Tennis News of Wednesday, 20 March 2013
Source: Daily Graphic
Winner of the first leg qualifier of the maiden Interplast Top 16 tennis competition, Pascal Ziyab, faces a threat of his title defence from some of the big names in sport as the second leg of the qualifiers rolls off at Winneba on Wednesday.
The four-day final leg to the main tournament from April 2-9 at the Accra Sports Stadium is expected to introduce fresh faces who missed out in the Kumasi event for a place in the final.
But they would have to play above themselves to pick one of the 16 slots for the main event which is to officially rank Ghanaian local payers for the next Davis Cup in Egypt in June.
George Darko, Raymond Hayford, Robert Kpodo, Ryan Asante and runner up at the first leg, Bernard Dogba could all gang up against Pascal to dethrone him. Indeed, the Winneba qualifier could be a real test for the 37 Club player who is determined to stamp his authority in the game.
From Wednesday to Saturday, the interest in local tennis could increase as the competition is expected to feature the best in the country.
Officials are expected to arrive at the match venue for balloting for the commencement of the day’s matches which starts at 9 am.
Interplast is sponsoring the qualifiers as well as the main competition to the tune of GHS54, 000, and the winners take home a total of GHS10, 000.