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.
Phillip King (2001-02-03-04)
Duke’s first four-time All-America selection, Phillip King brought a trio of singles honors to Durham and one doubles All-America selection. King was named the 2002 ACC Player of the Year, the second in Duke history, and was the league’s rookie of the year in 2001.
King made four NCAA Singles Tournament appearances and three NCAA Doubles Tournament trips. He helped Duke capture two ACC Championships.
The four-time All-ACC honoree, King claimed the 2001 No. 1 doubles flight at the ACC Championship with Ramsey Smith. King wrapped up his career with the ITA Regional Senior Player of the Year Award, becoming the first Blue Devil to receive the accolade. He had been tabbed the ITA National and Regional Rookie of the Year in 2001.
King still owns the third-best doubles winning percentage in program history at .779 and his 26 ACC doubles wins are tied for the sixth most in program history. King’s .885 doubles winning percentage in 2003-04 is the seventh best in a year at Duke. King and Smith teamed up to go 8-0 in ACC action during the 2000-01 season.
During the 2001 NCAA Singles Tournament, King marched to the quarterfinals with a trio of victories before falling 6-2, 1-6, 6-0 to Virginia’s Brian Vahaly. King made a second consecutive trip to the NCAA postseason event in 2002 and was eliminated in the Round of 32. He was knocked out in the opening round of the 2003 event before returning to the quarterfinals as the No. 5 seed during the 2004 event. King fell 7-5, 3-6, 6-2 to Tulane’s Michael Kogan in the 2004 quarterfinals.
In the NCAA Doubles Tournaments, King and Smith were dropped in the opening round of the 2001 event before King and Michael Yani became the second Duke duo to advance to the semifinals, in 2002. King and Yani won a trio of matches, two in three sets, before bowing out to Scott Lipsky and David Martin of Stanford, 7-6, 6-3, in the semifinals. King made his final appearance in 2003 with Yani and the two were eliminated in the Round of 16.
King ended three of his four years standing within the top 15 of the final ITA rankings, finishing No. 9 in 2001, No. 13 in 2002 and No. 12 in 2004. In doubles, King and Smith ended 2001 at No. 23 while King and Yani were No. 4 in 2003.
Also a Second Team CoSIDA Academic All-America in 2004, King is currently a trader for Tiger Global Management LLC in New York City. He played on the ATP Tour from 2004-09 and advanced to a pair of grand slams.