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Clay Court Championship Week
by Rhiannon Potkey, 24 July 2017

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

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

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

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Photo Gallery
USTA Intersectionals 14s Gallery
by Bill Kallenberg, 20 July 2017

The USTA Intersectionals took place early this month - with players across the country getting the chance to experience team play with on-court coaching. The Boys and Girls 14s event took place in Alabama on the courts at Auburn University. Chcek out images from the event ...

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

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

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18-Jul-2017
Roundtable: Academic Majors and College Tennis
A college tennis player's time is usually dominated by the rigors of classroom study, practice, and competition. An interesting wrinkle to time management is the choice of college major. Some areas of study - architecture, engineering, and many others - are known for their rigor even without the demands of college tennis. We put the question to our panel: Do players' intended majors impact your ability to recruit certain student-athletes?

17-Jul-2017
Hot 100 List - July '17
Today we announce the July edition of the Hot 100. The Hot 100 features 100 boys and 100 girls who have been playing outstanding tennis. These players have substantially improved their rankings over the past month.

16-Jul-2017
Navarro Gives Early Commitment to Duke
Rising sophomore blue chip Emma Navarro gave a verbal commitment to Duke after making a visit to the campus during the college season. The South Carolina resident is preparing to play in the Girls 18 clay courts and Girls 16 hardcourt nationals this summer.

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

13-Jul-2017
Images from Rome
Fourth of July Weekend is well known for fireworks. But it is also a huge weekend for junior tennis - as players across the country competed in tournaments of all levels. One of those tournaments was a USTA National Level 2 that took place at the beautiful, 51-court facility in Rome, Ga. Photographer Bill Kallenberg was onhand to take photos of the event.

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

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

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

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

9-Jul-2017
USTA Level 3 Key Biscayne Photo Gallery
Florida is host to many high-profile tournaments throughout the year. This past May, a USTA National Level 3 took place in Key Biscayne, Fla., and photographer Fritz Moore was onhand to capture images of the event. Take a look at images of the event ...

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

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

4-Jul-2017
Recruiting Terms and Calendar for 2017-18
July marks the beginning of another recruiting year. Recruiting expert Dede Allen is back to review important dates on the calendar for all ages - and she also has a primer on basic recruiting terms.

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

2-Jul-2017
Action Shots from the USTA All-American Combine
Last month, high school players from around the country traveled to the new mecca of US tennis - the USTA National Campus in Orlando, Fla. - to participate in the very first USTA All-American Combine. Players from across the country engaged in a number of on- and off-court evaluations, including tournament match play in front of college coaches. Check out action shots from the event ...

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

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

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

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

23-Jun-2017
Duo Decides on Princeton
Bored with the standard playground options at a public park near his Portage Michigan home, blue chip Bill Duo, then five years old, decided to join his parents and older sister on the tennis court. A dozen years later, that curiosity has resulted in an opportunity to play for one of the country's top schools, with Duo recently announcing his verbal commitment to Princeton for 2018.

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

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

19-Jun-2017
Hot 100 List - June '17
Today we announce the June edition of the Hot 100. The Hot 100 features 100 boys and 100 girls who have been playing outstanding tennis. These players have substantially improved their rankings over the past month.

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

17-Jun-2017
Action Shots from the Metropolia Level 6
Check out images from the 2017 Metropolia Level 6 event that took place in Coral Springs, Florida, at the end of April. Photographer Fritz Moore was onhand to capture the event.

16-Jun-2017
2017 Top NCAA Division III Women's Classes
The Tennis Recruiting Network wraps up its spring recruiting class rankings with a look at the NCAA Division III women. Today we present our list of the Top 25 NCAA D-III women's recruiting classes for 2017. Flying high at the top of the list? The Emory Eagles.

14-Jun-2017
Whitney Osuigwe Reflects on French Open Title
Last weekend at Roland Garros, fifteen-year-old Whitney Osuigwe achieved a number of firsts on her way to becoming the first American to win the French Open girls title since Jennifer Capriati in 1989. Colette Lewis of ZooTennis spoke to her recently by phone about her win in Paris, her love of red clay, her goals and her plans for this summer.

13-Jun-2017
Rohan Sachdev Stars on the Court and in the Spelling Bee
Drill work has always had a double meaning for Rohan Sachdev. Wearing an adidas headband and gripping his Babolat racket, Rohan spent many hours mimicking tennis strokes in the house while his mother quizzed him from a nearby table. He'd spell a word in the middle of hitting a forehand against air. He'd spell another during the completion of a serve. Being a nationally-ranked junior tennis player and nationally-recognized speller is a balancing act Rohan mastered throughout his childhood.

