TZ lauds victorious Davis Cup team

HARARE - Tennis Zimbabwe (TZ) has praised the country’s Davis Cup team for ending an eight-year wait to gain promotion into the Davis Cup Euro/Africa Zone Group II.

A five-man Zimbabwe team, led by non-playing skipper Martin Dzuwa, on Saturday beat Namibia 2-0 in the semi-finals of the Africa Group III in Egypt to win a promotion ticket to Group II.

Benjamin Lock outclassed Namibia’s Jacobus Serdyn 6-0, 6-1 before Takanyi Garanganga also posted a straight set convincing win against Tuki Jacobs 6-2,6-2 to seal the win.

Zimbabwe finished the group stages on top of Pool A ahead of Madagascar, Congo and Nigeria.

Dzuwa’s team beat Congo and Nigeria with a similar 3-0 score before edging Madagascar 2-1.

“We are very happy as an association, we want to thank the boys for the good performance,” TZ president Regis Bhunu told the Daily News yesterday.

“The boys achieved some of our main targets this year, and now we are looking to perform well in Group II.

“I think the team deserved to win because if you look at the past two years, we narrowly missed to win promotion and now it’s a huge achievement for the Zimbabwean tennis family.”

Bhunu believes the feat will turn a new chapter for Zimbabwean tennis.

“With the win, I think next year local tennis fans will have a chance to watch Davis Cup competition being played on home soil.

“We want to thank Old Mutual for their sponsorship; the sponsorship was a morale booster to our team, which enabled them to achieve their goals.”

Bhunu took the opportunity to appeal for more sponsorship for the game.

“Presently, parents are funding their kids to travel to various tournaments across the world, which is not good for the development of the sport,” he said.

“Look what is happening to Takanyi. His parents are the ones who are funding him, it’s so sad because at the end of the d his achievements will make the whole nation proud.”

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