Every Thursday during the summer GoDuke.com will take a look back at former Duke men's tennis All-America selections. The Blue Devils have had 22 players earn a total of 39 total All-America honors. Nicolas Alvarez was Duke's last All-America selection, picking up the accolade in 2015.
Geoff Grant and Jason Rubell (1990)
Geoff Grant and Jason Rubell earned doubles All-America honors following the 1990 season.
Grant was an All-ACC pick from 1990-92 and earned a trip to the NCAA Doubles Tournament those same three years and to the singles tournament in 1992.
Rubell was the 1991 ACC Player of the Year and Duke's second four-time All-ACC selection in program history, receiving recognition from 1988-91. The 1991 ACC Tournament MVP, Rubell was a two-time ACC No. 4 singles flight champion, winning in 1989 and 1990.
During the 1990 NCAA Doubles Tournament, the two advanced to the quarterfinals and ended the year ranked 30th. In 1991, Grant and Rubell again qualified for the NCAA Doubles Tournament, but were downed by Stanford's Alex O'Brien and Jason Yee 6-4, 6-3 in the opening round. The two earned a final ranking of 15th that season.
Grant rounded out his career with another trip to the NCAA Doubles Tournament, in 1992 with Lars Beck. The pair suffered a 6-4, 7-5 setback in the first round to Adam Krafft and Brian Uihlein of Minnesota.
Rubell and doubles partner Keith Kambourian capped the 1989 season with a ranking of 27th.
In singles, Grant took home the 1992 No. 1 ACC flight championship. Later that spring, he earned his only selection to the NCAA Singles Tournament and suffered a tough, three-set loss to Mo Ridaoui of Mississippi, 4-6, 7-6, 6-3. Grant's 33 singles wins in 1988-89 are currently tied for the fourth most by a freshman in a season in program history and were the most by a rookie at the time. Grant finished his sophomore year ranked No. 100 in singles and capped his career tying for 39th in his final collegiate poll.
Rubell was selected to the 1991 NCAA Singles Tournament and dropped a 5-7, 6-4, 7-6 (6) decision to Stanford's Jared Palmer in the opening round. Rubell finished that season ranked No. 76.
Following Grant's graduation from Duke with a degree in political science, he played eight years of professional tennis, working his way up to a career high singles ranking of No. 109 in the world. In 1998 he posted his career best Grand Slam result, reaching the third round of the U.S. Open with wins over Emilio Sanchez and Andrei Medvedev. Grant is currently the Director of Tennis at Tenafly Racquet Club, in Tenafly, N.J. He also works with CourtSense in New York City.
Rubell currently assists with his family's Rubell Family Collection and Contemporary Arts Foundation, which boasts some 6,800 works by 831 artists, in Wynwood, Fla. He is involved in Rubell Hotels, which owns the Albion Hotel in Miami Beach.