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Lock, Tapfuma shine in SA


Top Zimbabwean junior tennis player Benjamin Lock reaffirmed his status as one of the most promising young players in the country after winning both the singles and doubles titles, at the Tuks Open Tennis tournament at the LC de Villiers Sports Grounds in Pretoria, South Africa, recently.

The Florida State University-bound young tennis star was dominant throughout the week-long tournament, first claiming the singles title before capping it off with the men’s doubles title after teaming up with his compatriot Tendai Tapfuma.

Lock (18) — in his final year at Pretoria Boys High School — before he heads to the US on a tennis scholarship early next year — was the first seed at the tournament. In the first round, Lock posted an easy 6-2, 6-0 victory over the unseeded South African Theodore Vermaak before dismissing Lionel Jerrard 6-1, 6-2 in the second round.

In the quarter-finals, Lock was pushed all the way by seventh-seeded South African before winning 6-3, 7-6 (5).

In the men’s doubles final, Lock and Tapfuma beat second-seeded South African pair of Dylan Bernatzky and Reinhardt Trollip 6-2, 7-5 in straight sets.

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