Tennis News of Monday, 28 April 2014

Source: Sammy Heywood Okine

Jeff Bagerbaseh wins McDan Tennis Open

Jeff Bagerbaseh defied all the hot shots of number one seed George

Darko to grab the exciting McDan Tennis Open held at the Accra Sports Stadium

over the week end.

The final match which started on Saturday and ended on Sunday due

to poor visibility saw brains compete against brauns and skills versus power.

At the end of it all, it was Bagerbaseh, son of a tennis coach who

did not disgrace his dad, Noah, but had to fight back after going down in the

first set on Saturday, came back strongly and crafty to win not only the favour

and support of the fans, but the 1,000ghc at stake.

The product of Kumasi Poly who had been playing tennis since age

seven under the guideline of his father sad he was very happy to be the latest

champion in town and dedicated his trophy to his fans and family members in


He disclosed to yours truly that he is going to surprise the world

by becoming an African and World star.

“I want to reach the top of World Tennis and I want to plead that

more sponsored programmes like the McDan Tournament are held to expose the up

coming players because Ghana has so many hidden talents” he said.

According to Jeff Bagerbaseh, he relied on his rich experience to

overcome his taller and very powerful opponent.

He expressed his gratitude to McDan Ghana Ltd and the Sports Media

for the exposure.

Runner-Up George Darko said it was hard luck that robbed him,

because he too the lead, but had to bow to his challenger who won the two sets

on Sunday April 27, 2014 at the center court of the Accra Sports Stadium.

Enoch Amartey, President of the Ghana Tennis Federation (GTF)

congratulated the players and officials and commended the sponsor for saving

the sport which had been facing financial problems.

He thanked McDan for paying Ghana’s affiliation fee to the International

Tennis Federation.