Applecross Senior HS
An Economics major on the men's tennis team, Johnson will receive $7,500, which will assist him as he pursues a graduate or professional degree in the near future.
In addition to the team honors, five WT student-athletes and three MT student-athletes received nods by the governing body as ITA Scholar Athletes.
Defeating six ranked doubles teams, Johnson/Klinger rose as high as No. 7 in the nation and garnered a 5-8 seed in the NCAA tournament doubles draw.
Senior Rhys Johnson will return to Perth, Australia a two-time All-American who’s been ranked in the ITA top-10 with two separate partners.
VU sends Rhys Johnson, Cameron Klinger and Daniel Valent to compete in the 2016 NCAA Singles and Doubles Tournament.
March 21, 2014
Vanderbilt defeated LSU 4-2 in the first round of the 2016 SEC Tournament.
MT vs. Ole Miss, 2016 Senior Day. Photos by Daniel Dubois (4/10/16).
Vanderbilt men's tennis vs. Harvard. Photos by John Russell. (2/7/16)
Men's tennis 2015-16 head shots by Joe Howell (9/30/15)
Vanderbilt fell to Ohio State 4-0 in round two of the NCAA tournament. Photos by Gary Petit. (5/9/15)
- 2016 ITA First Team All-American (Doubles)
- 2016 H. Boyd McWhorter Post-Graduate Scholarship
- 2015 ITA First Team All-American (Doubles)
- 2015 Spring SEC Academic Honor Roll
- 2014 Spring SEC Academic Honor Roll
- 2013 SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll
Highest singles rank: No. 57
Highest Doubles Ranking: No. 1, 2/24/15 - 3/10/15, (With Gonzales Austin)
Senior (2015-26): Awarded NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarship… H. Boyd McWhorter Award Nominee… 2016 SEC Community Service Team… Capped his Commodore career a two-time All-American… Ranked as high as No. 7 in the nation with doubles partner, Cameron Klinger… Duo earned an 18-9 (8-5) record playing in the No. 1 spot all season and appeared in 2016 NCAA Doubles tournament… Knocked off six top-25 doubles teams… Clinched a team-high nine doubles points… Individually, Rhys capped his singles career with a 70-66 record… Played primarily on court two… Went 13-12 in singles… Upset Duke’s No. 91 Catalin Mateas; 7-4, 6-4… Clinched the Commodores upset over then-No. 17 Kentucky over No. 108 Ryotaro Matsumura in a three set thriller; 4-6, 6-4, 7-6(1).
Junior (2014-15): Earned First-Team All-American honors in doubles… Sat atop the ITA doubles rankings as No. 1 in country from Feb. 24 – Mar. 10th with Gonzales Austin… Went 29-8 alongside Austin, and 30-9 overall… USTA/ITA Division I Men's Ohio Valley Regional Doubles Champion… Only dropped two SEC doubles matches… USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships doubles Semifinalist… Selected to compete in 2015 NCAA Doubles Championship… Fell to Texas tech’s Dojas/Soares in first round. 6-2, 6-2… Went on a 13-match win streak from1/18 – 3/15… Compiled at 17-15 singles record, playing primarily at No. 2… Went 5-8 overall against ranked players… 2-2 against ranked players in the fall, defeating then-No. 21 Hunter Reese and No. 82 Khade… Dual ranked victories include No. 80 Beltrame, No. 118 Hinnisdaels and No. 106 Lovett.
Sophomore (2013-14): Spring- Finished the year with an overall record of 23-16 ... Went 11-12 in duals, 3-6 in SEC play ... Notched wins against four ranked opponents ... Won in Vandy's NCAA first round match against Virginia Tech, defeating Hunter Koontz in straight sets ... Clinched Vandy's first win over Georgia since 2004 by defeating No. 77 Ben Wagland 5-7, 6-4, 6-3 ... Knocked off No. 85 Elliot Orkin in VU's win over Florida ... Took down Jarryd Chaplin in the win over Tennessee.Fall - Finished with a record of 12-4 in fall tournament play ... Made it to the semifinals of the ITA Ohio Valley Regional ... Defeated Beck Pennington (Kentucky), Mark Kovacs (Purdue), Jimmy Roebker (Xavier) and David Biosca (ETSU) to make it to the semis, fell to No. 24 Hunter Reese.
Freshman (2012-13): SEC Player of the Week (3/20) ... Played mainly out of the No. 3 and No. 6 singles positions finishing with an overall record of 12-14 (10-10 in dual match play) ... Closed out the season on a four-match and eight-straight set win streak prior to the Sweet 16 loss ... Clinched the upset over No. 4 Ole Miss with a 6-1, 4-6, 6-2 win ... Knocked off 16th-ranked Hernus Pieters of No. 6 Georgia in straight sets, 6-3, 6-3.
Personal: Rhys Michael Johnson... Born November 7, 1994... Son of Shawn Johnson and Michelle Lloyd-Johnson... Has one brother, Myles... Majoring in economics... Favorites include Roger Federer (Tennis player), "Shawshank Redemption" (Movie) and Playstation (Activity).