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Rare Air: American Liu, Spain's Davidovich Fokina Claim Wimbledon Singles Titles
by Colette Lewis, 21 July 2017

Claire Liu and Alejandro Davidovich Fokina's titles at last week's Wimbledon Junior Championships ended long droughts for their countries. When Liu, a 17-year-old from Thousand Oaks California, defeated surprise finalist Ann Li 6-2, 5-7, 6-2 she became the first American since Chanda Rubin in 1992 to capture the girls championship at the All England Lawn Tennis Club. Davidovich's 7-6(2), 6-3 win over Argentina's Axel Geller ended 50 years of futility for Spain, whose only other Wimbledon boys champion was Manuel Orantes in 1967.

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Website News
Fall Star Ratings Period Starts Next Week
by Dallas Oliver, 19 July 2017

Twice a year, TennisRecruiting.net updates its Star Ratings - sometimes known as "The Stars". Our next update to the Star Ratings comes in late September - and those ratings will be based on players' highest rankings during the next eight weeks - from the week of July 24 to the week of September 11, 2017. We invite players to review their player records to ensure accurate ratings.

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Ask The Experts
Roundtable: Academic Majors and College Tennis
by James Hill, 18 July 2017

A college tennis player's time is usually dominated by the rigors of classroom study, practice, and competition. An interesting wrinkle to time management is the choice of college major. Some areas of study - architecture, engineering, and many others - are known for their rigor even without the demands of college tennis. We put the question to our panel: Do players' intended majors impact your ability to recruit certain student-athletes?

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Who's Hot?
Hot 100 List - July '17
by Amelia Thomas, 17 July 2017

Today we announce the July edition of the Hot 100. The 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.

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14-Jul-2017
Reigniting the Tournament Flame
After reducing her tournament schedule to focus on academics, four-star Demi Snyder has returned with more energy. The Florida native is hoping a strong showing at the national clay courts can help boost her momentum and potential college opportunities.

12-Jul-2017
Liu, Geller Earn Grade 1 Titles at Roehampton
Seventeen-year-old Claire Liu is a veteran of grass court tennis, having played both major junior events on the surface in Roehampton and Wimbledon in 2015 and 2016, reaching the singles quarterfinals and winning the girls doubles title at the All England Lawn Tennis Club last year. Eighteen-year-old Axel Geller of Argentina had never played a grass court tournament prior to the Grade 1 in Roehampton last week, yet both came away from the Bank of England Sports Ground in Southwest London with the champion's trophy.

11-Jul-2017
Swain Jumps from D3 to USC
After presiding over a Division III tennis dynasty at Williams College, Alison Swain was named the head women's coach at USC. Her rare jump from Division III to a major Division I program is being tracked by many across the country.

10-Jul-2017
Talking Tennis Injuries and Injury Prevention with Dr. David Geier
Injuries play a major role in the sport of tennis. Dr. David Geier is well versed in the sport of tennis; he served as tournament doctor for the WTA Tour event in Charleston for several years. Geier gives some tips, not only for junior tennis players that are 12 and under, but also for that 13-17 year-old age group that might be looking to play tennis at elite levels.

10-Jul-2017
Talking Tennis Injuries and Injury Prevention with Dr. David Geier
Injuries play a major role in the sport of tennis. Dr. David Geier is well versed in the sport of tennis; he served as tournament doctor for the WTA Tour event in Charleston for several years. Geier gives some tips, not only for junior tennis players that are 12 and under, but also for that 13-17 year-old age group that might be looking to play tennis at elite levels.

7-Jul-2017
Tennessee Coaches Share VFL Bond
Former Tennessee players Chris Woodruff and Alison Ojeda have returned to their alma mater to take their first head coaching jobs. The two have formed a tight bond that extends to their teams as they attempt to build the programs back into national contenders again.

5-Jul-2017
Assessment at a Young Age Could Save Your Child's Tennis
This article was prompted by an increasing number of parents over the years contacting me for a truthful assessment of their child's tennis. It is not so easy to receive the truth for some, so I am here to give you the truth. Many parents get very excited when their 12- or 14-year-old is obtaining excellent results. Does it mean that the child will go on to do great things in tennis? Maybe, but the real answer is not always so simple.

4-Jul-2017
Recruiting Terms and Calendar for 2017-18
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.

3-Jul-2017
Midwest Closed 16s and 18s Champions Draw on Past Titles
Success in the 12s division does not guarantee comparable results in older age divisions. Yet three of the four champions crowned last Thursday at the Midwest Closed 16s and 18s Championships had claimed sectional titles in the 12s age group, suggesting their development paths have emphasized continued improvement.

30-Jun-2017
June Aces
June marks the end of clay season and the beginning of grass season, but it's also the month college players flood the USTA Pro Circuit in search of precious ATP and WTA ranking points. Five current college players won titles this month in the US, while former Division I stars also excelled. Add to that the first American French Open girls champion since Jennifer Capriati, bringing the number of top performers in June to 17.

28-Jun-2017
Tragedy Provided O'Leary With Perspective
The Columbine High shootings hit close to home for Colorado native Sara O'Leary. The new Virginia women's coach places a high value on relationships and personal development with her teams.

27-Jun-2017
Roundtable: Role of the Personal Coach in the Recruiting Process
Most junior tennis players have the services of personal coaches - from their academies, clubs, or high schools. The players' personal coaches often play a role for the college coach in the recruiting process. We put the question to our panel: How valuable in the recruiting process is a personal coach? What type of questions do you ask the coach about your recruit? Do you stay in contact with the coach after your recruit has committed to your program?

26-Jun-2017
Everything is Amazing and No One is Happy
Everything is amazing and no one is happy. I find it troubling that a high percentage of collegiate tennis players are quite unhappy with their student-athlete experiences. They have been told that their college days will be the best days of their lives, but they fail to understand that they can only be the best days of their lives if they are willing to go through some adversity.

21-Jun-2017
Eliminate the Scholarships, Save the Program
Over the past few years, there has been an alarming pattern of NCAA Division I mid-major programs being cut, and I feel that these decisions are both shortsighted and highly preventable. I understand that these are complicated decisions, but there is one solution to keeping programs alive, improving college prospects for US tennis players, and increasing involvement from the university and local community: Eliminate the scholarships.

20-Jun-2017
TRN Hires Rhiannon Potkey as Content Strategist
The Tennis Recruiting Network (TRN), a premier source of information for junior and college tennis, is excited to announce that veteran journalist Rhiannon Potkey has joined TRN in the role of Content Strategist. Potkey will be responsible for creating, writing and editing content at TRN.

19-Jun-2017
Hot 100 List - June '17
Today we announce the June edition of the Hot 100. The 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-Jun-2017
Andy and Chris Brandi Take the Reins at LSU
Andy Brandi has accomplished just about everything there is to accomplish as a college tennis coach. He has the national titles, the Hall of Fame credentials and the historical winning percentage. But there was one thing still missing. It was something he talked at length about with his son, Chris, when they discussed a potential return to college tennis. He wanted to have his son by his side, and he will as Andy and Chris Brandi become co-head coaches at LSU.

16-Jun-2017
2017 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 2017. Flying high at the top of the list? The Emory Eagles.

12-Jun-2017
2017 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 2017. Holding down the No. 1 spot is the Chicago Maroons.

9-Jun-2017
2017 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 2017. Attacking the top of our list is the Central Florida Knights.

7-Jun-2017
Getting to Know NCAA Champion Brienne Minor
Unseeded Brienne Minor of the University of Michigan achieved All-America status for the second straight year by winning her first two matches in the NCAA singles tournament. She she went on to win four more matches - eventually defeating No. 6 seed Belinda Woolcock of Florida 6-3, 6-3 in the final to become the first Michigan woman and the first African-American woman to claim the most prestigious title in Division I Tennis.

5-Jun-2017
2017 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 2017 ... with the Toreros taking top honors.

2-Jun-2017
May Aces Feature College, Clay Court Champions
The month that features the NCAA championships and the start of the French Open is always a busy one, and this May 18 different players, ages 14 through 25 are in the spotlight, thanks to their performances on red clay, green clay and hard courts.