12-Jun-2017
2017 Top NCAA Division III Men's Classes
The Tennis Recruiting Network presents its recruiting class rankings for NCAA Division III conferences. Today we present our Top 25 D-III men's recruiting classes for 2017. Holding down the No. 1 spot is the Chicago Maroons.

9-Jun-2017
2017 Top Mid-Major Women's Classes
The recruiting class rankings just keep on coming. Today, The Tennis Recruiting Network is proud to present the Top 25 mid-major women's recruiting classes for 2017. Attacking the top of our list is the Central Florida Knights.

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

5-Jun-2017
2017 Top Mid-Major Men's Classes
The Tennis Recruiting Network continues its series of recruiting class rankings with the first of our mid-major conference rankings. Today we present the Top 25 mid-major men's recruiting classes for 2017 ... with the Toreros taking top honors.

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

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

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

29-May-2017
Top Women's Classes - 2017 Spring Rankings
Last week, TennisRecruiting.net ranked the men's recruiting classes. Today, we take a look at the women. TennisRecruiting.net is proud to present its spring rankings of the Top 25 Women's Recruiting Classes. Four new faces have popped into the Top Ten over the past few months, but the very top of our rankings remains the same - with the group from Athens as Top Dawgs.

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

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

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

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

21-May-2017
Images from the Rendez-vous à Roland-Garros
Last month, junior tennis players got the opportunity to start earning entry into the main draw of the French Open. 16 American boys and girls traveled to the Boca West Country Club in Boca Raton, Fla., to compete for all-expense-paid trips to Paris where they will compete with champions from five other countries for a main-draw Wildcard in the Roland Garros Juniors' main draw. Check out images from the event ...

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

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

16-May-2017
Jimena Rodriguez-Benito Heads to Penn Early
Blue Chip junior Jimena Rodriguez-Benito turns 17 in July, however she has already turned the page on her high school career. Rodriguez-Benito, who has taken classes through Laurel Springs for nearly three years, has decided to graduate early and commit to Penn - a year ahead of her graduation class.

15-May-2017
Hot 100 List - May '17
Today we announce the May edition of the Hot 100. The Hot 100 features 100 boys and 100 girls who have been playing outstanding tennis. These players have substantially improved their rankings over the past month.

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

12-May-2017
NCAA Tournament Roundtable - Part II
The NCAA Division I Tennis Championships start today. The top men's and women's college tennis programs face off in first-round action across the country, with all teams competing for tickets to Athens, Georgia, and a spot in the Sweet 16. Check out insights from our college tennis contributors - and see who they picked as champions.

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

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

8-May-2017
NCAA Tournament Roundtable - Part I
This weekend, the NCAA Division I Tennis Championships get underway. 64 men's and women's college tennis teams will head to campus venues around the country to compete in first- and second-round action. The winners will make up the Sweet 16 and head to Athens, Georgia, to compete for the team title. Today, our college tennis contributors preview the "Big Dance" of college tennis.

7-May-2017
Broward Easter Bowl Photo Gallery
Last month, the Broward Easter Bowl - a TRN National Showcase - was contested in Coral Springs, Fla. Players from Florida and nine other states - from California to Rhode Island - played in the Level 6 sectional event. Photographer Fritz Moore checks in with great action shots from the event.

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

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

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

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

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

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

21-Apr-2017
Hot 100 List - April '17
Today we announce the April edition of the Hot 100. The Hot 100 features 100 boys and 100 girls who have been playing outstanding tennis. These players have substantially improved their rankings over the past month.

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

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

15-Apr-2017
Spring Signing Week '17: Sarianna Kuuttila is Excited to be a Spartan
Sarianna Kuuttila, who is best known on and off the court as "Sara," has committed to the Michigan State Spartans for the 2017-18 season. The 5-Star recruit has decided to trade in the desert for the cold beauty of East Lansing, Michigan, but the change is not as surprising as it may seem.

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

14-Apr-2017
Spring Signing Week '17: Commodores Land Meyer
Amanda Meyer wasn't sure tennis was the sport for her. The blue chip recruit took her first lesson to please her parents and until last year, playing at a top Division I school wasn't a certainty. But as her results improved and her confidence grew, the 17-year-old Floridian now marvels at what the sport has given her, including an opportunity to play and study at Vanderbilt University.

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

13-Apr-2017
Spring Signing Week '17: Ajai Shekhera Heads to UCSB
Ajai Shekhera is a park-bred player. He didn't begin his tennis career at a country club. Nobody in his family had any experience with the sport. Shekhera aspired to become a soccer star until two friends invited him to hit with them at the local park courts. Nearly a decade later, Shekhera's friends don't play tennis anymore, and he's going to play tennis in college. The five-star from Campbell, Calif., has committed to play at UC Santa Barbara.

