With less than two weeks remaining for the International Tennis Federation (ITF) Futures tournament to begin, competitive players from different countries across the globe have registered to compete in the two legs of the tennis extravaganza at Harare Sports Club.

France’s Tom Jomby who is ranked 385 on the ATP tour is among players on the acceptance list for the event.

According to the acceptance list, Takanyi Garanganga is the second highest ranked player with Tomas Puches of Slovakia the third highest.

Tennis Zimbabwe General Manager Cliff Nhokwara said the ITF tournaments will again be an important platform for local players to assess themselves against top international players.

This has been an important platform for the younger players to make a bold decision of whether they really want to take tennis as a full time profession or whether they want to just elevate themselves to playing college tennis. Top players come for these events and it really requires players that are up to it physically and mentally,” he said.

Davis Cup players Benjamin and Courtney Lock and Mehluli Sibanda are set to compete in the ITF Futures tournament which gets underway on 17 June.

Local players will this year again be looking to capitalise on home advantage after Garanganga and Benjamin Lock claimed titles at last year’s event.

With top players such as Jomby set to visit the country, Zimbabwean players will have to be at their best when the competition begins.