Georgia Tech hosts Eubanks Wimbledon watch party
Today, Georgia Tech chants rang out on the Atlanta-based campus. The sport: tennis. The star: Christopher Eubanks. The reason: reaching the Wimbledon quarterfinals.
The energy was high as Georgia Tech Athletics and the Alexander-Tharpe Fund hosted a watch party for former GT tennis star Eubanks.
For the first time in his career, Eubanks competed in the Wimbledon quarterfinals. He faced off against No. 3 and 2021 US Open winner Daniil Medvedev. Eubanks pushed the match to five sets but succumbed 6-4, 1-6, 4-6, 7-6(4), 6-1. Match story.
While Eubanks might be a recognized star to some Tech alumni, he is a newcomer to tennis spectators worldwide. Eubanks was ranked No. 163 a year ago and now sits at No. 43. His world ranking will surely rise with a bullet based on his stellar Wimbledon play.
The watch party was open to the public at the Coda Courtyard, which is in Tech Square.
The energy radiated among the nearly 75 attendees who were firmly behind the two-time All-American and two-time ACC Player of the Year. Georgia Tech’s Athletic Marketing team had a "wheel of fortune" game for the attendees as they gave away free Georgia Tech merchandise.
Georgia Tech Athletics and the Fund ensured that this event could be free of charge. Fans, staff, students, and alum all came out in their Georgia Tech apparel to watch the Atlanta native on the big stage. Attendees were able to purchase food and beverages from Coda’s Collective Food Hall, creating an experience for all.
Buzz, the official mascot of Georgia Tech, also attended the watch party and hyped up the crowd.
An alum of Georgia Tech said he is thankful to the host of the watch party as he was overjoyed to see Eubanks representing the Institute well. “It’s really cool. Georgia Tech has been getting a lot of international recognition,” he explained. “Especially with the coaches being out there and the commentators, it’s made me proud.”
Mike Stamus, Associate Director of Communications and Public Relations with Tech Athletics, shared how the event was very fitting as Eubanks loves his alma mater.
“He’s got such a wonderful personality and he is a great ambassador for the institute,” Stamus says “He loves Georgia Tech, and he loved playing tennis here.”
Stamus shared that Men’s Tennis assistant coach Kevin King was in the Wimbledon player box throughout the world’s most prestigious tournament.
King was wearing a Georgia Tech hat in his box, which was seen by all of ESPN’s viewers every time they panned to his box. The exposure that Eubanks has brought to Georgia Tech is incredible.
Elias Shokry, current tennis player at Georgia Tech, was able to attend the watch party as Eubanks is an inspiration to him. “He’s showing all of us that it is possible” Shokry said.
Hopefully, Eubanks felt the love all the way across the Atlantic and in London today.
Note: The Atlanta native and I have a couple things in common, as we both graduated from Westlake High School and both love tennis.