Four persons have emerged ‘champions’ in the Aminata Tennis Open 2018 at the end of the three-day tournament, which ran from Friday, January 12 to Sunday, January 14.
This tourney is the 4th edition.
In the first and second editions, 2013 and 2014, Liberia’s number one player, John Wolo, won the tourney. In the 3rd edition, Perry Jaaziri Johnson replaced John Wolo, who has traveled to the US.
This is the first time for the Aminata Tennis Open to have more than one categories – specifically four categories – 18 and above male, 18 and above female, 12 and under male and 12 and under female.
Betty Tarpeh, 11, thumped 10-year-old Dorcas Moore in two straight sets, 6-2 and 6-1. Betty pocketed US$150, while Dorcas went away with US$75.
In the 18 and above category, Decontee Tarpeh thrashed Patience Boyer 2-1 in the best out of three sets.
In the first set, Patience dumped Decontee 6-3, but in the second, Decontee bounced back to win 6-0, to equalize and later won the third match 6-4. Both winners received US$200 and US$100 respectively.
Kollie Brown, in the 12 and Under category, whipped Jamel Kesselly – his cousin – in two straight sets, 6-2 and 6-3. They got US$150 and US$75 respectively.
Meanwhile, in the prime category – the 18 and above category – defending champ Perry Jaaziri Johnson defeated first-time finalist Emmanuel Chayee 2-1 in three sets.
Perry easily won the first set 6-1, but Emmanuel re-consolidated and thumped Perry 7- 5 points. In the last derby, Perry proved his maturity and downed Emmanuel 6-3 points.
He received the highest and largest purse of US$600, while Emmanuel got US$300.
The Liberia Tennis Federation, however, expressed appreciation to Aminata and Sons Incorporated for the sponsorship of the tournament.
LTF president Clarence L. Simpson, lll commended Siaka Toure of Aminata and Sons for his continued support to the game. For his part, Toure said the game is his passion.