Over 130 junior tennis players from across the country have entered competition for the Tennis Zimbabwe Closed championships being held at the Bulawayo Athletics Club and Girls College.

The annual local junior grand slam tournament the ninth major event of the year is graced by players drawn from all the country’s provinces and some based outside the country.

Tournament director, Tarwirwa Raggs Chikunichawa spoke glowingly about the quality of tennis exhibited by the participants in the four categories being featured.

Competition is running in the U10, 12, 14 and U18 categories.

Most sport codes have seen big numbers at junior categories only to dwindle up the age groups at the elite levels a development that has caused concern for administrators.