June 25, 2014
AUBURN, Ala. – Former Auburn men’s tennis All-American Tim Puetz’s run at Wimbledon came to an end on Wednesday with a second-round loss to No. 16 seed Fabio Fognini 2-6, 6-4, 7-6 (6) , 6-3 at the All England Club in London.
Puetz jumped out to an early lead over Fognini, but 46 unforced errors did in the former Tiger. Fognini used a break of to claim the second and rallied back in the tiebreaker to claim the third set over Puetz before closing the match. In Wednesday’s match, Puetz recorded 19 aces, 46 winners and finished with 79 percent (64-of-81) of points won on his first serve.
Puetz entered the Grand Slam event rank at No. 251 in the world and will look to move up in the next round of ATP rankings after his performance, earning a spot in the main draw at Wimbledon after picking up three straight wins at a qualifier.
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. During his senior season, 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.
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