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Top Women's Classes - 2016 Spring Rankings
by TennisRecruiting.net, 30 May 2016

Our Recruiting Class Rankings continue with a look at the ladies. Tennis Recruiting is proud to present its spring rankings of the Top 25 Women's College Tennis Recruiting Classes of 2016. As in the winter, a trio of Blue Chip recruits powers the LSU Tigers to the top spot.

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College Summary
Bowdoin Men and Emory Women Claim NCAA Team Titles
by Colette Lewis, 27 May 2016

The NCAA Division III team championships at Kalamazoo College displayed two sides of college tennis, producing an improbable champion in the Bowdoin men and a favored champion in the Emory women.

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Recruiting 101
Check Out a College Recruiting Showcase
by Eric Parker, 25 May 2016

Want a leg up on your high school tennis colleagues looking to compete at the collegiate level? Try a college-recruiting tennis showcase. If you're in a hurry or overwhelmed by an unforgiving tournament schedule, a showcase is just the ticket. Usually no longer than two days, it gets players quick exposure to dozens of college coaches on site in a tournament-like environment.

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Recruiting Feature
Top Men's Classes - 2016 Spring Rankings
by TennisRecruiting.net, 23 May 2016

The Tennis Recruiting Network is excited to present its spring ranking of the Top 25 Men's Recruiting Classes for 2016. New commitments have brought seven new teams to the rankings - including two new previously unranked classes into the Top 10. But the Top Dawgs of the rankings remain the same as they were during the winter ... and the selection is unanimous.

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19-May-2016
What Is An Upset?
Tennis Recruiting is a website that rates and ranks junior tennis players. One of the questions we get most often from our users is, "What exactly is an upset?" There are many possible definitions of an upset - this article explores the question and puts forward an answer.

17-May-2016
Mississippi State Men Shock Illini
The NCAA Division I Men's Tennis bracket held a few upsets this year heading into the round of 16. One is a big one - 2003 winners (and 2007 finalists) Illinois won't be going to Tulsa. Mississippi State and first-year Head Coach Matt Roberts brought in a team that finished 20-8 and No. 21 in the nation to Champaign, Ill., and advanced to the NCAA Round of 16.

16-May-2016
PlaySight Hot 100 List - May '16
Today we announce the May edition of the PlaySight Hot 100. The PlaySight Hot 100 features 100 boys and 100 girls who have been playing outstanding tennis. These players have substantially improved their rankings over the past month.

13-May-2016
NCAA Tournament Roundtable - Part II
The NCAA Division I Tennis Championships start today. The top men's and women's college tennis programs face off in first-round action across the country, with all teams competing for tickets to Tulsa, Okla., and a spot in the Sweet 16. Check out insights from our college tennis contributors - and see who they picked as darkhorses and champions.

11-May-2016
Asics Easter Bowl ITF Tournament Pioneers Travel Grants
In its nearly fifty years on the United States junior tennis scene, the Easter Bowl has developed a reputation for innovation. This year saw a new initiative emerge for those participating in the International Tennis Federation's Grade B1 event at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden: travel vouchers for boys and girls who reached the round of 16 in their respective 64-player draws.

9-May-2016
NCAA Tournament Roundtable - Part I
The brackets are set, and this weekend, the NCAA Division I Tennis Championships get underway. 64 men's and women's college tennis teams will head to campus venues around the country to compete in first- and second-round action. The winners will make up the Sweet 16 and head to Tulsa, Oklahoma, to compete for the team title. Today, our college tennis contributors preview the "Big Dance" of college tennis.

8-May-2016
SMU Tennis Programs To Be Featured On College Sports Weekly
Fox College Sports (FCS) will air a show featuring the SMU Tennis teams as well as the SMU Tennis Complex, beginning on Sunday at 8pm ET / 7 pm CT on FCS Atlantic.

4-May-2016
ASU Reinstates Men's Tennis
After an eight-year hiatus, Sun Devil Athletics announced the reinstatement of the men's tennis program at Arizona State. Through a lead gift of $1M by Buffie and Ray Anderson, Vice President for University Athletics, ASU will now field a total of 26 NCAA varsity sports.

2-May-2016
Aubone Playing (And Finishing) On His Own Terms
When it comes to tennis, Jean-Yves Aubone has made sure things were on his terms. Born to two professional tennis players, there was no doubt that tennis would be the sport for "JY". He became one of the premiere junior tennis players in the country - eventually heading to Florida State. Since graduating in 2010, Aubone has been out on the professional tour. Contributor Joey Dillon got the chance to catch up with Aubone about all things tennis ...

29-Apr-2016
Busy Month Leads to 18 April Aces
April is always a busy month with the two big ITF tournaments in California boosting the summer slam chances of US juniors. Although it's a couple of days before month's end, it's already time to look back at all the junior and Pro Circuit champions as well as the two former collegians who made the first full month of spring a memorable one.

27-Apr-2016
How Champion Tennis Players Overcome Pressure
With less than an hour away from the start of a match, the junior player is getting ready. Whether warming up on a court, stretching and listening to music, or strategizing with their coaches, junior tennis players are readying themselves for tournaments = and, more specifically - readying themselves for pressure.

22-Apr-2016
ITA Summer Circuit Schedule
The ITA Summer Circuit provides college, junior, and alumni tennis players the opportunity to compete in organized events virtually year round. Although the primary focus of the circuit is to provide incoming freshmen and collegiate players the chance to play in the summer months, these events are "open", so anyone is eligible to compete.

20-Apr-2016
Ross, Sanford Earn Asics Easter Bowl ITF Titles
Both Gianni Ross and Alexandra Sanford made their first appearances in International Tennis Federation Grade 1 finals at the Asics Easter Bowl earlier this month. They succeeded in making that new experience to a winning one, coming away with the trophies at the ITF Grade B1 event. The unseeded Ross defeated No. 4 seed John McNally 6-4, 7-6(3) in the boys championship match, with No. 8 seed Sanford overcoming No. 13 seed Ellie Douglas 6-4, 1-6, 6-1 in the girls final.

18-Apr-2016
PlaySight Hot 100 List - April '16
Today we announce the April edition of the PlaySight Hot 100. The PlaySight Hot 100 features 100 boys and 100 girls who have been playing outstanding tennis. These players have substantially improved their rankings over the past month.

16-Apr-2016
Asics Easter Bowl Champions Crowned in 12s, 14s and 16s Divisions
Staggered completion dates for the Asics Easter Bowl meant the 12s and 14s finals were played on the hottest day of the nine-day tournament, while the 16s were required to deal with an unusual threat of rain in the desert. Players from across the country had converged on the Indian Wells Tennis Garden for the prestigious tournament, with the champions coming from Florida, Illinois, Missouri, Georgia and California.

15-Apr-2016
Spring Signing Week '16: Talking With Coaches Roundtable Part II
NCAA rules dictate when coaches can make initial contact with potential student-athletes, but the rest is up to junior players and their parents. Last month, we asked our panel of coaches to help shed some light on this grey area of the recruiting process. Check out the rest of their answers to the following communication-themed questions.

13-Apr-2016
Spring Signing Week '16: Who Really Gets Recruited?
The recruiting process for college tennis players is no different from companies looking to hire new employees. It includes research, evaluation, interviews, comparisons, negotiations and offers. College tennis coaches they are very careful in selecting recruits who are the best possible fits for their teams. Here are some of the things they are looking for ...

12-Apr-2016
Spring Signing Week '16: How Much Should Team Rankings Matter?
Rankings. They have kept you on edge throughout your junior tennis career, but now that you are looking at different colleges and their tennis programs, you are on the other end. As you go through your list of candidate schools, you wonder to yourself how much the rankings of the teams you are considering really matter. Recruiting expert Marcia Frost takes on this question ...

12-Apr-2016
Spring Signing Week '16: National Roundup
Signing Week is now underway, and tomorrow seniors can start signing their National Letters of Intent. Today, we check in with boys and girls from across the country who are heading to a variety of schools. Find out how they came to their decisions... in our National Roundup.

11-Apr-2016
Spring Signing Week '16: Signing Week Arrives
The Tennis Recruiting Network and GAMMA kick off our coverage of Spring Signing Week '16 with a look at the Top 100. We preview our weekly coverage, and we update you on the status of all the top 100 boys and girls who were uncommitted when we checked in with them in March. A few of these kids plan to announce their decisions this week.

9-Apr-2016
Countdown: Communicating With Coaches Roundtable
When it comes to the recruiting process, contact with coaches can be one of the toughest aspects to navigate. Potential student-athletes and their parents are often left guessing when it comes to ideal communication frequency and timing. In order to help eliminate ambiguity, we asked our panel of coaches about when and how they should reach out to college coaches - and when offers are extended.

8-Apr-2016
Caruana and Day Claim Titles
The week started seasonably windy and unseasonably cold for the ITF Grade 1 International Spring Championships last week in Carson, California, but when it was over, No. 11 seed Liam Caruana and No. 2 seed Kayla Day were basking in warm sunshine as they held their crystal championship trophies.

7-Apr-2016
Countdown: Checking In With Kristy Frilling Skelly
Kristy Frilling Skelly was TennisRecruiting.net's No. 2 prospect for women's college tennis in 2008. The tall left-hander went on to become the first female four-year All-American at Notre Dame, where she won 235 matches and led the Fighting Irish to their first-ever NCAA semifinal finishes. TennisRecruiting.net recently caught up with Frilling to discuss her tennis career and spirit for travel.

6-Apr-2016
College Tennis Weekly Features USTA, ITA
Earlier this year, the Fox College Sports Network premiered a new television series - College Tennis Weekly. The TV show, hosted by former LSU coach Tony Minnis and produced by Harry Cicma Productions, is a welcome addition to the cable airwaves. This week, a new episode that highlights USTA and ITA involvement in college tennis makes its debut, and anyone with an interest in college tennis should check it out ...

3-Apr-2016
Southern Section Dominates at 2016 DecoTurf High School Tennis Championships
The 2016 DecoTurf High School Tennis Team Championships presented by Icy Hot had a very different feel this spring with boys and girls competing on the same weekend for the first time in tournament history. The monumental weekend of high school tennis featured more than 950 individual matches with 60 teams from 14 states taking to the courts throughout the Scenic City of Chattanooga, Tenn.

1-Apr-2016
Juniors, Collegians Winning Futures Titles Highlight March Aces
No April fools today, but rather a look back on the lions of March, including juniors succeeding on both the ITF Pro Circuit and Junior Circuit, and two former collegiate stars earning Futures titles outside the United States.

31-Mar-2016
ITA Forms Alliance with Arizona State
Arizona State University and the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, the governing body for college tennis, announced a strategic alliance that will leverage the resources of a research-based University to grow the sport of tennis locally, nationally and globally.

31-Mar-2016
Countdown: David Geatz Interview on Recruiting
Since I am in the college recruiting business, I am frequently answering questions from parents and potential student athletes about college tennis and the recruiting process. I thought I would change things up and provide some value by getting someone else's perspective. Therefore, I interviewed University of Pennsylvania Head Coach David Geatz, who has a ton of experience and success in college tennis.

