Zim ready for ITF tourneys

HARARE - Tennis Zimbabwe (TZ) president Regis Bhunu says they are ready to host two International Tennis Federation (ITF) Futures tournaments which begin today at Harare Sports Club.

The two tournaments will start today and end on October 25, with the first tournament sponsored by Twenty Third Century while the second will be bankrolled by Net One.

The two companies unveiled a joint $30 000 sponsorship package for the two tournaments last Friday.

“Everything is now in place. All the players have arrived and we are waiting for the kick off tomorrow (today),” Bhunu told the Daily News yesterday.

“Hosting the tournament is not only a great advantage to the players, but will also boost the country’s image.

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

Zimbabwe will pin their hopes on Davis Cup players, Mark Fynn, Tinotenda Chanakira and Martin Dzuwa, however, the country’s top ranked Takanyi Garanganga pulled out.

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

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

The ITF Futures circuit is the lowest rung of professional tennis below the Association for Tennis Professionals (ATP) Challengers Tour, the ATP Tour and the pinnacle of professional tennis, the Grand Slams.

In 2012, Garanganga won the tournament after beating South Africa’s Keith Crowley 6-3, 7-6 (8) and walk away with $ 1300.

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