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ZIMBABWE Davis Cup tennis ace Benjamin Lock is confident the hosts will cause an upset when they take on BosniaHerzegovina in the EuroAfrica Group II tie starting tomorrow at Harare Sports Club.

Lock flew into the country on Monday to join the rest of the team led by captain Martin Dzuwa, Takanyi Garanganga, Mark Fynn, Tinotenda Chanakira and Wayne Black as they make their final preparations for the event running from Friday up to Sunday.

The Davis Cup event is returning to Zimbabwe after nine years, with Tennis Zimbabwe having last hosted the competition in 2006.

BosniaHerzegovina are the favourites going into this tie with their top player Damir Dzumhur ranked 89 in the world while Zimbabwe’s best player, Takanyi Garanganga is ranked 324.

However, the United States-based Lock is optimistic his team will succeed in their campaign.

“It’s huge I mean Bosnia has got a very good team . . . I mean they got some good players, but I think with the home aantage I really think we have a good chance to win this and it will be huge.

“I think it’s really important that we just take it one match at a time and know that we can win and we have got good chances.

“Playing in Egypt last year was great, we really came through as a team. Everyone played well and it was great to be promoted to Group II. And I have just been playing some professional events in America and some college events and coming out here early to practice for the tie with Bosnia has been huge.

“It feels great playing on a hard court. Playing in your hometown it’s always nice, we are going to have a lot of local support and it’s just very exciting to be back in Zimbabwe and playing tennis. I grew up playing tennis here, so it’s nice to be playing some professional events back home,” said Lock.

Dzuwa said he is satisfied with the team’s preparations and added that it would be good if they can win the opening matches tomorrow.

“The team is okay all of us are in camp now, all the guys are looking sharp and ready to go. We don’t have any injuries so far and we are looking forward to it.

“I would love to go 2-0 up, but it’s a difficult call to make at the moment. They have a better side on paper but yes I would love to go 2-0 up or one-all on Friday. It depends also with the doubles, then we go into Sunday either 2-1 up or 2-1 down that will be a very good thing to happen.

“But you never know with sport anything can happen, I mean you just have to wait and see how it goes,” said Dzuwa.

Tennis Zimbabwe president, Regis Bhunu said fans should expect an interesting event having last hosted the Davis Cup in 2006 when Zimbabwe lost 1-4 to Norway at Harare Sports Club in the EuroAfrica Zone Group II.

“It was nine years ago that’s when we played Davis Cup at this level, so it has been quite some time. I cannot promise them (fans) results but what I can tell them is there will be a lot of excitement because the matches will be very competitive.

“We are talking of guys who are professional players, who are at the highest level of playing tennis in the world so there will be a lot of excitement here.

“On our side it’s just playing Davis Cup, just being where we are right now it’s what we have been fighting to do in the past years and we are happy it has happened. So we are playing this match depending on the results of the match, if we win we go on to play another team again for possible promotion into Europe I, if we lose we will be fighting for survival against another team around June,” said Bhunu.

The draw will be conducted this morning at Harare Sports Club and matches will start tomorrow with two singles matches. The doubles match is pencilled for Saturday and singles reverse matches will be played on Sunday.

Fans will pay US$5 for adults and US$2 for children daily and for seasonal tickets they will pay US$10 and US$4 respectively.

Source : The Herald

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