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Harvard's Butorac Reaches Australian Open Doubles Semifinals

Harvard's Butorac Reaches Australian Open Doubles Semifinals
Eric Butorac won the 2003 NCAA Division III singles and doubles titles at Gustavus Adolphus College.

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.