The Ghana Tennis Federation (GTF) has released a final list of tennis athletes to represent and defend the flag of Ghana in the Billie Jean King Cup in Vilnius, Lithuania scheduled to take place from 12th June to 19th June 2021.The final list was presented by the Coach of the team, Mr Albert Arthur in consultation with the Technical Committee of the federation.
The players to represent Ghana are Naa Shika Mckorley, Naa Anyema Mckorley, Nyanyuie Grace Tomegah and Annette Cruikshank. The short ceremony was held at the National Tennis Training, Accra with some members of GTF board in attendance.
Earlier this month, the coach of the team, Mr. Albert Arthur enlisted five players as a provisional list for preparation of the games but further said only four will travel to Lithuania. Ghana’s participation in the competition will afford the players some exposure as the team prepares for the 2023 African Games to be hosted in Ghana.
Mr Isaac Aboagye Duah, President of the federation, stated that the games will start on 12th June and explained why Team Ghana is not yet at Lithuania. “ Due to covid-19 factors, all participating and travelling countries are to report late to the games, so we will leave Ghana on Friday and get acquainted with the country on Saturday while we wait for the commencement of the games on Sunday” He says. Again, the president thanked all corporate organizations that have contributed to the team’s preparation.
A lot of people and organizations have been very helpful so far, Phoenix Insurance, Omni Diagnostics, Mr William Gbormittah, Mr Kennedy Gbormittah, Amoako Boafo Foundation, Hope Performance Tennis Foundation, National Sports Authority, Stanbic Bank, Madam Ayishetu Ibrahim Amegah (representative of Baboo Sports).
The Billie Jean King Cup is the first international team competition in women’s tennis, launched as the Federation Cup in 1963 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the International Tennis Federation (ITF).
The name was changed to the Fed Cup in 1995, and changed again in September 2020 in honor of former World No. 1 Billie Jean King.
The Billie Jean King Cup is the world’s largest annual women’s international team sports competition in terms of the number of nations that compete. This year’s competition will constitute 21 countries including Ghana.