Muhwandagara, Mahere win Rotary Club tourney

HARARE - Risning stars Tawona Muhwandagara and Tsitsi Mahere are the champions of the inaugural Rotary e-Club “Ambassador” junior tennis championship in the Under-12 boys and girls category respectively.

Muhwandagara won a titanic battle against Andrew Chigaazira 6-1, 4-6, 7-5 to win the title in the Under 12 boys category.

Mahere won all her matches which was played in a round robin format. In her last match Mahere  enjoyed a convincing straight sets win against Charlote Zhuwakini 6-4, 6-2.

Muhwandagara’s young brother Takura was crowned the champion in the Under-10 boys green balls category, after beating Aiden Jinnah 6-3.

In the Under-10 boys orange category Mickie Raja beat Antony Masvimba 6-3 to win the title.

Cahanell Zhuwakini won the title in the Under 10 girls category after finished with 75 points followed by Tiyannah Nyariri with 72 points.

Tournament director Richmore Murape said the tournament was a success and plans are underway to make it an annual event.

“We are looking forward to make this tournament an annual event and we are hoping to attract more juniors from across the country.” Murape told the Daily News yesterday.

“We have participants from across the country and we are happy with this turnout, junior players need this kind of tournaments, and they have to play to sharpen their skills at this stage.

“In tennis you get better by playing more tournaments. We encourage our junior players to participate in more tournaments,” Murape added.

Murape says the tournament was mooted during the Claudio Murape Memorial tourney last year held in honour of his late brother, former tennis coach and first black non-playing captain of the Zimbabwe Davis Cup team.

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