Lock climbs new career high

HARARE - Benjamin Lock may have failed to clinch the Old Mutual Zimbabwe F1 Futures tournament but he will take heart from climbing his highest singles ranking on the ATP standings last week.

The former Zimbabwe Open Champion soared to 811 on the ATP singles ranking released last week.

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

The Finance major at Florida State University (FSU) is over the moon about his new ranking having finished 2014 ranked 1202.

He had ended 2013 ranked 1799.

On Friday, the 22-year-old bowed out at the semi-final stage of the Zimbabwe F1 Futures tournament at Harare Sports Club.

Lock’s was undone by a 5-7, 3-6 straight sets loss to Evan King of United States.

Prior to coming unstuck against the 23-year-old, who is ranked 1086, Lock was in a class of his own.

He had stormed into the semi-finals of the tournament after accounting for France’s Roman Bauvy in a tightly-contested quarter-final 6-2, 3-6, 6-1.

The FSU student had earlier fought aggressively to beat 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.

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