Bryan Shelton

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Bryan Shelton
Bryan Shelton.jpg
Country (sports) USA
Residence Gainesville, Florida[1]
Born (1965-12-22) December 22, 1965 (age 51)
Huntsville, Alabama
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)[2]
Turned pro 1989
Retired 1997
Plays Right-handed[2] (two-handed backhand)
Prize money US$1,234,108[2]
Career record 104–137
Career titles 2
Highest ranking No. 55 (March 23, 1992)[2]
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 2R (1991)
French Open 2R (1994)
Wimbledon 4R (1994)
US Open 2R (1989)
Career record 94–129
Career titles 2
Highest ranking No. 52 (February 28, 1994)[2]
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open 2R (1991, 1994)
French Open 3R (1990)
Wimbledon 3R (1994)
US Open 2R (1992, 1993, 1994)

Bryan Shelton (born December 22, 1965) is an American college tennis coach and former professional tennis player. Shelton played collegiately for Georgia Tech from 1985 to 1988, and then played professionally from 1989 to 1997.[1] He subsequently returned to his alma mater to coach the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets women's tennis team,[1] [3] which won the NCAA Women's Tennis Championship in 2007.[4][5][6] He is currently the head coach of the Florida Gators men's tennis team of the University of Florida.

Early years[edit]

Shelton was born in Huntsville, Alabama. For high school, he attended Randolph School in Huntsville.[7] He played for the Randolph Raiders men's tennis team, and won the Alabama high school singles championship as a senior in 1984.

College career[edit]

Shelton accepted an athletic scholarship to attend the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia, where he played for the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets men's tennis team from 1985 to 1988. Shelton was the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) champion in singles in 1985, and he and teammate Richy Gilbert were the ACC champions in doubles 1986.[1] He was recognized as an All-ACC selection during each of his four seasons as a Yellow Jacket, and was named an All-American in 1988.[1] Shelton won the United States Amateur Championships in 1985.[8] He graduated from Georgia Tech with a bachelor of science degree in industrial engineering in 1989, and was inducted into the Georgia Tech Athletics Hall of Fame in 1993.

Professional career[edit]

Shelton won two singles titles (Newport, 1991 and 1992) during his professional career. He also reached the mixed doubles final at the 1992 French Open, partnering Lori McNeil. The right-hander reached his highest individual ranking on the ATP Tour on March 23, 1992, when he became number 55 in the world; his highest doubles ranking, 52, occurred on February 28, 1994. He was inducted to the Huntsville-Madison County Athletic Hall of Fame in 2006.[9]


Shelton officially retired from the professional tour in 1997,[1] and was named a United States Tennis Association (USTA) National Coach, a position he held from January 1998 until June 1999.[1] Shelton coached MaliVai Washington, a 1996 Wimbledon finalist.[1]

Shelton became head coach of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets women's tennis team in July 1999.[1] In his first season as coach at Georgia Tech, his team went to the second round of the NCAA tournament, upsetting the No. 25 Washington Huskies before falling to the No. 9 UCLA Bruins.[10] He was named ACC Coach of the Year in 2002,[1] 2005,[1][11] and 2007.[12] His 2007 team won the Yellow Jackets' third-straight ACC Championship.[12] They then won Georgia Tech's first NCAA-recognized team championship on May 22, 2007, by defeating UCLA in the finals of the NCAA Women's Tennis Championship.[4][5][6] Prior to his coaching tenure, the Georgia tech women's tennis team had never qualified for the NCAA tournament. Shelton was named the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Coach of the Year in 2007.[13]

On June 8, 2012, the University of Florida announced that Shelton had been hired as the new head coach of the Florida Gators men's tennis team.[14]

ATP Tour titles (4)[edit]

Singles wins (2)[edit]

Grand Slam (0)
Tennis Masters Cup (0)
ATP Masters Series (0)
ATP Tour (2)
Titles by Surface
Hard (0)
Clay (0)
Grass (2)
Carpet (0)
No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent in the final Score
1. July 8, 1991 Newport, U.S. Grass Argentina Javier Frana 3–6, 6–4, 6–4
2. July 6, 1992 Newport, USA Grass Austria Alex Antonitsch 6–4, 6–4

Singles finalist (1)[edit]

Doubles titles (2)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Surface Partnering Opponents in the final Score
1. February 21, 1994 Mexico City, Mexico Clay United States Francisco Montana United States Luke Jensen
United States Murphy Jensen
6–3, 6–4
2. December 30, 1996 Adelaide, Australia Hard Australia Patrick Rafter Australia Todd Woodbridge
Australia Mark Woodforde
6–4, 1–6, 6–3

Doubles finalist (1)[edit]

Singles performance timeline[edit]

Tournament 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 Career SR
Australian Open A A 2R 1R 1R 1R 1R A 1R 0 / 6
French Open A A A 1R 1R 2R 1R A A 0 / 4
Wimbledon 1R 3R A 3R 2R 4R 2R A A 0 / 6
U.S. Open 2R 1R 1R 1R 1R 1R 1R A A 0 / 7
Grand Slam SR 0 / 2 0 / 2 0 / 2 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 0 0 / 1 0 / 23

A = did not participate in the tournament

SR = the ratio of the number of tournaments won to the number of those tournaments played

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Player Bio: Bryan Shelton :: Women's Tennis". Georgia Tech Athletic Association. Retrieved May 23, 2007. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Player Profile: Bryan Shelton". ATP Tour. 
  3. ^ Player Coach Mentor, Bryan Shelton Comes Full Circle. (September 12, 2008). In The Technique. Retrieved September 11, 2010 from
  4. ^ a b "Georgia Tech Wins NCAA Women's Tennis Title". Georgia Tech Athletic Association. May 22, 2007. Retrieved May 23, 2007. 
  5. ^ a b "Georgia Tech captures first NCAA women's tennis title". ESPNU. May 23, 2007. Retrieved May 23, 2007. 
  6. ^ a b "Georgia Tech wins women's title". Sports Illustrated. May 23, 2007. Retrieved May 23, 2007. 
  7. ^ "Tennis Champion Bryan Shelton '84 Swings By Randolph". Randolph School. April 25, 2006. Retrieved May 23, 2007. 
  8. ^ "Hall of Fame Adds Five". Tech Topics. Georgia Tech Alumni Association. Fall 1993. Retrieved May 23, 2007. 
  9. ^ "HOF Member: Bryan Shelton". Huntsville-Madison County Athletic Hall of Fame. Retrieved May 23, 2007. 
  10. ^ Williams, David (September 29, 2000). "Men's and women's tennis teams enter new era with fresh leadership". The Technique. Archived from the original on September 29, 2007. Retrieved May 23, 2007. 
  11. ^ "Georgia Tech's Brian Shelton Named ACC Coach of the Year". USTA Southern. April 21, 2005. Retrieved May 23, 2007. [dead link]
  12. ^ a b "ACC announces All-conference Women's Tennis Team". Virginia Tech Athletics. April 19, 2007. Retrieved May 23, 2007. 
  13. ^ "ITA Announces National Division I Award Winners". CSTV. May 22, 2007. Retrieved May 23, 2007. 
  14. ^ Robbie Andreu (June 8, 2012). "Shelton takes UF men's tennis job". The Gainesville Sun. Retrieved June 11, 2012. 

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