31-May-2017
Why I Failed as a Tennis Player
We love to read success stories. We learn about the ups and downs they endured along the way, and we know that they eventually made it to the top. However, we rarely look at those who did not achieve the same level of success in their chosen area of excellence and try to dissect why. I think we could learn a lot from these stories, too.

30-May-2017
Roundtable: Considering Junior College Tennis
Many student athletes begin their collegiate careers at junior and community colleges. Two-year college coaches have the services of players for a relatively short period of time. Keeping this concept in mind, we asked a panel of JUCO coaches the following questions: How will recruits benefit by playing two years for your program? How do you help them find a new college afterward?

29-May-2017
Top Women's Classes - 2017 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. Four new faces have popped into the Top Ten over the past few months, but the very top of our rankings remains the same - with the group from Athens as Top Dawgs.

26-May-2017
Cavaliers Send Boland Out in Style
What a wild and crazy week it was in Athens - with one match after another going down to the wire. But when the dust finally settled and the umbrellas were put away, Virginia had won its third straight NCAA National Championship.

25-May-2017
Florida Gators Validate Top Seed at Florida Gators Validate Top at NCAA Women's Championship
Last year, Stanford shocked the world by becoming the lowest-ranked team to win an NCAA team title. This year, Stanford was the No. 7 seed when they faced No. 1 Florida who had won the ITA National Indoor title. Florida lived up to its No. 1 seeding in the tournament, taking out Vanderbilt for the first time this season in the Final Four before winning a 4-1 match over the Cardinal.

24-May-2017
Hall of Famer Tracy Austin's Two Roles: Tennis Mom and Tennis Commentator
Tracy Austin was the definition of a tennis prodigy, with the former WTA No. 1 still holding records as both the youngest US Open women’s champion (16) and youngest inductee into the International Tennis Hall of Fame. Today, Austin stays involved with tennis professionally as a commentator - and also as the parent of three boys who have all played tennis. Colette Lewis had the chance to talk with Austin at the Ojai in April on a wide range of topics.

22-May-2017
Top Men's Classes - 2017 Spring Rankings
Today we release our spring rankings of the Top 25 Men's Recruiting Classes. A rash of recent commitments have moved a number of programs up the list - including two previously unranked classes who are now in the Top 10. One thing that hasn't changed on our list is that the top class overall is heading to Berkeley this fall ...

19-May-2017
Denver Graduate Henry Craig Begins Pro Career
Unlike most Southern California juniors, Henry Craig went east to play college tennis, landing at the University of Denver after an excellent junior career. A blue chip recruit ranked as high as No. 7 in the class of 2012, Craig played at line 1 from his sophomore through his senior years for the Pioneers. After graduating in December, Craig decided to pursue professional tennis. Colette Lewis spoke with Craig in Ojai where they talked about college tennis, the transition to the pros, and beyond.

17-May-2017
Patrick McEnroe Talks College Tennis
Patrick McEnroe knows he's best known as the younger brother of John McEnroe, but he has something big brother doesn't have - a college degree. McEnroe helped Stanford University, as team captain, win the NCAA team championship in 1986 and 1988. His Stanford degree is in business, and he is an avid fan of college tennis. McEnroe talked with contributor Rick Limpert about college tennis before last month's NCAA Championships.

15-May-2017
Hot 100 List - May '17
Today we announce the May edition of the Hot 100. The 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-2017
Tennis Community Mourns Loss of Steve Johnson, Sr.
Steve Johnson, Sr., a beloved figure in the tennis community and father of professional Steve Johnson Jr., died Thursday morning in his sleep at age 58. Johnson's death elicited an outpouring of sympathy from friends, students and colleagues across the country.

12-May-2017
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 Athens, Georgia, and a spot in the Sweet 16. Check out insights from our college tennis contributors - and see who they picked as champions.

10-May-2017
Macdonald has Commodores Ready for a Run
Vanderbilt is in the midst of a historical season on the West End. The Commodores won the SEC regular-season and tournament titles in the same year for the first time in program history. Seeded fourth overall in the NCAA, Vanderbilt (20-5) will host host Washington, Clemson and SIUE this wekend in Nashville. The last time Vanderbilt was seeded No. 4 was in 2015 - when the Commodores won the program's only national championship.

9-May-2017
Exceptional Ojai
What makes The Ojai special? Ask that question of any Southern California tennis player, past or present, and you will get a variety of answers, all of which can be traced back to the tournament's 117-year history of hospitality.

8-May-2017
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 Athens, Georgia, to compete for the team title. Today, our college tennis contributors preview the "Big Dance" of college tennis.

5-May-2017
College Stars Lead April Aces
Former college stars lead the review of last month's top performances with championships at ATP, Challenger and Futures events. Teens excelled too, with a former ITF junior No. 1 snagging a WTA title.

3-May-2017
Rome Gets High Marks for ACC Tennis Championships
Record attendance, finals that came down to the last match and players gushing over their experience in Rome, Ga., were just a few of the storylines of this year's ACC Men's and Women's Tennis Championships. Play wrapped up on Sunday with Virginia claiming the men's title and North Carolina scoring a comeback win to take the women's championship.

2-May-2017
Now Open ... May Madness Bracket Challenge
Nothing beats the excitement of the NCAA tournament! For college tennis fans, May is the time for Madness, and this is your chance to demonstrate knowledge of the game. With the right combination of skill and luck, you can earn bragging rights - and great prizes - by making your picks for the Big Dance!

1-May-2017
The Relevance of College Rankings
Last month I asked if the coach matters when deciding where to take your tennis talents. This month I am turning my attention to college rankings - and asking if they should hold any relevance when making a final college decision.

26-Apr-2017
Are You 100% Present?
When I work with competitive junior tennis players, one of the first concepts I share has to do with "The Now" and "The Noise". This article discusses what each of these concepts really mean ‐and why understanding what they are and how they work is crucial to being a consistent player when the pressure is high or when you are struggling to stay motivated.

24-Apr-2017
Talking About the USTA All-American Combine
Today with chat with Scott Treibly of the USTA about the upcoming USTA All-American Combine that will take place at the USTA's Lake Nona facility in June.

21-Apr-2017
Hot 100 List - April '17
Today we announce the April edition of the Hot 100. The 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.

19-Apr-2017
Liu Earns Second Easter Bowl ITF Title, Ayeni Breaks Through to Claim Boys Championship
As a former champion and top seed, expectations were high for Claire Liu at the adidas Easter Bowl Championships, and she met them, defeating Ellie Douglas 6-1, 6-2 to claim her second title. Boys champion Alafia Ayeni was in unchartered territory once he advanced to the semifinals, but he emerged with his first Grade 1 title, beating Sebastian Korda 6-4, 0-6, 7-5 in a tense and entertaining championship match.

17-Apr-2017
Gold Balls Return at 50th Easter Bowl
The adidas Easter Bowl returned to its previous status as a USTA gold ball event in 2017, after three years of reduced status for one of the top tournaments in junior tennis. Taking home the USTA's coveted token of excellence in the California tournament's 50th year were Priya Nelson and Kyle Kang in the 12s division, Charlotte Owensby and Alexander Bernard in the 14s division, and Emma Navarro and Brandon Nakashima in the 16s division.

14-Apr-2017
Spring Signing Week '17: On Serve with Nicole Gibbs
In college, Nicole Gibbs made a name for herself with her outstanding on-court accomplishments. Three years at Stanford saw Gibbs take home two NCAA national singles championships, one doubles championship and a team title. Today, Gibbs is carving out a nice career on the WTA Tour, while using social media to speak out on political and social issues. Recently, Gibbs spoke with the ITA on a number of subjects ...

13-Apr-2017
Spring Signing Week '17: Realistic Expectations When Choosing a College
You might not remember that first time you hit a perfect tennis shot, but your parents probably do. They were thinking about whether you would be a tennis star - or, at least, whether there was a college scholarship in your future. By now you may be more realistic about your chances of going straight to the pros, but it is important to also keep your expectations realistic when it comes to where you are going to play college tennis.

11-Apr-2017
Spring Signing Week '17: Get Recruited Faster
I get anywhere from 5-15 emails a day from student athletes struggling with the recruiting process. Ninety nine percent of the time it's because the athlete does not understand how college coaches recruit. This article provides advice and recommendations that will help athletes understand how coaches evaluate prospects - and what they need to do to get recruited faster and easier.

