08.08.2002 Sports News

Darkey blames it on fatigue

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Gunther Darkey, Ghana's top seed in tennis has attributed his failure to reach his goal at the on-going International Tennis Federation (ITF) competition at the Accra Sports Stadium to weariness.

Gunther who bowed at the second stage of the masters competition, told GNA Sports in an interview that having competed regularly in several competitions for the past six weeks, he was extremely tired.

When the player was asked why he failed to condition himself, knowing the task ahead, he said he started working towards that but it would take time to get used to it.

He said he was saddened that he could not live up to expectation but added that he needed time to rest towards a competition slated for Nigeria next week.

" When one door closes, another opens. I also need to rest as well to be able to sell out a good game in Lagos," he said.

On whether tennis in the country has a future, the player answered in the affirmative. He said there are so many talented young players coming up but their performance would solely depend on how the country handles them. He expressed dismay at the fact that the players are chased around when their services are needed but after that nobody shows concern for their welfare.

He said whenever they are entering any competition, they have to pay the necessary participatory fees themselves or by their parents, without any help from the authorities.

The young player, who is based in London, said that there is a vast difference between tennis in Ghana and other parts of the world. He said the yearly organisation of competitions in the country is awful since playing in only a single competition per annum is not good enough for any player who hopes to make it big for his nation.

'No one can build a professional career in tennis here in Ghana; there is absolutely nothing to play for over here and hence one can not live on tennis here.” he added.

He urged the authorities of Ghana sports to be pro-active and attach seriousness to tennis in order to develop it to the highest level.

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