University of Cape Coast Tennis Club in collaboration with the Ghana Tennis Federation (GTF), Winneba Sports College and the Tennis Players Parents Association of Ghana (TEPPAG) ended its 4th edition of the 1-day Junior Tennis Initiative program.
A total of 30 children participated in the program aimed to improve the standard of players for the 2017 African Junior Championship (AJC) qualify in Nigeria.
After display of beautiful tennis skills in the round-robin matches, Lamech Bagerbaseh won boys 12 and under, he was drafted to boys 14 and under, he emerged as the winner. Richmond Nyarko won the boys 10 and under. In the girls category, Patricia Nyarko won the girls 14 and under after battling strongly with Grace Logan, and Dora Akiniah Tholly also won the girls 12 and under.
In an interview, the Program Coach Noah Bagerbaseh, an ITF Tennis Coach Instructor said “If we must get it right, we must work towards a firm foundation, which is what we are trying to fix in the country”. He added “We have discovered exceptional talents and potentials and the Junior Tennis Initiative Program has the capacity to develop junior high performance tennis players through approved ITF path ways”.
Coach Noah also said “the plan for development of tennis in Ghana should be a long-term approach that would lead to the appropriate nurturing and transition from advanced to elite tennis players and pointed out that tournaments such as the Junior Tennis Initiative (JTI) programs are strong foundations on which young players can blossom”.
President of Tennis Players Parents Association of Ghana (TEPPAG) Madam Kempa Annette said “ I’m very confident these players will soon emerge as world-class tennis players” she further thanked UK based Ghanaian Madam Francesca Aryeetey for her regular support to Junior Tennis development by providing them with tennis equipment.
Without doubt, more programs such as JTI are a must if Ghana is to regain past glory as well as take on the world of tennis.
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