TWO tennis youngsters Courtney Lock and Tanya Chinamo who were included in the Zimbabwe Davis Cup team to face Moldova this weekend have expressed delight at a chance to represent the country at the senior level in the tournament.
BY MUNYARADZI MADZOKERE
Lock (18) is the one who has a realistic chance of featuring against the opponents from Eastern Europe after he partnered his brother Benjamin to the doubles final of the Old Mutual ITF Futures tournament at Harare Sports two week ago.
“I have had some good results to get myself included in the team and I am very excited to be here. The fact that we are playing at home makes it more special, we have been training hard and I can say we are ready for the weekend,” he told NewsDay Sport yesterday.
“It’s an honour to play for my country, this is a very big event especially being in Euro/Africa Group II playing these countries one on one ties, it’s a really big deal and I am excited to be part of the team,” he added.
Lock said he dreams of playing a part in guiding the team to the elite Davis Cup World group where the best playing nations are.
For Chinamo (17) it’s more like a fairy tale and the young man who is easily the best Zimbabwean junior on the ITF circuit this year had very few words.
“I feel really excited to be included in the team. The feeling is really great especially training with the players that I look up to and I hope I will do well if I am given the chance to play,” he said.
The Zimbabwe Davis Cup team for the first time managed to train with the full squad with the arrival of number one player Takanyi Garanganga.
The rest of the team including Mark Fyn, Benjamin, Courtney and Chinamo have been in training since last week.
Moldova were expected to jet into the country yesterday evening while the pre-tournament draw has been slated for 11am at the match venue today.
Zimbabwe engage Moldova from July 17 to July 19 in a play-off encounter where the loser will be relegated to the unfashionable Davis Cup Group III.