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About Colette Lewis

Colette Lewis has covered topflight U.S. and international junior events as a freelance journalist for over a decade. Her work has appeared in Tennis magazine, the Tennis Championships magazine and the US Open program, and she provides monthly content for USTA Florida. Lewis is active on Twitter, and she writes a weekly column right here at TennisRecruiting.net.

Lewis, based out of Kalamazoo, Michigan, has seen every National Championship final played since 1977, and her work on the tournament's ustaboys.com website led her to establish ZooTennis, where she comments on junior and college tennis daily.

 

30-Aug-2016
Liu Sweeps Girls Titles at ITF International Hard Courts, Kecmanovic Wins Boys Singles Without Playi
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.

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

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

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

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

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

22-Jul-2016
Top-Ranked Blumberg Chooses Carolina Blue
As he considered his options for college, Blue Chip William Blumberg encountered a problem - every school he visited went to the top of his list. Blumberg considered Duke, USC, Wake Forest, Stanford, Virginia and North Carolina before finally paring his choice down to the Cavaliers and Tar Heels. In the end, the nation's top-ranked senior liked what he saw to UNC, and he plans to graduate early and join the Tar Heels in January for the 2017 spring season.

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

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

24-Jun-2016
Zhu Heads to UCLA
A program with the history and reputation of UCLA doesn't need a sales force, yet Evan Zhu, who will join the Bruins this fall, found himself surrounded by advocates for the school while in Southern California. A trio of former UCLA stars - Nick Meister, Dan Kosakowski and Haythem Abid - had practiced with, coached or competed against the 17-year-old, five-star recruit and were eager to see him in True Blue and Gold.

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

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

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

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

27-May-2016
Bowdoin Men and Emory Women Claim NCAA Team Titles
The NCAA Division III team championships at Kalamazoo College displayed two sides of college tennis, producing an improbable champion in the Bowdoin men and a favored champion in the Emory women.

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

6-May-2016
McNally's Path Leads Straight to Columbus
Born and raised an Ohio State football fan, John McNally always expected to join the Buckeyes once it became clear his level of play would allow him to compete for one of the nation's top programs. Dismissing a brief temptation to look elsewhere, the 17-year-old blue chip from Cincinnati has announced his commitment to Ohio State for the fall of 2017.

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

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

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

15-Apr-2016
Spring Signing Week '16: Battaglia Joins the Bulldogs
After a stellar summer in 2015, Madison Battaglia's college recruiting search got more complicated. Always interested in the academic advantages of the Ivies, the 18-year-old from Cold Spring Harbor, New York, considered the other offers she received, but when the time came to make a decision, the blue chip relied on the experiences from her official visit to New Haven to select Yale.

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

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

25-Mar-2016
Countdown: Ambrozy Joins Lions' Lair
Adam Ambrozy took his fifth official recruiting visit last fall to ensure he had left no stone unturned. Both Columbia and the blue chip recruit benefitted from that decision, when, just days after his trip to the New York City campus, Ambrozy committed to the Lions.

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

9-Mar-2016
Ten Questions with Les Petits As Champion Stefan Leustian
Fourteen-year-old Stefan Leustian reached the third round of the Junior Orange Bowl in December, one of the few times he had competed against international players. In the six weeks that followed, the Northern California resident began to post increasingly impressive results, both in the United States and in Europe. Colette Lewis caught up with Leustian at the USTA National Spring Team Championships - talking with him about his recent performance, his titles, and more ...

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

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

19-Feb-2016
Surrounded by Tennis, Jones Blossoms
Tennis takes hold early in Midland, the longtime home of February's Dow Corning Tennis Classic. Known for its community outreach and the local schoolchildren who arrive by the busload for early round matches, the tournament has been an integral part of the small Michigan city's sports scene for nearly three decades. Colette Lewis of ZooTennis.com talks with fifteen-year-old Alyvia Jones, a blue chip recruit who lives in Midland, about her game as well as her experiences growing up in a tennis town.

12-Feb-2016
A Conversation with Raveena Kingsley
Seventeen-year-old Raveena Kingsley made several important decisions last fall. The No. 1 recruit in the Tennis Recruiting Network's Class of 2016 decided to stop playing junior tennis after the US Open, and selected LSU for her collegiate career. Colette Lewis of ZooTennis.com talked with Kingsley about her recent results, her college decision, her introduction to the game, her preparation when facing a new opponent and the pro players she admires.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

30-Oct-2015
Countdown: Fighting Illini Claim Clark
Zeke Clark's competitive fire made the Oklahoma resident one of the nation's top recruits. Although several Big 12 schools closer to home were in the picture, the Big Ten's University of Illinois won the battle for the 17-year-old from Tulsa, who will join the Fighting Illini in the fall of 2016.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

24-Aug-2015
Alex Rybakov Chooses TCU
Blue chip Alex Rybakov, the No. 1 recruit in the class of 2015, had expected to bypass college and jump directly to the pro tour. But this summer, the 18-year-old Floridian decided to investigate the college route, which led to his selection of TCU as the program best suited to help him prepare for a professional career.

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

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

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

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

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

27-Jul-2015
Ten Questions with World Junior No. 1 Taylor Fritz
Just over two years ago, Taylor Fritz played his first International Tennis Federation junior tournament, the Claremont Grade 4, which is within driving distance of his San Diego area home. Last month, after reaching the French Open boys final, where he lost to Tommy Paul in the first all-American final in that tournament's history, Fritz took over the No. 1 spot in the ITF junior rankings. Colette Lewis of ZooTennis.com caught up with Fritz at Wimbledon.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

15-May-2015
DeVine's Back
Jake DeVine was playing the best tennis of his life when he first felt a twinge in his back in November 2013. That twinge led to a 14-month layoff for the 17-year-old Californian, but now healthy and competing again, he will join the Southern Californian Trojans this fall.

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

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

24-Apr-2015
Gators Suit Neel
Sixteen-year-old Ingrid Neel moved from Minnesota to Florida three years ago to train at the IMG Tennis Academy in Bradenton. Ranked No. 2 in the class of 2016, Neel now considers herself a Floridian, a mindset that led her to verbally commit to the University of Florida Gators recently.

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

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

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

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

20-Mar-2015
Countdown: Rutledge Goes East to Join Demon Deacons
Texan Eric Rutledge's two major choices - which sport and which college - came several years apart, with his decision to sign with Wake Forest the easier of the two.

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

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

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

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

24-Feb-2015
A Conversation with Caroline Dolehide
Sixteen-year-old Caroline Dolehide is hardly unknown to junior tennis fans in the United States. The Hinsdale, Illinois, resident has been in the top six of the Tennis Recruiting Network's 2017 class since entering the rankings as a 6th-grader. But her stock went up on the international scene after reaching the semifinals of the US Open Juniors. Colette Lewis caught up with Dolehide after her wildcard appearance in Midland.

18-Feb-2015
Daavettila Chooses Carolina Blue
Her homework complete, blue chip Sara Daavettila embarked on a road trip to explore several schools she was interested in attending. The journey proved worthwhile when the Williamston, Michigan, high school junior stepped onto North Carolina's Chapel Hill campus, sensing immediately it was the place for her.

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

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

23-Jan-2015
Xu, Safiullin Target Australian Junior Titles
Eight different players from five countries claimed junior slam titles last year, with a similar pattern expected in 2015 as the Australian Open junior championships kick off this weekend in Melbourne.

16-Jan-2015
Eight Intriguing Questions for 2015
It's January... so it must be time for another edition of "Intriguing Questions" from columnist Colette Lewis. Today, in the tenth article in as many years, Colette poses eight questions about junior and college tennis that should be answered over the coming months.

9-Jan-2015
An interview with Nick Saviano
Nick Saviano began his storied coaching career at age 28 after winning two NCAA titles at Stanford and playing the ATP circuit for several years. After 15 years with the USTA, Saviano started his own tennis academy, where he can still be found feeding balls to eight-year-olds with grand slam dreams. Colette Lewis got the chance to talk with Saviano about many topics around tennis coaching and the game in general.

7-Jan-2015
Florida ITF Tournaments Lead to December Aces
While most of professional tennis is on holiday, three prestigious junior tournaments in Florida fill the gap to provide most of December's top performers. The lists of former winners at the Eddie Herr, Orange Bowl and Junior Orange Bowl contain many grand slam champions, so file these names away for future reference.

