Ex-Rebel falls at Wimbledon

Jordan Cox of Duluth, Ga., reached the boys’ final at Wimbledon on Friday by beating pal Devin Britton, a former Ole Miss standout, 6-3, 6-7 (5), 16-14.

“Devin and I, we’re very good friends. We’re practically brothers, to be honest,” the 17-year-old Cox said. “It was tough to go out there and play each other today but, obviously, it was the semifinal of Wimbledon and we both wanted to win very badly.”

Cox was born in the United States, but his parents only recently became American citizens. His father, Richard, is from New Zealand, which he represented in under-21 cricket and rugby. His mother, Julie, was born in Zimbabwe but is South African.

In Sunday’s final, Cox will play Andrey Kuznetsov of Russia, who upset third-seeded Bernard Tomic of Australia 6-3, 7-6 (6).

“I don’t know much about him and I think he would say the same about me,” Cox said. “We did warm up one up together once this week.”

The Associated Press