Westerhof wins ITF tourney

HARARE - The ITF Twenty Third Century Systems Futures Tournament closed here yesterday with Netherland’s Boy Westerhof winning the final after beating South African Ruan Roelofse 6-3, 7-6.

The top seeded Dutchman secured his place for the final after beating South Africa’s Tucker Vorster, who was seeded third, 6-2, 6-4 while Roelofse had edged second-seeded Dutchman Antal van Der Duim 6-4, 7-5.

Westerhof did not disappoint as he emerged victorious in the final after battling out against the South African.

Although, Zimbabwean tennis players fail by the wayside early in the tournament, Tennis Zimbabwe president Regis Bhunu was pleased with the way the event was staged.

Local players Mark Fynn and Tinashe  Chikanda were eliminated in the second round, while Tinotenda Chanakira, Martin Dzuwa and Miracle Matanga bowed out in the opening round.

“The tournament was a well-organised and well attended event, but we look forward for more sponsors to hold such events because they help improve the level of our players,” he said.

“For the past three years we had only three Futures tournaments which means one for each year a situation which downgrades the level of the sport in Zimbabwe.”

He said companies should chip in to promote the sport that has the potential to drive the economy.

“Net One and TTCS have been sponsoring tennis in Zimbabwe and I also need to extend my thanks to them as they have stood firm with us for the past years,” he said.

TZ is set to host another ITF Futures event at Harare Sports Club next week which will be sponsored by Net One.

Other countries that were represented in the just ended tournament include Japan, France, Germany, Spain, Croatia, Poland, Argentina and the United States.

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