COLLEGE STATION, Texas. –University of Arkansas men’s tennis player, Blake Strode has been named to the ITA All-America team, the Intercollegiate Tennis Association announced. Strode is also ranked the No. 13 singles player in the nation in the final 2008-09 poll put out by the ITA, tying his career best ranking.
A semifinalist at this year’s NCAA Singles Championship, Strode (27-12) finished his Razorback career with 97 singles victories, fifth most in Arkansas history.
In four seasons at Arkansas, Strode earned three All-Southeastern Conference honors along with numerous academic honors, including two-time SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year honors and three ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District honors. This year, Strode was the runner up for the prestigious Walter Byers Postgraduate Scholarship and was a finalist for the H. Boyd McWhorter SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year award.
Earning recognition for his sportsmanship as well as his athletic and academic abilities, Strode was named the recipient of the ITA/Arthur Ashe Award for Leadership & Sportsmanship earlier this month as well as the central region recipient of the ITA/Rafael Osuna Sportsmanship Award.
A recent graduate of the University of Arkansas, Strode earned a double major in international economics and Spanish, maintaining a 3.976 grade-point average. He is planning on attending Harvard Law School after pursuing a tennis career for the next year.
Strode will begin his professional tennis career in June, playing on the International Tennis Federation Futures circuit.
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