Three-time All-American Christian Thompson joined the Yalecoaching staff in 2009, and over the past two seasons has helpedlead the Bulldogs to a 38-11 overall record (11-3 in Ivy Leagueplay), two ECAC Indoor Team Championships, an Ivy LeagueChampionship and the first NCAA Tournament match win in schoolhistory. For her efforts in 2010-11 she was named ITA NortheastRegion Assistant Coach of the Year. That season was highlighted byan Ivy League Championship and the team’s third straight ECACIndoor Team Championship. Yale’s ITA ranking climbed as highas No. 23 in the country, the highest it has been in the 30-yearhistory of the ITA rankings. The Bulldogs also had five playersearn All-Ivy League recognition and had a doubles team advance tothe quarterfinals of the USTA/ITA National Indoor Championships inthe fall of 2010 for the first time in school history.
Thompson has been a part of Yale’s highly successfulrecruiting efforts, as the Bulldogs landed a pair of players forthe Class of 2015 ranked as five-star recruits by Tennis RecruitingNetwork. That recruiting class was ranked No. 14 in the country inJanuary 2011. In the previous season's recruiting class Yale addedone blue-chipper and a pair of five-stars, earning a ranking as theNo. 8 recruiting class in the country.
Yale has also been successful in the classroom duringThompson’s time in New Haven, earning an ITA All-AcademicTeam selection in 2010 and 2011. The team is active in thecommunity as well, hosting an annual Campus Kids' Day for localchildren as well as organizing a food and clothing drive for thehomeless. The team also takes part in New Haven Tennis Outreach, ayouth mentorship program for students in grades 3-12 directedtowards children from low-income families who otherwise would nothave access to high-quality academic guidance or athleticinstruction.
Thompson also helped Yale serve as the host site for the 2009National Intercollegiate Indoor Tennis Championships at theaward-winning Cullman-Heyman Tennis Center.
A 2007 graduate of Notre Dame and a marketing major in NotreDame’s Mendoza College of Business, Thompson playedcollegiate and professional tennis. During her four years atNotre Dame, where she played for 2006 ITA National Coach of theYear Jay Louderback, she earned the No. 1 doubles ranking in thenation in both 2005 and 2006. She and her doubles partner andtwin sister, Catrina Thompson, were named NCAA All-Americans indoubles in 2005, 2006 and 2007. Thompson also was honored for herwork in the classroom, earning three Big East Academic All-Starselections.
Thompson gained extensive NCAA Team Championship experience atNotre Dame, advancing to the Quarterfinals twice (2006, 2007) andthe Round of 16 twice (2004, 2005). For her career in the NCAA TeamChampionship she won five of eight singles matches (four wereabandoned) and two of six doubles matches (six were abandoned). Shewas part of Notre Dame’s No. 1 doubles team in every NCAAmatch, and played as high as No. 2 in singles in the NCAAs.
Thompson also made four appearances in the NCAA DoublesChampionship while at Notre Dame, starting in her freshman season(2003-04) when she and her twin sister became the school’sfirst all-freshman team to earn an NCAA Doubles Championship berth.The duo upset No. 15 Jennifer McGaffigan and Cynthya Goulet ofIllinois in three sets before losing in three against No. 26 MeganMuth and Amy Wei of William & Mary. They advanced to the Roundof 16 again in 2005. They lost in the first round in 2006, thenadvanced as far as the quarterfinals in 2007.
In addition to their NCAA experience, the Thompsons also won theITA All-American Doubles Championship in 2005, becoming the firstNotre Dame team to win an ITA Championship. They placed second inthe event in 2004 and 2006.
During her professional career, Thompson won a prize-moneytournament in Ojai, Calif., in May 2009. She achieved WTAworld rankings as high as No. 437 for doubles and No. 936 forsingles. In the summer of 2008, Thompson won two $10,000 prodoubles tournaments in Tampico, Mexico, and Houston, Tex. Shealso won two $10,000 pro doubles events in St. Joseph, Mo., andWichita, Kans., in the summer of 2006.
