He added that International Federation has many developmental plans for the GTF such as the Junior Tennis Initiative, the ITF West Africa Junior Competitions and other planned programmes for the year so that by 2016 Ghana tennis will be performing at a higher level.
Mr Makhlourf made this comments when he paid a visit to Ghana to meet with the Ghana Tennis Federation executives, the Director General of the National Sports Authority, Coaches and other stakeholders involved with tennis. He noted that he was very impressed with the activities of the Ghana Tennis Federation adding that Ghana Tennis has improved tremendously because of the local tournaments organized such as the National ranking tournament, the McDan tournament, club league and others which has helped improved tennis in the country.
The ITF development Officer further commended the GTF for the opening communication channels between them and the ITF again as well as the easy access to information through its various social media platforms such as facebook and whatsapp, a feature which he said was not present in previous years.
Mr Makhlourf also hinted that the ITF is looking at introducing a National Centre for Excellence in Ghana as they have in Morocco. He explained that the centre in Morocco is aimed at junior tennis development and the children are on a schedule and monitored well on a school programme to ensure that the continent has tennis talents for the future.
On funding for the project, he noted the ITF is looking at various sources of funding such as Confederation of African Tennis, National Olympic Committee and other bodies and advised the GTF to also source for funds for the project since they are in a better position to get the funds because the federation is very visible now and organizing many tournaments.
Mr Makhlourf expressed his appreciation to the National Sports Authority, the Ghana Tennis Federation and other stakeholders for their warm reception during his visit adding that it has been very successful.
Meanwhile, the National Ranking tournament is currently on-going at the Accra Sports Stadium and ends on Saturday, 24th January, 2014.