Canadian-born Levine eliminated

Denis Poissant, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:54 AM ET

WIMBLEDON, ENGLAND – Canadian-born Jesse Levine’s impressive run at Wimbledon came to an end yesterday when he was ousted from the tournament by Switzerland’s Stanislas Wawrinka by a 5-7, 7-5, 6-3 and 6-3 score.

Following the loss, Levine was far from devastated.

“The win against Safin was the biggest of my career and I got all the way to the third round of a Grand Slam tournament,” Levine said. “These have been my best results so far. I’m happy and I’m looking forward to heading home.

“Wimbledon is such a special place, especially when you come here for the first time after having only seen it on TV.”

Levine also said it was his coach’s first time at Wimbledon and he was just as amazed by the atmoshphere.

Levine credited his opponent Wawrinka, ranked 18th in the world, for a great match.

“I didn’t make too many mistakes, but I was up against a very good player,” Levine said. “He hits the ball with a lot of authority.”

The former student of the Bollettieri tennis academy in Florida was nonetheless able to win a set against a player that is used to advancing far in international tournaments.

Levine attributed some of his success to the presence of Sgt. Keith Williams, a former American marine.

“He’s an amazing person,” said Levine. “He helped me with my physical and mental preparation on the court but also off of it.”

Williams works for the United States Tennis Association and helps many players with different parts of their games.

In fact, Levine was so appreciative of Williams’ help that he is considering taking a Marine training course in San Diego.

The world’s 133-ranked player will jump up in the rankings following his unexpected showing at Wimbledon.

“My goal is to continue to climb so I can enter the US Open without needing a wild card (birth),” said Levine. “That’s my top priority. I’m going to concentrate on that one match at a time.”

Levine grew up in Ottawa as a huge Senators fan before leaving the city for Florida 13 years ago.

“I play 100 % for the American flag,” he said yesterday. “The United States Tennis Association took me in as soon as I got here 13 years ago and really helped with my development.


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