31-Dec-2014
Osuigwe Stands Tall at Junior Orange Bowl
Whitney Osuigwe began the Junior Orange Bowl 12s tournament unseeded, but that didn’t keep the 12-year-old from ending it as a champion last week in sunny Miami, Florida. Osuigwe, who trains at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, avenged a recent loss to Japan’s Himari Sato, one of eight No. 1 seeds in the Junior Orange Bowl 12s, by posting a 6-4, 6-4 win in the championship match at the University of Miami’s Neil Schiff Tennis Center.

19-Dec-2014
American Juniors Shine at Metropolia Orange Bowl
Stefan Kozlov, Sonya Kenin and Sam Riffice made the 2014 Metropolia Orange Bowl in Plantation, Florida a tournament to remember for US juniors, with Kozlov and Kenin claiming their first Grade A titles and Riffice joining exclusive company in adding the 16s championship to his Eddie Herr title.

12-Dec-2014
Opelka and Galfi Claim Eddie Herr ITF Titles
For the first time in the history of the Eddie Herr International ITF tournament, two American boys met in the final, with unseeded Reilly Opelka taking home the title with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over No. 2 seed Michael Mmoh at the IMG Academy in Bradenton Florida. The girls final, played earlier in the day, saw No. 7 seed Dalma Galfi of Hungary defeat No. 5 seed Gabby Ruse of Romania 6-4, 7-5 to earn her second major junior title in three weeks.

5-Dec-2014
Doubles Features Prominently in the November Aces
Doubles isn't often highlighted in my monthly review of top performances, but last month two teams showed just how good the collegiate product is, with two current student-athletes winning ATP Challenger titles. A college major, a return to the game and an ITF Grade A made it another busy month in the world of college and junior tennis.

30-Nov-2014
Bellis, Mmoh Highlight 2014 Eddie Herr ITF Tournament
The 2014 edition of the Eddie Herr ITF features two top American prospects, with USTA 18s champion CiCi Bellis and recent ITF Grade A Abierto Juvenil Mexicano champion Michael Mmoh among the contenders at the prestigious event held annually at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida.

28-Nov-2014
Eddie Herr Preview 12s, 14s, 16s
As professional tennis winds down, junior competition heats up in Florida, with the Eddie Herr International kicking off a busy month of December for junior tennis players. As hundreds of competitors head to the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, here's a look at who might shine next week in one of the world's biggest junior tennis events.

20-Nov-2014
An Interview with 2013 NCAA Champion and Rising ATP Star Blaz Rola
Football may reign over the sports kingdom at Ohio State, but 2013 NCAA champion Blaz Rola has done his part to raise tennis's visibility in Columbus. Colette Lewis of ZooTennis talked with Rola at the Champaign, Illinois Challenger last week covered many topics, including his first year on tour, his decision to play college tennis, his plans for off-season training and his schedule for early next year.

7-Nov-2014
Countdown: Golovin Geauxs to Tigers
Blue chip recruit Jessica Golovin didn't give much thought to college tennis until this summer. The top recruit from New York was thinking only of pro tennis until a discussion with her coach and an official visit to LSU convinced her she would be wise to spend the next stage of her tennis career in Baton Rouge.

1-Nov-2014
Eleven Teens Highlight October Aces
October was full of treats especially for the teenagers competing around the world. Although ITA Division I major champions were crowned and Australia proved lucrative for one former college player, 11 teens provided a glimpse of the tennis’s future last month.

23-Oct-2014
Countdown: California Girl Gabby Andrews Chooses UCLA
Blue chip senior Gabby Andrews seriously considered another top program thousands of miles away, but late last year the two-time junior slam champion chose to complete the next phase of her tennis career closer to her Pomona, California home when she verbally committed to UCLA.

16-Oct-2014
Kingsley, Mmoh Claim ITF Pan American Closed Titles
Raveena Kingsley and Michael Mmoh took entirely different routes, yet both emerged as champions at last week's ITF Grade B1 Pan American Closed in Tulsa, Oklahoma. No. 3 seed Kingsley, who defeated unseeded Claire Liu 6-1, 6-4 in the final, lost only one set in her six victories, while top seed Mmoh saved match points in the quarterfinals before taking the title with a 7-5, 6-3 win over No. 9 seed William Blumberg.

8-Oct-2014
Interview with USTA National Collegiate Coach Stephen Amritraj
Stephen Amritraj joined the USTA as a National Coach in January of this year and was recently named its National Collegiate coach. Amritraj played at Duke from 2002-2006, and after a brief stint on the tour, began coaching ATP professionals in Southern California, where he grew up. Colette Lewis of ZooTennis.com talked with Amritraj about the USTA Collegiate Team program which assists American college players as they transition to professional careers.

3-Oct-2014
US Open Juniors and Team Competition Highlight September Aces
Starting with the US Open Junior Championships and ending with the International Tennis Federation's Junior Davis and Junior Fed Cup competitions, September was bookended by major international tournaments in North America. Yet for all the accomplishments of teenagers from the United States and other countries, current and former college players also claimed their share of titles on the professional tours last month.

26-Sep-2014
NCAA Champion Nicole Gibbs Moves Up
Nicole Gibbs won her first ITF Women's Circuit title at the age of 14, finished high school a year early and joined the Stanford Cardinal in the fall of 2010. After an illustrious career at Stanford where she won the NCAA team, singles, and doubles titles, Gibbs elected to forego her senior year and begin her professional career. Fresh off two main-draw wins at the US Open, Gibbs is now ranked in the Top 100. Colette Lewis of ZooTennis chatted with Gibbs at the Open.

19-Sep-2014
First American Collegiate Invitational Popular Addition to US Open
Any tournament with a prize that could include a US Open main draw wild card will draw the top college players regardless of its venue. Put that event at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center during the second week of the US Open and interest surges, as it did for the inaugural American Collegiate Invitational earlier this month.

12-Sep-2014
Unseeded Jasika, Bouzkova Capture US Open Junior Titles
Marin Cilic was undoubtedly a surprise winner of the US Open men's title, but he was seeded. Australia's Omar Jasika of Australia, who defeated No. 5 seed Quentin Halys of France 2-6, 7-5, 6-1 in the boys final, and the Czech Republic's Marie Bouzkova, who downed No. 9 seed Anhelina Kalinina of Ukraine 6-4, 7-6(5) for the girls championship, both won US Open junior titles last week despite being unseeded and ranked outside the Top 30.

5-Sep-2014
August Aces
With one exception, the USTA National champions, all of whom received an article devoted to their victories last month on Tennis Recruiting Network, aren't included in this August Aces colum. But another round of congratulations are in order for Noah Rubin, John McNally, Kylie McKenzie, William Woodall, Caty McNally, Zane Khan and Katie Volynets for their championship runs as we look back on the other outstanding performances in August.

29-Aug-2014
Americans Poised to Shine in US Open Junior Championships
While the US men and women haven't had a Grand Slam finalist in 2014, the country's younger players have had more success in the top level of international competition, with Noah Rubin winning the Wimbledon boys title and Stefan Kozlov reaching the final there and at the Australian Open. With both the top seed and the 2013 finalist in the girls draw and six of the 16 seeds in the boys draw, the US juniors are poised for another outstanding showing at the US Open.

25-Aug-2014
Opelka, Kalinskaya Claim ITF International Hard Court Titles
Top seed Anna Kalinskaya of Russia and unseeded Reilly Opelka picked up their first ITF Grade 1 titles Saturday at the International Hard Court Championships in College Park, Maryland. Kalinskaya won when No. 2 seed Gabby Ruse of Romania retired trailing 6-2, 2-1, while Opelka overcame No. 2 seed Tim Van Rijthoven of the Netherlands 4-6, 6-4, 7-6(4).

15-Aug-2014
Rubin Collects Two Titles, Two Wild Cards
Noah Rubin's summer went from great to extraordinary in the just over a month. In July, the 18-year-old New Yorker won the Wimbledon boys title as an unseeded qualifier. Last week he trumped that with two titles at Kalamazoo, defeating defending champion Collin Altamirano 6-4, 6-4, 6-3 in the singles final, after joining with Stefan Kozlov to take the doubles championships, and in the process earning two US Open main draw wild cards.

14-Aug-2014
McNally Sweeps 16s Kalamazoo Titles
John McNally definitely had a target on his back entering the 16s USTA National Championships. The Easter Bowl and Clay Courts champion was 57-1 this year entering the tournament. At the end of the week, McNally had extended his singles record to 64-1 and earned two more USTA gold balls.

6-Aug-2014
July Aces
The July aces do not include the Clay Court champions, all of whom received extensive coverage last month during Tennis Recruiting Network's Clay Championship Week. But that doesn't mean there's any shortage of top performances, with a hefty 16 in this month's review.

