By Lawrence Trusida Sport Editor
ZIMBABWE has been relegated to the Davis Cup World Group three after losing three-one to El Salvador in a match played at Harare Sports Club.
Needing nothing short of victory to stay in contention in the tie after ending the first day at one, Zimbabwe crumbled like a deck of cards on the final day as they lost two matches and eventually going down 3-1 in the tie after deciding not to play the dead rubber.
Lock brothers, Benjamin and Courtney were first onto the court this morning for the doubles against Lluis Miralles and Marcelo Arevalo and gave the nation hope after picking up the first set 6-4.
However the pendulum swung as the Central Americans won the second set 6-3 and the deciding set 6-2 to take a two one lead in the tie.
The top seeds were back into the court after 30 minutes for the first reverse single and with Benjamin Lock largely expected to beat his lower ranked opponent he disappointed.
Lock went down to Marcelo Arevalo 3-6 7-5 6-4 and condemned the country to group three after the sides decided against playing the dead rubber.
The visitors were happy with the result.
“I am very happy we managed this and I hope we can carry on from here going forward,” said one El Salvador player.
Zimbabwe will now be playing in the Davis Cup group three for the year 2022,” said Benjamin Lock, a tennis player.