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Isner the ambassador


The comments about what a boon Isner's success at Wimbledon has been to UGA publicity got me thinking, so I looked around.  Here are a few tidbits.

The New York Times:

Isner wore a Georgia Bulldogs T-shirt to his news conference, and his former teammate Jamie Hunt said Isner was known as the "top competitor" before he left for the pro ranks.

Georgia is mentioned multiple times in the article and accompanying videos on ESPN.

The AP gave UGA a mention in stories all over the world.  As the AP story appeared in the Washington Post ...

"Especially once the match got past, you know, 25-all, I wasn't really thinking," said Isner, who led the University of Georgia to the 2007 NCAA team tennis championship. "Hitting a serve and trying to hit a forehand winner is the only thing I was doing."

The Chicago Tribune:

Isner, who wore a Georgia Bulldogs T-shirt afterward in honor of his college alma mater, couldn't quite grasp the enormity of what he had accomplished. When he went home Wednesday night, with the score tied 59-59, he said he didn't feel rooted in reality.

Paraphrased for the L.A. Times:

Isner, who wore a University of Georgia Bulldog T-shirt afterward in honor of the place where he played college tennis, couldn't quite grasp the magnitude of what had been accomplished. When he left Wednesday night, with the score tied, 59-59, Isner said he didn't feel rooted in reality.

And finally, Die Spiegel:

Isner, 25, spielte bis vor drei Jahren noch College Tennis für die University of Georgia.

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