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About Colette Lewis

Colette Lewis has covered topflight U.S. and international junior events as a freelance journalist for the better part of a decade. Her work has earned her contracts with such organizations as the Tennis Channel, USTA Florida and the Junior Orange Bowl, as well as TENNIS, SMASH, USTA, Tennis Championships and Racquet Sports Industry magazines. 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 there 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.

 

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
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.

24-Nov-2011
New Twist for 18s Tournament at Eddie Herr International
Once again over 1000 junior tennis players will descend on the IMG/Bollettieri Academy for the Eddie Herr International tournament, but the 128 competitors in the Grade 1 ITF event will head for a different part of the sprawling campus in Bradenton, Fla. The desire for consistency with the A Orange Bowl has put the Eddie Herr 18s tournament on clay for the first time.

14-Nov-2011
Virginia's Frank, SMU's Lesniak Capture USTA/ITA Indoor Intercollegiate Championships
The men's and women's USTA/ITA National Indoors shared the same dates and venue, but the tournaments had strikingly different conclusions. Both the men's singles and doubles titles went to October's ITA All-American champions, with Virginia and Ohio State taking the titles. On the women's side, SMU and USC earned their first-ever championships in singles and doubles, respectively.

9-Nov-2011
Fall Signing Week '11: Top Recruit Hardebeck Chooses Stanford
Blue chip recruit Krista Hardebeck has faced several tough choices in her life. A devoted piano student, she wasn't able to continue her quest for mastery of that instrument when she began to find success on the tennis court. Choosing between UCLA and Stanford also proved difficult, but in the end, what she calls her "lifelong dream" to play for Stanford won out, and she plans to sign a national letter of intent to compete for the Cardinal.

3-Nov-2011
October Aces
Gold medal performances in Mexico lead off October's aces, followed by noteworthy achievements from coast to coast in the United States, including several in Tulsa. Toss in a few titles by teens in Europe, Africa and Japan and you've got an autumn cornucopia of winners.

27-Oct-2011
Countdown: World Traveler Krueger Looks Close to Home for College
Blue chip recruit Mitchell Krueger has seen the world the past two years, traveling to Malaysia, Australia and throughout Europe to compete against top competition on the ITF junior circuit. Yet in selecting a college, the 17-year-old from Aledo, Texas has narrowed his choices to three schools close to home: Oklahoma, Texas A&M and TCU.

20-Oct-2011
Krueger and Townsend Take Titles in Tulsa
Winning the ITF Grade B1 Pan American tournament is an important step in securing entry to the junior slams for the following year. During last week's tournament 17-year-old Mitchell Krueger and 15-year-old Taylor Townsend set themselves up for trips to Melbourne, Paris, London and New York in 2012, with impressive performances throughout the week, culminating in straight-set wins over fellow Americans.

13-Oct-2011
Virginia Freshman Takes ITA Men's All-American Title for Second Straight Year
In 2010, University of Virginia freshman Alex Domijan used his ITA wild card to sweep through the field to capture the fall season's first collegiate major at the Men's All-American. Last Sunday at the Michael Case Tennis Center on the campus of the University of Tulsa, freshman Mitchell Frank matched his teammate, winning the title with a 6-1, 7-5 victory over University of Georgia senior Wil Spencer.

5-Oct-2011
September Aces
The top performers of September are heavy on the doubles end of the sport with a 16-year-old winning her first title on the professional circuit and a 38-year-old earning her 10th grand slam championship trophy. The British boys also had an outsize impact during the month, winning a grand slam championship, a Futures title and the Junior Davis Cup.

30-Sep-2011
Andrews Wins All-Cal Final at Land Rover Napa Valley Tennis Classic
Rain on the final day couldn't dampen the prospects of the University of California-Berkeley competitors at the 11th annual Land Rover Napa Valley Tennis Classic. When the eight participants in the Wild Card Shootout had been decided, three Bears had moved into the quarterfinals, and in the final, it was senior Nick Andrews defeating sophomore teammate Ben McLachlan 10-7 to claim the title and the Pro Circuit wild card that goes to the tournament's champion.

23-Sep-2011
Bjorn Fratangelo Contemplates His Tennis Future
Until recently, college tennis was certainly the primary option for top-ranked Bjorn Fratangelo. Although he had achieved great success as a junior, he had experienced few breakthroughs on the international or professional stage. Then Fratangelo, unseeded, became the first American boy to win the French Open junior championship since McEnroe in 1977. He followed up that performance with several strong Futures performances, lifting his ATP ranking into the 700s.

