Oct. 23, 2017
THE FLATS – Georgia Tech men’s tennis senior Christopher Eubanks will forgo his final year of eligibility and turn professional immediately, it was announced today.
“I can’t possibly put into words how thankful I am for my time at Georgia Tech,” Eubanks said. “I can truly say that I’ve been extremely blessed to have had the opportunity to play at an institute such as this. It has been a great three years and I’ve made friendships and relationships that will last a lifetime. I’m incredibly excited for what’s ahead and ready to embark on this new journey in my life.”
“At Georgia Tech we know and believe you can be an outstanding athlete, an incredible student and also be a person of high integrity. Chris embodied all three of these values,” head coach Kenny Thorne said. “We always focus on the process of getting better every day and that was what Chris did during his time at Georgia Tech. We are extremely grateful for the way he represented Georgia Tech and for the recognition he brought to our program. But I’m most proud of him for the high character he displayed on our team and that is not just nice words for a press release… I mean that. He is now pursuing a professional dream that became more of a reality with the success he had over the summer. Chris will always be part of our Georgia Tech family and we wish him the best. We will be cheering for him many years to come.”
By forgoing his final season, Eubanks finishes his impressive three-year career as one of the best to ever don the White and Gold. With a career singles mark of 90-33 (37-17 in tournaments) and a 53-42 overall doubles record, the Atlanta native refused the drop a home contest in his final two years. Eubanks finishes as the first Yellow Jacket and just the fifth player in conference history to earn two ACC Player of the Year awards while also being the fifth student-athlete in program history to be named a two-time all-American. A three-time all-ACC honoree, Eubanks was also the recipient of the USTA/ITA Sportsmanship Award in 2016 and received the 2017 ITA Arthur Ashe, Jr. Leadership and Sportsmanship Award.
In the program record books, Eubanks finishes tied-fifth in all-time career wins while finishing 10th in career win percentage (.732). He also finishes tied-second in season wins (34 – 2015-16) and tied-fourth in season wins in dual matches (21 – 2015-16). His 21 doubles dual match victories in 2015-16 also rank him third all-time at Georgia Tech.
Capitalizing on a fine 2016-17 season that ended with the first quarterfinals appearance in the NCAA Singles Championship by a Yellow Jacket since 1988, Eubanks finished with a 31-6 overall record and 18-2 mark in dual match action, including 18 wins over nationally ranked opponents. The 21-year-old carried forward his momentum as an amateur competitor on the pro circuit, earning his first two ATP singles victory in the BB&T Atlanta Open and his first U.S. Open victory in doubles play. Most recently, he also won the doubles title with teammate Evan King at the Monterrey Challenge in Mexico.
He enters his professional career ranked No. 309 in the ATP World Tour singles rankings.