Lock shines in the US

Courtney Lock and Ronzai Saurombe, the two emerging stars touted as the future of Zimbabwean tennis, have become instant hits in the United States. Mutare-born Saurombe has been phenomenal since earning a scholarship at Seward County Community College, carving some history for himself in the process.

Courtney Lock
Courtney Lock

He was recently crowned the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) National Doubles champion and the Rookie of the Year following an imperious start to his career in the US. The 19-year-old revelled at his recent success, which came after he and El Salvador- born partner, Jose Alejandro Gonzalez, recently became the first pair from Seward to win a national championship, when they scooped the ITA Junior College Doubles.

“The awards mean a lot to me. It is very rare to achieve a national championship award and national player of the year award at the same time,” said Saurombe.

“Usually you get one and the other goes to someone else. As such, I am really happy about the achievements. I worked flat out the whole year and I am glad my efforts paid off at the end.

“I would like to commend my team which is doing well and the Athletics Department, which also played a role in making this happen. My tennis has levelled up and I am looking forward to transferring to a quality Division 1 school with a great tennis programme so I can get quality practice and try going as far as I can with this sport.”

Former academy schoolmate, Lock (18) also endeared himself to the University of Louisville faithful since joining in August.

“Courtney had adjusted very well and has gained the respect of his new coaches and team-mates at the University of Louisville. He recently played in the prestigious Duke Invitational and won two matches,” said Rex Ecarma, Head Coach of the side also known as The Cardinals.

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