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 54)
Huntsville, Alabama
Height1.85 m (6 ft 1 in) [2]
Turned pro1989
Retired1997
PlaysRight-handed [2] (two-handed backhand)
Prize money US$1,220,283 [2]
Singles
Career record104–137
Career titles2
Highest rankingNo. 55 (March 23, 1992) [2]
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 2R (1991)
French Open 2R (1994)
Wimbledon 4R (1994)
US Open 2R (1989)
Doubles
Career record94–129
Career titles2
Highest rankingNo. 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.

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Early years

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

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

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]

Coaching

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]

Coaching Record [15]

YearSchool (Women's)OverallPostseason
2000Georgia Tech14-8NCAA Second Round
2001Georgia Tech11-12NCAA First Round
2002Georgia Tech15-10NCAA Second Round
2003Georgia Tech14-7NCAA Second Round
2004Georgia Tech12-11NCAA Second Round
2005Georgia Tech21-4NCAA Round of 16
2006Georgia Tech23-6NCAA Round of 16
2007Georgia Tech29-4NCAA Champions
2008Georgia Tech22-6NCAA Quarterfinals
2009Georgia Tech18-8NCAA Round of 16
2010Georgia Tech19-10NCAA Second Round
2011Georgia Tech13-10NCAA Round of 16
2012Georgia Tech16-12NCAA Round of 16
YearSchool (Men's)OverallPostseason
2013Florida15-11NCAA First Round
2014Florida17-10NCAA Round of 16
2015Florida14-9NCAA First Round
2016Florida21-7NCAA Quarterfinals
2017Florida19-10NCAA Round of 16
Totals:313-155

ATP career finals

Singles (2 titles, 1 runner-up)

Legend
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)
ResultNo.DateTournamentSurfaceOpponentScore
Win1.Jul 1991 Newport, U.S.Grass Flag of Argentina.svg Javier Frana 3–6, 6–4, 6–4
Win2.Jul 1992Newport, U.S.Grass Flag of Austria.svg Alex Antonitsch 6–4, 6–4
Loss1.May 1993 Atlanta, U.S.Clay Flag of the Netherlands.svg Jacco Eltingh 6–7(1–7), 2–6

Doubles (2 titles, 1 runner-up)

ResultNo.DateTournamentSurfacePartnerOpponentsScore
Loss1.Jul 1990Newport, U.S.Grass Flag of the United States.svg Todd Nelson Flag of Australia (converted).svg Darren Cahill
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Mark Kratzmann
6–7, 2–6
Win1.Feb 1994Mexico City, MexicoClay Flag of the United States.svg Francisco Montana Flag of the United States.svg Luke Jensen
Flag of the United States.svg Murphy Jensen
6–3, 6–4
Win2.Dec 1996 Adelaide, AustraliaHard Flag of Australia (converted).svg Patrick Rafter Flag of Australia (converted).svg Todd Woodbridge
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Mark Woodforde
6–4, 1–6, 6–3

Singles performance timeline

Key
W F SFQF#RRRQ#ANH
(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (A) absent; (NH) not held. SR=strike rate (events won/competed)
Tournament198919901991199219931994199519961997Career SR
Australian Open AA2R1R1R1R1RA1R0 / 6
French Open AAA1R1R2R1RAA0 / 4
Wimbledon 1R3RA3R2R4R2RAA0 / 6
U.S. Open 2R1R1R1R1R1R1RAA0 / 7
Grand Slam SR0 / 20 / 20 / 20 / 40 / 40 / 40 / 40 / 00 / 10 / 23

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