16-Sep-2011
Min, Golding Oust Top Seeds in US Open Junior Championships
Frustrating, waterlogged, exhausting - the word association adjectives for the 2011 US Open Junior Championships aren't particularly positive ones. But champions Grace Min of the United States and Oliver Golding of Great Britain conquered the multiple rain delays and compressed match schedule to capture their first Grand Slam singles titles - Min with a 7-5, 7-6(3) win over top seed Caroline Garcia and Golding with a 5-7, 6-3, 6-4 decision over top seed Jiri Vesely.

7-Sep-2011
August Aces
With one exception, the National Champions aren't included in this edition of monthly aces, so check Tennis Recruiting Network's Hard Court Championship week coverage for more on their triumphs last month. The ten aces below will also look back on August 2011 as a special time in their tennis careers.

2-Sep-2011
Gavrilova Back to Defend US Open Girls Title; Vesely Hopes to Bookend Year with Second Junior Slam
While many eyes today are on names like Sock, McHale, and Falconi at the Open, next week the juniors take the courts. Last year's finalists, Gavrilova and Putintseva, return to challenge for the girls' title. For the boys, all the big names internationally are in New York. Colette Lewis of Zootennis previews the field.

26-Aug-2011
Q&A with Georgia's Manny Diaz
When Manny Diaz took over as head coach at the University of Georgia, his task was a daunting one. He followed the legendary Dan Magill, who put Georgia tennis on the map with two NCAA titles over 34 years. Diaz was able to uphold those traditions and then some - winning four NCAA titles while compiling a 533-114 record. Colette Lewis talks with Diaz about a wide range of topics.

19-Aug-2011
Sock Repeats as National Champion
Jack Sock added USTA gold balls number 22 and 23 to his collection last weekend, defending his 18s singles title with a 6-3, 6-0 victory over Mitchell Frank while also capturing the doubles championship during an aggravating 10 days of wet weather in Kalamazoo. Ronnie Schneider won his first singles gold ball when he claimed the 16s championship with a 5-7, 7-6(3), 6-2 win over Luca Corinteli, and he too swept both titles - one indoors and one outdoors.

5-Aug-2011
Sock Returns to Kalamazoo to Defend Title
With his eye on a return trip to the US Open main draw, 2010 USTA Boys 18s champion Jack Sock is back in Kalamazoo this year, both to defend his title and begin his professional career.

2-Aug-2011
July Aces
July's notable performances began on the grass courts of Wimbledon and ended on the hard courts in the heart of the United States, with current and former college players making up more than half of the month's aces. The eight USTA Clay Court champions deserve hearty congratulations as well, but are not featured here due to the extensive coverage of the National Clay Courts last week on this site.

29-Jul-2011
Andrews Makes Herself at Home with 18s Title
Southern Californian Gabby Andrews is comfortable in Memphis, and not just because she reached the semifinals of the USTA Girls 18s Clay Court Championships in 2010 as a 13-year-old. Andrews calls Memphis, where her father Mike grew up, her second home, and when the top seed completed her 3-6, 6-2, 6-1 win over unseeded Denise Starr in the final, many family members were on hand at the Racquet Club of Memphis to witness the victory.

22-Jul-2011
Harrison Looks Toward College as First Step to Pro Career
Catherine Harrison knows what she wants from her college tennis experience. The 17-year-old rising senior from suburban Memphis, Tennessee is seeking a coach and a program that will prepare her for a career in professional tennis. That's the easy part. The hard part is deciding among her final three: Duke, Georgia Tech and Virginia.

15-Jul-2011
NCAA Champion Johnson Fulfills Dream as Practice Partner for USA Davis Cup Team
Most years, the Campbell/ITA's Players of the Year are recognized during the second weekend in July. Cal's Jana Juricova, the NCAA champion and women's player of the year, received her award at the ATP event in Newport, Rhode Island. But the men's winner, USC's NCAA champion Steve Johnson, couldn't make it. He was in Austin, Texas, serving as a practice partner for the US Davis Cup team's quarterfinal tie with Spain.

8-Jul-2011
Oosterbaan and Solovyev Capture Singles Titles at 16s National Open in Kalamazoo
Tournament director Tom Walker brought one of the Boys' and Girls' 16s National Opens to Kalamazoo College's famous Stowe Stadium courts. The boys got a preview of the venue where the USTA Boys' 16s and 18s Nationals are played, and the girls got to compete there as well. Zootennis blogger (and Kalamazoo local) Colette Lewis attended the event - and she was nice enough to provide us with a wrap-up.

4-Jul-2011
June Aces
June is a month for both clay and grass, and hard courts are always in season. Here are 13 aces who posted notable results last month on those three surfaces.

