Zim geared for tennis qualifiers

HARARE - Three Zimbabwe junior tennis players have stepped up their preparations for the qualifiers of the World Junior Finals tournament set for Tunisia next week.

The trio of Karen Machisa, Kim Bhunu and Munashe Kaome will represent Zimbabwe against five other nations, South Africa, Madagascar, Egypt, Morocco and Tunisia.

Only the winner of the Tunisian qualifier will go to represent the continent at the World Junior Finals to be held in the Czech Republic later in August.

Australia, Canada, Colombia, India, Japan, Peru, Thailand and the US have already booked their tickets to the Czech Republic after winning their respective continental qualifying tournaments.

Tennis Zimbabwe (TZ) administrator Cliff Nhokwara is confident that the trio will shine in the North African country.

“Everything is going according to plan and the team is ready for the day. We are looking for a major improvement from last year’s performance,” Nhokwara told the Daily News yesterday.

“It’s going to be very tough but we are very hopeful that the girls are going to do well. We are confident they will play well.”

Machisa and Bhunu were invited by the International Tennis Federation following their good performances at the Africa Junior Championships in Kenya in April.

Kaome qualified for the event after winning a local play-off tournament to be the third member of the squad.


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