ITA Collegiate Players Excel at 2012 US Open
SKILLMAN, NJ (Sept. 21) – ITA collegians had an outstanding 2012 US Open. A total of 34 current and former collegiate tennis players were featured, hailing from all three divisions of NCAA tennis, participated in the Open, with 24 on the men’s side and 10 on the women’s.
Recent USC grad Steve Johnson had a strong showing in this year’s US Open. The two-time NCAA Division I singles champ and back-to-back Campbell/ITA Player of the Year advanced to the third round in his second US Open appearance, recording a signature win by knocking off former world number 21 Ernest Gulbis in four sets. Johnson also teamed up with American Jack Sock in doubles to upset top seeded Max Mirnyi and Daniel Nestor in three sets.
2012 NCAA Division I women’s doubles champion and three time ITA All-American Mallory Burdette had the best showing of all the female collegians, reaching the third round in her US Open debut. Stanford’s Burdette was the first American player, male or female, to reach the third round of this year’s Open.
Stanford’s Bob and Mike Bryan capped of a stellar summer as they claimed their 12th Grand Slam title of their career, surpassing the record for most Grand Slam doubles titles as a team in the Open era. The duo also brought home gold in this year’s 2012 London Olympics.
Fellow Stanford Cardinal Bradley Klahn also advanced in this year’s Open. Klahn, a 2010 NCAA Division I singles champion and three-time ITA All-American, outlasted world number 36 Jurgen Melzer of Austria in five sets in a first round battle and current UCLA standout Dennis Novikov opened some eyes, giving 31st seeded Julien Benneteau a scare in the second round, falling in four tightly contested sets. Novikov also teamed up with current Duke freshman Michael Redlicki to advance to the second round of the men’s doubles draw.
Former college greats John Isner (Georgia) and James Blake (Harvard) also reached the third round in Flushing. Isner entered the tournament as the top seeded American player while Blake made his 12th US Open appearance.
Two-time Campbell/ITA Player of the Year Lisa Raymond of Florida and partner Liezel Huber entered the tournament as the top seeded women’s doubles tandem. Former collegians Raquel Kops-Jones of California and Abigail Spears of UCLA were seeded ninth in the tournament, and like Raymond and Huber, advanced to the third round.
The achievements of all college players at this year’s Open embodies the strength of American college tennis and its value as a key part of the player development pathway. To view the full list of results by ITA collegians, click here.