Chinhamo strikes gold at ITF World Junior Champs

HARARE - Zimbabwean teenage tennis ace Tadiwa Chinhamo was in scintillating form at the 7th Fujairah International Tennis Championship at the United Arab Emirates, where he won gold in both his singles and doubles events.

Partnered by Syrian Karim Allaf, Chinamo won a gold medal for the under-18 doubles competition after defeating the South Africans Calvin Jordaan and JD Malan in the final.

Chinamo and Allaf beat the South African team in two clean sets at 7-6 6-1.

Tadiwa, the son of former Tennis Zimbabwe (TZ) vice-president Tanyaradzwa Chinamo, went on to dominate the singles section played on the hard outdoor court of the Grade 4 tournament.

He looked in imperious form from the onset at the 32-player main draw of the seventh Fujairah ITF Junior Tennis Championships, working through the opening rounds before defeating Egypt’s Mohamed Abdel-Aziz 6-3 6-2 in the quarter-finals.

The semi-final provided a trickier encounter for the Zimbabwean who went down 2-6 in the first set to Sebastian Mermersky of the United States before going on to claim the next two sets and match 6-2 6-4.

Chinhamo followed that up with a hard fought win over his doubles partner Kareem Allaf 7-6(2) 6-2 in the final.

The ITF World Junior Tennis Competition is an International Team Competition for girls and boys aged 18 and under.

Almost every top player in the world started in the ITF Junior Circuit, which now takes in over 400 tournaments in nearly 120 countries.

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