30-Mar-2016
Countdown: Road to Tulsa Continues
This has been a season where upsets have been the norm rather than the exception - with at least one Top 10 team going down just about every week. Bobby Knight of College Tennis Today scattershoots across the landscape of men's college tennis - analyzing the contenders, the darkhorses, and the long-shots.

29-Mar-2016
Countdown: D-III Recruiting
The team at Division III Tennis contributes to the Coundown to Signing Day by touching on how recruiting has made an even bigger impact year after year in our world - with so many more top players from around the country deciding to choose D-III. One of our newest writers, D3TennisGreek, brings his recruiting background and general love for D-III Tennis to the table and will be outlining the recruiting phenomenon that is happening throughout the country.

28-Mar-2016
Countdown: Previewing the Top 100 Boys
Last Monday, we visited with the girls. Today, the top boys in the senior class talk college recruiting. Find out where the Top 100 boys are leaning, and see who your favorite school is after...

24-Mar-2016
Countdown: Online Schooling Considerations
With the growth of technology and online schooling opportunities - and with tennis being a sport that requires a lot of hours on the court in order to excel - more and more recruits seem to be at least contemplating this alternative form of education. Before deciding if online schooling is the appropriate track for you, there are several issues to consider including how it may affect your tennis, prepare you for the future, and be viewed by coaches and admissions.

21-Mar-2016
Countdown: Previewing the Top 100 Girls
The Countdown to Signing Day continues with a look at the Top 100 girls in the senior class. The vast majority of these athletes have already made written or verbal commitments, but college coaches are still after these highly-regarded young women. Find out which girls are still open, which have narrowed their lists, and which have made commitments...

18-Mar-2016
Stingrays, Rams Claim USTA National Spring Team Championships
The USTA National Spring Team Championships at the Mobile Tennis Center had been plagued by rain in the first two years of its existence, but last week, with an adjustment to the schedule, every match in the 32-team tournament was played to completion, with the Stingrays capturing the girls title and the Rams collecting the boys title.

17-Mar-2016
Countdown: Paying Attention to What Is Important
With Signing Day right around the corner, high school senior tennis players have lots on their minds. On and off the court, it can be hard to figure out where to focus. Damon Valentino offers some strategies tennis players can use to pay attention to what is truly important in all facets of life.

14-Mar-2016
PlaySight Hot 100 List - March '16
Today we announce the March edition of the PlaySight Hot 100. The PlaySight Hot 100 features 100 boys and 100 girls who have been playing outstanding tennis. These players have substantially improved their rankings over the past month.

14-Mar-2016
Countdown to Signing Day
If you have checked the recruiting calendar recently, you would know that we are within a month of the beginning of the Spring Signing Period. April 13th is the first day in 2016 when high school seniors will be able to sign their National Letters of Intent - making formal commitments to college tennis programs. As always, TennisRecruiting.net and GAMMA bring you a courtside seat to all the action. Take a look as we preview our special coverage... in the Countdown to Signing Day!

11-Mar-2016
Roundtable: Effects of New Scoring in Division I (Part 2)
College tennis is looking a little different these days. No-ad scoring, a single set for doubles matches and eliminated warm-ups with opponents are just a few of the changes approved by the NCAA to quicken the pace of dual match play. We talk with a set of college coaches about how their players must approach their matches with a different mindset.

10-Mar-2016
Road to Tulsa
With just over two months before this year's NCAA Division I Tennis Championships in Tulsa, Oklahoma, College Tennis Today author Bobby Knight scattershoots across the landscape of men's college tennis - analyzing the contenders and darkhorse teams from the field.

7-Mar-2016
More from LSU Coaches Julia and Mike Sell
Julia and Mike Sell having been working this season as co-head coaches for the LSU women's tennis team, and they have brought a wealth of experience with them. The duo sat down at the ITA Women's Team Indoor Championship at the University of Wisconsin to talk about their upset of Oklahoma State, how tough the SEC conference is, and what they think about the new college tennis match format.

4-Mar-2016
February Aces
Three of the four ITA Team Indoor Champions were first-time winners, but they were not the only new faces among those excelling last month. Two juniors claimed their first titles on the Pro Circuit, while two NCAA champions, in their first full year as professionals, added to their trophy collections.

2-Mar-2016
Julia and Mike Sell Bring Out the Best in LSU
It's not unheard of to have a husband and wife coaching a college tennis team, but the story of Julia and Mike Sell is a very different one. The two took different paths to LSU While Julia was honing her skills as a college assistant, Mike was working with pros and developing USTA juniors. But they both ended up in Baton Rouge, and their story is a great one ...

1-Mar-2016
Reviewing His First Months Leading USTA Player Development with Martin Blackman
Since last April, when the USTA announced his hiring as the new General Manager of Player Development, Martin Blackman has been a busy man. We recently discussed the reorganization of USTA Player Development, changes to junior competition, a new player council, his social media presence, and many other player development topics.

29-Feb-2016
Top Prospects '15-'16 - Spring Edition
Three Star Recruit? Or Four Star? You can find out right now, as The Tennis Recruiting Network proudly presents the Top Prospects for Spring 2016.

26-Feb-2016
Self Confidence - You Got This
Many college coaches would rank self-confidence as one of the most important traits they look for in a recruit. But if we try to put a number or a ranking on a self-confidence scale, it's virtually impossible to do. So how do you demonstrate such an important trait that is so hard to measure?

24-Feb-2016
Conversation with Former Penn State Star Brad Fielding
Penn State University has a storied history when it comes to athletics, with their current chapter in the Big 10 conference starting in 1990. Former Nittany Lion standout Brad Fielding was one of the stalwarts of the tennis program, playing No. 1 in both singles and doubles during his career between 1987 and 1991 while helping lead Penn State into its new conference home. Harry Cicma of NBC Sports got the chance to catch up with Fielding about what college tennis means to him ...

22-Feb-2016
Conversation with Chris Woodruff
Chris Woodruff won the NCAA men's singles title for his hometown Tennessee Volunteers as a sophomore in 1993, then turned pro and surged up to No. 29 in the world on the ATP Tour. Woodruff retired in 2002 and returned to school at Tennessee, where the team wanted him to work with the men's team as a volunteer assistant. Woodruff has been with the program ever since, now holding the title of associate head coach. We talk with Woodruff in the latest edition of Where Are They Now?

18-Feb-2016
Surprising Heels Win First Championship
When the 2016 ITA Men's National Team Indoor Championships got underway last Friday in Charlottesville, Va., it seemed like the matches were a mere formality before the host Virginia Cavaliers were crowned as champions. In the end, ACC rival North Carolina snapped UVa's 140-match win streak to take the title.

15-Feb-2016
PlaySight Hot 100 List - February '16
Today we announce the February edition of the PlaySight Hot 100. The PlaySight Hot 100 features 100 boys and 100 girls who have been playing outstanding tennis. These players have substantially improved their rankings over the past month.

10-Feb-2016
Cal Women Win First ITA National Indoors
When Amanda Augustus us took the helm of the California Bears women's team in 2007, her impact was immediate. She led her team to two NCAA final appearances and two semifinal berths at the ITA Indoors, reaching the top 12 of the rankings every year. The one thing she hadn't brought to Berkeley was a national title - until now.

8-Feb-2016
Roundtable: Effects of New Scoring in Division I (Part 1)
After experimenting with different methods to accelerate the pace of play in college tennis, the NCAA has approved several adjustments to the scoring system in Division I tennis initially proposed by the ITA. No-ad scoring, shortened doubles sets and eliminating formal warm-ups are modifications meant to engage fans and shorten the time student-athletes spend on the court. We talked with a number of college coaches about how these changes impact their preparation.

5-Feb-2016
Fifteen Champions Emerge as January Aces
Whether tournaments were won in South America or Central America, Australia or Europe, or the East or West Coast of the United States, the location was less significant for the fifteen young players below than the fact they’ve kicked off 2016 in the best way possible: as champions.

3-Feb-2016
Step One of the Recruiting Process
Over my many years of involvement with college tennis, I have been consistently asked the same question - what should prospective student-athletes look for when choosing a college? I have thought about this question a lot, and I have come up with a very simple answer: find the university, team, and coach that are the best fit for your goals, philosophy, and experience. That is a simple answer, but as always, the devil is in the details...

1-Feb-2016
Top Women's Classes - 2016 Winter Rankings
Nearly five hundred senior girls - including 91 of the Top 100 - have already signed or verbally committed to college programs. With so many commitments, our Winter Recruiting Class rankings could not be more timely. The Tennis Recruiting Network is proud to present the Top 25 Women's College Tennis Recruiting Classes of 2016.

29-Jan-2016
Andy Brandi on Junior Tennis
When Andy Brandi joined the United States Tennis Association's Player Development staff as a National Coach five years ago, he brought with him nearly every conceivable tennis experience: college tennis player, college coach, WTA touring coach, and tennis academy coach. Colette Lewis of ZooTennis.com got the chance to talk with him last month at the Junior Orange Bowl in Coral Gables, Fla.

28-Jan-2016
ITA Division I Kick-off Weekend Wrapup
A tremendous weekend of college tennis action concluded on Monday afternoon with Columbia winning a thriller over Stanford, so we now know the 32 teams that will be participating in February at the 2016 ITA National Team Indoor Championships. The women's event will be held at the Nielsen Tennis Center in Madison, Wisc., starting February 5, while the men's event starts February 12 at the Boar's Head Sports Club in Charlottesville, Va.

25-Jan-2016
Top Men's Classes - 2016 Winter Rankings
As we move toward the end of January, the senior class of the Class of 2016 has been fully engaged. More that 900 seniors have made commitments to college tennis programs so far, and dozens more are making verbal commitments each and every week. The decision-making will continue, but the end of January is a great time to see where things stand. Today, the Tennis Recruiting Network is excited to bring you its poll of the Top 25 Men's College Tennis Recruiting Classes.

22-Jan-2016
Defending Champion, World No. 1 Target Australian Open Junior Titles
After winning the Australian Open girls title last year unseeded, Tereza Mihalikova returns to Melbourne to defend her title, a rare occurrence in junior tennis. The 17-year-old Slovakian, the only junior slam champion in either of this year's boys and girls fields, has had mixed results since her title last year, winning only four matches in the three junior slams since.

20-Jan-2016
Elizabeth Plotkin's Heart Is Her Guide
Ten years ago, Elizabeth Plotkin of San Francisco was the No. 1 prospect on TennisRecruiting.net. Some thought she would go pro, but she her heart led her to Duke. Four years later, some thought she'd be a great investment banker. For a time she was, but her heart led her again. Plotkin joined Teach for America, and soon found herself teaching in low-achieving, inner-city schools. Todd Holcomb got the chance to catch up with Plotkin in another edition of Where Are They Now?

18-Jan-2016
PlaySight Hot 100 List - January '16
Today we announce the January edition of the PlaySight Hot 100. The PlaySight Hot 100 features 100 boys and 100 girls who have been playing outstanding tennis. These players have substantially improved their rankings over the past month.

15-Jan-2016
Eight Intriguing Questions for 2016
Another year... and another edition of "Intriguing Questions" from columnist Colette Lewis. Today, Colette poses eight queries about junior and college tennis for 2016.

