Tim Puetz won his debut match at Wimbledon. (photo:Jim Kruger,yahoo)
In four seasons at Auburn, star tennis player, Tim Puetz was named All-SEC four times averaging at least 18 wins per season including racking up an incredible .857 winning percentage during his senior year.
Now that Puetz is a tennis pro, it comes as no surprise to Tiger fans to see him qualify for the biggest tennis event in the world – The 2014 Wimbledon.
Tim not only qualified for the Wimbledon but he advanced to the second round of the championships with a 2-6, 6-4, 6-2, 6-2 victory over Russia’s Teymuraz Gabashvili on the grass of Wimbledon. He went into the competition ranked at 251 in the world and has become the talk of the tournament.
To even qualify, he had to win all three of his qualifying matches in singles. He not only did that but won the last match by posting a straight-set victory over Hungary’s Marton Fucsovics 7-6 (3), 7-6 (16), 6-1.
When Puetz was in school there were glimpses of potential greatness. He was named All-American both his junior and senior years after playing in the NCAA National Singles Semifinals in 2010 and making it to the National Doubles Semifinals in 2009 along with his teammate Alexey Tsyrenov.
Although Tim dropped the first set to Gabashvili to start Monday’s match he battled back in his debut with a dominant serve recording 19 aces in his first-round win. He was a perfect 11-for-11 on points won at the net to mark his first career win at a Grand Slam event.
With the victory Tim advanced to today’s second round at the 2014 Wimbledon. He will be facing the 16th tournament seed in Italy’s Fabio Fognini.
Yesterday, pictures made the rounds on the internet of an Auburn flag in the crowd at the World Cup testifying to how the sun never sets on the Auburn Family.
While I don’t know how many Auburn fans may be in attendance at the All-England Club in London today … I’m sure there will be many Auburn flags raised across the globe as we pull for one of our Tigers.
Good luck Tim and War Eagle!
Even though Tim lost a thrilling second round match today, he did himself proud as he gave the No. 15 ranked player in the world all he could handle winning the first set 6-2. and forcing Fognini to a tie in the third before the Italian finally prevailed 8-6.
Tim traded breaks early in the fourth set before Fognini pulled ahead to make it 3-1, and even then he had to fight off a determined Puetz to complete the win. Tim was very impressive in his first appearance on the grass of the All-England Club and should be a regular in future Wimbledons
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