Benjamin Lock playing at National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships

Florida State Tennis

by Federico Coppini
Benjamin Lock playing at National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships

Flushing, N.Y. (Tallahassee) – Seminole senior Benjamin Lock, the 25th-ranked player in the country, will represent Florida State at the National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships Thursday held at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.

“There’s a lot of good players in the draw,” head coach Dwayne Hultquist said.

“So many of them there. It’s a good opportunity and we’re looking forward to it.”

“This is the hardest tournament to qualify for,” Lock said. “Every player here has earned their way, so there are no good or bad draws because everyone is tough.

If I play my game tomorrow, I’ll get the results I want.”

Lock enters the NIIC with a 6-4 singles record in the fall, including a win over No. 4 Julian Lenz of Baylor at the season’s opening tournament in California.

With three others wins over ranked players, and all four of his losses against Top 15 players, Lock has one of the strongest playing resumes of the fall in this year’s field.

“He’s had a really good fall,” Hultquist said.

“He’s continued his strong play from the summer professionally and transferred that to the fall and the college game.”

Lock is the first Seminole to be selected for the field since 2009, when Clint Bowles reached the Round of 16.

Lock and senior Marco Nunez reached the semifinals of doubles in 2013.

The NIIC, which runs Nov. 12-15, is the fourth national championship on the 2015-16 ITA National Tournament calendar. Earlier this fall, national champions were crowned at the inaugural Oracle/ITA Masters, Men’s and Women’s All-American and National Small College Championships.

The NIIC features 32 of the nation’s elite men’s and women’s singles players, as well as 20 outstanding men’s and women’s doubles teams.

Champions from the USTA/ITA Division I Regional Championships, USTA/ITA National Small College Championships Super Bowl, Oracle/ITA Masters and the consolation champions, doubles finalists, men’s singles quarterfinalists and women’s singles semifinalists from the Saint Francis ITA Men’s and Riviera/ITA Women’s All-American Championships earned automatic entry into the NIIC.

Both the USTA and ITA selected at-large and wildcard participants, while Columbia University received a wildcard entry into each draw for serving as event host.

Benjamin Lock