11-Jan-2016
Learning from Lendl
During his Hall of Fame career, eight-time slam champion Ivan Lendl was known for his lethal forehand, his fitness, his preparation, and his single-minded pursuit of tennis excellence. With a stern and often forbidding presence on the court, Lendl, now 55, has made a markedly different impression on the seven junior boys he is working with as a USTA coaching consultant.

8-Jan-2016
Californians Failla and Huang Take 18s Titles
A pair of Californians - Jessica Failla of Ramona and Austen Huang of Elk Grove - won their first national singles titles on Jan. 2 at the USTA National Winter Championships in Mesa, Ariz. Failla, a freshman at Southern Cal, defeated Alyvia Jones of Midland, Mich., 6-3 6-1 in the girls 18 final. Huang, the No. 8 boys seed, didn't have a set closer than 6-3 until the final, where he defeated No. 1 seed William Genesen of Tulsa, Okla., 6-3, 0-6, 6-1 for the boys title.

7-Jan-2016
Top-seeded Choy Wins Girls 16s Winter Nationals
Sara Choy may be small in stature, but her game is quite big. The diminutive, 4-foot-11 inch, 100-pounder won her first gold ball on Saturday in the USTA Winter National Championship in Scottsdale, Arizona with a comfortable 6-4; 6-4 win over Hannah Zhao in the Girls 16s singles final.

7-Jan-2016
Sixth-seeded Alshon Wins 16s Winter Nationals
Boca Raton's Christian Alshon hadn't lost a set throughout the USTA Winter National Boys 16s Championships in Arizona. That was until he faced the top-seeded Carson Haskins in the title match at Scottsdale Ranch Park in Scottsdale. The two split the first two sets, 6-4 and Alshon trailed 5-4 in the third set before he held serve and went on to close out the match winning the final three games to secure his first ever gold ball at nationals in singles.

6-Jan-2016
First-time Champions Jackson, Canete Take 14s
The USTA National Winter Boys and Girls 14 singles titles were captured by first-time Gold Ball winners. Tenth-seeded Ryder Jackson of Nicasio, Calif., emerged as the boys champion. Mae Fmar Canete, the No. 3 seed from Los Angeles, earned the top prize in the girls event.

5-Jan-2016
Basavareddy, Canete Strike Gold in 12s
The 12s champions of the 2016 Winter Nationals share a few things in common: Nishesh Basavareddy and Christine Canete were each seeded third and upset higher ranked players. Each player has a sibling who played in the 14s division, and both have Southern California roots. And of course, they now both own USTA gold balls. Basavareddy earned his first gold by beating top seed Samuel Landau 6-7(1), 6-1, 6-2, and Canete beat second seed Katrina Scott 6-2, 6-2.

4-Jan-2016
Top Prospect Spring Ratings Period Starts This Week
Twice a year, TennisRecruiting.net updates its Top Prospect ratings - sometimes known as "The Stars". Our next update to the Top Prospects comes in March - and those ratings will be based on players' highest rankings during the next eight weeks - from the week of January 4 to the week of February 22, 2016. We invite players to review their player records to ensure accurate ratings.

4-Jan-2016
Winter Nationals Week
Many of the top American junior tennis players were in Arizona this past week in pursuit of gold balls. All week long, Tennis Recruiting and Van Der Meer Academy celebrate the winners of the USTA National Winter Championships. Take a look at our schedule, as we celebrate Winter Nationals Week.

1-Jan-2016
Florida Champions Dominate Final Aces of 2015
The final month of the year may be short on professional tennis, but it's long on the junior variety, with three major events in Florida for 12s, 14s, 16s and 18s age divisions. With one exception, all of last month's aces are the champions of the Eddie Herr International, the Metropolia Orange Bowl and the Junior Orange Bowl.

30-Dec-2015
Ukrainian Girls Sweep Junior Orange Bowl Titles; Tirante, Wang Win Boys Championships
The 2015 junior tennis season wrapped up last week at the 54th annual Junior Orange Bowl in Miami, with historic firsts for three of the four champions. When Marta Kostyuk won the Girls 14s title and Dasha Lopatetska won the Girls 12s title, they entered the tournament's record books as the first champions from Ukraine, while Boys 12s champion Xiaofei Wang is the first champion from China at the prestigious international event.

28-Dec-2015
Roundtable: When to Take Recruiting Trips (Part 2)
Last month, we talked with college coaches about when recruits should plan their unofficial and official visits. Today, we engage several more college coaches to get their takes on the matter. Our panel takes on the question: When is the best time for students to take their recruiting trips? Are players that don't go during their junior years at a disadvantage?

21-Dec-2015
What Can You Control?
Junior tennis players looking to play college tennis work hard on and off the court, and most of them set lofty goals for achievement. But are they focusing on the right goals? Are these areas where you truly have control? Choosing the wrong goals can sap momentum and damage your confidence as well. It is important to pick specific things that are 100% in your control ... and make those your focus.

18-Dec-2015
Second Orange Bowl Title for Andreescu, Kecmanovic Claims Boys Championship
Rain early in the tournament and on the final day made the 2015 Metropolia Orange Bowl tough on players and officials alike, but when the final point was played after dark last Sunday, No. 9 seeds Bianca Andreescu of Canada and Miomir Kecmanovic of Serbia had claimed their first Grade A titles.

16-Dec-2015
Three Things We Wish You Knew About Recruit Videos
The recruiting process can be confusing - with countless rules about what recruits can do and when. At High-Tech Tennis, we are very close to the junior tennis scene, and we are excited to share three things we wish you knew about recruit videos.

14-Dec-2015
Prince Hot 100 List - December '15
Today we announce the December edition of the Prince Hot 100. The Prince Hot 100 features 100 boys and 100 girls who have been playing outstanding tennis. These players have substantially improved their rankings over the past month.

11-Dec-2015
McKenzie, Auger-Aliassime Make Dramatic Runs to Eddie Herr ITF Titles
Both Kylie McKenzie and Felix Auger Aliassime were a point from being eliminated from the Eddie Herr Grade 1 ITF tournament in the third round, but when the warm and sunny week at the IMG Academy came to a close, the winners' trophies belonged to them.

7-Dec-2015
Clay Thompson: One Year After UCLA
Former UCLA standout Clay Thompson ended his first full year on the professional circuit with a semifinal finish at the JSM Champaign Challenger, but the year had started quite differently. Thompson learned that life on the tour was nothing like it had been playing college tennis.

4-Dec-2015
Former College Stars Make Noise
Former college stars made some noise on the professional circuit in November, with one winning an Australian Open main draw wild card, while US girls swept titles at the big ITF junior events in Mexico. With the final major of the ITA fall season, along with professional success for juniors, a total of 14 players added to their career highlights last month.

2-Dec-2015
Willing Way
After hitting with one of my players who made a series of bad decisions, I contemplated why we so often try to impose our will. In both life and tennis, it is not about imposing your will - but rather about what you are willing to do. We are not privileged enough to force a win, force a shot or force a point on the courts. Tennis, like life, is about discipline, doing the right things, and ultimately suffering to reach our goals and aspirations.

30-Nov-2015
Roundtable: When to Take Recruiting Trips
Visiting colleges and meeting potential coaches and teammates is vital in painting a realistic picture of student-athlete life. But when should players arrive on campus for a test run? The answer has changed dramatically over the past decade. We put the question to our panel: When is the best time for students to take their recruiting trips? Are players that don't go during their junior years at a disadvantage?

27-Nov-2015
Defending champion Galfi, Ruud Lead Eddie Herr ITF Fields
Since winning last year's Eddie Herr title as a 16-year-old, Dalma Galfi of Hungary has reached the semifinals of the Australian Open Junior Championships, won the Wimbledon girls doubles title, the US Open girls championship and two ITF Women's Circuit titles in Australia. All that success has given her a shot at ending 2015 as the ITF Junior World Champion, so she will return to defend her title next week in Bradenton, Florida.

25-Nov-2015
Laaksonen the Winner at 20th Champaign Challenger
Singles winner Henri Laaksonen and doubles champions David O'Hare and Joe Salisbury had plenty to celebrate on Saturday as they took the top prizes at the USTA JSM Champaign pro circuit event, but they weren't the only ones cheering. The Challenger celebrated its 20th year, making it one of the longest running tournaments of its kind in the country.

23-Nov-2015
Krajicek's Climb
There's been nothing meteoric about Austin Krajicek's climb into the ATP Top 100. The 25-year-old Floridian has methodically advanced in the rankings since 2011, when he embarked on a pro career after his final season of eligibility at Texas A&M, reaching the elite level of professional tennis for the first time last month. Colette Lewis of ZooTennis.com caught up with Krajicek last week in Illinois.

20-Nov-2015
Matching Up: A New Way to Think About College Tennis Lineups
I have been a sports fan ever since I can remember, and a tennis fan since my teens, but my interest in college tennis is much more recent. With that in mind, I have never shared the outrage directed at coaches who "stack" their lineups. Since time devoted to lineup challenges and protest hearings is better spent elsewhere, here is my proposal for a radical change in how lineups are set in college tennis ...

16-Nov-2015
Prince Hot 100 List - November '15
Today we announce the November edition of the Prince Hot 100. The Prince Hot 100 features 100 boys and 100 girls who have been playing outstanding tennis. These players have substantially improved their rankings over the past month.

13-Nov-2015
Fall Signing Week '15: Keys to Success in Recruiting
I have been in the sports recruiting business for about six years now, and over the years I have seen some players successful in recruiting while others have struggled. The difference between those who end up playing college tennis and those who do not is not always who is a better player - but often who is willing to work harder and smarter than their competition. Check out my keys to success in the recruiting process.

13-Nov-2015
Fall Signing Week '15: College Tennis - Pathway to Pro Tennis
With their recent success on the professional tours, former college stars such as Kevin Anderson, Jon Isner, Steve Johnson and Irina Falconi are showing that college tennis is a very viable pathway to professional tennis success. Current college stars and professional greats give their opinions on how college tennis has shaped their athletic careers.

10-Nov-2015
Fall Signing Week '15: Freshmen to Watch in D-III Tennis
Tomorrow is Signing Day, when players can sign NLI contracts with NCAA Division I or II schools. Division III athletics is different in that there are no formal athletic scholarships, but recruiting in D-III is similar in that hundreds of high school players are committing to D-III programs even as we speak. Our friends at Division3Tennis.com take a look at last year's recruits - and how they will fit into their teams as freshmen in 2015-16.

10-Nov-2015
Fall Signing Week '15: National Recruiting Roundup
Yesterday, we looked at the Blue Chips. Today, we hear from seniors around the country who plan to sign NLIs during Signing Week - which officially begins tomorrow. Take a look at what they had to say... in our National Recruiting Roundup.

9-Nov-2015
Fall Signing Week '15: Playing Your Best Tennis for Coaches
The more something means to players, the more pressure they put on themselves to succeed. One of the most uncomfortable moments for aspiring college tennis players is competing in front of college coaches. To avoid underperforming, athletes need to focus on enjoying their time on the court the most. Here are a few tips to help players start the process ...

