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March towards World qualifying group begins

Ndamu Sandu

THE Zimbabwe tennis team’s quest to excel in the Davis Cup begins next month with a Euro Africa Zone Group One first round clash against Greece at the City Sports Centre.

>The Zimbabwe/Greece tie is scheduled for the weekend of February 6-8.

Tennis Zimbabwe President Paul Chingoka told IndependentSport yesterday that Zimbabwe was taking the tie seriously as the team marches towards the elite World-qualifying group.

“We are taking the match seriously and a win for the team would pave the way for a second round clash against Belgium away,” he said.

A win against Belgium would propel Zimbabwe into the elite 16.

Chingoka said top tennis players Wayne Black and Kevin Ullyett have indicated that they were interested in coming for the tie.

“Wayne and Ullyett have said that they would come for the tie” Chingoka said.

The duo was instrumental when Zimbabwe demolished Belgium 4-1 last year to remain in Euro Africa Zone Group One.

Zimbabwe would once again put their faith on Wayne and Ullyett who have raised the country’s flag on numerous occasions.

Top on the list is the Flushing Meadows feat of September 1999.

Written off as underdogs, Wayne and Ullyett floored the favourites and second seeds Don Johnson and Jared Palmer to win the US doubles final.

Top seed Wayne has rubbed shoulders with the crème de la crème of world tennis, notably Todd Woodbridge and Mark Woodforde known as the “Woodies” at the Mildura lawn courts in 1998.

Again written off as underdogs, Wayne and Byron Black produced a giant-killing act worthy of the video library and helped Zimbabwe beat highly-fancied Australia with 26 Davis Cup trophies in their cabinet.

That victory completed a missing chapter in the history of Zimbabwe’s tennis.

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