Zimbabwe draws Uruguay in Davis Cup World Group II Playoffs

Zimbabwe's Davis Cup tennis team players Mehluli Sibanda, Benjamin Lock, Benedict Badza, Courtney Lock and non playing captain Freeman Nyamunokora celebrate the team's promotion in Algeria last month

Zimbabwe has been drawn to face South American opposition Uruguay at home in the playoffs for the 2023 Davis Cup World Group II to be played early next year.

The International Tennis Federation (ITF) has announced the draws for the 2023 Davis Cup by Rakuten World Group I and World Group Il Play-offs.

The draw, which took place at the ITF offices on Tuesday, will see 48 nations competing in 24 ties, to be played in different cities around the world on either February 3-4 or 4-5 y 2023.

Zimbabwe, who will be aiming to remain in the World Group II after recently earning promotion will host higher-ranked Uruguay.

The Southern African nation is ranked 67th in the latest Davis Cup rankings while Uruguay occupies position 42.

The Cuevas brothers, Martin and Pablo, who have singles rankings of 181 and 223 respectively, are expected to lead the South Americans’ charge in Zimbabwe.

Zimbabwe will be baking on the experience of the Lock brothers Benjamin and Courtney, who have been doing well both on the professional circuit and in the Davis Cup.

The pair recently helped Zimbabwe secure promotion back to the Davis Cup World Group II Play-offs when beating Namibia 2-1 in a promotional play-off at the Africa Group III event in Algiers, Algeria last month.

The duo of Mehluli Sibanda and Benedict Badza were also part of the team which was led by non-playing captain Freeman Nyamunokora.

Meanwhile Uruguay dropped to the Group II Playoffs as after losing 3-2 loss at home against China in a World Group II first round tie in Montevideo last week.



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