Atkinson and Forman Named ITA All-Americans
June 7, 2010
Forman also received doubles All-America honors in 2008 and 2009 with former partner Cory Parr ('09), making him the first player in Wake Forest men's tennis history to be named an All-American in three different seasons.
The Del Mar, Calif. native joins an elite group of Wake Forest student-athletes to have earned All-America honors in three or more seasons including golfers Jay Haas, Billy Andrade, Joe Inman and Curtis Strange; men's basketball star Tim Duncan, football standout Bill Armstrong, women's golf star Stephanie Neill Harner and track standout Andy Bloom.
"For Steve to be a three-time All-American is just amazing, and for him to do it with two different partners is even more incredible." said head coach Jeff Zinn.
Atkinson and Forman qualified for All-America recognition by reaching the quarterfinals of the NCAA Doubles Championship, after upsetting No. 9 Dino Marcan and Chase Buchanan of Ohio State in the Round of 16. It marked the fourth consecutive year that a Demon Deacon doubles team made it to at least the quarterfinals of the NCAA Doubles Championship.
The pair posted an overall record of 25-10 this season, including wins over NCAA semifinalists Clay Donato and Stefan Hardy (North Carolina) and quarterfinalists Eric Quigley and Brad Cox (Kentucky), and finished No. 19 in the final ITA Doubles Rankings. The duo also reached the finals of the ITA Carolina Regional doubles tournament in the fall.
Forman's unprecedented third All-America selection is the capstone on a career full of awards and accomplishments. In 2008, Forman partnered with Parr to capture the program's first ever national title, winning the ITA National Indoor Doubles Championship.
Last month, Forman was named the ITA Regional Senior Player of the Year for the Carolina Region. His 103 career doubles victories make him the second-winningest doubles player in school history, behind Parr, and his 91 singles win rank him eighth in the Deacon record books.
"Steve is going to go down as one of the most accomplished student-athletes to ever attend Wake Forest," said Zinn. "He has been a major part of our lineup over the past four years and is going to be very difficult to replace."
Atkinson's All-America recognition was the first of his career. The junior, who hails from Washington, England, had a breakout season in 2009-10. In addition to his doubles success, Atkinson went 22-16 in singles while playing in the middle of the Deacon lineup.
"Iain had a great NCAA tournament," said Zinn. "I always knew that he had that kind of talent level. Now it's great that he's showing it to the rest of the country."
The Deacons have now had at least one All-America honoree in each of the last five seasons. The program is reaching never-before-seen heights as eight of Wake Forest's 11 all-time All-America selections have come in the last five years.
"It's exciting that we've had players selected as All-Americans every year for five years," said Zinn. "I think the biggest thing is that it shows that we're not a flash in the pan. These are some of the best years for Wake Forest tennis, and our goal is to keep building on the success."
Forman and Atkinson were among 10 ACC men's players representing five different schools to receive All-America honors.
A player must meet any of the following criteria to earn ITA All-America honors:
2010 ITA MEN'S ALL-AMERICA (ACC Selections)