11-Apr-2017
Spring Signing Week '17: 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.

10-Apr-2017
Spring Signing Week '17: Signing Week Arrives
The second week of April is here - and Signing Week has finally arrived! We start our coverage of Spring Signing Week '17 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.

7-Apr-2017
March Aces
Last month's notable performances led to big moves in the WTA and ATP rankings for top international juniors, while former college stars wrapped up titles on the USTA Pro Circuit. And the quartet who took home singles titles at the ITF International Spring Championships in California executed the transition from winter to spring with impressive performances.

6-Apr-2017
Countdown: Preparing for College Tennis
As many junior tennis players are preparing for college tennis, they need to learn certain aspects of the game so they are ready to perform at the next level. Many players want to attend prestigious universities, and they need to make a plan to do so. There is no cookie-cutter plan - each individual needs to make sure they are getting what they need in their training in a variety of area.

3-Apr-2017
Countdown: Coaches on Finding a Good Fit
Recruiting is the lifeblood of any college program, and coaches are always looking for student-athletes who will contribute to the team and the program's culture. Once coaches identify strong candidates, they have to execute on the recruiting process. We put the following question to a panel of experts: When you know a student-athlete will be a good fit for your program, what techniques do you use to articulate the fit?

2-Apr-2017
Former Champions Prevail at 2017 DecoTurf High School Tennis Team 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.

31-Mar-2017
Branstine, Rotsaert Capture Titles at ITF Grade 1 International Spring Championships
Carson Branstine and Alexandre Rotsaert each earned a first ITF Grade 1 singles title last week at the International Spring Championships in Carson, California. No. 2 seed Branstine defeated top seed Taylor Johnson 6-4, 6-3 in the girls final, while No. 10 seed Rotsaert downed No. 3 seed Gianni Ross 6-3, 6-3.

30-Mar-2017
Countdown: The Role of Social Media in College Recruiting
The wide use of social media today is undeniable, but whether it can have a meaningful impact on a tennis player's recruitment to college is a topic we wanted to explore. We interviewed colege tennis coaches from a variety of levels and combined that with research from Cornerstone Reputation to gather information how social media is used - and how student athletes can use social media strategically.

27-Mar-2017
Countdown: Previewing the Top 100 Girls
Last week, we checked in with the boys. Today, the top girls in the senior class update us on their college recruiting. Find out where the Top 100 girls are leaning, and how many of them have already made their decisions.

26-Mar-2017
Collegiate Exposure Camps - Summer Series 2017
Want to play college tennis? Join the Collegiate Exposure Camps - Taught Exclusively by College Coaches. These camps are designed for competitive boys and girls entering grades 8-12 next year and hosted at prestigious schools around the nation.

24-Mar-2017
Countdown: Fitting In Doubles Proves Challenging
Doubles is fun, helps players to improve their games, key in college tennis, and a scheduling nightmare. For these reasons, settling on one scoring format for the four-person version of the game has proven impossible.

21-Mar-2017
Hot 100 List - March '17
Today we announce the March edition of the Hot 100. The 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.

20-Mar-2017
Countdown: Previewing the Top 100 Boys
Many of the top boys 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.

17-Mar-2017
Countdown: Amritraj Oversees USTA's College Commitment
As the Director of Collegiate Tennis for the USTA, Stephen Amritraj is committed to raising the profile of and appreciation for college tennis in this country. His focus is not just on juniors who aspire to play at the next level, but on creating community connections and fan bases for the hundreds of collegiate teams, from junior colleges to Division I. Colette Lewis of ZooTennis.com talks with Amritraj about many topics around college tennis.

16-Mar-2017
Countdown: How Much Does the Coach Matter Anyway?
Sports fans typically fancy themselves to be true experts in the world of sports. They love to give adulation and praise to coaches when they win - and to demonize them when they lose. But do coaches deserve the attention they receive? I think they do ... but maybe not for the reasons you would think.

13-Mar-2017
Countdown to Signing Day
It's that time of year... Signing Day is approaching. April 12 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.

10-Mar-2017
Bengals and Broncos Claim Titles at USTA National Spring Team Championships
The USTA National Spring Team Championships were in their fourth year at the Mobile Tennis Center, yet it was two first-time coaches who led the Bengals and the Broncos to victory. Bryan Minton's Broncos won the boys title with a 5-2 victory over the Patriots, while Seth Walrath's Bengals came from behind to defeat the Stingrays 4-3 to earn the girls team championship.

8-Mar-2017
Roundtable: Choosing the Lineup
Lineup selection - who plays which line - is an important part of college tennis. When there are strong players with different skill sets, coaches need to make difficult choices. We put the question to our panel of coaches: When you have two strong players at the top of your lineup, how do you decide who plays No. 1 and No. 2? How does the lineup change from week to week?

6-Mar-2017
Star Ratings '16-'17 - Spring Edition
Three Star Recruit? Or Four Star? You can find out right now, as The Tennis Recruiting Network proudly presents the Star Ratings for Spring 2017.

3-Mar-2017
February Aces
February's spotlight always falls on the Team Indoor champions in college tennis, with three top seeds collecting National Championships last month. But a dozen juniors and former college players also deserve recognition for their achievements, which include plenty of titles for US teens on the red clay of South America.

1-Mar-2017
CWRU's C.J. Krimbill Receives NCAA Today's Top 10 Award
Recent Case Western Reserve University graduate and former men's tennis player C.J. Krimbill received the NCAA Today's Top 10 Award, recognizing former student-athletes for their successes on the field, in the classroom and in the community at the Honors Celebration during the NCAA Convention in Nashville, Tennessee in January.

27-Feb-2017
In Search of Tennis Gadgets at CES 2017
Each January, 185,000 people descend on Las Vegas for the annual Consumer Electronics Show. While the masses aren't there to look for the latest tennis training aid or wearable device, potential gadgets for tennis players and fans are found in just about every corner of the city.

24-Feb-2017
USTA's Blackman Settles in at Player Development
Martin Blackman completed his first full calendar year as USTA General Manager of Player Development in December, undoubtedly relieved that his department's transition to the USTA's National Campus was in its final stages. Colette Lewis visited the recently-opened Lake Nona facility earlier this month and got the chance to catch up with Blackman regarding a wide array of topics.

22-Feb-2017
Virginia Wins ITA National Indoor Team Title
When you think of teams that are really great at playing indoor tennis, the top two that would come to most people's minds are Virginia and Ohio State. Coming into the ITA National Team Indoors, Virginia and Ohio State had made a combined 11 finals appearances over the previous 12 years, so it shouldn't have been a surprise when they stood on opposite sides of the net on Monday morning. In the end, the Cavaliers brought home the hardware.

20-Feb-2017
Hot 100 List - February '17
Today we announce the February edition of the Hot 100. The 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-Feb-2017
Florida Women Claim First ITA National Indoors Title Since 1999
For sixteen of the best women's college tennis teams in the country, the ITA National Team Indoor Championship was a chance to make a statement for the rest of the season. For Roland Thornqvist and his No. 1 Florida Gators, a win in New Haven, Connecticut, achieved a new first. Thornqvist won his first-ever NTI championship - and UF won its first title since 1999.

13-Feb-2017
Talk, Talk, Talk ...
In politics, people say a lot of things to grab headlines in his bid to win the election - regardless of whether it is true. We are all guilty at times of delusional dialogue about ourselves and our goals - and I have heard many bold statements from tennis players and parents. I learned to become increasingly skeptical over the years. Think critically about what you want to accomplish - and ask yourself if what you are saying is truly what YOU desire.

10-Feb-2017
Catching up with Virginia's Julia Elbaba
Julia Elbaba was well decorated during her career at the University of Virginia, earning National Rookie of the Year honors in 2013 and winning national singles titles. By the end of her senior year, the 22-year-old New Yorker was a four-time All-American and the recipient of the ITA's prestigious Cissie Leary Sportsmanship award. Colette Lewis got the chance to speak with Elbaba - now on the WTA circuit - at a tournament earlier this month in Michigan.

