ZIMBABWE junior tennis player Courtney Lock bounced back from the disappointment of failing to qualify for the boys’ singles final by winning the International Tennis Federation (ITF) South/Central African Junior Circuit doubles title at Harare Sports Club on Saturday.
Lock had vowed to win the doubles title soon after his semifinal defeat to Burundi’s Guy Orly Iradukunda in the singles competition on Friday.
The South Africa-based young star lived up to his promise as he combined with South Africa’s Lloyd Harris to win the doubles final 7-6 (3), 6-2 against the pair of Tunisian Aziz Dougaz and Ivory Coast’s Abdoul Karim Ouattara.
The win, however, didn’t come on a silver platter as Lock and Harris had to dig deep especially in the first set which had to be decided after a tie-breaker.
After the nervy start in the first set, there were no such worries in the second as Lock and Harris easily wrapped up the match for a deserved win.
Saturday’s doubles title was Lock’s second major piece of silverware on the ITF Junior Circuit in less than a month after he won the Wanderers ITF title in Illovo, Johannesburg, SA, recently.