The President of the Sierra Leone lawn tennis association , Ezekiel Kelvin Kellie has described the recent Murray town tennis club competition as a giant step forward in showcasing the game.
He remarked that tennis as a family sport needs to grow and that the initiative by the Murray Town Club should serve as a challenge to other Clubs within the Tennis family to unanimously take the discipline to greater heights.
He commended the invaluable contribution of the Murray town Tennis Club for creating the leeway for tennis to take its rightful place among the many sporting disciplines in the country.
He was speaking after himself and David Morsay won the men's double Championship at the Wilberforce Tennis Court.
Explaining the essence of the Competition, the President of Murray town Tennis Competition , Col. Roland Gbondo, said the tennis Competition was geared towards helping players and administrators alike to renewed their commitment in helping the game to reach key benchmarks in terms of development and appealed to the authorities to allow the said competition to become an annual calendar event for talent identification and shaping the game to meet the needs of the time.
The Competition attracted the movers and shakers in Sport including the Minister of Sports Ibrahim Nyelenkeh , SLFA President Thomas Daddy Brima among many other personalities.
One man who still has memory of how tennis saved his life is Sam Jalloh who wrote a book titled " How tennis saved my life" during the dark days in Sierra Leone's history.
In his own words, Sam shares his dogged determination and will to endure pain , to plough through dangers, to fight to stay alive, to see one more sunrise , one more day and smile one more time at his beloved mum.
Today , Sam enjoys his career as an International Tennis Coach touring with players all over the World.
The muttered hope is that someday soon, the next US Open tennis star would come from Sierra Leone.