Zim ten­nis ju­niors in Mau­ri­tius for tour­ney

Sunday News (Zimbabwe) - - Front Page - Ngqwele Dube Sports Cor­re­spon­dent

NINE Zim­babwe ju­nior ten­nis play­ers are set to bat­tle with their re­gional coun­ter­parts in the CAT/ ITF Con­ti­nen­tal 14 and un­der Tour­na­ment that kicks off in Mau­ri­tius on Wed­nes­day.

The squad team left the coun­try yes­ter­day (Satur­day) for the in­di­vid­u­als’ event that will run un­til 14 Novem­ber.

Ten­nis Zim­babwe ad­min­is­tra­tor, Clifford Nhok­wara said the tour­na­ment presents the play­ers with an op­por­tu­nity to rake in points while giv­ing the young­sters much needed ex­po­sure against their re­gional peers. He said Zim­babwe has a team of five girls and four boys.

“In the boys’ sec­tion we have Mengezi Sibanda, Bene­dict Badza, Marko Milosovle­vic and Thomp­son Tomu while girls who made the team are Tanya Midzi, Tadi­wa­mauchi, Mu­nashe Bere, Julie Tungami­rai and Sasha Chimedza.

“Some of the play­ers have been in camp since Wed­nes­day pre­par­ing for the tour­ney un­der the tute­lage of Free­man Nya­munoko and Gwinyai Ton­goona and we be­lieve this train­ing will en­able them to fully ex­press their tal­ents in Mau­ri­tius,” he said.

Nhok­wara said the play­ers are set to face op­po­si­tion mainly from the South­ern African re­gions with coun­tries such as South Africa, Botswana, Namibia and the hosts field­ing play­ers.

“It’s an im­por­tant com­pe­ti­tion be­cause it will al­low the young­sters to pick points hence in­crease their rank­ing and with higher rank­ings they get a chance to be in­vited to more re­gional and in­ter­na­tional tour­na­ments. Ex­po­sure at this level is also crit­i­cal as it gives the young­sters to gauge them­selves against their peers from other coun­tries and then see which as­pects of their game they can im­prove on go­ing for­ward,” he said.

The play­ers are ac­com­pa­nied by coach, Lin­sent Chi­tiyo.

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