Garanganga eyes $50K tourney

HARARE - Zimbabwe top tennis player Takanyi Garanganga (pictured) is targeting to qualify for this weekend’s St. Joseph’s/Candler Savannah Challenger ATP Challenger Tour which carries a $50,000 purse at the Franklin Creek Tennis Centre in the United States.

Garanganga received a first round bye of the qualifiers and will now face Facundo Mena of Argentina in the second round of the qualifiers

Facundo is ranked 525 on the ATP World while Garangnga is ranked number 396.

If the Mbare-born player beats Mena he will face the winner between Britain’s Alexander Ward and Guillermo Duran of Argentina.

“The success of many of our 2014 players at Wimbledon was absolutely amazing. Nick Kyrgios our champion went on to upset Gasquet and then Nadal to advance to the quarter-finals,” reads a statement on Savannah Challenger ATP Challenger official website.

“Our singles finalist Jack Sock went on to claim the men’s doubles championships and one of our wildcards into the Savannah Challenger Noah Rubin went on to win the boys singles championships at Wimbledon.

The Zimbabwean will be hoping to bounce back to winning ways after a disappointing performance at the Fayez Sarofim and Co. US Men’s Clay Court Championship.

Garanganga bowed out of the first round of the tournament after suffering a 6-4, 6-2 loss at the hands of Denis Kudla of the US.

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