1-Jul-2011
Twelve Tips for a Better Tournament Experience
Colette Lewis has attended quite a few tennis tournaments over the years. During that time, she has seen the good, the bad, and the ugly. Here is a list of twelve tips that players and parents should keep in mind to foster the best-possible tournament experience for everyone.

24-Jun-2011
College Panel Provides Pointers to Potential Student-Athletes
In conjunction with the NCAA Division I championships at Stanford University last month, USTA Player Development and USTA Northern California held a College Day at the NCAAs. Parents, junior players and coaches heard nearly two hours of advice, facts, insights and answers to their questions on college recruiting.

10-Jun-2011
Quigley, Tedjakusuma Win Midwest Sectional Event to Return to US Open National Qualifying Playoffs
Dream Big is the USTA's marketing slogan for its US Open National Playoffs. Offering the prize of a US Open qualifying wild card, the USTA established sectional tournaments throughout the country open to all USTA members. Colette Lewis of ZooTennis.com took in the Midwest event, where Eric Quigley and Romana Tedjakusuma advanced in their pursuit of a coveted wild card.

6-Jun-2011
May Aces
The NCAA champions closed the month with some outstanding performances, but the teenagers playing around the globe also stepped up with some great play in May.

2-Jun-2011
Top Seeds Johnson and Juricova Capture NCAA Titles
The top-ranked players in Division I college tennis when the NCAA individual tournament began, Southern California's Steve Johnson and Cal's Jana Juricova proved worthy of those numbers on Monday when they claimed NCAA singles titles at the Taube Family Tennis Center at Stanford University.

27-May-2011
Florida and Southern Cal Win Thrillers to Claim 2011 NCAA Titles
The 2011 Men's and Women's Division I NCAA Championships was a riveting event from start to finish. In two excruciatingly exciting 4-3 matches, the second-seeded Southern California men claimed their third consecutive team championship over top seed and undefeated Virginia, while the University of Florida women, also seeded No. 2, avenged last year's heartbreaking loss to top seed and undefeated Stanford, ending the longest home winning streak in NCAA history.

11-May-2011
Wilander's Words of Wisdom
Mats Wilander, a seven-time Grand Slam singles champion, has devoted his life to tennis, and at age 46, says he still views himself as a professional tennis player. He now runs a Winnebago-based traveling clinic he conducts with former Naval Academy standout Cameron Lickle. At last month's Easter Bowl, Wilander headlined the tournament's annual seminar for coaches, parents and players. Here are some of his comments.

6-May-2011
April Aces
The April aces always blossom like tulips in the spring, with the major California and Florida junior events contributing most to the bouquet. Several current and former collegians flowered last month too, as well as a rising young professional.

2-May-2011
Northwestern Women Come From Behind Against Michigan to Claim 13th Big Ten Tournament Title
In the damp and gloom, behind 3-0 to a Michigan team that had beaten her squad 6-1 last week for the Big Ten regular season title on the same Ann Arbor courts, Northwestern women's head coach Claire Pollard had ample reason to expect her team's Big Ten tournament title winning streak would end at 12. But somehow she and the four remaining Wildcats on the courts kept the faith, ran the table, and emerged with a 4-3 win and their 13th consecutive Big Ten tournament title.

25-Apr-2011
Escobedo and Shishkina Win 14s, Brymer and Doyle Take 16s Titles at 44th Easter Bowl
The four singles champions in the 14s and 16s divisions at the 2011 Easter Bowl didn't come into the tournament as favorites; none of them were seeded among the Top 4. Yet the quartet of Maria Shishkina, Ernesto Escobedo, Caroline Doyle and Gage Brymer were able to overcome the scorching temperatures and highly-ranked opponents to collect gold balls at the Rancho Las Palmas Resort and Spa in Rancho Mirage, Calif.

22-Apr-2011
Giron's Streak Continues, McPhillips Claims Second Straight Title at ITF Easter Bowl
Two impressive streaks were on the line when Marcos Giron and Kyle McPhillips took the court last weekend for championship matches at the ITF Grade B1 Easter Bowl in Rancho Mirage, Calif. Giron had won 17 consecutive ITF junior matches, and McPhillips had won 17 straight Easter Bowl matches. Those singles streaks will continue, as they won the Easter Bowl titles.

16-Apr-2011
Giron and Crawford Claim First ITF Grade 1 Titles at International Spring Championships
There wasn't much international about the late stages of the ITF Grade 1 International Spring Championships last week, with Americans claiming all four singles and doubles titles at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. In the 18s, unseeded Marcos Giron and wild card Samantha Crawford took home the singles crowns, while Yuki Chiang Noah Rubin won in the 16s.

