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January 27, 2011

Harvard's Butorac Reaches Australian Open Doubles Semifinals

Courtesy of Harvard Athletic Communications

MELBOURNE, Australia -- Harvard men's tennis volunteer assistant coach Eric Butorac reached the men's doubles semifinals at the year's first Grand Slam, the Australian Open.

Butorac and his partner Jean-Julien Rojer fell short in their bid for a Grand Slam title, losing to brothers Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan 6-3, 6-2 on Jan. 27. The duo had won three matches in straight sets, including an upset over the fourth-seeded pair of Oliver Marach and Lukasz Kubot in the quarterfinals, to reach the semis.

Butorac joined the Harvard men's tennis coaching staff as a volunteer assistant in August 2010. He played collegiately at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minn., a Division III school, from 2001-03, capturing a NCAA singles title, as well as a doubles titles with partner Kevin Whipple in 2003.