Court­ney’s pro jour­ney

The Sunday Mail (Zimbabwe) - - SPORT - Brighton Zhawi

FOUR months into his ca­reer as a pro, Court­ney Lock has earned $8 869 and jumped over 400 places on the ITF dou­bles rank­ings.

His wal­let and rank­ing were both boosted by last week’s In­ter­na­tional Ten­nis Fed­er­a­tion Fu­tures La­gos Open dou­bles tri­umph.

Court­ney, who turned 22 on Thurs­day, teamed up with el­der brother Ben to tri­umph 3-6 6-4 10-7 over Alexis Kle­gou of Benin and France’s Tom Jomby.

It’s was a con­tin­u­a­tion of a fan­tas­tic run of form for ‘Courts’, who fin­ished his col­lege ca­reer at Uni­ver­sity of Ne­vada by be­ing named in the All-Con­fer­ence team in both sin­gles and dou­bles in May.

Court­ney’s pur­ple patch also saw him win all three Zim­babwe Fu­tures dou­bles ti­tles with his brother Ben in June.

How­ever, the Zim­babwe Davis Cup player main­tains that noth­ing com­pares to the La­gos tri­umph.

“First be­cause it’s a 25k so that’s as big as you can get in Fu­tures, the clos­est thing to a Chal­lenger, so ob­vi­ously in terms of a tour­na­ment, that’s the big­gest tour­na­ment that Benji and I have won both in­di­vid­u­ally or sep­a­rately,” Lock ex­plained to The Sun­day Mail Sport from his US base.

“It was also a very tight fi­nal, two very good play­ers that we beat in the fi­nal.”

Court calls his nascent life as a pro ‘the jour­ney’.

“I turned pro four months ago, it’s still very re­cent, but the jour­ney is a good way to de­scribe it, it’s been a jour­ney of ups and downs, ob­vi­ously like ev­ery­thing else in life.

“So far I can’t com­plain. I have had suc­cess in the short time I have been on tour, I think I have learnt a lot as well,” he said.

Wins on the court nat­u­rally trans­late to im­proved rank­ing and Lock is en­joy­ing his dou­bles ca­reer high rank­ing, sit­ting at 478.

He was 846 when he turned pro.

“From a young age, I think I have al­ways done well in dou­bles.

“I have a lot of fun on the dou­bles court, I see things very early, which maybe some play­ers don’t, I have a pas­sion for dou­bles,” he said. Mu­sic is Lock’s other pas­sion. “I do switch off from ten­nis, I have a big pas­sion for (elec­tronic) mu­sic, I like to remix some songs on the com­puter to take my mind off things.

“I like to watch se­ries, chat to my friends and ob­vi­ously I am a big sports fan so I fol­low sport from all over the world.”

The ten­nis ace is also try­ing to be­come a bet­ter man spir­i­tu­ally.

“I am also try­ing to work on my faith, as a Chris­tian we all have to, con­stantly, it’s some­thing we have to prac­tice too, we have to spend a lot of time on prac­tic­ing our faith and work­ing on that is some­thing that I do a lot off court as well,” said Lock.

His next as­sign­ment is a the Las Ve­gas Chal­lenger.

Court­ney Lock (right) is en­joy­ing life as pro­fes­sional ten­nis player. In this pic­ture he poses with his brother Ben af­ter win­ning the ITF Fu­tures La­gos Open dou­bles tit­tle last week

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