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African Junior Tennis Regional Qualifiers Yielding Results in Harare, Zimbabwe

Organizers in Harare said the African Junior Tennis qualifiers have gone well and will help rebuild international confidence in the country as a safe venue for major sporting events following the 2008-2009 cholera epidemic

Young tennis players from nine African nations were in day five Thursday of a week-long series of qualifiers in Harare for the African Junior Championships in the under-14 and under-16 age groups for both boys and girls.

The next stage of the tournament will unfold in April in Abuja, Nigeria.

Organizers said the tournament has gone well so far and from the point of view of host Zimbabwe will help the country rebuild confidence internationally in the country as a venue for sporting events. The 2008-2009 cholera epidemic discouraged organizations from scheduling major events in Harare.

Zimbabwe tennis coach and former national team player Martin Dzuwa tells VOA Studio 7 reporter Marvellous Mhlanga-Nyahuye that some impressive new talent has emerged among the juniors to represent the country.