Former Bronco Wins Wimbledon!!!

Former Boise State tennis star Wesley Moodie and partner Stephen Huss have fought their way up through the ranks to capture the coveted Wimbledon doubles championship, setting the bar high for current and future Boise State tennis players. Here's the complete story:

Wesley Moodie and Stephen Huss, unseeded coming into the 2005 Wimbledon Championships, have reached new heights in their careers, capturing the doubles championship. Moodie and Huss defeated former Idaho Sneakers players Bob and Mike Bryan 7-6 (7-4), 6-3, 6-7 (2-7), 6-3. Add in Andy Roddick, a singles finalist, and Boise State Head Coach Greg Patton figures prominently in the men's results this year. Patton not only recruited Moodie originally to Boise State, but also coached the twin brothers Bryan as well as #2 seed Andy Roddick when they all teamed up as the Idaho Sneakers in Boise. Moodie and Huss did not have an easy road to the championship. They were tested by ranked opponents in nearly every match. Their victories over most of them were stunningly easy. Several times they disposed of their competition in straight sets. In the opening round on June 21st, they downed Cyril Saulnier and Tom Vanhoudt 6-7 (5-7), 6-3, 6-2, 6-3. Two days later, the champions followed that up with a 2nd round upset in straight sets over #6 Mahesh Bhupathi and Todd Woodbridge 6-3, 7-6 (7-3), 6-3. Everyone knew they were for real with a second straight upset on the 25th, this time knocking off 9th-seeded Frantisek Cermak and Leos Friedl 6-2, 6-3, 6-4. Now, Moodie and Huss and reached the 4th round, and if they were intimidated or couldn't handle the pressure, they would have folded. Instead, they were giant killers yet again, turning back the #3 doubles team in the world, Mark Knowles and Michael Llodra in the quarterfinals on the 28th, once again in straight sets, 6-4, 6-4, 6-4. Moodie and Huss reached the championship game by beating the #1-ranked doubles team at Wimbledon on Friday, as the upstarts emerged victorious over Jonas Bjorkman and Max Mirnyi 2-6, 6-2, 6-4, 7-6 (7-4), setting the stage for their historic win this morning. Moodie played two years at Auburn-Montgomery 1997-98 before transferring to Boise State where he played for two years. He received his Associate of Arts degree from Boise State and earned collegiate All-American honors all four years of college - twice at each school. He finished No. #4 in doubles rankings in 1999 (w.Leif Meineke) as a junior, as the Broncos won the Big West Conference and qualified for the NCAA Tournament. Moodie and Meineke reached the NCAA semifinals in doubles. In 2000, the pair finished #14 in doubles, leading the Broncos to the Big West title once again and a return trip to the NCAA's. In his career at Boise State Moodie finished his two-year career with a record of 44-26 in singles and 56-23 in doubles. Moodie (6-5, 200) turned pro in 2000 and has a 12-13 singles record. He has won $200,698 in his career, reaching the semifinals of the Costa Do Sauipe Tournament as well as the Bangkok Tournament and having reached his highest singles ranking on October 6, 2003 of #76 in the world. Moodie, who has always possessed a booming serve, has improved the rest of his game tremendously. In 2000, he was ranked #335 and fell to #614 the following year. Then in 2002, he moved up to #246 and reached the 3rd round at Wimbledon in his first Grand Slam event (he lost in the quarterfinals to Grosjean) en route to grabbing the #76 spot. His highest doubles ranking was #137 in 2002 but you can bet that ranking will go up considerably with the Wimbedon win. Moodie has other highlights away from Wimbledon. He avenged the loss to Wimbledon by defeating Grosjean at the TMS in Cincinnati and won his debut at the U.S. Open. He also reached the third round of the Indianapolis Tournament and was 4-2 in Davis Cup play for South Africa. Wesley Moodie--former Boise State tennis star...now a 2005 Wimbledon Champion! Congratulations Wesley and Stephen--we salute you!

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