Some of the biggest personalities involved in the development of tennis in Ghana over the last four decades were honoured at the maiden induction ceremony of Ghana Tennis Hall of Fame, with the Ghana Tennis Federation (GTF) honouring 30 personalities for their selflessness and dedication which brought honour to the nation.
The rest are former national star and administrator Peter Annan (Grandmaster), Isaac Akwetey Lartey, Maltilda Macbruce, Mrs Georgina Abena Kingsley-Nyinah, Narh Tetteh, Norteysah Dowuona and Naa Kwarley Quartey.
Those who were honoured posthumously were Abraham Nortei Owuo, Alfred Adams, Samuel Lamptey, Daniel Amanor, Gottfried Tawiah Oddoye, Mrs Genevieve Esamon S. P. O. Kumi, Squadron Leader Clend Sowu, Benjamin Borboryoe Nartey, Charles Neville Hill, N.K. Asigbetse, John Ampah and Jonathan Odonkor.
Long-serving umpire and management member of the Ghana Tennis Federation, Abubakar Yakubu Lea was presented with the Eddie Annan Award for Courageous and Selfless Leadership.
“It is refreshing to know that today's event remains the first ever and I want to call on other disciplines to emulate the GTF. I wish to encourage the youth in the sport to take cue from the honour done these heroes to offer their best in their various careers,” he said.
For his part, the President of the Tennis Foundation Ghana, Roger Crawford, noted that men and women who thrived in their endeavours and made the nation proud needed to be celebrated.
“Our recent successes, such as that at Davis Cup where Golden rackets made up of Captain Fred Egyir, Isaac Nortey, Herman Abban, Johnson Acquah and Benjamin Palm topped Group 4 in Congo and gotten us to group 3 is clear testament to our far we can go when effective collaboration is exhibited,” said Mr Duah.
He continued: “Today's public show of gratitude for their tireless efforts and patriotism is a new page that will be cherished by all. It is my fervent hope that all of us here present will help in making the ceremony a memorable one.
The event brought together some dignitaries including the Minister of Tourism, Mrs Barbara Oteng-Gyasi; Nii Armaah Owiredu I, who represented the Osu Traditional Council; President of the GTF, Mr Isaac Duah, SWAG President, Mr Kwabena Yeboah, the Cultural Attachee of the American Embassy, Elizabeth Ategou; the Deputy Ambassador of Spain to Ghana, Mr Raphael Rodriguez Dos Ponga and Esther Arewa, a representative from the Nigerian High Commission.