Three-time All-American Christian Thompson joined the Yale coaching staff in 2009, and over the past two seasons has helped lead the Bulldogs to a 38-11 overall record (11-3 in Ivy League play), two ECAC Indoor Team Championships, an Ivy League Championship and the first NCAA Tournament match win in school history. For her efforts in 2010-11 she was named ITA Northeast Region Assistant Coach of the Year. That season was highlighted by an Ivy League Championship and the team’s third straight ECAC Indoor Team Championship. Yale’s ITA ranking climbed as high as No. 23 in the country, the highest it has been in the 30-year history of the ITA rankings. The Bulldogs also had five players earn All-Ivy League recognition and had a doubles team advance to the quarterfinals of the USTA/ITA National Indoor Championships in the fall of 2010 for the first time in school history.
Thompson has been a part of Yale’s highly successful recruiting efforts, as the Bulldogs landed a pair of players for the Class of 2015 ranked as five-star recruits by Tennis Recruiting Network. That recruiting class was ranked No. 14 in the country in January 2011. In the previous season's recruiting class Yale added one blue-chipper and a pair of five-stars, earning a ranking as the No. 8 recruiting class in the country.
Yale has also been successful in the classroom during Thompson’s time in New Haven, earning an ITA All-Academic Team selection in 2010 and 2011. The team is active in the community as well, hosting an annual Campus Kids' Day for local children as well as organizing a food and clothing drive for the homeless. The team also takes part in New Haven Tennis Outreach, a youth mentorship program for students in grades 3-12 directed towards children from low-income families who otherwise would not have access to high-quality academic guidance or athletic instruction.
Thompson also helped Yale serve as the host site for the 2009 National Intercollegiate Indoor Tennis Championships at the award-winning Cullman-Heyman Tennis Center.
A 2007 graduate of Notre Dame and a marketing major in Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business, Thompson played collegiate and professional tennis. During her four years at Notre Dame, where she played for 2006 ITA National Coach of the Year Jay Louderback, she earned the No. 1 doubles ranking in the nation in both 2005 and 2006. She and her doubles partner and twin sister, Catrina Thompson, were named NCAA All-Americans in doubles in 2005, 2006 and 2007. Thompson also was honored for her work in the classroom, earning three Big East Academic All-Star selections.
Thompson gained extensive NCAA Team Championship experience at Notre Dame, advancing to the Quarterfinals twice (2006, 2007) and the Round of 16 twice (2004, 2005). For her career in the NCAA Team Championship she won five of eight singles matches (four were abandoned) and two of six doubles matches (six were abandoned). She was part of Notre Dame’s No. 1 doubles team in every NCAA match, and played as high as No. 2 in singles in the NCAAs.
Thompson also made four appearances in the NCAA Doubles Championship while at Notre Dame, starting in her freshman season (2003-04) when she and her twin sister became the school’s first all-freshman team to earn an NCAA Doubles Championship berth. The duo upset No. 15 Jennifer McGaffigan and Cynthya Goulet of Illinois in three sets before losing in three against No. 26 Megan Muth and Amy Wei of William & Mary. They advanced to the Round of 16 again in 2005. They lost in the first round in 2006, then advanced as far as the quarterfinals in 2007.
In addition to their NCAA experience, the Thompsons also won the ITA All-American Doubles Championship in 2005, becoming the first Notre Dame team to win an ITA Championship. They placed second in the event in 2004 and 2006.
During her professional career, Thompson won a prize-money tournament in Ojai, Calif., in May 2009. She achieved WTA world rankings as high as No. 437 for doubles and No. 936 for singles. In the summer of 2008, Thompson won two $10,000 pro doubles tournaments in Tampico, Mexico, and Houston, Tex. She also won two $10,000 pro doubles events in St. Joseph, Mo., and Wichita, Kans., in the summer of 2006.
A native of Las Vegas, Nev., Thompson and her twin sister were inducted into the Nevada Tennis Hall of Fame in 2008 along with Andre Agassi’s father and first coach, Mike Agassi. Thompson attended Bishop Gorman High, where she earned All-America honors all four years, going undefeated throughout her career. She helped Bishop Gorman to the Nevada state championship and won the doubles title. She was a three-time state champion and team MVP and won conference and regional titles on four occasions.
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