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Garanganga thrown lifeline

Garanganga recently missed out on a wild card entry from the International Tennis Federation, but has again been given an olive branch as there are still six places reserved for players who perform well in the forthcoming events with the Davis Cup tournament being one of them.

The Africa Junior Championships (AJC) champion missed out on the wild card entry because of his low ranking. He is ranked 584 in the world and ninth on the continent.

Garanganga, together with Benjamin Lock, Tendai Tapfuma and Mark Fynn, will be trying to help Zimbabwe gain promotion into the Euro/Africa Zone Group II next year.

In Tunisia, Tennis Zimbabwe (TZ) president Regis Bhunu said Garanganga still has an outside chance of making it into the Olympic team if he does well at the Davis Cup competition.

“There are a number of motivating factors for the boys in Tunisia. Besides playing for points, Garanganga could make it into the Zimbabwe Olympic team if he performs well. ITF still has six places that will be filled by players who would have done well in the forthcoming tournaments that will be played just before the Olympic Games,” he said.

“Our target is to gain promotion to Group II and I think the players have done their preparations very well. Benjie and Tapfuma were playing Futures tournaments in Turkey while Fynn was in Spain.”

The tournament will see two top teams being promoted to the Euro-Africa Zone Group II next year. Algeria, Benin, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Kenya, Namibia, Nigeria and the hosts Tunisia are the other countries that will battle it out with Zimbabwe in Tunisia.

Last year the Zimbabwe trio of Garanganga, Fynn and Lock finished third, tied with Algeria on third place behind Egypt and Madagascar, who were both promoted to Group II.

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