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Top Prospects '14-'15 - Fall Edition
by Dallas Oliver, 15 September 2014

After months of waiting, here they are... the Top Prospects. Find out right now how many stars you have - as The Tennis Recruiting Network proudly presents the Fall Top Prospects for 2014-15.

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Tournament Summary
Unseeded Jasika, Bouzkova Capture US Open Junior Titles
by Colette Lewis, 12 September 2014

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.

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Getting Started
How Much Should a Junior Tennis Player Train?
by Valery Yalouskikh, 10 September 2014

Many junior tennis players spend countless hours on the court. "No pain, no gain" - as the saying goes. For juniors with developing bodies, it is easy to overdo it. How much is too much? Valery Yalouskikh of TennisConsult.com stops by to discuss recommendations from sports scientists.

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Commitment Announcement
Sophie Chang Commits to the Wahoos
by Sonny Dearth, 8 September 2014

When Sophie Chang was still in elementary school, she didn't know much about college tennis, but she had an idea that she wanted to head south to Virginia. Surely enough, that is what will happen. Chang, a homeschooled Blue Chip rising senior from Havre de Grace, Md., has committed to play for the Virginia Cavaliers, who have become one of the nation's top programs in the past few seasons under Mark Guilbeau's coaching.

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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.

3-Sep-2014
Five Things You Need to Know About the College Recruiting Process
For most junior tennis players, playing in college is the next goal. Your performance, behavior, and preparation both on and off the court in high school are getting you ready for college and college tennis. Here are five things to keep in mind as you think about the future...

2-Sep-2014
Fear in Tennis
Tennis is an eye-to-eye combative sport. Unlike team sports or individual sports, tennis is an one-on-one combative contest of wills, stamina and skill. In this respect, tennis stimulates a part of the brain that is millions of years old and which evolved to ensure our survival in a primitive hostile environment - and it causes Fear.

1-Sep-2014
Tennis Recruiting Welcomes the Class of 2021
Labor Day is the unofficial end of summer. School starts back up, and there are new sixth-graders walking the halls. This week's rankings at the Tennis Recruiting Network are the first of the 2014-15 season - and they also mark the arrival of the Class of 2021.

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.

28-Aug-2014
Best Wishes, Class of 2014
The high school Class of 2014 had their ceremonies back in June - and many of those young men and women are now heading off to college. Today is the day that the Tennis Recruiting Network bids them farewell. This week's rankings are our final edition for the 2013-14 year - and the final rankings for the outgoing Class of 2014.

26-Aug-2014
Blue Chip Victor Pham Commits to Columbia
From the outside, it seemed like the obvious choice. Victor Pham's older brother attended Columbia and was a member of the tennis team. Most people figured Pham would pick the school to prolong the family tradition. But Pham wanted to choose the school that was the best fit for him, and he didn't want anything to influence his decision. After doing thorough research and visiting several colleges, Pham decided the obvious choice was the right choice.

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).

23-Aug-2014
Premiere of Inside College Tennis with Tony Minnis at Wichita State
The Bill Rodman Production Shoppe has completed production of the 4th episode of Inside College Tennis and premieres on Tennis Channel featuring Wichita State University. The show premieres tonight, Saturday, August 23rd at 10pm ET, on The Tennis Channel. Meet Colin Foster, Head Women's Coach and Brad Louderback, Head Men's Coach is this episode and come to understand why each coach says: "Our team is a like family."

22-Aug-2014
Musings on Proposed ITA/NCAA Division I Format Changes
The ITA recently announced a number of changes to NCAA Division I competition starting this fall. The most notable changes are a move to "no-ad" rather than traditional scoring and shortening doubles from an eight-game pro set to one standard six-game set. These changes have been met with strong feelings on both sides, and there are many coaches and players on both sides of this debate. This article offers our thoughts - in the context of many other articles on the issue.

21-Aug-2014
ITA Announces New Division I Dual Match Format
The ITA will be inaugurating a new, shorter dual meet format for Division I college tennis beginning at the start of the 2014-15 season. Highlighting the format changes are switches to no-ad scoring from regular scoring, one set of doubles rather than an 8-game pro set and no warm-up with opponents.

20-Aug-2014
Hampton Heads South to Sun Devil Territory
As one can imagine, growing up as a tennis player in the Northwest can limit your options for playing outdoors. Which is partly why Washington's top-ranked junior, Samantha Hampton, has decided to head south for the next four years. The Blue Chip senior from Vancouver, Wash., announced she will head to sunny Tempe to join the Arizona State University women's tennis team as a freshman next fall.

19-Aug-2014
Prince Hot 100 List - August '14
Today we announce the August edition of the Prince Hot 100. The Prince Hot 100 features 100 boys and 100 girls who have been playing outstanding tennis. These players have substantially improved their rankings over the past month.

