FALL 2013 (JUNIOR)
Went 14-4 with wins at the Southern Intercollegiate Championships and the ITA Southeast Regional Championships ... Went 4-2 in doubles ... Elected co-president of the UGA Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) ... One of 11 UGA student-athletes inducted into the UGA Student-Athlete Leadership Academy (L.E.A.D.) ... Athletic Director's Honor Roll ... ranked No. 21 in singles and No. 59 in doubles (with Hernus Pieters) to start the spring season.
Led the team in singles victories, posting a record of 32-15 including 15-10 in dual matches after making the jump from Nos. 5-6 as a freshman to No. 1-2-3 as a sophomore; 8-2 in SEC play in singles; six wins over ranked opponents ... Ended the season ranked No. 17 in doubles and No. 51 in singles ... Clinched three matches, including over Kentucky in the SEC Tournament ... Went 14-6 at No. 2 doubles with Garrett Brasseaux; the duo ended with a No. 17 national ranking ... Played in the NCAA Singles & Doubles Championships ... Named first team All-SEC and to the SEC Championships All-Tournament Team ... Southeast Region's Player To Watch ...Compiled a singles record of 15-3 in the fall, most on the team - including four ranked wins ... Highlight came as he won three qualifying matches to reach the main draw of the All-American Championships in Tulsa, where he then won a main draw match over Ole Miss' Jonas Lutjen ... Reached the singles quarterfinals of the Southern Intercollegiates in Athens ... Claimed the title at the Audi Napa Valley Classic in September, earning him a wildcard into a USTA-sponsored pro circuit event to be determined ... Reached the quarterfinals of the ITA Southeast Regional ... Won the Bulldog Scramble, the only player in the event to go undefeated on the weekend ... SEC Academic Honor Roll ... Athletic Director's Honor Roll ...Earned Athletic Director's Honor Roll distinction for spring semester.
Finished his standout rookie season with a record of 34-8 including 23-2 in dual matches ... Was off the court first in singles seven times in 2012 ... 14-1 at No. 6 singles for Georgia ... Three ranked wins ... Won 10 matches in a row during the season ... Started off his Georgia career with two singles and one doubles win in the season-opening Kickoff Classic vs. Boise State in his hometown of Atlanta ... Reached the doubles quarterfinals of the ITA Southeast Regional ... Won a total of five matches at the Bulldog Scramble to close the fall ... Four-time SEC Freshman of the Week ... ITA Southeast Region Rookie of the Year ... SEC All-Freshman Team ... Named to All-Tournament Team of ITA National Indoors ... Final ITA doubles ranking of No. 48 in doubles.
Five-star prospect from Atlanta, ranked No. 1 in the state of Georgia in his class, No. 2 in the Southeast and No. 5 in the nation by tennisrecruiting.net ... Competed in the men's doubles draw of the 2010 US Open ... Doubles champion of the 2010 USTA Boys 18s National Hardcourt Championships in Kalamzoo, Mich. ... Won numerous national opens including USTA Boys 14s National Winter Championship.
Born July 15, 1992 ... Son of Delmarie Payton; has a sister, Natasha ... Major: Communication studies.