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About Marcia Frost

After years of running College And Junior Tennis and contributing to many other tennis publications, Marcia Frost is now freelancing full time. She writes regularly on tennis for Tennis Recruiting and Stack. Frost is also a college tennis advocate and has helped organize many college tennis showcases, where she acts as a featured speaker. She has written Monthly Guides To College Tennis Planning for H.S. Juniors and Seniors and is the author of American Doubles... the Trials... the Triumphs... the Domination.


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

Fall Signing Week '15: Mack Galvin Flies with the Falcons
When it comes to choosing a college, all students must choose wisely, putting every consideration into one of the most important decisions of their life. This is even truer for a tennis player who has to consider the team he'll be playing and practicing with all the time. That choice becomes even more of a commitment when you choose to attend the United States Air Force Academy. Mack Galvin never took that lightly.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Countdown: Morgan Stone Heads to Santa Clara
Going to University of Georgia Bulldog Tennis Camp for the first time at age nine was the catalyst behind Morgan Stone's realization that he wanted to play college tennis one day. Even though he was born and raised in Atlanta, his family has many California connections. Theose connections helped bring Stone to the West Coast - he has committed to play college tennis at Santa Clara University.

Marissa Irvin and A Magical Racquet Ride
Marissa Irvin is one of those rare players who flawlessly made the transition from the top of the junior rankings to the head of the college rankings, and on to a fairly successful professional career. She can now add award-winning author to her resume, but the tennis book she wrote is not what you might expect.

Fall Signing Week '14: Robert Seby to Become a Bronco
When the time came to make a decision on playing college tennis, Robert Seby had no doubt that Santa Clara University was the place. It offered the right combination for this teen to want to sign up to play in 2015.

Fall Signing Week '14: How Young is Too Young to Start Recruiting?
When it comes to college tennis recruiting, one of the biggest fears parents have is starting the process too late. They are afraid there will be no more room on the teams and all the scholarships will be gone by the time their child is recognized. Everyone wants to get their child in front of coaches before it's too late, but how young is too young to do this?

Midwest Repeats at USTA Boys Team Championship
The calendar might say 2014, but everything looked the same as last year at the USTA Boys' 18 Team Championship at the University of Illinois in Urbana. The Atkins Tennis Center was once again lit brightly by the sun on a perfect 75 degree day, the Midwest team beat the Southern team, and Northern California repeated as third place winners.

Paul Repeats Win at Boys 18 Clays in Delray
Some things at the Delray Beach Tennis Center never change - high temperatures, rain delays, and Tommy Paul winning. "I always play really well here," said Paul at the end of the USTA Boys' 18 National Clay Court Championships. Paul wrapped up his second consecutive USTA Gold Ball at the Clays...

Unseeded Emma Sweeps Girls 14 Clay Courts
It wasn't an easy task. Victoria Emma had to fight through the soaring temperatures, hot sun, rain, and much higher ranked opponents, but she got past all the obstacles and took home her first two Gold Balls from the USTA Girls' 14 Clay Court Championships.

Keenan Mayo Takes Boys 14 Clay Trophy
It was a hot, wet and muggy week in Fort Lauderdale for the USTA National Boys 14 Clay Court Championships. It's hard to say that was really unusual, but what was rare was that there were no players in doubles and singles finals, not a lot of upsets, and a whole lot of Californians in the winners' circle - including singles champion Keenan Mayo.

Gauff Takes First National in Girls' 12s
While the last remaining spectators were wiping sweat from their brows in the 96 degree heat, Cori Gauff was all smiles when she came off the court. Winning a gold ball in singles and a silver ball in doubles will at the Girls' 12 USTA National Clay Court Championships will usually do that for you.

Spring Signing Week '14: Wolverines Snag Schalet
Myles Schalet has decided to leave the East Coast for the Midwest, choosing to play for the Bruce Berque and the Michigan Wolverines in the fall of 2015.

Spring Signing Week '14: Scholarships - Details Matter
If you've been playing junior tournaments for years, the chances are that the subject of college scholarships has come up often in your house. It's only natural that you would like all your hard work to be rewarded. For parents, a scholarship is often seen as the light at the end of the tunnel - the financial gift for spending years paying for lessons, entry fees and travel. Unfortunately, it's not that simple.

