Blaz Rola Falls to Andy Murray in Three Sets

By DJ Byrnes on June 25, 2014 at 10:05a

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."


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charles's picture

It was reported that Blaz wore these shorts.  You know....just in case...


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Squirrel Master's picture

Funny, I heard he wore some docker khakis just in case. He heard once about a guy who crapped himself...

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OSUStu's picture

That is okay Blaz.  You'll get him next time!

If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.  ~ Bruce Lee

ibuck's picture

Blaz, keep grinding away. In other tourneys, you may not have to face the defending champ. Here's wishing you better results as you gain more pro experience. Go Buckeye!

Our honor defend, so we'll fight to the end !

If you can't win your conference, just quietly accept your non-playoff bowl game.

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IGotAWoody's picture

I'm sure he's already fulfilled a long-time dream just getting to walk onto Centre Court at Wimbledon. What an awesome experience that must've been. Keep grinding, Blaz, I'm confident you've got more tennis success coming in the future.

“The good life is a process, not a state of being. It is a direction, not a destination.” ~Carl Rogers

Barnsey69's picture

Very impressive to just be playing at Wimbledon...well done sir.

Thank the Maker that I was born in Ohio, cradle of coaches, US Presidents, confederate-stomping Generals, and home of The Ohio State University Football Buckeyes- 2014 UNDISPUTED National Champions!

Chief B1G Dump's picture

I came here to ask if he did or did not poop his pants. 

Thanks for staying one step ahead DJ. 

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Chief B1G Dump's picture

Edit: damn double post. 

Earle's picture

I guess you could say that this post is number two.

I crack myself up.

Have you tried Not Your Father's Root Beer?  It tastes just like the real thing, but it packs a punch (5.9%ABV).  It's a little sweet for me though.  Two is my limit.

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Buckeye in Illini country's picture

But did he pee his pants?

Columbus to Pasadena: 35 hours.  "We're on a road trip through the desert looking for strippers and cocaine... and Rose Bowl wins!"

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jamesrbrown322's picture

All I know is that he won one more Wimbledon match this year that I did.

"Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts." - Winston Churchill

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Ugly Hour Chazz Bear's picture

Unfortunately he couldn't play on Centre Court, but he does get to go home with $78,000.  Not a bad day.

I like the bux.

Seattle Linga's picture

No problem - you're a Buckeye Blaz and we love ya!

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ShowThemOhiosHere's picture

Good for him...fresh out of college, won a first round match at Wimbledon...and he ran into one of the best tennis players on the planet...but he won two more games against Murray than I would've.

Class of 2010.

Knarcisi's picture

I don't follow tennis much, but is it me, or does Murray just show up for Wimbeldon?

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Seattle Linga's picture

Not just you ........... he's a witch on grass

Knarcisi's picture

And ... This is the only grass court of any of the majors I hear about ...