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Devin Britton

Devin Britton
2009 NCAA tennis champion Devin Britton.jpg
Devin Britton during the 2009 NCAA Men's Singles Tennis Championship match.
Full nameDevin Reade Britton
Country (sports) United States
ResidenceBrandon, Mississippi
Born (1991-03-17) March 17, 1991 (age 31)
Jackson, Mississippi
Height6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Turned pro2009
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
CollegeOle Miss Rebels[1]
Prize money$81,276
Singles
Career record0-3 (ATP World Tour and Grand Slam main draw matches)
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 378 (January 7, 2013)
Grand Slam singles results
US Open1R (2009)
Doubles
Career record0-0 (ATP World Tour and Grand Slam main draw matches)
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 119 (January 7, 2013)
Mixed doubles
Grand Slam mixed doubles results
US Open1R (2009)
Last updated on: September 2, 2012.

Devin Britton (born March 17, 1991) is an American professional tennis player. He is a native of Brandon, Mississippi. He is currently an assistant coach for the Ole Miss Rebels men's tennis team.

Tennis career

Juniors

Britton's most notable ITF junior tournament win was in June 2008, when he captured the International Grass Courts Championships.[2] Also, in the summer of 2008 at the U.S. Open Junior Championships, he advanced to the finals match - making him the first ever qualifying wildcard to make a final[2][3] where he lost to Grigor Dimitrov.

As a junior Britton compiled a singles win-loss record of 54-36 (and 92-29 in doubles), reaching as high as No. 13 in the junior world combined rankings in July 2009.

Junior Slam results - Singles:

Australian Open: -
French Open: 1R (2009)
Wimbledon: SF (2009)
US Open: F (2008)

Junior Slam results - Doubles:

Australian Open: -
French Open: 3R (2009)
Wimbledon: QF (2009)
US Open: QF (2007)

College

Devin Britton of Ole Miss.jpg

NCAA Men's Singles Title

Britton, at the age of 18, won the 2009 NCAA Men's Tennis singles championship as a freshman. He is the first Ole Miss men's tennis player to ever win an NCAA men's singles championship.[4]

Britton defeated Moritz Baumann of Wisconsin in the first round then beat Dominic Inglot of Virginia in the second round. In the third round, Britton sent Rice senior Bruno Rosa out of the tournament in straight sets, and then he beat Stanford's Alex Clayton in the quarterfinals. To advance to the NCAA championship match, he defeated Blake Strode of Arkansas with a straight set win. To win the championship, Britton defeated Ohio State senior Steven Moneke,[4] making him the first American-born player to win the NCAA singles title since Alex Kim of Stanford in 2000.[5] The championship win also makes him the first freshman since 19-year-old Cecil Mamiit of USC in 1996 and the first non-seeded player since Luke Smith of UNLV in 1997. He is the youngest of the three freshmen to win the singles title, including John McEnroe, who was 19 when he won it for Stanford in 1978 - making him the youngest player ever to win the national championship.[5]

Leaving college

After only one semester in college, Britton announced on July 1, 2009, that he would not return to Mississippi but would instead turn professional and had already signed a contract with a sports agency, Octagon Worldwide.[6] He received a wildcard into the 2009 U.S. Open where he played #1 seeded and ranked Roger Federer in the opening round. Federer won in straight sets as expected, but Britton did manage to break Federer twice.

Awards

  • Britton was named the Southeast Region Rookie of the Year by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association.
  • Britton is a two-time SEC Player of the Week for the 2008-2009 season.
  • Britton earned All-SEC second team honors and made the SEC All-Freshman Team for the 2008-2009 season.

ATP career finals

Doubles: 3 (2-1)

Legend
ATP Challenger Tour
Finals by surface
Hard (2-1)
Clay (0-0)
Grass (0-0)
Carpet (0-0)
Result No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1. July 7, 2012 Winnetka, United States Hard United States Jeff Dadamo Australia John-Patrick Smith
Australia John Peers
1-6, 6-2, [10-6]
Runner-up 1. October 7, 2012 Sacramento, United States Hard United States Austin Krajicek United States Tennys Sandgren
United States Rhyne Williams
6-4, 4-6, [10-12]
Winner 2. November 17, 2012 Champaign, United States Hard United States Austin Krajicek South Africa Jean Andersen
South Africa Izak van der Merwe
6-3, 6-3

Personal life

Britton at age 4.

Britton began playing tennis when he was 4 years old.[7] Britton was home-schooled starting in the seventh grade.[2][7] Because he was traveling extensively for tennis, he completed his high school education through the Alpha Omega Online Academy.[2]

Devin's parents are Scott and Cindy Britton.[7] He is the youngest of three children.[7] He has two older sisters, Tara Chez (33) and Katie (29).[7]

Devin trained at the IMG Academy/Bollettieri Tennis Academy[7] in Bradenton, Florida where he was coached by Nick Bollettieri, David Amye and Gabe Jaramillo.[7] At Ole Miss, he was coached by Billy Chadwick. His serve and volley style is rare among modern players.

References

  1. ^ "Olemisssports.com - Devin Britton Clinches Rebel Win Against Troy".
  2. ^ a b c d The Daily Mississippian: Britton playing beyond years
  3. ^ CollegeAndJuniorTennis.com: At The Open With Marcia Frost
  4. ^ a b OleMissSports.com: Devin Britton Wins NCAA Singles National Championship[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ a b The Clarion-Ledger: UM freshman Britton wins NCAA tennis title
  6. ^ The Clarion-Ledger: Tennis star Britton leaving Ole Miss
  7. ^ a b c d e f g "DevinBritton.com official web site". Archived from the original on April 29, 2009. Retrieved 2009.

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