15-Apr-2011
Spring Signing Week '11: Efferding Returns to Texas to Join Aggies
Jeremy Efferding left Texas for Florida several years ago, but the blue chip recruit will be back in the Lone Star state for his college tennis career, having chosen to join Texas A&M University this fall.

2-Apr-2011
March Aces
There's not an April fool among these dozen achievers, who started spring with outstanding performances on clay and hard courts across five continents.

30-Mar-2011
Countdown: Cypers Joins Amherst with Eye Toward Titles
Four-star recruit Jonathan Cypers has a variety of reasons for selecting Division III Amherst for his higher education, with location, academics, and friendship among them. But the first one the 18-year-old New Yorker mentions is the tennis dream of many college players - a chance to win a national title.

23-Mar-2011
Floridians Sweep Titles at USTA 18s National Spring Championships
Three weeks ago, Danielle Collins and Zack McCourt had suffered early losses at the National Open in their home state of Florida, so the thought of taking home gold balls at the USTA 18s National Spring Champions less than a month later seemed nothing more than a fantasy. But the gregarious and talkative teenagers won titles over the weekend, showing just how quickly fortunes can change in the sport of tennis.

7-Mar-2011
Texas A&M Avenges Painful Loss with 5-2 Victory over Notre Dame
Two years ago the Texas A&M Aggies left Notre Dame's Eck Tennis Pavilion stung by a comeback that saw the Fighting Irish win the final four points. Last Friday, 18th-ranked A&M took another 3-0 lead, but this time they refused to let 24th-ranked Notre Dame back in, taking a 5-2 decision from the home team.

4-Mar-2011
February Aces
As promised, the month of February produced the bulk of its aces from current and former collegians, although there were several outstanding performances by junior girls, including a new bright light from Belgium.

25-Feb-2011
Capra Chooses Duke for Transition to Professional Career
Reaching the third round of the US Open is rarely considered a problem for a teenager with a WTA ranking in the 300s. But Beatrice Capra's success last year in New York presented her with an obvious opportunity to reconsider her commitment to attending college. When all was said and done, Capra signed a National Letter of Intent to play for the Duke Blue Devils in 2011-12, where she aims to polish her game while preparing for a career in pro tennis.

14-Feb-2011
Dow Corning Tennis Classic's Outreach Programs Touch Thousands of Midland-area Students Each Year
Thousands of youngsters benefit each year from the Dow Corning Tennis Classic's outreach programs. The Dow Corning has the obligatory Kids Day early in the tournament, but the Pros To Schools, Schools To Matches, and Think Smart, Dream Big programs make youth outreach a weeklong commitment.

7-Feb-2011
January Aces
Eight of January's aces are from Arizona, where, way back on January 1, the USTA Winter National championship matches were played. But North America was joined by three other continents as sites of noteworthy accomplishments, with South America, Europe and Australia providing the backdrop for 2011's first outstanding performances.

2-Feb-2011
Michigan Women Survive USC Comeback to Reach Team Indoor Championships
Last Sunday at the Varsity Tennis Center in Ann Arbor, the University of Michigan women's team appeared to have a tidy win over the University of Southern California in its grasp in the final match of the ITA's Kickoff Weekend. The road to a berth in the 16-team Indoor Championships got bumpy however, before Michigan escaped with a 5-2 win.

28-Jan-2011
Townsend and Clark Capture Plaza Cup 18s Championships
The route was different, but the destination was the same for 14-year-old Taylor Townsend and 16-year-old Brett Clark: the 18s singles championship at the USTA Regional Plaza Cup in Coral Gables, Fla. The unseeded Townsend outlasted Allie Kiick 6-2, 2-6, 10-5 in the girls final, while the sixth-seeded Clark cruised to a 6-4 6-1 victory over Ognjen Samardzic in the boys championship match.

21-Jan-2011
USTA National Junior Team Edges Alabama Men
When the USTA National Junior Team's match with the University of Alabama men came down to the last court Thursday, the competitive fires were fully ignited. As the 14 other players surrounded the match between 15-year-old Nikko Madregallejo and Alabama sophomore Ian Chadwell, it suddenly became strikingly similar to every other collegiate match that will be played over the next four months.

14-Jan-2011
Eight Intriguing Questions for 2011
Another year... and another edition of "Intriguing Questions" from columnist Colette Lewis. Today, Colette poses eight questions about junior and college tennis.

7-Jan-2011
December Aces
As we close out 2010, here's a final look back at the 15 different major international junior tournament champions from last month, and a junior officially graduating to professional ranks in 2011.

31-Dec-2010
U.S. Players Claim Three of Four Titles at Junior Orange Bowl
The weather was chilly in Coral Gables, Florida, the site of last week's Junior Orange Bowl, but it didn't cool off the American girls. Nicole Frenkel and Brooke Austin collected the 12s and 14s titles, respectively, giving U.S girls all four titles in the December competitions. Michael Mmoh won the boys' 12s for the U.S., while the boys' 14s title went to Joshua Sapwell of Great Britain.

27-Dec-2010
From Player to Coach to Administrator: An Interview with Erica Perkins of the USTA
Erica Perkins of the USTA has experienced college tennis from the perspective of a player, a coach, and now as an administrator. Senior manager of junior and collegiate competition in the USTA's Player Development department, Perkins describes her responsibilities as "anything that pertains to college tennis within the USTA."

17-Dec-2010
Lauren Davis Rolls on at Dunlop Orange Bowl; Morgan, Kiick and Lokoli Collect Titles at Crandon Park
After three major ITF junior titles in three weeks, 17-year-old Lauren Davis could finally put aside the competitor-speak and admit she was tired. But even after squandering two match points in the second-set tiebreaker against unseeded Grace Min, Davis didn't let discouragement or fatigue derail her quest for an 18th straight junior win, emerging after three hours and fifteen minutes with a 6-3, 6-7(7), 6-1 victory in the Dunlop Orange Bowl girls 18s championship match.

10-Dec-2010
Davis, Thiem Capture Eddie Herr 18s Titles; Crawford and Lederman Give U.S. Sweep of 16s
With over a thousand tennis matches played at the 2010 Eddie Herr, there were bound to be plenty of surprises when the eight singles champions were crowned. With the exception of the boys 12s, none of the winners were a top seed, with three unseeded players earning titles.

3-Dec-2010
November Aces
The year is drawing to a close, but week after week, month after month, notable performances in the college and junior tennis world continue. November's aces include college champions, gold medal winners and juniors earning titles in North America, South America and Asia.

24-Nov-2010
Eddie Herr Preview
As the holidays approach, the professional tennis world takes a short collective breath before next year's fresh start and first major. But junior tennis is still going strong, with three of the year's most important events coinciding with the Christmas shopping season. The first of those, the Eddie Herr, begins this weekend, with nearly 2,000 junior tennis players converging on the Bradenton academy of legendary coach Nick Bollettieri to compete for titles.

15-Nov-2010
Rhyne Williams and Maria Sanchez Claim Indoor Titles by Outlasting Defending Champions
The venue was new and so were the champions at the 2010 USTA/ITA Indoor Intercollegiate Championships. Maria Sanchez of the University of Southern California and Rhyne Williams of the University of Tennessee captured their first collegiate majors the hard way - by defeating the defending champions in the final.

10-Nov-2010
Fall Signing Week '10: Caroline Price to Wear Carolina Blue
Before Caroline Price made her decision to join the North Carolina Tar Heels, she followed the advice of her father - she made several unofficial visits during her junior year, then took official visits to four schools this fall. I asked Caroline in email and phone interviews about her recent decision to join the University of North Carolina in fall of 2011.

4-Nov-2010
October Aces
From Tulsa to Turkey, Pacific Palisades to Puerto Rico and Venezuela to Vietnam, October's 13 aces excelled at junior, college and professional events throughout the world. The WTA and ATP tours may be winding down for 2010, but there's plenty of tennis being played at other levels this fall.

29-Oct-2010
Countdown: Blue Chip Turewicz Selects Blue Devils
When Monica Turewicz took an unofficial visit to Duke University in May, she felt an instant bond. Although it was the first of three such visits she was planning to make, her experience in Durham set the bar. "They were really welcoming," said Turewicz. "They're all so together and the team spirit's really good." In just a couple of weeks, Turewicz plans to sign an NLI with the Duke Blue Devils.

21-Oct-2010
Keys and Peliwo Claim Pan American Closed Titles in Sunny Tulsa
Fifteen-year-old American Madison Keys and 16-year-old Canadian Filip Peliwo took different routes to the championship of the ITF Grade B1 Pan American Closed last week in Tulsa, Oklahoma, but in the finals, they both turned in dominating performances.

14-Oct-2010
Domijan Dominates as Virginia Sweep D'Novo/ITA All-American Championships
It didn't take long for Virginia freshman Alex Domijan to shake up the status quo in Division I men's college tennis. Given a wild card into the D'Novo/ITA All-American championships as the country's top freshman, Domijan drew No. 13 seed Javier Garrapiz of Georgia in the first round of last week's tournament, played at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center on the campus of the University of Tulsa.

