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 TJ Pura

Pura Career Statistics

ACC Academic Honor Roll (2014)
ITA All-Academic Scholar-Athlete (2014)

Career: Enters his sophomore season ranked seventh all-time at Duke in career singles winning percentage (.759, 22-7) ... Shares the program record for highest ACC singles winning percentage as a freshman (1.000, 6-0) ... Turned in the fourth-highest doubles winning percentage by a rookie (.857, 12-2) ... Owns one singles title (Winthrop Invitational - 2A, 2013) for his career ... Has captured one doubles title (Duke Fab Four Invitational - White Bracket, 2013).

2014-15: Finished the fall with a 3-5 singles mark and 3-4 doubles record ... Lost initial match of the fall at the Duke Fab Four Invite and did not participate in another event until the Battle in the Bay Classic, where he suffered two setbacks ... Turned it around at the USTA/ITA Carolina Regional, capturing three consecutive matches before falling to North Carolina’s Ronnie Schneider in three sets in the Round of 16 ... Won the first three matches of the regional in straight sets ... Ended the fall with a 6-4, 6-4 setback to Princeton’s Zack McCourt at the Dick Vitale Clay Court Classic ... In doubles, paired with Daniel McCall at the Battle in the Bay Classic and went 2-2 ... Lost lone match with Josh Levine at the USTA/ITA Carolina Regional before finishing the fall 1-1 with Bruno Semenzato at the Dick Vitale Clay Court Classic.

2013-14: Earned a spot in the Blue Devil lineup as a freshman, posting a 22-7 singles record for the year ... Went 11-2 in dual match play with an undefeated 6-0 ledger in ACC contests ... The 6-0 mark tied him for first on the program’s all-time chart for highest ACC singles winning percentage by a rookie ... Played primarily at the No. 6 position in the spring, where he recorded a 9-2 ledger ... Clinched a 5-2 victory for Duke over No. 19 Illinois in his first collegiate dual match Jan. 31 ... Topped the Fighting Illini’s Ross Guignon in that match, 2-6, 6-2, 6-2 ... Started off the spring on a nine-match win streak ... Defeated Aaron Gomez of Virginia Tech in straight sets in the first round of the ACC Championship ... Notched a 6-2, 7-6 (3) win over Winthrop’s Michael Chen to clinch an NCAA first round victory for the Blue Devils ... Totaled a 12-2 mark in doubles for the fourth-highest doubles winning percentage by a Duke freshman (.857) ... Paired with Daniel McCall to knock Illinois’ 31st-ranked duo of Alex Jesse and Jared Hiltzik, 6-5 (6) in the No. 3 contest ... Compiled a record of 11-5 in singles and a 10-2 mark in doubles during his first fall of collegiate tennis ... Teamed up with Bruno Semenzato for his first doubles win, an 8-4 victory over Elon’s Jordan Kaufman and Brian Kowalski in the White Bracket quarterfinals at the Duke Fab Four Invitational ... Went on to claim the White bracket final for the first doubles title of his career ... Won the first singles match of his collegiate career at Duke Fab Four, topping North Carolina’s Nelson Vick in three sets, 3-6, 7-5, 6-0, in consolation play ... Earned his first singles title at the Winthrop Invitational, claiming the Division 2A draw ... Reached the doubles semifinal with Josh Levine before the tournament was shortened due to weather ... Named to the ACC Academic Honor Roll and an ITA All-Academic Scholar-Athlete.

Prior to Duke: Listed as a five-star recruit (19th nationally) by TennisRecruiting.net and 13th in the Tennis RPI rankings … Tabbed the No. 7 prospect from the state of California and in the Southwest region … Captured four USTA National Open titles in singles and three in doubles during his juniors career … Earned a USTA Gold Ball in singles and a Silver Ball in doubles at the 2011 Winter National Championships (B18) … Also won a USTA Silver Ball in doubles at the 2012 Clay Court Championships (B18) ... Selected to Southern California’s Junior Davis Cup Team in 2012 and 2013 … Three-year letterwinner for Lee Herzogg at The Brentwood School … Alpha League MVP in singles as a junior and sophomore … CIF-SS individual champion in doubles as a freshman ... Featured in junior tennis documentary “50,000 BALLS,” which aired on ESPN during the summer of 2009.

Personal: Born Thomas Jason Pura on Dec. 20, 1994 in Mount Kisco, N.Y. … Son of Thomas R. Pura and Sara Weinheimer … Has two brothers, Adam and Eugene DiBenedetto, and one sister, Jenny Pura … Father played baseball at Harvard (1974-76).

Height: 5'8"
Weight: 150
Year: Sophomore
Hometown: Pacific Palisades, Calif.
High School: Brentwood School
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