Isner Starts First Olympic Games With Win
John Isner moves on in singles in London.

July 28, 2012

LONDON --- Playing in the first Olympics of his career, former Georgia men’s tennis star and current world No. 11 John Isner started his tournament by advancing in singles Saturday at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, home to Wimbledon.

Representing the United States in both singles and doubles, Isner began his day with the convincing 7-6(1), 6-4 victory over 5-foot-5 Olivier Rochus of Belgium in first round action of the 64-player draw. He will meet Malek Jaziri of Tunisia in Sunday’s second round.

Isner and first-time doubles partner Andy Roddick then dropped their first round match, 6-2, 6-4, at the hand of Brazilians Marcelo Melo and Bruno Soares.

Isner is the first Olympian in Georgia men’s tennis history and is one of 26 current or former Bulldogs in action in London.

Isner was an All-American for the Bulldogs from 2004-07 and helped Georgia to the 2007 NCAA championship. He still holds the Georgia record for career wins in both singles (143) and doubles (140).

Tennis action continues at the Olympics through Aug. 5.

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