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Tennis News of Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Source: Gabriel Amoakoh

Tennis in Africa holds Tennis clinic for beginners

A non-governmental organization known as the Tennis In Africa (TIA) hosted a tennis clinic for young tennis debutants and players on Saturday at the Police Depot Tennis Facility, Tesano, Accra

The event was meant to introduce tennis to youth within the Tesano community and beyond while showcasing the performance of TIA kids. Patrons went through varieties of drills to improve specific aspects of their game including serving, return of serve, baseline rallying, approaching the net, aggressive base-liner and counter punching by Coach Yahaya Maccauley and Coach Charles Tetteh who gave the newcomers a taste of tennis by putting them through mini drills such as 'toss and catch', swinging the racquet, body positioning etc.

International Tennis Federation (ITF) Level 2 Coaches; Yahaya Maccauley, Charles Tetteh and Ebenezer Otoo were the resource persons for the clinic.

In her closing remarks, Patience Kodua, a US based social tennis player, tennis enthusiast, and CEO of TIA said her outfit intends to make the event an annual affair.  Tennis In Africa Inc hopes to make the sport of tennis accessible to all youth regardless of their economic circumstances.

“For some time now, Ghana’s tennis has taken a downward trend so the only way we can find a lasting solution is through these development pathways where players are given the opportunity to experience the best technical, physical and complete tennis training.  Returning to my motherland, Ghana, to give back to the society has always been a dream; we make can this dream a reality.”

She added "My focus is not only on tennis programming for the less privileged but also developing the literacy skills of youth, hence building a free community library at North Kaneshie. 'The Reading Station Library' formerly known as 'Tennis In Africa Library' is located at 860 Ekpakpa Feemo Street.

Saturday's tennis clinic was preceded by a reading workshop facilitated by Mrs Kodua.  Participants had an opportunity to read and listen to a number of books provided by Mrs Kodua at the event.

Mrs. Kodua, who is based in the United States has been in Ghana since June. She organized a Reading Workshop and book donation to Peki EP Primary School on June 7th, and a free Theater Body Expression and Improvisation Workshop for participants at the library on July 14th.