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Duke Men's Tennis BIO
TJ Pura
Player Profile:
TJ Pura 1564137
Height: 5'9"
Weight: 153
Year: Senior
Hometown: Pacific Palisades, Calif.
High School: Brentwood School

Third Team All-ACC (2017)
All-ACC Academic Team (2017)
ACC Academic Honor Roll (2014, 2015, 2017)
ITA All-Academic Scholar-Athlete (2014, 2015)

Pura Career Statistics

Career: 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 ... captured one doubles title (Duke Fab Four Invitational - White Bracket, 2013).

2016-17: A team leader who worked his way into a third team All-ACC honoree … named the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Carolina Region Most Improved Senior at the conclusion of the year … recipient of the team's first annual Robert C. Taylor Leadership Award … the back-of-the-order anchor who finished with a career-high 30 singles wins, playing to a 30-9 record, 19-3 dual match ledger and 11-0 ACC mark … set the Duke single-season record for consecutive ACC wins with 11 and matched the program standard for league wins in a campaign with 11 … of Duke's eight ACC victories, clinched four of them: Virginia Tech, N.C. State, No. 27 Florida State and No. 38 Louisville … an energetic doubles player who went 17-12 overall and 6-3 in league action … posted five straight singles wins from January 27 – February 25 … filled the fourth, fifth and sixth spots of the order, playing most often at No. 5 … defeated Zeke Clark 6-3, 6-3 on court six to give the Blue Devils a 3-1 lead at No. 17 Illinois … clinched the match against Virginia Tech with first ranked win of the year, coming back to upend No. 97 Henrik Korsgaard 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 on court four in Blacksburg … followed with wins at No. 5 North Carolina and No. 2 Wake Forest by topping the Tar Heels' Jack Murray 6-3, 6-3 on court four and the Demon Deacons' Dennis Uspensky 6-2, 6-3 on court four … continued the ACC with triumphs versus N.C. State's Igor Saveljic (6-3, 6-3) and Boston College's Kent Mukai (6-0, 6-0) … clinched the match against the Wolfpack with the win versus Saveljic … pushed ACC mark to 6-0 with Duke's fourth point in 5-2 win against No. 27 Florida State via a 6-2, 6-2 win against Rana-Roop Singh Bhullar on court five … won eighth straight ACC match that gave Duke its third point with a 6-0, 6-1 triumph versus Clemson's Brent Lett on court five … tied Duke single-season record for consecutive ACC wins with nine by downing Notre Dame's Grayson Broadus 6-2, 6-0 on court five … set the Blue Devil record for consecutive league wins during a campaign with 10th against Nile Clark of Miami, capturing a 6-3, 6-1 decision on court five … capped the league season with the clinching win at No. 39 Louisville, downing Clement Filho 6-2, 7-6 (3) on court five … evened Duke's match at 2-2 against No. 20 Georgia Tech in the ACC Championship quarterfinals with a 6-3, 6-3 victory against Daniel Yun on court five … went unfinished in final collegiate match, taking on Vadym Kalyuzhnny of No. 22 South Florida in the NCAA Team Championship first round and playing to a 3-6, 6-3 match that was halted as the Bulls won overall … in doubles, teamed with Jason Lapidus (6-7, 0-2 dual matches), Robert Levine (1-0 dual matches) and Catalin Mateas (9-4 dual matches) … picked up a 6-1 win with Levine on court three against N.C. Central … won initial contest with Mateas in year's first ACC match, defeating Virginia Tech's Korsgaard and Jason Kros 6-4 on court three … paired with Mateas to rip off three straight wins, against No. 2 Wake Forest, No. 10 UCLA and N.C. State … duo secured the doubles point at UCLA with a 6-4 decision on court three against Maxime Cressy and Ben Goldberg … two finished off the doubles point against N.C. State with a 6-2 triumph over Saveljic and Georgiy Malyshev on court three … with Mateas, got Duke off to a quick start in doubles against No. 27 Florida State with a 6-0 win against Terrell and Terrance Whitehurst on court three … blanked second ACC doubles team with win against Christopher Morin-Kougoucheff and Filho as the Blue Devils captured the doubles point against No. 39 Louisville … in the ACC Championship quarterfinals, helped Duke to the early 1-0 lead against No. 20 Georgia Tech with a 6-3 win on court three against Daniel Yun and Elijah Melendez  … evened the doubles action for Duke in the NCAA Team Championship match with Mateas against No. 22 South Florida by defeating Kalyuzhnny and Jakub Wojcik, 6-2, on court three ... took part in five fall events, playing to an 8-6 singles mark and 4-4 doubles record, including a 3-0 mark and championship at the Wolfpack Invitational … finished singles in fourth place of the Duke James Bonk Invite Blue Draw after reaching the semifinals of the winners bracket … turned in a 2-1 record in ITA All-American Championships prequalifying, falling in the Round of 64 … went 1-1 at the ITA Carolina Regional, defeating Juan Estevarena of the College of Charleston 6-2, 7-6 (4) in the Round of 128 and falling 6-2, 6-1 to No. 102 Jack Murray of North Carolina in the Round of 64 … finished 1-1 at the Wolfpack Invitational in singles, topping Elon's Salvador Mijares in the Red Draw's opening round before falling 2-6, 6-3, 6-2 to No. 39 Nick Horton of N.C. State in the quarterfinals … capped final fall at the Dick Vitale Clay Court Classic, going 2-1 and reaching the quarterfinals … picked up two straight-set wins in the Round of 32 and Round of 16 before falling 7-5, 6-4 to Alexandru Gozun of South Florida in the quarterfinals … in doubles, teamed with Lapidus and Spencer Furman … won all three matches with Lapidus at the Wolfpack Invitational, fighting past Elon's Chris Humphreys and Petar Tomic and N.C. State's Alexis Galarneau and Nick Horton 8-6 before dropping Elon's Mario Paccini and Nick Port 8-2 in the Red Draw championship match.