9-Feb-2017
TRN/SLAM·Tennis College Rankings
The USTA Collegiate Division recently announced new weekly polls ranking the Top 25 NCAA Division I Men's and Women's College Teams, and TRN is one of the organizations with a vote. Since we are a ranking company, we decided to use our rating and ranking system on college tennis teams to help us in our voting. Take a look at our independent rankings of college programs at the NCAA D-I, D-II, D-III and NAIA levels ...

6-Feb-2017
Top Women's Classes - 2017 Winter Rankings
Spring Signing Day is just over two months away, and coaches are busy finalizing their recruiting classes. A number of highly-ranked seniors have already made their college choices - they have made verbal commitments or signing NLIs during the Fall Signing Period. Find out which women's teams are looking good at this stage - as The Tennis Recruiting Network and YTEX Strings proudly present the Top 25 Women's College Tennis Recruiting Classes of 2017.

3-Feb-2017
Junior and College Stars Shine as January Aces
Juniors age 12 and up and many former collegians started 2017 with memorable performances in Australia and Europe, Central and South America, Florida and California.

1-Feb-2017
Roundtable: Scheduling Dual Matches
Dual matches are the heart of the college tennis season, and most of the top teams are just starting their dual match schedule right now. There are plenty of great early-season matchups before conference play begins in earnest. But how do teams come up with their schedules? We put the question to our panel: What is your philosophy when putting together your spring schedule? How far in advance do you start planning?

30-Jan-2017
Top Men's Classes - 2017 Winter Rankings
Late January is a great time to take a look at college recruiting. More than 850 seniors have made their college choices, and recruiting classes are really shaping up. How is your favorite team doing? Let's find out ... as Tennis Recruiting and YTEX Strings bring you the Top 25 Men's College Tennis Recruiting Classes for 2017.

27-Jan-2017
Key Changes in Junior Tennis for 2017
A new year always brings new rules and regulations in the junior tennis world. Earlier this week I spoke with USTA Director of National Tournaments Lew Brewer about changes the International Tennis Federation and USTA have implemented for 2017.

25-Jan-2017
Talking About the USTA NCAA Division I College Poll
Today we chat with long-time college tennis evangelist Scott Treibly of the USTA Collegiate Division about the recently-announced USTA Division I Men's and Women's College Tennis Top 25 Polls which kick off early next month. Treibly talks about how the poll works and goals for the effort.

23-Jan-2017
Tennis Level Does Not Equal Tennis Level
I think there is a misconception in the tennis world that you need to be playing with higher level tennis players, junior or professional, in order to become a higher level tennis player. Level does not equal level.

20-Jan-2017
Rebeka Masarova Aims for Second Major Title at Australian Open
As is typical for the Australian Open Junior Championships, many of the top juniors have skipped the trip to Melbourne this year. But one major winner has made the long plane ride, with 2016 French Open girls champion Rebeka Masarova of Switzerland, No. 4 in the current ITF junior rankings, looking for a second title.

18-Jan-2017
Talking with Hawaii Pacific's Lauren Conching
For the past ten seasons, the Hawaii Pacific Sharks have advanced to the NCAA Division II National Championships - the past five with Head Coach Lauren Conching at the helm. Conching, the ITA/Wilson Tennis National Coach of the Year in 2013, has led the program to three Final Four appearances in her five seasons. Harry Cicma of NBC Sports had the chance to talk with Conching about her experiences coaching college tennis.

16-Jan-2017
Hot 100 List - January '17
Today we announce the January edition of the Hot 100. The 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-Jan-2017
Eight Intriguing Questions for 2017
Covering junior tennis tournaments and reporting on individual matches is the bread and butter of what I do at ZooTennis.com. But every January, the Tennis Recruiting Network encourages me to step back and contemplate some of the structural and procedural changes that surround the always evolving sport of tennis. Here are the eight questions that I look forward to seeing answered in 2017 ...

11-Jan-2017
Roundtable: Fitness Programs in College Tennis
Fitness and health are important aspects in the game of tennis. Off the court, college tennis players work out to maintain high levels of energy and stamina. We asked a panel of coaches the following questions: What types of off-court fitness and conditioning programs do you use? Are your players advised on nutritional matters?

10-Jan-2017
Welcome to the USTA National Campus
While in Florida last month for the big junior tennis tournaments, I took a few hours to tour the USTA's vast new 64-acre National Campus in Lake Nona. The scale of the project is difficult to grasp even when visiting in person, but here are 18 photos to provide a glimpse into what is available at the public facility.

6-Jan-2017
Seggerman and Kung Capture Winter 18s Titles
Princeton-bound senior Ryan Seggerman of Coronado, Calif., and sophomore Chelsea Kung of Fort Worth, Texas, were the 18U singles champions this week at the USTA National Winter Championships in Chandler, Ariz., where upsets were common and none of the top-five seeds made the semifinals in either draw.

5-Jan-2017
Top Seeds Nakashima, Blake Take Winter Nationals 16s
Inclement weather failed to put a damper on the week for San Diego, California's Brandon Nakashima and Boca Raton, Florida's Angelica Blake who both blitzed through the 16s competition in winning the USTA National Winter Championships in Scottsdale, Ariz.

4-Jan-2017
Southern California Players Win 14s Winter Nationals Titles
Two Southern Californians emerged as the singles winners of the USTA Boys and Girls 14 Winter National Championships at the Reffkin Tennis Center. Top-seeded Maxwell McKennon of Newport Beach captured the boys gold ball, while No. 5 Jenna DeFalco of Tustin won the girls national title. The tournament, plagued with rain delays, finished this past Monday, January 2nd.

3-Jan-2017
Top Seeds Triumph at 12s Winter Nationals
True to form, the boys and girls top seeds emerged as the 2016 champions of the Winter Nationals in Tucson, Ariz. Californian Vivian Ovrootsky took home two gold balls in Tucson without losing a set. On the boys' side, Jackson Armistead of South Carolina defeated seventh-seeded Learner Tien of California in a match that came down to the wire by a score of 4-6, 6-2, 7-6 (5).

2-Jan-2017
Winter Nationals Week
While most people were enjoying a winter break, many top American junior tennis players were pursuing gold balls in Arizona. This week, Tennis Recruiting and Van Der Meer Academy celebrate the winners of the USTA National Winter Championships. Take a look at our coverage schedule for Winter Nationals Week.

31-Dec-2016
Junior Tennis Stars Highlight December Aces
December may contain little in the way of college and professional tennis, but junior tennis fills that gap with the Eddie Herr, Metropolia Orange Bowl and Junior Orange Bowl events. The 14 different champions crowned in those prestigious events are below, as well as two teens who are excelling on the ITF Pro Circuit.

26-Dec-2016
College Tennis is for Losers
This article provides a sample of a conversation that has transpired between former Oklahoma Head Coach Dave Mullins and many junior coaches around the world when Mullins was on the recruiting trail. Some of the quotes have actually come out of the mouths of many coaches - and every college coach has heard these types of arguments countless times.

23-Dec-2016
Americans Lilov, Gauff Sweep Junior Orange Bowl 12s Titles, Noel Wins 14s Championship
After a sweep of the 16s singles titles earlier this month at the Metropolia Orange Bowl, Americans continued their success this week at the Junior Orange Bowl, with Victor Lilov, Cori Gauff and Alexa Noel claiming the biggest silver bowls of oranges on offer at 12s and 14s event in Coral Gables, Florida.

19-Dec-2016
Hot 100 List - December '16
Today we announce the December edition of the Hot 100. The 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-Dec-2016
Unseeded Volynets and Sun Capture Metropolia Orange Bowl 16s Titles
A rainy day didn't keep Katie Volynets from making history at the Metropolia Orange Bowl last Saturday, while Steven Sun won a dramatic final to take the boys title, giving the United States a sweep of the 16s singles championships at the Veltri Tennis Center in Plantation Florida.

15-Dec-2016
Kecmanovic Defends Title, Juvan Claims Girls Championship at Metropolia Orange Bowl
Serbia's Miomir Kecmanovic completed two of the toughest tasks in tennis last weekend, adding a second straight Metropolia Orange Bowl title to his International Tennis Federation Grade 1 Eddie Herr championship the previous week. Kaja Juvan of Slovenia ousted top-ranked junior Anastasia Potapova of Russia to capture girls title at the ITF Grade A tournament, held on the Har-Tru courts of the Veltri Tennis Center in Plantation, Florida.

