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Tennis Association duo wrap up training camp

Sep 8, 2010, 1:03 PM | Article By: Lamin Drammeh

The Gambia Lawn Tennis Association's duo Basuruwa Conteh and Seedy Bojang have returned to Banjul after successfully participating in a weeklong tennis training camp in Dakar in preparation for the Commonwealth games to be held in India early next month.

The stars, who will be the country's only representatives in the Indian championship, were sent to Dakar by the Gambia Lawn Tennis Association in collaboration with the Gambia National Olympic Committee (GNOC) in a bid to regain international tennis experience before the start of the highly anticipated Commonwealth games.

Upon their return on Friday, The Point's reporter visited one of the players at his residence in Bakau to reflect on his experiences during his stay in the Senegalese capital of Dakar.

Basuruwa Conteh, who is ranked number one in Gambian tennis rankings, dilated on the numerous experiences and benefits he and his fellow countryman Seedy Bojang have gained while in Dakar given the fact that the training camp has gone a long way in trying to help them expose to a high-level tennis standard with the support of Senegalese coaches.

"We were fortunate to play alongside top tennis players, including a Togolese national, Tundeh, who are ranked at the top level in the world by the Association's of Tennis Professionals (ATP)," Conteh told this reporter yesterday.

When asked about the prospects of winning silverware in India, Conteh said: "We will do our utmost best to get a positive result when the champinship takes centre-stage in early September."

This high-level training camp will surely avail the tennis association’s duo with the unique opportunity to compete with other leading tennis players around the world at one of the highest levels of the international tennis federation.