Pros who played Junior/Community College tennis

JW10S

Hall of Fame
I know Brad Gilbert, who earned a career high World #4 ATP ranking, played 2 years for Foothill Community College in California prior to going to Pepperdine, and Mikael Pernfors, who had a career high World #10 ATP ranking, played 2 years at Seminole Community College in Florida before going to Georgia--does anyone know of other players who had successful pro careers who started at a junior/community college?
 
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andfor

Legend
Was Gilbert unable to get into a 4 year school when he left high school?
Not sure, but I thought I recalled he may have attended either Arizona St. (ASU rings a bell more) or UCLA first semester or year, then transferred to Foothills JC 2 yrs., then Pepperdine.
 
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Larry Duff

Semi-Pro
Not sure, but I thought I recalled he may have attended either Arizona St. (ASU rings a bell more) or UCLA first semester or year, then transferred to Foothills JC 2 yrs., then Pepperdine.
And I think my post may have sounded more negative than I intended, I meant tennis wise not academics. Maybe he fell out with a coach.
 

JW10S

Hall of Fame
Not sure, but I thought I recalled he may have attended either Arizona St. (ASU rings a bell more) or UCLA first semester or year, then transferred to Foothills JC 2 yrs., then Pepperdine.
I don't think so, I think he went straight to Foothill out of high school.
 

Jack the Hack

Hall of Fame
Gilbert and Pernfors were the first and only players that I could think of when I read the thread title. From the old days of tennis, I'm sure there are more, possibly on the doubles side, but almost none that broke into the top 10 in singles other than those two guys.

In fact, in the ATP, you hardly have any players that played any level of college tennis that make it into the top 20 these days. The last top 20 singles player from college I believe was Isner. I don't think there has been another in the past 25 years!
 
Gilbert and Pernfors were the first and only players that I could think of when I read the thread title. From the old days of tennis, I'm sure there are more, possibly on the doubles side, but almost none that broke into the top 10 in singles other than those two guys.

In fact, in the ATP, you hardly have any players that played any level of college tennis that make it into the top 20 these days. The last top 20 singles player from college I believe was Isner. I don't think there has been another in the past 25 years!
Technically, you're correct I think. That being said, Steve Johnson had his highest ATP ranking of 21, just one stop outside the top 20. Johnson played for USC trojans.
 

andfor

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JW10S

Hall of Fame
I'm sure academics play a role but I'm a little surprised more people don't consider the Juco route. I would have thought Pernfors would have inspired some to try it. He was part of the post-Bjorn Borg generation that had so many good players--Edberg, Wilander, Sundstrom, Norman, Jarryd, Nystrom, Larsson, Lundgren, Enqvist, Carlsson, Simonsson Bros, Gustafsson and on and on. At one time it almost seemed that 1/2 the top 100 were Swedish (a little exaggeration I know but you get my point). Pernfors wasn't a part of that group, wasn't quite as good, and therefore didn't get support from the Swedish Tennis Assoc. So he went the US and played for a Juco, then a top D1 team, and had a successful pro career eventually playing Davis Cup for Sweden along side some of the players listed. He's probably the player who got the most out of playing college tennis. I'm surprised there are apparently only 2.
 
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andfor

Legend
No, but he did go to college, and the poster was no doubt responding to the comments about top 20 ATP players who went to college, like Isner. That was also part of this thread.
The post did veer a little off topic which I had not paid attention to when I posted my response. I see it now. Was not trying to be rude.
 
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