HIS first love is tennis and it’s a dream he has been chasing on the professional circuit for the last three months.
BY MUNYARADZI MADZOKERE
In fact, in those three months he has managed to reach a careerhigh world ranking in both the doubles and singles.
Rising tennis star Courtney Lock is one of those lucky athletes to have an opportunity to enjoy his two passions: tennis and music mixing.
When he needs to relax during a tournament or is on a trip to tournaments on the circuit, he listens to his own musical creations.
“About the music, I do make remixes and mash-ups of songs, but it’s not something I am very public about,” the 21-year-old ace opened up to The Sports Hub.
“It’s not something I am doing as a profession. It’s just that I love music and it takes my mind off things, especially when I am on a plane and doing a lot of travelling, and doing lots of sitting around I love to make music and listen to my creations. It’s one of my passions and a lot of my friends listen to the music I make,” Lock said.
Lock graduated from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, with a Bachelor of Science in Business Finance degree, where he was on a tennis scholarship, back in May.
He decided to become a professional tennis player and the following month he won three consecutive double titles alongside his elder brother Benjamin Lock to get his career off to a flying start.
Already Courtney has competed in Portugal, Indonesia, Malaysia, South Africa and Tunisia and was playing in Nigeria this week.
He has also achieved his highest doubles ranking currently sitting at 531 in the world, while he also set his best singles standing at the end of July.
“After I graduated, I played in the ITF Futures tournaments in Zimbabwe, which was huge. Benjamin and I won all three weeks in doubles and I made the quarter-finals in singles, which was great. It was my first tournament as a pro, it was a great start for me definitely,” said Courtney, who turns 22 on October 18.
“Since then, I have travelled a lot playing tournaments in Malaysia and Indonesia picking up points. I have also reached a career-high in singles and doubles and so I am really getting up there after only three months on the tour,” he said.
One of the younger members of the Zimbabwe Davis Cup team, Lock spelt out his goals and dreams as a tennis player.
“My ambition is to be in the top 100 in the world in both formats and to play in a Grand Slam. Another dream connected to that is to play at a Grand Slam with my brother Benjamin and perhaps winning one. Another dream is taking Zimbabwe to the Davis Cup World group. Those are my two main goals,” Lock revealed.
“I am very excited now that I do not have college commitments and I am able to play a full schedule of tournaments, so I am looking forward to it. It means a lot of weeks on the road now that it’s my full-time job. I am still pursuing the same goals so I am very excited and I am happy with how it’s going so far,” he added.
Lock boasts of five doubles titles on the ITF professional circuit playing alongside his sibling Benjamin.