Redondo Beach, California
Perhaps the best American men’s college tennis player of all time, Steve Johnson successfully made the jump to become a top-notch player in the professional ranks. After winning two national singles titles at USC—and four straight team national championships—Johnson quickly found doubles success on the ATP tour. With different partners in each tournament, he reached the quarterfinals of the 2011 Western & Southern Open and the semifinals of both the Farmers Classic and Citi Open in 2012. He began to see singles success early in the 2014 season when he defeated Marcos Baghdatis and Kevin Anderson to reach the quarterfinals of the Heineken Open. His first semifinal appearance came soon after, at the Delray Beach International Tennis Championships, and was highlighted by a win over No. 1 seed Tommy Haas. He claimed his first title in 2016, winning the Nottingham Open over Pablo Cuevas, and also captured a bronze medal in doubles with Jack Sock at the Rio Olympics. In August 2016, he became the highest-ranked American man in the world, ending John Isner’s three-year run at the top.
In 2016, Johnson defeated Pablo Cuevas in Nottingham for his first career ATP title: