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.
Chris Pressley (1993-95)
Duke's first three-time All-America honoree, Chris Pressley was a four-time All-ACC honoree and 1994 ACC Tournament MVP. He holds the third-highest singles winning percentage in Duke history with a .775 mark, compiling a record of 107-31. The second Blue Devil to reach 100 career singles wins, Pressley currently ranks 10th in all-time singles victories.
Pressley shined in ACC singles play, going 22-4 during his career, good for a .846 winning percentage, the eighth best in Duke history. His doubles mark of 62-21 led to a .747 winning percentage, tied for the sixth best by a Blue Devil. Pressley's .842 ACC doubles winning percentage is also tied for sixth in program history.
At the end of his final three seasons, Pressley was selected to the NCAA Singles Tournament. He suffered a three-set first-round loss in 1993 before moving to the Round of 16 as a junior and quarterfinals as a senior. Georgia's Mike Sell ended Pressley's run as a junior with a 6-4, 2-6, 0-6 setback. As a senior in 1995, Pressley fell 6-2, 2-6, 2-6 to Arizona State's Sargis Sargsian, the No. 1 overall seed. Pressley also made one trip to the NCAA Doubles Tournament, playing with Jason Rayman in the 1993 event and falling in the opening round.
Pressley ended the 1994 season ranked No. 6 in singles for his highest career finish. He checked in 14th in 1995 and 17th in 1993. As a junior in 1994, Pressley received the ITA/Arthur Ashe Award for Leadership and Sportsmanship, become the first of three Duke recipients. A year earlier, Pressley was tabbed the ITA Player to Watch. He is the only Blue Devil to receive the award.
Following his Duke career, Pressley competed four years on the professional circuit and was in all four Grand Slams. During his four years on tour, he achieved an ATP Tour recognized ranking of 336 in the world, and had victories over many top-100 players, including Jan Michael Gambill and Taylor Dent.
Pressley currently is the Head Tennis Professional at The Country Club at Mirasol in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.