Ganganga targets French Open

Takanyi Garanganga, the country’s top ranked men’s tennis player, has been tipped to continue his meteoric rise up the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) international rankings.

Garanganga is on the rise.
Garanganga is on the rise.

This follows the Harare-born star reaching a new career high recently. According to the latest ATP rankings, the 23-year-old has soared to 298 in the world rankings, up from the year-opening 363.

This is the first time the double-handed backhand specialist has broken into the Men’s ATP Top 300.

“The goal is to compete every day out there. Big results are around the corner for Taka. He is playing with conviction and an understanding of his game at this level. His improvements tell the story,” said his manager, Thabani Sithole. He was upbeat his protégé would make an impression in the upcoming tournaments, starting with the ongoing Tallahassee Challenger , which ends on Saturday (May 3), to propel him to the international rankings.

This would be his last tournament in the United States before he travels to Europe for the clay and grass court season. The star has set his sights on two remaining Grand Slams of the Year, the French Open at the end of this month and Wimbledon a month later. “Takanyi has been working harder than ever and it is evident that he belongs with the big boys. It is all about competing and grinding through the draws now. In Europe, he will encounter his most demanding season yet but he feels ready. Most of his tournaments will be ATP 250s and 500s, meaning the highest level competition, which Takanyi thrives on,” Sithole said. Garanganga belongs to a generation of tennis stars that are determined to return Zimbabwe to its glorious days in the sport. He has won the first tennis gold medal for Zimbabwe at the 2011 All-Africa Games before winning the 2008 African Junior Championships and competing in all the junior Grand Slams.

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