Zimbabwe’s number one tennis player Benjamin Lock won his first title of the year on the ATP Challenger Tour after teaming up with Yuta Shimizu from Japan to lift the Burnie International doubles title in Tasmania, Australia on Saturday.
Seeded fourth, Lock and Shimizu beat the Australian pair of Blake Bayldon and Kody Pearson in straight sets 6 – 4 7 – 6 to take the championship.
Lock and partner walked away US$ 4, 665 richer after their triumph Down Under.
The 30-year-old Zimbabwe tennis star took to social media to celebrate his latest accolade.
“Champions in Burnie, Tasmania. Thanks to my partner @shimizuyuta9078 for teaming up and getting our second title together. Amazing tournament and thank you to everyone who made it possible.
“P.S -> Yes, I am tall and yes, Yuta is freaky fast,” he wrote.
In the semis, Lock and his partner got the better of the top seeded Australian pair comprising Callum Puttergill and Blake Ellis 7 – 6 6 – 2 to go into the final as favourites.
They also beat Australians Mitchell Harper and Jacob Bradshaw in the quarterfinals.
In the singles competition Australian Adam Walton, who was the top seed, claimed the men’s title a straight-sets win over countryman and fourth seed Dane Sweeny in the final today.
The 77th-ranked Queenslander required one hour and 50 minutes to complete his 6-2 7-6(4) win.
It marks a second ATP Challenger title for the 24-year-old after he lifted the trophy at the Cary Challenger last year.
Maya Joint wrote her own piece of history after she became the youngest Australian woman to win an ITF title at the Burnie International 2 with victory over Aoi Ito in today’s final.
Joint, still just 17 and ranked world No.483 entering the tournament, defeated five higher-ranked opponents en route to the title.
She beat the 365th-ranked Japanese opponent 1-6 6-1 7-5 in one-hour 44-minutes to lift her first trophy on the ITF World Tennis Tour.