Chris Woodruff

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Chris Woodruff

Class of 2017


Intercollegiate College Tennis Hall of Fame, 2008




Woodruff is a native of Knoxville and played on the University of Tennessee team from 1989 to 1993 under Coach Mike DePalmer. He won the NCAA Mens Singles Championship in 1993, was named All-American for 1992 and 1993, and received the Number One Collegiate Ranking and ITA Player of the Year in 1993. Professionally, Woodruff played on the ATP tour from 1991 to 2002, capturing two titles including the 1997 Canada Masters. He reached the quarterfinals of the 2000 Australian Open and was a member of the 2000 United States Davis Cup Team. His highest professional ranking was Number 29 in the ITA World Tour. Woodruff joined the University of Tennessee coaching staff in 2002 and became head coach in 2017. During his tenure, Tennessee won 178 dual matches in its first eight seasons and ended the year ranked in the Top Ten nationally for five of those years. In 2010, the Vols won the Southeastern Conference regular season and tournament titles and reached the NCAA Tennis Championship finals for the third time in the university’s history. In 2013, Woodruff was named the National Assistant Coach of the Year by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association for his track record of player development and keeping the Vols in the Top Ten ranking for five of six seasons. Woodruff worked closely with three Number One ranked collegiate players on the Tennessee team: John-Patrick Smith (2010), Rhyne Williams (2011), and Mikelis Libietis (2013). Woodruff also worked with three top-ranked doubles teams, including 2014 NCAA Champions Mikelis Libietis and Hunter Reese.