Catching Up with Christi Turdo on College Tennis and the Invention of Hop-a-Razzi
Christi Turdo has been involved in tennis for over 30 years, from playing in the juniors, college and pros, to teaching young players. It was in the latter role that she also invented Hop-a-Razzi, a revolutionary basket that modernizes ball retrieval. From her office just outside Chicago, Turdo had a lot to say about choosing the right college, what she learned from the playing experience, and how Hop-a-Razzi came to be.

Makarova Joins Blue Devils
Blue Chip senior Christina Makarova searched near and far to find a school that was the perfect fit for her tennis and academics. In the end, the seventeen-year-old standout decided to sign with Duke University.

Aron Hiltzik Will Join His Brother on Illini Team
Five star recruit Aron Hiltzik officially signed his National Letter of Intent with Illinois Coach Brad Dancer. While the news that he's joining brother Jared on the team isn't overly surprising to many, 17 year old Hiltzik put a lot of thought into the decision.

Sandgren Prevails at JSM Illinois Challenger
After a three year absence, the trophy at the University of Illinois JSM Champaign Challenger returned to a player with college roots. Former Tennessee Volunteer Tennys Sandgren won this year's event that followed the elimination of three top seeds.

Fall Signing Week '13: Role of the Parent in Recruiting
As a parent, you want to be a part of all of your child's decisions, and which college your child will attend is one of the most important that will ever be made. The decision becomes even more complicated when your child is trying to pick a school to attend with a tennis team that's also a perfect fit. But how involved should a parent be in the tennis recruiting process? You might not like the answer...

Catching Up with Megan Moulton-Levy
Megan Moulton-Levy is one of the most successful players to come out of William and Mary. She was a six-time All American, four-time CAA Player of the Year, and won the most singles and doubles (combined) matches in the school's history. She was also well-known for her demeanor on the court, and it was recognized twice with ITA National Arthur Ashe Awards for Leadership and Sportsmanship. She now plays doubles on the pro tour.

US Open '13 Main Draw Showcases College and Junior World
The U.S. Open main draws once again showed what the country could offer from the college and junior tennis worlds. This was especially true in doubles events, which was filled with former college players.

Christopher Eubanks is Staying In Atlanta
Months before Signing Day and a year before his high school graduation, Christopher Eubanks had made his decision. Now, he's getting ready to follow through with the paperwork so he can play next year for the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets.

"Little Mo" Internationals Celebrate Maureen Connolly's Grand Slam
Sixty years ago, 18-year-old Maureen Connolly became the first woman to capture the Grand Slam of tennis. Connolly, also known as "Little Mo," would end her playing career one year later due to a horseback-riding accident. Since then, the "Little Mo" series of tennis tournaments has been very popular among young players. This year, in celebration of the 60th anniversary, the Maureen Connolly Brinker foundation has created a spectacular event of its own.

College and Junior Players at Open '13 Qualifying
The qualifying draws at the U.S. Open were filled with young players and those with college ties again this year. In the end, not many were left standing.

Freshman Year: Four Players Tell About Their First Year Playing College Tennis
Anticipation is often as clear as fear when you enter a university for your freshman year. This can even be more difficult when you are playing college tennis. You are joining a group whom you will be with most of your waking hours. You will also be adjusting to the new "parent" figures in your life - your coaches. I talked with four players who just finished up their freshman years about the good, the bad, and the surprising.

Midwest Reigns on Home Court at USTA National Boys' 18 Team Championship
Unseasonably cool temperatures for July at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign translated into perfect tennis conditions for the Midwest team to take the title at the USTA National Boys' 18 Team Championships.

Catching Up with Rising Pro Star Ryan Harrison
In 2007, when Ryan Harrison and his younger brother Christian turned professional, there were many who criticized the move as too soon, but five years later there's no doubt that he's in the place he's supposed to be.

Bradenton's Adam Neff Hits Paris with Longines Junior Tennis Aces
Adam Neff, the top nationally ranked player in the Boys' 12 and under, had the opportunity to spend his birthday in Paris, courtesy of Longines. While the trip didn't turn out the way he had hoped, it was an experience to remember.

