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 All-America honors. Nicolas Alvarez was Duke's last All-America selection, picking up the accolade in 2015.
Michael Yani (2002-03)
A two-time doubles All-America selection and two-time All-ACC honoree, Michael Yani advanced to the semifinals of the NCAA Doubles Tournament in 2002.
He helped Duke to a trio of ACC Championship crowns, including the 2003 title as Duke swept Maryland and Wake Forest and capped off the run with a 4-1 victory against Clemson. Yani was named the 2003 ACC Tournament MVP for his efforts.
Yani paired with Phillip King in 2002 to become the second Duke duo to advance to the NCAA Doubles Tournament semifinals. 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.
In 2003, Yani and King paired again, and the two were eliminated in the Round of 16. Yani and King closed the 2002 season ranked No. 25 by the ITA and finished 2003 ranked No. 4.
King and Yani own 37 career doubles victories, tied for the sixth most in program history. The pair also tallied 11 ACC doubles wins, tied for the sixth most in Blue Devil history.
Yani also made a pair of NCAA Singles Tournament appearances, falling in the opening rounds in 2002 and 2003. He capped the 2002 season ranked 41st and ended 2003 standing 45th.
Upon graduation from Duke, Yani played professionally and qualified for the 2009 Wimbledon Championships and 2009 U.S. Open, but lost both times in the first round in straight sets. He reached a career high ATP world ranking of ranking of 143 in singles and 158 in doubles. At the 2010 French Open, he lost a tight match in the first round against Lukáš Lacko, with the score 6–4, 6–7(5), 6–7(4), 7–6(5), 12–10.
Yani currently works in corporate real estate at the Bank of Hawai’i in Honolulu.