Lock brothers revel in biggest career win

HARARE - Zimbabwe's tennis doubles pairing of Benjamin and Courtney Lock are over the moon after clinching their biggest pay-check of the year when they emerged triumphant at the Nigeria F5 Futures tournament in Lagos on Saturday.

The country’s top tennis stars believe the win is an omen for good things to come ahead in their careers.

“Incredible week picking up the biggest title of our careers so far, this one is special. I am thrilled to have won the title with my brother. It was special week, so I think that can’t motivated us,” Courtney said.

“I just graduated from college three months ago and my brother has been playing for the last three years so we have not been able to play with each other as much as we would like and we want to build on that.

“So, any chance we get to play together, we are very motivated, focused and compact and we want to succeed together.”

The Lock brothers beat the pairing of France’s Tom Jomby and Benin’s Alexis Klegou to claim the $25 000 prize cheque at the tournament also known as the Governor’s Cup.

Benjamin, 25, and Courtney, 21, had got their campaign on the hard outdoor surface off to a flying start after they made easy work of Nigeria’s Emmanuel Chinedu and Spain’s Hugo Largo 6-1 6-4.

They went on to account for the Great Britain pair of Joel Cannell and Jack Draper 6-3 7-5 in a hard fought quarterfinal.

They carried that momentum into the semi-final where they came face to face with United States of America’s William Bushamuka and Great Britain’s Isaac Stoute whom they dispatched  6-3 6-2.

The brothers then capped it all with a 3-6 6-4 (10-7) win against Jomby and Klegou.

Courtney has a career high ATP singles ranking of 1 434 achieved on June 18, 2018.

He also has a career high ATP doubles ranking of 557 achieved on July 16, 2018.

The former University of Nevada Las Vegas student currently represents Zimbabwe with his brother in the Davis Cup and is currently ranked 531 on the ATP World Tour.

His brother Benjamin is currently ranked 189 on the ATP World Tour and has accumulated $63 091 prize money for (singles and doubles) combined.

Comments (1)

Congratulations Benjamin & Courtney. The good times are back in Zimbabwean tennis. You remind us of the illustrious Black brothers and sister Cara. We are proud of you. Well done!

Daniel 5 - 16 October 2018

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