Tennis Benjamin ace Benjamin Lock wins memorable double in Ethiopia

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Benjamin and Courtney Lock with their coach Freeman Nyamunokora

Zimbabwe tennis star Benjamin Lock continued his good run of form on the ITF Men’s World Tennis Tour after winning botb the singles and doubles title in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on Sunday.

Lock completed a memorable week with 7–4, 6–4 win against Italy’s Luca Flatini
to make it a double triumph after he won the M15 01A Addis Ababa doubles title with his younger brother Courtney a day earlier.

The Lock brothers beat the pair of Maik Steiner from Germany and Indian Chirag Duhan 6–3, 7–6 in the doubles decider on Saturday.

Ethiopia has become Benjamin Lock’s favourite hunting ground after he won back to back singles titles last year, a feat which saw him scoop the ITF World Tennis Tour Player of the Month.

During the same period he also claimed the record for the most ITF singles titles by a player from Zimbabwe, reaching double figures ahead of nine-time fellow compatriot champion Takanyi Garanganga.

On Sunday Benjamin Lock won 7–4, 6–4 to make it a double triumph after he won the M15 01A Addis Ababa doubles title along with his younger brother Courtney Lock, 24 hours earlier.

The Lock brothers beat the pair of Maik Steiner from Germany and Indian Chirag Duhan 6–3, 7–6 in the doubles decider on Saturday.

In the singles contest, Benjamin dropped just one set in the tournament, needing a third set to beat South African Philip Hennig in the semifinals.

Hennig won the first set 7–6 after a tiebreak before the 31-year-old Zimbabwean star bounced back to take the next two sets 6–2 and 6–4 to book a place in the final.

It was in the doubles that the Lock brothers put up a perfect run going through the tournament without losing a single set.

The two Zimbabwean players are in the hunt again this week at the Addis Ababa 02A competition which is already underway in the Horn of Africa country.

 

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