ZIMBABWE has been seeded second at the 2013 Africa Zone Davis Cup Group III tournament, which begins at Cairo’s Smash Tennis Academy in Egypt on Tuesday.
BY ALBERT MARUFU
The competition, in which Zimbabwe will be represented by Takanyi Garanganga, Mark Fynn, Tinotenda Chanakira and non-playing-captain Martin Dzuwa ends on Saturday.
The country’s seeding sees them avoiding first seeds Morocco and third seeds Algeria in the first round whose draw will be conducted tomorrow.
The team’s non-playing captain Martin Dzuwa, who left for Egypt on Friday, said being ranked second in this year’s tournament is a huge motivator to the players.
“I am happy that we have been seeded second as that boosts our chances of reaching the semi-finals,” said Dzuwa who turned 35 yesterday.
He added that other team members Garanganga and Chanakira were also expected in Egypt yesterday while Fynn, the only survivor of the team that finished third last year, is already there.
“The association has done very well in preparing us for this year’s edition of the tournament. I am sure this is the first time in recent years that we have gone early. We will have at least two days to acclimatise,” he said.
Tennis Zimbabwe (TZ) administrator confirmed the availability of every player who was called for national duty.
“We have secured all the tickets for the players and Takanyi was supposed to leave the United States on Wednesday, but he informed us that he can only travel on Saturday [yesterday]. He will definitely be in Egypt,” he said.
The 13-nation tournament will be played on a round robin basis, with top nations in pools A and B drawn to play against top nations in pools C and D.
Ivory Coast, who finished tied on position three with Zimbabwe last year withdrew together with Lesotho.
Countries that will battle it out for the two slots are Algeria, Botswana, Cameroon, Egypt, Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Morocco, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.