2-Aug-2014
Altamirano, Donaldson and Rubin Head Stellar Field at Kalamazoo
Collin Altamirano returns to Kalamazoo to defend his 2013 18s title, but the fact that the 18-year-old Californian is not an overwhelming favorite, and the fifth seed, speaks to the tremendous field gathered for the tournament's 72nd year.

25-Jul-2014
Stewart's Streak Continues in Girls 18s Clays
When Katerina Stewart lost in the quarterfinals of a pro tournament back in March, she couldn't have known she would go the next four months without losing a match, and only one set. When Stewart defeated Kennedy Shaffer 6-1, 6-3 in the final of the Girls 18s Clay Courts, she not only collected a first singles gold ball on her favorite surface, but also extended her winning streak to 34 matches in professional and junior competition.

11-Jul-2014
Rubin Wins Wimbledon Title as US Boys Shine
Competitors from the United States didn't perform well in men's and women's singles at Wimbledon, with none in the fourth round for the first time since 1911. But American juniors picked up the slack, claiming seven of the 16 quarterfinal berths and both finalists in the boys championship match, won by qualifier Noah Rubin 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 over No. 6 seed Stefan Kozlov.

2-Jul-2014
June Aces
June starts with clay and ends on grass, at least for the top professionals and world-class juniors. But hard courts hosted their fair share of the month's top performances too with former college players and US teens building impressive winning streaks on both hard courts and the Har-Tru clay.

24-Jun-2014
American Collegiate Invitational to Debut at US Open
When sixteen American collegians take the courts late in the second week of this year's American Collegiate Invitational at the US Open, they will enjoy the same perks and surroundings as professionals Serena Williams and Rafael Nadal. The college players will not share in the millions of dollars of prize money, but they can collect something the pros cannot - a guarantee of entry for the following year.

19-Jun-2014
The Role of College Tennis in Isner, Johnson and Burdette's Pro Success
College tennis is a team game, a prime reason for its popularity, particularly among US-born juniors. After years of focusing on individual results in junior tournaments, collegians have an opportunity to perform for the benefit of their teammates, most of whom become lifelong friends. Yet many of the top college players also have their sights set on professional careers, using their years in college to mature and develop while competing and studying.

11-Jun-2014
Meet ITA Rookie of the Year Brayden Schnur
Eighteen-year-old Canadian Brayden Schnur didn't begin his freshman year at the University of North Carolina until January, but he had an enormous impact on the Tar Heels in his first five months in Chapel Hill.

6-Jun-2014
May Aces
May produced a whopping 18 aces, with current and former college players highlighting last month's performances. Europe's red clay also hosted some notable achievements, as did the hard courts of Korea, Mexico and Tunisia.

30-May-2014
Virginia's Danielle Collins, UCLA's Marcos Giron Claim NCAA Singles Titles
It was NCAA singles title No. 1 for Virginia and No. 11 for UCLA, as Cavalier Danielle Collins and Bruin Marcos Giron stood alone at the end of six hot and humid days of NCAA Division I singles competition at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex on the campus of the University of Georgia.

23-May-2014
USC Men, UCLA Women Reign in Division I Team Championships
The 2014 NCAA Division I Team Championships in Athens, Georgia featured plenty of rain and two new faces in the final, but when Tuesday came to close, the Pac-12 had secured both titles. Top seed University of Southern California defeated No. 2 seed Oklahoma 4-2 to claim its fifth men's title in the past six years, while No. 5 seed UCLA won its second women's championship with a scintillating 4-3 victory over No. 7 seed North Carolina.

7-May-2014
A Conversation with Steve Johnson
For college tennis fans, Steve Johnson needs no introduction. At USC, Johnson won an unprecedented four NCAA team titles and two NCAA singles titles, ending his collegiate career on a 72-match winning streak. With just one full year behind him on the ATP tour, he now stands as the third-ranked American at No. 69. Colette Lewis caught up with Johnson to talk about all things tennis...

2-May-2014
April Aces
Ranging from age 14 to 25, the April aces have accomplishments on all levels of the game - from a WTA title in Malaysia to ITF Grade 4 junior events in the Caribbean and virtually every level in between.

28-Apr-2014
Ohio State Downs Illinois 4-2 to Claim Big Ten Tournament Championship
With nine consecutive Big Ten regular season conference championships and eight of the last nine conference tournament championships, the Ohio State Buckeyes could be forgiven for taking such accomplishments lightly. There was no complacency in Sunday's tournament final against the University of Illinois however, with the Buckeyes exacting some revenge in their 4-2 victory at the Michigan State Outdoor Tennis Courts.

25-Apr-2014
Talking with USTA's Tom Gullikson
If you've been to a major junior tournament in the United States this year, you've probably seen USTA Lead National Coach Tom Gullikson there - watching matches and talking with players, parents and coaches, both formally and one-on-one. Colette Lewis spoke with Gullikson during the USTA Spring Team Championships, where he gave his insights on a number of tennis issues.

21-Apr-2014
Tiafoe, Bellis Capture Easter Bowl ITF Titles
Francis Tiafoe and CiCi Bellis have similar international junior accomplishments, and they both had great experiences at the Easter Bowl earlier this month. Both the 16-year-old Tiafoe and 15-year-old Bellis left the Indian Wells Tennis Garden, the tournament's new site, with Easter Bowl ITF singles titles.

11-Apr-2014
Nakagawa, Bellis Claim ITF Grade 1 International Spring Championship Titles
Naoki Nakagawa of Japan and CiCi Bellis of the United States took alternate routes to the final, yet both finished with titles last week at the ITF Grade 1 International Spring Championships at the StubHub Center in Carson, California.

4-Apr-2014
March Aces
From Kazakhstan to Columbus, last month's achievements knew no boundaries, with teenagers capturing titles, and current and former college players moving up in the ATP rankings. A new NCAA record also made March a month to remember.

28-Mar-2014
Two-Sport Star Aney Chooses Tennis and Tar Heels
Leading Minnesota's high school hockey league in scoring is no small achievement, but 2014 scoring champion Jessie Aney will be hanging up her skates in 2015 and heading south to join the North Carolina Tar Heels tennis program.

21-Mar-2014
First USTA Team Champions Crowned in Mobile
128 boys and 128 girls arrived for competition last week in Mobile, Alabama, and each left with seven new friends - their teammates - when the USTA's first Spring Team Championships were complete. Two 12s, two 14s, two 16s and two 18s division players were placed on each of the 32 teams. The teams had fun but competed fiercely - since a USTA gold ball served as the ultimate prize.

4-Mar-2014
February Aces
February may be short, but it had more than enough days for a baker's dozen of outstanding performances in junior, college and professional tournaments from Delray Beach, Florida to Casablanca, Morocco to Happy Valley, Australia and beyond.

26-Feb-2014
Notre Dame Dominates Ball State in College Match Day Contest
Only hours after a grueling and emotional home loss to top-ranked Ohio State Saturday afternoon, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish returned to the Eck Tennis Pavilion courts to sweep Ball State in a nationally streamed USTA College Match Day contest Saturday evening, rebounding quickly from the disappointing loss to the Buckeyes.

21-Feb-2014
ITA Format Experiment Comments: Part Two
In part one of my discussion with college coaches, there was little support for continuing the women's experiment, which featured a match tiebreaker in lieu of a full third set. In part two below, five more coaches provide their perspective on the ITA's format experiment, as does Dustin Taylor, the USTA's National Coach for Collegiate Tennis, and Mitchell Frank, the University of Virginia's No. 1 player, who is leading the student-athlete opposition to any change of format.

19-Feb-2014
Match Tiebreaker for Third Set Not Popular with Top Division I Coaches in Charlottesville
The experimental phase for ITA Division I formats is over, concluding with the men's and women's ITA Team Indoor Championships. The men's experimental format, which employed no-ad, and the women's experimental format, which used a match tiebreaker in lieu of a third set, will now be evaluated for their effectiveness in providing an improved fan experience and shortening match times.

14-Feb-2014
Duke Erases UCLA's 3-0 Lead to Earn Second ITA Women's Team Indoor Title
When the seeds were announced last week for the ITA Women's Team Indoor Championships, Duke was a controversial No. 7, despite their preseason ranking of 10. When the Blue Devils defeated No. 4 seed UCLA 4-3 Monday in the final, roaring back from 3-0 down, they had proven they belong at the very top.

5-Feb-2014
January Aces
For fourteen junior and college tennis players, 2014 is off to an outstanding start. Six of the seven continents - the lone exception being Antarctica - served as hosts for the notable achievements of January.