18-Aug-2014
Kyle Mautner to Penn
As a teenager, Kyle Mautner's goals have always been to get as many training hours on the court as possible while still getting good grades in school. Now a 5-Star senior, Mautner's focus on tennis and school is paying off - as he looks forward to Ivy League education while playing tennis at the University of Pennsylvania.

17-Aug-2014
Images from the Boys' 18s and 16s Nationals
One last bonus prize in our coverage of Championship Week - a photo gallery featuring images of the USTA Boys' 18 and 16 Nationals from Kalamazoo, Michigan. Tennis photographer Bill Kallenberg from Captured In Action was onhand to capture the event...

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.

15-Aug-2014
CiCi Bellis Defeats Black to Claim 18s
Before even stepping onto the court at the USTA Girls' 18s National Championships, CiCi Bellis had her trip booked to the U.S. Open. But Bellis wanted an upgrade in her playing status in New York. Instead of just playing against the juniors, the 15-year-old from Atherton, Calif., wanted a shot at the professionals. Bellis earned that chance by capturing the hardcourt title at the Barnes Tennis Center in San Diego.

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.

14-Aug-2014
Kylie McKenzie Completes Run at Girls 16s
During her early-round matches at the USTA Girls 16s National Championships Kylie McKenzie was not only building momentum, she was dismantling the field in impressive fashion. The 15-year-old blue chip recruit from Anthem, Ariz., maintained that same high level of play the rest of the week and went on to capture the title with a 6-1, 6-4 victory over No. 2 seed Kayla Day of Santa Barbara at the Barnes Center.

13-Aug-2014
William Woodall Wins Boys 14 Singles
William Woodall of Washington, D.C., put on a blue chip performance in winning the USTA Boys 14 National Singles Championship on August 8 in San Antonio. Woodall, the tournament's No. 5 seed, took out a scrappy 17th-seeded Bill Duo of Portage, Mich., 6-1, 6-3 to capture his first USTA gold ball.

13-Aug-2014
Caty McNally Plays Up, Wins USTA Girls' 14s Title
At age 12, Caty McNally became one of the youngest singles and doubles champions at the USTA Girls 14 National Championships last week in Peachtree City, Ga. The rising seventh-grader at Madeira Middle School in Cincinnati didn't lose a set in her seven singles matches and defeated third-seeded Taylor Johnson of Redondo Beach, Calif., 6-3, 6-2 in the final.

12-Aug-2014
Khan Twins Dominate Boys 12s in Little Rock
They may not yet be the most famous twins in tennis, but Zane and Faris Khan certainly are making their presence known in the junior tennis circuit. So far, the blue chip brothers have altogether won four gold USTA balls, three silver and four bronze. Zane has the upper hand for now, pulling a title over Faris 7-5, 4-6, 6-2 at the 2014 Boys 12s National Hard Court Championship.

12-Aug-2014
Volynets Cruises to Girls 12 National Title
When Walnut Creek, California's, Katie Volynets looked across the net during the USTA Girls 12 National Championships last week, she saw something she wasn't accustomed to seeing. An opponent her own age. The 12-year old Volynets has spent a lot of time competing with older players, and she used that experience to defeat sixth-seeded Sedona Gallagher 6-0; 6-3, to claim a gold ball and the 12s title.

11-Aug-2014
Images from the Girls' 14s and 12s Nationals
The Girls' 14s and 12s are both in the Atlanta area - in the backyard of TennisRecruiting.net. Our photographers were in Peachtree City and Alpharetta to capture images from the events.

11-Aug-2014
Hard Court Championship Week
Last week, the best American juniors were competing for gold balls at the USTA National Championships all across the country. National titles were awarded for both boys and girls in all four age divisions. TennisRecruiting.net announces its Championship Week coverage - with photo galleries and articles that celebrate the best of the best in junior tennis.

8-Aug-2014
Approaching the Official Visit
Visits to colleges and college tennis programs - whether they are unofficial or official - are often make-or-break moments in the college recruiting process. Both junior tennis players and coaches try to learn all they can about each other in a short period of time. What should you learn? We put the question to a number of recent graduates: If you had it to go over again, how would you approach visits to schools? What would most want to learn?

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.

5-Aug-2014
Rice Owls Claim Top-ranked Texan Jacob Hansen
Most rising seniors see college as the next step to an independent life away from family. For Blue-Chip-to-be recruit Jacob Hansen, however, his decision was mostly determined by the fact that his parents finally settled in Texas after years of living overseas. The Hansens relocated to Houston, home to Rice University, where Jacob has verbally committed to play in Fall 2015.

