Big 10 Tennis

Discussion in 'College Tennis Talk' started by Will Wilson, Apr 27, 2011.

  1. Nacho

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    Depends if you are talking about dominance while in the Big Ten, or Career afterward. Kevin Anderson and Todd Martin had nice careers but didn't win the NCAA's in singles. Both had or have had solid pro careers... I would put Mike Leach (Michigan) in the mix, big college career and flourished in the pros till an injury....Maybe Barry Mackay (Michigan), pre open era but was a pro for many years...Blaz Rola (Ohio State) still remains to be seen in the pros, but had a great college career. Rajeev Ram (Illinois), Malavai Washington (Michigan), Mashiska Washington (Michigan State)....

    There are others, just depends how you want to judge it.
     
  2. LetsPlayFBI

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    Yeah those two would be in the Top 5 for sure.

    Todd is running the Hall of Fame in Newport correct?

    And Kevin in still playing and started a web venture.
    https://realifetennis.com/our-team/
     
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    Interesting list of players for sure. Rajeev Ram is still going strong.
     
  4. gully

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    Marty Riessen, while we're at it, three-time NCAA singles finalist and world (pre-computer) no. 8. No GS finals like Martin, but a two-time doubles and seven-time mixed GS champ. Highest GS singles result was a QF in the USO and AO. I'd put him at second on this list behind Martin but well ahead of the others.
     
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    Oops, twice QF at USO and also once at Wimby.
     
  6. Nacho

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    Do you include Nebraska, Penn State, Rutgers and Maryland? What about Notre Dame? Or just the core Big 10 schools
     
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    where is the summer circuit tournament being held this year ?? and is anyone from Stanford playing ?
     
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    Did Rajeev Ram have a great college career? I seem to remember being told he was a kind of one and done deal but I cannot remember where I heard this. I did see him at Indiana as a spectator when Illinois made the Big 10 tournament one year.
     
  9. Nacho

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    I heard Fawcett quit tennis ;-)
     
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    He won the National Championship when he was there (2003), Anderson wasn't there for that. He wasn't the top player I believe Brian Wilson was at the time, but he and Wilson won the National Championship Doubles event. He also only played that year I believe before turning pro....He may be a case of someone who has made an impact after college....
     
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    Would be an interesting discussion to see whom everyone thinks are the top players ever to come out of each school:

    My take...
    Ohio State: Blaz Rola
    Illinois: Kevin Anderson
    Northwestern: Todd Martin
    Michigan: Mike Leach
    Michigan State: Mashiska Washington
    Purdue: Jason Marshal
    Penn State: Ivan Spinner
    Nebraska: Steven Jung
    Indiana: Dave Power
    Minnesota:Stefan Eriksson
    Iowa: Tyler Cleveland
    Maryland/Rutgers no idea since they have cut their programs
     
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    Indiana is my only real connection and Dave Power is way before my time! Sven Salumma was a grad who had moderate doubles success in the 90s and in my time of watching the best player by far was Jakub Praibus who had amazing talent but was too busy doing a host of other things to take tennis that seriously. After graduation he was a school teacher, illustrated comic books and in summer played futures often going deep before returning to teach in the new term.
     
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    Add Malivai Washington (Michigan) to the list. Might put him at second to Martin with his ranking high & Wimbledon runner-up, Kevin Anderson 3rd.
     
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    Yea, Power was a couple time All-American and got far in the NCAA's, had a nice pro career and is still a tennis pro out there. I believe he won a a few pro tournaments like Cincinnati and played in some of the slams...albeit the 60's early 70's
     

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