6-Oct-2010
September Aces
September's aces include a few from this month, with several top performances beginning in tournaments that started last month and finished this past weekend. As summer slides into autumn, the final junior slam and the Junior Davis and Fed Cups bracket a host of accomplishments on the professional tour.

1-Oct-2010
Juniors Impress, but Collegians Finish on Top at Land Rover Napa Valley Tennis Classic
For nearly a decade, Cal-Berkeley's head coach Peter Wright had invited three of the country's top teams to join his Bears at Meadowood Resort to kick off the fall collegiate season. Yet this year, Wright and Meadowood Director of Tennis Doug King were willing to fix what wasn't broken in order to include USTA-selected junior players in the field at the Land Rover Napa Valley Tennis Classic.

22-Sep-2010
Sock Weighs Options After Winning U.S. Open Boys Championship
"What are your plans for deciding between college and professional tennis?" From his first U.S. Open press conference after an opening round main draw loss to Marco Chiudinelli of Switzerland, through the final press conference following his boys' singles championship 12 days later, Jack Sock has been asked over and over again about his tennis future. Colette Lewis sat down with Sock in New York...

17-Sep-2010
Notes and Observations From the 2010 U.S. Open Junior Championships
With 18-year-olds Ryan Harrison and Beatrice Capra posting big upsets, the stage was set for other young Americans to hold the spotlight in the U.S. Open juniors. They didn't disappoint, with Jack Sock defeating Denis Kudla in the first all-American boys final since Andy Roddick beat Robby Ginepri in 2000, and Sloane Stephens capturing her third consecutive junior Grand Slam doubles title. Check out a dozen observations from New York.

8-Sep-2010
Flashback: Colette Lewis on the Grips Program
It was recently announced that Colette Lewis of ZooTennis.com won second place in the annual US Tennis Writers writing contest for her look at the Grips Program. That story - published in Racquet Sports Industry Magazine in February 2009 - also ran right here at TennisRecruiting.net. Today we republish that story in its entirety...

3-Sep-2010
Previewing the U.S. Open Junior Championships
Leading up to this year's U.S. Open there has been plenty of discussion about the "wide-open" nature of the women's draw. But in the world of junior tennis, that description can be applied to nearly every slam. This year's U.S. Open junior championships will feature all 10 of the top-ranked boys in the ITF juniors - and seven of the girls in the Top 10.

1-Sep-2010
August Aces
Because their National Championship runs were covered so extensively last month here at the Tennis Recruiting Network, the eight USTA Hard Court winners will not be featured in this monthly review of top performances. Instead, I'll focus on other newsmakers who excelled in Europe, Asia and on the courts of the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York.

27-Aug-2010
Atlanta's Pasha Commits to Georgia Bulldogs
It wasn't the program's storied history of tennis excellence, or a conversation with former Bulldog John Isner, currently in the ATP Top 20, that led to blue chip Nathan Pasha's verbal commitment to the University of Georgia. Instead, it was the opportunity to be close to his family while working toward a professional tennis career that had the rising senior from Atlanta deciding to head to nearby Athens.

20-Aug-2010
Sock and Redlicki Crowned National Champions in Kalamazoo
Any USTA gold ball is special, whether it's the second or the 20th. But a gold ball won at Kalamazoo has something extra attached - a place on the long list of National Champions and a trip to New York to play at the U.S. Open. Jack Sock, the 18s champion, and Michael Redlicki, who triumphed in the 16s, survived a week of heat, humidity and rain disruptions to finish atop the 192-player fields gathered for the tournament's 68th year.

9-Aug-2010
Recruiting Profile: Katie Goepel
During her preteen years, five star recruit Katie Goepel found contentment hitting tennis balls against the garage door of the family home. Those countless hours have helped give the 17-year-old from Chatham, New Jersey plenty of options. A straight-A student, Goepel received a dozen or so calls from college coaches on July 1, and she is now reviewing her list of possible schools.

5-Aug-2010
Jordan Cox, Shane Vinsant Top Seeds for USTA Boys 18 and 16 National Championships in Kalamazoo
Jordan Cox won the 2008 16s singles title in Kalamazoo, demonstrating his ability to cope with the pressure and pomp surrounding a final at the pinnacle of boys junior tennis in the United States. Can he do the same in the 18s this year as the top seed? And in the 16s, top seed Shane Vinsant has the highest ITF junior ranking in the field at 73 - closely followed by No. 2 seed Mitchell Krueger at 79. Colette Lewis breaks down the field of the USTA Boys 18 and 16 Nationals.

