May 22, 1981 |
Rochester, Minnesota, USA
|Height||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Plays||Left-handed (two-handed backhand)|
|College||Ball State Cardinals/Gustavus Adolphus College|
|Highest ranking||No. 935 (January 16, 2006)|
|Career record||227–203 (in ATP Tour and Grand Slam main draw matches, and in Davis Cup)|
|Highest ranking||No. 17 (August 29, 2011)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|Australian Open||F (2014)|
|French Open||3R (2012)|
|US Open||QF (2014)|
|Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results|
|French Open||SF (2014)|
|Wimbledon||3R (2013, 2014)|
|US Open||1R (2012, 2013, 2014)|
|Last updated on: November 14, 2014.|
Eric "Booty" Butorac (born May 22, 1981 in Rochester, Minnesota) is an American tennis player. He is a doubles specialist, and has achieved success being the No. 3 ranked American doubles player for the bulk of the past six years. His biggest result has been reaching the 2014 Australian Open finals with partner Raven Klaasen. Their run to the final included a victory over the World No. 1 team of Bob and Mike Bryan.
He attended Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, where he played on the men's tennis team for one year before transferring to Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota, where he graduated in 2003.
Eric's parents, Jan and Tim Butorac, are directors of the Rochester Tennis Connection (Indoor & Outdoor site) in Rochester, Minnesota. Eric's brother, Jeff Butorac, is a basketball coach at Burnsville High School. Tim is a USPTA Professional, teaching tennis at the Rochester Indoor Tennis Club during the winter and at the Kutzky/Rochester Outdoor Tennis Center during the summer months.
Eric played at Ball State University for one year before transferring to Gustavus Adolphus College. Eric has a long history with Gustavus: his father played for coach Steve Wilkinson, and Eric attended tennis camp with Steve starting at age 5. Eric closed out his senior season of 2003 by winning both the NCAA Division III singles and doubles championships, with Kevin Whipple as his partner. 
Butorac is currently in the Round of 16 at the Australian Open with partner Sam Groth
In 2014, Butorac started his year with reaching the final of the Australian Open. He then went on to win titles in Memphis and Stockholm. All of these were with partner Raven Klaasen.
In 2013, Butorac made it to the Round of 16 at the Australian Open and won the doubles title in Kuala Lumpur with Raven Klaasen.
In 2012, Butorac made the quarterfinals of the Australian Open and won the doubles title in São Paulo (with Bruno Soares).
In 2011, Butorac had his best season reaching a career-high ranking of no. 17, and finishing as the no. 9 team in the world with partner Jean-Julien Rojer of the Netherlands. They won three titles and made the semifinals of the Australian Open.
In 2010, Butorac paired with Rajeev Ram to make the quarterfinals of the Australian Open. He also won titles in Chennai (with Ram), Tokyo and Stockholm (with Rojer). He was on the 2010 roster of the Boston Lobsters in the World Team Tennis pro league.
In early February 2007, the US-Scots pair claimed their first doubles title in a Challenger event in Dallas, and a week later they won their first ATP title at the SAP Open. They continued their winning run the following week when the unseeded pair defeated second seeds Julian Knowle and Jürgen Melzer, 7–5, 6–3, to capture the doubles title of the Regions Morgan Keegan Championships at the Racquet Club of Memphis.
Butorac is the president of the ATP Player's Council. He succeeded Roger Federer as president (whom he served under as VP for the previous term).
Starting in 2010, Butorac has been the volunteer assistant coach at Harvard University.
He is one of only three players from the NCAA Division III ranks to ever make a living on the tour.
In 2009 Butorac started the Minnesota Tennis Challenge, a charity event to benefit St. Paul Urban Tennis. Participants included Bob and Mike Bryan, Justin Gimblestob, Rajeev Ram, Melanie Oudin, and Somdev Devvarman.
Butorac is a regular speaker at coaching conventions and USTA showcases around the country.
