Garanganga breaks into top 300

HARARE - Zimbabwe tennis ace Takanyi Garanganga has broken into the Men’s ATP top 300 prompting his manager Thabani Sithole to declare big results are around the corner for the Mbare-raised tennis starlet.

The All Africa Games gold medalist this week reached a new career high ranking of 298, climbing four places in the positive from 302.

“The goal is to compete everyday out there. Big results are around the corner for Taka,” Sithole told an American publication.

“He is playing with conviction and an understanding of his game and that is key to success at this level. His improvements tell the story.”

The 23-year-old has an eventful schedule this year.

His next stop is in Florida for the Tallahassee Challenger on April 28 to May 3 before travelling to Europe for the clay and grass court season.

Garanganga says playing more ATP World Tour qualifying tournaments has improved his game.

"I have played many Futures tournaments in recent years and so I decided to venture into the ATP Challenger,” Garanga told Spaziotennis.com.

“In February, I had the opportunity to play the qualifiers of the ATP World Tour 500 Acapulco and I must say that despite not having played my best tennis it was a fantastic experience.

“Playing in Mexico was something new, something that I had never been exposed to before. I cannot wait to get better, to win and to continue to grow.”

The Zimbabwe Tennis Open champion revealed his willingness to give back to Tennis Zimbabwe.

“There are plenty of juniors…. but the big problem is that small initiatives that are promoted sporadically are not enough to provide a long and stable platform for growth,” he said.

I hope in my small way to give a lot of visibility to the sport in Zimbabwe, and especially try to set up intelligent structures to facilitate its development.

Of course, the main obstacle remains the funding but I personally believe that if faced with a lot of goodwill, competent people in this field will be willing to make changes and sacrifices in this direction.”

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