USC’s Steve Johnson Rings Up First-Round Win In Rio

    Aug. 6, 2016

    USC’s Steve Johnson made himself comfortable in his Olympic debut with a solid first-round win in the singles draw in Rio. The No. 12 seed in singles, playing for Team USA, Johnson was up against Darian King of Barbados in today’s first round.

    On court three in Rio de Janeiro’s Olympic Tennis Centre, Johnson picked up a 6-3, 6-2 win over King. Johnson advances to the singles second round while also lining up for action in doubles play. He’s on tap to team up with countryman Jack Sock for tomorrow’s (Aug. 7) doubles first round against Chile’s Peralta/Podlipnik-Castillo. Johnson’s singles second round match will likely be Aug. 8, time TBD.

    Meanwhile, fellow Trojan and NCAA champion Robert Farah will make his Olympic debut tomorrow (Aug. 7). Farah has paired to great success with fellow Colombian Juan Sebastian Cabal, and the pair are due to square off against France’s Herbert/Mahut in the opening round.


    NEXT UP:
    Aug. 7 — Doubles First Round
    Robert Farah / Cabal (COL) vs. Herbert/Mahut (FRA) - 5th on Court 3
    Steve Johnson / Sock (USA) vs. Peralta/Podlipnik-Castillo (CHI) - 3rd on Court 9