30-Jan-2014
Michigan Women Defeat Yale to Return to Team Indoor in Charlottesville
A new format and a key player's injury didn't keep the University of Michigan women from their customary trip to Charlottesville, Virginia in February. On Sunday, the Wolverines defeated Yale 4-0, advancing to the Intercollegiate Tennis Association National Team Indoor Championships for the fifth consecutive year.

24-Jan-2014
Eight Intriguing Questions for 2014
Tennis Recruiting enters its ninth year in 2014, and this January we feature the ninth straight edition of "Intriguing Questions" from columnist Colette Lewis. Lewis asks eight questions about junior and college tennis that should reveal their answers over the next twelve months.

17-Jan-2014
Flink, Zverev Seek First Junior Slam Titles in Melbourne
Last year's Australian Open junior champions Ana Konjuh and Nick Kyrgios graduated to the women's and men's main draw this year, leaving all 128 players in the junior championships dreaming of following their path from first junior slam title to professional success in the space of just 12 months.

3-Jan-2014
December Aces
Although the focus of the tennis world has now moved to Australia for 2014, it's time to wrap up December with a look back at the junior champions from the Florida majors, as well as two Americans who earned main draw wild cards into the Australian Open.

30-Dec-2013
Liu Takes Second Junior Orange Bowl Title, Black Wins Girls 12s; Argentina Sweeps Boys Championships
Claire Liu knew what to expect. Hurricane Tyra Black, playing in her first Junior Orange Bowl, did not. But both Americans, seeded second, triumphed over the top seeds to claim the girls championships last Monday at the Neil Schiff Tennis Center at the University of Miami, while two competitors from Argentina captured the boys titles.

20-Dec-2013
Tiafoe Makes History as Youngest Orange Bowl Boys Champion; Flink Claims Girls Title
Crowds packed the Frank Veltri Tennis Center in Plantation, Florida for the boys Metropolia Orange Bowl final Sunday, knowing they would see history made. When Francis Tiafoe fired an ace to defeat fellow 15-year-old American Stefan Kozlov 7-6(3), 0-6, 6-3, he became the youngest winner in the history of the boys 18s competition. In the girls final, top seed Varvara Flink of Russia defeated No. 2 seed Ivana Jorovic of Serbia 6-1, 2-6, 6-4.

13-Dec-2013
Majchrzak, Ostapenko Take Eddie Herr ITF Titles; Four Americans Win Championships
Top seeds and surprise winners collected trophies last week at the Eddie Herr International Championships, with four Americans claiming titles at the prestigious event held at the IMG Bollettieri Academy in Bradenton, Florida.

6-Dec-2013
November Aces
The month of November features a collegiate major as well as the last chance for those outside the top 100 to make a push for direct entry into the Australian Open. It also ushers in the brief offseason for the professional tours, allowing youngsters to collect valuable ranking points at Futures and Challenger events around the world, an opportunity many of those cited below did not waste.

27-Nov-2013
Black, Kozlov Among Favorites at Eddie Herr International ITF
Since 2012, when the tournament moved to the Har-Tru courts at the IMG Bollettieri Academy, an American has yet to reach the finals of the Eddie Herr International. Fifteen-year-olds Stefan Kozlov and Tornado Alicia Black, both former Eddie Herr champions, lead the US field attempting to end that streak this year.

18-Nov-2013
Loeb and Thompson Claim USTA/ITA Indoor Titles
The freshman's title was no surprise, while the senior's run to the championship caught everyone off guard at the USTA/ITA Indoor Intercollegiate Championships earlier this month. Eighteen-year-old All-American champion Jamie Loeb of North Carolina dethroned defending champion Robin Anderson of UCLA 6-3 6-2 in the final, but the Bruins got their title when Clay Thompson defeated Jared Hiltzik of Illinois 6-4, 7-5 in the men's championship match.

14-Nov-2013
Fall Signing Week '13: Catanzariti Heads South to College Station
Blue Chip A.J. Catanzariti made his official visit to Texas A&M during one of the biggest football games of the year - with the Aggies and 2012 Heisman winner Johnny Manziel hosting the national champion Alabama Crimson Tide. But by that time, the 18-year-old from Pittsburgh had already decided Texas A&M was the right choice for his path to professional tennis.

13-Nov-2013
Fall Signing Week '13: Wahoos Welcome Wiersholm
On his official visit to the University of Virginia last month, Henrik Wiersholm met not only the dean of the McIntire School of Commerce but head basketball coach Tony Bennett and star guard Joe Harris. That combination typifies what the 16-year-old from Kirkland, Wash. is looking for in the college experience, as he has committed to play for the Cavaliers while preparing for a professional tennis career.

1-Nov-2013
October Aces
Both college and junior tennis feature important tournaments during the month, while the many post-US Open tournaments present aspiring professionals with an opportunity to boost their ATP and WTA rankings. Throw in a memorable Davis Cup debut and the result is a multitude of October aces, 17 in all.

26-Oct-2013
Countdown: Hannah King Returns to Athens
Hannah King was born in Athens, Georgia, yet playing tennis for the Bulldogs was by no means a certainty for the Alpharetta, Ga. resident. Two major shoulder surgeries kept her from competing most of the past two years, with continual pain testing her resolve. Only her unwavering determination to pursue the sport despite the many setbacks has led the 17-year-old high school senior back to Athens. She committed to Coach Jeff Wallace and the Georgia program just a few days ago.

17-Oct-2013
Black and Tiafoe Claim ITF Pan American Titles in Tulsa
The field for the International Tennis Federation's Grade B1 Pan American Closed can draw competitors from as far north as Canada and as far south as Argentina. But this year, all four titles belonged to Americans, with Tornado Alicia Black beating compatriot Kaitlyn McCarthy 6-0, 6-0 for the girls singles championship, and Francis Tiafoe downing Californian Taylor Fritz 6-3, 6-0 to capture one of his two titles last weekend at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center at the University of Tulsa.

10-Oct-2013
Virginia's Frank Takes Second All-American Championship in Tulsa
For all the upsets and unexpected results at the St Francis Health System ITA Men's All American Championships in Tulsa last week, the winner was hardly a surprise. Mitchell Frank of the University of Virginia collected his second ITA All-American singles championship, running his winning streak at the event to 12, after recording a 6-3, 6-0 victory over Oklahoma's Guillermo Alcorta.

4-Oct-2013
September Aces
The month began with the last junior slam of the season and ended with several teens claiming their first professional titles, while current and former college stars continued to climb the ATP rankings in both singles and doubles.

30-Sep-2013
Media Tips for Young Tennis Players
Many junior tennis players pattern their games and on-court attitudes after professional players, but juniors rarely see their favorite players interact with the media. Although it may not have the same importance as developing a reliable kick serve or a slice backhand, learning to handle media requests and inquiries is part of the education of a developing player. The USTA recognizes that, annually conducting media training sessions.

27-Sep-2013
Martin Redlicki to Join Brother Michael at Duke
Despite heights suitable for basketball, tennis is the sport of choice for 6-foot-8 Michael Redlicki and his younger brother Martin, who is 6-foot-5. But basketball terminology probably best describes Martin's decision to join Michael, currently a sophomore at Duke, in the fall of 2014, with the choice resembling a layup rather than a slam dunk.

20-Sep-2013
Former Cavaliers Huey and Inglot Reach ATP Doubles Heights
While teammates at the University of Virginia, Dom Inglot and Treat Huey never played doubles together. But several years later, their friendship led them to join forces on the ATP tour, where they are currently ranked 14th in world.

13-Sep-2013
Croatia's Coric and Konjuh Sweep US Open Junior Singles Titles
Competitors from 37 countries began a quest for the US Open boys and girls singles titles, yet when the final point of the tournament was played last Sunday, one country, Croatia, had captured them both. No. 2 seed Ana Konjuh and No. 4 seed Borna Coric both staged comebacks to defeat unseeded opponents in the finals, with Konjuh squeezing past wild card Tornado Alicia Black of the United States 3-6, 6-4, 7-6(6) and Coric downing Australian Thanasi Kokkinakis 3-6, 6-3, 6-1.

3-Sep-2013
August Aces
Even without highlighting most of the eight USTA National Champions, who were covered thoroughly last month by the Tennis Recruiting Network, there is barely room for the large number of outstanding performances by college and junior players. The bar was so high winning one ITF Pro Circuit event in August wasn't sufficient to earn a mention, as the stars of tomorrow begin to raise their rankings and profiles.

30-Aug-2013
Bencic, Zverev Lead US Open Junior Fields
The summer of 2013 has belonged to Switzerland's Belinda Bencic, who aims for her third consecutive junior slam title at the US Open Junior Championships next week. Bencic will be tested by a deep and accomplished field that features every member of the ITF junior Top 10. On the boys' side, the draw is missing four of the current ITF Top 10, including No. 1 Nick Kyrgios of Australia.

