Men's Tennis
    Steve Johnson Through To Doubles Semis In Knoxville
    Steve Johnson has a doubles semifinal slot tonight in Knoxville.
    Steve Johnson has a doubles semifinal slot tonight in Knoxville.

    Nov. 11, 2011

    USC's Steve Johnson's tour of duty on the the pro circuit has the Trojan making his most recent mark on the Knoxville Challenger. He's teamed up in doubles with old Texas A&M opponent Austin Krajicek, and the wildcard pair is now heading to the semifinals tonight in Tennessee after the wildcards posted an upset of the No. 3 seeds in the draw.

    Johnson also pushed his way into the singles field after a winning run through qualifying. Johnson followed up three wins to take a place in the main draw as a qualifier and punch up a tough three-set comeback win in the opening round. In the Round of 16, Johnson was up against top-seeded Michael Russell, and the Trojan fell 6-4, 7-5 to wrap up his singles run. Johnson is still going strong in doubles, though, as he is paired up with Texas A&M's Austin Krajicek. Back in 2009, the two squared off in singles during a regular-season dual match between the Aggies and the Trojans, with Krajicek getting a three-set win over the then-freshman Johnson. As teammates, the Trojan and former Aggie will now face the No. 2 seeded team in the doubles draw for a shot at another upset and a trip to the title match of the 2011 Knoxville Challenger.

    Johnson has taken the fall to play as an amateur on the pro circuit, and will return to Troy for his senior season in the spring as the defending NCAA Singles Champion joins his Trojan teammates as they go in pursuit of a fourth straight national championship.

    For draws and more information, go to the KNOXVILLE CHALLENGER WEB SITE.