A native of Las Vegas, Nev., Thompson and her twin sister wereinducted into the Nevada Tennis Hall of Fame in 2008 along withAndre Agassi’s father and first coach, Mike Agassi. Thompsonattended Bishop Gorman High, where she earned All-America honorsall four years, going undefeated throughout her career. She helpedBishop Gorman to the Nevada state championship and won the doublestitle. She was a three-time state champion and team MVP and wonconference and regional titles on four occasions.
- ITA Northeast Region Assistant Coach of the Year (2011)
- Inducted, along with twin sister Catrina Thompson, into theNevada Tennis Hall of Fame (2008). Fellow honorees included MikeAgassi, father of Andre Agassi.
- Three-time Big East Academic All-Star (2004, 2005, 2007)
- World University Games Team selection in doubles with twinsister Catrina Thompson (2005)
- Co-valedictorian and Silver State Scholar at Bishop Gorman HighSchool and also was active in National Honor Society
- Featured with twin sister Catrina Thompson in SportsIllustrated On Campus’ “A List” of 14 elitecollege athletes in Oct. 2005
Pre-Collegiate Playing Highlights
- Combined with twin sister Catrina Thompson to form the No. 1doubles team in the nation in USTA Girls' 18s
- As a junior won national doubles titles on every surface:grass, hard and clay courts
- Earned All-America honors all four years at Bishop Gorman HighSchool, going undefeated throughout her career
- Helped Bishop Gorman to the Nevada state championship and wondoubles title
- Three-time state champion and team MVP
- Won conference and regional titles on four occasions
Collegiate Playing Highlights at NotreDame:
- Team co-captain with twin sister Catrina Thompson in 2006-07;led team to 28-4 record (.875), No. 7 ranking in the country, NCAATeam Championship Tournament quarterfinals, Big East finals
- Team made four NCAA Team Championship Tournament appearances inher career, advancing to the quarterfinals twice (2006, 2007) andthe second round twice (2004, 2005)
- Team won two Big East Championships (2005, 2006) and was BigEast runners-up twice (2004, 2007) in her career. Thompson had winsin both singles and doubles in 2005 championship match.
- Team ended the season ranked in the top 27 every year of hercareer (No. 27 in 2003-04, No. 24 in 2004-05, No. 5 in 2006-07, No.7 in 2006-07)
- Team went 82-28 (.745) in her career
- Went 79-50 (.612) overall in singles, 54-36 (.600) in dualmatches
- Went 106-41 (.721) overall in doubles, 72-26 (.735) in dualmatches
- Set school record for career doubles wins as a team with twinsister Catrina Thompson (104)
- Ranked as high as No. 1 in doubles (Feb. 22, 2005; Jan. 10,2006). Highest end-of-season ranking was No. 5 in 2005.
- Ranked as high as No. 32 in singles (2006-07)
- Three-time NCAA All-American in Doubles (2005, 2006, 2007)
- ITA All-American Doubles Champion (2005); two-time ITAAll-American Doubles Runner-Up (2004, 2006)
- Four-time Big East All-Tournament Doubles Team (2004, 2005,2006, 2007)
- Three-time Big East All-Tournament Singles Team (2004, 2005,2007)
- Four NCAA Doubles Championship appearances with twin sisterCatrina Thompson: Quarterfinalist (2007), Round of 16 (2004, 2005)and First Round (2006)
- Part of first all-freshman doubles team from Notre Dame to gaina berth in the NCAA Doubles Championship (2004)
Professional Playing Highlights:
- Won prize-money tournament in Ojai, Calif. (May 2009)
- WTA world rankings as high as No. 437 in doubles (July 2008)and No. 936 in singles (Sept. 2003)
- Won two $10,000 pro doubles events in St. Joseph, Miss., andWichita, Kan. (Summer 2006)
- Won two $10,000 pro doubles tournament in Tampico, Mexico, andHouston, Texas (Summer 2008)