Takanyi appeals for funds

HARARE - Zimbabwe’s top ranked tennis player Takanyi Garanganga is appealing to well-wishers to help fund his dream of competing at his first Grand Slam, the 2015 Australian Open.

The Atlanta-based tennis player set up a website to help him raise at least $10 000 to cater for his travelling and training costs in the run up to the Australian Open that will be held in Melbourne next January.

“Unfortunately, money has been a serious struggle for me throughout my professional career. Because of limited support and funding, coming solely from friends and family, I can’t play the full schedule of events I need to, as I simply cannot afford to do so,’ wrote Garanganga.

“Thankfully, it’s been through a strong group of supporters that I am where I am today – but there is only so much they can help, and the tether has now pretty much been exhausted.

“I have to cover my training and competition expenses on my own, which at this level puts a lot of strain on the amount of time I can actually dedicate to my training.

“Tournaments on the Challenger and ATP Tours take place on pretty much every continent in the world, and it’s necessary to compete and perform well in as many as possible to climb in the rankings.”

The Mbare-born 23-year-old tennis players is appealing for any support he can get from individuals and corporate sponsors.

“Any support you can give me will be used towards travel costs such as flights and accommodation, training expenses, equipment and competition entries,” he said.

“I need to raise at least $10,000 which will partly cover some of my expenses to compete at the 2015 Australian Open, in January.

“I feel I really have a chance to achieve my goal of making it this year and know it will make my country, continent and supporters proud. Representing Zimbabwe and the continent of Africa at the grand slams has always kept me driven, but I still need your help!”

With the Zimbabwe economy currently experiencing a liquidity crunch, most companies are scaling down operations and subsequently their corporate responsibility activities.

This has resulted in most sporting disciplines that rely on funding from the corporate world struggling to make ends meet.

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