Former Stanford tennis star honored

By the Pac-12 Conference

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - Former Stanford tennis standout Ryan Thacher, who received the Arthur Ashe Jr. National Leadership and Sportsmanship Award in May, was recognized Saturday at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Awards Luncheon at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, N.J. The banquet was held in conjunction with Arthur Ashe Kids' Day and helped kick off the U.S. Open.

The Arthur Ashe Jr. National Leadership and Sportsmanship Award is given annually to individuals across all collegiate platforms who excel on the court and in the classroom while demonstrating exceptional sportsmanship, leadership and character.

A three-time All-American, Thacher established himself as one of the top doubles players in the nation. He captained the Cardinal for two seasons and qualified for three NCAA Doubles Championships, which included a runner-up finish in 2011. Thacher was a four-time Academic All-Pac-12 selection and the recipient of the 2012 Toyo Tires Scholar Athlete award. He graduated in May with a History degree and carried a 3.9 grade-point average.

Thacher was decorated with the ITA Northwest Region Rafael Osuna Sportsmanship Award in 2012 and the Bill Talbert Sportsmanship Award in 2009. In the community, he was active in the East Palo Alto Tennis and Tutorial Program, spending 10 hours per week during the season mentoring underprivileged children.

Six other Pac-12 tennis players, all members 2012 ITA Collegiate All-Star Team,  were honored at the ITA Awards Luncheon. They include, Stanford's Nicole Gibbs and Mallory Burdette and USC's Sabrina Santamaria,  Kaitlyn Christian, Steve Johnson and Robert Quiroz

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