3-Aug-2010
July Aces
The USTA National Clay Court champions usually dominate July's roster of aces, but with the extensive coverage the Tennis Recruiting Network put together last week, the focus instead will be on the juniors and collegians past and present who collected other titles during the month.

30-Jul-2010
Price Captures Girls' 18s Clays in Memphis
Living just minutes from each other in suburban Atlanta, 17-year-olds Caroline Price and Whitney Kay had met many times throughout their junior tennis careers. When they met in the final of the USTA Girls' 18 Clay Court Championships in Memphis, it was Price that emerged victorious - capturing the title with a 6-3, 6-3 win.

15-Jul-2010
ITA Summer Circuit Fills Competition Gap for College and Junior Players
Last Saturday 128 players took to the Western Michigan University courts with a variety of motives - to size up their games, stay sharp over the summer months, prepare for the fall college season and test their conditioning in two-a-day matches in the summer heat and humidity. Colette Lewis of ZooTennis.com took in the ITA Summer Circuit tournament - here she provides a wrap-up of both the tournament and the program.

8-Jul-2010
Egger Will Join Washington Huskies in 2011
Emmett Egger is comfortable on the road - playing tennis on several continents while living and training in Florida and Texas. But when it came time to consider his college options, the Issaquah, Washington native kept the University of Washington high on his list. Last month, Egger verbally committed to join Matt Anger's Huskies in the fall of 2011.

1-Jul-2010
June Aces
June marks the transition from clay to grass, so it's no surprise there were junior aces from both surfaces last month. College tennis was also in the spotlight, with recent stars demonstrating its role as a stepping stone between junior and professional tennis.

24-Jun-2010
Adding to a Tennis Legacy: A Conversation with USC's Peter Smith
Peter Smith completed his eighth year as men's head coach at the University of Southern California exactly the same way he finished his seventh, leading the Trojans to the NCAA team title. Colette Lewis sat down with the 2010 Wilson/ITA Coach of the Year to get his views on some of the major issues in junior and college tennis.

17-Jun-2010
Mamalat, Lipman Bring Home Grasscourt Titles
Whether it was home cooking, family experience or simply games that work well on grass, unseeded Anna Mamalat and Maxx Lipman made their advantages work for them last week at the ITF International Grass Court Championships at the Philadelphia Cricket Club.

10-Jun-2010
Herring Commits to Georgia for 2011
It was love at first sight for blue chip Lauren Herring when she stepped on the campus of the University of Georgia last October. The rising senior recently made a verbal commitment to the Bulldogs, becoming Coach Wallace's first commitment for 2011.

5-Jun-2010
May Aces
Singles, doubles, red clay, green clay, hard courts, college, junior and pro: May brought 13 aces from all kinds of places.

3-Jun-2010
Gullickson and Klahn Lead U.S. Sweep of NCAA Singles and Doubles Titles
For the second consecutive year, Americans claimed the men's and women's singles titles at the NCAA Division I individual championships, with U.S. players also capturing both doubles titles Monday to complete the sweep.

28-May-2010
USC Wins Back-to-Back NCAA Titles with Win Over Tennessee
2009 in College Station, Texas... 2010 in Athens, Georgia... For the second year in a row, the University of Southern California are NCAA men's tennis champions after a 4-2 victory over Tennessee Tuesday night at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex. The Trojans took out the top two seeds in two days at college tennis' version of the Final Four.

27-May-2010
Stanford Women Earn 16th National Title with Thrilling 4-3 Victory over Florida
The Stanford Cardinal returned to the top of college tennis Tuesday, claiming a dramatic 4-3 victory over the Florida Gators. After more than four hours, the championship had come down to the No. 3 singles match between freshman Mallory Burdette and Florida senior Marrit Boonstra. Burdette broke Boonstra to serve for the third set at 6-5, and then she sealed the 6-4, 6-7, 7-5 victory - starting a Cardinal dogpile.

13-May-2010
Scout, Sponsor, Mentor, Technician: Wilson's Adam Schaechterle
As a poetry major at Northwestern University, Wilson's Adam Schaechterle is as surprised as anyone to find himself Tour and Junior Manager of the Americas after less than four years in the Racquet Sports division of the global sporting goods company. Colette Lewis caught up with Schaechterle at the Easter Bowl.

6-May-2010
April Aces
Although the majority of April's aces are from the two important California junior hard court tournaments, many other teenagers excelled on the clay, indicating their readiness to contend at the upcoming spring majors in Europe.

