By Lawrence Trusida
The Zimbabwe Davis cup team is ready to take on El Salvador in a World Group Two play-off slated for this Friday and Saturday at Harare Sports Club.
It will be an all-brothers affair as Zimbabwe aims to stay in the tournament, with the Lock brothers, Benjamin and Courtney, together with the Sibanda brothers Ethan and Mehluli carrying the hopes of the nation in the play-off against the Central Americans.
The country’s number one seed, Benjamin Lock has been drawn to play first against their opponents’ number two seed, Lluis Miralles, while Mehluli Sibanda will battle El Salvador best player, Marcelo Arevalo in the second match on Friday.
The Lock brothers will team up for Saturday’s doubles with the reverse fixtures set for later in the day.
Team Zimbabwe non-playing captain Gwinyai Tongoona was satisfied with the draw.
“I think the draw came out the way we wanted Benjie (Benjamin Lock) wanted to play first and we are happy with it. We aim to come at the hard and use our local conditions to the best possible way and we hope the local support will also come in handy,” he said.
The winners of the tie will stay in the Group Two, with the losers set to be demoted to Group Three.
It marks a huge turn of events in the negative for Zimbabwe who used to be in the Elite World Group and played host to the best tennis playing nations including the United States of America, Canada and Sweden.