Advantage, Lock

The country’s top-ranked junior tennis player, Courtney Lock, wants to make the most of a scholarship he has secured in the United States to propel his career. The 17-year-old recently acquired a scholarship with to in that country, where he starts in August.

Courtney Lock
Courtney Lock

“I am so pumped and really excited as they are a top 30 Division 1 College. I am confident that will get my game ready for professional tennis,” Lock told The Zimbabwean this week.

The youngster has been in North Africa where he is participating in the season-opening junior tournaments. The double-handed backhand specialist is later this month expected to participate in the Confederation of African Tennis Junior Championships in Morocco.

“This is going to be my last year playing in the Under 18 category. As such, I have to get some good results,” he said.

The continental junior championships come on the back of a superior run of form for the rising tennis star. He was particularly successful in the Doubles version of the game. Lock and his South African partner, Lloyd Harris, won the Southern/ Central African Junior Circuit Doubles in Harare.

He and his another South African partner, Bjorn Scheepbouwer, won the South African leg of the International Tennis Federation Grade Four, which came months after he partnered Kenya’s Ismael Changawa to gold at the ITF East African Circuit Two tournament held in Kenya.

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