Nyamunokora named Zimbabwe Davis Cup captain

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Freeman Nyamunokora with Zimbabwe's number one player Benjamin Lock

Top Zimbabwean tennis coach Freeman Nyamunokora has been named the country’s new Davis Cup non-playing captain replacing former player Gwinyai Tongoona.

The 38-year-old will take charge of the team next month when they return to action in the Davis Cup Africa Group III in Algiers, Algeria.

The event is due to take place from August 10 to 13 with hosts Algeria, Benin, Cote d’Ivoire, Kenya, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia and Zimbabwe taking part.

The team made up of Benjamin and Courtney Lock, Mehluli Sibanda and Thabo Ncube will be led by new captain Freeman Nyamunokora.

Nyamunokora, who holds an ITF Level 3 certificate as well as an ITF level three tutor qualification, will be making his second stint as Zimbabwe Davis Cup team captain after serving in a similar role between 2011 and 2012.

The respected mentor also coaches Zimbabwe’s top-ranked players Benjamin and Courtney in addition to running his thriving academy named The Tennis Base, situated at Harare Sports Club.

Nyamunokora will be hoping to guide the Zimbabwe team to promotion following their relegation to the Africa Group III following their defeat to El Salvador in the World Group II play-offs at Harare Sports Club in March.

Three nations from the eight-team tournament in Algeria next month will be promoted to the World Group II play-offs and two nations will be relegated to Africa Group IV.

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