Eric Butorac (born May 22, 1981) is an American retired professional tennis player. He was a doubles specialist, and for a period of approximately six years was the No. 3 ranked American doubles player. His best result was reaching the 2014 Australian Open finals with partner Raven Klaasen. Their run to the final included a victory over the World No. 1 team of Bob and Mike Bryan.
|Country (sports)||United States|
|Residence||Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S.|
|Born||May 22, 1981|
Rochester, Minnesota, U.S.
|Height||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Plays||Left-handed (two-handed backhand)|
|College||Ball State Cardinals |
Gustavus Adolphus College
|Highest ranking||No. 935 (January 16, 2006)|
|Career record||269–242 (in ATP Tour and Grand Slam main draw matches, and in Davis Cup)|
|Highest ranking||No. 17 (August 29, 2011)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|Australian Open||F (2014)|
|French Open||3R (2012, 2016)|
|Wimbledon||3R (2007, 2014)|
|US Open||QF (2014)|
|Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results|
|Australian Open||1R (2011, 2012, 2015)|
|French Open||SF (2014)|
|Wimbledon||3R (2013, 2014)|
|US Open||2R (2016)|
|Last updated on: December 13, 2016.|
He attended Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, where he played on the men's tennis team for one year before transferring to Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota, where he graduated in 2003.
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Butorac is of Croatian descent. Butorac's parents, Jan and Tim Butorac, are directors of the Rochester Tennis Connection (Indoor & Outdoor site) in Rochester, Minnesota. His brother, Jeff, is a basketball coach at Century High School. Tim Butorac is a USPTA Professional, teaching tennis at the Rochester Indoor Tennis Club during the winter and at the Kutzky/Rochester Outdoor Tennis Center during the summer months.
Eric played at Ball State University for one year before transferring to Gustavus Adolphus College. Eric has a long history with Gustavus: his father played for coach Steve Wilkinson, and Eric attended tennis camp with Steve starting at age 5. Eric closed out his senior season of 2003 by winning both the NCAA Division III singles and doubles championships, with Kevin Whipple as his partner.
In 2014, Butorac started his year with reaching the final of the Australian Open. He then went on to win titles in Memphis and Stockholm. All of these were with partner Raven Klaasen.
In 2013, Butorac made it to the Round of 16 at the Australian Open and won the doubles title in Kuala Lumpur with Raven Klaasen.
In 2012, Butorac made the quarterfinals of the Australian Open and won the doubles title in São Paulo (with Bruno Soares).
In 2011, Butorac had his best season reaching a career-high ranking of no. 17, and finishing as the no. 9 team in the world with partner Jean-Julien Rojer of the Netherlands. They won three titles and made the semifinals of the Australian Open.
In 2010, Butorac paired with Rajeev Ram to make the quarterfinals of the Australian Open. He also won titles in Chennai (with Ram), Tokyo and Stockholm (with Rojer). He was on the 2010 roster of the Boston Lobsters in the World Team Tennis pro league.
In early February 2007, the US-Scots pair claimed their first doubles title in a Challenger event in Dallas, and a week later they won their first ATP title at the SAP Open. They continued their winning run the following week when the unseeded pair defeated second seeds Julian Knowle and Jürgen Melzer, 7–5, 6–3, to capture the doubles title of the Regions Morgan Keegan Championships at the Racquet Club of Memphis.
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Butorac was the president of the ATP Player's Council. He succeeded Roger Federer as president (whom he served under as VP for the previous term). He was succeeded by Novak Djokovic on August 30 2016.
Starting in 2010, Butorac has been the volunteer assistant coach at Harvard University. He is one of only three players from the NCAA Division III ranks to ever make a living on the tour.
In 2009 Butorac started the Minnesota Tennis Challenge, a charity event to benefit St. Paul Urban Tennis. Participants included Bob and Mike Bryan, Justin Gimelstob, Rajeev Ram, Melanie Oudin, and Somdev Devvarman. Butorac is a regular speaker at coaching conventions and USTA showcases around the country.