9-Nov-2015
Fall Signing Week '15: Overview and Blue Chip Update
The time has come. The time is now. Today, The Tennis Recruiting Network kicks off its coverage of Signing Week 2015, and our slate of articles is ready to go. Lots of articles, and lots of commitment announcements. Lots of what you want. We kick things off today with one final look at the Blue Chip boys and girls.

6-Nov-2015
US Boys Dominate October Aces
American boys have been the talk of tennis over the summer, with three of the 17-year-olds capturing titles last month on the ATP Challenger and ITF Men's Pro Circuit. Adding in the ITA All-American winners, as well as other juniors taking pro titles, puts the number of top performers in October at 14.

5-Nov-2015
Countdown: Differences in Recruiting Men and Women
College tennis coaches must be adept at finding talent to fill their rosters. Perhaps the coaches with the most difficult tasks are those that direct both women's and men's teams. We put the question to our panel of coaches: What are the main differences between recruiting for a men's program and a women's program? Do you sell your school differently depending on the gender of the recruit?

2-Nov-2015
Countdown: Avoiding Senioritis After Committing
There's no vaccine for senioritis, which makes it all the more imperative you take preventative measures against it. NCSA Athletic Recruiting gives tips on how to do just that.

31-Oct-2015
ImRecruitable College Training Day and Showcase
ImRecruitable will once again host its largest recruiting event of the year. The College Training Day and Showcase will be held at Sunrise Tennis Club in Sunrise, Fla., on Dec 2 and 3, 2015. These events allow players the opportunity to gain maximum exposure and networking with college coaches that can lead directly to scholarship opportunities.

29-Oct-2015
Countdown: College Tennis Returns Leaders of Tomorrow
College tennis has a storied history of producing athletes that have gone on to achieve great success in the professional ranks. But it's not just on the courts where former college tennis players shine. Take a look around at some of the biggest companies and organizations in the world, and more times than not you'll find that the Chief Executive Officer and other senior leaders have a tennis - and more specifically a college tennis - background.

26-Oct-2015
Countdown: Checking In with Jamie Hunt
Jamie Hunt was ranked as high as No. 2 by TennisRecruiting.net when he signed with Georgia in 2006. Hunt won the U.S. Open Junior doubles title and is the only junior player in history to win the Easter Bowl doubles titles in the 14s, 16s and 18s. Today he is Associate Head Coach of Men's Tennis at Vanderbilt. We caught up with Hunt in the latest edition of Where Are They Now?

23-Oct-2015
Countdown: Blue Chip Boys
Today we visit with the senior Blue Chip boys to find out where they are in the college recruiting process. How many have decided? Which players are still wide open? And are any of them leaning towards your favorite school? Find out now...

22-Oct-2015
Wild Card Holt Sweeps Boys Titles, Day Wins Girls Singles Championship at ITF Pan American Closed
Southern Californians Brandon Holt and Kayla Day undoubtedly felt at home with the weather for the ITF Grade B1 Pan American last week in Tulsa. With cloudless skies and warm temperatures providing an ideal backdrop, Holt and Day rolled into the final weekend. The weather cooled, but the pair stayed hot, with Holt defeating unseeded JJ Wolf 6-1, 6-7(5), 6-0 and No. 2 seed Day downing No. 9 seed Kelly Chen 6-4, 6-1, securing the first ITF Grade 1 titles for both.

19-Oct-2015
Prince Hot 100 List - October '15
Today we announce the October edition of the Prince Hot 100. The Prince Hot 100 features 100 boys and 100 girls who have been playing outstanding tennis. These players have substantially improved their rankings over the past month.

16-Oct-2015
Countdown: Blue Chip Girls
We wrap up our first week of the Countdown to Signing Day with a look at the top girls in the senior class. This year's Blue Chip recruits talked with us about their decision process. Some have made verbal commitments, most have confirmed or taken their official visits, and some are still wide open. Take a look and see where things stand...

15-Oct-2015
Countdown: Should my Application Essay Include Tennis?
It's that time of year when high school seniors are preparing their college applications. One of the most important pieces you'll enclose in that packet is your application essay. As a junior tennis player, the sport has become a huge part of your life. It was certainly the main focus when you were writing to coaches and telling them how much you want to be on their teams, but does it belong in the college application essay?

9-Oct-2015
Countdown to Signing Day
We are now just a little over a month away from Signing Day. November 11th is the first day of the one-week fall signing period, the only opportunity this calendar year for seniors to sign a National Letter of Intent with a Division I or Division II school. As always, The Tennis Recruiting Network and GAMMA are here to keep you up to date on all the happenings.

7-Oct-2015
USTA Adds Brad Stine to National Collegiate Coaching Staff
Brad Stine has coached tennis for 30 years, and he was recently appointed as the newest member of the USTA Player Development's collegiate division. Colette Lewis of ZooTennis.com recently talked with Stine about many topics - including the reasons he decided to pursue coaching, the five requirements for success as a pro, the value of the college pathway and the ITF's push for more prize money at the lower levels.

5-Oct-2015
An Overview of Ratings and Rankings
Tennis Recruiting is a website that rates and ranks junior tennis players, and because of that, we field many questions about how to interpret our lists. Questions like, "Are rankings better than ratings? Which is more important?" Or, "Since your system ranks by graduation year, are you able to compare players from different classes?" This article addresses the simple distinction between ratings and rankings.

2-Oct-2015
September Aces Feature in US Open and Other Pro Tournaments
School is back in session and several of last month's aces returned to college with hardware to add to their trophy cases. Juniors also excelled, both at the US Open and in smaller professional events around the world.

28-Sep-2015
The Buckeye Tree of College Tennis Coaches
The Ohio State University tennis program has produced some of the most successful collegiate players in the nation - but they have also produced some outstanding coaches. The "Buckeye Tree" of coaches can be traced back to one man, Ty Tucker, who has been the Buckeyes Head Men's Tennis Coach since 1999 and Director of Tennis since 2012.

26-Sep-2015
TennisRecruiting.net International Junior Tennis Showcase Series
Rick Workman, USPTA, who has served as tournament director for the Eddie Herr, Little Mo, and Pan Am ITF Junior Championships, announces the creation of three new international junior tennis tournaments to begin this December in South Florida: The TennisRecruiting.net International Showcase Series.

25-Sep-2015
UCLA Sweeps Titles at American Collegiate Invitational
The second annual American Collegiate Invitational, held in the final days of the US Open Championships, had more than its share of weather issues and UCLA Bruins. The women's final, with Robin Anderson defeating Chanelle Van Nguyen 6-4, 6-4, was an all-UCLA contest finished indoors, while Mackenzie McDonald managed a 6-2, 7-5 victory in the final over Vanderbilt's Gonzales Austin, the only non-Bruin to reach either final.

23-Sep-2015
Billie Jean King on American Junior and College Tennis
Tennis legend Billie Jean King has never been shy about voicing her opinions on American tennis. Any complaints she registers usually come with suggested solutions. Contributor Marcia Frost sat down with King to discuss the future of tennis - with a focus on American junior and college tennis - during the celebration of the 40th anniversary of Mylan World TeamTennis in August.

22-Sep-2015
Roundtable: The Dos and Don'ts of Recruiting Videos
For most junior tennis players, the recruiting process involves some savvy self-marketing. In addition to reaching out to coaches via phone and email or seeking them out during a summer national event, many athletes opt to send out a recruiting video to show off their skills. We asked our panel of coaches: What are you looking for in a recruiting video? How can players best portray themselves in a short clip?

18-Sep-2015
Fritz Tops Paul to Earn US Open Boys Title
Top seed Taylor Fritz came through in his last opportunity to win a junior slam in yet another boys major dominated by Americans, while No. 2 seed Dalma Galfi of Hungary became the first from her country to take home the winner's trophy at the US Open Junior Championships last week at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.

16-Sep-2015
Revisiting the US Open Forecast
The US Open is the premiere event on American soil, and so Tennis Recruiting pulled out its heat maps once again to forecast the tournament. There were lots of upsets (Wait, Serena lost?), but let's take a look at how our predictions played out...

15-Sep-2015
Conversation With Former NCAA Champion Jeff Morrison
Jeff Morrison was a strong junior player - but he was never in contention for a USTA junior national title. After committing to the University of Florida and playing No. 4 as a freshman, Morrison overcame injury his sophomore year and won the NCAA singles title over Harvard's James Blake - followed by a seven-year professional career where he achieved a world ranking of No. 85. We catch up with Morrison in our latest "Where Are They Now" article...

14-Sep-2015
Prince Hot 100 List - September '15
Today we announce the September edition of the Prince Hot 100. The Prince Hot 100 features 100 boys and 100 girls who have been playing outstanding tennis. These players have substantially improved their rankings over the past month.

10-Sep-2015
The Marathon Mentality: Developing a Mentally Tough Tennis Player
To achieve real results, junior tennis players need to change and enhance their overall mentality. I often tell my tennis players that success is not a sprint - but rather a marathon.

9-Sep-2015
College and Junior Players Give it a Try at US Open
The USTA gave out quite a few wildcards this year to junior and former college players. Those players joined some veterans of college tennis in the main draws at the US Open.

8-Sep-2015
World TeamTennis at 40: Supporting Junior and College Players
It's been 40 years since Billie Jean and Larry King launched World TeamTennis - an unusual team tennis concept that would bring together men and women in a fun, yet competitive, atmosphere. WTT, which has been sponsored by Mylan since 2012, has been an especially popular launching pad for top juniors and players just out of college who are looking to make their way into the pros.

7-Sep-2015
Former College Players Headline August Aces
With one exception, the dozen aces below don't include the USTA National Champions, who had articles devoted to their titles during Championship Week here at the Tennis Recruiting Network. Let's take a look at the achievements of other junior and college players from the last month.

5-Sep-2015
Forecasting the US Open Juniors
The US Open Juniors start Sunday, and Tennis Recruiting is here with another set of Heat Maps. We once again use the power ratings that power our head-to-head rankings to forecast the junior major on US soil. Check out projections for every player in the draws...

3-Sep-2015
USTA's New Initiative Aims to Reach Hispanics
The USTA's new leader, Katrina Adams, is reaching out to the Hispanic community, telling them tennis is a lifetime sport - and that college scholarships should be a goal for junior players. Adams may have only started serving her two-year term as USTA Chairman of the Board, CEO and President on Jan. 1, 2015, but her first major initiative has the potential to change the face of tennis forever.

1-Sep-2015
Kalinskaya Sweeps International Hard Courts Titles Again; Auger Aliassime Takes Boys Championship
A veteran and a newcomer were the stars of last week's ITF Grade 1 International Hard Court Championships, with top seed Anna Kalinskaya of Russia defending her title with a 6-4, 7-6(3) win over No. 2 seed Tereza Mihalikova of Slovakia, and No. 7 seed Felix Auger Aliassime defeating No. 15 seed Denis Shapovalov 6-2, 7-6(6) in an all-Canadian final at the Junior Tennis Champions Center in College Park, Maryland.

31-Aug-2015
Tennis Recruiting Welcomes the Class of 2022
As summer draws to a close, things are gearing up at the Tennis Recruiting Network. This week marks the beginning of the 2015-16 year. Last week we said our goodbyes to the Class of 2015, and this week we officially welcome the Class of 2022. A brand new crop of sixth graders officially joins our rankings starting tomorrow.