2003 Illini Men's Team Returns to Celebrate Magical Season
The University of Illinois was host to their first NCAA Division I Tennis Championships in May, and it was fitting that the tournament took place exactly 10 years after the Illini men had a perfect season. In 2003, after winning the National Indoors and Big Ten Championship, the team won the NCAA team title. To cap off the month, Amer Delic took the singles, followed by a doubles crown by teammates Rajeev Ram and Brian Wilson.

Don Johnson Brings Experience to Vstrator
Donald Johnson turned a successful college tennis career at North Carolina into a professional stint that brought him to the No. 1 doubles ranking in the world. Today, Johnson works at Vstrator, a company he helped found that provides video analysis tools for athletes and has great application to tennis.

University of Illinois Readies for First NCAA Tennis Championship
It seems as if Stanford and Georgia (with a little Tulsa and College Station) have served as hosts of the NCAA Division I Tennis Championships over and over during the last decade. That's about to change as the tournament makes its way to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. It's the first time the school is hosting - and the first time the tournament has been in the Midwest since 1998.

Spring Signing Week '13: Dave Bacalla to Valpo
Illinois native Dave Bacalla won't be going far when he starts college next fall. He has decided to stay in the Midwest and play for the Valparaiso Crusaders in Indiana.

Spring Signing Week '13: Academic Alert
Whether you are signing to join a team in the fall or are just starting to think about doing it in the future, you need to make sure your academics have a high level of priority. Regardless of how great your tennis is, you still need good grades to get into college.

Canadian Levine Remains a Gator
Jesse Levine was a top U.S. junior who was on the cusp of turning professional when he decided to give college tennis a whirl. He brought his talent to Florida, where he was named ITA National Rookie of the Year before turning pro after his freshman year. Now ranked No. 97 in the world, Levine will compete for Canada in their Davis Cup quarterfinal tie against Italy next month.

Familiar Faces at JSM Champaign Challenger
Lots of familiar faces returned to the JSM Champaign Challenger at the University of Illinois' Atkins Tennis Center as the USTA Pro Circuit event welcomed players that had seen these courts during both college and junior events.

Fall Signing Week '12: Jamie Loeb to Wear Carolina Blue
Jamie Loeb's consistent placing in the top five of the recruiting rankings is not something anyone has ever questioned. She's been looked at as a blue chip recruit even before she was officially given that label and the University of North Carolina Tar Heels will happily welcome her onto their team next fall.

Fall Signing Week '12: How Important is the Coach in your Decision?
How many times have you heard players say they signed with schools because they love the coach? It happens all the time, and there is nothing wrong with it. You should love the coach of the team you want to join. On the other hand, loving a coach should never be your sole decision maker when it comes to college tennis.

Fall Signing Week '12: UCLA Bruins Strengthen Roster
It's been seven years since the UCLA men won the NCAA Division I Team Championship, and they are looking to dethrone Pac-12 rival USC, who have won the last four titles. The Bruins have taken a step closer to this goal with the commitments of three Blue Chip recruits to the 2013-14 team.

Success for First Nesquik "Little Mo" Internationals in Forest Hills
It was once home to the U.S. Open Tennis Championships, but the West Side Tennis Center in Forest Hills, New York, served as the venue this year for the inaugural Nesquik "Little Mo" Internationals. The "Little Mo" Internationals in December have been such a big success that the Maureen Connolly Brinker Foundation decided to add this event in August - during the same time as the Qualifying of the U.S. Open Championships.

Rhyne Williams Matures with the Vols and Hits Pro Circuit
As a junior tennis player, the two things Rhyne Williams was most known for was his superior talent and his wild temper. As an 18-year-old, Williams chose college tennis at Tennessee over professional tennis. After a successful run for the Volunteers as a sophomore - winning the Indoors and reaching the finals of the NCAA tournament - Williams felt the time was right to turn pro.

Life in the Pros for Christina McHale
Making the decision to turn professional is never easy for anyone. Christina McHale gave it a long consideration before making the move two years ago. Today, McHale has exceeded her career expectations. She's currently ranked 24 in the world, has represented the United States in the London Olympics, and has been a member of four Fed Cup teams.

