Zimbabwes Davis Cup tennis player Benjamin Lock made a winning debut for the Florida State University (FSU) tennis team, who beat rivals North Florida 7-0 in a season opener at the Scott Speicher Tennis Centre on Saturday.
According to the Universitys official website, Lock teamed up with Andres Bucaro to beat the North Florida pair of Moritz Buerchner and Leonardo Nahar 8-5 in a doubles encounter.
To me, since Ive been here, Id say its the best North Florida team that theyve had, Florida State University head coach Dwayne Hultquist said.
They had some really good fall results. Their number one player won the State of Florida Tournament.
They have some good players and compete really hard. It was a good win because at all nine positions we played well and played hard and came through at important stages.
We got off to a really good start in doubles, continued Hultquist. We got up a quick break on all three courts and I thought that was important.
Lock, a former Zimbabwe Open tennis champion, moved to Florida early this month on a full tennis scholarship after impressing the teams scouts during last years Orange Bowl International Tennis Championships.
At Florida State University, Lock joins other Zimbabwean athletes such as Olympians Brian Dzingai and Ngonidzashe Makusha, who passed through the institution, Zimbabwe-born athletics coach Ken Harden and promising long jumper Paul Madzivire, who are still there.