HARARE, Zimbabwe – Former Florida State All-American Benjamin Lock (’16) won his second professional title of the summer, and second singles title of his career, with a 5-7, 7-6 (5), 7-5 win over fourth-seed Marc Polmans.
“I am so happy to have won a professional title on my home courts” Lock, from Harare, said after the match. “I played some really good tennis and came through tough conditions. I had great support the whole week and it’s amazing to be playing at home again.”
Lock, the eighth-seed in the tournament, dropped a tight first set and went down 1-3 in the second set before breaking Polmans to even the set at 3-3. After winning the tiebreaker in the second, Lock held serve at 5-all before breaking for the win.
Earlier in the tournament, Lock beat second-seed and world No. 344 Nicolaas Scholtz in the quarterfinals and three-seed (No. 421) Hugo Nys in the semifinals. Polmans was ranked No. 568, while Lock entered the tournament No. 884.
The win was Lock’s second career singles title, following a 2015 victory in Mozambique. Including a pair of doubles titles in 2014 in Niceville, Fla., and last week in Mozambique, he has won four career championships.
On Friday, Benjamin and brother Courtney fell in the doubles final.
“To make the finals of both singles and doubles in the same week is as good as it gets,” Lock said. “Courtney and I had a great run in doubles and winning the singles event was really special.”
Lock will look to repeat in a second Futures event in Zimbabwe beginning Monday.
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