Tallahassee – The Davis Cup took place July 15-17 at sites around the world, and three players with Florida State ties represented their home country. Rising sophomore Aziz Dougaz (Tunisia), incoming freshman Alex Knaff (Luxembourg) and recent graduate Benjamin Lock (Zimbabwe) went a combined 3-3 on the weekend.
Dougaz was representing Tunisia for the third time and is now 5-1 in his Davis Cup career after splitting a pair of matches against Bulgaria. On Friday, Dougaz beat Aleksandar Lazov in four sets before falling in a best-of-three sets match Sunday against Alexandar Lazarov. Dougaz’s win Friday helped Tunisia pull off the 3-2 win and advance to the Group II semifinals.
Knaff was playing for Luxembourg for the third time, falling in straight sets against Casper Ruud of Norway. Just 18 years old, Knaff will join the Seminoles in August for the coming season. Norway beat Luxembourg 3-2.
Lock, a former ITA All-American, has played Davis Cup for Zimbabwe since 2010 and recorded both of the country’s points in a 3-2 loss against Georgia. On Friday, Lock won the first five-set match of his career, taking down George Tsivadze 3-6, 6-0, 7-5, 6-7, 6-4. In doubles play on Saturday, Lock and his brother Courtney won another five-setter, rallying from a two-set hole to win 3-6, 3-6, 7-6, 6-4, 6-4.
On Sunday, Lock fell to world No. 121 Nikoloz Basilashvili in straight sets. Lock is now 21-7 in his Davis Cup career.
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