Special Feature By Tunde Oyedele –
As actions resume with third round matches of the Governor’s Cup Lagos Tennis Invitational tournament on Wednesday, Number one seed, Garanganga Takanyi of Zimbabwe is the player to beat in this year’s edition, eyeonthesports.com reports.
Takanyi, Zimbabwe’s number one player, says the Nigerian weather is damn so hot but the gold medalist at the 2011 All African Games in Maputo has his eyes on the Governor’s Cup trophy, being sponsored by Etisalat and other corporate concerns in Nigeria.
Takanyi, who defeated Bala Musa in straight sets of 6-4, 6-4 in Tuesday’s match expressed his happiness to be part of the $84,000 prize money tournament.
“I am happy to have won my first match here in Lagos.
“Although, the weather is quite hot, but the game was good. I’m really glad that I won”, Takanyi said as he anticipates more victories in the CAT/ITF sanctioned championship.
Why Takanyi Is Player To Beat At 2014 Gov’s Cup !
Eyeonthesports.com can confirm that Garanganga Takanyi is quick, agile, has good strokes and appears the most experienced star amongst the players featuring in this year’s Governor’s Cup.
He is a professional Zimbabwean tennis player, who was born on September 6, 1990 in Mbare, Zimbabwe, a suburb of Harare.
Takanyi began playing tennis at the age of 8 and he is currently the top-ranked player from Zimbabwe.
Eyeonthesports.com recalls that Takanyi hit his first breakthrough in the sport when he won the African Junior Championship at the age of 14. This success sparked the interest of Zimbabwean coach Brian de Villiers, who took him to the United States.
After a career on the junior circuit and graduating from high school at Keystone National High School in 2008, eyeonthesports.com gathered that Takanyi turned down offers to play collegiate tennis at the University of Georgia and the University of Illinois to focus on his professional tennis career.
Takanyi has deliberately spent his time on the Futures circuit, and has started featuring in the ATP World Tour qualifying tournaments in 2008.
He has played top tournaments in the United States and some African countries. Takanyi, who has also represented Zimbabwe in Davis Cup, plans to add the ongoing Governor’s Cup in Lagos, Nigeria to his trophy cabinet.