30-Aug-2015
US Open Qualifiers Include College and Junior Players
The US Open Qualifying event has not received the recognition it should over the years. That changed this year - as nearly 47,000 attended the free event over a four-day period. Those who did come to the USTA Billie Jean King Tennis Center were treated to top notch tennis from both veterans and rising stars.

28-Aug-2015
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.

27-Aug-2015
Best Wishes, Class of 2015
The high school Class of 2015 had their ceremonies back in June - and many of those young men and women are now heading off to college. Today is the day that the Tennis Recruiting Network bids them farewell. This week's rankings are our final edition for the 2014-15 year - and the final rankings for the outgoing Class of 2015.

21-Aug-2015
Bobby Reynolds Starts New Chapter at Oklahoma
A stellar playing career at Vanderbilt prepared Bobby Reynolds for a successful decade on the ATP tour. Now he is returning to college tennis - this time as a coach. Reynolds is joining men's head coach John Roddick as his assistant at the University of Oklahoma.

19-Aug-2015
Roundtable: Division II Tennis
As a student-athlete navigates the recruiting process, he or she may not find the ideal combination of tennis and academics at a Division I university. In those cases, looking into Division II programs may be a logical next step. We put the question to a number of D-II coaches: What are some advantages of Division II tennis? What are some of the key differences of Division II athletics? What are some common misconceptions? Which players thrive in the Division II environment?

18-Aug-2015
Smrikva Bowl - and Junior Tennis - a Decade Later
At the turn of the century, an international union was formed that didn't get worldwide recognition. Carol Weyman, now Vice President of the Maureen Connolly Brinker Foundation, most known for the 'Little Mo' tournaments, and Miodrag Bozovic, tournament director of the Smrikva Bowl, formed a bond across the ocean between the two premier 10-and-under programs in the world. Marcia Frost looks back on the ten-year history of the relationship.

17-Aug-2015
Prince Hot 100 List - August '15
Today we announce the August edition of the Prince Hot 100. The Prince Hot 100 features 100 boys and 100 girls who have been playing outstanding tennis. These players have substantially improved their rankings over the past month.

15-Aug-2015
Revisiting the USTA Nationals Forecast
For the second time in as many national championship events, Tennis Recruiting put out heat maps forecasting last week's USTA National Championships. We put our rankings on the line - making predictions about how the tournaments would play out. It's time to take another look at those predictions to see how we did...

14-Aug-2015
Tiafoe Outlasts Kozlov to Claim 18s Title
Upsets were as rare as rain drops during the ten days of the USTA Boys 18s Nationals at Kalamazoo College's Stowe Stadium, with seven of the top eight seeds reaching the quarterfinals. After nine days of mostly expected results, the final delivered more than four hours of excitement and drama with top seed Frances Tiafoe defeating No. 3 seed Stefan Kozlov 6-2, 6-4, 4-6, 4-6, 6-4 to claim the championship and the US Open main draw wild card that accompanies it.

14-Aug-2015
Kenin Returns, Finishes the Job at Girls 18s
Sofia Kenin was devastated last year when she lost in the semifinals of the USTA Girls 18s Nationals. She realized how close she came to receiving a coveted wild card into the main draw of the U.S. Open women's singles event. Kenin, 16, returned this year determined to be focused, and the No. 3 seeded Kenin of Pembroke Pines, Fla., outlasted top-seeded Tornado Alicia Black of Boca Raton, Fla., 6-2, 5-7, 7-5 to capture the singles title in San Diego.

13-Aug-2015
Kypson Rebounds from Surgery to Claim 16s Title
A ruptured appendix just two months ago isn't exactly ideal preparation for the major national summer tournaments, but Patrick Kypson's rapid recovery was in evidence when he sailed through the draw without dropping a set to capture the USTA Boys 16 National Championship at Kalamazoo College's Stowe Stadium. The 15-year-old from Greenville, North Carolina, seeded third, defeated No. 4 seed Alexandre Rotsaert 6-3, 6-3 in the championship match.

13-Aug-2015
Unseeded Desiatnikov Wins Girls 16 Nationals
Because she entered the tournament as an unseeded player, it was understandable to overlook Abigail Desiatnikov as a serious threat at the 2015 USTA Girls 16 Nationals. Desiatnikov certainly didn't see it that way, and the 14-year-old Atlanta resident capped a brilliant performance stretched over seven matches when she defeated 15th-seeded Whitney Osuigwe 6-1, 7-6 (2) on Saturday to capture the Girls 16s Nationals.

12-Aug-2015
Nathan Han Wins USTA Boys 14 Nationals
Nathan Han is now the proud owner of a USTA Gold Ball. The Tulsa, Okla., resident captured the coveted top singles prize of the USTA Boys 14 National Championships Aug. 8 at McFarlin Tennis Center. The fourth-seeded Han beat No. 5 Ronan Jachuck of Boca Raton, Fla. 6-3, 4-6, 7-5 in a two-and-a-half hour battle in the San Antonio heat.

12-Aug-2015
Volynets Wins Another Gold Ball in Georgia at 14s
Georgia has been good to California's Katie Volynets. A year ago, the 13-year-old from Walnut Grove won the USTA Girls 12 Nationals in Alpharetta, Ga., to claim her first national title. Now, Volynets has won her second gold ball, also in Georgia. She defeated Naomi Cheong of Las Vegas 6-3, 6-1 on Aug. 7 to win the USTA Girls 14 National Championships at Peachtree City Tennis Center.

11-Aug-2015
Saud Alhogbani Wins Second Consecutive Gold
Saud Alhogbani's strategy in every tennis match is simple: give each point 100 percent, try to get everything back in play, and be aggressive when the opportunity arises. Superb execution earned the Blue Chip athlete from Alexandria, Va., the singles gold ball at the 2015 Boys 12s National Hard Court Championships in North Little Rock, Arkansas, defeating No. 5 seed Benjamin Kittay of Potomac, Md., 6-3, 6-0 in the final.

11-Aug-2015
Family Effort Propels Yanez to USTA Girls 12 Title
Sarasota, Fla., resident Nikki Yanez claimed her first national championship this past week at the USTA Girls 12 Nationals in Alpharetta, Ga. She wanted to improve on her performance at the Clay Court Championships, and she did just that - winning the title 7-5, 7-6 at the Windward Lake Club over No. 5 seed Rachel Arbitman of Hewlett, N.Y.

10-Aug-2015
Hard Court Championship Week
The USTA National Championships have now concluded - and gold balls have been awarded to your latest national champions. All week long, TennisRecruiting.net and Van Der Meer Academy celebrate these winners - from the East Coast to the West Coast - with coverage of the Nationals. Enjoy the 2015 edition of Championship Week.

7-Aug-2015
Conversation With Former NCAA Champion Amanda McDowell
Atlanta native Amanda McDowell was the NCAA women's singles champion in 2008 as a sophomore. Injuries dogged her during the final two years of her college career, but she had two more productive years at Georgia Tech and made a nice go of it on the pro tour, getting as high as No. 450 in the world before calling it a career in 2012. Todd Holcomb caught up with McDowell - who has since moved from the tennis court to the court of law.

6-Aug-2015
Why Junior Tennis Players Keep Failing
One of the biggest questions junior tennis players and parents who have not had mental training is, "Why is their training and hard work not transferring into more wins?" Patrick Albam of SPMI takes on this question...

5-Aug-2015
Dynasty Building - NAIA Style - at Georgia Gwinnett College
The word "dynasty" isn't thrown around loosely in sports. One would hesitate in using the word dynasty to describe an upstart tennis program at an NAIA school in the suburbs of Atlanta. But the Georgia Gwinnett College tennis teams delivered the school its first-ever national titles in any sport with both the Men's and Women's NAIA National Championship titles in 2014, and the men repeated in dominating fashion in May, 2015.

4-Aug-2015
SoCal is Back on Top at USTA Boys 18 Team Championships
From 2004 to 2009, the Southern California section ruled the USTA Boys 18 National Team Championships, but they haven t held the trophy again since - until this year. USTA SoCal defeated the top-ranked Eastern squad 5-2 to take the title.

3-Aug-2015
July Aces Take Center Stage at Wimbledon, Davis Cup
From Wimbledon and Davis Cup to Evansville, Indiana and Godfrey, Illinois, the hard work of winning takes place on tennis stages big and small, as these 14 competitors demonstrated last month.

1-Aug-2015
Forecasting the USTA National Championships
We had so much fun with the Clay Courts that we decided to do it all again. The USTA National Championships start today all around the country, and Tennis Recruiting once again forecasts the tournament with its Heat Maps - showing predictings for every player in the draws. Let's take a look at the best players in American junior tennis...

31-Jul-2015
Junior Slam Champions, World No. 1 Junior Headline Kalamazoo Field
French Open boys champion Tommy Paul, Wimbledon boys champion Reilly Opelka and Taylor Fritz, the International Tennis Federation's No. 1 junior, are competing this year in the 73rd edition of the USTA Boys Nationals in Kalamazoo, but the strength of the field is such that none of the three will be the top seed in the 18s division.

28-Jul-2015
Prince Hot 100 List - July '15
Today we announce the July edition of the Prince Hot 100. The Prince Hot 100 features 100 boys and 100 girls who have been playing outstanding tennis. These players have substantially improved their rankings over the past month.

25-Jul-2015
Analysis of Junior Ratings and Rankings
The Tennis Recruiting ranking system provides a predictive measure of junior tennis players. For the recent Clay Court Championships, our rankings correctly predicted 77.2% of the match results. So - is that a good number? This article compares the Tennis Recruiting ranking system with other junior tennis ranking and rating systems.

25-Jul-2015
Revisiting the Clay Court Forecast
Before the USTA Clay Court Championships began, Tennis Recruiting put out heat maps forecasting the chances players had to make runs through the tournament. So, how did we do? Let's take a look now that the tournaments are complete...

24-Jul-2015
Riffice Pulls Through to Claim Gold in Boys 18s
A seven-hour rain delay and a few rounds of pickle ball may have saved Sam Riffice in the boys' 18s final of the USTA National Clay Court Championships. Riffice trailed 5-1 in the first set of the title match against fellow Boca Raton resident Alexandre Rotsaert before a downpour forced the competitors off the court. When the pair returned Riffice rallied for a 7-6 (5); 6-3 victory for the first gold ball of his career.

24-Jul-2015
Ellyse Hamlin Wins Singles, Doubles in Girls 18s
Ellyse Hamlin has some glittering hardware on display at her home in Fairfield, Conn. Hamlin captured the gold balls of the singles and doubles events at the USTA Girls 18 Clay Courts Championships at The Racquet Club of Memphis. The sixth-seeded Hamlin beat No. 17 Kaitlyn McCarthy of Cary, N.C., 6-7 (8), 6-1, 7-5 in a three-hour singles battle. Hamlin and teamed with Katharine Fahey of Fair Haven, N.J., to claim the doubles title.