16-Aug-2013
Altamirano Makes History in Kalamazoo 18s
When seventeen-year-old Collin Altamirano returns to defend the USTA Boys 18s Nationals he won Sunday afternoon at Kalamazoo College's Stowe Stadium, he won't be an underdog. After defeating No. 14 seed Jared Donaldson 6-1, 6-2, 6-4 in a best-of-five match, Altamirano is now in the record books as the only unseeded player ever to win a singles title in the 71-year history of the Kalamazoo National Championships.

15-Aug-2013
Tommy Paul Takes Second National 16s Title
Tommy Paul arrived in Kalamazoo as the 16s Clay Court champion in singles and doubles, and when the wet week was over, Paul left the USTA National Championships with a third gold ball, winning the 16s singles championship with a 6-3, 6-1 victory over his friend and roommate Jake DeVine.

5-Aug-2013
July Aces
Aces from April, May and June continued to shine in July, whether on European clay, Wimbledon grass or US hard courts. Several current and former college players used the summer to earn ATP or WTA points, while the World University Games provided lifelong memories for members of the University of Southern California's men's and women's teams.

2-Aug-2013
Top Seeds Brymer, Kumar Take Aim at Kalamazoo Championships
Gage Brymer and Sameer Kumar are looking to add Kalamazoo championships to the Asics Easter Bowl titles they won this spring as the USTA Boys 16 and 18 Nationals begin this weekend in Kalamazoo.

26-Jul-2013
Ouellet-Pizer Claims First Gold Ball at Clays
The July weather in Memphis is predictable - hot and humid - but the results of the Girls 18s Clay Courts last week at the Racquet Club of Memphis definitely were not. A week of upsets ended with 15-year-old Chloe Ouellet-Pizer defeating unseeded Terri Fleming 6-3, 6-7(4), 6-1 to claim her first gold ball in USTA competition.

18-Jul-2013
What Coaches Look For at a Tournament
Now that the July 1 contact date for rising seniors is past, the college recruiting season is peaking. While attending the USTA Girls 18s Clay Courts this week in Memphis, Tennessee, I spoke to several college coaches to find out what they are looking for when they attend a major National tournament, particularly on a surface that very few collegians compete on as student-athletes.

10-Jul-2013
Day, McNally Take 16s National Open Titles; Shaffer Claims 18s Championship
Thirteen-year-old Kayla Day came a long way from her Santa Barbara California home last week to compete in the 16s National Open in Kalamazoo, but her first trip to Michigan proved a successful one as she claimed the title in her first national tournament in that division. John McNally and Kennedy Shaffer took the boys 16s and girls 18s titles, respectively, on a warm and sunny day at the legendary Stowe Stadium courts at Kalamazoo College.

5-Jul-2013
June Aces
The month began with two new junior slam winners, while some of their young competition in Paris raised winners' trophies at professional events around the world. Not to be outdone, both NCAA men's singles finalists and three other college stars won Futures titles to start the summer on a positive note.

28-Jun-2013
Top-Ranked Juniors Kyrgios and Bencic Aim to Conquer Wimbledon Junior Championships
Last year the Wimbledon Junior Championships belonged to Canada, with Eugenie Bouchard and Filip Peliwo claiming the country's first two junior slam singles titles. Bouchard and Peliwo have now moved on to professional careers, but another 128 competitors are eager to raise their profiles in the tennis world with similar performances at the All England Club.

21-Jun-2013
Ohio State's Home Winning Streak at Ten Years and Counting
Few would argue that a streak of any significance owes something to luck. But as the Ohio State men's tennis team looks to extend their stretch of home victories past the current number of 172, what stands out is how few close calls the Buckeyes have had in that 10-year span.

14-Jun-2013
An Interview with USTA's Collegiate Team National Coach Dustin Taylor
The United States Tennis Association's Collegiate Team has been a part of the USTA's commitment to college tennis since 1996, but beginning this spring, it's taking a new direction. USTA Player Development National Coach Dustin Taylor was selected to take over responsibility for the program, and he began formulating his strategies for assisting college players in February. Colette Lewis of ZooTennis.com talked with Taylor about his new position and his goals.

7-Jun-2013
May Aces
May usually has its share of college aces, with the NCAAs always producing impressive performances. But the month's accomplishments extend to former collegians as well, with so many success stories I had to confine the list to those who had won at least two pro titles during May.

31-May-2013
Gibbs Defends NCAA Singles Title, Rola Thwarts Jenkins' Bid for Triple Crown
NCAA titles in 2012 didn't satisfy Stanford's Nicole Gibbs and Ohio State's Blaz Rola, who returned to the Division I Individual Championships at the University of Illinois hungry for more. Gibbs defeated Nebraska's Mary Weatherholt to earn a second straight singles title to go with her 2012 doubles championship and the 2013 team title, while Rola downed Virginia's Jarmere Jenkins to add a singles title to the doubles championship he won last year.

24-May-2013
Virginia Men Claim First, Stanford Women Collect Seventeenth NCAA Team Championship
For the Virginia men, it was a long delayed first title; for the Stanford women, it was title 17, but the only numbers that mattered Tuesday in the finals of NCAA Division I Team Championships at the Khan Outdoor Tennis Center at the University of Illinois was 4-3, the score of Virginia's win over UCLA and Stanford's win over Texas A&M.

15-May-2013
Sanford, Oosterbaan Capture National Open Titles
Unseasonably cold temperatures didn't stop Midwesterners Anna Sanford and Paul Oosterbaan from capturing the singles titles at the USTA 18s National Open at the Canepa Tennis Center in East Grand Rapids, Michigan. Sanford defeated Alexis Nelson 1-6, 6-1, 6-2, while Oosterbaan edged Tom Fawcett 6-3, 4-6, 7-6(4).

9-May-2013
Ramp It Up - New Academy Opens in Southern California
The Home Depot Center in Carson, California, site of the USTA Training Center-West, has a new source of activity this spring with the opening of the RAMP Tennis Academy.

3-May-2013
April Aces
April's aces are centered on the two major Southern California junior events, with the ITF Grade 1 International Spring Championships and the Easter Bowl responsible for nine of the juniors featured here. Yet juniors from around the world also made their mark on the ITF professional circuit, with four of them picking up their first titles at that level.

26-Apr-2013
Hance and Daniel Take 14s Easter Bowl Titles; Bellis and Kumar Earn 16s Championships
Connor Hance and Jaeda Daniel both came from behind to collect USTA Spring Nationals Easter Bowl 14s gold balls, while 16s champions CiCi Bellis and Sameer Kumar posted straightforward wins in the finals, as the historic tournament's 46th year came to a close earlier this month in Rancho Mirage, Calif.

22-Apr-2013
Brymer and Hibi Earn Impressive Doubles at Easter Bowl ITF
Irvine, California can call itself the city of Easter Bowl champions after residents Mayo Hibi and Gage Brymer claimed titles at the International Tennis Federation Grade B1 tournament at the Sunrise Country Club in Rancho Mirage.

12-Apr-2013
Hibi, Kozlov Claim ITF Grade 1 Titles at International Spring Championships
Mayo Hibi and Stefan Kozlov survived tough opening round matches at the ITF Grade 1 International Spring Championships in Carson, Calif. last week, using those wins as springboards for their first Grade 1 titles.

5-Apr-2013
March Aces
The first month of spring was packed with head-turning performances, from the clay courts of South America to the hard courts of Mobile, Miami and beyond.

29-Mar-2013
Countdown: Oosterbaan Heads South to Georgia
Looking up isn't something 6-foot-8 blue chip Paul Oosterbaan does often, at least literally. But when the 17-year-old verbally committed to the University of Georgia, he had two even taller national champions serving as inspirations: 6-foot-9 John Isner, who led Georgia to the NCAA team title in 2007, and his 6-foot-10 father J.P., a member of the University of Michigan's 1989 NCAA National Championship basketball team.

22-Mar-2013
McCarthy Sweeps Titles, Orkin Claims First Gold Ball at USTA 18s National Spring Championships
A year after the Midwest section swept the boys and girls 18s National Spring Championships' singles titles, the Southern section did the same, with Elliott Orkin of Marietta, Georgia and Kaitlyn McCarthy of Cary, North Carolina taking home what is likely the last gold balls awarded by the tournament, in its ninth year at the Mobile Tennis Center.