Past and Present College and Junior Players Storm U.S. Open Main Draw
While many focused on the veterans at the U.S. Open, such as Roger Federer and Maria Sharapova, some recent college players and teenagers were also garnering the spotlight at the U.S. Open. Some came and left quickly, while others made their names known to the tennis world.

College and Junior Players at the US Open Qualifying
The U.S. Open Qualifying showcased lots of young guns for the first year that the event was televised (on the CBS Sports Network). In the end, a few ended up making it all the way through, while others gave it their best shot.

TJ Pura Picks Blue Devils
Blue Chip Thomas (TJ) Pura has decided to stick with the color that suits him and will be heading to the Duke Blue Devils next fall. While Pura still has to make it official with the signing of a letter of intent in November, he was seen in Kalamazoo sporting a Duke hat.

Duval Takes Nationals & U.S. Open Wildcard
When it comes to San Diego, you can always count on the weather. Though it was a bit more hot and humid than expected, not a drop of rain fell on the George E. Barnes Tennis Center. What did fall were the seeds. It was survival of the fittest, and in the end, Victoria Duval was the last player standing among a host of Floridians.

Texas Repeats at USTA Boys' 18 Team Championships
At the national level, all eyes are on the USTA National Championships taking place this week. But last week was a week for team competition. Marcia Frost took in the Boys' 18 Team Championships at the University of Illinois, where USTA Texas repeated as champions when they posted a come-from-behind 4-3 victory over the Midwest section.

Girls' 16 & 18 Nationals Set for San Diego
Past champions of the Girls' 16 & 18 Nationals in San Diego, Calif., include Lindsay Davenport, Lisa Raymond, Jennifer Capriati and Tracy Austin. More recently, 2011 finalist Nicole Gibbs went on to capture the NCAA singles and doubles titles. 2009 champion Christina McHale is ranked inside the Top 30 of the WTA and represented the U.S. at the Olympics in London. What new names will emerge from 2012?

Weather is the Real Winner at Boys 18 Clays
Summertime rain in Florida is not unexpected, but it certainly left its mark on the USTA Boys' 18 Clay Court Championships. Rain ended the final matches prematurely - which meant that the gold ball was awarded by coin flip. Singles finalists Jared Hiltzik and George Goldhoff were among several players who suffered that fate.

Zhu Takes Title at Boys' 14 Clays
Evan Zhu was the gold ball winner and star of the show at the Boys' 14 USTA National Clay Court Championship, but Johnathan Small was also front and center and he took home a trio of trophies.

Victoria Emma Comes Back for More Gold
In 2011, Victoria Emma left the Girls' 12 USTA National Clay Court Championships with a plaque for winning the Gold Consolation. This year she came back to try again, and this time she left with a different gold prize. Emma defeated Ellie Douglas in the final by a score of 6-1, 6-7(2), 6-2 to claim her first national title.

Rubin Conquers Clay and Gets Ready for Grass
Noah Rubin has earned his place at the top of the rankings. The 16-year-old phenom from Long Island, N.Y., ranked 14th among juniors internationally, reached the quarterfinals of the French Open Juniors. This week, he has his sights set on Wimbledon.

Page Heading to Orange and Blue
Just as they get ready to host the next NCAA Division I Championships, the Fighting Illini also secured the No. 6 position of the Men's Recruiting Class rankings with the addition of Blue Chip Brian Page, Jr.

Illini Pull Out All Stops to Reach Sweet Sixteen
The University of Illinois once again hosted the first two rounds of the NCAA Division I Championships, but this year it was a really close one - both getting there and getting out. The Illini advanced to the Sweet 16 with a 4-3 victory over Auburn.

Spring Signing Week '12: Watch that Status!
When it comes to getting ready to go to college, you spend hours perfecting your essay and sending letters to prospective coaches. You have also (hopefully) watched yourself carefully on the court to make sure your behavior won't turn a coach off. The one thing that many players forget is that they also need to watch themselves online.