14-Dec-2016
2017 USTA National Junior Competitive Structure
Significant revisions have been approved by the USTA Junior Competition Committee to the national junior competitive structure that will become effective on January 1, 2017. Take a look at how they will affect you ...

9-Dec-2016
Kecmanovic, Carle Claim Eddie Herr ITF Titles
After a week of excellent weather and hundreds of matches played across the sprawling IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, the Eddie Herr International Championships concluded Sunday with the crowning of eight singles champions in four age divisions.

7-Dec-2016
Don't Pass on Playing in a Pro Am
While it may not possess the prestige of a national tournament or high school state tournament, it is possible that one of the most important matches you might play, even as a junior, could be in a pro am. While it might seem trivial, it can be a unique chance to make a lasting friendship - or a chance to catch the eye of a college tennis coach.

5-Dec-2016
Roundtable: Junior Tennis Events and Recruiting
There are many opportunities for junior tennis players to interact with college tennis coaches without visiting campus. Coaches frequently attend junior tournaments, college showcases, and college information sessions. We put the following question to a panel of college coaches: What junior events do you and your staff attend each year? How valuable are these events in your recruiting process?

2-Dec-2016
November Aces Shine Abroad and at Home
New York, London and Mexico City were the locales for several memorable performances last month, but Knoxville, Columbus and Birmingham also enjoyed time in the spotlight in November as teenagers showcased their games and moved up the professional rankings to enter the brief off-season on a positive note.

27-Nov-2016
Building A Game: The Tennis Imagination
Junior tennis abounds with players adept at contemporary tennis: an attrition-based, narrowly-focused baseline game. This mode certainly generates outcomes in the form of match wins, rankings and scholarships. But what about a long-term, sustainable process for staying engaged with the tennis? Talk of strokes - that is, groundstrokes - is plentiful. But talk of a playing style - the rich literature - is minimal.

24-Nov-2016
World Junior No. 1 Kecmanovic Leads Eddie Herr ITF Boys Field; China's Wang Heads Girls Draw
When Miomir Kecmanovic returns to Bradenton's IMG Academy for next week's ITF Grade 1 Eddie Herr, he'll do so as the No. 1 junior in the world. The only Top 10 player in the girls draw is China's Xiyu Wang, who has a recent win over current ITF No. 1 and Wimbledon girls champion Anastasia Potapova of Russia. Kecmanovic and Wang are favorites at the Eddie Herr, but there are a number of other challengers ...

21-Nov-2016
Go With the Flow
You will often hear at a junior tennis match, "I was so in the zone today," or "How is this guy zoning so hard out there?" If you are talking about yourself, it's a compliment. If you were referring to your opponent, you were basically saying they were playing above their level. Let's take a look at what these phrases really mean - and why they allow players to perform at their best.

18-Nov-2016
Quick Restart: Bradley Klahn Returns to ATP Tour
During his 21 months away from the game because of injury, 2010 NCAA singles champion Bradley Klahn was forced to consider a career that did not include tennis. But the thought of walking away proved more painful than undertaking a long rehabilitation - and this week Klahn saw that determination rewarded at an ATP Challenger. Colette Lewis of ZooTennis.com spoke with the Californian about his return to competition, his mindset, and a myriad of other topics.

16-Nov-2016
Shutting Off The Thinking Mind in Tennis
Meet the Thinking Mind. Many junior recognize its presence more and more as the college playing years are right around the corner. Players often become tight in the presence of college coaches at tournaments, in showcases, and on college visits. Here are four tips to overcoming the thinking mind - and taking control of your thoughts at this critical time.

14-Nov-2016
Hot 100 List - November '16
Today we announce the November edition of the Hot 100. The 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.

8-Nov-2016
Fall Signing Week '16 : I Didn't Sign an NLI - Now What?
So you did not get the spot or the scholarship you had been hoping for; maybe you turned down offers to wait for something else or you may have found yourself not receiving any scholarship offers this time around. I know this can feel quite disconcerting, and you may feel like all is lost. I am here to tell you all is not lost, and that it is all going to work out just fine for you.

8-Nov-2016
Fall Signing Week '16: National Roundup
Signing Week has arrived! As senior players begin signing National Letters of Intent with Division I and Division II schools, we are covering all the action. Today we check in with a group of select seniors from around the country as they prepare to sign NLIs during the fall signing period, which officially begins tomorrow. Find out their schools of choice - and which factors proved pivotal in their decisions.

7-Nov-2016
Fall Signing Week '16: What the FAFSA Changes Mean for Recruiting
In a rare move, deadlines changes been made to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, better known as FAFSA. These modifications have an impact on money available for financial scholarships, which can also change timing in the recruiting process. Recruiting expert Marcia Frost breaks down the changes ...

7-Nov-2016
Fall Signing Week '16: Overview and Blue Chip Update
With the "Countdown" behind us, on to the main event! Tennis Recruiting and GAMMA are ready to kick off our coverage of Fall Signing Week '16 with a final look at the Blue Chip boys and girls. We update you on several commitments over the past few weeks, and we note that seven highly-ranked recruits plan to announce their college choices this week - right here at TennisRecruiting.net.

4-Nov-2016
October Aces Highlight Fall
October may bring changes in foliage, temperature and length of day, but there's no sign of the off-season in the college and junior tennis world. Collegiate major champions were crowned, and many juniors and former collegians earned memorable titles during the month.

3-Nov-2016
Countdown: Drawing Attention from College Coaches
Dear Coach - My name is David Mullins and I started playing tennis at the age of 10. It all started when my father took me to a local park and threw some tennis balls to me. Since then ... blah, blah, blah, blah ... I cannot tell you how many times I received letters like this from players - telling me their entire tennis and life histories. I am here to tell you that college coaches do not care about any of this, well, at least not initially.

31-Oct-2016
Countdown: Embree Ready For Second Chance
Lauren Embree had a junior and collegiate career anyone would dream of. However, even success on the pro level couldn't keep the All-American from getting burnt out. After announcing her retirement this past March, the Gator Great is back on tour following a 6-month layoff.

28-Oct-2016
Countdown: Q&A with WFU Coach Tony Bresky
Tony Bresky wasn't anticipating a career in tennis, but that's how things have worked out for the Wake Forest head coach, now in his sixth year. After assistant and associate head coaching stints at Indiana State and Virginia, Bresky has brought the Demon Deacons to new heights in men's tennis. Colette Lewis of ZooTennis.com caught up with Bresky in Tulsa at the ITA All-American Championships - where the two discussed many tennis topics.

27-Oct-2016
Countdown: Building Coaching and Team Relationships
"Relationship" is a word we hear over and over when it comes to college tennis and recruiting. College tennis players spend a lot of time with their teammates and coaches, and everyone wants this time to be productive and enjoyable. We asked our coaches the following: How important is it for potential recruits to build strong relationships with you and the players on your team? What are ways you go about accomplishing that relationship building?

24-Oct-2016
Countdown: Blue Chip Girls
Last week we visited with the senior Blue Chip boys to find out how they are doing in the college recruiting process. Today, the girls get their turn. How many have decided? Which players are still wide open? And are any of them leaning towards your favorite school? Find out now...

19-Oct-2016
Day Repeats, Brown Ascends at ITF Grade B1 Pan American Closed
The champions at last week's International Tennis Federation Grade B1 Pan American Closed in Tulsa, Oklahoma, were on opposite ends of the world junior rankings spectrum. World No. 1 Kayla Day defended her title with a 6-1, 6-4 victory over Ellie Douglas in the girls final, while No. 732 Alex Brown edged wild card Lukas Greif 6-4, 7-6(4) to win his first ITF junior title.

18-Oct-2016
Hot 100 List - October '16
Today we announce the October edition of the Hot 100. The 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-Oct-2016
Countdown: Blue Chip Boys
We kick off the second week of the Countdown to Signing Day with a look at the top boys 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 ...

13-Oct-2016
Countdown: Transitioning to College Tennis
During my 35 years coaching tennis at the high school level, I played a key role in helping my players transition from junior tennis into college tennis. I was highly successful, so many parents over the years have asked me about my approach - and what I thought might be the key factors to success.

