Chawafambira raises Mantas Academy flag

HARARE - Mantas Tennis Academy director of coaching Freeman Nyamunokora believes Pauline Chawafambira’s tennis scholarship to Arizona State University is further proof that the Mutare-based academy is by far the leading tennis conveyer belt in the country.

The Zimbabwe female junior tennis ace, who had a sensational 2013 season, was awarded a four-year full tennis scholarship last year to study in the United States.

Chawafambira follows the path of former Zimbabwe Davis Cup player Genius Chidzikwe, who launched his career at the famed tennis academy before refining his skills in the US.

“Pauline is the 37th player to go on full tennis scholarship to the United States through Mantas Academy,” Nyamunokora said.

“They are many other players who have come through the academy and gone on to excel the most prominent being Chidzikwe.

“Only last year we facilitated two players to go on full tennis scholarships to the United States.

“These are Ronzai Saurombe and Taremeredzwa Mariga (both 19 years-old) who are now pursuing their tennis careers whilst studying at Seward Country Community College in Kansas.”

The former Mutare Girls High pupil made a name for herself on the regional scene winning the Malawi Open, Francistown Open, Harare Open and the Zambia Open.

The 19-year-old was runner-up to fellow Zimbabwean Fadzai Mawusire at the Botswana Open.

Nyamunokora was optimistic that Chawafambira time in the United States will raise her game.

“It’s good for her exposure. It’s a good stepping stone to turning professional because she will play a lot more ITF tournaments in America,” he said, adding:

“It’s unfortunate that funds are our biggest hurdle but despite the recent performances of our players shows that we are the best academy in the country.”

Comments (1)

Thanks Mantas for your hard work. MRS Martin, you are a star. Continue supporting tennis.

goko - 13 January 2014

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