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Russell Completes Undergrad Degree

Michael Russell

Russell© Michael RussellRussell completed his business degree with a 3.94 grade point average.

World No. 98 Michael Russell recently became the first ATP World Tour player to complete his undergraduate degree from the University of Phoenix in collaboration with the ATP scholarship program. Russell earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree, graduating with Honors by achieving a 3.94 grade point average (4.0 scale). "I am extremely happy and proud to have completed my undergraduate degree," Russell told ATPWorldTour.com

"I first attended college at the University of Miami in 1996 and I always had the goal of one day completing my degree. I thank the ATP and the University of Phoenix for giving me the opportunity to fulfill my lifelong objective of attaining a University degree. I also want to thank my wife and family for their help and support. I spent the last three years maximising my time management skills as I completed my education simultaneously while competing on the ATP World Tour, which was very difficult. I look forward to using the skills and knowledge from acquiring my degree in the years to come."

The 33-year-old American will compete in his seventh main draw at the Australian Open, making his fifth straight appearance in the 128-player field. Russell has drawn No. 27 seed Juan Ignacio Chela in the first round.

Russell is the second player to graduate from the ATP/University of Phoenix Continuing Education Programme. Last December, Brazil's Marcio Torres completed his Masters in Exercise and Sports Science.

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