Zim pin hopes on Lock

HARARE - Zimbabwe will again this week pin their hopes on Benjamin Lock when the Old Mutual Zimbabwe F2 Futures tournament starts at Harare Sports Club today.

Last week, the 22-year-old bowed out at the semi-final stage of the Zimbabwe F1 Futures tournament.

Lock went down to Evan King of United States in straight sets 5-7, 3-6.

On his way to the semi-finals, Lock beat France’s Roman Bauvy in a tightly-contested quarter-final 6-2, 3-6, 6-1.

The Florida State University student had earlier struggled to overcome Portugal’s Vasco Mensurado 7-6(2), 6-2 in the second round of the $10 000 event.

In the first round, Lock beat Samuel Bothwell in a match he lost the first set 2-6 before showing his class by winning the next two 6-3, 6-2.

“We hope Lock will do better this week, last week he played well and I think this week he is going to do much better,” Cliff Nhokwara Tennis Zimbabwe administrator told the Daily News yesterday.

“These events are be beneficial to our players as they earn points, our local players will find the tournament tough but it will be a good experience, that’s the only way we can improve,” added Nhokwara.

Recently, Lock also climbed to his highest singles ranking on the ATP standings after soared to 811 from position 1202 as at 15 June 2015.

That came after he clinched the F1 Futures at Clube de Tenis de in Maputo a fortnight ago.

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