15-Mar-2013
Liang Wins Talbert Award, Looks Ahead to Harvard
Spencer Liang was recently named one of the four national winners of the 2012 USTA Bill Talbert Junior Sportsmanship Award, an honor that signifies how she's matured during her junior career. Next year, the blue chip senior will take her talents to Cambridge, Mass., and compete for the Harvard Crimson.

8-Mar-2013
Mobile Ready for Ninth USTA 18s National Spring Championships
When the Easter Bowl 18s went from a USTA tournament to an International Tennis Federation Grade 1 back in 2005, a new event was necessary to provide a fourth gold ball opportunity for that age group. The Mobile Tennis Center filled that gap, and has been hosting the 128-draw National Spring Championships for boys and girls ever since, with the ninth edition scheduled to begin Sunday and run through Saturday March 16th.

1-Mar-2013
February Aces
February may be a short month, but it was long on excitement, with blockbuster finishes to the three ITA National Team Indoor Championships. In addition to the college stars stepping up, young players from the United States, Europe and South America had an impact on the professional scene, including the ATP and WTA tours.

22-Feb-2013
Weatherholt Leads Nebraska to New Heights
Kansas City's Mary Weatherholt was not quite five years old when Lindsay Davenport's Olympic gold medal in Atlanta inspired her to take up the sport. Despite setbacks along the way, the Nebraska Cornhusker senior has nurtured that initial love of the game, leading her team to new heights while establishing herself as one of the nation's top collegians.

15-Feb-2013
North Carolina Claims First National Team Title at ITA Women's Indoor Championships
The University of North Carolina Tar Heels arrived in Charlottesville, Virginia last week for the ITA Women's Team Indoor ranked eighth in the country. They left the Boar's Head Sports Club with wins over No. 4 Southern California, No. 3 Duke, and No. 2 UCLA in successive matches, claiming the program's first national team championship and the No. 1 ranking with a heart-pounding 4-3 victory over the defending champion Bruins.

4-Feb-2013
January Aces
From the USTA Winter National champions to the outstanding performances of young women like Madison Keys and Sloane Stephens at the Australian Open, January provided many new players to watch in 2013. The thirteen aces below may not have been quite as visible, yet their accomplishments are worth acknowledging too.

1-Feb-2013
Top Seeds Langmo, Kirkov, Mateas Take Tennis Plaza Cup Titles
The weather was outstanding and so were the top seeds at the USTA Regional Level 3 tournament in Coral Gables, Florida, with six of the eight No. 1 seeds winning titles in the three-day, 32-draw events held at five sites in the Miami area.

30-Jan-2013
Miami Women Earn Trip to ITA Team Indoor
University of Miami's head coach Paige Yaroshuk-Tews knows her team landed on the right side of a thin line Saturday, winning a tense and unpredictable dual match with Arizona State 4-3 to earn a trip to the ITA Team Indoor in Charlottesville, Virginia next month.

17-Jan-2013
Eight Intriguing Questions for 2013
Another year... and another edition of "Intriguing Questions" from columnist Colette Lewis. Today, Colette poses eight questions about junior and college tennis.

11-Jan-2013
Doyle Commits to Cardinal
Sixteen-year-old Caroline Doyle was born and raised in San Francisco, so it's no surprise Stanford University was at the top of her list when she began considering college tennis programs. She had visited the Palo Alto campus many times while attending her cousin's volleyball games, struck each time by its pastoral beauty.

3-Jan-2013
December Aces
The end of the 2012 junior tennis season and the beginning of 2013's mean a crowded December calendar when the rest of the tennis world is mostly dormant. Last month began with the ITF Grade 1 Eddie Herr championships in Florida and ended in Mexico City, where the first Grade A champions of 2013 got an early start to the year.

28-Dec-2012
Americans Mmoh and Desiatnikov Capture Junior Orange Bowl Titles; Lumsden, Oliel Post Historic Wins
Seven days of beautiful South Florida weather at the 51st Junior Orange Bowl provided a perfect backdrop for three new champions and one champion collecting a second title. Michael Mmoh of the United States, the 2010 12s champion, added the 14s title to his resume, while Abigail Desiatnikov of the US, Maia Lumsden of Great Britain and Yshai Oliel of Israel received their first winner's bowl of oranges last Sunday in Coral Gables, Florida.

21-Dec-2012
Magnus Norman Seeks to Boost Swedish Tennis at Good to Great Academy
When Magnus Norman retired from the ATP tour in 2004, he didn't pick up a tennis racquet for three years. When he began to miss tennis, Norman began coaching Sweden's Robin Soderling, who went from 37 to 5 in the ATP rankings while working with Norman. With his girl friend expecting twins, Norman wanted to travel less, so he decided to concentrate on developing a private high performance academy.

14-Dec-2012
Konjuh, Djere Cap Two Tough Weeks with Orange Bowl Titles; Rublev, Liang Take 16s
Croatia's Ana Konjuh and Serbia's Laslo Djere finished the ITF 2012 Junior Circuit with two weeks worth of outstanding tennis, following their success at the Eddie Herr International with Grade A Orange Bowl titles last week on the Har-Tru courts of the Frank Veltri Tennis Center in Plantation, Florida.

7-Dec-2012
Konjuh, Garin Win ITF Eddie Herr Titles; Douglas, Norris Give US Girls Championships in 12s and 16s
At the end of a week of flawless tennis weather at the Eddie Herr International Tennis Championships at the IMG Bollettieri Academy in Bradenton, Fla., eight players from seven countries took home not just the winners' trophies, but the knowledge that they can compete with and beat the world's best.

30-Nov-2012
November Aces
The WTA and ATP may be in the midst of their brief off-seasons, but November still provided performances worth noting on the junior, collegiate and pro circuits, including the 14 young players below.

25-Nov-2012
Smaller Fields for 12s and 14s at 2012 Eddie Herr
For those starting out in international junior tennis, Florida's Eddie Herr tournament is often their first look at the United States. This year, with IMG taking over management of the tournament, the 12s and 14s main draws are smaller, going from 128 in the 12s and 112 in the 14s to 64, with the qualifying draws also limited to 64 players.

23-Nov-2012
Townsend, Rubin Aim for Eddie Herr ITF Titles
As in 2011, when the surface used for the 18s ITF Grade 1 tournament went from hard courts to clay courts, the 2012 version of the Eddie Herr International at the IMG Bollettieri Tennis Academy has some changes in store.

19-Nov-2012
Jenkins and Anderson Impress with USTA/ITA Indoor Titles
Jarmere Jenkins of Virginia and Robin Anderson of UCLA were hardly prohibitive favorites at the start of the USTA/ITA Indoor Intercollegiate Championships, held earlier this month at the USTA Billie Jean King Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, NY. But both competitors brought their "A" games to New York - both won titles without losing a set.

9-Nov-2012
Juniors Shine at First USTA Collegiate Invitational for Women
Last year, the Napa Valley Classic featured eight USTA junior boys and players from six men's college teams competing in a round robin competition. Grant Chen, then Director of Tennis at UCLA, loved the idea, and he wanted to organize a similar event for women. His efforts came to fruition last weekend in Oregon, where college and junior players participated in the USTA Collegiate Invitational, presented by Adidas.

2-Nov-2012
October Aces
The winners of last month's first collegiate majors and an important ITF Junior event always appear on the list of October's top performances, but teenage success on the many Pro Circuit events across the globe also grabs the spotlight, as the fight for year-end rankings adds urgency to every tournament result.

25-Oct-2012
Countdown: King, van Overbeek Mobilize Community
Michigan's Evan King and Florida's Bob van Overbeek thought that proposed format changes to NCAA Division I tennis - including super-tiebreaks in singles competition - were jokes. Once they confirmed the proposed changes were real, the two started a Facebook group. That group mobilized the community and led to a Twitter event, online petition, and mainstream media coverage. The NCAA has since rescinded the changes.

18-Oct-2012
Pan American Championships Go To Rubin, Abanda
Canadian success has been one of the top stories in junior tennis this year, with that theme continuing last week at the ITF B1 Pan American Closed in Tulsa, where three of the four singles finalists were from the Land of the Maple Leaf. Francoise Abanda defeated compatriot Carol Zhao in a marathon girls final 76(5), 4-6, 7-5, while 2011 Pan American finalist Noah Rubin of the US prevented a Canadian sweep by downing Hugo Di Feo 6-2, 2-6, 6-2.

10-Oct-2012
Virginia's Domijan Collects Second ITA All-American Title
After winning the 2010 IT All-American championship as a freshman, the University of Virginia's Alex Domijan was unable to defend his title last year due to injury. Teammate Mitchell Frank kept the trophy in Charlottesville with his title last year, and there it will stay, after Domijan defeated unseeded Ohio State Buckeye Peter Kobelt 7-5, 6-1 in the championship match.