12-Apr-2017
Spring Signing Week '17: Riley McQuaid is an A&M Aggie
Riley McQuaid's resourcefulness, resilience and optimism have enabled her to weather tough losses and injuries that beset top athletes. McQuaid used those qualities when she was informed six days before the Fall signing period that her scholarship offer had been withdrawn. She was stunned, but she quickly regrouped - and her survival instincts led her to College Station, Texas.

12-Apr-2017
Spring Signing Week '17: Berdusco Decides on Pepperdine
Bradenton's Brian Berdusco turned three difficult losses into a huge win. After first-round losses in main draw singles, consolation singles, and doubles at the 2016 Winter Nationals, Berdusco gained a new focus in his tennis. The win? Berdusco is excited to announce his commitment to Pepperdine University for Fall 2017.

12-Apr-2017
Spring Signing Week '17: Top Texan Shin Makes Cardinal Commitment
Throughout her entire college decision process, senior Blue Chip recruit Janice Shin visited several of the country's top universities, all of which have strong women's tennis teams and solid academic reputations to match. But one school stood out for the top-ranked player from Texas, and when she finally got the call with good news from the coaches at Stanford, Shin announced that she would be joining the Cardinal tennis team this fall.

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

11-Apr-2017
Spring Signing Week '17: National Roundup
Signing Week is now underway, and tomorrow seniors can start signing their National Letters of Intent. Today, we check in with boys and girls from across the country who are heading to a variety of schools. Find out how they came to their decisions... in our National Roundup.

10-Apr-2017
Spring Signing Week '17: Hada Chang Signs With Denver
Hada Chang will soon become a Pioneer in the world of women's college tennis. Chang, who hails from Trophy Club, Texas, signed a National Letter of Intent last fall with the University of Denver Pioneers.

10-Apr-2017
Spring Signing Week '17: Austin Barr Commits to Williams
Austin Barr is just the kind of the recruit any school would want. A fierce competitor, Barr is a talented 5-Star recruit whose favorite moments come in the team environment. An excellent student, Barr will take his tennis talents from his home state of Ohio to Williams College in the Northeast this Fall.

10-Apr-2017
Spring Signing Week '17: Signing Week Arrives
The second week of April is here - and Signing Week has finally arrived! We start our coverage of Spring Signing Week '17 with a look at the uncommitted boys and girls from the top 100. We update you on a few developments from the past few weeks, and we note that some of these top recruits plan to announce their college choices this week in our coverage.

9-Apr-2017
Images from the Georgia Bowl
Late last month, the Georgia Bowl took place in Rome, Ga., at the 51-court Rome Tennis Center. Contributor Bill Kallenberg was onhand to capture images from the event.

8-Apr-2017
Action Shots from the DecoTurf High School Championships
Photographer Bill Kallenberg was in Chattanooga, Tenn., last month to capture images of the DecoTurf High School Team Championships. Check out action shots of players from 64 high school teams across 13 states.

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

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

5-Apr-2017
Countdown: Puerto Rican Standout is a Xavier Muskeeter
Unlike many of his top-ranked peers, Alejandro Rodriguez-Vidal opted to train in Puerto Rico to hone his tennis. He spends his summers and winter holidays in his home in Orlando, Florida, and hits the courts sometimes, but he is mainly a product of Puerto Rican tennis. The plan has worked well for him - the 5-Star senior recently committed to Xavier University in Cincinnati.

4-Apr-2017
Countdown: Lilienthal Commits to Cornell's Big Red
When it came to finalizing her decision on a college commitment, senior 5-Star Recruit Cheyenne Lilienthal certainly had her pick of some of the top universities in the country. After visiting all of the Ivy League schools, the 17-year-old from Land O' Lakes, Fla., took her time weighing her options before finally announcing that she would commit to Cornell University's Big Red tennis team.

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

2-Apr-2017
Former Champions Prevail at 2017 DecoTurf High School Tennis Team Championships
The 2016 DecoTurf High School Tennis Team Championships presented by Icy Hot had a very different feel this spring with boys and girls competing on the same weekend for the first time in tournament history. The monumental weekend of high school tennis featured more than 950 individual matches with 60 teams from 14 states taking to the courts throughout the Scenic City of Chattanooga, Tenn.

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

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

29-Mar-2017
Countdown: Ysabel Gonzalez Rico finds the Right Fit at Emory
From starting to play tennis at the age of five, to ballgirl at the French Open, then moving to the United States while in high school and now committing to play her college tennis at Emory University, Miami's Ysabel Gonzalez Rico has come a long way in a relatively short period of time.

