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Outstanding Adult Player of the Year: Chris Groer

January 11, 2016 02:35 PM

Congratulations to USTA Tennessee's 2015 Adult Player of the Year, Chris Groer! Chris Groer is a Knoxville native who won the TN state high school singles title in 1991-1992 and played #1 singles and doubles at Vanderbilt. Chris was named the school's first tennis All-American in 1996 and also received Academic All-American honors in 1995 and 1996. CHRIS_GROER_PIC

He played professionally for 3 years from 1996-1999, participated in the qualifying at several Grand Slams, breaking the top 400 in singles and top 250 in doubles. During his professional career he played several world #1 ranked players including Andy Roddick, Lleyton Hewitt, Leander Paes, Mahesh Bhupathi, and the Bryan brothers.

After tennis, Chris received a master's degree in mathematics at the University of Georgia in and spent 6 years working as an intelligence specialist for the US Department of Defense. He completed his PhD in applied mathematics at the University of Maryland in 2008 and has since worked with some of the world's largest computers in solving large scale scheduling and logistics problems. He is currently the Director of Research and Development at KPMG and spends most of his time using high powered math and computers to generate the schedules for dozens of collegiate and professional sports leagues.

Chris remains an active tennis player and finished 2015 ranked #4 nationally in the men's 40s. He won the National Indoors and the Atlanta Senior Invitational and was also undefeated as part of Tennessee's men's 35s Senior Cup team. He is married to the former Sharon Kelly and has two children, Gavin (6), Pearce (8) who are both learning tennis.

Additionally, Chris will be representing the United States May 1st-6th in Umag, Croatia at the 2016 ITF Young Seniors World Team Championships!


Congratulations and best of luck, Chris!