Courtney un-Locks potential

HARARE - Courtney Lock, Zimbabwe’s top junior tennis player, is slowly stepping out of the shadows of his big brother, Davis Cup player Benjamin, to make a name for himself in Southern Africa tennis circles.

In Courtney, Tennis Zimbabwe reckons they have found someone who will bring back the country’s glory days.

The young Lock, based at the ITF/SATA Training Centre in Pretoria, last week justified why he is ranked the top junior player in the country and has gradually ascended the ITF rankings table with commendable performances in several Juniors Circuits tournaments.

Last week in Harare, Lock was knocked out of the singles semi-finals before booking his place in the double finals were he partnered South African Lloyd Harris to beat the pair of Aziz Dougaz and Guenihl Quattar, winning the doubles title at the ITF South Central African Junior Circuit.

Last month, he also won the Wanderers ITF Under-18 Junior Circuit in Johannesburg.

Also last year Lock clinched the doubles title at the International Tennis Federation (ITF) East African Circuit Two tournament at Mombasa Sports Club in Kenya.

The young tennis player is grateful for the help given to by his family members.

“Everybody expects me to be like Benjamin, but I want to be better than him. It pushes me and motivates me to work even harder,” Lock told the Daily News on Sunday this week.

  "If you work hard, anything can happen and sometimes good things happen when you least expect it.”

The Locks have a long and proud tradition in Zimbabwean tennis.

Their father Martin is also the executive board member for development at Tennis Zimbabwe.

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