Chikanda bows out

HARARE - Zimbabwe tennis player Tinashe Chikanda had his road cut short at the ongoing Net One ITF Futures tournament when he lost to Frenchman Victor Girat Magin here yesterday.

Chikanda, who also suffered an early exit at last week’s defeat at the ITF tournament,failed to redeem himself bowing down to a first round defeat 6-2, 6-2 to the Frenchmen.

“I failed to reach the next round because I had developed a torn adductor muscle (a groin strain or a groin pull which is a tear or rupture to any one of the adductor causing inner thigh pain) and I couldn’t perform to my standards,” Chikanda said after the match.

“I lost the Frenchmen but it was good tournament and I think for the sport to grow in Zimbabwe we must groom more youngsters and give them more support especially those who are under 12 and over.”

Spanish Oscar Hernandez also progressed after beating Lance Cohen of South Africa 6-3, 7-5, whilst Enzo Wallart and Ruan Roelofse are also through after winning their matches.

The Net One Futures Tournament has a prize fund of $15 000 and has attracted many players from around the region.

Tennis Zimbabwe administrator Cliff Nhokwara said there are holding a training camp this week to nurture more young talent into the sport.

“We are holding a training camp from the 23rd up to 26 this week and this is meant to nurture more young talent into the sport so that they can compete at highest levels. We are hoping to see Under-12 and 14 both boys and girls at the camp,” he said.

“Rian Kruger will be the supervisor of the tournament together with Martin Dzuwa and Freeman Nyamunhoko and of course an ITF fitness trainer.

“We have been holding these training camps but this time it’s different because this one will be ITF supervised.”

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