The 2019 International Tennis Federation (ITF) World Juniors Circuit ended last Saturday at the tennis arena of the Accra Sports Stadium with Mathis Bondaz winning his second trophy in the boys U-18 singles event.
The French teenage sensation won his first trophy the previous week when he defeated his opponents from the Seychelles in the boys, and on Saturday he claimed another gold after a straight sets victory against Indian Eshaan Lumba.
Lumba, 17, got an early break in the second set, but lost his serve twice late in the set as Bondaz, also 17 years, sealed the win 6-3, 6-2 to set the venue agog.
President of the Ghana Tennis Federation, Isaac Duah presenting the trophy to Juliet Bovy, winner of the girls singles event
“To win two ITF-certified titles within two weeks is amazing and I am so happy. But I worked for it. I worked so hard because I want to improve on the rankings. Now I am going home to prepare for the next tournament,” said an elated Bondaz, who is currently ranked 810 by the ITF at the juniors level.
In the girls singles category, Juliet Bovy from Belgium finished tops after recording a 6-2, 6-4 victory over Astrid Cirotte from France.
Chelsea Fontenel from Switzerland partnered Belgium’s Chyara Onia to win the girls doubles category, while Vence N’Tcha from Benin paired up with Great Britain’s Ronan Sahni to win the boys doubles.
Chelsea Fontenel of Switzerland and Belgium’s Chyara Onia won the girls' doubles
However, it was a disappointing competition for Ghana’s young talents who showed a lot of promise but were outclassed by their opponents at the early stages of the tournament, which was organised by the Tennis Foundation Ghana, an NGO, in collaboration with the Ghana Tennis Federation (GTF).
The ITF-certified tournament featured 64 players from 20 countries and was sponsored by McDan Shipping Limited, Hollard Insurance, Coconut Grove Hotel, Life Time USA, Ann Natural Mineral Water, Vital Milk and Sports Drive Volunteers.
The winners and officials in a photograph after the competition