ZIMBABWE’S doubles duo of Tendai Tapfuma and Courtney Lock were the only locals on the podium after beating William Bushamukwa and Ishmael Mzai in the doubles finals of the first leg of the International Tennis Federation South/Central Junior Circuit at Harare Sports Club yesterday.
Seeded first, the Zimbabwean duo took 1hour 16 minutes to beat third seeds Bushamukwa and Mzai 6-3, 6-4 in straight sets.
The elated Zimbabweans who were the only local finalists after winning the finals restoring some lost pride following a dismal performance by their compatriots.
“We did not do well in the singles where we all bowed out in the third round so we had to win something for our country,” said Lock.
His doubles partner for two years, Tapfuma concurred; “I think it is a big achievement for us and we are very proud of what we have achieved. It was through hard work and determination that we won the match.”
South African Mathew Rossow who was seeded first won the boys’ singles finals after beating India’s Karan Salwan who was seeded fifth 7-6 (5), 6-1.