A scramble for the attainment of scholarships and the nurturing of a next generation of stars has been the centre of attention at one of Zimbabwe’s most important facilities on the tennis front.
Every day at the Harare Sports Club, children stream to the well-constructed tennis courts where budding talent is taken through intensive drills by qualified coaches that earn a living by imparting knowledge to the young ones.
The attainment of scholarships is a goal for many parents, but for some young players, becoming professional is a dream.
Any tennis conversation on local tennis attracts huge interest, with Cara Black and her brothers; Byron and Wayne boasting of a rich tennis history which saw them represent the country in the Davis Cup as well as at other top ITF events such as Wimbledon, the US Open and Australian Open.
Harare Sports Club is transforming into an important hub where young players are nurtured with the hope of finding young talent that emulates what was achieved by the Black siblings.
At present, Takanyi Garanganga, Benjamin and Courtney Lock are some of the talent that the nation is possessed with but given the activity involving young talent, a broad vision of nurturing talent even in remote areas could rekindle the glory days when the country competed against top nations in the Davis Cup world group.