Top tennis players for Zim

HARARE - Top tennis players from across the world are set to grace two International Tennis Federation (ITF) Futures tournaments from October 13 to 25 in Harare.

Some of the top players expected to participate include Netherlands’s Boy Westerhof and Antal Van Der Duim who are ranked 256 and 295 on the world rankings respectively.

Also South Africa’s top ranked trio of Ruan Roelofse, Tucker Vorster and Nikala Scholtz, are set to grace the events.

The above mentioned top players are expected for the first tournament sponsored by Twenty Third Century.

Italy’s Roberto Marcora and Frances’s Julien Obry, who are ranked 220 and 268 in the world respectively, are expected to join other players in the second tournament sponsored by Net One.

Zimbabwe will pin their hopes on Mark Fynn after the country’s top-ranked Takanyi Garanganga player pulled out of the event.

Garanganga is currently participating in various international tournaments in a bid to earn points to qualify for the Australian Open next year.

“We have intensified our preparations for the event, 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.

“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.”

Zimbabwe hosted their first futures tournament in 2012 after a seven-year break; however, last year TZ failed to host the two events after disagreements of dates between sponsors and ITF.

In 2012, Garanganga won the tournament after beating South Africa’s Keith Crowley 6-3, 7-6 (8) and walk away with $1 300.

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