Chris Woodruff
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Chris Woodruff

Chris Woodruff
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Country (sports) United States
ResidenceKnoxville, Tennessee
Born (1973-01-02) January 2, 1973 (age 48)
Knoxville, Tennessee
Height1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Turned pro1993
Retired2001
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money$1,900,659
Singles
Career record109-104 (Grand Slam, ATP Tour-level, and Davis Cup)
Career titles2
2 Challenger, 0 Futures </small?
Highest rankingNo. 29 (25 August 1997)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian OpenQF (2000)
French Open3R (1996, 1997, 1999)
Wimbledon2R (1999, 2001)
US Open3R (1999)
Doubles
Career record38-61 (Grand Slam, ATP Tour-level, and Davis Cup)
Career titles0
4 Challenger, 0 Futures
Highest rankingNo. 73 (11 November 1996)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open3R (1997)
French Open2R (1996)
Wimbledon1R (1997)
US Open2R (1996, 1997, 2000)
Last updated on: 6 September 2021.

Chris Woodruff (born January 3, 1973) is an American former professional tennis player and current head coach at the University of Tennessee. He won the 1997 Canada Masters, reached the quarterfinals of the 2000 Australian Open and attained a career-high ranking of world No. 29 in August 1997.

He hails from Knoxville, Tennessee and was trained at the Knoxville Racquet Club. Since 2002, he has served as an assistant coach with the University of Tennessee men's tennis program, before being named the head coach on May 19, 2017.

College career

Woodruff attended the hometown University of Tennessee where in 1993 he won the NCAA single's title by defeating Wade McGuire of Georgia. He remains the only individual champion the school has ever had. He was also an All-American in 1992.

After winning the collegiate crown,[1] Woodruff began his professional career.

Professional career

Woodruff won two singles titles during his career, and his first was also his biggest: The Canadian Open in 1997, an ATP Masters Series event.[1] After winning that title he posted the highest ranking of his career: World No. 29 on August 25, 1997. He also won the 1999 Newport, Rhode Island event at the Tennis Hall of Fame.[2]

He was named to the United States Davis Cup team in 2000, joining Andre Agassi after Pete Sampras and Todd Martin both were forced to drop out, and won his match against Wayne Black to help erase a 2-1 deficit and advance to the second round. He reached the quarterfinals at the Australian Open in the year 2000 before losing to Pete Sampras in straight sets.[3]

Coaching career

In the summer of 2002, Woodruff returned to the University of Tennessee as a volunteer assistant coach.[4] He served first as an assistant tennis coach before being promoted to associate head coach in 2006 when Sam Winterbotham was hired as head coach. Since Woodruff has been back at Tennessee, the Vols have had 18 All-America and 29 All-Southeastern Conference selections.

Tennessee has steadily improved their record and ranking since Woodruff and Winterbotham began coaching together. The Vols have won 178 dual matches in their first eight seasons and have ended the year ranked in the top 10 nationally five of those years.[5] In 2010, the Vols won the Southeastern Conference regular season and tournament titles and also reached the NCAA Tennis Championship final for the third time in program history. The team finished with 31 victories, the second-most in a season in Tennessee history.[6]

Woodruff was named the 2013 National Assistant Coach of the Year by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association for his track record of player development and keeping the Vols ranked in the top 10 for five of the last six seasons. Since 2008, he has been responsible for coaching three players to the No. 1 national singles ranking: John-Patrick Smith (2010), Rhyne Williams (2011) and Mikelis Libietis (2013).[7]

In 2014, Woodruff served as the on-court coach for the Vols' first NCAA doubles title in 34 years. Libietis and Hunter Reese defeated Ohio State's Peter Kobelt and Kevin Metka in the final.[8]

Career finals

Singles: 4 (2 titles, 2 runner-ups)

