ATP World Tour Honours Butorac at US Open
Champion says biggest achievements took place off the court
After a 13-year career that included titles as well as service, the ATP World Tour recently said thanks to Eric Butorac, who played his last doubles match on Thursday at the US Open.
“It's a special time, a time to celebrate but also a little bit sad as the ATP World Tour says goodbye to a very special person,” said Justin Gimelstob, Player Representative on the ATP World Tour Board of Directors.
Butorac, who had announced his retirement plans earlier this season, was joined by family and friends during the brief ceremony at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows. He reached No. 17 in the Emirates ATP Doubles Rankings and won 18 career ATP World Tour doubles titles, including one earlier this season at the Millennium Estoril Open with fellow American Scott Lipsky. Butorac and South African Raven Klaasen reached the finals of the 2014 Australian Open (l. to Lindstedt/Kubot), Butorac's best result at a Grand Slam championship.
But the former Division III national champion said his biggest contributions to tennis took place away from the doubles alleys. Butorac served on the ATP World Tour Player Council for eight years, including two as president.
“Off the court was really where I had some of my best experiences,” he said. “Being a part of the player council, being voted in by my peers to be their voice and to represent them for so long was something that I really took on as a badge of honour, and felt like it really dwarfed anything that I could do on the court.”
Butorac will remain involved in tennis. He will become the USTA's Director of Professional Tennis Operations and Player Relations on 1 October.