Week 1 in Wimbledon is in the books and despite the tournament's tradition of having a game-free "Middle Sunday", weather conditions forced the organisers to schedule matches in order to keep up with the event schedule. With plenty singles matches played, the doubles events have finally also been kicked off. Let's have a look at all the other former student-athletes who are in the race for the most prestigious Grand Slam Title.
Wimbledon - Day 8 completed and the college tennis records read as follows:
For a complete list of all the players who were qualified for the singles main draw, take a look at our last week's article: College Tennis Players at Wimbledon 2016
Due to the rain, it was decided doubles matches on the men's side were going to be played best of three sets rather than best of five sets in the first two rounds. Although the same at all of the other Grand Slams, some of the doubles specialists were naturally not as enthused:
Panic move by @Wimbledon . Doubles now best of 3 in 1st round after 1 day of rain. Panic!! Bad move guys? Scott Lipsky (@scottlipsky16) June 29, 2016
Regardless of that the guys with college ties have delivered a strong performance so far. Here's the list of the pros who started in Wimbledon, what college they played for and who they play(ed) alongside in London. Order of pairings as they appear in the draw below:
College tennis still has a large group of players alive.
Looking at the draw we could have 6 of 8 teams with college ties in the QF - not a bad perspective at all, so let's hope the guys continue to deliver in the days to come!
Half-time in London and things also look positive on the women's side. Of the 5 professionals, 3 are still in the race. The all-college pair Falconi/Gibbs completed what was a disappointing third Grand Slam of the year, by losing also in the first round in doubles against a Belgian qualifying duo. However, with Sanchez enjoying the local support thanks to her British partner Johanna Konta and #10-seeded Atawo/Spears things look promising for the days to come and for the battle for a quarter-final ticket...
22 doubles players with college ties, but where have they developed at least parts of their game to get where they are today?
The majority - 12 in total - played at Pac-12 schools with Stanford topping the list (4 players), followed by UCLA (3), USC (3), Pepperdine (1) and California (1).
The second-best conference is the ACC with 4 players from Virginia (2 players), North Carolina (1), and Georgia Tech (1).
The remaining professionals were student athletes at schools in the Big 12 (Baylor, Texas), American (SMU, Tulsa), SEC (LSU), and Big Ten (Illinois).
For a day-to-day coverage of all the results of the mentioned players at Wimbledon, as well as lower-ranked guys on their way up on the Futures and Challenger Tour, make sure to check out Bobby Knight's thorough coverage over at College Tennis Today!
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