TCU Men's Tennis Alumni: Randy Crawford
Oct. 10, 2013
Whether or not Randy Crawford loves traveling, he sure is an expert at it.
The 1977 All-American, who was also TCU's first in that regard, has many memories of doing so, whether it was the road trips with the team or in his illustrious professional career.
"I think we stopped at every Dairy Queen in Texas," he says of his time with the Horned Frogs. Those hole-in-the-wall stops with college friends would absolutely pay dividends in his post-TCU life.
"After graduating I started in the minor leagues of pro tennis and worked my way up to a world ATP ranking in the top 100," Crawford said. "I played in all the major championships including Wimbledon, US, French and Australian Opens."
Crawford, yet another disciple of the Tut Bartzen system, paid it forward by traveling with and coaching Martina Navratilova, who won six ITF World Championships from 1979-86. Crawford must have taught her something right, as the well-known Billie Jean King called Navratilova "the greatest singles, doubles and mixed doubles player who's ever lived."
Of course, Crawford has to credit Bartzen with his own post-TCU career accomplishments.
"I chose TCU because of Bartzen," he said. "He came to TCU in 1974 and I was part of his first recruiting class. I knew I was getting in on the ground floor of what would be an outstanding program, and he made us a top 10 team in the country after just two years."
Crawford continues to make an impact on his sport today, having been the Director of Tennis at Maroon Creek Club in Aspen, Colo., since 1990. He and his wife, Abigail, have a 17-year-old son, Clayton, and a 15-year-old daughter, Olivia.