Secretary General of the Ghana tennis Federation Philipina Frimpong says the country can produce a top notch tennis player if they invest $50,000 on monthly basis on a player to enable him participate at major tournaments and the Olympics.
Ghana tennis players failed to qualify to the Rio Olympics as a result of low participation in International tournaments to gain the maximum points needed to participate in the Olympics.
According to the World Tennis Association, a Tennis player can only participate in the Olympics if he/she is ranked 50th and above.
However, Philipina believes investing in young talents can produce Ghana a tennis star in the future.
“We can equate it to Avram Grant’s salary and everything else he is earning on the side over a period of a month for five years and serious competitions,” she told Joy Sports
“You start with a boy 14 years old boy you encourage that boy to play in all the Junior World Tournaments both Africa and the world.”
“So all ITF tournaments he plays in and the more they play the more they build up, because it is the same people you are playing all the time.”
“So then they start to build the ranking points, then they graduate from the juniors to the men’s section.”
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