A team of 12 junior tennis players are currently putting final touches to their preparations before they leave for the zonal championships to hosted by Botswana this January.

The tennis championships will run from the 8 to the 16 of January featuring the under 14 and 16 age groups.

The zonal championships in Botswana will see some of the best and talented players joining the ITF high performance centre for further high tech training and development through participation in other ITF sanctioned tournaments.

One of the team members Dominican Convent’s 13 year old Claire Machisa is putting in the hours of work under the watch of former Davis Cup player now non-playing captain and coach Gwinyai Tongoona.

Other members of the Zimbabwean team include Tsitsi Mahere, Taona Muhwandagara who was putting a shift with coach Freeman Nyamunokora, Vimbai Moyo, Ruvarashe Shoko, Nicole Matukutire, Tinaye Badza to name a few.

Meanwhile, some members of the Zimbabwe Davis Cup team expected to play against Turkey at Harare Sports Club in February are now in the country including Takanyi Garanganga who has begun hitting the ball with coach Martin Dzuwa.

The Lock brothers Benjamin and Courtney are also back home after participating in an ITF Futures tourney in Cape Town, South Africa.

Non-playing captain Tongoona said he is happy most of the team members have been active and would continue to prepare after taking a short festive break.

Zimbabwe play Turkey at Harare Sports Club on the 3rd and 4th of February.

Meanwhile, the traditional New Winners Junior Tennis Tournament will open the tennis calendar in the new year from 3rd to the 5th of January at Harare Sports Club.

Already a lot of young players have begun preparation for the ranking points tournament.

This will be followed by an ITF 18 and under international to be staged in Bulawayo from March 5-10.