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Lock Competes At Davis Cup

Aug. 2, 2011





TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Incoming freshman Benjamin Lock, who signed his Grant-in-Aid in the spring, competed in the 2011 Davis Cup for Zimbabwe July 6-9. Lock is Africa’s second ranked junior player and finished the round robin play with a 4-1 record.

“It was a great honor to represent my country,” said Lock. “My father also played in the Davis Cup so it was kind of special. Playing in a world event was a great experience.”

Lock started off strong against Kenya and posted a 2-0 record. He lost a total of three games in that match. He and partner Mark Flynn went 6-0, 6-1 in doubles while Lock went 6-1, 6-1 in his singles match.

“I played my best tennis of the year at the Davis Cup and maybe that’s why I won those matches,” Lock added. “The coach and teammates were really encouraging and they really made me raise my level. I enjoyed playing in the atmosphere with the crowd. I think it brought out the best in me. When I won my first match I was so happy and I guess things just went my way from there on.”

Against Ghana, Lock and Flynn won in two sets in doubles 6-2, 7-5 and then won again in two sets (6-2, 6-2) against Algeria. Lock lost his only match of the tournament against Egypt. He finished the tournament a perfect 3-0 in doubles and with a 1-1 mark in singles.

“It was a great experience being part of a team and knowing that you are playing for others and not just yourself,” continued Lock. “I think that’s why I was so pumped up, I loved the team environment and I got a taste of team tennis so I am very excited for college tennis in the spring.”

The format is a round-robin with ten nations in two pools. The top nation in each pool plays off against the runner-up in the other pool, with two winning nations promoted to Europe/Africa Group II for 2012. Zimbabwe came one position short of the promotion spots finishing third in the Africa Group III Round Robin in Cairo.

RESULTS
Davis Cup Group III Africa – Group B Round Robin

Smash Tennis Academy – Cairo

Zimbabwe vs. Egypt – July 9
Sherif Sabry (EGY) d. Benjamin Lock (ZIM) 6-0, 6-3

Zimbabwe vs. Algeria – July 8
Lock/Mark Flynn (ZIM) d. Mohamed Amine Kerroum/Mohamed-Redha Ouahab (ALG) 6-2, 6-3

Zimbabwe vs. Ghana – July 7
Lock/Mark Flynn (ZIM) d. Emmanuel Mensah/Robert Kpodo (GHANA) 6-2, 7-5

Zimbabwe vs. Kenya – July 6
Lock (ZIM) d. Gilbert Kibet (KENYA) 6-1, 6-1
Lock/Flynn (ZIM) d. Dennis Ochieng/Ismael Ruwa (KENYA) 6-0, 6-1

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