Legend
Grand Slam (0-0)
Tennis Masters Cup (0-0)
ATP Masters Series (1-0)
ATP Tour (1-2)
Result W/L Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Loss 0-1 Mar 1996 Philadelphia Carpet (i) United States Jim Courier 4-6, 3-6
Loss 0-2 May 1996 Coral Springs Clay Australia Jason Stoltenberg 6-7(4-7), 6-2, 5-7
Win 1-2 Jul 1997 Montreal Hard Brazil Gustavo Kuerten 7-5, 4-6, 6-3
Win 2-2 Jul 1999 Newport Grass Denmark Kenneth Carlsen 6-7(7-5), 6-4, 6-4

Doubles: 3 (3 runner-ups)

Legend
Grand Slam (0-0)
Tennis Masters Cup (0-0)
ATP Masters Series (0-0)
ATP Tour (0-3)
Result W/L Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 0-1 Jul 1996 Washington Hard United States Doug Flach Canada Grant Connell
United States Scott Davis
6-7, 6-3, 3-6
Loss 0-2 Nov 1996 Stockholm Hard (i) United States Todd Martin United States Patrick Galbraith
United States Jonathan Stark
6-7, 4-6
Loss 0-3 Jul 1999 Newport Grass Armenia Sargis Sargsian Australia Wayne Arthurs
India Leander Paes
7-6(8-6), 6-7(7-9), 3-6

ATP Challenger and ITF Futures finals

Singles: 4 (2-2)

Legend
ATP Challenger (2-2)
ITF Futures (0-0)
Finals by surface
Hard (1-2)
Clay (0-0)
Grass (0-0)
Carpet (1-0)
Result W-L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Loss 0-1 Aug 1994 Bronx, United States Challenger Hard Spain Alejo Mancisidor 2-6, 4-6
Loss 0-2 Jul 1995 Aptos, United States Challenger Hard Canada Daniel Nestor 3-6, 7-5, 2-6
Win 1-2 Sep 1995 Aruba, Aruba Challenger Hard United States Jim Pugh 6-4, 6-2
Win 2-2 Jan 1996 Heilbronn, Germany Challenger Carpet Italy Gianluca Pozzi 6-3, 6-3


Doubles: 9 (4-5)

Legend
ATP Challenger (4-5)
ITF Futures (0-0)
Finals by surface
Hard (3-3)
Clay (0-1)
Grass (0-0)
Carpet (1-1)
Result W-L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1-0 Aug 1994 Binghamton, United States Challenger Hard United States David Di Lucia South Africa Neville Godwin
United States Scott Sigerseth
4-6, 6-4, 6-3
Loss 1-1 Jun 1995 Eisenach, Germany Challenger Clay Canada Sebastien Leblanc Germany Dirk Dier
Germany Lars Koslowski
6-3, 3-6, 6-7
Win 2-1 Aug 1995 Lexington, United States Challenger Hard Netherlands Fernon Wibier Australia Jamie Morgan
Australia Andrew Painter
7-5, 6-2
Loss 2-2 Nov 1995 Nantes, France Challenger Hard Italy Nicola Bruno Canada Sebastien Lareau
United States Kent Kinnear
2-6, 6-3, 6-7
Loss 2-3 Nov 1995 Andorra la Vella, Andorra Challenger Hard Netherlands Fernon Wibier United States Ken Flach
United States Kelly Jones
4-6, 3-6
Win 3-3 Feb 1996 Lippstadt, Germany Challenger Carpet United States T. J. Middleton United States Jeff Belloli
North Macedonia Aleksandar Kitinov
7-5, 7-5
Loss 3-4 Nov 1996 Aachen, Germany Challenger Hard United States Dave Randall South Africa Robbie Koenig
Uzbekistan Oleg Ogorodov
4-6, 6-3, 3-6
Loss 3-5 Jan 1999 Heilbronn, Germany Challenger Carpet United States Justin Gimelstob Germany Michael Kohlmann
Switzerland Filippo Veglio
4-6, 7-6, 5-7
Win 4-5 Nov 2001 Burbank, United States Challenger Hard United States Scott Humphries South Africa Jeff Coetzee
Finland Tuomas Ketola
7-5, 1-6, 6-4

Performance timelines

Key
W  F  SF QF #R RR Q# DNQ A NH
(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (DNQ) did not qualify; (A) absent; (NH) not held. SR=strike rate (events won/competed)
To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated at the conclusion of a tournament or when the player's participation has ended.


