Christopher Eubanks

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Christopher Eubanks
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Eubanks at the 2018 Citi Open
Country (sports) United States
ResidenceAtlanta, United States
Born (1996-05-05) May 5, 1996 (age 22)
Atlanta, United States
Height6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Turned proOctober 23, 2017
PlaysRight-handed (one handed-backhand)
CollegeGeorgia Tech
Prize money$359,065
Singles
Career record2–6 (at ATP Tour level, Grand Slam level, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 176 (12 November 2018)
Current rankingNo. 149 (10 April 2019)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open1R (2019)
French OpenQ1 (2018)
WimbledonQ1 (2018)
US Open1R (2017)
Doubles
Career record4–3 (at ATP Tour level, Grand Slam level, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 227 (13 August 2018)
Current rankingNo. 327 (10 April 2019)
Grand Slam Doubles results
US Open2R (2017)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
US Open2R (2018)
Last updated on: 23 May 2018.

Christopher Eubanks (born May 5, 1996) is an American professional tennis player. He played college tennis for the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. There, he was a two-time All-American and twice named ACC Player of the Year.

Early life and background[edit]

Christopher is the son of Mark and Carla Eubanks and has one older brother, Mark.[1] He was coached regularly by his father until he was 13.

Eubanks became close friends with Donald Young and his family after they moved from Chicago to Atlanta. Around when he started high school, he began training with Young's parents, who run the South Fulton Tennis Center near where Eubanks lived. During this time, he also had the opportunity to practice with Young, who was already in the Top 100 of the ATP rankings. Eubanks credited these practice sessions with helping him get on track to become a professional. He has said, "When I got around Donald and got to get better and better, that’s when I got back to, 'Maybe I could do this one day.'"[2]

Prep career[edit]

Eubanks played three seasons for Westlake High School. In both 2011 and 2013, he helped his team win the region championship and become runners-up in the state.

In Juniors, Christopher earned a 48–6 overall record in 2013. He advanced six rounds in the USTA Nationals at Kalamazoo. He won the Georgia State Closed Junior Challenger. Eubanks was also a member of the winning team at the USTA National Boys' 18 Team Championships.[1]

College career[edit]

Eubanks played three seasons at Georgia Tech before foregoing his senior year of eligibility to turn pro.

Freshman season[edit]

Eubanks played at the top of Tech's lineup in 18 of GT's 27 dual matches and was ranked as high as No. 53 nationally in singles. He had a 7–11 record at the first singles position, and defeated players nationally ranked as high as No. 5. He received an at-large bid into the NCAA singles championship where he beat 31st-ranked Nathan Pasha of the University of Georgia in the opening round. Eubanks was named Second-team All-ACC.[1]

That summer, Christopher was granted a wild card into both singles and doubles main draws of the BB&T Atlanta Open. In doubles, he teamed up with fellow Atlanta-native Donald Young. The pair won their opening-round and quarterfinals matches before falling in the semis to the world's No. 1-ranked doubles team– Bob and Mike Bryan. In singles, Eubanks fell to Radek Štěpánek in the first-round.

Sophomore season[edit]

Playing much of the year at the top of Tech's lineup, Eubanks finished with a record of 34–7 in all singles matches; which was the second-most wins in one year in program history. In singles, he finished the spring ranked No. 8 nationally. He reached the semifinals of the USTA/ITA National Indoor Championship after earning a wild-card bid. He was named first-team All-ACC, ITA All-American, and ACC Player of the Year.[1]

In August, Christopher competed again in the BB&T Atlanta Open. With a doubles wild card, he and Zach Kennedy (GSU top player and former Westlake High teammate) won their first round match in the main draw against Yoshihito Nishioka and Thiago Monteiro. In singles, Eubanks earned a spot in the main draw after defeating Monteiro in qualifying (6–4, 7–5).

Junior season[edit]

Eubanks competing at the 2017 ACC Championships in Rome, GA.

