HARARE – Tennis Zimbabwe (TZ) is mulling plans to send the national side to Spain for a training camp ahead of the 2013 Davis Cup Africa Zone Group III tournament scheduled for May.
TZ administrator Cliff Nhokwara said Spain was a fitting meeting place, due to its central location, for Zimbabwean players dotted around the globe.
“The only way we can improve is by having more time to prepare and that is the reason why we want to camp in Spain before the Davis Cup,” Nhokwara told the Daily News yesterday.
“Tinotenda Chanakira and Mark Fynn are based in Spain, the rest of the team is in America and some are all over Europe, so it will be easy for players to travel to Spain.
“We need to qualify for the Europe/Africa Zone Group II, and I’m optimistic that the training camp will help us to achieve that. It is my hope that all Zimbabweans will come together and support this idea.”
Zimbabwe will play in the qualifying tournament between May 13 and 18 at Egypt’s Smash Tennis Academy.
The 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.
Algeria, Botswana, Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Egypt, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Madagascar, Morocco, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Zambia and Zimbabwe will take part in the qualification campaign.
Zimbabwe’s best performance in the Davis Cup was way back in 1998 with Byron and Wayne Black in the driving seat, reaching the quarter-finals of the World Group before losing 3-2 to Italy.
The World Group is the highest stage any team can play in Davis Cup tennis. – Blessings Mashaya