Singles

Tournament 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 SR W-L Win%
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A A A A 3R A A QF 3R Q1 0 / 3 8-3 73%
French Open A A A 3R 3R A 3R 1R 1R A 0 / 5 6-5 55%
Wimbledon A A A 1R 1R A 2R 1R 2R A 0 / 5 2-5 29%
US Open 1R Q1 1R 1R 2R A 3R 2R 2R A 0 / 7 5-7 42%
Win-Loss 0-1 0-0 0-1 2-3 5-3 0-0 5-3 5-4 4-4 0-0 0 / 20 21-19 53%
ATP Masters Series
Indian Wells A Q1 A A 3R 1R SF 1R 1R A 0 / 5 6-5 55%
Miami A Q2 A 1R 3R A 1R 1R 2R A 0 / 5 3-5 38%
Monte Carlo A A A A A A A 1R A A 0 / 1 0-1 0%
Hamburg A A A A A A A 1R A A 0 / 1 0-1 0%
Rome A A A A 2R A 1R 1R A A 0 / 3 1-3 25%
Canada A A A 2R W A 1R 1R 1R A 1 / 5 7-4 64%
Cincinnati A A A 3R 2R A 3R 2R 1R A 0 / 5 6-5 55%
Madrid/Stuttgart1 A A A A 2R A 2R A A A 0 / 2 2-2 50%
Paris A A A A 1R A A 2R A A 0 / 2 1-2 33%
Win-Loss 0-0 0-0 0-0 3-2 13-6 0-1 7-6 2-8 1-4 0-0 1 / 29 26-28 48%
Year-end ranking 337 300 135 43 30 1324 51 67 118 496


Doubles

Tournament 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 SR W-L Win%
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A A A A 3R A A A 1R 0 / 2 2-2 50%
French Open A A A 2R 1R A A A A 0 / 2 1-2 33%
Wimbledon A A A A 1R A A A A 0 / 1 0-1 0%
US Open 1R Q2 1R 2R 2R A 1R 2R 1R 0 / 7 3-7 30%
Win-Loss 0-1 0-0 0-1 2-2 3-4 0-0 0-1 1-1 0-2 0 / 12 6-12 33%
ATP Masters Series
Indian Wells A A A A 1R A 1R QF A 0 / 3 2-3 40%
Miami A A A Q1 1R A A 2R 2R 0 / 3 2-3 40%
Rome A A A A Q1 A A A A 0 / 0 0-0  - 
Canada A A A 2R Q2 A A QF A 0 / 2 3-2 60%
Cincinnati A A A 2R 1R A 1R 2R 1R 0 / 5 0-5 29%
Paris A A A A A A A Q1 A 0 / 0 0-0  - 
Win-Loss 0-0 0-0 0-0 2-2 0-3 0-0 0-2 6-4 1-2 0 / 13 9-13 41%


References

  1. ^ a b "Woodruff benefits from his hard work". The Independent. August 4, 1997. Retrieved 2010.
  2. ^ "Woodruff bags singles crown". Rediff On The NeT. July 12, 1999. Retrieved 2010.
  3. ^ "Agassi, Sampras To Renew Rivalry in Australian semis". Sun Journal (Lewiston). January 24, 2000. p. 50.
  4. ^ Associate Head Coach Chris Woodruff Biography.
  5. ^ "Sam Winterbotham Bio". University of Tennessee. Retrieved 2013.
  6. ^ It All Adds Up, Tennessee Tennis Athletics Site.
  7. ^ "ITA Announces 2013 NCAA Division I National Award Winners". Intercollegiate Tennis Association. Archived from the original on September 18, 2013. Retrieved 2013.
  8. ^ Frierson, John. "UT's Hunter Reese and Mikelis Libietis have 'something special' in NCAA doubles championship". GoVolsXtra. Knoxville News Sentinel. Retrieved 2014.

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