Remaining U.S. men share same school

WIMBLEDON, England --- This might just be a record: Boca Prep International School put three players in the third round at Wimbledon.


They're the only three American men left in the Grand Slam tournament.

Qualifier Jesse Levine and No. 6-seeded Andy Roddick won Thursday, joining No. 28 Mardy Fish in the round of 32. All three attended the same small school in Boca Raton, Fla., where Levine still lives.

Levine beat lucky loser Pablo Cuevas, of Uruguay, 6-2, 6-1, 4-6, 4-6, 6-3 on Thursday.

"I could have played a little bit longer," the 21-year-old Levine said. "But I'm glad I didn't have to."

Levine attended Boca Prep for 1 1/2 years before switching to an online program because he wanted more time on a tennis court than a traditional high school allowed.

Roddick lost serve only once Thursday and defeated Igor Kunitsyn, 6-4, 6-2, 3-6, 6-2. Fish will try to get to the fourth round at the All England Club for the first time when he meets No. 4 Novak Djokovic today.

Roddick's happy to have two fellow Boca Prep alums in the third round. He's long accustomed to being the last American in the men's draw at major events.

"I'd love nothing more than for some young 17-, 18-year-old to pop out and get in there in the top 15 or the top 10," Roddick said. "But, you know, you can't really deal in hypotheticals."

ANOTHER QUALIFIER: The light was fading, and American qualifier Melanie Oudin 's lead at Wimbledon was disappearing, too.

The 17-year-old from Mar-ietta, Ga., held on, though, and beat Yaroslava Shvedova , of Kazakhstan, 3-6, 6-2, 6-4 to reach the third round in her Wimbledon debut.

"I think I handled the pressure better than she did," the 124th-ranked Oudin said.

Oudin is one of three U.S. women remaining in the tournament. The others? Venus and Serena Williams , who own a total of 17 Grand Slam singles titles.

Oudin never had won a Grand Slam match until this week.


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