First-year pro and former Buckeye, Blaz Rola, went out with a whimper against defending Wimbledon champion, Andy Murray, earlier today, losing 6–1, 6–1, 6–0 on the No. 1 court of the All England Club.
Rola, the first Buckeye in 29 years to win a match at Wimbledon, won the first point against Murray but double-faulted on the next and it was all downhill from there.
“It’s too bad Rola couldn’t get off to a decent start,” Ohio State head coach Ty Tucker said. “It’s a tough match to play on television with commentators talking about you – a lot is running through your mind. He couldn’t break out. It wasn’t anywhere near his best tennis, but to make the Top 100 and two grand slams in his first pro year is a great accomplishment. I really believe Blaz Rola will have Top 50 potential.”
Blaz was able to claim a moral victory in the end, however, as he did not "poop his pants" upon walking onto the court with Murray. No shame in losing to the champ, and any day you don't soil your knickers on national TV is a cause for celebration as well.
“It was tough for Rola,” Murray said. “He just came out of college and hasn't had much experience on grass. He will keep improving. He has a good game."