July 10, 2013
KAZAN, Russia - Auburn University's tennis All-American Daniel Cochrane led the Great Britain team into the Kazan Arena as the 2013 World University Games were officially declared opened by Russian president Vladimir Putin, on Saturday.
The Great Britain team of 165 paraded into the sold out 45,000-seat stadium behind Cochrane as flag bearer.
"It is a huge honor to be selected by BUCS and British Tennis to be part of the World University Games team and to be nominated by the GBR tennis team for flag bearer," Cochrane said. "And I can't tell you how honored I am to be chosen from those nominated to carry the Union Flag, especially considering the quality of athletes we have in our team with Olympians and Senior World and European Champions."
Cochrane began his competition in doubles with partner Scott Robert Whitbread, winning their first round match, 6-4, 6-2 over Vatsy and Antso Rakotondramanga of Madagascar, advancing to the Round of 16 before falling to the Thailand pair Siriluethaiwattana & Wachiramanowong 6-7(5-7) 6-7(2-7). He will compete in mixed doubles with fellow teammate Anna Fitzpatrick.
The biggest sporting event ever held in Russia in almost 20 years, the Summer Universiade has attracted more than 10,000 student athletes from 162 countries and regions, who will vie for 351 gold medals in 27 sports.