10-Oct-2016
Countdown to Signing Day
Once again, in the junior and college tennis, the changing leaves mean that we are getting closer and closer to Signing Day. November 9th is 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-2016
ImRecruitable College Showcase Events Nov 30 to Dec 1
ImRecruitable will host its 5th Annual College Tennis Showcase November 30th and December 1st 2016 at Patch Reef Park Tennis Center in Boca Raton, FL. This unique, one-of-a-kind event combines both on-court training with college coaches as well as showcase match play in front of observing coaches. This event allows players the opportunity to gain maximum exposure and networking with college coaches.

5-Oct-2016
September Aces Feature Memorable Wins
From junior slams titles for North Americans, to Challenger wins for Europeans to a Davis Cup clinch for a South American, September featured memorable wins by teenagers and current collegians. Former collegians, including the reigning NCAA champions, also grabbed the spotlight last month as summer turned to fall.

4-Oct-2016
Quick Take with Former Western Illinois Standout Justin Junck
Justin Junck graduated in 2003 from East High School in Sioux City, Iowa. After playing college tennis for one season at Nebraska, where he played No. 5 and 6 singles and No. 1 doubles, Junck transferred to Western Illinois, where he played at the top of the lineup his last three years, earning Mid-Con All-Conference honors. Harry Cicma of NBC Sports asked Junck a few questions about his experience at WIU and advice for junior players.

3-Oct-2016
Roundtable: Attracting Fans to College Tennis Matches
Every college program wants to develop its fan support, and college tennis programs are no exception. Teams will often promote special events that cater to loyal fans and alumni as well as to bring in new fans. Kids days, homecomings, food, and hit-with-the-players sessions are just a few examples. We presented the following question to our panel of coaches: What are some of the things you do to attract fans to your program? What special events do you put on?

30-Sep-2016
What an Agent Does: Interview with Topnotch Management's Sam Duvall
Sam Duvall played high-level tennis as a junior outside of Louisville, Ky., and he played college tennis at Bates College. As a senior, Duvall had an internship at Octagon, a sports management firm. After several years at SFX, Duvall started his own firm, Topnotch Management. Colette Lewis of ZooTennis.com spoke with Duvall about many issues around sports management - and what advice he would give top juniors and their families.

28-Sep-2016
Rome Tennis Center Blends Economics and Education with Tennis
In Field of Dreams, a voice told Kevin Costner's character, "If you build it, he will come." Cities and municipalities have been doing this for sports like baseball, softball, soccer and lacrosse. Add tennis into the conversation, as word has reached the "powers that be" that a large, modern and sprawling tennis center can drive money into the local economy, bring awareness to all that a city offers, and offer unprecedented educational and recreational opportunities for residents.

27-Sep-2016
TRN College Showcase at the ITA Convention
Tennis Recruiting is excited to announce that it will be running a College Showcase for high school age players at the ITA Coaches' Convention in Naples, Fla. This one-day event for 32 boys and 32 girls will take place on Saturday, December 10th, where players will have the chance to compete in front of hundreds of college coaches. All play will be on the Har-Tru courts at the Naples Grand Beach Resort.

22-Sep-2016
Virginia's Collins and Kwiatkowski Earn Titles at American Collegiate Invitational
The University of Virginia picked up where UCLA left off last year at the third annual American Collegiate Invitational, played at the end of the second week of the US Open. After Bruins Mackenzie McDonald and Robin Anderson had swept the titles in 2015, the Cavaliers dominated the proceedings this year, with recent graduate Danielle Collins taking the women's title and senior Thai Kwiatkowski capturing the men's championship.

20-Sep-2016
PlaySight Hot 100 List - September '16
Today we announce the September 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-Sep-2016
Day, Auger-Aliassime Win US Open Singles Titles; Shibahara and Hart Capture Doubles
After American boys dominated the 2015 US Open Junior Championships, US girls were the story of the 2016 tournament, with two championship performances providing a fitting ending. Kayla Day defeated Viktoria Kuzmova of Slovakia 6-3, 6-2 in the singles final, and wild cards Ena Shibahara and Jada Hart won the girls doubles championship, beating Day and Caroline Dolehide in a dramatic all-American final.

14-Sep-2016
Roundtable: Sending the Initial Email to College Coaches
College information sessions and recruiting experts are always encouraging players and parents to take the initiative and reach out to college coaches. That first contact is often by email - but high school players are sometimes at a loss as to what points to emphasize. We put the question to our panel of coaches: What should a player include in his/her initial email to a college coach?

12-Sep-2016
What Every Player Should Know Before Joining a College Team
David Mullins spent sixteen years competing as a college tennis player and coach at the highest levels. As he reflects on his career, he notes that college tennis has changed dramatically since he first got involved. Mullins talks about these differences - and offers a list of the realities and expectations of college athletics to students and parents.

5-Sep-2016
Tennis Recruiting Welcomes the Class of 2023
Labor Day is the unofficial end of summer. School starts back up, and there are new sixth-graders walking the halls. This week's rankings at the Tennis Recruiting Network are the first of the 2016-17 season - and they also mark the arrival of the Class of 2023.

2-Sep-2016
Hot Aces in Packed August
August is the month of the USTA National Championships, but due to extensive coverage of the finals during Championship Week, just one of those eight gold ball winners is featured below. While most of those highlighted are young pros, including a quartet of Russian girls, current and former collegians also had tournaments to remember last month.

1-Sep-2016
Best Wishes, Class of 2016
The high school Class of 2016 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 2015-16 year - and the final rankings for the outgoing Class of 2016.

30-Aug-2016
Liu Sweeps Girls Titles at ITF International Hard Courts, Kecmanovic Wins Boys Singles
The ITF Grade 1 International Hard Court Tournament last week at the Junior Tennis Champions Center in College Park, Maryland was left without a boys final when Oliver Crawford, who injured his ankle in the doubles semifinals the day before, was unable to take the court against Serbia’s Miomir Kecmanovic. But the girls final nearly filled the void, with Claire Liu defeating Xiyu Wang of China 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 in a match that took just under three hours to complete.

29-Aug-2016
Conversation with Two-Time NCAA Singles Champion Amber Liu Chang
Amber Liu Chang was a two-time NCAA singles champion and three-time team champion while at Stanford from 2002 to 2006. By now, she expected to be well-established in the business world. But while on the WTA Tour, she was coached by former French Open champion Michael Chang, and the two are now married with three children. Todd Holcomb got the chance to catch up with Liu Chang and talk about her tennis career, advice for young players, and the joys of the life she did not anticipate.

24-Aug-2016
Roundtable: Setting College Doubles Pairings
Doubles often sets the tone for college dual matches. In the NCAA Division I, whichever team wins two of three doubles matches gains one point. Division III teams, on the other hand, can take a 3-0 lead by sweeping the doubles. Regardless of the scoring format, doubles teams are an important part of the season. We put the question to a panel of coaches: What factors go into setting your doubles pairings? How much do you change your pairings throughout the year?

22-Aug-2016
PlaySight Hot 100 List - August '16
Today we announce the August 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.

19-Aug-2016
Mmoh Masters Kalamazoo 18s
With his professional experience and an ATP ranking inside the Top 400, Michael Mmoh was a heavy favorite this year at Kalamazoo's USTA Boys 18 National Championships. Despite the considerable pressure that comes with a No. 1 seeding, Mmoh delivered, winning the title and a US Open main draw wild card with a 6-1, 6-2, 6-3 victory over No. 7 seed Vasil Kirkov.

19-Aug-2016
Kayla Day Wins Girls 18s, Wild Card in San Diego
Kayla Day veered from her normal routine. The Santa Barbara native usually just trains the week before a major event, but this year she played a warm-up tournament before the USTA Girls' 18s Nationals. The new formula worked to perfection, as the top-seeded Day capped a strong run through the singles draw by beating seventh-seeded Nicole Frenkel of Winchester, Mass., 6-2, 3-6, 6-1 in the final at the Barnes Tennis Center in San Diego.

18-Aug-2016
Greif Gains Gold Again
The summer of 2016 will be remembered as a golden one for US Olympians like Michael Phelps and Simone Biles. Although Kalamazoo is not Rio, Lukas Greif will share in their fond memories of the past few weeks, after defeating Jenson Brooksby 6-0, 6-3 to win the USTA Boys 16s National Championships, adding a second gold ball after claiming the 16s Clay Courts title three weeks earlier.

