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.
Ramsey Smith (2000-01)
Duke current head coach Ramsey Smith was a two-time All-America selection as a member of the Blue Devil program, earning doubles accolades in 2000 and singles recognition in 2001. Smith and Doug Root paired in 2000 and the two made the furthest run in Duke history during the NCAA Doubles Tournament.
While at Duke, Smith helped the Blue Devils to four ACC championship titles and was named the ACC Tournament MVP in 2000 and 2001. During Smith's four years on campus, the program went undefeated in ACC play. Smith was also a three-time all-league honoree, capturing the 2000 No. 1 doubles flight with Root and 2001 No. 1 flight with Phillip King.
Smith was the first of three Duke student-athletes to receive the USTA Sportsmanship Award, in 2000, and was tabbed the ITA Region II Arthur Ashe Sportsmanship & Leadership Award in 2000 and 2001.
Smith currently ranks third in career singles wins with 118, which was the most in program history at the time of his graduation, and seventh in doubles victories with 103. Smith is also one of 10 members of the 200-win club, tallying 221, the fourth most by a Blue Devil. His .761 singles winning percentage is the fourth-best mark while his .839 ACC singles winning percentage is the ninth highest in program history.
During the 2000 NCAA Doubles Tournament, Smith and Root advanced to the semifinals. The duo won a trio of three-set matches before falling 6-4, 6-4 to Ryan Moore and Nick Rainey of USC. The Blue Devil pair finished the year ranked No. 5 nationally. Smith and Root own 31 doubles wins, tied for the ninth most at Duke.
Smith qualified for the NCAA Singles Tournament in 2000 and 2001, advancing to the Round of 32 in 2000 and to the quarterfinals as a senior in 2001. Smith returned to the NCAA Doubles Tournament in 2001 with King and the two suffered an opening-round loss. King and Smith capped the year with a No. 23 national ranking.
Smith ended his career with a singles ranking of 17th by the ITA after finishing at No. 34 in 2000 and 73 in 1999.
In nine seasons at the helm of the Duke program, Smith has compiled an overall record of 179-79 and a 73-28 Atlantic Coast Conference ledger with six 20-win seasons in the last eight campaigns. He has taken the Blue Devils to the NCAA Team Championship in eight of his nine seasons, winning the first round match seven times and advancing to the Round of 16 five times.
Smith is married to former Duke women's tennis All-America selection Kathy [Sell] Smith, who is the owner/founder of Yoga Off East. The pair has two children, Sofie (4) and Sandon (2).