Zim continue preps for Davis Cup return?

HARARE - Tennis Zimbabwe (TZ) has intensified preparations to host the much-anticipated Davis Cup tie with Bosnia and Herzegovina early next month.

Zimbabwe will play the Europeans in the 2015 Euro-Africa Zone Group II, the country’s first home tie in years.

Home Davis Cup matches were a hit during Zimbabwe’s stint in the elite World Group.

“Already, the work is now in progress, we have started to renovate the court,” Cliff Nhokwara, TZ’s administrator, told the Daily News yesterday.

“There is no two ways about it, we must host this event, in terms of financial support we have so far received something from the corporate world but president (Regis Bhunu) has more information on the issue of money.

“Hosting the tournament is not only a great advantage to us as an association, but will also boost the country’s image.

“It will prove that we have the ability to stage such tournaments and hopefully pave the way to hosting future events.

“The Davis Cup is the most prestigious event in men’s tennis for over the last 100 years and we have to take this event seriously.”

The country’s Davis Cup side won the Team of the Year award at the 2014 Annual National Sports Awards (Ansa) in December.

That followed a successful campaign in Egypt where a five-man Zimbabwe team won promotion to the Africa Group II.

It ended an eight-year wait to gain promotion into the Davis Cup Euro/Africa Zone Group II.

This year, Zimbabwe will also pin their hopes on the country’s number one tennis player, Takanyi Garanganga.

The Mbare-born ace led Zimbabwe to promotion from Group III, winning all three singles rubbers and the only doubles rubber he contested.

Former Davis Cup stalwart Wayne Black is also tipped to come out of retirement at the age of 41 to play for Zimbabwe in the tie.

Black teamed up with elder brother Byron and compatriot Kevin Ulyett during Zimbabwe’s stint in the Davis Cup elite World Group, and posted some shock results during that era.

 

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