18-Aug-2016
Mossmer Finishes Strong in Girls 16 Nationals
Throughout her seven matches in the 2016 USTA Junior Girls Nationals, Nicole Mossmer proved to be an an excellent starter and finisher. That powerful combination was clearly too much for all her opponents as the La Jolla, California, resident captured the Girls 16 singles championship on Saturday afternoon with a 7-5, 6-0 victory over fellow San Diegan Julia Haynes on the Stadium Court at the Barnes Center in San Diego.

17-Aug-2016
Alex Lee Claims USTA Boys 14 Nationals
Alex Lee of Oak Brook, Ill., is now a two-time national champion. The top-seeded Lee captured the singles crown of the USTA Boys 14 National Championships, with a 6-1, 6-3 victory over No. 5 Jameson Corsillo of Boca Raton, Fla. Prior to his win at McFarlin Tennis Center, Lee captured the Easter Bowl championship in a three-set match against Andrew Dale.

17-Aug-2016
Pielet Wins Third Gold Ball in 14s Nationals
Gianna Pielet summed up the meaning of the USTA Girls 14 National Championships pretty well. "You win a gold ball in this tournament; the others you don't," Pielet said. "I get my name put in back of the USTA yearbook. That's a very prestigious award." Pielet defeated seven opponents in the tournament without losing a set. She was at her best in the final - a 6-1, 6-2 victory over Sonia Maheshwari of Morrisville, N.C.

16-Aug-2016
Victor Lilov Strikes Gold Twice in Boys 12s
Victor Lilov, displaying the precocious abilities to analyze an ongoing match calmly and to make the appropriate adjustments, defeated a relentless 17th seed Braden Shick 6-4, 6-1, to win the singles crown at the rain-soaked Boys 12s National Hardcourt Championships in Little Rock, Arkansas.

16-Aug-2016
Wiersholm Validates Clay Title by Winning 12s Nats
It's been quite a summer for Kirkland, Wash., resident, Katja Wiersholm. Three weeks after winning her first gold ball at the USTA Girl's 12s National Clay Court Championships in Boca Raton, the rising seventh grader added a second gold ball to her collection at the Lake Windward Club in Alpharetta, Ga. by winning the USTA Girl's 12s National Championships. Wiersholm edged Vivian Ovrootsky of San Jose, Calif., 6-3, 6-3, in a match that lasted just over 75 minutes.

15-Aug-2016
Hard Court Championship Week
Last week, the best American juniors were competing for gold balls at the USTA National Championships all across the country. National titles were awarded for both boys and girls in all four age divisions. TennisRecruiting.net and Van Der Meer Academy announce our Championship Week coverage - with photo galleries and articles that celebrate the best of the best in junior tennis.

12-Aug-2016
Amateur Issues
One of the principles that college sports was founded upon is that of amateur competition. In the eyes of all three collegiate governing bodies, student-athletes participating in collegiate athletics should be amateurs. Over the years, the line that defines amateur and professional has become less clear. Recruiting expert Dede Allen takes a comprehensive look at the issue.

10-Aug-2016
Rose Continuing To Blossom In Pros
Malika Rose referred to herself as a wildcard when searching for a school to play collegiate tennis at. With the help of Chris Young and Jamea Jackson, the Brooklyn, New York native become a catalyst for the rise of the Oklahoma State Cowgirls, who stormed their way to an NCAA runner-up finish this year. Now back on the pro circuit after a near-yearlong injury layoff, Rose is eager to prove she's no thorn.

8-Aug-2016
Roundtable: Turning Professional Before Graduation
With the U.S. Open occurring this month, several top college tennis players are considering turning pro. The lure of pro tennis can be strong, even if it means leaving college before his or her graduation date. So, we asked a panel of respected coaches the following question: What advice do you give to one of your current players who is considering turning pro before graduation?

5-Aug-2016
Mmoh Heads 18s Field, Greif Tops 16s Draw at Kalamazoo
The USTA Boys 16 and 18 Nationals have always drawn the cream of the US junior crop, with the 18s champions offered wild cards into the US Open main draws and the 16s champions receiving wild cards into the US Open Juniors. New this year are an array of new enticements: wild cards into USTA Pro Circuit events - as well as additional US Open Junior wild cards - are being offered tor those who finish in the Top 5 in each division. Colette Lewis of ZooTennis.com takes a look at the fields.

3-Aug-2016
Wimbledon's Junior Champions Lead Aces
Wimbledon's junior champions lead last month's list of top performances, with eight current and former college players among those posting impressive results in the USTA Pro Circuit and beyond. Due to the extensive Clay Week coverage here at the Tennis Recruiting Network, the USTA Clay Court winners are not included, but here's another round of congratulations to those who collected gold balls last month.

1-Aug-2016
A Daily Mental Plan That Might Just Work
Focus ... Concentrate ... Stay in the present ... these are all words and terms we use when coaching players from time to time. We have difficulty understanding why they get distracted and lose focus during various stages of their matches or in practice. But how many tennis players have a daily mental routine or practice? Not just a plan before or during matches - but an actual daily practice to strengthen their minds and emotions?

29-Jul-2016
Li Captures Girls 18s Clay Title in Steamy Memphis
Memphis in July is no place for the faint of heart. Temperatures in the high 90s and a heat index often in the 110s, compounded by five rain or lightning delays, presented one physical and mental challenge after another as the USTA Girls 18s Clay Court Championships wore on. For Ann Li, no obstacle proved insurmountable, as she earned her first singles gold ball with a 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 victory over Amanda Meyer.

29-Jul-2016
Sebastian Korda Wins Boys 18s Clay Courts
Unseeded and undaunted, Sebastian Korda picked up the first gold ball of his singles career as he downed Alexandre Rotsaert in the finals of the Metropolia USTA Clay Court Boys 18s National Championships at the Delray Beach Tennis Center. Korda, 16, needed a little over two hours as he defeated the hometown favorite 6-4, 6-1 to win the singles title in an all-Florida match-up.

28-Jul-2016
Noel Wins Second Straight Clay Court Title
Overcoming a significant deficit when the heat index is in triple digits is never part of the game plan. But scrappy, feisty 13-year-old Alexa Noel did so anyway to capture the singles title at the USTA Girls 16 National Clay Court Championships. In a clash of two players who now call New Jersey home, Noel outlasted Amber O'Dell in 2 hours and 20 minutes by a score of 1-6, 6-4, 6-3.

28-Jul-2016
Good Greif - Indianapolis Teen Wins Boys 16s
In the end, it was too much Greif for Jenson Brooksby in the finals of the USTA Clay Court Boys 16s National Championships in Delray Beach. The seventh-seeded Lukas Greif failed to lose a set in the entire tournament and cruised past Brooksby, 6-1, 6-1 for his first gold ball in singles play. Greif, 16, a rising junior, had won two gold balls in doubles play and a silver ball in the 16s this year.

27-Jul-2016
Christine Inah Canete Takes Girl's 14 Clays
Nobody had to light a fire under 12-year old, Christine Inah Canete, this week at the USTA National Girls' 14s Clay Court Championships in Plantation, Fla. - as an electrical fire caused some minor disruptions to the schedule and a bit of smoke. Canete, the No. 9 seed, went up against Ellie Coleman, a No. 17 seed, in the singles final and took a 6-1, 6-1 match to win her second gold ball of the year.

27-Jul-2016
Khan Twins Dominate Boys 14 Clays
It might be the ultimate family victory, but twins Zane and Faris Khan don't really like playing against each other, even for the championship of a national tournament. It happened again last week in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., where Zane pulled out a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Faris in the singles final of the USTA Boys 14 National Clay Court Championships. The two native Texans also won the doubles title.

26-Jul-2016
Wiersholm Earns First Gold Ball in Boca Raton
In a finals match punctuated by suspense, surprise, momentum swings and two lefties, sixth seed Katja Wiersholm of Kirkland, Washington, emerged victorious over second seed Robin Montgomery of Washington, D.C., 7-6 (5), 0-6, 7-6(4) at the 2016 Girls 12 National Clay Court Championships.

