Egypt's number two tennis player, Ali El Dawoodi, won the second All-African men's singles final at the Gezira Sporting Club, Cairo on Sunday (15 December).
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Background: Egypt's number two tennis player, Ali El Dawoodi, won the second All-African men's singles final at the Gezira Sporting Club, Cairo on Sunday (15 December).
Although a little one-sided, the match was the highlight of the championships. Dawoodi defeated his compatriot Abdul Ghani Mohammed, in four sets -- six-two, six-two, three-six, six-love. If it hadn't been for a couple for lapses in concentration, Mr. Dawoodi possibly because of his overwhelming superiority, Ghani would not have taken the third set.
But after a ten-minute break Dawoodi came back onto the court in a ruthless mood and demolished Ghani without losing a game.
Despite some action-packed tennis in both the men's doubles and singles finals, crowd attendance at the Championships was poor and they have not been a financial success. Experts agree though, that black Africa has some strong-up-and-coming players who will be a force to be reckoned with internationally in future years.