Grand Slam finalsEdit
Doubles: 1 (runner-up)Edit
|Loss||2014||Australian Open||Hard||Raven Klaasen|| Łukasz Kubot
ATP career finalsEdit
Doubles: 29 (18 titles, 11 runners-up)Edit
|Loss||0–1||Jul 2006||Los Angeles Open, United States||International||Hard||Jamie Murray|| Bob Bryan
|Win||1–1||Feb 2007||Pacific Coast Championships, United States||International||Hard (i)||Jamie Murray|| Chris Haggard
|Win||2–1||Feb 2007||U.S. National Indoor Tennis Championships, United States||Intl. Gold||Hard (i)||Jamie Murray|| Jürgen Melzer
|Win||3–1||Jun 2007||Nottingham Open, United Kingdom||International||Grass||Jamie Murray|| Joshua Goodall
|4–6, 6–3, [10–5]|
|Win||4–1||Aug 2008||Los Angeles Open, United States||International||Hard||Rohan Bopanna|| Travis Parrott
|Win||5–1||Jan 2009||Chennai Open, India||250 Series||Hard||Rajeev Ram|| Jean-Claude Scherrer
|Win||6–1||May 2009||Estoril Open, Portugal||250 Series||Clay||Scott Lipsky|| Martin Damm
|Win||7–1||Oct 2009||Thailand Open, Thailand||250 Series||Hard (i)||Rajeev Ram|| Guillermo García López
|Loss||7–2||May 2010||Bavarian International Tennis Championships, Germany||250 Series||Clay||Michael Kohlmann|| Oliver Marach
|7–5, 3–6, [14–16]|
|Loss||7–3||Aug 2010||Los Angeles Open, United States (2)||250 Series||Hard||Jean-Julien Rojer|| Bob Bryan
|7–6(8–6), 2–6, [7–10]|
|Win||8–3||Oct 2010||Japan Open, Japan||500 Series||Hard||Jean-Julien Rojer|| Andreas Seppi
|Win||9–3||Oct 2010||Stockholm Open, Sweden||250 Series||Hard (i)||Jean-Julien Rojer|| Johan Brunström
|Loss||9–4||Feb 2011||U.S. National Indoor Tennis Championships, United States||500 Series||Hard (i)||Jean-Julien Rojer|| Max Mirnyi
|2–6, 7–6(8–6), [3–10]|
|Win||10–4||May 2011||Estoril Open, Portugal (2)||250 Series||Clay||Jean-Julien Rojer|| Marc López
|Win||11–4||May 2011||Open de Nice Côte d'Azur, France||250 Series||Clay||Jean-Julien Rojer|| Santiago González
|Win||12–4||Oct 2011||Malaysian Open, Malaysia||250 Series||Hard (i)||Jean-Julien Rojer|| František Čermák
|Loss||12–5||Nov 2011||Valencia Open, Spain||500 Series||Hard (i)||Jean-Julien Rojer|| Bob Bryan
|Win||13–5||Feb 2012||Brasil Open, Brazil||250 Series||Clay||Bruno Soares|| Michal Mertiňák
|3–6, 6–4, [10–8]|
|Loss||13–6||Oct 2012||Thailand Open, Thailand||250 Series||Hard (i)||Paul Hanley|| Lu Yen-hsun
|Loss||13–7||Jan 2013||Brisbane International, Australia||250 Series||Hard||Paul Hanley|| Marcelo Melo
|6–4, 1–6, [5–10]|
|Loss||13–8||May 2013||Bavarian International Tennis Championships, Germany||250 Series||Clay||Marcos Baghdatis|| Jarkko Nieminen
|Win||14–8||Sep 2013||Malaysian Open, Malaysia (2)||250 Series||Hard (i)||Raven Klaasen|| Pablo Cuevas
|Loss||14–9||Jan 2014||Australian Open, Australia||Grand Slam||Hard||Raven Klaasen|| Łukasz Kubot
|Win||15–9||Feb 2014||U.S. National Indoor Tennis Championships, United States||250 Series||Hard (i)||Raven Klaasen|| Bob Bryan
|Win||16–9||Oct 2014||Stockholm Open, Sweden (2)||250 Series||Hard (i)||Raven Klaasen|| Treat Huey
|Loss||16–10||Aug 2015||Winston-Salem Open, United States||250 Series||Hard||Scott Lipsky|| Dominic Inglot
|Win||17–10||Nov 2015||Valencia Open, Spain||250 Series||Hard (i)||Scott Lipsky|| Feliciano López
|Loss||17–11||Jan 2016||Auckland Open, New Zealand||250 Series||Hard||Scott Lipsky|| Mate Pavić
|Win||18–11||May 2016||Estoril Open, Portugal (3)||250 Series||Clay||Scott Lipsky|| Łukasz Kubot
|6–4, 3–6, [10–8]|
Doubles performance timelineEdit
Current till 2016 US Open.
|Grand Slam tournaments|
|Australian Open||2R||3R||1R||QF||SF||QF||3R||F||3R||2R||0 / 10||23–10|
|French Open||1R||1R||1R||1R||1R||3R||2R||2R||1R||3R||0 / 10||6–10|
|Wimbledon||3R||2R||2R||1R||2R||2R||1R||3R||2R||A||0 / 9||9–9|
|US Open||2R||1R||1R||1R||2R||2R||2R||QF||3R||1R||0 / 10||9–10|
|Win–Loss||4–4||3–4||1–4||3–4||6–4||7–4||4–4||11–4||5–4||3-3||0 / 39||47–39|
- Patton, Mark. "Gustavus Adolphus, Division III Tennis the Right Choice for Eric Butorac".
- "Tennis Players – Scott Lipsky". ATP World Tour. Retrieved July 6, 2011.
- "Jamie Murray wins doubles title"
- "San Jose Continues To Be Kind To Murray" Archived March 2, 2007, at the Wayback Machine (last paragraph)