$45k needed for Davis Cup tie

HARARE - With two weeks left before Zimbabwe’s much-anticipated Davis Cup tie against Bosnia and Herzegovina, Tennis Zimbabwe (TZ) is racing against time to raise $45 000 to host the match.

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

Initially, TZ were appealing for $100 000 but they have managed to raise over half of the amount from the corporate world and they are now looking for $45 000.

“We are happy because our preparations are going on well as we have managed to raise some money and our refurbishment is now at an advanced stage.  We are now looking for $45 000,” TZ president Regis Bhunu told the Daily News.

“There is no two ways about it, we must raise this money as we need to host a successful event — we are now appealing to all who can come and support us.

“Our team will be in camp a week before the tie and I think they will adequately prepare for the game.”

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 the five-man 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 impressive results during that era.

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