Bryan Shelton is a former professional tennis player from the United States of America. He also served as a college tennis coach at his alma mater, Georgia Tech. As a singles player, the highest rank he achieved was 55. This was in March 1992. For doubles, he got a career-high ranking of 52 in February 1994.
Player Bio and Personal Life
Shelton was born on December 22, 1965. His hometown is Huntsville, Alabama. He stands 185 centimeters tall and he plays with his right hand and he has a two-handed backhand. He turned pro in 1989 and retired from playing tennis professionally in 1997.
His son Ben Shelton is also a professional tennis player.
High School and College Career
Shelton played for the Randolph Raiders. This is the men’s tennis team at the school he attended – Randolph School. While on the team, he won the Alabama High School singles championship. This was during his senior year in 1984.
He joined the Georgia Institute of Technology on an athletic scholarship. He played for their men’s tennis team, the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, from 1985 to 1988. Shelton won several tournaments and was named an All-American while attending Georgia Tech.
He graduated with a degree in industrial engineering in 1989. In 1993, Georgia Tech inducted Shelton into their Athletics Hall of Fame.
As a professional tennis player, he won two singles titles at the Hall of Fame Open in Newport. He won in 1991 and again in 1992. One of his best performances was reaching the mixed doubles finals at the 1992 Roland Garros. He was paired with Lori McNell.
In 2006, he was inducted into the Huntsville-Madison County Athletic Hall of Fame.
After he retired from playing professional tennis in 1997, he was named by the United States Tennis Association (USTA) as a national Coach. One of his top students was MaliVai Washington.
In 1999, he was tapped by his Alma Matter, Georgia Tech, to coach their women’s tennis team. He helped the team win the NCAA’s Women’s Tennis Championship in 2007. When he left Georgia Tech, he was picked up by the University of Florida and got him to coach their Men’s Tennis team. Under his coaching, the Gators won the 2021 NCAA Championship.
Shelton is noted for being the only collegiate head coach to have had teams win in both the Women’s and Men’s divisions in the NCAA.
- Career Record: 104–137
- Career Titles: 2
- Highest Ranking: No. 55 (March 23,1992)
Grand Slam Singles Performance
- Australian Open - 2R - 1991
- French Open - 2R - 1994
- Wimbledon - 4R - 1994
- US Open - 2R - 1989