2015-16: One of seven Blue Devils with 10 or more singles wins, playing to a 12-16 mark and 6-13 record in dual matches … went 5-7 in ACC matches … began the spring ranked No. 102 for first career singles ranking … played first career matches at the No. 2 singles spot and also filled the No. 3 and No. 4 slots … in doubles, finished 6-7 and 4-5 in dual matches, all in the No. 3  position … earned first dual match win of the campaign with a contest-clinching 7-5, 6-2 triumph versus Furman's Ben Horst at No. 4 … tallied initial ACC triumph of the campaign against Georgia Tech's Cole Fiegel with a 6-1, 6-3 victory on court four … extended winning streak to five consecutive matches with wins during road trip to Miami, Florida State and Notre Dame … defeated the Hurricanes' Nile Clark 6-1, 6-0, the Seminoles' Aziz Dougaz 4-6, 6-2, 6-1 and the Fighting Irish's Alex Lawson 6-4, 6-3, all on court four … the trio of wins were Duke's first points in all three matches … clinched the match at N.C. State with a 7-6 (4), 6-2 triumph against Igor Saveljic … in doubles, teamed with freshman Catalin Mateas for the first seven matches of the spring, playing all contests on court No. 3 … tallied three consecutive wins with Mateas before suffering four straight losses … in first dual match of the year, against Elon, registered the doubles clinching point with a 6-1 win … teamed with sophomore Nicolas Alvarez for two ACC decisions, going 1-1 at the No. 3 position … picked up league triumph with 6-3 decision against Sean Donohue and Courtney Lock of Louisville … in the fall, participated in three events, the ITA All-American Championships, USTA/ITA Carolina Regional and Wake Forest Invite, going 6-3 in singles and 2-2 in doubles … went 1-1 in singles play at the All-American prequalifying round … advanced to the Round of 32 at the Carolina Regional with wins against UNC Greensboro's Warren Bryan and UNC Wilmington's Xander Veys … fell to N.C. State's Nick Horton, 7-6 (2), 6-3, in the Round of 32 … played best tennis at the Wake Forest Invite, going 3-1 and claiming the A1 flight consolation championship … lost initial match of the tournament to Wisconsin's Josef Dodridge (4-6, 6-3, 3-6), before ripping off three consecutive victories … topped a  teammate, freshman Vincent Lin, in three sets to claim the title … paired with freshman Adrian Chamdani and freshman Jason Lapidus in doubles at the Carolina Regional and Wake Forest Invite and went 1-1 in both.

2014-15: Finished the year with a 22-10 record in singles, going 19-5 in the spring with a 17-5 mark in dual matches and 8-4 record in ACC contests ... registered a 17-7 mark in doubles while going 10-3 in dual competition and 4-3 in ACC matches ... played primarily at No. 6 singles, going 12-4 there ... tallied four wins at No. 5 singles and one in the No. 4 slot ... posted a 6-1 record during the last six singles contests of the year, including winning all four postseason matches that were finished ... started the spring campaign with a 6-1 record and the lone loss coming to Michigan's Davis Crocker ... won four of the first five ACC matches of the year, defeating opponents from Miami, NC State, Wake Forest and Clemson ... earned victories in both ACC Championships singles matches, topping Miami's Nile Clark and North Carolina's Andrew Gores in straight sets ... clinched both of Duke's matches during the NCAA Championship Durham Regional, downing South Carolina State's Jakub Vitek in straight sets in the first round and Stanford's Nolan Paige in three sets in the second ... paired primarily with Bruno Semenzato in doubles during the spring, going 6-4 with a 3-3 mark in ACC matches ... finished with an 8-2 overall record in the No. 3 spot for doubles ... went 3-0 with Raphael Hemmeler in spring doubles matches with one victory in ACC action ... after taking a four-match break from doubles action, was reinserted into the lineup for the April 3 match against No. 35 Notre Dame and went 5-2 with Semenzato after the break, including an 8-6 win against No. 39 Brett Clark and Robert Kelly of North Carolina on April 24 ... 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 Semenzato at the Dick Vitale Clay Court Classic ... named to the ACC Academic Honor Roll.

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 is tied 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 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 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 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).