ITF urged to invest in junior players
Ellina Mhlanga Sports Reporter PLAYER-coach Martin Dzuwa has urged local tennis authorites to invest in junior players if Zimbabweans are to make an impact in international tournaments. Dzuwa was speaking after a disappointing show by local players at the just ended ITF South Central African Circuit at Harare Sports Club. The two-week long event attracted players from various parts of the world and local players were exposed once again as most of them struggled to get past the first round with only Courtney Lock and Nicole Dzenga managing to win the doubles title in the boys and girls categories.
“For me it’s good to see these kids playing especially the local ones. Our level is not that bad but it’s just that kids from Europe and Asia play more frequently.
For example after this tournament some went to Mauritius of which from our players nobody entered for that tournament which is open to everyone and after that there is Namibia. “For us you find that after this our kids wait for the same tournament next year.
“As a coach you find that the first week of the tournament we had problems and then the second week our players had improved because they kept on practising during the tournament and you can imagine if they play a lot of these tournaments and are given the support they need they can improve. Nicole got to the finals although she had had a bad week in the first week and now she is going back to South Africa and from there she is going to Namibia,” said Dzuwa.... Read the full, comprehensive news article and discuss at The HeraldSimilar Stories