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.
Doug Root (1997, 2000) and Jordan Wile (1997)
Doug Root and Jordan Wile paired for a successful 1997 doubles season that resulted in All-America honors.
Four-time All-ACC selection Root, the 1997 ACC Rookie of the Year, helped Duke to three league championships while picking up All-America accolades as a doubles player in 1997 and 2000. Wile was a three-time NCAA Doubles Tournament participant and earned his All-America honor with Root in 1997.
Root and Wile combined to win 62 matches together, the third most by a Duke tandem. Wile made his first two NCAA Doubles Tournament trips with Root, falling in the opening round in 1997 before advancing to the quarterfinals in 1998. In their second trip, Root and Wile fell 6-3, 6-4 to the accomplished and No. 4 Stanford pair of Bob and Mike Bryan. Wile and Root finished 1997 ranked No. 11 and 1998 at No. 18.
Wile ended his career with 108 doubles wins, currently the sixth most in program history and the record at the time of his graduation. His .720 winning percentage is the ninth highest by a Blue Devil. Wile recorded 27 ACC doubles wins, tied for the fourth most in the Duke record book, while his 35 doubles wins in 1996-97 are the ninth most during a Blue Devil campaign. His 32 doubles wins the following year are the 10th most at Duke.
The last trip to the NCAA Doubles Tournament for Wile was with Dmitry Muzyka. The two dropped a three-set decision to Kelly Gullett and John Hui of Pepperdine in the opening round. Muzyka and Wile earned a No. 17 ranking in 1999.
Root’s name also fills the Duke doubles record books as he and current head coach Ramsey Smith captured 31 wins, tied for the ninth most. Root’s 37 doubles wins as a freshman are the second most in program history, and the most until Henrique Cunha won 41 in 2010. Root also won two ACC No. 1 doubles flight titles, pairing with Wile in 1997 and Smith in 2000.
Root has played the second-most singles matches and doubles matches in Duke history. He is a member of the 100-win club in singles, capturing 101 during his four years. Root owns the third most combined singles and doubles wins in program history, ending with 222 by adding 121 doubles victories, the second most by a Blue Devil.
Root was selected to the NCAA Singles Tournament each year of his career, advancing to the second round once, as a sophomore in 1998.
During the 2000 NCAA Doubles Tournament, Root and Smith made the furthest run in Duke history, advancing to the semifinals. The duo won a trio of three-set matches before falling in three sets to Ryan Moore and Nick Rainey of Southern California. The Blue Devil pair finished the year ranked No. 5 nationally.
Individually, Root ended the 1997 season ranked No. 42 before moving up to 27th in 1998, ending the 1999 campaign at No. 37 and a final ranking of 46th as a senior.
Wile played on the ATP tour after graduation and was ranked in singles and doubles for nearly a year, from August 18, 1997 – August 10, 1998.
Root is currently a co-founder and managing partner at Blackfin Real Estate Investors, LLC. He is an active member of the Real Estate Board of New York, the DC Real Estate Group, and serves on the Board of the Arlington Free Clinic.