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Top Pros Weigh In On College Tennis Decision
Ask a group of 12-and-unders at the local courts what they want to be
when they grow up, and you'll likely hear some of them answer
enthusiastically: "A pro tennis player!" But even the very best of
those rising stars must decide whether to give college tennis a try or
chase their childhood dreams on the pro tour. We talked with three
former college standouts on the pro tour about their decision to
attend college, life as a pro and their advice for junior players.
Recruiting Terms and Calendar for 2015-16
July marks the beginning of another recruiting year. Recruiting
expert Dede Allen is back to review important dates on the calendar
for all ages - and she also has a primer on basic recruiting terms.
Unofficial Visits - More Important Than You Think
Some high school students take eight, ten, a dozen unofficial visits
as part of their recruiting process. Some people might think
that's a lot of unofficial visits, but it's really not.
Since there is no limit on unofficial visits, why not take full
advantage of your options?
About Dede Allen
is a world-renowned college recruiting expert who is intimately
familiar with both college and junior tennis. Allen was head coach of the
Wake Forest University women's tennis team for seven years, and she was
named ACC Coach of the Year in 1987. Since her college coaching days, Allen
served the USTA for over 14 years as Administrator for USA Tennis Junior
Competition and liaison to the NCAA, NAIA, and NJCAA. Allen is the author
of three books on recruiting, including the USTA Guide for Prospective
, the recently-revised
Collegiate Guide for High School Tennis Players
the Collegiate Guide for High School Athletes
. Today, Allen presents
seminars throughout the country to prospective college tennis players.
Allen writes a periodic column at TennisRecruiting.net where she provides
advice and answers your questions. You can
submit a question to Dede for her
to answer directly - or in a future column.