Home Boys' Lists Girls' Lists Men's Teams Women's Teams News Photos Contributors Links Help Sign-UpOnline Store
Latest News | Categories | Authors | News Archives

Latest News

Recruiting Feature
Countdown: Blue Chip Girls
by Julie Wrege, 24 October 2016

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...

Full Article

Tournament Summary
Day Repeats, Brown Ascends at ITF Grade B1 Pan American Closed
by Colette Lewis, 19 October 2016

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.

Full Article

Who's Hot?
PlaySight Hot 100 List - October '16
by Amelia Thomas, 18 October 2016

Today we announce the October 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.

Full Article

Recruiting Feature
Countdown: Blue Chip Boys
by Julie Wrege, 17 October 2016

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 ...

Full Article


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Top Prospects '16-'17 - Fall Edition
After months of waiting, here they are... the Top Prospects. Find out right now how many stars you have - as The Tennis Recruiting Network proudly presents the Fall Top Prospects for 2016-17.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Top Prospect Fall Ratings Period Starts Next Week
Twice a year, TennisRecruiting.net updates its Top Prospect ratings - sometimes known as "The Stars". Our next update to the Top Prospects comes in late September - and those ratings will be based on players' highest rankings during the next eight weeks - from the week of July 25 to the week of September 12, 2016. We invite players to review their player records to ensure accurate ratings.

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.

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.

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.

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 ...

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?

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.

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.

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.

Recruiting Terms and Calendar for 2016-17
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.

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.

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.

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 ...

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 ...

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 ...

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 ...

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 ...

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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...

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.

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...

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 ...

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.

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?

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 ...

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Top Pros Weigh In On College Tennis Decision
Ask a group of 12-and-unders at the local courts what they want to be when they grow up, and you'll likely hear some of them answer enthusiastically: "A pro tennis player!" But even the very best of those rising stars must decide whether to give college tennis a try or chase their childhood dreams on the pro tour. We talked with three former college standouts on the pro tour about their decision to attend college, life as a pro and their advice for junior players.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Unofficial Visits - More Important Than You Think
Some high school students take eight, ten, a dozen unofficial visits as part of their recruiting process. Some people might think that's a lot of unofficial visits, but it's really not. Since there is no limit on unofficial visits, why not take full advantage of your options?

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

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

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

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

10/25 Amanda Nava chooses Saint Joseph's
10/25 Isabelle Porter chooses Stonehill
10/25 Danielle Quevedo chooses New Mexico
10/24 Carling Deehr chooses Western Carolina
10/24 Hannah Gianan chooses Seattle
10/24 Kyra Jung chooses Seattle
10/24 Christina Bugg chooses North Georgia
10/23 Jeffrey Schenk chooses Thomas More
10/23 Anna McDonald chooses Southern Indiana
10/23 Zane Kohrs chooses UTRGV

Full Listings: Boys' Commits & Girls' Commits

10/20 ?????? #ThrowbackThursday with @RafaelNadal and @rogerfederer
10/18 Order your limited edition @Prince_Tennis Bryan Brothers racquet now
10/18 TW REVIEW --> The NEW @WilsonTennis Blade 98 16x19 with Countervail
10/17 See what playtester, Mark Boone picked as some of his favorite gear this year
Overheads Looking Into The Sun
10/25 ITA Regional Championships Complete; Neel, Collins, Bektas, Mueller Qualify in Macon $50K, Day Advances to Second Round
10/24 USTA's Australian Open Wild Card Challenge Begins for Women This Week in Macon $50K; Grade 4 ITF in Atlanta Underway; Apisah Wins WTA Future Stars Competition
10/23 Potapova, Watanuki Win ITF Grade A Osaka Mayor's Cup Titles; Bellis Beats Andreescu in $50K Final; Giron, Koepfer Claim Futures Titles; Ymers Capture Stockholm Doubles Crown
10/22 Bellis and Andreescu Meet in Saguenay $50K All-Teen Final; Goransson and Giron Face Off for Berkeley Futures Title; Remaining DI ITA Regionals Heating Up
10/21 My Article on Bolton's Commitment to UCLA; Top Seeds Potapova, Kecmanovic Reach Osaka Semifinals; Andreescu Joins Three Americans in $50K Semis in Canada
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.

Page updated on Wednesday, October 26, 2016 at 7:34:16 AM
Contact our web team with any corrections