D3 Success Stories[?]

zabarboon

New User
I'm curious as to how many pros come out of D3 schools. Does anybody have any examples or a story of their own?
 

atatu

Hall of Fame
Most recently I think Eric Butorac who played D3 at Gustavus Adolphus, he was a doubles specialist who made the final of the Australian Open in 2014 and he played some with Jaime Murray early in his career, making the finals of the ATP tour doubles year end event.
 

Liam Grennon

Semi-Pro
Brian Gottfried went pro after attending Trinity in TX. I have actually gotten to speak and be coached by him the last two weeks. He is an awesome guy but had an amazing work ethic. Think he was number 4 on the pro tour.
 

atatu

Hall of Fame
Brian Gottfried went pro after attending Trinity in TX. I have actually gotten to speak and be coached by him the last two weeks. He is an awesome guy but had an amazing work ethic. Think he was number 4 on the pro tour.
Trinity is D3 now, but at that time it was D1 and had one of the best programs in the country ! In addition to Brian Gottfried they had Dick Stockton, Larry Gottfried and Bill Scanlon.
 
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Johnatan

New User
I have not heard a lot of professionals coming from D3 in Tennis, but in other sports like track and field, you can look at Nick Symmonds All-Americzn, and Olympian in the 800m. He got refused to get into the University of Oregon, but it did not prevent him to pursue his dreams.
 

Nostradamus

Bionic Poster
I'm curious as to how many pros come out of D3 schools. Does anybody have any examples or a story of their own?
D3 at present day has become 3rd tier level talent of college tennis. almost NO pros come out of this division, none that make it to top 100 for sure.
 

jcgatennismom

Professional
Top D3 attracts the scholar athlete-players who want a close to Ivy level of academics combined with a high level of play but not as many hours of travel and training. D3 athletes can choose any major. They chose D3 because they want successful careers after college-they arent planning on playing pro tennis. It's a great choice for many smart players. Top D3 is not 3rd tier-it probably overlaps with midmajor D1 tennis. A local guy who played D3 tennis beat a guy who played in the lineup of the Gators in a summer tourney a few years ago.
 

Keizer

Professional
Impossible. Stanford women never lose, especially to D3 player
After a simple google search:

 

jhick

Professional
Most recently I think Eric Butorac who played D3 at Gustavus Adolphus, he was a doubles specialist who made the final of the Australian Open in 2014 and he played some with Jaime Murray early in his career, making the finals of the ATP tour doubles year end event.
My boys and I belong to a club owned by Eric's dad where he grew up in Rochester, MN.

This was an interesting talk from Eric about his tennis career.
 
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Nostradamus

Bionic Poster
After a simple google search:

I think she had exams the day before and didn't get any sleep. she couldn't get ready for the match
 

mmk

Hall of Fame
Top D3 attracts the scholar athlete-players who want a close to Ivy level of academics combined with a high level of play but not as many hours of travel and training. D3 athletes can choose any major. They chose D3 because they want successful careers after college-they arent planning on playing pro tennis. It's a great choice for many smart players. Top D3 is not 3rd tier-it probably overlaps with midmajor D1 tennis. A local guy who played D3 tennis beat a guy who played in the lineup of the Gators in a summer tourney a few years ago.
Yep, different sport(s), but my youngest daughter captained field hockey and lacrosse for a D3 school in Cambridge MA, and she had teammates who could have played D1, but wanted to go to one of the top schools in the world. Obviously those two sports aren't going to lead to pro careers, but most tennis players aren't going to go on to lucrative tennis careers either regardless of whether they are D1 or not.
 

Bukowski

Professional
There was a guy who played D3 who was doing respectable in doubles challengers 4-5 years ago. Cant remember his name at the moment.
Wasnt he using a really large sized racket or something weird?
 

Nostradamus

Bionic Poster
Yeah something comically large. I swear the guy played for Uc Santa Cruz or something like that?
I did see a College player playing with Prince Mono oversize racket once. but that racket being 108 sq inches wasn't really a beginner racket at all. even jimmy Connors at one point in senior tour used that racket with much effectiveness.
 
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