June 19, 2014
AUBURN, Ala. – Former Auburn men’s tennis player Tim Puetz punched his ticket to the main draw for gentlemen’s singles at Wimbledon with a straight-set victory Thursday over Hungary’s Marton Fucsovics 7-6 (3), 7-6 (16), 6-1, to earn his first career berth at a Grand Slam event.
Puetz won all three of his qualifying matches in singles this week in straight sets. To qualify for Wimbledon, a player must win all three matches in his qualifying bracket to earn a spot in the main draw. Puetz will now await his first round opponent with the tournament’s singles draw set to be announced Friday.
Ranked No. 219 in the world in singles, Puetz defeated Andrej Martin of Slovakia, who was seeded No. 25 in the qualifying draw, to begin play Monday with a 6-4, 6-1 victory. In the second round of action, Puetz dominated Belgium’s Ruben Bemelmans, 6-4, 6-2, to advance to the third and final round. Puetz’s three-set win on Thursday over Fucsovics, who won the 2010 Wimbldeon Boys Singles title, gave the former Auburn All-American one of 16 qualifying spots into the gentlemen’s singles draw.
Puetz was also trying to qualify for the doubles draw, but fell one win short with partner Konstantin Kravchuk, losing in the second round to Ryan Harrison and Kevin King of the United States, 6-3, 7-5. Puetz and Kravchuk entered the doubles qualifying draw seeded eighth and ranked No. 115 in the world.
While at Auburn, Puetz was a four-year letterwinner and All-American. Puetz and teammate Alexey Tsyrenov advanced to the semifinals of the 2009 NCAA Doubles Championships, finishing the year ranked sixth in the nation by the ITA. Puetz picked up his second straight All-America honor in 2010, making a historic run to the NCAA semifinals in singles.
During his four seasons at Auburn, Puetz posted at least 18 singles wins each year. As a senior, Puetz posted an astonishing .857 winning percentage, compiling an 18-3 record in singles. He also earned All-SEC honors during each of his four season at Auburn.
Wimbledon is set to begin Monday at the All England Club in London.