The filthy dusts and rusts on the iron tennis court, due to the past embarrassing leadership crisis, coupled with the outbreak of the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), are expected to be wiped off and oiled, beginning Wednesday 17-20, in a four-day Aminata Annual Tennis Tournament.
The tournament, sponsored by the Aminata & Sons Gas Station is valued at US$3,000.00. The maiden edition of the Aminata Annual Open will bring together 16 amateur male players from in and around Monrovia.
According to the president of the Liberia Tennis Federation (LTF), Adolphus Wade, the preliminary stage will be played on Siaka Toure and Dr. Neal’s Tennis Courts in Tweh Town, Bushrod Island, where four games would be played in each court.
The tennis boss said the appearance fee for the preliminary phase is US$50, while the second and third rounds are US$50 and US$75 respectively.
“Besides players’ appearance fees, each player will receive US$5.00 as transportation and there will be water and food available,” Mr. Wade said. “According to the tournament’s rule eight players will drop in the first phase, while the 2nd and third places, four and two places will drop in that order.”
The LTF boss added: “The first winner will get US$500, while the runner-up will receive US$25.00, and each of them will receive a trophy.”
He said the LTF, under his leadership, would stage six different tournaments, mostly corporate tournaments, during the dry season of every year.
He noted that the maiden edition of Aminata Open, “Is like a light in the tunnel,” and disclosed that in the 3rd week of January, in celebration of his wife’s birthday, there would be ‘The President’s Wife Open tournament.
“We’ve engaged some business and concessions and hope that there would be favorable answers,” Mr. Wade said. “By the grace of God, a smiling child holding the racket to bat the ball will be on signboards of some of the companies.”
Wade further said the essence of the tournament is to determine the strength of the players; promote competition, togetherness and unity them; to get royalties and support the training of kids, amongst others.
Aminata & Sons Incorporated is one of the biggest indigenous Liberian petroleum businesses with over 14 filling stations in Montserrado County. It has three pumps, containing six electric fuel service pumps, according to a company spokesman.
It is also the first Liberian owned gas station to introduce ‘Fuel Filtration Machine,’ with the capacity to carry out a thorough cleaning of vehicles’ fuel tanks.
Its president and chief executive officer Siaka Toure is a former president of the Liberian Tennis Association.