The national Senior tennis team, Golden Rackets on Saturday emerged the overall champions of the 2019 Africa Zone IV Davis Cup staged at the Kintele Sports Complex in Brazzaville, Congo.
The Ghanaian team, made up of US-based players Isaac Nortey and Herman Abban together with two local stars Benjamin Palm and Johnson Acquah put up a spirited performance to defeat their Rwandan counterparts 2-0 in the final to emerge winners at the seven-nation tournament.
Ghana’s mission to return to Africa Zone Three was accomplished as the victory qualified the team to the 2019 Africa Zone Three Tournament to be staged later this year.
Isaac Nortey - Ghana's number one seed
The Ghanaian team, coach by Frederick Egyir, finished tops on the Group A table after walloping Gabon 3-0 in their opening events, they beat Cameroun 2-1 on the second day before meeting Group B winners Rwanda in the final.
Ghana’s number one seed Isaac Nortey ousted Obiang Ondo Lyold 7-5,7-5 while number two seed Herman Abban defeated Lebendje Willy 6-0, 7-6(4) in the singles event.
Benjamin Palm partnered Isaac Nortey to record a 2-4, 7-6(1), 7-6(4) victory over Antchandie Herve and Obiang Ondo Lyold in the men’s doubles event. This brought Ghana’s tally to 3-0 at the end of the opening games last Tuesday.
Hermann Abban - Ghana's number two seed
The Ghanaians continued the feat during match day two as Herman Abban beat Cameroon’s Teboh Etienne 6-4, 6-3 in the men’s singles category before joining forces with Isaac Nortey to win 6-3, 7-6 against Teboh Etienne and Ngwohoh Blaise in the men’s doubles event.
The Rwandans also made it to the final after recording victories against Uganda, Botswana and host nation Congo.
Benjamin Palm - Ghana's number three seed
In a telephone conversation, Ghana coach Frederick Egyir said: “The fighting spirit of the team worked for us. The players were determined to win every event and they put up a good show. I believe our performance have improved tremendously, especially considering every match we played in this tournament.”
The team was met on arrival on Sunday by the President of the Ghana Tennis Federation, Mr Isaac Duah, who urged the players to keep working hard to win more laurels at the next competition.
Coach Frederick Egyir interacting with Hermann Abban during the break