TZ bemoans lack of funding

HARARE - Tennis Zimbabwe administrator Cliff Nhokwara has bemoaned the lack of financial support to host International Tennis Federation (ITF) Futures tournaments.

The country is currently hosting the Twenty Third Century Systems ITF Futures tournament which will be followed by another one which is being bankrolled by NetOne next week.

However, Nhokwara believes with more sponsorship the country can host at least five or six tournaments per year.

“It’s a pity we can’t have more of these events in the country because of lack of financial resources but hopefully the more we have these events the better the level of our player is going to be,” said Nhokwara.

“We obviously aspire or hope to get more sponsors as possible ideally if you look at other countries like Egypt for example, who are also in Africa, and they have many Futures tournaments.

“You are looking at 30 to 40 Futures tournaments; we should be able to host not less than three per year maybe you are looking at five to six would certainly help our players.”

He also hailed government which have been helping the sport indirectly.

“In a way the government has been helping indirectly because we have duty incentives from government like when we import our tennis ball equipment, we don’t pay duty if we apply on time,” he said.

Meanwhile, third-seed Vorster Turker from South Africa is through to the quarter-finals after defeating Davids Charven 7-5, 6-1 while Arthur Surreaux also made it to the last eight after beating Crowley Patrick 6-1, 6-4.

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