Pepperdine alumnus wins Olympic silver medal

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Simon Aspelin

Former Pepperdine University tennis star Simon Aspelin won an Olympic silver medal for Sweden in the men’s tennis doubles on Saturday. It was the best Olympic result ever by a Wave tennis player.

Aspelin and Thomas Johansson of Sweden lost to Switzerland’s duo of Roger Federer and Stanislas Warwinka, 6-3, 6-4, 6-7, 6-3, in the gold-medal match. The Swedish pair had won their first four matches in the single-elimination Olympics tournament.

Aspelin is the second Pepperdine tennis player to ever medal at the Olympics. Brad Gilbert won a bronze medal in the men’s singles competition in 1988. Aspelin is ranked ninth in the world in doubles tennis. He was part of a duo that won the 2007 U.S. Open. He earned All-American honors at Pepperdine in each of his four years from 1994 to 1997.