Spring Signing Week '12: Zhang Heads to the Maroons
Gordon Zhang won't have much of a commute when he goes home from college for the holidays. The Lisle, Illinois, native has decided to stay close by and play for the University of Chicago.

Countdown: Patrick Heads to Hawkeyes
As a five star recruit, Dominic Patrick had quite a few schools interested in him. The 18 year old has checked his favorites out and made the decision to play for the Iowa Hawkeyes starting this fall.

Alex Jesse Joins the Illini
Alex Jesse will be staying in the Midwest and joining the Fighting Illini tennis team next fall. The Blue Chip recruit had a number of options since he has been consistently at top of the national rankings over the last few years. It has all been a result of his solid tournament play in both singles and doubles.

Fall Signing Week '11: Elbaba Commits to UVa
Julia Elbaba has certainly earned her Blue Chip status. Her results have given her a top ten position in the Babolat rankings. With all this success came quite a few college tennis opportunities for the petite 17 year old, and she took her time weighing her decision. Just this week, Elbaba finally made her decision to join the Virginia Cavaliers.

Fall Signing Week '11: Li Stays in New Jersey for Rutgers
Gina Li's search for the right college team led her across the Northeast, but she ended up landing back in New Jersey at Rutgers University, an NCAA Division I school. The coaching staff, proximity to home, and academic reputation of Rutgers convinced the seventeen-year-old Li to become a Scarlet Knight.

Countdown: Zach Mueck Heads to the Musketeers
Five star recruit Zach Mueck has chosen to stay in his native Ohio and play for the Xavier Musketeers. The West Chester native won't have far to travel to the Cincinnati school, which is part of the Atlantic 10 Conference.

Countdown: Should I Sign in November?
November 9th - Signing Day - is the first day of the one-week fall signing period. The fall signing period is the only opportunity this calendar year for seniors to sign a National Letter of Intent with a Division I or Division II school. If you are interested in such a school, should you sign an NLI? What are the pros and cons? In today's article, Marcia Frost addresses this question.

From Judo to Tennis, Luca Corinteli takes the lead
Luca Corinteli has made it to the top of the national rankings and recently won the title at the USTA National Boys' 16 Clay Courts. It was his first Gold Ball for singles, but certainly not the only first prize he's taken. Corinteli has many trophies on his mantle from a sport that most tennis players know nothing about - Judo.

Gibbs Welcomes Return to Stanford
While the vast majority of the players at the USTA Girls' 16 & 18 Nationals were either looking at colleges for the future or getting ready to start their freshman year, Nicole Gibbs was preparing to return to Stanford University for her sophomore year.

Davis and Porter Take Top Prizes, Open Wildcards
The George E. Barnes Tennis Center in San Diego, California, was the home of the USTA Girls' 16 and 18 Nationals for the second straight year. 17-year-old Lauren Davis defeated familiar opponent Nicole Gibbs, 7-6(3), 1-6, 6-4, to take the 18s title and U.S. Open Wildcard, while Peggy Porter continued her winning ways with a 7-6, 6-4 match against Alyssa Smith to win the 16s crown.

Texas Finally Takes Boys' 18 Team Championships
At the national level, all eyes are on the USTA National Championships taking place this week. But last week was a week for team competition. Marcia Frost took in the Boys' 18 Team Championships at the University of Illinois, where USTA Texas defeated the Southern section by a 4-3 margin.

Talented Field Heads to San Diego
What do Tracy Austin, Lindsay Davenport and Jennifer Capriati have in common with Christina McHale and Melanie Oudin? Each one has been a highly-ranked American tennis player, but they share something else in common - they have all picked up trophies at the Girls' Nationals.

Second Chance is a Winner for Alexios Halebian
It was a year ago on this very court at the Delray Beach Tennis Center that Alexios Halebian lost the Boys' 18 Clay Court Championship to Bjorn Fratangelo. A lot can change in a year. Upon his return to this tournament he went from being unseeded to the top seed, and this time he was able to take home the Gold Ball with a 7-6, 6-4 win over Brett Clark.

