5.5 and up is good enough for me

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  1. goeblack

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    I live in a small Tx town. I would be willing to go to Houston or Austin, or San Antonio to observe some 5.5 and up players. We are stuck at 4.5 to 5.0 around here.

    Any suggestions on how to find when and where events like this may be found.

    I hope this is the right place to ask this.
     
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  2. Dave Mc

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    - Check the ATP 250 US Men's Clay Court event in Houston.
    - Check the USTA pro circuit calendar, there are some futures events in TX each year.
    - Check the ITA D-I schedules for several of the top D-I colleges in TX.
    - Check the USTA tournament schedule for the largest men's open tournaments in TX (sectionals, major zones, and US Open qualifying), where you could see some 5.5+ tennis in the quarters, semis, finals.
     
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  3. beernutz

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    You just missed the Texas Fall Invitational college tennis tournament in Austin which was the 25th though the 27th.

    You might want to check the UTSA, UT, and UH tennis team schedules as I think they'll be starting up next season's matches in January or February.
     
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  4. andfor

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    In Houston theres also D1 University of Incarnate Word and Rice. There's a good bit of solid tennis to be found in TX. Pro, futures, college and even top level junior tournaments.
     
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  5. atatu

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    In addition, check out the Dallas Challenger in February, there are usually some futures in the Valley in February as well. You just missed Futures tournaments in Houston and Mansfield also. Check the USTA website under "pro tennis" because it's easier to see the schedule than the ATP site.
     
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  6. LeeD

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    Why not hit the D-1 colleges and universities around the state?
    They are all 5.5 or better for the singles players.
     
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    You should go see the UT Austin tennis team. Better still, go in the spring when they're having a match or tournament on site. They have been a consistent top 25 D1 team (23 as of today). From there, Baylor (Waco) is currently #12 and Texas A&M (College Station) is #14 (that's it for the top 50). Top guys should all be 5.5+ and maybe a very few very solid 5.0s at the bottom end.
     
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  8. Timbo's hopeless slice

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    even the better D-II schools in Texas are pretty darn solid.

    certainly check out local futures and challengers (there is one in Dallas in February I think)
     
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  9. gavna

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    UH dropped mens tennis YEARS and YEARS ago sorry to say..........

    Check out TCU, Rice, Baylor, UT, Aggies........all have some top players and play each other - even the Abilene Christian's, Angelo States, UTSA's, Texas El Paso...etc have some strong nos. 1-3

    Also most all of the USTA Texas section Open events have players 5.5 - 6.0 with tons of ex-top college and even pro tour players in their late 20s thru 40s who play. Just check our USTA tourney section on the web -
     
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  10. atatu

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    Yeah, too bad UH dropped tennis....didn't "The Duke" play there back in the day ?
     
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  11. gavna

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    Yep he still lives in the Houston area still plays a bit but in business now (does a lot of trading between Nigeria/Texas) . Both Bobby and Dave Dowlen live here as well (Bobby teaching at Peter Lundgrens place in the Galleria) - Hoffman, Livshitz I have not seen in quote some time.
     
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  12. gavna

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    Just FYI Incarnate Word is in San Antonio ( about 180 miles due west on I10 )

    For D1 men's programs in the area you have Rice, Texas A&M, Sam Houston State, Lamar.........

    Another great option is to check out the Houston Coca Cola Open (the Coke) in the spring - touted as the worlds largest tennis event and the top level players t
    That show up for the men's open div is pretty darn impressive.
    Every tournament player who lives in the region should play the Coke at least once.
     
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  13. goran_ace

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    Even DIII. Trinity is a top 10 team in DIII and typically plays some quality opponents like other top DIII and Juco schools, some DI opponents.
     
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  14. TennisCJC

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    This is good advice. Any D1 college match would have 5.5+ level players. I watch UGA play Ga Tech last season and 3 of the singles guys were ranked in the top 100. Quality of tennis was very very good. Having said that the number 6 singles were about 5.0 level. But, lines 1 thru 3 singles, 5.5 to 6.5 and very good tennis.
     
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  15. atatu

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    Not to be argumentative, but there is no way that someone who can play #6 for Georgia is at the 5.0 level. He may have looked like a 5.0 compared to the top three, but I'm sure he'd murder a 5.0 player.
     
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  16. JLyon

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    #6 at UGA is 6.0 level end of discussion, they are a Top 5 Team, laughable to say #6 at UGA is a 5.0.
     
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  17. mikeler

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    Wait, you are saying with my new 5.0 rating I can't match up with somebody playing for UGA? :)

    C'mon people, have you seen those guys play?
     
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    Hmm...My sources say you are competing for the #6 singles slot at UGA, after your recent domination in USTA 4.5. :???:
     
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  19. JLyon

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    5.0 level come on out and test them :)
     
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    I know of a #7 singles player at a top non sec school who has maintained an ATP doubles ranking for the last two years, he would make a clown of any 5.0 in a singles match.
     
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    I'm stealing this from someone else. If its you please let me know! I can't remember who posted this!!! And because I don't remember the exact wording, my search attempts have failed :(

    It went something like this:

    7.0- world class player, definitely professional

    6.5- could probably play in the pros, but tough to say how well they would do. Usually top tier D1 school player. Someone like Isner for UGA his senior year would be a 6.5 and have the tools needed to succeed very quickly on the pro tour. But some other top tier 6.5 may fade away because they don't have any potentially amazing weapons like Isner had.

    6.0- very solid D1 player, typically they are (or have been) ranked in the top 100 nationwide. Possibly would-be ATP pros who never made it or got injured.

    5.5- respectable college player. Unlikely to be at a major top tier program such as Virginia or Georgia. Typically 5.5 would be like NC States bottom of the team or the #1 player from a smaller school like Oral Roberts.

    5.0- some club level players and instructors are 5.0 (maybe even some high schoolers). Most college players that are 5.0 come from a very small school. Possibly a school not really known for tennis, or not really known at all.

    4.5- plenty of club level players and instructors, some high school players too. If its a college level player then they are either in serious development because the coach saw incredible potential or they are at a VERY small school.
     
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