23-Jul-2015
Danny Thomas Wins Boys 16s in South Florida
It wasn't until four years ago that Danny "DJ" Thomas first started taking tennis seriously. Now the talented 15-year-old is taking the sport by storm - literally. Thomas, of Columbus, OH, won his first gold ball in singles as he captured the Boys 16s USTA National Clay Court Championships with a 6-2; 6-4 win over Aleks Huryn (Alpharetta, GA) at the Boca West Country Club.

23-Jul-2015
Noel Sweeps Through Draw to Claim Girls 14 Clays
As the USTA Girls 14 National Clay Court Championships kicked off at the Frank Veltri Tennis Center in Plantation, Fla., the future stars of the game showed off their talent with intense competition. And when the clay court dust had finally settled, new singles and doubles champions had been crowned. In singles, top seed Alexa Noel charged her way through the draw with ease, dropping only one set the entire week before eventually defeating Hailey Baptiste in the final.

22-Jul-2015
Martinelli Takes 16s Title in Virginia Beach
Samantha Martinelli usually enjoys clay-court tennis about as much as swimmers and surfers enjoy seeing a shark's fin in the coastal Virginia water. But with smart preparation, the Denver Blue Chip recruit navigated her way through a draw of 192 to capture the title at the USTA Girls' 16 National Clay Court Championships.

22-Jul-2015
William Grant Takes Control of Boys 14s
Will Grant was the No. 7 seed seeking his first singles national title, but the Santa Barbara, Calif., teenager didn't doubt he could get it done last week at the USTA Boys 14 Clay Court Championships in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Grant won three three-set matches and beat two higher-seeded players - including No. 4 JT Brooksby of Carmichael, Calif., 7-6 (2), 6-3 in the final - to win the title at the Jimmy Evert Tennis Center.

21-Jul-2015
Saud Alhogbani Wins USTA Boys 12 Clays
Twelfth-seeded Saud Alhogbani won the singles title of the USTA Boys 12 Clay Court Championships with a 6-1, 6-4 victory over No. 4 Karl Lee on July 18 at Hanes Park-Joe White Tennis Center. Alhogbani, who hails from Alexandria, Va., captured the coveted gold ball by knocking off four higher-seeded players in the process.

21-Jul-2015
Kalieva Upsets Top Seed in Three Sets in 12s
Elvina Kalieva earned her first USTA Gold Ball at the Girls 12s National Clay Court Championships on a sunny Saturday morning. Kalieva, the No. 9 seed, won five three-set matches during the tournament - four where she lost the first set. The championship match against top-seeded Charlotte Owensby was no different, where she pulled out a thrilling 1-6, 6-4, 6-3 victory against the local favorite.

20-Jul-2015
Clay Court Championship Week
Last week, the USTA Clay Court Championships took place throughout the Southeast - in Florida, Tennessee, North Carolina, and Virginia. This week at the website is all about the Clay Courts. TennisRecruiting.net and Van Der Meer Academy have roundups of all eight age divisions - from the Boys' 12s to the Girls' 18s. Meet the latest gold ball winners... in Clay Court Championship Week.

17-Jul-2015
Opelka Captures Wimbledon Boys Final, Zhuk Takes Girls Championship
Reilly Opelka of the United States and Sofya Zhuk of Russia were unseeded novices at the 2015 Wimbledon Junior Championships, yet their lack of experience on one of tennis's grandest stages proved no impediment, with both leaving London with Wimbledon titles.

14-Jul-2015
Introduction to Junior Tennis Rankings
There are many ranking and rating systems in junior tennis - systems that assign values to players for purposes of comparing them. Each system has different properties and goals. Each system also has its followers, and there are arguments about which systems are "best". But what does "best" mean? This article opens a discussion about the various ranking systems in American junior tennis today.

13-Jul-2015
Roundtable: How To Spend Your Summer (Part 2)
Unlike many college sports, which feature dedicated off-seasons during the year, tennis has very few built-in breaks. As such, it can be tempting for collegiate players to either undertrain or overtrain when away from their coaches and teammates during the summer - both of which can set a student-athlete up for failure when the fall tournament season rolls around. We asked our panel of coaches how they want their players to approach their time away from school.

10-Jul-2015
Forecasting the USTA Clay Court Nationals
With the USTA Clay Court Nationals starting tomorrow, it's time to peer into the crystal ball and forecast how the tournament might play out. Tennis Recruiting makes use of the power ratings behind its rankings to show predictions for every player in the draws. Check out the first-ever projections for a junior tournament...

8-Jul-2015
Larry Ellison Puts Plans in Motion to Build a Tennis Academy on Lana'i
Lana'i City, Hawaii is 4,700 miles due west of Orlando, Fla. While the USTA is constructing a $60 million facility with 100 courts in the Lake Nona area of Orlando to be the "New Home for American Tennis", Oracle co-founder and chairman, Larry Ellison, has plans of his own to make a Hawaiian island best known for pineapples the next big thing for American tennis.

6-Jul-2015
Kopinski Twins Finish with Illini and Take to the Circuit
Twins playing college tennis is certainly not unusual. The Bryans made their mark on Stanford and the Thompsons at Notre Dame, just to name two. What is out of the ordinary is twins playing for the same school, but not on the same team. Melissa and Tim Kopinski just finished four strong years on the University of Illinois' women's and men's teams, respectively. They sat down to talk about how they ended up playing for the Illini and what's next for them.

5-Jul-2015
Why Tennis is the Overall Best Sport
The sport of tennis has been played since the 19th century. As simple as the game may seem, with a simple court layout and fundamental rules, it is in fact one the most complex sports. It is one of the few sports that thoroughly blends mental and physical aspects and can be played at a high level for a lifetime. Tennis is the best sport to pick up during youth and it comes with many benefits throughout life as well as epic experiences.

3-Jul-2015
June Aces Shine in Paris and on Pro Circuit
School's out for summer and college stars, both current and former, took advantage of their opportunities in Pro Circuit tournaments last month. In addition, two teens added their names to the list of junior slam champions in Paris, while others made their mark on hard courts across the globe.

1-Jul-2015
Roundtable: How To Spend Your Summer (Part 1)
Unlike many college sports, which feature dedicated off-seasons during the year, tennis has very few built-in breaks. As such, it can be tempting for collegiate players to either undertrain or overtrain when away from their coaches and teammates during the summer - both of which can set a student-athlete up for failure when the fall tournament season rolls around. We asked our panel of coaches how they want their players to approach their time away from school.

30-Jun-2015
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.

29-Jun-2015
Q&A With Former Vanderbilt All-American Chris Groer
In 1996, Chris Groer became the first All-America tennis player in the history of Vanderbilt University. He was also Vandy's first Academic All-American in tennis. Tennis remained a constant in his life - playing on the ATP Tour for a few years and now playing recreationally at a high level. We caught up with Groer to talk about his college tennis memories and his thoughts on the college game and its players today.

28-Jun-2015
Mid-Atlantic College Showcase in Boyds, Maryland
On Saturday, July 11, the Montgomery TennisPlex will host its 2015 College Tennis Showcase, giving USTA Mid-Atlantic high school players a chance to learn about college tennis and interact with coaches. The showcase will be held at the Montgomery TennisPlex in Boyds, Maryland, and will include both information and on-court sessions.

26-Jun-2015
An Interview with Martin Blackman, General Manager USTA Player Development
If there are hats Martin Blackman hasn't worn in his decades associated with the sport of tennis, they'd be difficult to spot. Named General Manager of USTA Player Development in April, Blackman has a resume that includes experience as player, coach and administrator. Colette Lewis of ZooTennis.com talks with Blackman about a host of topics related to junior and college tennis.

25-Jun-2015
Conversation with Trinity Star Scott Levy
Scott Levy played tennis for Trinity College in Connecticut back in the early 2000s, where he was a big contributor for the Bantams. During his senior season in 2004, Levy posted a 14-2 record in singles and - with partner Jimmy Ames - a 10-3 mark in doubles. Levy graduated with career marks of 49-27 in singles and 22-9 in doubles with Ames. Harry Cicma of NBC Sports chatted with Levy about his experiences with junior and college tennis...

23-Jun-2015
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?

19-Jun-2015
2015 Top NCAA Division III Women's Classes
The Tennis Recruiting Network wraps up its spring recruiting class rankings with a look at the NCAA Division III women. Today we present our list of the Top 25 NCAA D-III women's recruiting classes for 2015. At the top of the list we see the Amherst Lord Jeffs.

17-Jun-2015
Talking with ITA Rookie of the Year Noah Rubin
Wake Forest freshman Noah Rubin was determined to experience college tennis, even after capturing the Wimbledon boys title and 18s National title in Kalamazoo prior to starting classes last fall. After a stellar season that saw him named ITA Rookie of the Year, Rubin has announced that he will be leaving Wake to focus on a professional career. Colette Lewis got the chance to talk with Rubin at the NCAA Tournament and then again briefly after his announcement.

16-Jun-2015
Prince Hot 100 List - June '15
Today we announce the June edition of the Prince Hot 100. The Prince Hot 100 features 100 boys and 100 girls who have been playing outstanding tennis. These players have substantially improved their rankings over the past month.

15-Jun-2015
2015 Top NCAA Division III Men's Classes
The Tennis Recruiting Network presents its recruiting class rankings for NCAA Division III conferences. Today we present our Top 25 D-III men's recruiting classes for 2015. At the top of the class? For the second year in a row, we see the Chicago Maroons.

12-Jun-2015
2015 Top Mid-Major Women's Classes
The recruiting class rankings just keep on coming. Today, The Tennis Recruiting Network is proud to present the Top 25 mid-major women's recruiting classes for 2015. Cresting at the top of our list is the Pepperdine Waves.

10-Jun-2015
An Interview with ITA Rookie of the Year Brooke Austin
Freshmen, even those who are ranked No. 1 in their senior year by the Tennis Recruiting Network, often need a semester to adjust to life in a top Division I program. Not the University of Florida's Brooke Austin. Proving a quick study, the 19-year-old Indianapolis resident excelled throughout her freshman year, ending it as the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's Rookie of the Year.

9-Jun-2015
USTA Gives Position on Use of Periscope and Meerkat Live Streaming Apps
Less than three months after the release of live streaming video apps in Periscope and Meerkat, sports organizations and networks around the world are giving their positions and setting policy on how these convenient but controversial apps can be used by fans and others in attendance at their events. Rick Limpert discusses their use in the tennis world.

8-Jun-2015
2015 Top Mid-Major Men's Classes
The Tennis Recruiting Network continues its series of recruiting class rankings with the first of our mid-major conference rankings. Today we present the Top 25 mid-major men's recruiting classes for 2015... and Beware the Broncos.

7-Jun-2015
USTA Midwest Section to Hold College Showcase in Indianapolis
On Friday, June 19, the USTA Midwest Section will host its 2015 College Showcase, giving students from the region a chance to learn about the wide range of opportunities in college tennis. The showcase will be held at the Barbara S. Wynne Tennis Center, North Central High School in Indianapolis, Indiana, and will include both information and on-court sessions for high school players.

5-Jun-2015
May Aces Come from College and Junior Stars
From the clay courts of the United States and Italy, to the hard courts of Texas, Nigeria, Korea and Portugal, these 15 players - juniors, collegians and former college stars - produced outstanding performances last month, generating buzz throughout the tennis world.

