Best college tennis rivalries

#1
What are some of the best in college tennis?

Often tennis rivalries are different than the traditional basketball/football rivalries. They are defined by the mix of players and coaches.

Obviously the consistently best rivalry in men's is USC/UCLA. Always a top 10 matchup and very close matches, they are always trading wins back and forth. There's a good amount of passion in the rivalry as well.

A current rivalry that exists is UNC vs Wake. Maybe not a traditional one but the players on each team seem to have genuine dislike for the other school and it's lead to some contentious and heated matches lately. This one likely won't last for many more years because it's mainly do the both teams being elite now and the particular mix of players on both teams.

What are some other big ones around the country? Ones with dislike and intensity? Ones with large stakes etc.
 

Nacho

Professional
#3
What are some of the best in college tennis?

Often tennis rivalries are different than the traditional basketball/football rivalries. They are defined by the mix of players and coaches.

Obviously the consistently best rivalry in men's is USC/UCLA. Always a top 10 matchup and very close matches, they are always trading wins back and forth. There's a good amount of passion in the rivalry as well.

A current rivalry that exists is UNC vs Wake. Maybe not a traditional one but the players on each team seem to have genuine dislike for the other school and it's lead to some contentious and heated matches lately. This one likely won't last for many more years because it's mainly do the both teams being elite now and the particular mix of players on both teams.

What are some other big ones around the country? Ones with dislike and intensity? Ones with large stakes etc.
I like this question....I realize its opinion though, and most of them are the same as the typical in conference football rivalries (i.e Oklahoma/Texas), but one's I have noticed that might be a little different:

OSU has Michigan, but in conference I think Illinois might be just as big a rival if not bigger on the tennis front, one that you can see on the comment boards here. Outside of conference OSU/Texas A&M and OSU/Oklahoma have become rivals as well. Oklahoma snapped OSU's home win streak a few years ago, and the atmosphere in there was intense
UGA and UF are big, but UGA and Ga Tech for tennis goes way back and UGA with USC is an interesting rivalry that is tennis specific

i'll give some thoughts to others. Problem in tennis is so many programs have gone belly up or the rivalries follow the same path of the football rivalries, hard to think of ones tennis specific. Mid majors that have been good tennis schools for awhile I bet have some out of conference rivals (Furman, VCU, Rice, ETSU, S. Alabama,etc..). From personal experience I know Furman/NC State or Clemson has always been tough
 

atatu

Hall of Fame
#4
I like Texas vs. Baylor. Texas probably had the upper hand for a long time but more recently Baylor has been putting it on them, a few years ago they beat Texas then danced on the Longhorns court as if they had won the world cup or something. Lots of drunk Baylor students showed up and taunted the UT players. Last year UT swept Baylor in Waco then beat them 4-2 in the Big 12 Championships. I don't think there was much love loss between the former Baylor coach and the UT coach. It will be interesting to see how things go with Boland taking over at Baylor.
 

Rattler

Professional
#6
I like Texas vs. Baylor. Texas probably had the upper hand for a long time but more recently Baylor has been putting it on them, a few years ago they beat Texas then danced on the Longhorns court as if they had won the world cup or something. Lots of drunk Baylor students showed up and taunted the UT players. Last year UT swept Baylor in Waco then beat them 4-2 in the Big 12 Championships. I don't think there was much love loss between the former Baylor coach and the UT coach. It will be interesting to see how things go with Boland taking over at Baylor.

Hahah. Did any other coach get along with Coach Knoll!?
 
#8
I was the lead official for the Patriot League men's tournament three or four years ago. Army vs. Navy in the final. There may well be better college tennis out there, but this match was as hard-fought as the Marines taking Iwo Jima.

As hard-fought as it was, it was a "clean" match, and I was addressed as "sir" all afternoon.

Afterwards, both teams lined up on a sideline not far from a flagpole. I thought to myself, "they're going to play the Alma Maters."

So, I took off my hat, and stood with them. It is maybe my favorite moment in officiating.
 
#10
I've not seen OSU vs. the Illini. I have seen both play against another Big Ten opponent. I could see how OSU/Illinois would be a date circled on both calendars.
 
#11
What are some of the best in college tennis?

Often tennis rivalries are different than the traditional basketball/football rivalries. They are defined by the mix of players and coaches.

Obviously the consistently best rivalry in men's is USC/UCLA. Always a top 10 matchup and very close matches, they are always trading wins back and forth. There's a good amount of passion in the rivalry as well.

A current rivalry that exists is UNC vs Wake. Maybe not a traditional one but the players on each team seem to have genuine dislike for the other school and it's lead to some contentious and heated matches lately. This one likely won't last for many more years because it's mainly do the both teams being elite now and the particular mix of players on both teams.

What are some other big ones around the country? Ones with dislike and intensity? Ones with large stakes etc.
Stanford vs Cal, or Stanford vs UCLA
 

JW10S

Hall of Fame
#12
There is no rivalry more heated than UCLA vs. USC. The schools are geographically close to each other in the same city and are both usually top ranked teams which only heightens the rivalry. The Pac-12 conference championships are held each year in Ojai CA. Ojai is a very quaint and quite little town. But when UCLA plays USC the little park where the tournament is played is packed with overflow spectators of all ages, with most of them wearing the uniforms or colors of their favorite team, people are screaming and the atmosphere is absolutely electric. I've seen college match ups all over the country and nowhere have I seen anything like a UCLA/USC match at Ojai, nowhere. Even the regular season dual matches that are played at each school are loud and raucous. Past players from each school going back many years show up to cheer for their former team. If you haven't seen a UCLA/USC match you haven't really experienced college tennis.
 
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#13
I still remember my first visit to the Stanford Tennis Stadium in the spring of 1991 for my pro-fro visit. Court 1: Alex O'Brien vs Jonathan Leach. Court 2: Jared Palmer vs Brian McPhie. Court 3: Jonathan Stark vs Byron Black. College tennis doesn't get any better than that. All four grand slam titles covered by this crew!
 

ClarkC

Hall of Fame
#16
I still remember my first visit to the Stanford Tennis Stadium in the spring of 1991 for my pro-fro visit. Court 1: Alex O'Brien vs Jonathan Leach. Court 2: Jared Palmer vs Brian McPhie. Court 3: Jonathan Stark vs Byron Black. College tennis doesn't get any better than that. All four grand slam titles covered by this crew!
What does "pro-fro" mean?
 
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