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Saah Qualifies for US U-14 Exhibition

first_imgSaah Kandakai, a Liberian 13-year-old tennis gem residing in New Jersey, has qualified to be part of 100 tennis kids to compete for 10 slots for an exhibition show before USTA Open, from 25 August to September 8, 2014.Saah booked his qualification when he reached the grand finals of the United States Tennis Association (USTA) Sectional U-14 qualifiers, his father and former coach, Alfred Saah Kandakai said.Mr. Kandakai told the Daily Observer yesterday that Saah’s qualification is a debut appearance for a Liberian kid to reach the finals of the USTA Sectional U-14 qualifiers.Coach Kandakai said, “Saah is on the path to be scouted for a professional tennis career to fulfill his dream.”In March 2014, said reached the quarterfinals in his first Sectional Tennis Tournament in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in the United States.Prior to his sectional tennis debut, New Jersey.com said in March-2014, Saah participated in the National Junior Tennis & Learning of Trenton (NJTLT), sponsored by Noah Lilienthal, a 14-year-old tennis player.The website reported that Lilienthal expressed his willingness to help Saah, describing him as a friend.The NJ.com said: “With the help of NJTLT staff, he (Saah) is driven to a Princeton University clinic twice a week with Lilienthal and supplements that with the NJTLT’s Ashe program.”Saah, an eighth-grader at the St. Michael Catholic High School left for the USA on June 26, 2013 for tennis training at the Sanchez-Casal Academy in Naples, Florida through the help of the Mamba Point Hotel and the Oceano Casino.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img

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