Boise State--the Only University in the World

It's not UCLA, USC, Stanford, Georgia or Pepperdine getting all the attention at this year's Wimbledon Tennis Championships. Boise State is the school that produced a graduate in two Wimbledon semifinals.

UCLA, Stanford, Illinois, Georgia, Baylor, USC, Pepperdine—these are the names usually bantered about when talking about the top collegiate tennis programs. Yet none of these schools produced any semifinalists at this year's Wimbledon Championships.

Out of all the great tennis universities in the world, Boise State University of Boise, Idaho is the only one whose graduates are represented in two Wimbledon semifinals this year.

Wesley Moodie graduated from Boise State in 1998, playing for the famous Greg Patton, who still coaches the Broncos.

Moodie, who teamed with Stephen Huss to capture the Wimbledon gentlemen's doubles championship in 2005 and with current partner Dick Norman to finish runners-up in the 2009 French Open, is perhaps enjoying his finest year.

Moodie and Norman upset the #2-seeded Bob and Mike Bryan to reach the semifinals this year. Today, they fell down two sets to Jurgen Melzer of Austria and Phillip Pefzschner of Germany. Moodie and Norman staged a brilliant rally only to lost 7-6, 6-3, 3-6, 5-7, 6-3 to fall one win short of the gentlemen's doubles championship match.

The former Boise State star also teamed with Lisa Raymond of the United States in the mixed doubles competition. The pair worked through the competition and today downed Julian Knowle and Yaroslava Shvedova 7-6, 3-6, 6-2 to reach the semis on the famous grass courts.

The four men's singles semifinalists are Tomas Berdych of Czechoslovakia, Andy Murray of Great Britain, Novak Djokovia of Servia and Rafael Nadal of Spain. Serena Williams of the United States, Petra Kvitova of Czechoslovakia, Vera Zvonareva of Russia and Tsvetana Pironkova of Bulgaria are the women's semifinalists.

The gentlemen's doubles semifinalists were Ivan Ignacio Chela and Eduardo Schwank of Australia, Robert Lindstedy of Sweden and Horia Tecau of Romania, Moodie and Norman and Jurgen Melzer of Austria and Phillip Pefzschner of Germany.

Liezel Humber and Bethanie Mattek-Sands of the United States, Gisela Dulko of Germany and Agnes Szavay of Hungary, Elena Vesnina and Zvonareva of Russia and Vania King of the United States and Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan made the women's doubles semis.

The mixed doubles semifinalists are Moodie and Raymond, Leander Paes of India and Cara Black of Zimbabwe, Marcelo Melo of Brazil and Rennae Stubbs of Australia and Lukas Dlouhy and Iveta Benesova of Czechoslovakia.

To reach a semfinal at Wimbledon is indeed a remarkable achievement. But to go against the top competition the world has to offer in grueling matches and reach the Wimbledon semifinals in two different events is incredible.

Congrats to Wesley Moodie of Boise State—the only man in the world to accomplish the feat this year and to Boise State—the only university to produce graduates in two Wimbledon semifinals!

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