26-Jul-2016
Wen Takes Title at Boys 12 Clay Courts
Top-seeded Evan Wen of Morristown, N.J., took home the singles gold ball of the USTA Boys 12 National Clay Court Championships on July 23. Wen endured a stomach ailment and long matches to win his first national title. He defeated sixth-seeded Victor Lilov of Raleigh, N.C., 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 in the more-than two-hour final played at the LTP Tennis and Swim Club in Mount Pleasant, S.C.

25-Jul-2016
Clay Court Championship Week
The USTA Clay Court Championships have concluded around the country. This week, TennisRecruiting.net and Van Der Meer Academy have roundups of all the action from the Boys' 12s to the Girls' 18s - from Virginia Beach to Fort Lauderdale. Check out coverage of all the tournaments - and meet the latest gold ball winners of all ages. Get ready... for Clay Court Championship Week.

19-Jul-2016
College Tennis Players Spending the Summer with BB&T Atlanta Open
While most college students are spending their summer break working at summer camps, house sitting or maintaining lawns, there a half-dozen or so college tennis players giving a needed assist to the BB&T Atlanta Open, an ATP World Tour 250 event that is one of eight summer tournaments in the Emirates Airline US Open Series. These student athletes are getting to interact with names like Isner, Agassi and Kyrgios.

18-Jul-2016
PlaySight Hot 100 List - July '16
Today we announce the July 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-Jul-2016
Shapovalov, Potapova Claim Wimbledon Junior Titles; Liu and Arconada Win Girls Doubles
The brief junior grass season ended perfectly for Anastasia Potapova of Russia and Denis Shapovalov of Canada, with the pair celebrating Wimbledon Junior Championships in front of large, enthusiastic crowds. Potapova defeated Dayana Yastremska of Ukraine 6-4, 6-3 in Saturday's girls final, while Shapovalov overcame Alex De Minaur of Australia 4-6, 6-1, 6-3 in Sunday's boys championship match.

13-Jul-2016
Behind the Tennis Recruiting Rankings
This week marks the 569th consecutive week that Tennis Recruiting has put out graduation-based rankings of American junior boys and girls. Rankings are front and center on Tennis Recruiting, and people often ask us how our rankings work. Today we describe our ranking system ...

11-Jul-2016
Roundtable: Coaches On Off-Court Factors in Recruiting Part II
Last month, we talked with college tennis coaches about how aspects other than on-court play factor into recruiting. We got a few more responses, and so we present answers to the following question: What off-court qualities do you look for in a recruit? What is important to you, as a coach, concerning the demeanor and attitude of a recruit?

8-Jul-2016
How to Win Without Your A Game
When you look at the world's top players, isn't it amazing how often they are in the quarters, semis, and finals of Grand Slam tournaments? How is it possible for them to be that consistent time after time? How do they bring their "A game" when it matters the most? The reality is that the top players understand that the key to consistency and playing well has to do with how to act when they don't have their A game.

6-Jul-2016
The Weight of Winning - Greatness and Glory
Coaches teach, develop and mold players from their experiences, successes and mistakes. Their job is to push their players through doors where there have never been before - and to get them past their fears of failure, success and the unknown. Coach Paul Thomson of UAH describes a recent dual tennis match that serves as a microcosm of why coaches do what they do.

4-Jul-2016
How to Enjoy the Pressure of Competing
One of the most common issues that comes up during my early sessions with top junior tennis players is the overwhelming pressure they feel before and during matches. On a positive note, many junior players look for ways to improve their mental performance and stop the worrying. But the problem goes beyond mental skills - many juniors just don&apos't enjoy the competition. Here are three things players can do to enjoy tournament play - and perform at a higher level.

1-Jul-2016
Junior and Collegian Aces Shine Brightly in June
From clay to grass and spring to summer, June's transitions produced aces from a variety of circumstances. The French Open gave us two unexpected junior champions, while the Pro Circuit was fertile ground for other teens and NCAA stars both in the United States and in many other countries across the globe.

27-Jun-2016
Talking with Former Stanford Standout Hilary Barte
Hilary Barte, the No. 1-rated women's tennis recruit in the class of 2007, won two doubles national titles and one team championship while at Stanford, where she played No. 1 singles and doubles for all four seasons (2008-2011). Barte had a combined singles and doubles record of 258-63, and she was an eight-time All-American. We talked recently with Barte about her new career as a real-estate agent, her days as a junior, college and professional tennis player, and how tennis prepared her for that profession.

20-Jun-2016
PlaySight Hot 100 List - June '16
Today we announce the June 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.

17-Jun-2016
2016 Top NCAA Division III Women's Classes
The Tennis Recruiting Network wraps up its spring recruiting class rankings with a look at the D-III women. Today we present our list of the Top 25 NCAA D-III women's recruiting classes for 2016. This year, the top of our rankings has a distinct Maroon hue ...

15-Jun-2016
Joyce, Daavettila Repeat as Champions at US Open Midwest Playoffs
The location had changed, but the results were the same as teenagers Martin Joyce and Sara Daavettila defended their titles at the US Open Midwest Playoffs at the University of Notre Dame Monday.

14-Jun-2016
Roundtable: Coaches On Off-Court Factors in Recruiting
College tennis players have a lot of responsibilities. In addition to consistently turning in top performances on the court, they also have to deal with academics while working closely with their teammates and coaches. We put the following question to a panel of respected coaches: What off-court qualities do you look for in a recruit?

13-Jun-2016
2016 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 2016. This year, the No. 1 class comes from Amherst College for the first time since 2013.

10-Jun-2016
2016 Top Mid-Major Women's Classes
TennisRecruiting.net picks up where it left off on Monday with more rankings of mid-major recruiting classes. Today we present the Top 25 mid-major women's recruiting classes for 2016. Check out the Waves - who are cresting at the top of the rankings.

8-Jun-2016
Talking with Division III Men's Singles Champion Skyler Butts
Skyler Butts of Claremont-Mudd-Scripps ended his career on a high note last month in Kalamazoo, claiming the Division III men's singles title after reaching the final in 2015, the same year the Stags claimed their first team championship since 1981. Colette Lewis of ZooTennis.com talked with the 22-year-old Californian about his tennis background, postgraduate plans, one-handed backhand, hobbies and why Division III was the right choice for him.

7-Jun-2016
USTA Midwest Section to Hold College Showcase in Indianapolis
On Friday, June 24, the USTA Midwest Section will host its 2016 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.

6-Jun-2016
2016 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 2016, which seem to be a bit Bullish.

3-Jun-2016
May Aces Spotlight College Tennis
College tennis takes the spotlight in May with the NCAA championships, while junior tennis features the Grade A Italian Open in Milan as its showcase event. Former college players, particularly those from the PAC-12, had a slew of notable results, and several juniors earned titles on the ITF Pro Circuit.

1-Jun-2016
Eudice Chong, Skyler Butts Claim Division III Singles Titles in Kalamazoo
Claremont-Mudd-Scripps senior Skyler Butts had to deal with hundreds of his opponent's fans roaring on every point. Wesleyan sophomore Eudice Chong had to face the only player who had beaten her in Division III competition. But both took advantage of their experience in the big moment to claim the 2016 NCAA Division III singles titles last Saturday at Kalamazoo College's Stowe Stadium.

30-May-2016
Top Women's Classes - 2016 Spring Rankings
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.

27-May-2016
Bowdoin Men and Emory Women Claim NCAA Team Titles
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.

25-May-2016
Check Out a College Recruiting Showcase
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.

23-May-2016
Top Men's Classes - 2016 Spring Rankings
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.

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.

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.


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7/21 My Wimbledon Junior Recap; Fenty Reaches Semifinals at ITF Grade 1 in Austria; Loeb, Kenin and Kratzer Advance in Stockton $60K; Next Team USA Web Forum; Fratangelo Reaches Semis at Newport
7/20 Holt Reaches Champaign Futures Semifinal; Anisimova Advances to Quarterfinals in Stockton $60K; ESPN to Stream Boys 12s Clay Courts Finals; ITA Announces D-III Indoor Fields
7/19 Novikov, Fratangelo Reach ATP Newport Quarterfinals; Adams Beats Top Seed Saville in Champaign Futures; Stockton $60K Kicks Off Women's US Open Wild Card Challenge; Ewing Ousts Top Seed in Austria Grade 1
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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