Select Healthcare tennis tourney gets underway

HARARE - A Tennis Zimbabwe-sanctioned Select Healthcare Junior Tennis Championships kicks off in Harare Friday.

The junior age group tournament, sponsored by health concern entity Select Healthcare, will feature budding players from the Under-10 up to Under-18 category.

The tournament will be played over three days across three venues, Alexandra Sports Club, Harare Sports Club and Old Hararians.

Tournament organiser Terry Mubwandarikwa said Select Healthcare chairman Biggie Magarira is passionate about sport, hence the company’s involvement in this inaugural tournament.

“The chairman has got a passion for sport and is a firm believer in giving back to the community no matter how big or small our entity may be,” Mubwandarikwa told the Daily News yesterday.

“His passion lies in cricket and tennis and this time he saw it fit to partner with tennis because not many corporates are coming through to support the game since the historic exploits of the first family of Zimbabwe tennis, the Blacks, which is why we have started with the juniors with the hope that next year we go a gear up and host an International Senior Open tournament.”

The event has received overwhelming response with over 200 participants having paid up the $15 registration fee to be part of the three-day extravaganza.

“Participants are drawn from all the tennis-playing provinces in the country and players stand to gain vital career points since this a national event that has been sanctioned by Tennis Zimbabwe,” Mubwandarikwa added.

“We will however, have some underprivileged kids from the high-density suburbs also participating in the tournament free of charge as we intend to spread the game to every part of the country.”

The finals are scheduled for Sunday and for their efforts, every participating player is set to get a T-shirt while the victors will walk away with trophies, shields, certificates, medals and small token of appreciation in cash prize.

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