TZ seek $15k for Davis Cup tie

HARARE – With a month left before Zimbabwe’s Euro-Africa Zone Group II Davis Cup play-offs against Moldova, Tennis Zimbabwe (TZ) is racing against time to raise $15 000 to host the match.

In March, Zimbabwe suffered a 4-1 humiliating defeat at the hands of Bosnia and Herzegovina to book a play-off match against Moldova who also registered a same score line against Hungary.

Initially, TZ were appealing for $60 000 but they have managed to raise over half of the amount from the corporate world and they are now looking for $15 000.

“We want to thank some corporate sponsors like NetOne, Hyundai Motors, Stanbic Bank among others who came in and provided us with funds, we are now looking for $15 000,” TZ president Regis Bhunu told the Daily News.

“We are happy because our preparations are going on well, our refurbishment is now at an advanced stage.

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

Bhunu is confident that his side will get a positive result against Moldova and believes they are less tougher opponents than Bosnia.

“We are not scared of Moldova, I think Bosnia was a tougher opponent than Moldova, look Bosnia has three highly ranked players which I think is different from Moldova,” Bhunu added.

Zimbabwe’s Davis Cup team put a disappointing performance against Bosnia, with the country’s top seed TakanyiGaranganga losing all his matches, the team registered their only win through Benjamin Lock after his opponent retired in the second set.

Going into this tie Zimbabwe will pin their hopes on in form Lock who recently clinched Mozambique F1 Futures at Clube de Tenis de in Maputo.

Lock recorded the sensational win after he outclassed United States’s William Bushamuka 6-4, 6-4 to win the prestigious title.

The win comes a month after Lock also starred in a 6-1 loss to University of Virginia while playing for his school Florida State University (FSU) at Scott Speicher Tennis Centre in Tallahassee.

Lock, who is number 98 in United States of America, beat number 20 Mitchell Frank, 6-3, 6-4 to register the only win for FUS. The win was the highest singles win for a Seminole since VahidMirzadeh beat number four AlexandreLacroix in 2011.

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