ASICS America is pleased to announce the signing of two-time National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) singles champion Steve Johnson. Johnson played four years at the University of Southern California (USC) before leaving this past May as one of the most decorated tennis players in college history.
“I am proud of my college career at USC and all that I was able to accomplish, but now am looking forward to taking my game to the next level,” says Johnson, who is represented by Sam Duvall at Lagardere Unlimited. “ASICS is a great partner that will provide me with not only high performance tennis apparel and footwear, but also a great all-around support system. They truly value their athletes and understand the individual needs that we have. I feel honored and privileged to be a part of their team.”
While at USC, Johnson led the Trojans to four consecutive NCAA team titles and completed a 72-match winning streak as he defended his NCAA singles title. He is a seven-time Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) All-American and was named the 2011 and 2012 Campbell/ITA National College Player of the Year as well as the 2011 and 2012 Pac-12 Men’s Player of the Year.
Johnson, 22 years old, is from Orange, Calif. and began playing tennis at the age of two with his father serving as his coach. Like many young tennis athletes in the 90s, he idolized Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi. He currently trains with the United States Tennis Association at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. and likes to spend his free time relaxing at the beach. He describes himself as confident, tough and relaxed, three attributes that will certainly come in handy on the pro circuit
Steve won his match in straight sets and will play Gulbis. This will be a very tough match and I don't fancy his chances, but good luck. At least he will be on televised court this time.
USC graduate and reigning two-time NCAA singles champion Steve Johnson won his first round encounter against Rajeev Ram, a great result for the newly announce full-time pro. Johnson, a Southern California native, won four NCAA national team titles with USC while also pursuing professional events during the summer. He and partner Jack Sock defeated doubles top seeds Max Mirnyi and Daniel Nestor yesterday.
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