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US Olympic Team Lined With Southerners

June 26, 2012 04:25 PM
John Isner played the longest match in tennis history in London two years ago.
Ryan Harrison
Donald Young
Twelve players have been nominated to the U.S. Olympic Tennis Team to represent the country in London this year, with three of them hailing from the USTA Southern section. John Isner, Ryan Harrison and Donald Young all were named to the team for singles action, with Isner competing in doubles play as well with Andy Roddick.
Isner, the Greensboro, N.C. native and former UGA Bulldog, reached the No. 9 ranking in the world this year, his highest mark yet. He is 7-3 in his Davis Cup career, but will be getting his first shot at an Olympic appearance.
Harrison is the youngest male among the group. At just 20 years old he has already broken into the South African Airways ATP Top 50. The youngster from Shreveport, La. made his Davis Cup debut this year, and will now get his first taste of Olympic action too.
Young is an Atlanta, Ga. resident who reached a career-high world ranking earlier this year, sitting at No. 38 back in February. The southpaw is only 22 years old, and will be yet another competitor making his first appearance at the Olympics.
As for Roddick, he is no stranger to international competition. At 29 he holds the second-most victories all-time in U.S. Davis Cup history, and also has a quarterfinals appearance at the 2004 Olympics under his belt.
Roddick, Isner and Harrison will all be competing at the 2012 BB&T Atlanta Open, comprising a difficult trio of players to add to the already strong field this year.



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