Devin began playing tennis at the age of 5 and shortly thereafter made the decision he wanted to play tennis professionally. In the 4th grade, he asked his parents if he could be home schooled so he could dedicate more time to playing tennis. His parents responded by telling him that upon finishing the 6th Grade, if he still wanted to be home schooled, they would allow it.
Immediately upon graduating from the 6th Grade, Devin again made his request and his parents (not wanting to go back on their word) agreed to enroll him in a Christian based home school curriculum. While taking a road less traveled, this allowed Devin to dedicate himself to his dream of playing professional tennis by spending more time on the court, taking lessons and playing matches.
As a Junior, Devin quickly advanced in Mississippi competition. At age 8, he started playing Southern (region) events. At age 10, he was playing National events. At age 13, Devin was selected to play on the US Junior Davis Cup Team (one of four players chosen in the entire USA) which toured and played throughout Europe.
Upon his return from his first tour of Europe, Devin was asked by Nick Bollettieri (one of the most influential people in the world of tennis and a legend who has transcended the sport) to come to his Academy in Bradenton, Florida for a week of hitting and training. Impressed by his performance both on and off the court, Nick offered Devin a full scholarship to the IMG Bollettieri Tennis Academy to train full time, following in the footsteps of such notables as Andre Agassi, Jim Courier, Boris Becker, Venus Williams, Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova and many others.
At age 14, Devin left home and began training and living full time at the IMG Bollettieri Tennis Academy in Bradenton, FL. During his time at the Academy, Devin continued playing Junior and Professional Events all over the world. He also had the opportunity at the IMG Bollettieri Academy to train with such notable professional players as Tommy Haas, Xaiver Malisse, Max Mirnyi, Maria Sharapova and Serena Williams, to name a few.
In 2008, Devin won the Juniors International Grass Court Championship in Philadelphia, PA, and later fought his way into the finals of the US Open Junior Championship in Flushing Meadows, NY (becoming the first Junior tennis player in history to advance to the finals by coming through the qualifying draw).
In the fall of 2008 at the age of 17, Devin made the decision to play College Tennis. After completing the necessary core curriculum and being accepted by the NCAA, he enrolled at Ole Miss in the Spring of 2009 and played under Billy Chadwick where he earned All-American honors and won the NCAA Men’s Singles Championship (the youngest player in history to accomplish this feat - John McEnroe previously held the honor of being the youngest).
Over the summer of 2009, Devin traveled to London and played Roehampton Juniors (grass -precursor to Wimbledon) where he won both the singles and doubles championships. The next week, he entered the Wimbledon Juniors Championship (grass) where he advanced to the semi-finals. At this event in London, Devin had the opportunity to turn pro and signed with Octagon, one of the most prestigious Sports Management Agencies in the industry.
This decision was not taken lightly. Devin loved playing tennis at Ole Miss. He cherished his time with his teammates. It was a rare opportunity for him to play tennis as a team sport, something only available at the collegiate level. He had accomplished so much in such a short period of time at Ole Miss. Devin to this day continues to be a rabid Ole Miss fan, visits Oxford at ever opportunity and stays in touch with his former teammates.
After only one semester at Ole Miss, it was time to dive into the world of professional tennis. Devin’s childhood dream was now a reality. In September of 2009, Devin received a wildcard into the US Open Main Draw (as a result of winning the NCAA Championship) and had the honor of playing the #1 ranked tennis player in the world, Roger Federer, in Arthur Ashe Stadium (the most prestigious stage in world of tennis) in the first round at Flushing Meadows, NY.
Side Note: Another Mississippian, W. E. “Slew” Hester, was personally responsible for moving the site of the US Open from the West Side Tennis Club in Forest Hills to the new site in Flushing Meadows during his tenure as President of the USTA. The spectacular Flushing Meadow facility was aptly called “the House that Slew built”. As a result, the US Open became the largest and most successful tournament in all of sports.
At the time, Devin was ranked 1456 in the world, yet he had a great showing against the #1 ranked player in the world, breaking Federer in both the second and third sets, but ultimately losing 6-1, 6-3, 7-5. The fans in New York took a liking to the young Britton as he progressively improved from set to set, cheering him on in the process. Devin also received a wildcard into the US Open Mixed Doubles Main Draw where he played with Mallory Cecil, who won NCAA Women’s Singles Championship the same year.
Subsequently, Devin accepted an invitation to go to Croatia as a hitting partner with the US Davis Cup Tennis Team, which included Marty Fish, James Blake and the doubles sensations Mike and Bob Brian. Upon returning from Croatia, the USTA sent Devin to Barcelona to train on clay for three months in an effort to improve America’s chances on this difficult surface.
Devin has continued to play competitively in Futures Events with several tight matches against highly ranked players in 2011. His world ranking is slowly but steadily rising. He is currently ranked 641 in the world in singles and 279 in doubles. (23rd ranked American) With continued hard work and professional guidance, Devin is poised for a break-out year in 2012. His serve and volley style is fast paced and exciting to watch.