Zimbabwe brace for Davis cup tie against Syria

By ZBC Reporter
TENNIS fans are in for a treat as Davis Cup action returns in March with Zimbabwe hosting Syria in a World Group Two play-off.
Harare Sports Club will in March play host to another Davis cup tie which will this time feature Zimbabwe and Syria.
Syria were initially supposed to host the tie but were asked to search for a neutral venue due to security reasons.
After failing to provide a neutral venue, Zimbabwe will now host the tie, whose venue was confirmed by the International Tennis Federation.
“Obviously as Tennis Zimbabwe we are excited to be hosting this important tie. We got the communication from the ITF and already we have started engaging our partners so that when we get to March everything will be in place. Our boys are on tour hence they should be in shape when we face Syria.” said Magarira.
Zimbabwe’s non-playing captain Gwinyai Tongoona says playing at home will be a massive advantage for the players that will represent the country in the Syria tie.
“It is always an advantage to be playing at home. Our players have been active with Benjamin playing some challengers so obviously the hope is for us to be ready and adequately prepared when we play Syria in March. The atmosphere is always great here at Harare Sports Club so it should be exciting,” said Tongoona.
Takanyi Garanganga, Mehluli Sibanda, Benjamin and Courtney Lock are expected to retain places in the Davis Cup squad for the tie.
It has been more than a year since Zimbabwean fans witnessed Davis Cup action but that wait is set to end when Zimbabwe host Syria in a World Group two play-off.