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Gambian young tennis ace wins bronze medal in ITF/CAT tennis Tourney

Jul 27, 2011, 3:03 PM | Article By: Lamin Drammeh

Gambian young tennis rare talent Fabakary Drammeh together with seven other tennis players of the Gambia Tennis Association Monday night returned to Banjul at the back of exciting result of being the only member of the Gambian representatives to win a bronze medal in Senegal.

The young tennis ace was among a host of other young tennis players across the continent that took part in the just ended International Tennis Federation and Confederation of African Tennis Championship (ITF & CAT) in Mbur, Senegal, but his performance made him stand out as the best among his Gambian comrades.

Drammeh, who was awarded the most outstanding male tennis player of 2009 voted by the Sports Journalists Association of The Gambia, finished 3rd place and was awarded a bronze medal at the end of the 11-day tennis championship.

The magnificent youngster got off to a promising start to the ITF and CAT tennis tournament by recording a convincing two straight sets win over his opponent Ozil of Cape Verde in the second round after he was given a bye - Automatic Qualification - to round two and made it through to the quarterfinals.

Drammeh entered the quarterfinals with his head held high and proved his worth by beating his opposition Burama of Mali for a place in the semi-finals to set up a crucial clash with Antoyen of Togo but eventually lost to the Togolese youngster in an exciting semifinal tie.

The young man, who resumed his quest for at least a crown despite missing out in the hunt to secure the top prizes, finally laid his hand on a bronze medal after beating a Cameroonian national in the person of Junior in the third place battle.

However seven other tennis players failed to advance to the semis although few of them managed to make it to at least the quarterfinals.