Tsapayi, Mukome clash in New Winners tennis final

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Promising young tennis player Takudzwa Tsapayi will meet Mufaro Mukome in the boys’ Under-18 final of the New Winners Tennis Tournament after they both won their semi-finals at Harare Sports Club yesterday.

Tsapayi, who lost in the second round of the NetOne Zimbabwe Open recently, booked his place courtesy of a 6-1, 6-1 straight sets win over Simba Mtetwa.

His opponent Mufaro, who is playing in his first major tournament in the Under-18 category, also easily dispatched Jorum Mukono 6-3, 6-1 to set up an exciting final today.

The unheralded pair will be gunning for their first major national titles in the Under-18 category.

Meanwhile, tennis coach Linset Chitiyo is confident Zimbabwe’s junior tennis team will do well at the African Junior Championships Zone VI qualifiers which serve off in Windhoek, Namibia, on Sunday.

Zimbabwe’s 11-member team jets out of the country around lunchtime today for the tournament which is being used as a qualification platform for the 35th African Junior Championship finals which will be held in Cairo, Egypt, in April.

“I’m confident that we will do well in Namibia. We have a strong team and the youngsters are in good shape having been playing regularly since the end of last year. The New Winners and Super Eight tournaments also provided the youngsters the much-needed game time before the main tournament.

“The other positive is that our youngsters will have enough time to acclimatise to the conditions in Namibia, as we will have at least two days to prepare,” he said.

Chitiyo, together with Mutare -based Freeman Nyamunokora will coach the Zimbabwe team.