In his final season at Georgia Tech, Eubanks went 31–6 overall in singles– including 18 victories over ranked opponents. He reached his career-high national ranking of No. 4. For the second straight year, he advanced to the semifinals of the USTA/ITA National Indoors where he was awarded the USTA/ITA Sportsmanship Award– voted on by coaches and officials. Paired with Haley Carter of UNC, they won the mixed doubles title at the Oracle ITA Masters in Malibu, California. He earned his third-straight entry into the NCAA Singles Championship where he advanced to the quarterfinals before being defeated by the eventual champion, Thai-Son Kwiatkowski of Virginia. Eubanks received the National Div. I ITA/Arthur Ashe Leadership and Sportsmanship Award for the Southeast region and was again named ITA All-American and ACC Player of the Year.[1]

For the third straight summer, he competed in the BB&T Atlanta Open. After earning a wild card entry into the singles main draw, he reached the quarterfinals, earning his first two ATP singles victories including a three-set win over world No. 59 Jared Donaldson. A month later, he won his first US Open victory in doubles with partner, Christian Harrison.

On October 23, 2017 Eubanks announced he would be turning pro and would not return for his senior season.[3]

Professional career[edit]

Eubanks made his ATP main draw singles debut at the 2015 BB&T Atlanta Open where he was defeated by Radek Stepanek.[4] The following year at the 2016 BB&T Atlanta Open, Eubanks lost to eventual semi-finalist Reily Opelka. Eubanks had his professional breakthrough in the 2017 BB&T Atlanta Open, beating Taylor Fritz and Jared Donaldson to reach the quarterfinals. Shortly after the performance, Eubanks received a wild card to the 2017 US Open.

Challenger and Futures finals[edit]

Singles: 5 (2–3)[edit]

Legend (Singles)
ATP Challenger Tour (1–1)
ITF Futures Tour (1–2)
Titles by Surface
Hard (2–3)
Clay (0–0)
Grass (0–0)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Win 1–0 Jun 2017 USA F17, Winston-Salem Futures Hard United States Kevin King 7–5, 2–6, 7–6(8–6)
Loss 1–1 Jun 2017 USA F18, Winston-Salem Futures Hard United States Tommy Paul 4–6, 4–6
Loss 1–2 Jan 2018 USA F1, Los Angeles Futures Hard Brazil Karue Sell 7–6(7–5), 2–6, 2–6
Loss 1–3 Apr 2018 Guadalajara, Mexico Challenger Hard El Salvador Marcelo Arévalo 4–6, 7–5, 6–7(4–7)
Win 2–3 Apr 2018 Leon, Mexico Challenger Hard Australia John-Patrick Smith 6–4, 3–6, 7–6(7–4)

Doubles: 3 (2–1)[edit]

Legend (Doubles)
ATP Challenger Tour (1–0)
ITF Futures Tour (1–1)
Titles by Surface
Hard (2–1)
Clay (0–0)
Grass (0–0)
Result    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss Jun 2017 USA F17, Winston-Salem Futures Hard United States Kevin King United States Brandon Holt
United States Riley Smith
6–7(4–7), 3–6
Win Jun 2017 USA F19, Winston-Salem Futures Hard United States Kevin King Germany Dominik Köpfer
Venezuela Luis David Martínez
6–3, 6–4
Win Oct 2017 Monterrey, Mexico Challenger Hard United States Evan King El Salvador Marcelo Arevalo
Mexico Miguel Angel Reyes-Varela
7–6(7–4), 6–3

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Player Bio: Christopher Eubanks". Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. Georgia Institute of Technology. Retrieved October 27, 2017.
  2. ^ "Get to know: Georgia Tech's Christopher Eubanks". USTA. Retrieved 23 April 2018.
  3. ^ "Our Stories: – Christopher Eubanks "Thank You, Georgia Tech"". Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. Georgia Institute of Technology. Retrieved October 27, 2017.
  4. ^ "Georgia Tech's Christopher Eubanks falls in Atlanta Open first round". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. 2 August 2016. Retrieved 7 August 2016.

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