The All-African Tennis championships opened in Cairo, capital of Egypt, on Friday (6 December) at the Gezira Sporting Club.
The All-African Tennis championships opened in Cairo, capital of Egypt, on Friday (6 December) at the Gezira Sporting Club. Teams from Egypt, Libya, Kenya,m Cameroun, Nigeria, Gambia, Gahan and Sierra Leone are taking apart in the tournament, which is scheduled to end on 15 December.
In the absence of President Anwar Sadat, Brigadier Hassan Allam represented the Egyptian Government at the opening ceremony.
The opening match of the Men's Singles tournament took place between Egypt's Ahmed Hassan and the Cameroun player Essimi. The results was a conclusive 6-2, 6-2 victory for the Egyptian, who had little difficulty in dispatching his opponent.
This is the second All-African Tennis Tournament. The first was held in the Sudan last year ... and the entry list has grown in the meantime. According to officials, tennis is still an infant sport in Africa, and its growth is hampered by lack of funds to date. It is hoped that tournaments such as the one in Cairo will encourage the development of the sport.
SYNOPSIS: The Gezira Sporting Club in Egypt's capital, Cairo, is paying host for the current All-African tennis championships. The tournament opened in Cairo on Friday ... with a full-scale official ceremony. Teams form many African countries are taking part in this -- the second such championship ever held. The first All-African tournament took place in the Sudan in nineteen seventy three. Libya, Kenya, Cameroun, Nigeria, Gambia, Ghana, Sudan, Sierra Leone and Egypt have representatives in Cairo for the championship, which are scheduled to and on the fifteenth of December.
In the absence of the President, Aswar Sadat, Brigadier Hassan Allam was present at the opening ceremony to represent the Egyptian Government.
The Brigadier officially welcomed the participating teams to Cairo ... and to the tournament. The entry list for the championship is larger than last year and officials hope that this will encourage the growth of the sport, which, they say, has so far been limited by lack of funds.
The opening match of the cournament was a Men's Singles duel between the Egyptian Ahmed Hassan and the Cameroun player, Essimi. Hassan served for the final game of the first set with a lead of five-two already on the scoreboard. The Egyptian dominated the first set from beginning to end, but Essimi held his own in the long rallies. But hassan's superior play ensured he took the point to give him game and first set six-two.
Hassan rose to the occasion by breaking his Cameroun opponent's service twice in the second set to take the lead five-two again. He made sure of victory by serving well in the final game to win set and match -- six-two, six-two.