A South Walton alum is set to take to the grass at Wimbledon and play in the world's biggest tennis tournament! Yet she will do so with a heavy heart.
Alexa Guarachi, along with her doubles partner Erin Routliffe, will play Thursday, against the Czech team of Krejcikova and Siniakova, the third seeded Ladies doubles team. The match originally set for Wednesday, but following the death of Alexa's grandfather in Fort Walton Beach this week, the match has been pushed back to Thursday.
Guarachi, who after graduating South Walton High School in 2009, played at Alabama. She's teamed with Routliffe to win 4 titles in the last 6 weeks, including one in Dothan a few months ago, the Hardee's Classic.
As the 112th ranked team in the world, they had to win two qualifying matches to make it into Wimbledon, they did that last week.
And in speaking with Alexa over the weekend, it's apparent the feeling is still sinking in.
"It still feels like a dream." Alexa told Joel Sebastianelli Saturday. "I still remember the moment when we won, I was like 'oh my gosh, we're actually going to Wimbledon' this is crazy. And I couldn't really get my head around it. We were just so excited and it really, I don't think it's really hit us yet. It was just surreal being there, around everybody. You know it's something that it's obviously every tennis player's dream. And we're just so excited and honored to be there."
As for teaming up with Routliffe, well that's quite simply, a "Tide" thing!
"Well she went to Alabama. Obviously I went to Alabama. I met her when she was on her recruiting trip there. She had a lot of success at Alabama, was a great doubles player. She won NCAA's twice. So we talked hey when you graduate, I was already on tour, like when you graduate we definitely need to play doubles, it would be fun. And we did, and found out we were great together. So whenever we had the chance, we would play together."