ACADEMIC INTEGRATION COMPETITIVE EXCELLENCE

IN DIVISION I ATHLETICS

 
Chris Clayton
Chris Clayton
Year: Senior
Hometown: Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
High School: Edison Academic Center
House Affiliation: Dunster

Senior 2008-09
Team co-captain ... Ivy League Player of the Year ... Unanimous All-Ivy first team in singles ... All-Ivy second team in doubles with Alexei Chijoff-Evans ... Farnsworth/ITA Senior Player of the Year for Northeast region ... ITA/Arthur Ashe Award for Leadership & Sportsmanship for Northeast region ... One of six national nominees for the ITA/Rafael Osuna Sportsmanship Award ... Named the team's John M. Barnaby Most Valuable Player ... Honored with the team's Ned Weld Above and Beyond Award for contributions to Harvard men's tennis ... Tied for the team lead in wins with a 20-10 record in singles and 16-11 in doubles ... Competed at No. 1 singles and all but two matches at No. 1 doubles ... Went 6-1 in Ivy League dual play and 10-4 overall ... Won eight of his last 10 matches ... Finished 6-8 in dual doubles ... Went 16-9 in doubles with Chijoff-Evans and 0-2 with Michael Kalfayan ... Entered the spring season No. 1 in both the singles and doubles for the Northeast Region ... Earned a ranking as high as No. 53 ... Fell to No. 15 Blake Strode, 6-2, 6-2, in the first round of the NCAA Championships ... Opened his spring season with a 4-6, 6-4, (10-8) win over No. 109 Jason Jung of Michigan ... Gave the Crimson the victory over Cornell with a 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 win against Jonathan Jaklitsch ... Captured the ITA Northeast Regional title in the singles bracket by going 6-0 ... Also captured the doubles title with Chijoff-Evans by going 5-0 ... Opened the fall season with a win over then-No. 12 Nate Schnugg of Georgia, 6-4, 6-4, in the Napa Valley Tennis Classic ... Finished the fall season by nearly upsetting then-No. 10 John Patrick Smith of Tennessee before falling, 6-7(6), 5-7, in the consolation match at the ITA National Indoors.

Junior 2007-08
Team co-captain ... Saw action at first and second singles through fall and spring seasons ... Advanced to the semifinals of the Blue singles flight at season-opening UVA Fall Invitational ... Captured the consolation doubles title with Will Guzick at UVA Fall Invitational ... Recorded two wins at ECAC Championship ... Moved to the quarterfinals of singles bracket at ITA regional tournament and at Seminole Invitational ... Teamed with Guzick for a quarterfinal run in ITA doubles bracket ... Took the singles title at the Columbia Classic and advanced the consolation doubles finals with Guzick to begin the spring season ... Started dual match schedule with wins in five of six matches, the only loss coming to No. 12 Treat Huey of top-ranked Virginia ... Attained a national ranking of No. 64 (March 10) ... Notched straight-set wins over ranked opponents East Tennessee State and Michigan ... Posted a 6-1 conference singles record from the second singles position, including closing the regular season with five consecutive victories ... Finished the regular season ranked No. 117 (April 20) in the nation and garnered first-team All-Ivy singles accolades.

Sophomore 2006-07
Earned first team All-Ivy singles honors ... Ranked as high as No. 77 nationally (March 20) and finished the season at No. 119 (April 30) ... Compiled a 19-13 overall record, going 10-8 at No. 1 ... Posted a 9-5 record in fall action ... Competed in the semifinals at the Columbia Winter Classic which featured some of the East's best players ... Went 7-6 in doubles action with Scott Denenberg, Sasha Ermakov and Dan Nguyen ... Was 5-3 with Nguyen, the duo went 2-1 at No. 3.

Freshman 2005-06
Ranked No. 125 in ITA preseason rankings ... Named second team all-Ivy singles ... Saw action at No. 2, 3, 4 and 5, going 3-3 at No. 3 and 4-0 at No. 5 ... Captured 19 singles wins for a 19-14 record overall ... Victorious in first match as a Crimson defeating Eric Hechtman of University Miami (Fla.), 6-2, 6-0 ... Defeated Jeffrey Schechtman of Dartmouth, 7-5, 6-3 in the final at the Big Green Invitational ... Went 6-1 in the month of March, winning five straight ... Semifinalist at the ECAC Championships ... competed in the round of 16 at the ITA Northeast Regionals... Tallied Ivy wins against Princeton, Penn, Cornell, Yale and Dartmouth ... Posted a 4-3 doubles record partnering with teammates Nick Savage, Brandon Chiu, Gideon Valkin, Scott Denenberg and Dan Nguyen ... Finished in the quarterfinals at the Virginia Fall Classic with Chiu ... Finished in the round of 16 at the Big Green Invitational with Savage.

Background
Trained at the Bollettieri Tennis Academy.

Personal
Concentration: sociology ... Brother, Alex, was a U.S. junior doubles champion, all three younger siblings (Alex, Courtney and Mary) are nationally-ranked tennis players.