Lock new ten­nis Zim pres­i­dent

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Love­more Zi­gara in Gweru

FORMER Davis Cup player Martin Lock is the new Ten­nis Zim­babwe (TZ) pres­i­dent, tak­ing over from Regis Bhunu, who did not seek re-elec­tion at a special meeting con­vened in Harare.

Mem­bers of the new board in­clude Big­gie Ma­garira as vice-pres­i­dent, Brian Chir­i­mu­mimba, Heyani Moyo Van­dudzai Matuku­tire and Sandy Yalias. Lock, who served as Bhunu’s deputy, told Chron­i­cle Sport his mis­sion was to re­turn Zim­babwe to the Davis Cup Euro-Africa Group 2 by 2018.

“It is a huge hon­our and priv­i­lege for me to be elected Ten­nis Zim­babwe pres­i­dent and hence­forth my aim is to grow the sport.

“I want to en­sure that we re­gain our (Davis Cup) Euro Africa Group 2 by 2018 and we will achieve this through our plan where we in­tend to start by re­turn­ing to the (Davis Cup) Africa Zone next year,” said Lock.

The 57-year-old, who is fa­ther to Davis Cup player Ben­jamin, said he also wants to see the strength­en­ing of re­la­tion­ships be­tween TZ and spon­sors for the devel­op­ment of the game.

As part of ef­forts to de­velop the game, Lock said there would be a lot of lo­cal and re­gional ten­nis tour­na­ments to give ex­po­sure to and nur­ture up-and­com­ing ta­lent.

“We want to have as many tour­na­ments as pos­si­ble in the com­ing year so that we can nur­ture our ta­lent. We want to start by spread­ing such tour­na­ments in the prov­inces and hold re­gional tour­na­ments as well to ex­pose our young ten­nis play­ers.

“We also want to strengthen our re­la­tion­ship with the In­ter­na­tional Ten­nis Fed­er­a­tion so that they sec­ond their coaches to im­part skills to our lo­cal coaches.”

Lock played ten­nis at Amer­ica’s More­head State Univer­sity on a schol­ar­ship from 1981-85 be­fore be­ing called up to the Zim­babwe Davis Cup team in 1987.

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