June 10, 2019
Reigning Oklahoma Adult Player of the Year David Box of Oklahoma City captured his first national singles title, winning the USTA Midwest Clay Court Championships Men’s 55 Singles title at Carmel (Indiana) Racquet Club on June 2.
Box did not drop a set in the tournament, defeating No. 4 seed Craig Bottorff of Newburgh, Indiana in the finals 6-1, 6-1. In the semifinals, Box ousted No. 1 seed and 1984 Big Ten Conference men’s singles champion Adam Abele 6-4, 6-3. Abele (Lakewood Ranch, Florida) is the all-time leader in singles victories at the University of Purdue and a member of the Boilermakers’ Athletic Hall of Fame.
Box, a three-time men’s tennis letter-winner at the University of Oklahoma from 1982-85, won the 2018 USTA National Grass Court Men’s 45 Doubles title and placed runner-up in Men’s 50 Doubles. ADVERTISEMENT For his efforts he was named the 2018 USTA Oklahoma Adult Player of the Year.
The Tahlequah, Oklahoma native is President and Chief Executive Officer of Box Ventures, which has diverse holdings, including ownership of The Greens Country Club in Oklahoma City, Box Talent, Box Real Estate and Box Consulting.