Zim ready for Georgia

HARARE - Zimbabwe's quest to stay in the Davis Cup Euro/Africa Zone Group II begins when their play-off match against Georgia begins today at the Mziuri Tennis Club in Tbilisi.

The clash will kick off with a match between Zimbabwe’s top seed Benjamin Lock against Georgia’s second seed George Tsivadze.

The second match of the day will see Zimbabwe’s second seed Mark Fynn battle for honours against Georgia’s top player Nikoloz Basilashvili.

Courtney Lock will make his third appearance for the national team when he partners with his brother Benjamin to face Basilashvili and Nodar ItonishvilI in the doubles tomorrow.

The reverse singles will be played on Sunday with Zimbabwe’s Benjamin Lock and Fynn set to face Basilashvili and Tsivadze respectively.

Speaking at a press conference in Georgia this week Zimbabwe Davis Cup captain Martin Dzuwa said his charges have high chances of remaining in the Group II.

“We have been together as a team for three weeks now we are happy to be here. Yes one of our players knows their number one a little bit, but I mean on the chances, we have the chances, we have a good team. We have been working as a team, so the players are happy to be here,” he said.

“We are looking forward to it and they are here to put in 100 percent effort into their matches.”

Zimbabwe failed to progress the second round of Euro-Africa Zone Group II after suffering a 4-1 defeat at the hands of Finland in March this year.

In their last Davis Cup match, Georgia were humiliated 5-0 by Denmark.

Last year, Zimbabwe had to beat visiting Moldova 5-0 in the play-offs to remain Euro-Africa Zone Group II.

Zimbabwe had to take part in this play-off after losing their Group II match against Bosnia and Herzegovina 4-1 in March.

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