3-Jun-2015
Talking About the New Balance HS Tennis Championships
We chat with Evan Zeder, Sports Marketing Manager for Tennis at New Balance, about the 2015 edition of the New Balance High School Tennis Championship to be held at Harvard University in July.

2-Jun-2015
Roundtable: Weighing in on the Big XII Cheering/Heckling Rule (Part 2)
This past season, the Big XII implemented a "decorum policy" that allowed college tennis fans to be a bit rowdier - trying to create an atmosphere closer to college basketball than to Wimbledon. This topic has been a lightning rod for discussion, and so we checked in with our panel of college coaches to get their takes...

1-Jun-2015
Top Women's Classes - 2015 Spring Rankings
Last week, TennisRecruiting.net ranked the men's recruiting classes. Today, we take a look at the women. TennisRecruiting.net is proud to present its spring rankings of the Top 25 Women's Recruiting Classes. A couple of new faces have popped into the Top Ten over the past few months, but the top of our rankings remains the same - with the Cardinal again reigning supreme.

28-May-2015
Ryan Shane and Jamie Loeb Claim NCAA Singles Titles
A tournament plagued by rain ended with a tornado warning and two ACC champions: North Carolina's Jamie Loeb and Virginia's Ryan Shane. In championship matches started outdoors Monday at the Hurd Tennis Center on the Baylor University campus and completed indoors, Loeb defeated Carol Zhao of Stanford 6-2, 4-6, 6-1, while Shane downed Noah Rubin of Wake Forest 3-6, 7-6(4), 6-1.

25-May-2015
Top Men's Classes - 2015 Spring Rankings
Today we release our spring rankings of the Top 25 Men's Recruiting Classes. New commitments - including a number of Blue Chip and international players - have moved a number of teams up and down. There have been some movers and shakers: six teams are new to the rankings since the Winter, two programs have popped into the Top 10, and a new team is Hunkering Down in the top spot...

22-May-2015
Vanderbilt Women and Virginia Men Claim NCAA Team Titles
The Vanderbilt women had reached the NCAA Division I Team Championships only once before in the program's history, while the Virginia men had been to the championship match four of the previous five years. Yet the disparity in experience made no difference in the outcomes, with No. 4 seed Vanderbilt defeating defending champion UCLA 4-2 and No. 3 seed Virginia taking down top seed Oklahoma 4-1 at the Hurd Tennis Center at Baylor University.

20-May-2015
Roundtable: Weighing in on the Big XII Cheering/Heckling Rule (Part 1)
Thanks to a conference committee spearheaded by TCU head men's coach David Roditi, the Big XII implemented a "decorum policy" this season allowing fans to cheer during points in an effort to involve those more accustomed to the raucous atmosphere of a basketball or football game. There has been a lot of discussion in the tennis world - find out what several college coaches have to say on the subject...

18-May-2015
Prince Hot 100 List - May '15
Today we announce the May edition of the Prince Hot 100. The Prince Hot 100 features 100 boys and 100 girls who have been playing outstanding tennis. These players have substantially improved their rankings over the past month.

13-May-2015
Previewing the NCAA Division III Championships
Hey there, avid tennis fans! It's been a couple of weeks, but I am back to write another one of our guest articles for the site as we head into the biggest time of the year. While the D-I Championships has gotten a lot of love, there has been a ton of excitement in D-III Tennis as well as we head into the Elite Eight. I'm going to give you some quick previews of the 16 teams that will be competing - eight on the men's side and eight on the women's. Let's get started!

12-May-2015
Illini Hold Off Drake for Sweet Sixteen Berth
It was two days filled with rain delays and later than expected matches. Fortunately, the heavy storms stayed away from the University of Illinois as the Illini men squeaked by Drake to once again head to the Round of 16 at the NCAA Division I Team Championships. It will be their eighth trip in the last 10 years.

11-May-2015
Roundtable: Role of the Parent in College Recruiting (Part 2)
Last month, we asked our panel of coaches to give their best advice to college players and their parents when it comes to navigating the recruiting process together. Today we have more coaches addressing the ideal role for the parent during the recruiting process.

8-May-2015
NCAA Tournament Roundtable - Part II
The NCAA Division I Tennis Championships start today. The top men's and women's college tennis programs face off in first-round action across the country, with all teams competing for tickets to Waco, Texas. and a spot in the Sweet 16. Check out insights from our college tennis contributors - and see who they picked as champions.

6-May-2015
Q&A with Utah State's Clancy Shields
At age 28, Clancy Shields is a rising star among men's tennis head coaches. His Utah State team, which went 9-16 in Shields' first season last year, finished 2015 with an 18-9 record and a second-place finish in the Mountain West Conference. It was only ten years ago that Clancy Shields was literally one of the original blue chips - ranked No. 3 nationally among high school seniors in TennisRecruiting.net's first-ever rankings. We caught up with Shields toward the end of the season...

5-May-2015
USA Qualifies for Finals of ITF Junior Team Championships
Representing your country at the International Tennis Federation's two world team championships is a highlight of any junior career. The cheers, the uniforms, the face painting and the pressure of team competition all were on display last weekend in Boca Raton, Florida, where the four teams from the US secured places in the 16-team world finals this summer and fall.

4-May-2015
NCAA Tournament Roundtable - Part I
This weekend, the NCAA Division I Tennis Championships get underway. 64 men's and women's college tennis teams will head to campus venues around the country to compete in first- and second-round action. The winners will make up the Sweet 16 and head to Waco, Texas, to compete for the team title. Today, our college tennis contributors preview the "Big Dance" of college tennis.

1-May-2015
April Aces Show Eye-Opening Results
Former collegians and teenagers from around the world put up some eye-opening results last month, laying the ground work for even greater opportunities this spring and summer as Roland Garros and Wimbledon loom.

30-Apr-2015
ImRecruitable College Exposure Series
The ImRecruitable College Exposure Series is designed to provide players with a unique opportunity to train like a college tennis player on court with top U.S. college coaches and play in competitive matches. Check out the event schedule for the year - starting with the College Tennis Exposure Camp on campus at Penn June 19-21.

28-Apr-2015
Reviewing the UAA, and Previewing the NESCAC and SCIAC
Yesterday, our team at Division3Tennis.com brought you a series of in-depth previews for the upcoming women's conference tournaments, and it is our pleasure to bring you the men's conference previews and recaps today. We have a few conferences to cover, so I won't waste any time on this introduction and get to the meat of this article!

27-Apr-2015
SCIAC/NESCAC Women's Preview and UAA Recap
This is D3NorthEastWomen's, and I'm more than excited to do a joint article with D3WestWomen's for a preview of the SCIAC and NESCAC Conference Championships, a recap of the UAA Conference Championships, as well as a bonus section of a couple of other conference championships.

22-Apr-2015
Division III Roundtable - Late Season Report
While Tennis Recruiting has been running its Signing Week coverage, there have been a ton of great stories in Division III tennis. We've brought together four of our dedicated D-III writers (three men's and one women's) to bring you all the updates on this year's season before we head into the postseason. I hope you enjoy our 'D-III Roundtable'.

21-Apr-2015
Controlling Emotions in Tennis: Maximizing the 20-Second Rule
One of the most common mental struggles I see with junior tennis players is the inability to control emotions. When emotions are negative they directly affect a player's focus and match performance. Patrick Alban of SPMI describes a technique junior tennis players can use to keep their emotions in check.

20-Apr-2015
Prince Hot 100 List - April '15
Today we announce the April edition of the Prince Hot 100. The Prince Hot 100 features 100 boys and 100 girls who have been playing outstanding tennis. These players have substantially improved their rankings over the past month.

18-Apr-2015
Fritz, Liu Win ITF Championships at Easter Bowl
Fantastic weather and unlikely comebacks made the 2015 Asics Easter Bowl a tournament to remember last week, with the famous Indian Wells Tennis Garden hosting both the ITF Grade B1 competition and the later stages of the USTA 12s, 14s, and 16s championships.

16-Apr-2015
Spring Signing Week '15: Role of the Parent in College Recruiting
The college tennis recruiting process can be tough to navigate for the student-athlete, but it's also new territory for many parents. It can often be difficult to determine where to offer guidance and when to let the child take the wheel. While parents undoubtedly want the best for their children, it's important that they allow the coach/player relationship a chance to grow. We asked our panel of college coaches about the role of the parent in recruiting...

14-Apr-2015
Spring Signing Week '15: Recruiting Strategy and Tips for Unsigned Seniors
Signing Week is underway, and it is an exciting time for players and their families who are making college commitments. But what happens when you don't have a college secured? There is no reason to panic. The signing period that starts this week runs through August, and hundreds more players will commit during this time. You just need to know how to best proceed...

14-Apr-2015
Spring Signing Week '15: National Roundup
Signing Week is now underway, and tomorrow seniors can start signing their National Letters of Intent. Today, we check in with boys and girls from across the country who are heading to a variety of schools. Find out how they came to their decisions... in our National Roundup.

13-Apr-2015
Spring Signing Week '15: Signing Week Arrives
The second week of April is here - and Signing Week has finally arrived! We start our coverage of Spring Signing Week '15 with a look at the uncommitted boys and girls from the top 100. We update you on a few developments from the past few weeks, and we note that some of these top recruits plan to announce their college choices this week in our coverage.

10-Apr-2015
Blumberg, Kenin Take ISC Grade 1 Titles; Crawford, Subhash Claim 16s Championships
A week of beautiful Southern California weather ended on a high note for four US players, who left the Stubhub Center in Carson with International Spring Championship titles. Top seed William Blumberg and No. 2 seed Sonya Kenin earned their first ITF Grade 1 titles with victories over international opponents, while Oliver Crawford and Natasha Subhash took the 16s singles championships in all-American finals.

9-Apr-2015
Countdown: SFA Interviews Virginia Tech Coach Thompson
In his 17th season as the Virginia Tech Men's Tennis Coach, Jim Thompson has done his fair share of recruiting. He sat down with SFA to discuss different aspects of the recruiting process and what he looks for in potential recruits.

6-Apr-2015
Countdown: Three Recruiting Pitfalls to Avoid
It is that time of the recruiting process again where the majority of student athletes are about to make the decision on what university to attend. This time can be filled with anxiety involving recruiting visit experiences, unexpected scholarship shortfalls, and admission uncertainties. So - what are the three common recruiting pitfalls that students encounter year in and year out? Read to find out...

3-Apr-2015
March Aces Feature Junior Champions
Although the college dual match season is in full swing, most of the March highlights come courtesy of the juniors. Two 14-year-olds dazzled with their performances, while those just a few years older also found success on among their peers and their elders.

31-Mar-2015
Countdown: Coach Roundtable on College Transfers (Part 2)
Last month, we asked our panel of college coaches about transferring. Why do so many student athletes transfer from one school to another - or quit their sports altogether? In today's roundtable article, more college coaches weigh in with their thoughts...

30-Mar-2015
Gamma Partners with Tennis Recruiting Network on Countdown to Signing Day
GAMMA Sports (GAMMA) is continuing its sponsorship of Tennis Recruiting Network by becoming the title sponsor of "Countdown to Signing Day" and "Signing Week" featured content areas.

