It was Bobby Reynolds’ day at the second round of Wimbledon on June 27. Cobb’s own Bobby Reynolds, former Harrison High School grad and star tennis player at Vanderbilt, had a once-in-a-lifetime memory that day.
Here is why it was extra special. Bobby was set to play the No. 1 player in the world, Novak Djokovic, who was also the favorite at Wimbledon, at Center Court in front of a packed house. All of the other second-round matches were cancelled because it was raining (center court has a retractable roof), so this match was the only one being played.
Every tennis fan at Wimbledon and all around the world, was tuning in to watch the only match being played — and it was our own Bobby Reynolds, who was ranked 156 in the world playing the No. 1 player in the world! How about that!
Bobby played him even in the first set to a 6-6 tie before losing the tie-breaker, and did lose the match — 7-6, (2), 6-3, 6-1. However, he did us proud. How many millions of tennis fans around the world were pulling for Bobby and another upset when the score was tied at 6-6?
So if you play tennis or just enjoy watching, you probably saw something that will never happen again: the only tennis match being played at Wimbledon’s Center Court, with the No. 1 player in the world, playing the only surviving men’s singles player left from the U.S., and he was our own Bobby Reynolds!
Let’s make sure Bobby knows how much he is appreciated, when you see him next time “around town.”