Top tennis players for Zim

HARARE - Top junior tennis players from across the world are set to grace three International Tennis Federation (ITF) junior tennis tournaments from July 28 to August 15 in Harare.

Some of the top players expected to participate in the boy’s category include Kenya’s top player Ismael Changawa Ruwa Mzai, who is ranked 146 on the ITF rankings, and Poland’s TerczynskI Mateusz, who is ranked 202 in the world.

In the girls’ category, some of the top players expected grace the event includes Namibia’s Lesedi Sheya Jacobs and Russia’s Anna Ureke, the two are ranked 132 and 152 in the world respectively.

Zimbabwe will pin their hopes on their number one-ranked Courtney Lock in the boys’ category while in the girls’ section Nicole Dzenga is expected to lead the Zimbabwe team.

Other top local tennis players to look out for at the tournament include, Alwyn Mushonga, Lucca Picci and Ngoni Makambwa while in the girls’ category Finnigan Zahra, Latifah Yasini and Tariro Dembo are also expected to shine.

“We expect a number of top players to grace this tournament. Hosting the tournament is not only a great advantage to the players, but will also boost the country’s image,” Tennis Zimbabwe administrator Cliff Nhokwara told the Daily News yesterday.

“It will prove that we have the ability to stage such tournaments and hopefully pave our way to hosting future events.

“The events will be beneficial to our players as they earn points, our local players will find the tournament tough but it will be a good experience, that’s the only way we can improve. In tennis you get better by playing more tournaments.”

The ITF Junior circuit is a Grade Four ranking competition whereby players battle for points which will be used in their world rankings.

Comments (1)

Just to say bravo to all the young player, their coaches and families. Stay with it

Kasiya - 1 October 2014

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