Prince Hot 100 List - March '11
by Amelia Thomas, 16 March 2011
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Daylight savings time and the warmer days of the approaching spring mean more time for tennis. The Prince Hot 100 recognizes athletes who have gotten the jump on spring, improving their rankings over the past month.
The Prince Hot 100 lists are published each month, and the March Hot 100 lists feature the one hundred boys and girls who most improved their ranking during the month of February. You can find out more about the Prince Hot 100 - and how the lists are calculated - by reading here.
The latest lists, published earlier this week, are available here:
We caught up with a few of these players...
Beatrice Rosen (Manhattan Beach, Calif.)
In October, four-star junior Beatrice Rosen convinced her parents to allow her to spend a year at the Advantage Tennis Academy (ATA) while being home-schooled. She and her coach, Steve Whitehead, thought that ATA would help Rosen achieve her tennis goals. "She wanted to find her 'personal best' in tennis," her mother, Liz Lippincott-Rosen said.
Beatrice Rosen now works with coaches Jimmy Johnson, Mitch Bridge, Brandon Fallon at ATA. Recently, Rosen and her coaches have been working on her serve and forehand, which she says have both improved greatly since she joined ATA. "[My serve] has always been flat, and now it has a good amount of heavy spin on it," Rosen said. "Combined with power and the proper technique, it is starting to win me a lot of points."
The 5-foot-10-inch recruit believes she owes this helpful technique, and her recent success in general, to her new coaches. "Through the numerous hours spent on and off the court, they have encouraged, helped and patiently worked with me to get my game to the next level," Rosen said. "I love nothing more than seeing myself improve by beating girls that I never thought I could beat."
Rosen encountered one of those girls, four-star senior Jessica Worring, in the finals of the level four Ramada Open. Rosen was the underdog and had a rocky start, but quickly turned it around and finished it with a dramatic super-tiebreaker win - 6-2; 4-6; 1-0(10), cinching the championship. Rosen also competed in two other tournaments, bringing her total record for the month of February to 10-1, and propelling her into the Top 150 in the Class of 2012.
Other than the input of her coaches, Rosen explains that motivation is a key factor in her success. Instead of taking days off of practice when she doesn't feel like playing, she makes herself earn it. However, when she does well in a tournament, then she rewards herself with a break.
"I don't like taking days off," Rosen said. "Training for more than five hours each day is what I love doing."
Rosen is motivated not only in her game, but also in all aspects of her life. She loves the theater and the arts, and has been acting in plays and at camp for her entire life. She hopes to go to an Ivy League college - both for the rigorous academics and for tennis.