STANFORD, Calif.- Stanford's Peter and Helen Bing Director of Women's Tennis Lele Forood has announced that Mallory Burdette will forego her senior season to pursue a career in professional tennis.
Burdette enjoyed a successful summer of competition on the pro circuit, gaining valuable experience while testing her game against the sport's elite players. During the last three months, Burdette captured singles crowns at the Hospital Tennis Classic ($10,000 USTA Pro Circuit) and Odlum Brown Vancouver Open ($200,000 USTA Pro Circuit).
Appearing as a wildcard in her first career Grand Slam, Burdette caught everyone's attention following a pair of convincing straight-set victories before her memorable U.S. Open run ended with a third-round loss to four-time Grand Slam champion and third-ranked Maria Sharapova.
"I am very sad to leave my coaches and teammates at Stanford, but excited to build upon my recent summer success by shifting my focus to a professional tennis career," said Burdette. "The past three years at Stanford have been amazing. The experience of being surrounded by the best students, athletes and coaches in the country has been truly life-changing. I especially want to thank head coach Lele Forood, associate head coach Frankie Brennan and sports performance coach Jason Quan for taking on the third Burdette, as dealing with us is no small task! I would also like to thank the tennis support staff and entire Stanford tennis community for all their support while wishing the team best of luck this season."
"While we will certainly miss Mallory this season, the improvement and progress she has made as a player and a person over the past three years has been significant," said Forood. "We feel that Mallory is ready to play at the next level and look forward to watching what should be an amazing career for her going forward. She was an outstanding captain on this team, an exemplary student-athlete at this university and we wish her all the best. We are only sorry that there aren't more Burdettes coming down the pipeline!"
Mallory Burdette followed in the footsteps of older sisters, Erin (2002-05) and Lindsay (2007-10). Both sisters were four-time All-Americans who also captured an NCAA Doubles title while winning at least one NCAA team championship.
Back in mid-July, Burdette picked up her first career WTA victory in the Bank of the West Classic opening round before hanging tough early on against 10th-ranked Marion Bartoli in a 7-5, 6-0 loss.
A two-time NCAA doubles champion, Burdette teamed with Nicole Gibbs to win this year's title one season after bringing home the 2011 crown with Hilary Barte. The 2012 NCAA singles runner-up to Gibbs, Burdette compiled a 104-22 overall singles record in three seasons.
An All-American performer, Burdette earned national accolades in doubles as a sophomore before garnering singles and doubles honors during her junior year. As a freshman in 2010, she provided the clinching point in Stanford's NCAA championship win over Florida as she rallied past Marrit Boonstra 6-4, 6-7 (4), 7-5 despite being down 5-4 in final set. Stanford fans will remember the YouTube-worthy tackle that followed, when Lindsay slammed Mallory to the ground in celebration. During her career on The Farm, Burdette claimed seven tournament titles (one singles, six doubles) overall.