Tennis Zimbabwe (TZ) will bid to host next year’s edition of the International Tennis
Federation/Confederation of African Tennis (ITF/CAT) Africa Junior Championships (AJC), a prestigious event on the ITF tennis calendar, after successfully hosting two consecutive zonal qualifiers of the same competition.
Zimbabwe has for the past two years been hosting the Zone Six qualifiers of the competition with the country having hosted the recent one early this month at Harare Sports Club.
TZ administrator Patricia Mavhunduke said ITF representatives Dave Miley who graced the just-ended regional qualifiers at Harare Sports Club were impressed with the way that Zimbabwe hosted the event.
“We have just proved to the ITF that we can host any event on the continent regardless of how big it is. This year and last year we managed to host the last two editions of Zone Six AJC qualifiers.
Unfortunately that was the last time to host Zonal AJC qualifiers as each country is entitled to host only two editions,” she said.
Mavhunduke added: “We now have the confidence of hosting bigger events such as the ITF annual general meetings and the Africa Junior Championships finals which we hope to host next year.”
Zimbabwe hosted this year’s regional qualifiers of the AJC whose finals will be held in Egypt in April.
Eight players, Tadiwa Chinamo, Nicole Dzenga, Ngoni Chiwewete, Keren Muswere, Ronzai Saurombe, Taremeredzwa Mariga, Valeria Bhunu and Thabile Tshatedi, will represent the nation.
The southern African country has never hosted the AJC finals, but players such as Takanyi Garan’anga and the Black siblings Byron, Wayne and Cara, have won the trophy.
The AJC serves as the African regional qualifying event for the Junior Davis Cup and Junior Fed Cup by BNP Paribas and the World Junior Tennis Competition, the ITF international team competitions for players of 16 and Under and 14 and Under age groups respectively.