Lock shines for FSU in losing cause

HARARE - Zimbabwe tennis player Benjamin Lock starred in a 6-1 loss to University of Virginia while playing for his school Florida State University at Scott Speicher Tennis Centre in Tallahassee last Friday.

Lock, who is ranked number 98 in the United States, beat 20th ranked Mitchell Frank, 6-3, 6-4 to register the only win for FSU.

The win was the highest singles win for a FSU player since Vahid Mirzadeh beat number four Alexandre Lacroix in 2011.

FSU head coach Dwayne Hultquist showered praise to Lock.

“I was really pleased with Ben’s win against one of the best players in the country,” Hultquist told the FSU website.

“Lock’s opponent Frank has been ranked as high as number one in the country and clinched the national championship for them two seasons ago. It shows the work that Ben has put in, to continue to get better throughout the season.

“Virginia showed why they are arguably the best team in the country we started slow in doubles, but they are really good and closed us out.”

In the singles, Virginia showed their dominance in taking straight set victories, leading 5-0 before Lock’s win.

However, Lock failed to carry his singles form into the doubles after partnering with Marco Nunez to fall to fifth-ranked pair of Luca Corinteli and Ryan Shane.

Lock was a member of Zimbabwe’s Davis Cup team which suffered a 4-1 humiliating defeat to Bosnia and Herzegovina early last month, with him registering the only win for Zimbabwe after his opponent Nerman Fatic retired in the second set injured.