Grand Slam finals
Doubles: 1 (runner-up)
|Runner-up||2014||Australian Open||Hard||Raven Klaasen|| Łukasz Kubot
ATP career finals
Doubles: 25 (16 titles, 9 runners-up)
|Outcome||No.||Date||Tournament||Surface||Partner||Opponent in the final||Score in the final|
|Runner-up||1.||July 30, 2006||LA Tennis Open, Los Angeles, United States||Hard||Jamie Murray|| Bob Bryan
|Winner||1.||February 18, 2007||SAP Open, San Jose, United States||Hard||Jamie Murray|| Chris Haggard
|Winner||2.||February 25, 2007||Regions Morgan Keegan Championships and the Cellular South Cup, Memphis, United States||Hard||Jamie Murray|| Julian Knowle
|Winner||3.||June 23, 2007||Nottingham Open, Nottingham, Great Britain||Grass||Jamie Murray|| Joshua Goodall
|4–6, 6–3, [10–5]|
|Winner||4.||August 10, 2008||LA Tennis Open, Los Angeles, United States||Hard||Rohan Bopanna|| Travis Parrott
|Winner||5.||January 11, 2009||Chennai Open, Chennai, India||Hard||Rajeev Ram|| Jean-Claude Scherrer
|Winner||6.||May 10, 2009||Estoril Open, Estoril, Portugal||Clay||Scott Lipsky|| Martin Damm
|Winner||7.||October 4, 2009||PTT Thailand Open, Bangkok, Thailand||Hard||Rajeev Ram|| Guillermo García-López
|Runner-up||2.||May 9, 2010||BMW Open, Munich, Germany||Clay||Michael Kohlmann|| Oliver Marach
|7–5, 3–6, [14–16]|
|Runner-up||3.||August 1, 2010||Los Angeles Open, Los Angeles, United States||Hard||Jean-Julien Rojer|| Bob Bryan
|7–6(8–6), 2–6, [7–10]|
|Winner||8.||October 10, 2010||Rakuten Japan Open Tennis Championships, Tokyo, Japan||Hard||Jean-Julien Rojer|| Andreas Seppi
|Winner||9.||October 24, 2010||If Stockholm Open, Stockholm, Sweden||Hard (i)||Jean-Julien Rojer|| Johan Brunström
|Runner-up||4.||February 20, 2011||Regions Morgan Keegan Championships, Memphis, United States||Hard (i)||Jean-Julien Rojer|| Max Mirnyi
|2–6, 7–6(8–6), [3–10]|
|Winner||10.||May 1, 2011||Estoril Open, Estoril, Portugal||Clay||Jean-Julien Rojer|| Marc López
|Winner||11.||May 21, 2011||Open de Nice Côte d'Azur, Nice, France||Clay||Jean-Julien Rojer|| Santiago González
|Winner||12.||October 2, 2011||Proton Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia||Hard (i)||Jean-Julien Rojer|| František Čermák
|Runner-up||5.||November 6, 2011||Valencia Open 500, Valencia, Spain||Hard (i)||Jean-Julien Rojer|| Bob Bryan
|Winner||13.||February 19, 2012||Brasil Open, São Paulo, Brazil||Clay (i)||Bruno Soares|| Michal Mertiňák
|3–6, 6–4, [10–8]|
|Runner-up||6.||September 30, 2012||PTT Thailand Open, Bangkok, Thailand||Hard (i)||Paul Hanley|| Lu Yen-hsun
|Runner-up||7.||January 5, 2013||Brisbane International, Brisbane, Australia||Hard||Paul Hanley|| Marcelo Melo
|6–4, 1–6, [5–10]|
|Runner-up||8.||May 5, 2013||BMW Open, Munich, Germany||Clay||Marcos Baghdatis|| Jarkko Nieminen
|Winner||14.||September 29, 2013||Proton Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia||Hard (i)||Raven Klaasen|| Pablo Cuevas
|Runner-up||9.||January 25, 2014||Australian Open, Melbourne, Australia||Hard||Raven Klaasen|| Łukasz Kubot
|Winner||15.||February 16, 2014||U.S. National Indoor Tennis Championships, Memphis, United States||Hard (i)||Raven Klaasen|| Bob Bryan
|Winner||16.||October 19, 2014||If Stockholm Open, Stockholm, Sweden||Hard (i)||Raven Klaasen|| Treat Huey
Doubles Performance Timeline
Won tournament; or reached Final; Semifinal; Quarter-final; Round 4, 3, 2, 1; competed at a Round Robin stage; lost in Qualification Round; absent from tournament event; played in a Davis Cup Zonal Group (with its number indication) or Play-off; won a bronze, silver (F or S) or gold medal at the Olympics; a downgraded Masters Series/1000 tournament (Not a Masters Series); or a tournament that was Not Held in a given year.
To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated either at the conclusion of a tournament, or when the player's participation in the tournament has ended.
Current till US Open.
|Grand Slam tournaments|
|Australian Open||2R||3R||1R||QF||SF||QF||3R||F||0 / 8||20–8|
|French Open||1R||1R||1R||1R||1R||3R||2R||2R||0 / 8||4–8|
|Wimbledon||3R||2R||2R||1R||2R||2R||1R||3R||0 / 8||8–8|
|US Open||2R||1R||1R||1R||2R||2R||2R||QF||0 / 8||7–8|
|Win–Loss||4–4||3–4||1–4||3–4||6–4||7–4||4–4||11–4||0 / 32||39–32|
- Patton, Mark. "Gustavus Adolphus, Division III Tennis the Right Choice for Eric Butorac".
- "Tennis Players – Scott Lipsky". ATP World Tour. Retrieved July 6, 2011.
- "Jamie Murray wins doubles title"
- "San Jose Continues To Be Kind To Murray" (last paragraph)
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