Oct. 12, 2005
PROVIDENCE, RI - Former Brown men's tennis standout Chris Drake '03 (Needham, MA), winner of the ITA Regional Rafael Osuna Award, given for outstanding leadership, strong sportsmanship, and high level of play, in 2003, has earned six tour wins this year in doubles action, moving to an ATP ranking of 250.
Professionally, Drake currently holds an ATP singles ranking of 940, the 75th-highest ranked American in the world, and the third-highest player from New England behind only James and Thomas Blake. Drake advanced to the Quarterfinals of the Hard Court Future Circuit in Spain (December 2004), and has defeated numerous players in the top 1000 in the world, including Guillem Tuxeido (360th at the time), Peter Popovic (400th), Frederick Nussbaum (500th), and former All-American Lester Cook (600th).
In doubles action, Drake is currently ranked 250th, and is the 35th-highest ranked American in the world in doubles. He has won six titles on the Future and Satellite Circuits and has reached four other finals. He has won the Masters Week Title of three satellites, Portugal (2/05), Israel (4/05), and Venezuela (6/05). In August, Drake won the 15K Future in Tijuana, and in September, he advanced to the Semifinals of 75,000 + H Challenger in Orleans, France.
Some of his best doubles wins include Gilles Simon and Roger Vasselin, who won a round in doubles action at the 2005 Frence Open, Alexander Peya, who is ranked 110th in doubles and 200th in singles, and Michael Berrer, who is ranked 150th in singles, and Jean Francois Bachelot (w/ Vasselin), who played doubles in Wimbledon, advancing to the Second Round, the French Open and the Australian Open in 2005.
A four-year member of the Brown men's tennis team, and two-time captain, Drake helped to lead the Bears to their first-ever Ivy League title as a junior in 2002. He helped to lead Brown to a second consecutive NCAA Tournament Appearance as a senior in 2003, playing #1/#2 singles and #1 doubles that season. As a senior, he also combined with Jamie Cerretani '04 to earn a berth in the NCAA Doubles Tournament, in which the duo advanced to the round of 16 before falling in a close match. In the first round, they beat former #1 NCAA singles player, Bobby Reynolds (Vanderbilt), now ranked in the ATP top 100 in singles and doubles. He and Cerretani posted 31 doubles wins that season, a Brown record.
A two-time First Team All-Ivy selection and two-time Academic All-Ivy honoree, Drake holds the all-time Brown record for combined wins in a season (65), ranks second all-time at Brown for singles wins in a season (32), third for doubles wins in a season (33), second for career singles wins (104), fourth for career doubles wins (90), and third for career combined wins (194).