Catherine Bellis Comes Home with Gold
The 12 and under division is the first opportunity a junior player has to compete on the national level, and it is the time for top players to set goals. For Catherine Bellis, that goal was to win the top prize, and she kept her eye on it. Bellis won the USTA Girls' 12 National Clay Court Championships with a 6-1, 6-4 win over Kayla Day in the final.

Opelka Survives Heat for Title at 14s Clays
The Jimmy Evert Tennis Center at Holiday Park in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, was once again the home of the USTA Boys' 14 Clay Court Championships. In singles, Reilly Opelka posted a 6-2, 6-3 win over Cameron Klinger in the title match.

Honoring The Memory of Karie Schlukebir
In 1999, life seemed good for Karie Schlukebir. After a stellar junior career, Indiana University Coach Lin Loring had recruited her to play at the Big Ten School. She was in her freshman year and only 18 years old when she was told she had melanoma, but Schlukebir was not about to let the cancer end her life without a fight.

Countdown: Hamburg Heads to Gophers
Jack Hamburg describes himself as "a guy from nowhere in South Dakota," but he's certainly been recognized in the world of tennis. This 10-time state high school champion is getting ready to bring his skills a bit further east when he joins the Minnesota Golden Gophers in the fall.

Eric Butorac Makes Huge Statement for Division III
Junior players who are focused on turning professional almost always look exclusively at NCAA Division I schools when they are considering colleges. But playing in another division doesn't have to mean you don't stand a chance of having a career in pro tennis. Eric Butorac is one player who has proven that.

Jasmine Minor Heads to Georgia Tech
Throughout her junior tennis years, Jasmine Minor has always been a strong player. There never seemed to be a doubt that she would have a wide range of top colleges to choose from, but she ran into some obstacles just before her senior year. Those obstacles did not dissuade Georgia Tech Coach Bryan Shelton, however. Minor recently committed to play for Shelton's Yellow Jackets in Atlanta.

Sweeps Down Under While Americans Impress
American players made a great showing at the Australian Open Junior Championships, but in the end it was two tiny countries that claimed the crowns. An-Sophie Mestach and Jiri Vesely both left Melbourne winners of both the singles and doubles titles.

Young and Old Illini Meet at Alumni Reunion
The Khan Outdoor Complex of the Atkins Tennis Center was full of activity this fall as the University of Illinois hosted courts filled with alumni. The current team took the courts with alumni from the past dozen years for spirited competition. TennisRecruiting.net contributor Marcia Frost was onhand to take in the festivities.

Countdown: Xepoleas to the Boilermakers
As a blue chip recruit, Lynda Xepoleas had quite a choice of where to go to school. When she narrowed down her list of schools, the finalists came as a surprise to some. This Southern California girl skipped the PAC-10 and decided to go to the Midwest - specifically Purdue. Lynda Xepoleas article placeholder.

Countdown: Making the Most of Official Visits
It's fall. For many high school seniors who haven't yet made up their minds about school, that means official visits. An official visit is one in which your expenses are paid for by the college. Since there is no right or wrong way to run a college tennis team, you need to find out if a particular coach and program works for you. Here are some things you can find out during a visit that can have a major influence on your college experience.

Young Players Preview Future at U.S. Open
It wasn't just the top players in the world spectators got to see when they came to the first week of the main draw U.S. Open Championships. They also got a glimpse of the future of American tennis - and it was looking pretty bright.

Harrison and Falconi Survive U.S Open Qualifying
There were many years when the USTA presented U.S. Open wildcards to a host of young players. An emphasis on the importance of college tennis has grown in recent years, and the Qualifying wildcards for 2010 reflected that. With the exception of 15-year-old Krista Hardebeck - who had proven herself on the junior and professional courts this year - the players chosen were more experienced.

Florida back in first at USTA Boys' 18 Team Championship
It's been a long time since the team from the Florida section held up the trophy at the USTA Boys' 18 Team Championship, but they were back in the winners' circle this year with a steamy finish. Florida defeated the Midwest section 4-3 at the University of Illinois' Atkins Tennis Center.

