A post by Peter Jordens
There is even more reason at Wimbledon 2015 for the Caribbean to celebrate, with a representative not only in the women’s final – Venezuela-born Garbiñe Muguruza, see previous post Wimbledon 2015: Venezuela-born Garbiñe Muguruza Realizes a Dream, but Faces Nightmarish Odds – but also in the men’s doubles final. Curaçao-born Jean-Julien Rojer (33, right) and his Romanian doubles partner Horia Tecau (30) will face Jamie Murray (Great Britain) and John Peers (Australia) on Centre Court on Saturday. It is the first time in Rojer’s career that he plays in a Grand Slam men’s doubles final. He and Germany’s Anna-Lena Grönefeld won the French Open mixed doubles championship last year. Rojer is the first Curaçaoan to reach this far at Wimbledon after Isaías ‘Iyo’ Pimentel reached the singles quarterfinals in 1961. When he was thirteen years old, Rojer moved from Curaçao to the USA to pursue a professional tennis career. He plays for the national team of The Netherlands in the Davis Cup and in the Olympics. Rojer and Tecau are ranked fourth on the ATP World Tour; their Wimbledon final opponents Murray and Peers are ranked ninth.
For a recent news article in English about Jean-Julien Rojer, see ttp://www.miamiherald.com/sports/tennis/article26895541.html