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.
Ludovic Walter (2004-05-06)
Three-time All-America honoree Ludovic Walter earned a doubles selection in 2004 before claiming singles accolades in 2005 and 2006. Walter also secured four All-ACC picks.
Walter closed his career with 168 career singles matches played, the third most in program history. Upon graduation, his 127 singles victories were the most by a Blue Devil. He is currently second, trailing Henrique Cunha’s 151 wins. Walter’s .756 career singles winning percentage is the sixth best and his 28 ACC singles wins are tied for the ninth most in Duke history.
With doubles partner Jason Zimmermann, Walter picked up 41 victories, the fourth most by a Duke tandem. Their 13 ACC triumphs are tied for the third most.
At the end of his final two seasons, Walter was selected as the No. 5 seed to the NCAA Singles Tournament. He suffered a straight-set first-round loss as an unseeded player in 2004 before moving to the Round of 32 as a junior and quarterfinals as a senior. Boise State’s Luke Shields ended Walter’s run as a junior with a 6-4, 6-2 setback. As a senior in 2006, Walter fell 6-2, 6-3 to Virginia’s Somdev Devvarman. Walter also made one trip to the NCAA Doubles Tournament, playing with Zimmermann in the 2004 event and falling in the Round of 16.
Walter ended the 2003 season ranked No. 65 in the ITA singles poll before climbing to No. 31 in 2004, leaping to No. 8 in 2005 and capping his career at No. 5 in 2006. Walter and Zimmermann finished the 2003 campaign standing at No. 45 in doubles and hopped up to No. 6 to close 2004. Walter and Zimmermann ended 2005 ranked No. 42.
Following his Duke career, Walter played professionally and worked to career-high ATP rankings of No. 279 in singles and No. 335 in doubles. He claimed three singles futures titles – 2011 Turkey F33 Futures, 2011 Turkey F34 Futures and 2010 Spain F20 Futures.
Today, Walter works at Barclays Capital in London as a Credit Research Analyst.