Eric Butorac

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Eric Butorac
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Country  United States
Residence Cambridge, Massachusetts
Born (1981-05-22) May 22, 1981 (age 33)
Rochester, Minnesota, USA
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Turned pro 2003
Plays Left-handed (two-handed backhand)
College Ball State Cardinals/Gustavus Adolphus College
Prize money $1,467,324
Singles
Career record 0–0
Career titles 0
Highest ranking No. 935 (January 16, 2006)
Doubles
Career record 227–203 (in ATP Tour and Grand Slam main draw matches, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles 16
Highest ranking No. 17 (August 29, 2011)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open F (2014)
French Open 3R (2012)
Wimbledon 3R (2014)
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.

Family[edit]

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.

College Career[edit]

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. [1]

Recent Activity[edit]

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 April, May, and June 2009, Butorac and American Scott Lipsky won the Tallahassee Tennis Challenger, the Estoril Open in Portugal, and a tournament in Nottingham, England.[2]

In early February 2007, the US-Scots pair claimed their first doubles title in a Challenger event in Dallas,[3] and a week later they won their first ATP title at the SAP Open.[4] 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.

In July 2006, Butorac and Jamie Murray reached their first ATP Tour doubles final, in Los Angeles, losing in straight sets to the Bryan brothers, who were the world's top-ranked doubles team.

Off court[edit]

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.

Major finals[edit]

Grand Slam finals[edit]

Doubles: 1 (runner-up)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 2014 Australian Open Hard South Africa Raven Klaasen Poland Łukasz Kubot
Sweden Robert Lindstedt
3–6, 3–6

ATP career finals[edit]

Doubles: 25 (16 titles, 9 runners-up)[edit]

Legend ( Doubles)
Grand Slam tournaments (0–1)
ATP World Tour Finals (0–0)
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 (0–0)
ATP World Tour 500 Series (2–2)
ATP World Tour 250 Series (14–6)
Titles by Surface
Hard (10–7)
Clay (4–2)
Grass (1–0)
Carpet (0–0)
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 United Kingdom Jamie Murray United States Bob Bryan
United States Mike Bryan
2–6, 4–6
Winner 1. February 18, 2007 SAP Open, San Jose, United States Hard United Kingdom Jamie Murray South Africa Chris Haggard
Germany Rainer Schüttler
7–5, 7–6(8–6)
Winner 2. February 25, 2007 Regions Morgan Keegan Championships and the Cellular South Cup, Memphis, United States Hard United Kingdom Jamie Murray Austria Julian Knowle
Austria Jürgen Melzer
7–5, 6–3
Winner 3. June 23, 2007 Nottingham Open, Nottingham, Great Britain Grass United Kingdom Jamie Murray United Kingdom Joshua Goodall
United Kingdom Ross Hutchins
4–6, 6–3, [10–5]
Winner 4. August 10, 2008 LA Tennis Open, Los Angeles, United States Hard India Rohan Bopanna United States Travis Parrott
Serbia Dušan Vemić
7–6(7–5), 7–6(7–5)
Winner 5. January 11, 2009 Chennai Open, Chennai, India Hard United States Rajeev Ram Switzerland Jean-Claude Scherrer
Switzerland Stanislas Wawrinka
6–3, 6–4
Winner 6. May 10, 2009 Estoril Open, Estoril, Portugal Clay United States Scott Lipsky Czech Republic Martin Damm
Sweden Robert Lindstedt
6–3, 6–2
Winner 7. October 4, 2009 PTT Thailand Open, Bangkok, Thailand Hard United States Rajeev Ram Spain Guillermo García-López
Germany Mischa Zverev
7–6(7–4), 6–3
Runner-up 2. May 9, 2010 BMW Open, Munich, Germany Clay Germany Michael Kohlmann Austria Oliver Marach
Spain Santiago Ventura
7–5, 3–6, [14–16]
Runner-up 3. August 1, 2010 Los Angeles Open, Los Angeles, United States Hard Netherlands Antilles Jean-Julien Rojer United States Bob Bryan
United States Mike Bryan
7–6(8–6), 2–6, [7–10]
Winner 8. October 10, 2010 Rakuten Japan Open Tennis Championships, Tokyo, Japan Hard Netherlands Antilles Jean-Julien Rojer Italy Andreas Seppi
Russia Dmitry Tursunov
6–3, 6–2
Winner 9. October 24, 2010 If Stockholm Open, Stockholm, Sweden Hard (i) Curaçao Jean-Julien Rojer Sweden Johan Brunström
Finland Jarkko Nieminen
6–3, 6–4
Runner-up 4. February 20, 2011 Regions Morgan Keegan Championships, Memphis, United States Hard (i) Curaçao Jean-Julien Rojer Belarus Max Mirnyi
Canada Daniel Nestor
2–6, 7–6(8–6), [3–10]
Winner 10. May 1, 2011 Estoril Open, Estoril, Portugal Clay Curaçao Jean-Julien Rojer Spain Marc López
Spain David Marrero
6–3, 6–4
Winner 11. May 21, 2011 Open de Nice Côte d'Azur, Nice, France Clay Curaçao Jean-Julien Rojer Mexico Santiago González
Spain David Marrero
6–3, 6–4
Winner 12. October 2, 2011 Proton Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Hard (i) Curaçao Jean-Julien Rojer Czech Republic František Čermák
Slovakia Filip Polášek
6–1, 6–3
Runner-up 5. November 6, 2011 Valencia Open 500, Valencia, Spain Hard (i) Curaçao Jean-Julien Rojer United States Bob Bryan
United States Mike Bryan
6–4, 7–6(11–9)
Winner 13. February 19, 2012 Brasil Open, São Paulo, Brazil Clay (i) Brazil Bruno Soares Slovakia Michal Mertiňák
Brazil André Sá
3–6, 6–4, [10–8]
Runner-up 6. September 30, 2012 PTT Thailand Open, Bangkok, Thailand Hard (i) Australia Paul Hanley Chinese Taipei Lu Yen-hsun
Thailand Danai Udomchoke
3–6, 4–6
Runner-up 7. January 5, 2013 Brisbane International, Brisbane, Australia Hard Australia Paul Hanley Brazil Marcelo Melo
Spain Tommy Robredo
6–4, 1–6, [5–10]
Runner-up 8. May 5, 2013 BMW Open, Munich, Germany Clay Cyprus Marcos Baghdatis Finland Jarkko Nieminen
Russia Dmitry Tursunov
1–6, 4–6
Winner 14. September 29, 2013 Proton Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Hard (i) South Africa Raven Klaasen Uruguay Pablo Cuevas
Argentina Horacio Zeballos
6–2, 6–4
Runner-up 9. January 25, 2014 Australian Open, Melbourne, Australia Hard South Africa Raven Klaasen Poland Łukasz Kubot
Sweden Robert Lindstedt
3–6, 3–6
Winner 15. February 16, 2014 U.S. National Indoor Tennis Championships, Memphis, United States Hard (i) South Africa Raven Klaasen United States Bob Bryan
United States Mike Bryan
6–4, 6–4
Winner 16. October 19, 2014 If Stockholm Open, Stockholm, Sweden Hard (i) South Africa Raven Klaasen Philippines Treat Huey
United States Jack Sock
6-4, 6-3

Doubles Performance Timeline[edit]

Key
W  F  SF QF R# RR LQ (Q#) A P Z# PO SF-B F-S G NMS NH

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.

Tournament 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 SR W-L
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

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