30-Mar-2015
Countdown: Previewing the Top 100 Boys
Last week, we checked in with the girls. Today, the top boys in the senior class update us on their college recruiting. Find out where the Top 100 boys are leaning, and how many of them have already made their decisions.

28-Mar-2015
Countdown: Conversation with Williams Champ Urban
It's been a few years since Lex Urban walked the campus of Williams College in Massachusetts. Back in the early 2000s, Urban served as captain of the Ephs Men's Tennis Team that won the NCAA Division III National Championship in both 2001 and 2002. After graduating, Urban spent a year doing community service in AmeriCorps - and he now is a practicing lawyer in Washington, DC. Harry Cicma of NBC Sports chatted with Urban about all things college tennis...

27-Mar-2015
Countdown: Recruiting - the D-III Perspective
As the tennis season kicks into high gear, the team at Division3Tennis.com goes off the court to bring you inside the minds of two prominent D-III coaches. The coaches comment on coaching, recruiting, and D-III tennis in general. Enjoy!

24-Mar-2015
ITF International Spring Championships Mark Decade of Excellence
Many a top professional player has found success on the hard courts of the International Tennis Federation Grade 1 International Spring Championships, which begin next week at the StubHub Center in Carson, California. Colette Lewis talks with tournament director John Lansville and others about the past decade since the event has been held in California.

23-Mar-2015
Countdown: Previewing the Top 100 Girls
Many of the top girls committed during Fall Signing Week last November, but a number of top targets were still available. We talked with many recruits in the Top 100 to find out where they are in their decision process. Some have decided, some have narrowed their lists, and many are still wide open.

21-Mar-2015
Former College Stars, Juniors Take BNP Paribas Open Challenge
It's one of the longest of longshots in tennis. Winning six or seven straight matches to reach just the qualifying stage of an ATP or WTA tennis event is considered a longshot. Thousands now try it each summer with the USTA's U.S. Open National Playoffs, and a couple hundred more try it each year in Indian Wells, Calif., as the people behind the BNP Paribas Open host the BNP Paribas Open Challenge. Several junior and college stars are among them.

19-Mar-2015
Prince Hot 100 List - March '15
Today we announce the March edition of the Prince Hot 100. The Prince Hot 100 features 100 boys and 100 girls who have been playing outstanding tennis. These players have substantially improved their rankings over the past month.

17-Mar-2015
Angels and Patriots Win Titles at Wet USTA Spring Team Championships
Declaring Mother Nature the winner at the second annual USTA Spring Team Championships in Mobile, Alabama would be appropriate, as rain disrupted play on all four days of competition, requiring shortened formats throughout. But when a steady rain ended play on the final day, two teams - the Angels and the Patriots - did claim their gold balls.

13-Mar-2015
Countdown to Signing Day
It's that time of year... Signing Day is approaching. April 15 is the first day of the Spring Signing Period - when seniors from around the nation can sign on to play college tennis at Division I or Division II schools. And once again, The Tennis Recruiting Network and GAMMA are ready with the Countdown to Signing Day.

11-Mar-2015
Checking in with Former USC Standout Amanda Fink
It's been 10 years since Amanda Fink was a Blue Chip senior. Fink went on to be a two-time All-American at USC and competed professionally for almost three years - rising into the Top 300 in the world. TennisRecruiting.net recently caught up with Fink, who is now a teaching pro, and she lets us in on the most under-utilized training strategy for junior players.

10-Mar-2015
Is a Post-Graduate Year a Good Idea for Me?
There are many reasons why prospective college tennis players, in partnership with their parents, might consider taking an extra year before starting college. A gap year can certainly provide extra time to improve academic standing, physical or emotional maturity, and/or level of play with the hope of providing more options. But what are the implications? And what should you do with that year? Knowing the rules and planning ahead is critical in making a sensible decision.

9-Mar-2015
College Coaches Forum
Some junior tennis tournaments include college forums where junior tennis players and their parents can learn about the college recruiting process. One such forum took place at the USTA Southern Sectionals in Rome, Ga., earlier this year. Get some of the tips from that forum - and find out what they are all about...

6-Mar-2015
Indoor Champions Headline February Aces
With four college team indoor championships on the February schedule, there was no shortage of notable performances at the collegiate level. But another group of much younger players also stepped into the spotlight in venues across five continents.

5-Mar-2015
Trinity, Hopkins Take Titles
It's been a whirlwind the past two weeks with both the Men's and Women's Indoor Nationals being completed in the Midwest. This article will go through some details regarding the tournament, but I do think this was the best Men's Indoors to date, and the Women's Indoors provided some amazing matches as well. Without further ado, let's get into the details behind both awesome weekends just in case you missed them!

3-Mar-2015
Transitioning to College with Chris Eubanks
Freshman Chris Eubanks grew up in Atlanta where he is now attending Georgia Tech. Lisa Stone of ParentingAces.com spoke with him about the challenges of transitioning from junior tennis to Division I college tennis.

28-Feb-2015
Talking with Michael Joyce - Part 2
Colette Lewis of ZooTennis.com got the chance to talk with former tennis player and now coach Michael Joyce earlier this month in Midland, Michigan at the $100,000 Dow Corning Tennis Classic. This is Part 2 of their conversation.

27-Feb-2015
Talking with Michael Joyce - Part 1
Michael Joyce is best known to tennis fans now as the former coach of five-time slam champion Maria Sharapova. Prior to his coaching stint with Sharapova however, the 42-year-old Southern Californian had his own distinguished career, winning the USTA Boys 18s Nationals in 1991 and reaching an ATP career-high ranking of 64 five years later. Colette Lewis of ZooTennis.com got the chance to talk with Joyce about about his years with Sharapova, his coaching philosophy, his current work at a tennis academy, and much more...

25-Feb-2015
ITA D-III Women's National Indoors Preview
It is my pleasure to bring to you a preview of the 2015 ITA Division III National Women's Team Indoor Championships. The ITA Women's Indoor Championships is a fairly new event, with the first tournament taking place in 2009. The 2015 event is taking place in Indiana and will be hosted by DePauw. Let's take a look at the field for the tournament that gets underway this weekend...

23-Feb-2015
Coach Roundtable: Transfers in College Tennis (Part 1)
Each year, a significant number of college tennis players quit tennis before they have exhausted their eligibility - or transfer from one school to another. We put the question to our panel of college coaches: Why is the case? What can be done to minimize the chances of giving up on a program - and what should high school players do to ensure a good fit?

20-Feb-2015
Oklahoma Wins ITA Men's Indoors With Victory Over USC
Oklahoma sophomore Alex Ghilea was the man of the hour at the ITA Division I National Men's Team Indoor Championship. Ghilea, from Neamt, Romania, clinched the Sooners' victories in the semifinals and championship matches with comeback wins at No. 5 singles at Midtown Athletic Club in Chicago, Ill. Second-ranked Oklahoma defeated No. 11 Baylor 4-2 in the semifinals before knocking off the USC Trojans by the same score to take the title.

17-Feb-2015
ITA D-III Men's National Indoors Preview
While the Division I National Indoors wrapped up yesterday, there is plenty more great tennis to follow as Gustavus Adolphus hosts the Division III National Indoor Tournament this upcoming weekend. Eight teams that have all played at Indoor Nationals previously are featured, making this a truly loaded Indoors field. Take a look at what is in store for the D-III men...

16-Feb-2015
Prince Hot 100 List - February '15
Today we announce the February edition of the Prince Hot 100. The Prince Hot 100 features 100 boys and 100 girls who have been playing outstanding tennis. These players have substantially improved their rankings over the past month.

13-Feb-2015
Catching Up with Gator Great Lauren Embree
Lauren Embree had one of the most successful collegiate careers in Florida history, leading the Gators to back-to-back NCAA titles in 2011 and 2012. Now living in Santa Monica, Embree has begun the year on the USTA Pro Circuit, where she has competed in four tournaments in the past month. At the $100,000 Dow Corning Tennis Classic in Midland, Mich., last week, I spoke with her about her return from injury, what she misses about college tennis, and her goals for 2015 and beyond.

13-Feb-2015
PlaySight to Live Stream the ITA Division I National Men's Team Indoor Championship
With a long history dating back to 1973, the National Team Indoor Championship hosts the top 16 teams in the country, all of whom qualified for the event by beating other top ranked teams in two qualifying rounds. PlaySight will be live streaming the event from February 13 - 16. Find out more here...

11-Feb-2015
The Freshman 35 - Freshmen to Watch in D-III Tennis
In Division III tennis, freshmen play a key part in a team's success. Just last year, four freshmen were named to our Division III All-NCAA Men's Teams. On the women's side, freshmen took the year by storm - holding down tons of roster spots across the Top 5 teams in the country. With freshman recruits making such a big impact, let's take a look at 35 players new to D-III this year who might influence the 2015 season.

10-Feb-2015
Tar Heels Win Second ITA Indoor Title in Three Years
As the University of North Carolina mourns the death of iconic basketball coach Dean Smith, the UNC women's tennis team gave Tar Heel fans something to savor. UNC won the ITA National Team Indoor Championships' trophy for the second time in three years, defeating Georgia 4-1 Monday, Feb. 9, in a contest of fluctuating momentum at Boar's Head Sports Club.

6-Feb-2015
January Aces Features Teens Winning Titles
The year's first major always grabs the headlines, with two juniors adding their names to the lists of grand slam champions. But while most eyes were focused on Melbourne, a dozen teenagers captured important titles in Florida, Hawaii, Great Britain, France and Central and South America.

4-Feb-2015
Inside College Tennis with Tony Minnis Returns
This weekend, Inside College Tennis with Tony Minnis returns with the first of three all-new episodes on The Tennis Channel. The television program, which highlights college tennis programs around the country of all shapes and sizes, should appeal to the entire TennisRecruiting.net community. We caught up with host Tony Minnis to learn what is coming...

3-Feb-2015
Conversation with Former Arkansas Standout Aleksey Bubis
Aleksey Bubis was a top junior tennis player from Palm Harbor, Florida, in the late 1990s - making the rounds on the USTA Junior National Circuit. Bubis went on to play college tennis at the University of Arkansas, where he starred from 1999 to 2003 - still appearing the the Razorback Record Book for his 28-10 mark during the 2000-01 season. Harry Cicma of NBC Sports got the chance to catch up with Bubis at a recent tennis event.


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5/28 Butts Overcomes Crowd, Metzler to Take Men's D-III Singles Title; Chong Repeats as Women's Champion; D-I Semis Set; French Open Junior Championships Begin Sunday
5/27 Kalamazoo's Metzler Reaches NCAA Division III Singles Final Against Butts; Raventos and Chong Meet for Women's Title; My D-III Team Recap; Ross Qualifies for French Open Juniors
5/26 Comeback for Kalamazoo's Metzler Highlights D-III Singles Second Round; Ross, Crawford Advance to French Junior Qualifying Final Round; McNally Reaches Grade 1 Semifinals in Belgium
Colette Lewis has covered topflight junior events as a freelance journalist for over a decade. Read her weekly column, follow her on Twitter, and and find more of her daily commentary at ZooTennis.
 
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