Top 5 Tennis Programs

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  1. mutt

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    Hi everybody,

    If you could choose any college tennis program, what would be your top 5 pick ?
     
  2. ClarkC

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    Virginia
    Georgia
    Oklahoma
    USC
    Texas A&M

    Facilities and coaches are impressive at all five.
     
  3. Overdrive

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    Clark, what is your opinion on UT?
     
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    Miami
    Miami
    Miami
    Miami
    Miami

    They need my help. :)
     
  5. Vicious Vik

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    Oklahoma and A&M over UCLA. Too good. Sometimes Clark we don't even have to make a fool out of you on here, you do it to yourself.
     
  6. ClarkC

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    The question was a subjective one: Which programs would I choose? I don't like certain coaches or programs, even though they are highly ranked. Come back when your reading comprehension skills are up to par.
     
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    I think their team will be improved this year. In fact, I think Oklahoma, Baylor and Texas will all be better this year, and the Big 12 will be more nationally competitive than last year as a result.

    I personally dislike everything to do with the University of Texas sports programs, but no doubt it could be a great place for some players.

    Note that I assumed that you were talking about Texas when you said UT. People within a tiny radius of Knoxville sometimes think that UT refers to Tennessee. :)
     
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    Go Standford Cardinals!
     
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    I'm curious, why do you dislike UT athletic programs? Because they are so big, that they have their own network or something?

    Yeah, I realized that there was a University of Tennessee. :p
     
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    Oklahoma has some very impressive facilities. Yet, putting them as a top 5 program is a stretch. They may have the best facilities in the nation but it takes more than facilities to make a program.

    I may be wrong in the long run. Facilities and money have helped Oregon in football.
     
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    What does a Program need to be top 5?

    1. Good Coaches
    2. Facilities
    3. Players
    4. Few Distractions?

    I doubt just money gets it done.
     
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    USC. four peat!
     
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    Stanford have to get in, right?
     
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    Tennis seems to be lowest on the totem pole in Oregon though. It's their worst sport by far with not much attempt to improve the program.
     
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    ^

    Also, one of their players died in an accident this year. That greatly affects team morale.
     
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    It has to do with the obnoxiousness of their sports (particularly football and basketball) fans in the 1970s and 1980s. I was there a couple of years before transferring out. Mostly stuff that is not really relevant to tennis.

    I also grew up in Dallas with two parents who went to Oklahoma and two older brothers who went to SMU, so Texas was not a big favorite in our house.
     
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    USC and UVA
    because who doesn't like a winner? and these two win all the indoor and outdoor team titles in the land nowadays - also both great coaches - and fun places to go to college, VERY different i realize, but charlottesville is fun also

    UCLA
    the team closest to breaking into the big two that doesn't have a coach i wouldn't want to play for *cough* ty tucker *cough* - again not a bad location to have fun for four years

    UGA
    as much grief as i give them on here about the SEC overrated thing and how far away from the above truly elite teams i still think they are in recent years - well, they're the best program in the deepest tennis conference, which makes for a lot of fun matches - athens is a great college town - and diaz always seems to get something special out of his guys - dawgie dawg isn't a big enough downside to keep it off my list haha, especially when the NCAAs are there approximately always

    and of course the homer pick...
    Duke
    loved my time there and Durham is 10x better than most outsiders give it credit for (plus chapel hill is right down the street when you need a new scene for the weekend, and is pretty sweet, even if the tarheels are evil), tennis teams have great facilities and great support (given that the tennis courts are right smack in the middle of K-ville and the athletic complex, and often promotions bring the drunk basketball tenting crowd into the warmth for a couple hours, and only a short stone's throw from the west campus dorms), and ramsey would be an absolutely fantastic young coach to play for
     
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    Do they get anything from Nike since that's where Nike's HQ is based?
     
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    Gators! .... We should be winning titles and we have all the resources to do it

    USC/UVA .... All they do is win

    Wake Forest .... Facilities, ATP event, coaching, education, program on the rise

    TCU .... Who doesn't want to play in front of 1000 people
     
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    Are you mentioning Winston-Salem? That was a terrible event..
     
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    How many other college campuses host an ATP event.....oh I know, none
     
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    You're 'telling' me that Wake Forest is the only college that hosts an ATP event?

    How.. underwhelming..
     
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    UofMemphis plays at The Racquet Club of Memphis. The club hosts the US National Indoor. Was a 500 for years and will be a 250 this year.
     
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    University of Memphis? Eh..?
     
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    Yes.......
     
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    Memphis just plays there they don't own the facility, although that's still pretty good
     
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    I played against U of Memphis at that club. It was much nicer than most on-campus facilities but no different than playing at a country club. We played the match outdoors, not indoors like the ATP event.
     
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    Yale hosted a joint ATP/WTA event until a few years ago (Pen Pilot; tune up for the US Open), now it's just a WTA event. Stanford also hosts a WTA event.
     
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    You still play college or are you finished? They use the entire facility. Have a few dual matches each year indoor and out. They've hosted men's and women's ITA regions indoors over the years there. The American conference tournament will be played there this spring outdoors.
     
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    I played them about 15 years ago, and it was a dual match. Really hot and humid day.
     
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    Virginia (hot new kid right now)
    OSU (unsure if has the lasting power)
    USC (winningest program last 10 yrs)
    Stanford (traditionally)
    Georgia (this pains me)
     
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    Any of the top teams in the SEC, because of facilities, competition, fan support, etc.
     
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    Sacred Heart, SLu, North Dakota,Rider, and Sienna college
     
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    I can't believe I forgot Rider
     
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    If the #1 criterion is likely playing time, then this is a good list!
     
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    yeah but if the fans here that a football player is drying his socks nearby they will all flock away from tennis to there.
     
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    I didnt think SEC football players did anything that menial?
     
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    Or, if the SEC fans hear that a football player is stealing a stereo from a dorm room, they will all go over there to help him get away with it so he won't get caught and have an adverse impact on the football team's success.
     
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    of course. great coaches, legendary coach as president, great academics, what more can you ask for ?
     
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    Maybe a team that wins.
     
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    You forgot Wagner as well.
     
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    Watch out for the Card this year. Way better. Honest. I witnessed a practice, impressive.
     
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    Another Memphis fan!?!? I like the pick. 4 seniors, 1 junior and a Freshan who beat Pradella this fall. Maybe another stong January add in the works like last spring. The Tigers will be good.
     
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    Haha yeah kind of. I just love their facilities and "tigers" is a really cool name! ;)
     
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    My top five programs.

    Virginia, 2013 champs
    UCLA, runner up
    USC, recent dominance.
    Ohio State, longest home win streak of any sport in NCAA history.
    Georgia.
     

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