Chris Woodruff (born January 3, 1973) is an American former professional male tennis player and current Head Coach at the University of Tennessee. He won the 1997 Canada Masters, reached the quarterfinals of the 2000 Australian Open and attained a career-high ranking of World No. 29 in August 1997.
|Residence||Knoxville, TN, USA|
|Born||January 2, 1973|
Knoxville, TN, USA
|Height||1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)|
|Plays||Right-handed (two-handed backhand)|
|Career record||109–104 (Grand Slam, ATP Tour level, and Davis Cup)|
|Highest ranking||No. 29 (August 25, 1997)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||QF (2000)|
|French Open||3R (1996, 1997, 1999)|
|Wimbledon||2R (1999, 2001)|
|US Open||3R (1999)|
|Career record||38–61 (Grand Slam, ATP Tour level, and Davis Cup)|
|Highest ranking||No. 73 (November 11, 1996)|
He hails from Knoxville, Tennessee and was trained at the Knoxville Racquet Club. Since 2002, he has served as an assistant coach with the University of Tennessee men's tennis program, before being named the Head Coach on May 19, 2017.
Woodruff attended the hometown University of Tennessee where in 1993 he won the NCAA single's title by defeating Wade McGuire of Georgia. He remains the only individual champion the school has ever had. He was also an All-American in 1992.
Woodruff won two singles titles during his career, and his first was also his biggest: The Canadian Open in 1997, an ATP Masters Series event. After winning that title he posted the highest ranking of his career: World No. 29 on August 25, 1997. He also won the 1999 Newport, Rhode Island event at the Tennis Hall of Fame.
He was named to the United States Davis Cup team in 2000, joining Andre Agassi after Pete Sampras and Todd Martin both were forced to drop out, and won his match against Wayne Black to help erase a 2–1 deficit and advance to the second round. He reached the quarterfinals at the Australian Open in the year 2000 before losing to Pete Sampras in straight sets.
In the summer of 2002, Woodruff returned to the University of Tennessee as a volunteer assistant coach. He served first as an assistant tennis coach before being promoted to associate head coach in 2006 when Sam Winterbotham was hired as head coach. Since Woodruff has been back at Tennessee, the Vols have had 18 All-America and 29 All-Southeastern Conference selections.
Tennessee has steadily improved their record and ranking since Woodruff and Winterbotham began coaching together. The Vols have won 178 dual matches in their first eight seasons and have ended the year ranked in the top 10 nationally five of those years. In 2010, the Vols won the Southeastern Conference regular season and tournament titles and also reached the NCAA Tennis Championship final for the third time in program history. The team finished with 31 victories, the second-most in a season in Tennessee history.
Woodruff was named the 2013 National Assistant Coach of the Year by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association for his track record of player development and keeping the Vols ranked in the top 10 for five of the last six seasons. Since 2008, he has been responsible for coaching three players to the No. 1 national singles ranking: John-Patrick Smith (2010), Rhyne Williams (2011) and Mikelis Libietis (2013).
Singles: 4 (2 titles - 2 runners-up)
|Grand Slam (0-0)|
|Tennis Masters Cup (0-0)|
|ATP Masters Series (1-0)|
|ATP Tour (1-2)|
|Loss||1.||Mar 1996||Philadelphia||Carpet (i)||4–6, 3–6|
|Loss||2.||May 1996||Coral Springs||Clay||6–7(4–7), 6–2, 5–7|
|Win||1.||Jul 1997||Montreal||Hard||7–5, 4–6, 6–3|
|Win||2.||Jul 1999||Newport||Grass||6–7(7–5), 6–4, 6–4|
Doubles: 3 (0 titles – 3 runners-up)
|Grand Slam (0-0)|
|Tennis Masters Cup (0-0)|
|ATP Masters Series (0-0)|
|ATP Tour (0-3)|
|Loss||1.||Jul 1996||Washington||Hard||6–7, 6–3, 3–6|
|Loss||2.||Nov 1996||Stockholm||Hard (i)||6–7, 4–6|
|Loss||3.||Jul 1999||Newport||Grass||7–6(8–6), 6–7(7–9), 3–6|
Singles performance timeline
|Grand Slam Tournaments|
|Australian Open||A||A||A||A||3R||A||A||QF||3R||A||0 / 3||8–3|
|French Open||A||A||A||3R||3R||A||3R||1R||1R||A||0 / 5||6–5|
|Wimbledon||A||A||A||1R||1R||A||2R||1R||2R||A||0 / 5||2–5|
|US Open||1R||A||1R||1R||2R||A||3R||2R||2R||A||0 / 7||5–6|
|Win–Loss||0–1||0–0||0–1||2–3||5–3||0–0||5–3||5–4||4–4||0–0||0 / 20||21–19|
|ATP Masters Series|
|Indian Wells||A||A||A||A||3R||1R||SF||1R||1R||A||0 / 5||6–5|
|Miami||A||A||A||1R||3R||A||1R||1R||2R||A||0 / 5||3–5|
|Monte Carlo||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||1R||A||A||0 / 1||0–1|
|Hamburg||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||1R||A||A||0 / 1||0–1|
|Rome||A||A||A||A||2R||A||1R||1R||A||A||0 / 3||1–3|
|Canada||A||A||A||2R||W||A||1R||1R||1R||A||1 / 5||7–3|
|Cincinnati||A||A||A||3R||2R||A||3R||2R||1R||A||0 / 5||6–5|
|Madrid1||A||A||A||A||2R||A||2R||A||A||A||0 / 2||2–2|
|Paris||A||A||A||A||1R||A||A||2R||A||A||0 / 2||1–2|
|Win–Loss||0–0||0–0||0–0||3–2||13–6||0–1||7–6||2–8||1–4||0–0||1 / 29||26–27|
|Year End Ranking||337||300||135||43||30||1324||51||67||118||496|
1This event was held in Stockholm through 1994, Essen in 1995, and Stuttgart from 1996 through 2001.
- "Woodruff benefits from his hard work". The Independent. August 4, 1997. Retrieved January 24, 2010.
- "Woodruff bags singles crown". Rediff On The NeT. July 12, 1999. Retrieved January 24, 2010.
- "Agassi, Sampras To Renew Rivalry in Australian semis". Sun Journal (Lewiston). January 24, 2000. p. 50.
- Associate Head Coach Chris Woodruff Biography.
- "Sam Winterbotham Bio". University of Tennessee. Retrieved June 10, 2013.
- It All Adds Up, Tennessee Tennis Athletics Site.
- "ITA Announces 2013 NCAA Division I National Award Winners". Intercollegiate Tennis Association. Archived from the original on September 18, 2013. Retrieved June 10, 2013.
- Frierson, John. "UT's Hunter Reese and Mikelis Libietis have 'something special' in NCAA doubles championship". GoVolsXtra. Knoxville News Sentinel. Retrieved June 17, 2014.