zim tennis open.jpgZimbabwe Davis Cup players Takanyi Garanganga and Benjamin Lock have already heightened their training schedule ahead of their tie against Turkey in a Euro/Africa Zone Group II stage match set for Harare Sports Club in February.

Overseas based top ranked tennis player Garanganga, at number 438 and Lock on 475 in the world are in the country following a short festive holiday.

The players say they have a tough year ahead and have already returned to their hectic training schedules a few days into the New Year.

Garanganga says his training schedule begins early in the morning on the court before hitting the gym around mid morning and back on the court again in the afternoon as he tries to prepare for a tough season ahead following an injury plagued 2017 season.

Doubles specialist Benjamin Lock, who has a far better doubles rank of 304 after forming a deadly partnership with his sibling Courtney of Florida University, says he had an indifferent season in 2017 and is looking forward to a better 2018 season in Europe as well as a tough Davis Cup encounter against Turkey next month.

Other members of the Davis Cup team Courtney Lock and young Tadiwa Chinamo are committed to Florida State University and University of California in the United States and are therefore doubtful for the tie against Turkey due to college exams.

Mark Fynn, young Mark Chigaazira and Ayanda Mehluli Sibanda could be roped in for the home tie as able replacements.

Non-playing captain Gwinyai Tongoona is happy most of the team members have been active and continue to prepare after taking a short festive break.

Zimbabwe are scheduled to play Turkey at Harare Sports Club on the 3rd and 4th of February.

Both Lock and Garanganga were big attractions during the traditional new winners’ junior tennis tournament which opened the new tennis calendar in the New Year and will run from 3rd to the 5th of January at Harare Sports Club.