Black has faith in Zim tennis

black_family_and_dogOne of Zimbabwes greatest tennis players of all time, retired Wayne Black, strongly believes the country can make an amazing comeback into the elite world group. (Pictured: Former tennis great, Wayne Black, and his family.)

A visit to his Borrowdale home, last week, reviewed a very passionate former player who has dreams for the future of the country in tennis. He wrapped up his session with his two kids, Joseph, 3, and Brooke, 1, in the tennis courts telling The Zimbabwean on Tuesday, its really difficult to get them on the court and when I do I always try to take advantage of that.

Black, 35, believes Tennis Zimbabwe can start their junior development on educating parents stressing that they are the people who make a big contribution to the career of a tennis player.

95 per cent of tennis players in the world are pushed by their parents. It will be an expensive gamble for Tennis Zimbabwe to pick on three kids. What they need to do is educate the parents to get to support their kids, he said.

There are youngsters who are capable of making a name in the sport. I have noticed Takanyi (Garananga) and Mbonisi (Ndimande) are talented. With a few years of competition they will take us up there.

The former-Zimbabwe tennis star, came back to settle in Harare from England, last March, with his Kazakhstan-born wife Irina.

This is the best place to live, despite the problems. It is the best place for my kids as well especially for the schools here.

Wayne grew up in a tennis-playing family with his late father, Don and mother Velia. His wife, Irina Selyutina, briefly played on the WTA tour after partnering Cara in the Wimbledon Junior doubles title in 1997.

Black reminisced about the victorious match against Australia, in the elite world group 11 years ago together with his doubles victory at Wimbledon with his sister, Cara. He was those were the biggest moments in his career. It was a fun challenge having to play against Australia and being just a little country there it was easy to get motivated, he recalled.

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