Select Healthcare tennis tourney moved

HARARE - This year’s edition of the Select Healthcare Junior Tennis Tournament has been moved from Harare to Gweru in a bid to develop the game in all the country’s 10 provinces.

The event which is bankrolled by Select Healthcare Private Limited Company was first held in 2013 and all matches were staged at Harare Sports Club.

Select Healthcare Private Limited Company managing director Biggie Magarira said the tournament is meant to develop and sustain the skills learnt by young tennis players by keeping them actively involved in the game.

“The continuous hosting of this tournament is mainly to help the young players to develop their game and is also meant to sharpen the skills of the young players,” said Magarira.

“Our agenda is to develop tennis all over the country and I think this will help us as a nation as you know that there is a lot of talent being left untapped in the country.

“We are going to have some underprivileged children from the high density suburbs and even from the rural areas also participating in the tournament.

“We did this tournament in Harare for two years and we see it is wise for us to move to Gweru for young tennis players from midlands to showcase their talents.”

Magarira said the winners will walk away with trophies, shields, certificates and medals. Midlands Tennis Association chairman Stanely Rudhu said preparations for the event to be held between August 24 to 27 are at an advanced stage.

“Our preparations are going on well, we are expecting more than 120 players from across the country. This is one of the best junior tournaments we have on our calendar,” he said.

“For the past years we were struggling to get sponsors and I think the coming in of Select Healthcare is a good development to our province.

“The tournament will be conducted in five different age categories namely; Under-10, Under-12, Under-14, Under-16, and Under-18, girls and boys.

“The tourney is a junior open event and we expect tight competition from all players across the country.”

Ngoni Makambwa and Beverly Matsiwe are the defending champions in the boys and girls category respectively.

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