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LOCK’S FRENCH OPEN EXPERIENCE

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WHEN former French Open winner Mary Pierce helped Zimbabwe’s rising tennis star Benjamin Lock get close up experience of Roland Garros, little did she know she had made him believe he is ‘not far off’ from playing at that level.By BRIGHTON ZHAWI Pierce is a four time Grand Slam winner and a former world number three. On top of that, ...

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SIBANDA RISES IN TENNIS RANKINGS

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SOUTH Africa-based Under-14 Zimbabwe tennis player Ethan Sibanda has improved his rankings in Africa following his exploits in the 14 and Under ITF/CAT African Junior Circuit played at Bulawayo Athletic Club early this month. BY FORTUNE MBELE According to the latest ITF/CAT rankings for his category, released last week, Sibanda is now ranked 13th, rising from position 21 he held ...

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MHARAKURWA OPENS UP ON INJURY NIGHTMARE

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MULTI-TALENTED Zimbabwean paralympian, Nyasha Mharakurwa fears his wheelchair tennis career could come to a premature end as he battles to fully recover from a tennis-elbow injury he suffered over three years ago. BY FORTUNE MBELE A tennis elbow or lateral epicondylitis is a condition in which the forearm muscles and tendons become damaged from repetitive overuse. This leads to pain ...

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OLD MUTUAL-SPONSORED ITF EVENTS ON THE CARDS

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ZIMBABWE’S leading tennis players are set for a busy winter schedule with three Old Mutual-sponsored International Tennis Federation (ITF) Futures tournaments lined-up for Harare Sports Club between June and July. BY DANIEL NHAKANISO Futures tournaments, which are part of the ITF Men’s Circuit, provide an opportunity for upcoming tennis professionals to earn enough rankings points for them to progress to ...

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SERENA BRANDS NASTASE’S COMMENTS ‘RACIST’ AND ‘SEXIST’

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SERENA Williams has accused Ilie Nastase of racially abusing her and her unborn child. By Own Correspondent The 35-year-old tennis star announced she was pregnant with her first child last week. Nastase, a former world number one, was heard saying to the other players: “Let’s see what colour it has. Chocolate with milk?” The Romania Fed Cup captain, 70, made the ...

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LOCK TARGETS 2018 AUSTRALIAN OPEN

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ZIMBABWE Davis Cup star Benjamin Lock has set his sights on qualifying for one of the four tennis Grand Slams, the 2018 Australian Open as he begins his first calendar year on the professional circuit. BY MUNYARADZI MADZOKERE The country’s second highest ranked player joined the ITF Pro Circuit in July last year following a successful college career in the ...

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NCUBE OFF TO US ON TENNIS SCHOLASHIP

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ONE of the country’s emerging tennis players, Hillary Ncube, left the country for the United States on Wednesday and will be admitted to Bethany College in Kansas on a tennis scholarship.BY FORTUNE MBELE Ncube (18) flew out of the country from Joshua Mqabuko International Airport in Bulawayo to South Africa, where he connected to Chicago yesterday and was expected to ...

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QUEEN SERENA WILLIAMS

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SERENA WILLIAMS rewrote history yesterday to surpass Steffi Graf and capture a record 23rd Grand Slam title as well as the world No 1 ranking by beating her sister Venus in the Australian Open final. The dominant American swept past her greatest rival 6-4, 6-4 on Rod Laver Arena for her seventh Melbourne Park crown to finally clinch the record ...

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12-YEAR OLD AND VERY SPECIAL

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THIS boy is special. At just 12-years-old, Tinotenda Fambira is already a member of the Zimbabwe national table tennis team. Although he dreams of becoming a doctor, those who have seen him in action believe the boy will get an Olympic medal before completing medical studies. The starlet, who recently sat for Grade 7 exams, sees no problem. He will ...

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LOCK EARMARKED FOR TZ PRESIDENCY

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FORMER Davis Cup player Martin Lock looks set to succeed Regis Bhunu as Tennis Zimbabwe president after being nominated by several provinces. By Brighton Zhawi A special meeting is set for October 8 at Harare Sports Club to elect a new executive following an unfruitful AGM held on August 27 but the issue of the president seems to have long ...

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