Mr. Daniel McKorley, the CEO and the executive Chairman of McDan Group of Companies, sponsor of the McDan West Africa Tennis Tournament in an interview told tennisgh.com, that he does not want to be part of Ghana tennis that will produces only local stars, he intimated that such approach won’t bring any international laurels to Ghana. “McDan seeks to go beyond supporting local Ghanaian Tennis players, we want to able to sponsor Ghanaian international Tennis stars”
Towards preparing for this year’s McDan tournament, his advice to local players was that, “current crop of local players need to improve their standard of play and train more, stop complaining and focus to be able to face the stiffest competition and eventually break into the ATP rankings”adding that it will hurt to present US$5,000 total prize money to foreigner.
Asked what he (as a tennis enthusiast) would want changed for the better tennis in Ghana, Mr. Mckorley said the Ghana Tennis Federation (GTF) will do with little professionalism in their engagement, he however commended Secretary General PhilipinaFrimpong and the Vice President Isaac Duah Federation for their dedication to duty.
Mr. McKorley said he was glad that within the space of two years the McDan Open Championship has become a breeding ground for winners of major silverware, which inspires him to do more.
Professional tennis players from Benin, Togo, Burkina Faso, Nigeria, Cote d’Ivoire and host country Ghana are expected to converge at the tennis court of the Accra Sports Stadium to battle for honors.
Story: Gabriel Amoakoh
News Sep 18, 2015