22-Apr-2010
Fratangelo and Hardebeck Continue Winning Ways with Easter Bowl ITF Championships
Bjorn Fratangelo and Krista Hardebeck may be reigning Clay Court champions, but they have shown their dominance extends to faster surfaces too. Fratangelo followed up her USTA Spring National Championships with a title last week at the ITF Easter Bowl. Hardebeck joined him in the Easter Bowl winner's circle, less than a week after capturing the International Spring Championships.

16-Apr-2010
Southern California Wild Cards Kosakowski and Hardebeck Capture International Spring Championships
Krista Hardebeck and Daniel Kosakowski made the most of their wild cards into the ITF Grade 1 International Spring Championships last week at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., claiming their first international junior titles without leaving their section.

14-Apr-2010
Spring Signing Week '10: Davis Signs with Seminoles
Blue chip Blake Davis looks back on last year's USTA Boys 18 Clay Court championships as an important moment in his college search. Unseeded in Delray Beach, Davis went on to reach the quarterfinals in the main draw and the consolation final, results that confirmed both the health of his surgically-repaired knee and his position as one of the nation's top recruits. This week, Davis will sign a NLI to continue his career with the Florida State Seminoles.

8-Apr-2010
Top Player to Top Coach: Georgia Tech's Bryan Shelton
Bryan Shelton's resume as a college and pro player is impressive. He was an All-American at Georgia Tech, and he reached a career-high ranking of 55 on the ATP tour. But since returning to his alma mater to lead the women's program, his performance as a head coach has eclipsed even the considerable accomplishments of his playing days.

1-Apr-2010
March Aces
No April Fools in this group of aces, who excelled not only in North America, but in Europe, Asia and South America too. A special mention goes to a pair of former college teammates who are winning Futures doubles titles at a rate even the Bryan brothers would envy.

29-Mar-2010
Texas Tech Wins Thriller over Oklahoma to Claim Blue Gray Championship
The championship match in the 2010 Blue Gray National Tennis Classic came down to a pair of Big 12 foes: #16 Texas Tech and #17 Oklahoma. The final moved indoors - and the hotly-contested match ended after four hours with Tech's Raony Carvalho clinching the 4-3 victory at No. 1 singles. Colette Lewis was in Mobile, Ala., to cover the event.

25-Mar-2010
Collins, Fratangelo Collect National Titles at Spring Championships
Mobile's azaleas hadn't yet bloomed, and for most of last week, the USTA Spring 18 National Championships were played in weather more reminiscent of November than March. But for champions Bjorn Fratangelo and Danielle Collins, the chilly and breezy conditions barely registered - a gold ball radiates a warmth all its own.

4-Mar-2010
February Aces
February's mid-winter aces always include those who excel on indoor courts, collegiate and otherwise. However last month there was also good news from the South American clay court circuit, where two young Americans captured ITF junior titles on the surface known to present the biggest challenges for them.

1-Mar-2010
Taney's Comeback Leads No. 8 Michigan Women Past Fifth-ranked Baylor
College dual matches can't be scripted. Too much can happen over the course of three doubles and six singles matches. But last week the Michigan women earned two 4-3 victories over visitors from Texas by following a similar storyline - win the doubles point, then add victories at the 4, 5, and 6 singles spots.

25-Feb-2010
Building a National Powerhouse
When Brian Boland arrived in Charlottesville in the fall of 2001, Virginia had never won an ACC title or more than a round in the NCAA team championships. Boland went to work, and the accomplishments are piling up: three straight undefeated ACC seasons, two consecutive undefeated regular seasons, two NCAA semifinal appearances, three NCAA individual titles, and now three straight ITA Men's Team Indoor titles. Here is Colette Lewis' conversation with Coach Boland.

18-Feb-2010
Virginia Tops Tennessee For Third Consecutive ITA Men's Indoor Championship
The Virginia Cavaliers won their first ITA Team Indoor championship two years ago in Seattle and their second last year in Chicago. On Monday, they claimed their third straight title, defeating Tennessee 4-1 at the sweetest of locations, their home courts at the Boar's Head Sports Club in Charlottesville.

5-Feb-2010
January Aces
The bulk of January's 14 aces come from Arizona, where the USTA Winter Nationals concluded on the first day of 2010. But Australia, England, Mexico, South America and Florida were sites of outstanding performances from other young competitors throughout the month, and an exciting idea from the USTA also made the grade.

4-Feb-2010
North Carolina Earns Berth in ITA Team Indoor by Defeating Host Notre Dame
The North Carolina Women's Tennis Team travelled to South Bend, Indiana to face Notre Dame on its home courts. On the line was a trip to the ITA Team Indoor next week in Madison, Wisc., a trek every UNC team has made for the past six years. That streak is now seven, with the second-seeded Tar Heels posting a 5-2 win over top-seeded Irish.


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