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Greek Davis Cup team expected on February 1

Ndamu Sandu

THE Greek Davis Cup team is expected in the country on February 1 for a crunch Euro Africa Zone Group One 1st round tie against Zimbabwe at the City Sports Centre, IndependentSport has establishe

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The Zimbabwe/Greece tie is on the weekend of February 6/8.

Tennis Zimbabwe Pre-sident Paul Chingoka confirmed the trip.


“We are expecting them to arrive on February 1 for the tie,” he said.

Chingoka said Zimbabwe was taking the tie seriously as the team marches towards the elite World-qualifying group.


“We are taking the match seriously and a win for the team will pave the way for a second round clash against Belgium away,” he said.


A loss against Greece will condemn Zimbabwe to a relegation tie between the losers of the South Africa/Slovakia match.


Chingoka was confi-dent that Zimbabwe will breeze past the Greeks to set up a tie against Belgium.


A win against Belgium will propel Zimbabwe into the elite 16.

Zimbabwe’s chances against Greece received a major boost with the news that top tennis players Wayne Black and Kevin Ullyett, currently participating in the Australian Open, will be available for the tie.


Wayne and Ullyett have been instrumental in the team’s successes.

On occasions they were not available, notably Zimbabwe’s clash against Israel in Tel Aviv last year, Zimbabwe lost heavily.


The double experts were again instrumental when Zimbabwe demolished Italy 4-1


Top seed Wayne has rubbed shoulders with the crème de la crème of world tennis, notably Todd Woodbridge and Mark Woodforde known as the “Woodies” at the Mildura lawn courts in 1998.


Written off as underdogs, Wayne and Byron Black produced a giant-killing act worthy of the video library and helped Zimbabwe beat highly-fancied Australia with 26 Davis Cup trophies in their cabinet.


In Wayne and Ullyett Zimbabwe have the arsenal to dismantle any team.

Their victories include the Flushing Meadows feat of September 1999 when they floored favourites and second seeds Don Johnson and Jared Palmer to win the US doubles final.


Other members of the Zimbabwe team include Genius Chidzikwe who led the team to Tel Aviv last year.


Until the Zimbabwe/Israel tie, Chidzikwe had been confined to dead rubbers.


Gwinyai Tongoona completes the Zimbabwe team which has Greg Rodgers as non-playing captain.


Tongoona made his Davis Cup debut in 1994.


He was incorporated into the team last year to replace the el matador of Zimbabwe tennis, Byron Black.

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