One of Zimbabwe’s longest serving Davies Cup players, Genius Chidzikwe, says Zimbabwe has a high number of qualified coaches who can play a huge role in the revival of the sport.
He said Zimbabwe had the potential to rediscover its former greatness given the high level of technical expertise among the coaches, young players and administrators.
“Tennis Zimbabwe needs to employ full-time coaches to keep track of the players and assist them in their development. The national coach should be responsible for the scouting and monitoring of players, at home and abroad.
“Even if we have people doing well in their individual capacities, our success as a nation is measured by the results we post as a nation in competitions like the Davies Cup and the Fed Cup for the ladies,” said the Dangamvura-born former tennis player.
Chidzikwe is not the only former player shining in foreign lands as Gwinyai Tongoona is also doing well at the International Tennis Federation High Performance Centre in Tshwane, South Africa.
Former Davis Cup non-playing captain Gavin Siney, who is now based in Philadelphia as head coach at the prestigious Julian Krinsky School of Tennis, is also one of Zimbabwe’s high- profile coaches.
“For me to be here there were other people who worked their hearts out for that to happen and I also want to do the same for upcoming youngsters.
“During my stint in the US I organised camps for some local players, like Takanyi Garan’anga, Mbonisi Ndimande and Ngoni Chidzikwe.
“I hope to fund a camp for Zimbabwean players to compete in Futures tournaments in the US.”
Chidzikwe played alongside some of the best tennis players during Zimbabwe’s heyday in the Davis Cup World Group.
He featured in the same team with the legendary Black brothers, Byron and Wayne, and Kevin Ullyett.
After their retirement Chidzikwe was one of the senior players left in the squad.
He returns to the US tomorrow.