5-Oct-2012
September Aces
September was a busy month, with considerable success dotting the calendar for US junior girls. It began with two US Open junior championships and ended with the United States capturing the Junior Fed Cup in Barcelona. In addition, no fewer than six girls aged 18-and-under from around the world captured titles on the ITF Women's Circuit, while former college stars also picked up championship trophies.

21-Sep-2012
Host Illinois Provides Unique Atmosphere at Olympia Fields Invitational
Golf has always been king at the Olympia Fields Country Club in the southern suburbs of Chicago, the home of the 2003 US Open. But with the introduction of the Olympia Fields Invitational six years ago, college tennis is now a new member of the royal box.

14-Sep-2012
Crawford, Peliwo Win US Open Junior Titles
Canada's Filip Peliwo had played in more junior slam finals than American Samantha Crawford had entered, yet when a challenging weather week in New York drew to a close, both had claimed US Open Junior titles.

12-Sep-2012
Burdette Begins Pro Career After Stellar Summer
All-American Mallory Burdette wasn't convinced she wanted the life of a professional tennis player until this summer, when the 21-year-old from Jackson, Georgia played four professional tournaments in a period of four weeks in July and August. Shortly after her third-round loss in the U.S. Open to Maria Sharapova, Burdette decided to forego her senior season at Stanford and turn pro.

5-Sep-2012
August Aces
With one exception, the USTA National champions, all of whom received an article devoted to their victories last month on Tennis Recruiting Network, aren't included in this month's Aces. But here's one last hat tip to Vicky Duval, Kimberly Yee, Henrik Wiersholm, Sofia Kenin, Taylor Fritz, Abigail Desiatnikov, and Roscoe Bellamy for their championship runs as we look back on the other outstanding performances in August.

30-Aug-2012
Four Juniors Seek Second Slam Title at US Open
When the US Open Junior Championships kick off Sunday, two boys and two girls will be seeking their second junior slam singles title and with it, a boost toward the coveted year-end title of ITF World Junior Champion.

24-Aug-2012
The Case for a Junior Davis Cup Team
Tennis has undergone many changes in the years since Michael Chang, Andre Agassi, Jim Courier and Pete Sampras were playing junior tennis in the mid-80s. Few will shed a nostalgic tear for the short shorts and mullets in fashion back then, but one institution of that era is still spoken of in revered tones - the USTA Junior Davis Cup team.

17-Aug-2012
Novikov Earns First Gold Balls, Wild Cards in 18s
Dennis Novikov has been a top junior since the 14s age group, but a USTA gold ball had proved elusive until last weekend's USTA Boys 18 National Championship in Kalamazoo, when he collected two. Those two had added luster, courtesy of the main draw US Open wild cards he received for claiming the singles title over Alexios Halebian 7-6(3), 2-6, 6-3, 6-4, as well the doubles title a day earlier.

16-Aug-2012
Wiersholm Sweeps 16s Titles in Kalamazoo Debut
When a tournament has 70 years of history, chances are any accomplishment has a precedent. But to find a player younger than 15-year-old Henrik Wiersholm who swept both singles and doubles titles at the USTA Boys 16 Nationals at Kalamazoo, you would have to go back to 1971, when 14-year-old Billy Martin, the current men's head coach at UCLA, won both championships.

3-Aug-2012
Krueger, Stewart Headline Kalamazoo's 70th Year
Seventy years of competition produces a long list of champions, with Kalamazoo's honor roll including such grand slam winners as Rod Laver, Stan Smith, Jimmy Connors and Michael Chang. Two Mitches hope to join them this year, with 18s top seed Krueger and 16s top seed Stewart heading their divisions when the 70th edition of the USTA National Boys 18 and 16 Championships begins today at Kalamazoo College and Western Michigan University.

1-Aug-2012
July Aces
July saw the crowning of the eight National Clay Court champions, but they don't appear among last month's 14 aces due to the extensive coverage of the Clays last week on the Tennis Recruiting Network. Instead, the focus is on Canadian and European juniors, as well as current and former college players having great results last month.

27-Jul-2012
Collins Claims Girls 18s Clay Court Championship
With her focus on senior activities and graduating with her class at Northeast High in St. Petersburg, Fla. in June, Danielle Collins didn't play a tournament for five months. When Collins did return to the Girls' 18 Clays, she showed few signs of rust, claiming her third singles gold ball in the 18s division with a 6-1, 6-4 win over fourth-seeded Jamie Loeb in the final.

18-Jul-2012
Brian Baker's Comeback Captivates US Juniors
Ten years ago, Brian Baker was playing the Wimbledon Juniors with hopes and dreams for a professional tennis career. But a series of health issues dashed those dreams. Just over a year ago, at age 26, Baker finally felt ready to take another shot at professional tennis. After some early successes, Baker went through qualifying at Wimbledon without dropping a set, then won three more matches to bring his ATP ranking to 76.

12-Jul-2012
Bouchard and Peliwo Claim Canada's First Junior Slam Championships at Wimbledon
When the Wimbledon Junior Championships began, Canada was still seeking its first singles title in junior grand slam history. When the cool and damp week of continual rain delays was over, Canada had two, with Eugenie Bouchard defeating Elina Svitolina for the girls title, and Filip Peliwo downing defending champion Luke Saville to claim the boys title at the All England Club.

4-Jul-2012
June Aces
The transition from clay to grass marks the beginning of summer in the tennis world, with many of the May aces handling that change without losing their momentum. Led by the tennis story of the year, June gave us accomplishments from recent and former collegians, as well as teenagers who are climbing up the professional and junior rankings.

28-Jun-2012
Wimbledon Juniors: Saville Aims for Second Wimbledon Boys Title, Townsend Top Seed in Girls Draw
The world's top two juniors have contrasting histories as they approach the Wimbledon Junior Championships, which begin Saturday at the All England Club. Eighteen-year-old Australian Luke Saville is the defending champion, winning the first of his two junior slams there last year, while 16-year-old American Taylor Townsend has never played a match on the world's most famous grass courts.

22-Jun-2012
An Interview with Lisa Stone, The Tennis Mom Behind the Parenting Aces Blog
A banker, a stockbroker, a fitness instructor and tech-savvy entrepreneur, Lisa Stone has had a variety of experiences in her working life. Yet tennis has been a constant companion since her childhood in Louisiana, with her latest venture, the blog Parenting Aces, created in response to the challenges she and her husband faced in navigating the junior tennis world with their son Morgan.

13-Jun-2012
The Target is Always the Top: An Interview with Florida Women's Coach Roland Thornqvist
Colette Lewis had an opportunity to talk with Florida Head Coach Roland Thornqvist in Athens, Ga. last month, just a few days after his team's 4-0 victory over UCLA in the final. In this question and answer segment, he reveals what he looks for in a recruit, how a bad year by Florida standards led to two NCAA team titles, and the one thing that college tennis needs.

6-Jun-2012
May Aces
May revolves around college tennis for me, and five of last month's 14 aces emerged from Athens, Ga., the site of the NCAA Division I championships. But from Thailand to Hilton Head, from Brazil to Sweden, there were juniors making waves in the minor leagues of professional tennis, taking on challenges and succeeding despite their relative lack of experience.

1-Jun-2012
Johnson, Gibbs Claim NCAA Titles at Historic NCAA Division I Championships
After the drama of the team tournament, the individual portion of the 2012 NCAA Division I championships wasn't expected to approach those impressive heights. But the singles and doubles tournaments somehow found a way to equal it with one unprecedented accomplishment after another in the steamy, midsummer-like conditions at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Ga.

25-May-2012
USC Men Claim Fourth Straight NCAA Team Title, while Florida Women Go Back-to-Back
Winning one NCAA team title is difficult. Only 21 programs have managed to do it in over six decades of competition in Division I collegiate tennis. But the USC men and Florida women are making a habit of it, with Trojans collecting their fourth in row with a 4-2 win over Virginia and the Gators going back-to-back with a 4-0 victory over UCLA Tuesday in Athens, Ga.

14-May-2012
Bolender Leads Michigan over Texas A&M for Sweet 16 Berth
On a cloudy afternoon in Ann Arbor, sophomore Brooke Bolender put the 15th-seeded Michigan Wolverines in the Sweet 16 for the third consecutive year. The home crowd erupted on every point in the final set, as Bolender defeated Nazari Urbina of Texas A&M 2-6, 6-4, 6-2 at No. 2 singles for a 4-3 victory.

