Tennis Zimbabwe has finally sealed a sponsorship deal with a local mobile phone network, NetOne, which will now bankroll the Zimbabwe Open to the tune of US$20 000.
Despite sponsorship talks having delayed the staging of the Zimbabwe Tennis Open, Tennis Zimbabwe says the tournament will now be held in December starting on the 5th.
A relieved Tennis Zimbabwe Vice President, Regis Bhunu expressed hope that the event will attract more players from the region.
Tennis Zimbabwe had hoped to acquire a futureâ€™s status but after failing to secure a sponsor to bankroll two tournaments before the Zimbabwe Open, the local tennis governing body will have to wait for another year to be accorded futureâ€™s status.
The Zimbabwe Tennis Open is the biggest local tennis competition that attracts some of the countryâ€™s most celebrated tennis players.
The Black siblings; Byron, Wayne and Cara as well as Martin Dzuwa and Genius Chidzikwe are some players that have featured at the Zimbabwe Open and went on to play for Zimbabwe in the Davis Cup.