Tut's Take Vol. 1, No. 3: What is the value of playing college tennis for an aspiring pro?
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Q: What is the value of playing college tennis for an aspiring pro?

A: College tennis is a great proving ground for pro tennis.
With the level of college tennis, you get a good idea of if you can succeed as a pro. If you cannot dominate the college players, you're not ready for the pros.

John McEnroeJohn McEnroe at Stanford and Jimmy Connors at UCLA each turned pro after one year of college, where both won NCAA singles titles, and both went on to become highly successful pros. David Pate and Sandon Stolle, who were both my players at TCU, both turned pro before their junior years, and both went on to win Grand Slam doubles titles [Pate and Scott Davis won the 1991 Australian Open; Stolle and Cyril Suk won the 1998 U.S. Open].

Also, playing college tennis gives you a valuable degree to fall back on if you cannot make it on the pro tour.

Tut Bartzen, the legendary TCU coach whose 16-0 record in Davis Cup play remains unequalled among Americans, lives in Fort Worth. He coached TCU tennis for 25 years, and the varsity courts are named after him. Send your questions for Tut's Take to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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