Gifford tennis player Russia-bound


GIFFORD High School junior tennis player Friedlander Kadzombe will leave for Russia next month for trials with Moscow Tennis Academy.


Kadzombe (17) was supposed to start at the academy on November 13, but was writing Ordinary Level exams and has sent a request to the tennis institute to have his trials deferred.

He will travel to Russia, courtesy of efforts made by his former coach Petros Ndlovu who applied to the academy for trials on Kadzombe’s behalf.

Kadzombe started playing tennis in 2008 at the age of 12 and has won accolades locally in the sport.

“I started playing tennis back in 2008 when I was 12 and I have played the sport locally and regionally. I have achieved a lot in this sport,” he said.

He won gold medal in the Midlands Open in 2011 and another in the Bulawayo Open last year before winning bronze in the National Youth Games in Bulawayo in August.

Kadzombe also took part in the Gaborone Open where he came fourth.

Gifford deputy sports director Bridget Sayers said Kadzombe has the potential to be a great player if he could get sufficient equipment and training.

“We encourage every sport at Gifford, but the problem with tennis is that we do not have sufficient facilities. With the right facilities, I think the boy could do better,” she said.