The Davis Cup by BNP Paribas Africa Zone Group III event got under way on Monday as host nation Tunisia opened their campaign with a comprehensive 3-0 victory over Zimbabwe in Pool A.
Mohamed Abid got the ball rolling for Tunisia, overcoming Benjamin Lock 63 63, which paved the way for Slim Hamza to seal the tie by defeating Mark Fynn 62 61 in just 57 minutes.
Hamza then teamed up with Anis Ghorbel to cap an excellent day for the home team, winning the doubles rubber 63 62 against Fynn and Tendai Tapfuma to complete the whitewash victory.
The result puts Tunisia in the driving seat in their round-robin group after the other Pool A tie saw Namibia triumph 2-1 over Ghana, courtesy of a vital doubles win for Tukhula Jacobs and Jean Erasmus.
Jacobs started the day with a 60 63 victory against Enock Godi, but Henry Adjei-Darko drew Ghana level by hammering Erasmus 61 61. The final say went to Jacobs and Erasmus as they beat Adjei-Darko and Raymond Hayford 64 61.
There wins for Ivory Coast and Benin in Pool B on Monday. Ivory Coast outlasted Algeria 2-1 in the deciding doubles rubber and Benin ran out comfortable 3-0 winners against Kenya.
Valentin Sanon was the hero for Ivory Coast as he won two matches to help his team over the line against Algeria, while Tunde Segodo achieved the same feat for Benin in their one-sided clash with Kenya.
The Africa Zone Group III event was scheduled to have nine teams, but the late withdrawal of Nigeria caused the format to be changed slightly and, in turn, the schedule has also been amended.
The round-robin ties will now take place from Monday to Wednesday with teams then having a rest day on Thursday. The play-offs are being held on the last day of competition, Friday.
The promotion play-offs see the winner of Pool A face the runner-up of Pool B, and vice versa, with the two prevailing nations taking their place in Europe/Africa Zone Group II next season.
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