Best college grad turned pro.

edmondsm

Legend
I know both Bryan Bros graduated from Stanford. Ben Becker and John Isner are some recent examples. But who is the college grad who has had the biggest impact as a pro? Maybe there are some players from the 60's and 70's that I don't know about. Thanks for weighing in. Any and all opinions and info is appreciated.
 
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nikdom

Guest
If I'm not incorrect John McEnroe was at Stanford and won a couple of NCAA titles. I don't know if he graduated or not before going pro.
 

deltox

Hall of Fame
didnt robby genepri play college tennis?
robert kendrick played college also
james blake played college tennis


lots did but not many played all 4 years
 

drwood

Professional
I know both Bryan Bros graduated from Stanford. Ben Becker and John Isner are some recent examples. But who is the college grad who has had the biggest impact as a pro? Maybe there are some players from the 60's and 70's that I don't know about. Thanks for weighing in. Any and all opinions and info is appreciated.
So far, best college grad = Patrick McEnroe (graduated from Stanford; made semis of 1991 Australian Open before losing to champion Becker, beat Becker in at least one other slam)
- Isner has a chance if he reaches his potential
 

mtommer

Hall of Fame
I put forth that the Bryan brothers are the best to come out of college. Doubles isn't lesser than singles, just less covered and popular. They have more titles, including Grand Slam titles (as well as a calender Slam if I recall), than any of their contemperaries. So what if they aren't the best singles players?
 
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TheMagicianOfPrecision

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I know both Bryan Bros graduated from Stanford. Ben Becker and John Isner are some recent examples. But who is the college grad who has had the biggest impact as a pro? Maybe there are some players from the 60's and 70's that I don't know about. Thanks for weighing in. Any and all opinions and info is appreciated.
Johnny Mac attended stanford between 1977-1979...the rest...well is history that most of us know about.
 

Teyko

Banned
Based on ratings, it would have to be Blake wouldn't it. I mean he did break the top 10 consistently after graduating from Harvard.
 
Well, I haven't followed much college tennis over the last few years, but I studied at Northwestern University and so I couldn't help notice that Todd Martin was a college player there.
 

bluetrain4

G.O.A.T.
Interesting question, since a lot of great players such as Todd Martin (Northwestern), John McEnroe (Stanford), Jimmy Connors (UCLA), James Blake (Harvard) (just to name afew) went to college, but did not graduate.

Best college graduate I can think of (I'm sure I'm forgetting plenty of players) would be Mikael Pernfors. Won the NCAAs at Georgia his junior and senior seasons (1984 and 1985).

Went on to make the French Open final, reach No. 10 in the world, beat a lot of great players, have some other good (QFs and 4th rnd), if not spectacular, Slam results, and won a Masters series event (Canadian Open 1993). Made it to at least the 4th Rnd at every Slam. Could have been part of a winning Davis Cup team as well (I know he was a member of a team that lost in the finals, not sure about his other participation). 3 career titles in singles, 1 in doubles, and 2 singles runner-ups, including the aforementioned French Open.

I'm restricting my answer to singles players. I'm sure there are some very successful doubles college grads (such as the Bryans).
 
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Moose Malloy

G.O.A.T.
I doubt Ancic's 'law degree' works the way it does here - 4 years of college, then 2 years of law school.

Not sure he could have found the time to complete all that & compete on the atp tour at the same time. and he's been a pro since 17. guess its an abbreviated program. A very abbreviated program, judging by when the commentators said he did it. Or he's some sort of genius.

Ashe & Smith are probably the 2 best college grads of the open era. But that was a different era. Once teenage Borg emerged pro tennis was a whole new ballgame. There have hardly been any college grads on tour from the 80s on(that was the question not, who attended one or 2 years of college)

think Pmac & Isner are the only 2 grads to make the top 100 in the last 20 years? maybe Jim Grabb as well? did Paul Haarhuis graduate?
 
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dirtballer

Professional
Are you only referring to active players? If not, I think Stan Smith (USC) and Arthur Ashe (UCLA) both graduated. For the women BIllie Jean attended Long Beach State but I don't know if she graduated.
 

Ambivalent

Hall of Fame
I put forth that the Bryan brothers are the best to come out of college. Doubles isn't lesser than singles, just less covered and popular. They have more titles, including Grand Slam titles (as well as a calender Slam if I recall), than any of their contemperaries. So what if they aren't the best singles players?
The fact that fish and blake took the wimbledon champs to 5 sets begs to differ.

Doubles does not take a special kind of talent. Fedrinka could win the olympics.
 

tennisnj

Professional
think Pmac & Isner are the only 2 grads to make the top 100 in the last 20 years? maybe Jim Grabb as well? did Paul Haarhuis graduate?
How about Paul Goldstein? Career high 40---In 2005, finished as highest ranked player on ATP circuit with a college degree. Sure not as high as PatMac's #28, but he's up there nonetheless.
According to the ATP site: 1988 Haarhuis earned his degree from Florida State & was ranked in singles as high as #18 & of course we know about his doubles prowess.
 
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edmondsm

Legend
Interesting question, since a lot of great players such as Todd Martin (Northwestern), John McEnroe (Stanford), Jimmy Connors (UCLA), James Blake (Harvard) (just to name afew) went to college, but did not graduate.

Best college graduate I can think of (I'm sure I'm forgetting plenty of players) would be Mikael Pernfors. Won the NCAAs at Georgia his junior and senior seasons (1984 and 1985).

Went on to make the French Open final, reach No. 10 in the world, beat a lot of great players, have some other good (QFs and 4th rnd), if not spectacular, Slam results, and won a Masters series event (Canadian Open 1993). Made it to at least the 4th Rnd at every Slam. Could have been part of a winning Davis Cup team as well (I know he was a member of a team that lost in the finals, not sure about his other participation). 3 career titles in singles, 1 in doubles, and 2 singles runner-ups, including the aforementioned French Open.

I'm restricting my answer to singles players. I'm sure there are some very successful doubles college grads (such as the Bryans).
Great info, thanks bluetrain. And thanks to all for the responses.
 
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