Trojans Make Their Marks On Grass At Wimbledon|
July 25, 2016
NCAA champions together as Trojan teammates, Robert Farah and Steve Johnson have divided and conquered on the pro tour for their respective countries. Recently, both Farah and Johnson dug in for powerful performances on the grass courts at Wimbledon. Farah reached the mixed doubles final, while Johnson turned heads with a run to the singles Round of 16. Both efforts were the best of their respective pro careers at a Grand Slam.
Colombia’s Robert Farah paired with Germany’s Anna-Lena Groenefeld as the No. 15 seeded pair in Wimbledon’s mixed doubles draw. The duo won four matches — including a tense three-setter in the semifinals to land a place in the championship. There, Farah and Groenefeld took to center court for the title match, eventually falling 7-6 (5), 6-4 to Kontinen/Watson. Farah also engaged in men’s doubles action alongside countryman Juan Sebastian Cabal. The No. 13 seeded pair in the men’s draw won their first-round match in three sets and then fell in three set in the second round. Farah is currently the world’s 28th ranked doubles player and has won seven doubles titles with Cabal.
Steve Johnson entered the fray at Wimbledon fresh off an outstanding singles run in Nottingham, where the Trojan won the first ATP singles title of his career. Johnson carried that winning momentum into a powerful run at Wimbledon, dispatching three opponents to earn a place on center court against the world’s No. 3 player — Roger Federer in the Round of 16. It was Johnson’s deepest singles run ever at a Grand Slam and helped to propel Johnson to his current career-high world ranking at No. 21 in singles. Johnson also was in action in the men’s doubles draw alongside Sam Query, and the pair fell in the Round of 64. Earlier this year, Johnson and Querrey won their first ATP doubles title in Geneva.
Keep track of Farah and Johnson’s pro efforts at atpworldtour.com