Pascal Alome Ziyab losing a two straight set 6-3, 7-5 to Umaru Balami from Nigeria.
Also, Ghana’s No.2 Wisdom Na-Adjrago’s desire of making his 1st ATP World Tour Points did not materialize us he was defeated to a Switzerland’s Jessy Kalambay in a straight set 6-3,7-6(4) while UK based Ghanaian Tsatsu Kofi Segbedzi stumbled at the first hurdle, losing 6-0, 6-1 to Aaron Cortes Alcatraz from Span .
The story remain the same in doubles categories, in the F3, George Darko paired up with his Junior brother Kwabena Ofosu Bamfo and also Wisdom Na-Adjrago partnered Tsatsu Kofi Segbedzi main doubles draw, however in the F4 main doubles draw George Darko /Wisdom Na-Adjrago paired up and Tsatsu Kofi Segbedzi partnered Kwabena Ofosu Bamfo both paired players in F3 an F4 were knocked out in the first round.
Back home it seems to be mixed reaction from section of fans: some said the poor performance shown by the players was due to lack of international exposure other fans believe lack of adequate training and mantel toughness.
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