Kumasi will play host to the 2nd edition of the National Ranking Tournament from 26th March, 2016 to 2nd April, 2016. The one week event which has been held in Accra in the past will feature about 50 tennis players across the country, each with a mission to change increase their ranking position.
The tournament which is expected to be biggest tennis event ever to be held in the Kumasi metropolis, will be hosted at the 4 Garrison Officers Mess Tennis Court, one of finest tennis courts in the Ashanti Region.
The Ghana Tennis Federation has over the years organized National Ranking Tournaments for all tennis players in the country. The competition also serves as a way to keep national players in shape for international assignments.
The results of the Ranking Tournament are sent to the International Tennis Federation for international ranking. The tournament has enjoyed huge patronage over the years with very high-profiled personalities in attendance.
In an exclusive interview with Ultimate Sports, Mr. Isaac Duah, the Vice President of the Ghana Tennis Federation said the decision to move the tournament to Kumasi was down to the keen interest and support the Federation has received from Kumasi over the years.
“Kumasi has produced some great tennis players in the past. We’ve also received a lot of support from corporate institutions in Kumasi and we feel the need to spread the tournament to Kumasi,” Duah said.
The Chairman of the Ashanti Regional Tennis Association, Mr. Kwasi Agyeman Gyamibi on his part said the region is proud to host its first national tournament.
“We are very excited to host this tournament for the first time. Asanteman is very happy and we are confident it will be a success. We entreat all lovers of tennis and corporate institutions to come and support us,” Gyamibi said.
The one week event dubbed Babolat National Ranking Tournament is sponsored by Ismaila Tennis & Sports Shop, the official agent of Babolat in Ghana. It is also supported by McDan Shipping Company Limited.
Some of the players expected to grace the tournament include Wisdom Na-Adjrago (Ghana No. 2 seed), Benjamin Fumi, Emmanuel Nyan Plange, Bernard Dugbah, Kwabena Ofosu Bamfo, Pascal Ziyab, Francis Akpese, Daniel Anum Quartey and Former No.1 seed Jeff Bagerbaseh. Others include Andrews Adu Appiah, Jacob Ansah, Bismark Dowuona, Daniel Quartey, Marcel Agbegne and Isaac Tiiriku and many others.