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Athletes on this page are 6'4" or above.  Getting larger but small for my site (in fact, compared to the basketball section these boys are munchkins.) Unfortunately several of the athletes have those weird non-English characters in their name that breaks my website programming.  Damnation alley!  At least I am still alive,

Blaž Rola
Blaž Rola (born 5 October 1990 in Ptuj) is a Slovenian tennis player. His highest career ranking is no. 78 in singles and no. 209 in doubles. He represents Slovenia on the Slovenia Davis Cup team. He competed for The Ohio State University from 2010 to 2013, winning the NCAA doubles championship in 2012 and the NCAA singles championship in 2013. In his career, he has won nine singles and six doubles ITF Futures tournaments and one ATP Challenger in singles and doubles. In the 2013 Mediterranean Games in Mersin, Turkey, he won gold in singles and doubles.

Rola was born in Ptuj, the oldest Slovenian town, to father Marijan Rola and mother Majda Rola. He was four years old when he started playing tenis and when he was six he joined the Tennis Club Terme Ptuj where he spent the most of his youth. He went to High school in Ptuj. In 2010 he moved to the United States where he studied at and competed in tennis for Ohio State University until 2013.

JUSTIN WILSON
Justin Boyd Wilson (1978 – 24 August 2015) was a British professional open-wheel racing driver. At the time of his death, Wilson was competing part-time in the IndyCar Series, driving the No. 25 Honda for Andretti Autosport. Earlier, he competed in the Champ Car series from 2004 to 2007, scoring four wins. He also competed in Formula One in the 2003 season with Minardi and Jaguar and was the winner of the 2001 International Formula 3000 championship. He was also a winner of the 24 Hours of Daytona.

On 23 August 2015, Wilson suffered a traumatic brain injury in an accident at the Pocono Raceway, which caused his death the following day. Wilson was struck in the head by large debris from the crash of race leader Sage Karam's car.

Brought up in the tiny hamlet of Woodall, near Harthill, South Yorkshire, Wilson began racing karts in 1987. During the mid 1990s, he spent several years in Formula Vauxhall with Paul Stewart Racing before earning international attention when he won the inaugural Formula Palmer Audi championship with nine race wins. In 1998, he was a finalist in the McLaren Autosport BRDC Young Driver of the Year Award. A year later, he graduated to the FIA International Formula 3000 championship and won the championship in 2001, setting a record winning margin in the process. Despite his success, his height proved a liability, and prevented him from securing a Formula One drive for 2002. He found a drive in the Telefónica World Series by Nissan, where he continued his winning ways with race victories at Interlagos and Valencia. Wilson also tested for the Minardi Formula One team, but although regular driver Alex Yoong was replaced for two rounds, Wilson was unable to race the car due to his height.

Wilson was fatally injured in an accident during the ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway on 23 August 2015. Race leader Sage Karam crashed late in the race, sending debris airborne. The car ahead of him, driver James Jakes slowed down faster than Wilson did, so Wilson went to the outside to avoid contact with his car. At the same time, the nose cone from Karam's crashed car hit Wilson's helmet as he drove through the accident scene, and Wilson's car almost immediately veered left into the inside wall. Wilson was extricated from his car and airlifted to Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown. He was subsequently reported to be in a coma, and died the following day. Tributes from the motorsport world included Nigel Mansell, Jenson Button and Dario Franchitti. NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Tony Stewart lent his private plane to Wilson's family so they could fly out to Pennsylvania.

The day after Wilson's death, his younger brother Stefan indicated that Wilson saved six lives by donating his organs.

Mariano Andújar
Mariano Gonzalo Andújar (born 30 July 1983) is an Argentine professional soccer player who plays as a goalkeeper for Argentine Primera División club Estudiantes.  In 2009, Andújar was the first team goalkeeper in Estudiantes' Copa Libertadores winning team. Andújar did not concede a single goal in any of the eight games in La Plata and he set a new tournament record of 800 minutes without conceding a goal, beating Hugo Gatti's 767 minutes. On 24 June 2009, Italian club Catania officially announced that the club had signed the player to a four-year deal. On 24 January 2014, Napoli's official website posted that Andújar was in Naples completing a medical in preparation for his move to the Italian club. Four days later a co-ownership deal was reached with Andújar being loaned back to Catania for the remainder of the season. He will join Napoli at the start of the 2014–15 campaign. He made his debut in Naples on 11 December 2014, in a match against Slovan Bratislava (winning 3-0), in the 2014–15 UEFA Europa League, in the last match of the group stage. During the midway point of the 2014–15 season, Andújar secured his place in Napoli's starting lineup, thanks to good performances and the decline of Napoli first-choice keeper Rafael. On 24 April 2015, Andújar led Napoli to the Europa League semi-finals with a solid performance against Wolfsburg. Napoli advanced from the tie with a 6-3 aggregate.

ROBBIE TARANT
Robbie Tarrant (born 25 April 1989) is an Australian rules footballer who plays for the North Melbourne Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL). He is the younger brother of former Collingwood and Fremantle player, Chris Tarrant.
Tarrant was born in Mildura, Victoria and is the younger brother of former Collingwood defender Chris Tarrant.[1] Tarrant originally played for South Mildura in the Sunraysia Football League and moved to Melbourne in 2005. After graduating from Xavier College in 2006, in 2007 he worked as a teller at Bendigo Bank in Bendigo as well as playing for the Bendigo Pioneers.

Tarrant was drafted by the Kangaroos Football Club with their first selection and fifteenth overall in the 2007 national draft. He did not play any senior football in his first two years and he ultimately made his AFL debut in the thirty point loss against Sydney at the Sydney Cricket Ground in round 15, 2010. Tarrant's 2016 season was rewarded with the Syd Barker Medal as the club best and fairest.

PER MERTSACKER
Per Mertesacker (born 1984) is a German footballer who plays as a defender for Arsenal and the German national football team. Mertesacker is a youth product of Hannover 96 and he made his senior league debut in November 2003. Mertesacker was soon dubbed "the Defence Pole" (die Abwehrlatte) by German tabloids and gained a reputation for his good disciplinary record and went 3 Bundesliga games without being booked.Since joining Arsenal, their fans have nicknamed him the BFG, short for 'Big Fucking German', but also alluding to Roald Dahl's The BFG due to his height. He is described as an imposing, reliable, dominant and an accomplished defender. 6'6" (1.98m) Mertesacker married German international handballer handballer Ulrike Stange in June 2013 and they have a son Paul (born April 2010). In November 2006, Mertesacker created the "Per Mertesacker Foundation", initially to support the family of his former Hannover and Germany teammate Robert Enke, and is targeted at those suffering from depression. Since 2007 the foundation has organised yearly charity football matches which has featured Mertesacker's national and club teammates Philipp Lahm, Lukas Podolski and Tomáš Rosický as well as comedian Oliver Pocher, Fury in the Slaughterhouse member Rainer Schumann and German ice hockey legend Uwe Krupp. In November 2013, Mertesacker teamed up with German brand SpielRaum to sell T-Shirts, inspired by his own chant "Big F****** German", with some of the money raised going to his charity foundation.





ROBBIE TARRANT INTERVIEW
North Melbourne football club.

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