The Depot Tennis Club of Accra yesterday emerged winners against the Kaneshie Complex Tennis Club (Kalatec) at the inaugural Holy Trinity Monthly Inter-Club Tennis Challenge, Sogakope.
The two clubs competed in men’s singles, men’s doubles, women’s singles and mixed doubles.
In a keenly contested men’s singles’ final match, Richard Borluvie of Depot Tennis Club beat Charles Fletcher of Kalatec 7:6 (4), whilst in the men’s doubles, Etornam Gblende and Fred Johnson Pasino of Depot Tennis Club beat Happy Dzah and Dr. Kafui Tetteh of Kalatec 7:5.
The women’s singles final witnessed Oforiwaa Aboagye of Depot Tennis Club beat Adubea Sarkodie of Kalatec 7:4.
At the Closing Ceremony, the Tournament Director, Mr. Henry Boni-Quarshie outlined the objectives for institutionalizing the monthly Holy Trinity Monthly Inter-Club Tennis Challenge, Sogakope under the auspices of the Ghana Tennis Federation (GTF) and emphasized that all the monthly winners will qualify for the Holy Trinity Social Tennis Grand Slam to be held at the end of the year, December 2020. He confirmed that the facilities, at the Heath Farm, are currently being upgraded to meet international specifications to enable them to qualify to host future Confederation of African Tennis (CAT) as well as International Tennis Federation (ITF) events, especially as the Health Farm is located just one hour drive from Accra-Tema motorway.
Special Awards were presented to players who excelled in specific lawn tennis benchmark skills, including Moses Oduro of Depot Club for ‘the play of the day’, Stephen Angmor also of Depot Club for ‘the best backhand shot’ and Adubea Sarkodie of Kalatec Club for ‘the most determined player’.
Dr. Cyril Bansah, Chairman of the Holy Trinity Tennis Club, in his closing remarks expressed his gratitude to the two clubs – Depot and Kaneshie Sports Complex – for honouring the invitation and urged other clubs in the country to sign up and participate in the monthly Holy Trinity Monthly Inter-Clubs Tennis Challenge, Sogakope, organized under the auspices of the Ghana Tennis Federation (GTF).
He re-emphasized the appropriateness of the location of the Holy Trinity SPA & Health Farm for the development of the tennis game in Ghana, considering the beautiful, serene sprawling riverbank Wellness Facility with 80 rooms, including presidential suites, an in-house clinic with medical officer, nurses, laboratory technicians, trained physiotherapist and massage therapists to support national and international sporting activities.
Additionally, the SPA’s 100-seater ultra-modern cinema, an aesthetically nourishing Club and lounge 40-feet into the Volta River provide a regenerative opportunities for the busy executive tennis players and their families for weekday business schedules. He also extended special appreciation to the Executive Chairman of the Holy Trinity SPA and Health Farm, Dr. Felix Anyah, a keen tennis enthusiast, for his immense support for institutionalizing the monthly inter-club tennis challenge as well as the annual Social Tennis Grand Slam.
Dr. Cyril Bansah announced that the next competition will be between the Ho Tennis Club against the Regional Maritime Tennis Club of Accra in October, next month.
Asamoah and Baffuor Gyan Assault Player
According to his narration, the singles game which was set up by a mutual friend took a sour turn when Godwin noticed that all controversial points that were supposed to go in his favor were given to Asamoah Gyan by his brother Baffour Gyan who acted as the umpire of the game.
“Most of these controversial points that were in my favor, Baffour Gyan was giving the point to Asamoah Gyan. At a point, I became a bit uncomfortable with it. So there was a particular point that to me was obvious that the ball was good, and Baffour Gyan insisted that the point was for Asamoah Gyan”.
He indicated that although the spectators agreed with him, he received no support from them because of who Asamoah Gyan was. After observing this for some time, Mr. Martey says he was unhappy and asked for a proper tournament to be arranged with a match commissioner and a neutral umpire to ensure fairness to both parties. After telling them this, he said Baffour Gyan shouted at him in “a very aggressive tone” saying: “My friend shut up and stand there and play”.Feeling intimidated by the angry rants, he quit the game and sat down on the sidelines. From his account of the incident, Baffour Gyan continued to shout angrily at him. Baffour Gyan is said to have charged towards Godwin, slapping him continuously and insisting that he gets back in the game.“Then he came down and came to hit me that ‘my friend go there, I say go and play’. He was hitting me to go and play,” he added.“As he was hitting me, Asamoah Gyan came in support of what Baffour was doing – assaulting me.” Godwin refused. Mr. Martey said that even after Godwin complaining to Asamoah Gyan that he was being assaulted by Baffour, Gyan replied by saying “Yes, you deserve it.” Godwin who has an audio recording of the entire incident plans to sue the Gyan brothers.
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