Joe Salisbury Named ITA Scholar-Athlete
July 10, 2014
MEMPHIS - -
Men’s tennis player Joe Salisbury added one final collegiate honor to his list of accolades as he was named an Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Scholar-Athlete for posting a GPA of 3.5 or higher during the academic year, Thursday. It is Salisbury’s third ITA Scholar-Athlete award and is the 33rd time in Memphis’ history a Tiger has been honored by the collegiate tennis body. Salisbury becomes just the second Tiger in history to earn three ITA Scholar-Athlete Awards. Former teammate Cedric De Zutter is the only other Memphis player to receive three ITA awards.
Salisbury graduated from the University of Memphis in May, leaving the Bluff City as the Tigers’ all-time wins leader in doubles (97) and ranking second with 79 career singles victories. A three-time all-conference doubles honoree and a two-time all-conference honoree in singles play, Salisbury was also a member of the Conference USA Academic Honor Roll, the Tiger 3.0 Club, the Dean’s List and the Conference USA All-Academic team as part of his Memphis career. Salisbury was also named the ITA Ohio Valley Region Most Improved Senior last season.
He and doubles teammate David O’Hare became the highest-ranked doubles tandem in school history, ranking as high as No. 3 in the country in their senior season. The duo went on to qualify for the NCAA Doubles Championship and are currently embarking on their professional tennis careers together in England. The duo has advanced to the quarterfinals of each of their last two professional tournaments on the Aegon GB Pro Series slate. Salisbury has also picked up singles ATP points early in his professional career, advancing to the quarterfinals at the event in Manchester last week and advancing to the second round in this week’s Ilkley event.
Salisbury is one of four players in the field at the Ilkley Aegon GB event with Memphis ties. Former teammate David O’Hare also played in the singles qualifying field after winning his way to the main draw at last week’s event in Manchester. He and Salisbury advanced to the quarterfinals in doubles this week, falling Thursday, 1-6, 6-4, 12-10 to the No. 4 seeded team of Scott Clayton and Jonny O’Mara, who they were facing for the second time in as many weeks.
Also winning their way to the main draw at Ilkley were incoming Memphis freshmen Ryan Peniston and Andrew Watson. Peniston, who has won his way in to the main draw at two straight events, defeated No. 6 seeded Maxime Tchoutakian (world ranked No. 690) in the first round of the main draw before falling 7-6, 7-5 to No. 829 ranked Lewis Burton, Thursday.
Watson remains alive in the main draw at the Ilkley event. After picking up his first professional ATP point with a 7-6 (3), 6-3 win over No. 1104 ranked George Morgan on Wednesday, Watson downed the tournament’s No. 2 seed, Edward Corrie (WR 355), 0-6, 7-6, 7-5 on Thursday. Watson faces Lewis Burton (WR 829), Friday in the quarterfinals. Burton eliminated future Watson teammate Ryan Peniston, 7-6, 7-5, in second round action on Thursday.