Player: Brian Baker
Current Ranking: 126
Today's Result: loss to Philipp Kohlschreiber (Germany, 27th seed) in straight sets
Photo via VOXXI
Baker was knocked out of the sport in 2007 with a long list of surgeries. He was coaching at Belmont College when he decided to give it another go. He started at the bottom on the Futures circuit and worked his way back up. He's just had the tournament of his life, reaching the second week in his first-ever Wimbledon main draw. Granted, he got some help. He never had to face a seed before the fourth round. But you can't control your opponent and at the end of the day, you've just got to beat the guy on the other side of the net. Baker got the job done. Bravo, sir.
The ESPN commentators have been quite giddy, even exclaiming that this is only the beginning for Baker. Let's be realistic. He's 27 years old. If there's a window at all, it's a small one. He's certainly earned the right to enjoy this great moment. Let's please leave it there for now.
Catching Up with Old Friends
Marin Cilic (Curtain Call, Roland Garros Day 6) - I'd love to watch Cilic play basketball. It's not just his height, though a 6' 6" Croatian certainly wouldn't seem out of place in the NBA. I really like the way he moves around the court and I'd love to see how that translates to the hardwood. By reaching the fourth round, he's matched his career best at Wimbledon.
Golden Squid Report
Richard Gasquet - Gasquet matched last year's result by reaching the fourth round. He took out 12th-seeded Nicolas Almagro (Spain) in the third round. He lost today to Florian Mayer (Germany, 31st) in a match that started yesterday.
Marina Erakovic - Erakovic also matched last year's singles result, losing to Roberta Vinci (Italy, 21st) in the second round. Unfortunately, she and partner Tamarine Tanasugarn (Thailand) failed to match last year's semifinal run in doubles. They lost today to Ekaternia Makarova/Elena Vesnina (Russia, 5th) in three sets.