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Tennis star Lock off to Turkey

Futures tournaments, which are the first stage for players graduating from the ITF junior circuit, give an opportunity for players to win career titles and improve their rankings.

Benjamin is scheduled to compete in Turkey F23 Futures in Tekirdag from June 11-17 before proceeding to the Turkey F24 Futures in Izmir from June 18-24.
The two tournaments will be played on clay, the same surface which will be used in the Davis Cup.

Benjamin’s father, Martin, who is also a former Zimbabwe Davis Cup player, confirmed this to Independent Sport in an interview yesterday.

“Benjamin will have a busy schedule ahead of this year’s Davis Cup in Tunisia. In between training in South Africa he will take part in two Futures tournaments in Turkey.  Soon after the two tournaments he will return to South Africa for training ahead of the Davis Cup,” said Martin.

“After the conclusion of the Davis Cup, Benjamin will head to Spain for two more Futures tournaments in mid July. He will then return to Zimbabwe for two more tournaments on the Futures Circuit that we intend to host in August,” said Martin , who is also the board member for development at Tennis Zimbabwe.

Benjamin who has an impressive Davis Cup record of seven wins and just one loss will be making his third appearance in the competition since making his debut in 2010.

The other players expected to make the team include veteran Genius Chidzikwe, Mark Fynn, US-based Takanyi Garanganga, Mbonisi Ndimande, and Admire Mushonga.

Benjamin’s stock continues to rise after completing an impressive debut season at Florida State University, where he was recruited on a tennis scholarship in January.

In just a space of four months, Benjamin (19) quickly established himself as one of the key players in the University’s tennis team, despite being a freshman, earning himself the nickname ‘Ben-Jamming’.

Last week he returned to the local scene and immediately made an impact by winning the Manicaland Senior Open in Mutare.
Benjamin donated US$850 of the prize money for winning the tournament, as his scholarship conditions do not allow him to receive any funds.

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