Bulldogs at Pilot Pen

Bulldogs at Pilot Pen

Pilot Pen 2010 Photo Gallery by Bill O'Brien


Yale Team Honored at Pro Tennis Tourney

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – When was the last time you heard of a college football team being honored at a tennis match before going on the court to show its support for one of the players? It is likely unprecedented.


All 112 members of the 2010 Yale Football Team, dressed in its dark blue home jerseys, marched into the stadium at the Connecticut Tennis Center just before the No. 1 seed Caroline Wozniacki played her first match of the Pilot Pen Tournament.


Wozniacki, who was introduced to the Yale team last summer at a football practice, erased a 4-2 deficit in the first set to win 6-4, 6-1. As the final shot hit the court, the Bulldogs headed to the court to gather for photos with their favorite professional tennis player.


"It was so great to have them at the match tonight! I went to their practice last year, and now they came to watch me play. Maybe the next step is coming to one of their games," said Wozniacki, who is the No. 1 seed for next week's U.S. Open in New York.


The pro player from Denmark is ranked second in the Women's Tennis Association (WTA). She is coming off a tournament championship at Montreal on Monday, when she had to play two matches after bad weather pushed that tournament into the Pilot Pen week.


The Bulldogs, practicing across the street from the tournament each day from 2 to 4 p.m., got a break from team meetings tonight with the brief excursion. They were honored by the tennis tournament for their "Get in the Game. Save a Life" campaign to sign up potential bone marrow donors as well as being the school with the second most victories in the history of college football.

report filed by Steve Conn, Yale Sports Publicity Director
image of Wozniacki with Bulldogs at center court (by Steve Conn)