28-Mar-2017
Countdown: Anchors Aweigh for Andrew Ton
The United States military improved Andrew Ton's life a generation before he was born. So it's small wonder that Ton, a 5-Star left-hander from Milpitas, Calif., has committed to attend the U.S. Naval Academy and play tennis for the Midshipmen.

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

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

25-Mar-2017
Images from the One Love Junior Championships
The One Love Tennis Junior Championships of the South is a Southern Level 3 that was played earlier this month in Norcross, Ga. Contributor Bill Kallenberg was onhand to photograph the event - which featured all age divisions for both boys and girls. Check out the great action shots he caught ...

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

23-Mar-2017
Countdown: Jacob Brumm to California
As a promising junior growing up in Southern California, Jacob Brumm was content to play tournaments and work on his game. But when he learned about college tennis, he became a huge fan and followed the sport avidly. Now a Blue Chip senior, Brumm received attention of the college coaches he was following. And last November, Brumm committed to the University of California at Berkeley.

22-Mar-2017
Countdown: Taylor Bridges Commits to the Wolfpack
Taylor Bridges, a top-50 national recruit from Mesa, Ariz., signed with N.C. State and coach Simon Earnshaw in November. The Dent Tennis Academy product is coming off a successful year where she reached the singles finals of ITF events and had great success in doubles. TRN talked with Bridges earlier this month about her goals for college tennis, a time when she quit the sport, and her tennis trips to New Zealand and Costa Rica.

21-Mar-2017
Hot 100 List - March '17
Today we announce the March edition of the Hot 100. The Hot 100 features 100 boys and 100 girls who have been playing outstanding tennis. These players have substantially improved their rankings over the past month.

20-Mar-2017
Countdown: Previewing the Top 100 Boys
Many of the top boys committed during Fall Signing Week last November, but a number of top targets were still available. We talked with many recruits in the Top 100 to find out where they are in their decision process. Some have decided, some have narrowed their lists, and many are still wide open.

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

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

15-Mar-2017
Countdown: Katya Tabachnik Rides with the Broncos
Katya Tabachnik was carefully considering her options when she had a breakthrough in her college recruiting process. She thought more about where she would be happiest rather than choosing the best tennis or academic program. The San Francisco native, chose to stay close to home by committing to Santa Clara University. The Jesuit university in the Silicon Valley provided the right mix of elements the five-star recruit was seeking for her future.

14-Mar-2017
Countdown: Crawford Headed to Florida
Growing up, Oliver Crawford played tennis, football, travel baseball and basketball. It wasn't until age 12 that he played in his first tennis tournament. Fast-forward five years and the 17-year-old Spartanburg, South Carolina, teen is headed to the University of Florida after signing a national letter-of-intent with the Gators.

13-Mar-2017
Countdown: Talcott Signs with the Tribe
After being sidelined for several months with a back injury, Finbar Talcott still remembers the feeling of the ball on his strings again is something he will never forget. His appreciation for the game in the years following that injury helped him achieve his goal of committing to play college tennis. Talcott is excited to commit to William & Mary for Fall 2017.

13-Mar-2017
Countdown to Signing Day
It's that time of year... Signing Day is approaching. April 12 is the first day of the Spring Signing Period - when seniors from around the nation can sign on to play college tennis at Division I or Division II schools. And once again, The Tennis Recruiting Network and GAMMA are ready with the Countdown to Signing Day.

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

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

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

5-Mar-2017
Southern Icy Hot Photo Gallery
The Icy Hot Southern Championships took place the last weekend of February. Rain ended the tournament early - with no completed finals. Photographer Bill Kallenberg was onhand to capture images of the tournament ...

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

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

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

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

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

20-Feb-2017
Hot 100 List - February '17
Today we announce the February edition of the Hot 100. The Hot 100 features 100 boys and 100 girls who have been playing outstanding tennis. These players have substantially improved their rankings over the past month.

17-Feb-2017
Sanford's Options: North Carolina or Pro Tennis
Blue Chip Alexandra Sanford decided long ago the school she wants to attend, committing to the University of North Carolina in the fall of her sophomore year. Now the 18-year-old from Westerville Ohio has another choice to make - joining the Tar Heels this fall or pursuing professional tennis.

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

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

12-Feb-2017
Images from the Southern Winter Championships
After a period of ice early in the year, last month's Southern Winter Championships in Rome, Georgia, featured temperatures in the 70s. Check out action shots from the Boys and Girls 16 and 18 events ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

16-Jan-2017
Hot 100 List - January '17
Today we announce the January edition of the Hot 100. The Hot 100 features 100 boys and 100 girls who have been playing outstanding tennis. These players have substantially improved their rankings over the past month.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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