African Lawn Tennis took a major step forward on Saturday (1st December) with the opening of the first African Tennis Championships in Khartoum, Sudan.
GV Pan Flags of various countries
SV Sign "Sudan welcomes African Champions"
GV Teams Parade at opening ceremony: Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria (5)
TV Bahig of Sudan plays Mike of Cameroon
TV Pan Bahig serves and Mike scores point
TV Spectators applaud
SV Bahig serves and wins point
LC Bahig serves
SV Mike returns play and scores
GV Play Mike returns plays and loses racquet
SV Mike returns service
Initials SC/1617 SC/1648
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Background: African Lawn Tennis took a major step forward on Saturday (1st December) with the opening of the first African Tennis Championships in Khartoum, Sudan. Play will continue until Saturday (December 8th). Six countries are taking part - Ghana, Sudan, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Kenya and Cameroon.
The decision to stage the Championships was made when representatives of 19 African Tennis Federations met during the All Africa Games in Nigeria early this year. The Sudanese Federation offered to stage the Championships during this meeting.
A notable absentee from the Championships is Egypt, regarded as the leading tennis country in the African continent and a regular competitor in the Davis Cup competition.
The players met on the courts of the Khartoum Tennis Club, and paraded before spectators and officials during the opening ceremony. Fourteen matches were to be played. In the first, Mike from Cameroon, defeated Bahig of Sudan,