Fratangelo Returns to Winners' Circle in 18s
There is a lot at stake at the USTA National Boys' 18 Clay Court Championships. In addition to the USTA Gold Ball, the winner receives a qualifying wildcard into the ATP World Tour event at Delray Beach in February - as well as direct entry into the U.S. Open Junior Championship main draw and a wildcard into a USTA Pro Circuit Futures event. Second-seeded Bjorn Fratangelo was excited to win all those prizes with a 6-4, 7-5 victory over Alexios Halebian in the title match.

Floridians Take Homecourt Advantage in Girls' 12s
The Polo Club of Boca Raton, an exclusive gated community that boasts 29 Har-Tru courts, was the site for the girls' 12 event of the USTA National Clay Court Championships. Two Floridians - Sofia Kenin and Cristina Rovira - marched through the draw and met in the final. The two had met before, splitting their previous two matches. The rubber match - and USTA gold ball - would go to Rovira, who posted a 6-2, 7-5 victory in the final.

Top-seeded Kerznerman Rules Boys' 14 Clays
As irony would have it, the Jimmy Evert Tennis Center in Fort Lauderdale seemed to be the only place in Florida where it was raining every day enough to disrupt play. The delays didn't bother #1 seed Daniel Kerznerman or #9 seed Benjamin Tso - who dropped only one set between them before the finals. Kerznerman took the title with a 6-4, 3-6, 6-2 victory.

Badgers stop Illini's NCAA Run
With the exception of 2006, when they weren't allowed to host because of the controversy of the "chief" logo, the Fighting Illini men have hosted the first rounds of the NCAA Championships a dozen years. This year, however, the results were very different than they had been for the vast majority of those events. The Wisconsin Badgers got the job done.

McHale Sweeps Final Girls' 18 Nationals in Berkeley
After eight days of unusually warm sunshine, the Girls' 18 Nationals ended with the first sweep in nine years. Third-seeded Christina McHale was the victor and her ride to the winners' circle wasn't even very bumpy.

Major Surprises at the Girls' 18 Nationals Not Likely
While there are always upsets along the way, the end is not usually far from the seeding at the USTA Girls' 18 National Championships, and this year doesn't look to be much different. Look for one of the top seeds - Kristie Ahn, Gail Brodsky, Christina McHale, and Lauren Embree - to go the distance next week in Berkeley.

Tennis Against Breast Cancer
The 14th Annual Tennis Against Breast Cancer Tennis Challenge took place on Sunday, October 29th at Roosevelt Island Racquet Club in New York City. Davis Cup Captain Patrick McEnroe was on hand to kick off a fun day of tennis with participants and local top junior players Lindsay Clark and Laken & Carlissa King.


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11/25 Jackson Cobb chooses Texas Tech
11/25 Hannah Dattilo chooses Oglethorpe
11/25 Rebecca Herrington chooses Lake Superior St.
11/24 Matthew Gonzales chooses Ottawa
11/24 William Piekarsky chooses Indiana
11/24 Adam Ambrozy chooses Columbia
11/24 Roos Van Der Zwaan chooses Auburn
11/24 Samantha Smith chooses BYU
11/24 Osgar O'Hoisin chooses Wisconsin
11/24 Gui Gomes chooses Illinois

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10/09 Celebrating the changing of the seasons with some new tennis gear! #TreatYourself
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IMG Academy Experience
At IMG Academy, any dream or aspiration is a possibility, as student-athletes are encouraged and challenged daily to live our creed of "Become More."
11/25 Eight US Girls, Two US Boys Reach Third Round at Grade 1 Yucatan Cup; More College Commitments, News; Paul Featured in Entouraj for Kids Charity Event
11/24 Bellis Defeats Seed in Carlsbad $125K; College Players Dominate Waco Futures; USTA's October Honor Roll; ITA Division II, III and NAIA Fall Rankings
11/23 My Conversation with Austin Krajicek; College Commitments Galore
11/22 Anisimova Defeats Swan in Girls Singles Final in Grade A Abierto Juvenil Mexicano, Olivieri Wins Boys Title; Wiersholm Claims Pensacola Futures Championship
11/21 Anisimova Reaches Grade A Final in Mexico; Fritz Falls, Giving Australian Open Wild Card to Rubin; Rybakov and Wiersholm Advance to Pensacola Futures Final

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