Christopher Eubanks plays a backhand against Cameron Norrie of Great Britain in the Wimbledon Men’s Singles second round match on July 7, 2023. (Photo: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
The last American player left at Wimbledon’s round was a 6’7″ Atlanta native with an underdog story and a thrilling game.
Christopher Eubanks 27,, who played at Georgia Tech, was already on the rise, but he proved he belonged on tennis’ biggest stage after beating the top tennis player in the UK and making it to the quarterfinals of the venerable tennis tournament.
“I’ve done a pretty good job of focusing in on each match individually and not really focusing on the magnitude of what’s going on,” the 26-year-old said, according to The New York Times.
“I feel like I’m living a dream right now”
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After making the quarterfinals of the Miami Open, Eubanks became eligible to play in Wimbledon, where he has surpassed all expectations. That includes the Black community. The Olympic committee confirmed that Eubanks is the first African-American player to make it to the quarterfinals since 1996.
Chris O’Connell, who fell to Eubanks early in Wimbledon, saw the he magic of performance this year.
“He’s riding on confidence and he’s playing some unbelievable tennis,” O’Connell said.
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Source: Black Enterprise