Prince Hot 100 List - April '10
by Amelia Thomas, 19 April 2010
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The spring signing period continues for the next few months, but TennisRecruiting.net has now ended its Signing Week extravaganza - and returns back to normal activities. Our first order of business is a regular feature at TennisRecruiting.net - where Prince Sports joins us in recognizing 100 boys and girls who have been playing excellent tennis. We are talking, of course, about the Prince Hot 100.
The Prince Hot 100 lists are published each month, and the March lists feature the one hundred boys and girls who most improved their ranking during the month of March. You can find out more about the Prince Hot 100 - and how the lists are calculated - by reading here.
This month's lists, published earlier today, are now available:
We checked in with a few of these top performers...
Kathleen Uy (Elmhurst, N.Y.)
Kathleen Uy has been a passionate athlete for most of her life. Originally from Cagayan de Oro, Philippines, she has participated in volleyball, table tennis, soccer, swimming, karate and, of course, tennis. With such diverse interests, it was a hard decision to play tennis exclusively.
Other sports aren't the only things this junior gave up for tennis. "I feel like sometimes you have to make sacrifices," Uy said. "I don't really have time for friends outside of tennis anymore, because every day after school, I either have tennis practice or SAT classes, and on the weekends, I have tennis tournaments."
Uy's sacrifices proved to be beneficial last month. For starters, she won the LBTC Challenger at the Long Beach Tennis Center. She defeated five higher-rated players during the month, including a victory over four-star Kassandra Orozco in the consolations of the Eastern Designated Closed.
Although those wins are impressive, Uy thinks that her most important victory was one over Gabriela Kaldan that went to a third-set tiebreaker.
"Thankfully, I won that match," said Uy. "If I hadn't, I would have been out of the tournament - and would not have had the opportunity to win the next two rounds. One of those wins came against Rosemary Li, who is in the top 25 in the Eastern Section."
Wins like those have developed from her easy demeanor during matches.
"My strength is probably my mentality," Uy said. "Before I start every point in my match, I always tell myself 'just one point at a time'. When I'm about to win a game, set, or match, I just repeat those lines over and over again in my head."
Uy's calm yet determined attitude doesn't just stop after her matches. It continues to her practice and training. Uy works with coaches John Brennan and Elena Bantovska to ensure that her game continuously improves.
"After I lose a tournament match, I call my coaches and tell them that I want to practice the next day, even after a terrible loss. I just feel like I need to be back on the tennis court. With tennis, I don't want to waste time."