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Multiple Florida Runners-up at Wimbledon

July 6, 2014 10:12 PM
The Bryan brothers
Stefan Kozlov (photo USTA/Cynthia Lum)
No Floridians raised championship trophies this year at Wimbledon, but players with Florida roots held runner-up plaques over the weekend at the All England Club.

The Bryan brothers, Bob a resident of Sunny Isles Beach and Mike residing in Wesley Chapel, were runners-up in the men's doubles, falling to the unseeded team of American Jack Sock and Canadian Vasek Pospisil 7-6(5), 6-7(3), 6-4, 3-6, 7-5.

Sock and Pospisil had never played doubles together before Wimbledon this year.

"To be honest, our games just click perfectly together," Pospisil said. "We're a dangerous team. I mean, I don't know what to say right now. We're Wimbledon champions."

For the American Sock, it was his second Grand Slam doubles title after winning the 2011 US Open mixed championship with Melanie Oudin.

The Bryan brothers will now enter the US Open with a 10-year streak on the line of winning at least one Grand Slam tournament.

Also Stefan Kozlov of Pembroke Pines, Fla., lost to fellow American Noah Rubin, the 18-year-old from Rockville Centre, N.Y., in the Wimbledon boys' final 6-4, 4-6, 6-4.

Rubin became the first American winner since Donald Young in 2007, and it was the first all-American boys' final since Van Winnitsky beat Eliot Teltscher in 1977.

"To have an all-American boys' final...is a testament to the dedication and hard work put in by themselves, their coaches and their families, and they all deserve congratulations," said USTA Player Development General Manager Patrick McEnroe.

Rubin had to qualify to reach the boys' main draw, while Kozlov reached his second junior Grand Slam final this year after the Australian Open.

In the boys' doubles final, the top-seeded team of Kozlov and Russian Andrey Rublev fell to the No. 3-seeded Brazilian team of Orlando Luz and Marcelo Zormann 6-4, 3-6, 8-6.

Rubin is coached by Lawrence Kleger at the John McEnroe Tennis Academy in Randall's Island, N.Y. Kozlov is coached by his father, Andrei, who operates his own academy out of Pembroke Pines, and USTA National Coach Nicolas Todero out of the USTA Training Center in Boca Raton, Fla.





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