10-May-2012
Todd Martin Embraces Teaching Role
Two-time Grand Slam finalist Todd Martin retired from the ATP tour in 2004, but he never left the game. Among other things, Martin has served as a coach to both Mardy Fish and Novak Djokovic, and he has competed on the two major senior tours. In the coming months, Martin plans to organize his own junior academy at a club in Florida. Colette Lewis recently had the chance to chat with Martin.

3-May-2012
April Aces
The epicenter of April's aces is always Southern California, where the two major ITF and USTA junior events produce ten champions. But a pair of 12-year-olds picked up Spring National championships in Florida, a 17-year-old won two Pro Circuit events in Turkey, and a remarkable comeback story unfolded in Savannah, Ga., one that will lead directly to Roland Garros later this month.

23-Apr-2012
Higuchi and Blumberg Claim Easter Bowl 14s Titles; Broda and DiGiulio are 16s Champions
The 45th Easter Bowl USTA National Spring Championships had its share of surprises. Only one No. 1 seed, Emma Higuchi in girls 14s, making it through to the finals. Champions Higuchi, William Blumberg, Joe DiGiulio and Brooke Broda overcame all the week's obstacles, leaving Rancho Mirage with six gold balls in tow.

19-Apr-2012
ITF Easter Bowl Titles are Early Birthday Gifts for McDonald and Townsend
Mackenzie McDonald and Taylor Townsend were both born on April 16th, one year apart. Last weekend, one day apart, they claimed ITF Easter Bowl titles at the Rancho Las Palmas Resort in Rancho Mirage, California.

14-Apr-2012
Krueger and Kiick Claim International Spring Championships in Carson
Top seed Mitchell Krueger and seventh seed Allie Kiick punctuated an impressive week of tennis with superb performances in the finals at the ITF Grade 1 International Spring Championships in Carson, Calif. last week. Krueger downed 14-year-old Stefan Kozlov 6-3, 6-4, while Kiick defeated longtime rival Chalena Scholl 6-0, 6-2 in the Easter morning championship matches at the Home Depot Center.

11-Apr-2012
Spring Signing Week '12: Chi Goes West to Join Bears
It's not often a Floridian cites weather as a reason for relocating, but blue chip senior Lynn Chi offers that as one of many reasons she will be signing a National Letter of Intent to attend the University of California-Berkeley this fall.

2-Apr-2012
March Aces
Although hard courts are never out of season and hosted the majority of last month's top performances, red clay was not far behind. The ITF junior South American circuit produced four March aces, including two Americans who had breakout results on the unfamiliar surface, while a former Roland Garros champion collected her first professional win on clay courts in Tunisia.

23-Mar-2012
Austin, Schneider Give Indiana Sweep of Spring National Singles Titles
When Brooke Austin and Ronnie Schneider play their next practice set in Indianapolis, expect the fiercely competitive pair to bring even more intensity to their workout. After each captured a gold ball at last week's USTA 18s Spring National Championships, that next set could determine the overall champion among the 256 boys and girls who competed in Mobile, Ala.

15-Mar-2012
No. 1 Schneider Commits to North Carolina for 2013
Ronnie Schneider, the top recruit in the class of 2013, had 24 colleges on his list when he started working through the process during his sophomore year. After winning the 16s title in Kalamazoo last August, that list was whittled down to 10, and last month there was just one school remaining - North Carolina, which has received Schneider's verbal commitment.

5-Mar-2012
Cavalier Freshman Frank Makes Quick Ascent to Top of Rankings
Less than a semester into his college career, University of Virginia freshman Mitchell Frank had already put his name in the exclusive company of James Blake, MaliVai Washington and Sargis Sargsian, the only other collegians to have won both the ITA All-American and USTA/ITA Indoor Intercollegiate Championships. Frank's titles propelled him to the top of the Campbell/ITA national rankings, even though he is now playing No. 3 for the star-studded Cavaliers.

2-Mar-2012
February Aces
With no major junior tournaments during the month, the spotlight falls on the ITA Team Indoor championships, former collegians picking up titles around the world, and teenagers claiming professional titles from Mildura to Monterrey to Moscow.

23-Feb-2012
USC Edges Ohio State to Claim First ITA Men's Team Indoor Championship in 24 Years
Despite their position as three-time defending NCAA champions, the USC Trojans were not overwhelming favorites for the ITA Men's Team Indoor Championships, held last week at the Boar's Head Sports Club in Charlottesville, Va. But thanks to freshman Yannick Hanfmann, top seed USC battled to a 4-3 win over No. 3 Ohio State in the final, delivering the storied program its first Team Indoor title since 1988.

16-Feb-2012
UCLA Downs Duke for First ITA Women's Team Indoor Title
In her 16 years heading the UCLA women's tennis program, Stella Sampras Webster's teams had reached the NCAA finals three times, winning the title in 2008. But the Bruins had not had the same success at the ITA Team Indoor Championships. That all changed Monday, when the contributions of its four outstanding freshmen culminated in a 4-0 UCLA victory over top seed Duke for the Bruins first Team Indoor title.

6-Feb-2012
January Aces
January was a banner month for outstanding performances, especially by young Americans. The eight gold ball winners from the Winter Nationals kicked off the month, which ended with title sweeps for a pair of American teens at two of the most prestigious junior events in the world.

2-Feb-2012
Michigan Survives Yale to Advance to ITA Team Indoor
Although only a sophomore, Michigan's Brooke Bolender had already felt the sting of losing the last match in an important dual contest. So when she faced a tiebreaker against Yale's Blair Seideman Sunday at No. 2 singles, with a place in the ITA Team Indoor Championships on the line, Bolender was prepared. Michigan won the ITA Kickoff Weekend in Ann Arbor to advance.

27-Jan-2012
Unseeded Wiersholm, Daniel Take Tennis Plaza Cup Titles
While many of the USTA Level 3 Regional Tournament Segments in other parts of the country were plagued by rain last weekend, the Tennis Plaza Cup in Coral Gables had nothing but warm temperatures and sunny skies for its eight divisions, held at four different sites.

19-Jan-2012
World No. 1s Take Aim at Australian Open Junior Titles
The Australian Open Junior Championships, which begin Sunday, don't regularly attract all the world's best juniors, with the long and expensive trip Down Under a primary reason many opt for other competitive options this time of year. But in 2012, ITF World Junior No. 1s Irina Khromacheva of Russia and Luke Saville of Australia will be competing in Melbourne, hoping to secure their places at the top with an Australian Open title.

12-Jan-2012
Eight Intriguing Questions for 2012
Every January, columnist Colette Lewis of Zootennis takes time to reflect on the state of junior and college tennis. She distills some of her thoughts into a column that we are fortunate enough to run here at TennisRecruiting.net.

5-Jan-2012
December Aces
The final set of aces for 2011 centers on the major international junior events in Florida, where 14 different players collected prestigious titles. The other two aces won smaller tournaments that earned them a big prize, a place in the main draw at this year's Australian Open.

30-Dec-2011
Stewart and Liu Claim Junior Orange Bowl Titles; Hong and Dubrivny Add to Championship Resumes
Celebrating its 50th Anniversary this year, the Junior Orange Bowl is often the first international experience for the hundreds of 12- and 14-year-old competitors who flock to Miami in mid-December. Of this year's champions, however, only one - girls 12s winner Claire Liu of the United States - was new on the global junior tennis scene.

21-Dec-2011
Coach of Top Pros and Young Teens: An Interview with USTA National Coach Mike Sell
USTA Lead National Coach Mike Sell may have started playing tennis at the relatively late age of nine, but in the thirty years since, he has experienced just about everything the sport has to offer. A four-time All-American for the Georgia Bulldogs, Sell went on to play five years on the ATP tour before embarking on a career in coaching. Colette Lewis sat down with Sell at the Junior Orange Bowl to discuss all things tennis.

15-Dec-2011
Thiem and Kontaveit Take Grade A Orange Bowl Titles; Chung and Routliffe Win 16s Championships
The global nature of tennis was on full display at last week's Orange Bowl, with Austria, Estonia, Korea and Canada claiming the four singles titles, each one the country's first championship in that age division.

9-Dec-2011
Thiem Makes History, Three Young Americans Take Titles at Eddie Herr International
Familiar faces and newcomers were among the eight champions crowned at the Eddie Herr International last week, as over 2200 players descended on the IMG/Bollettieri Academy in Bradenton Florida to test their games against the world's best junior players.

2-Dec-2011
November Aces
The month began with the second of two collegiate fall majors, which produced half of last month's standouts, and closed with the first of the three big junior events that end the ITF year. In between, several juniors picked up their first titles on the professional circuit, always an achievement worth noting.


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