Teenage tennis star moves to United States

Danisa Masuku
ZIMBABWE tennis ace, Courtney Lock, was last week confident ahead of his move to the Untied States, which opens a new chapter in his promising tennis career.
The countrya��s highest-ranked 17-year-old tennis player has joined the University of Louisville mena��s tennis side, after he agreed terms with them earlier this year.

The 17-year-old has been in terrific form ahead of the switch to the US, winning his ninth and tenth International Tennis Federation (ITF) doubles titles in successive weeks.

Speaking to B-Metro Lock said: a�?I am really happy with my performance. I am too excited to start a new chapter in my life. I have to work hard to achieve my goals. It is a great stepping stone for my professional tennis career and I am really excited,a�? he said.

Courtney attributed his sterling performance to hard work and support from his parents.

a�?I practise a lot and I believe that makes me have an edge over other players and it has made me win the ITF. I also attribute the success to my parents who have supported me through thick and thin,a�? he said.

Rex Ecarma, head coach University of Louisville mena��s tennis sides, expressed enthusiasm at having the right-handed backhand specialist in the side.

a�?I am excited that a player of Courtneya��s playing style will be joining us and he also has nice doubles skills,a�? he said.

The teenager follows in the footsteps of his father, Martin who was a star player at Morehead State in the 1980s, and elder brother, Benjamin (21), currently a top player at Florida State University.