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Juan Spir

Juan Spir - Men's Tennis - Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
Year at Tech First
Alma Mater Georgia Tech, 2013
Juan Spir - Men's Tennis - Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

During the fall of 2020 Juan Spir was announced as an assistant coach for Georgia Tech by Ken Byers Head Men’s Tennis Coach Kenny Thorne. Spir was a three-time ITA All-American (2011, 2012, 2013) and a three-time All-ACC performer during his time on The Flats. He finished his collegiate career with a Tech-record 103 doubles wins in four years, while posting a 75-53 singles record. Along with an illustrious playing career, Spir excelled in the classroom having been named to the ACC Academic Honor Roll twice.

2011 ITA All-American
2011, 2012 All-ACC Team

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General Info: Three-time ITA All-American and three-time All-ACC performer with a powerful serve who rose to the top of Tech[apos]s singles lineup and became the best doubles player ever to play at Georgia Tech … Finished his career with a Tech-record 103 doubles wins in four years, 75 of them with Kevin King … Had a 75-53 singles record in his Tech career … Twice named to the ACC Academic Honor Roll.

2012-13: Match-by-Match

Played in the NCAA Singles Championship for the second time, losing in the opening round as he did in 2012 … Finished with a 21-16 overall record, 12-10 in dual matches and 8-2 in ACC matches, splitting time between the No. 1 and 2 spots in the Tech singles lineup … Won six straight matches toward the end of the regular season, including four straight over ranked opponents and a straight-set win over the nation[apos]s top-ranked player, Alex Domijan of Virginia … Finished spring ranked No. 49 in ITA rankings.

Played in the Doubles Championship for the third time, reaching the quarterfinals and earning All-America honors for the third time … Joined forces in the fall with Vikram Hundal to play in the USTA/ITA Southeast Regional and won the title the first time they played together competitively … They went on to win the consolation draw at the USTA/ITA National Indoor Championships.

They went 13-2 in tournament play, and were 7-3 at the top of Tech[apos]s doubles lineup in dual matches before Hundal sustained a knee injury at the end of February … Ranked third in the ITA national rankings at the time, they finished the spring ranked 9th and with a 20-6 cumulative record, including a victory over Auburn[apos]s Daniel Cochrane and Andreas Mies, ranked No. 1 at the time, in February.

2011-12: All-ACC selection who was part of the nation[apos]s No. 4-ranked doubles team with Kevin King, reached the second round of the 2012 NCAA Doubles Championship … He and King went 22-5 overall, 16-2 in the spring and 8-1 against ACC foes … Heated up late in the ACC season in singles, winning four straight matches against ranked opponents, including No. 26 Chris Mengel of Duke on the road and No. 3 Jarmere Jenkins of Virginia at home, both in straight sets … Improved to 17-12, 13-8 in the spring and 6-5 in the ACC, and rose to No. 48 in the ITA rankings, matching the highest of his career before falling back to No. 60 … Earned a bid to the NCAA Singles Championship for the first time in his career, lost in the opening round … Got as high as 34th nationally in the fall, finished the year at No. 62 … Advanced to the round of 16 before falling to Florida[apos]s Spencer Newman in the USTA/ITA Southeast Regional … Posted a 5-2 doubles record with partner Kevin King with the tandem ranked 1st nationally … The duo defeated Maryland[apos]s John Collins and Maros Horny (No. 9) and Auburn[apos]s Andres Mies and Alex Stamchev (No. 26) to advance to the finals of the ITA All-American Main Draw before falling to Ohio State[apos]s Chase Buchanan and Blaz Rola (No. 3) … Advanced to the round of 16 in the ITA National Indoor Championships before falling to Florida[apos]s Billy Federhofer and Nassim Slilam (No. 36) … Named to the ACC Academic Honor Roll.

2010-11: Part of the nation[apos]s No. 9-ranked doubles team with Kevin King, reached the semifinals of the NCAA Doubles Championship … Knocked off top-seeded Boris Conkic and John-Patrick Smith of Tennessee and two other top 10 seeds … Ranked No. 79 in the final ITA singles rankings after rising as high as No. 48 … Went 11-8 at No. 2, and 22-13 for the year in singles … Lost in his only match at No. 1 … Missed the final weekend of the regular season with a groin injury suffered April 10 against North Carolina … Played doubles, but not singles, in the ACC Tournament … Came back to play both NCAA regional matches at No. 2 (lost one, one unfinished) … Career 1-2 in NCAA singles matches (2 unfinished) … He and King had a 16-6 record at No. 1 in dual matches, and were 34-11 overall for the year … Was a part of 35 doubles wins for the year, second to Kevin King for the most in Tech history … Advanced to the semifinals of the USTA/ITA National Collegiate Indoors … Defeated fellow Jackets Eliot Potvin and Ryan Smith to win the USTA/ITA Southeast Regional … The duo advanced to the finals of the Southern Intercollegiate Championship before falling to Georgia[apos]s Javier Garrapiz and Hernus Pieters.

2009-10: Helped solidify the bottom of Tech[apos]s singles lineup and the top of its doubles lineup … Won 10 of his last 13 singles matches (one unfinished), all but one of those at No. 6, including three wins over ranked foes … One of two Tech players (Eliot Potvin was the other) to play at every singles position in the spring … Won at No. 1, No. 4 and No. 5 … Also compiled a 10-6 mark at No. 1 doubles with Kevin King, finishing the year ranked 83rd nationally.

High School/Junior Tennis: Considered one of the top junior players in Colombia … Reached an ITF Junior world-ranking of as high as No. 48 in singles play … Took the title at the ITF Grade 1 Tournament in Barranquilla, Colombia … Competed in three of the four World Junior Grand Slam events … Tallied 56 wins in singles and 32 in doubles during his career … Attended Colegio Lujan where he was the school[apos]s MVP all four years of high school.

Personal: Full name is Juan Carlos Spir … Born May 1, 1990 in Medellin, Colombia … Son of Juan and Dinorah Spir … Has one brother, Joseph (11) … Has dual citizenship with the United States and Colombia … Began playing tennis at the age of six … Plans to major in International Affairs.

Career Results (Singles)
2009-105-3 (.545)12-8 (.636)15-11 (.588)
2010-114-5 (.444)11-9 (.550)22-13 (.629)
2011-126-5 (.545)14-8 (.636)17-13 (.567)
2012-138-2 (.800)12-10 (.545)21-16 (.567)
Total23-15 (.605)49-35 (.585)75-53 (.586)
Career Results (Doubles)
2009-106-5 (.545)16-9 (.640)18-13 (.581)
2010-116-3 (.667)17-6 (.739)35-11 (.761)
2011-128-3 (.727)16-6 (.727)22-10 (.688)
2012-135-4 (.556)13-9 (.591)28-13 (.683)
Total25-15 (.625)62-30 (.674)103-47 (.687)
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