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Devin Britton

Devin Britton
Devin Britton during the 2009 NCAA Men's Singles Tennis Championship match.
Full name Devin Reade Britton
Country  United States
Residence Brandon, Mississippi
Born (1991-03-17) March 17, 1991
Jackson, Mississippi
Height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Plays Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
College Ole Miss Rebels[1]
Prize money $81,388
Singles
Career record 0–3 (ATP World Tour and Grand Slam main draw matches)
Career titles 0
0 Challengers, 1 Futures
Highest ranking No. 378 (January 7, 2013)
Current ranking No. 458 (June 10, 2013)
Grand Slam Singles results
US Open 1R (2009)
Doubles
Career record 0–0 (ATP World Tour and Grand Slam main draw matches)
Career titles 0
2 Challenger, 9 Futures
Highest ranking No. 119 (January 7, 2013)
Current ranking No. 136 (June 10, 2013)
Mixed Doubles
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
US Open 1R (2009)
Last updated on: September 2, 2012.

Devin Britton (born March 17, 1991, in Jackson, Mississippi) is an American professional tennis player. He is a native of Brandon, Mississippi.

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

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 a 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. Britton has received praise by many big tennis stars in his short career.

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.

Grand Slam Performances

Note that an italicized entry for a round means he has reached the round but has yet completed his match for it.
Tournament 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 Career SR Career W-L Career Win %
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian Open A A A A A 0 / 0 0–0 N/A
French Open A A A A A 0 / 0 0–0 N/A
Wimbledon A A A A 0 / 0 0–0 N/A
US Open 1R A A A 0 / 1 0–1 0.00
Win–Loss 0–1 0–0 0–0 0-0 0-0 N/A 0–1 0.00

ATP career finals (3)

Doubles: 3 (2–1)

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

Personal life

Devin Britton at age 4.

Britton began playing tennis when he was 5 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 (24) and Katie (22).[7]

Devin trains at the IMG/Bollettieri Tennis Academy[7] in Bradenton, Florida where he is 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.
Devin is considered one of the best young American tennis 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
  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

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