Location: Chicago, IL
Undergraduate Enrollment: 5,681
US News Ranking: Tied-4th, National Universities
Coach: Jay Tee, 5th Season
3-Year Avg. ITA Ranking: 7
Power 6: 75.54
Academic Reputation: 10.00
Tennis Program & Tradition: 7.90
Facilities: 6.67 (soon to improve)
On Court Persona: Polite, Cordial, Calm
Recruiting & Alumni
Target TR.net Ranking for Starter: 93
Sample Starter Profiles
Charlie Pei – 5 Star, #66 in Class of 2015
David Liu – 4 Star, #88 in Class of 2014
Luke Tsai – 4 Star, #94 in Class of 2014
Where Are They Now?
Will Zhang ‘11 – Business Development at Alacura, Chicago
Jan Stefanski ‘12 – Analyst at BlackRock, Philadelphia
Krishna Ravella ‘14 – Medical School at Georgetown Univ., Class of 2018
Blogger Perspective: If any team on this list is underrated in numerous categories, it is probably Chicago. The Maroons did not score highly in categories tradition and facilities, but both of these are easily explainable. Their urban location limits their ability to have beautiful facilities, and they often have to play at a nearby club. (This will change in the very near future, as a gorgeous new indoor/outdoor facility is under construction). They were hurt on tradition because the concept of Chicago being a top tennis program is much newer when compared to other schools that currently appear high in the ITA rankings. Coach Jay Tee came in several years ago and completely turned this program around, changing the attitudes of the players and stepping up the recruiting. His reward was back-to-back NCAA Final Four appearances, accomplishments Chicago is looking to improve upon in the coming years. Tee has brought in a few of the strongest recruiting classes that D3 has ever seen, and it has taken Chicago into the top tier of teams during the last few years.
The uphill battle for the Chicago student-athlete is the academic workload that the University throws at its students. If you want to talk about academic intensity, Chicago is second to none, so it truly is commendable that the Chicago tennis team manages to do well in school while succeeding on court. Known as one of the most difficult schools in the nation, Chicago is for junior tennis players who are very academically-focused and serious about their school work. Coach Tee does an amazing job helping his players to juggle everything during an intense four years. While we haven’t seen Chicago become NCAA champions quite yet, many predict that it could happen in the next few years.
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