4-Aug-2014
Changes in NCAA Contact Rules
With recent changes in NCAA recruiting contact rules, the summer has become an important time for families managing the tennis recruiting process. Check out changes that every tennis family and all prospective student athletes need to know...

3-Aug-2014
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.

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.

31-Jul-2014
Conversation with Tech Assistant Coach Derek Schwandt
Georgia Tech Assistant Coach Derek Schwandt has done it all - a two-time All-Atlantic 10 player in college at Richmond, three years on the ITF futures and ATP challengers tour, and a top college assistant coach. Schwandt is also a coach of the USTA Collegiate National Team - a training program that helps top American college players transition to professional tennis. Harry Cicma of NBC Sports recently talked with Schwandt about all things tennis.

29-Jul-2014
What Coaches Look For on Official Visits (Pt. 2)
We recently invited college tennis coaches to comment on official college visits: what they look for in student athletes - and what most impresses them. We showed comments from a number of coaches earlier in the month, but we have thoughts from more coaches. This second installment contains more insights on the official visit...

28-Jul-2014
Transition from Junior to College Tennis
Over the last ten years, I have seen junior tennis player struggle with the transition into college tennis. Changes occur in your training, competition, team structure and academics. It has sometimes resulted in extreme cases where the student-athlete cannot handle the pressure and has to leave school indefinitely. Here are a few key changes you should be ready for - and advice on how to best prepare yourself for success.

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.

25-Jul-2014
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...

24-Jul-2014
Liu Leads California Contingent in Girls' 16
A few miles from the ocean, Southern Californians dominated the USTA Girls 16 National Clay Court Championships, taking the top three places in singles and the runner-up honors in doubles. The ATLANTIC Ocean, that is. Not the Pacific. During the tournament week, dozens of spectators gathered at Virginia Beach Tennis and Country Club to see which Californian would earn the gold ball in singles - and the answer was Claire Liu.

24-Jul-2014
McNally Continues Hot 2014 at 16s Clays
It has been quite a run for John McNally. The talented teen from Cincinnati, Ohio swept through his competition at the USTA Boys' 16 Clay Court National Championships in Delray Beach, Florida by not losing a set all week and captured the third gold ball of his career with a 6-2; 6-2 victory over San Diego, California's Jacob Brumm.

23-Jul-2014
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.

23-Jul-2014
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.

22-Jul-2014
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.

22-Jul-2014
Zane Wins Battle of the Khans in the 12s
It has become common for twins and siblings to win doubles championships in the tennis universe. But rarely do twins face each other in a singles championship match. That was the case on July 19 as Zane and Faris Khan battled each other for the USTA Boys 12 Clay Courts gold ball. The winner was fifth seeded-Zane Khan, who defeated the No. 11 Faris Khan 1-6, 6-0, 6-0 at the Randy Pate Tennis Academy.

21-Jul-2014
Clay Court Championship Week
The USTA Clay Court Championships have concluded around the country. This week, TennisRecruiting.net has roundups of all the action from the Boys' 12s to the Girls' 18s - from Virginia Beach to Fort Lauderdale. Check out coverage of all the tournaments - and meet the latest gold ball winners of all ages. Get ready... for Clay Court Championship Week.

20-Jul-2014
Action Shots from the Georgia Junior Open
As we get to the heart of the summer, there are many great tournaments on the calendar. One popular event on the Dunlop National Showcase Series schedule is the Georgia Junior Open - with almost 700 players from 15 different states. Check out this photo gallery of the event - presented by Advantage Tennis Academy...

18-Jul-2014
Conversation with Former D-III Champion William Boe-Wiegaard
Former Bates standout William Boe-Wiegaard had one of the more amazing runs in NCAA Division III tennis. He is the only Bobcat ever to be an All-American all four years in college, and he capped things off with an amazing run to the NCAA singles title his senior year as an unseeded player. Since graduating, Boe-Wiegaard has been involved with tennis as an instructor, and he has been competing professionally since 2011. Harry Cicma of NBC Sports caught up with Boe-Wiegaard.

16-Jul-2014
What Impact Did the Top 100 Girls from 2013 Have as Freshman?
Last week, Scholarship for Athletes investigated the impact the Top 100 Boys from the 2013 class had on their college teams as freshmen. This week, they cover the Top 100 Girls from the same recruiting class. The ladies performed a little bit better...

14-Jul-2014
Prince Hot 100 List - July '14
Today we announce the July edition of the Prince Hot 100. The Prince Hot 100 features 100 boys and 100 girls who have been playing outstanding tennis. These players have substantially improved their rankings over the past month.

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.

10-Jul-2014
What Impact Did the Top 100 Boys from 2013 Have as Freshman?
Scholarship for Athletes took the time to research the Top 100 boys from the Class of 2013 to analyze the impact that they had on their teams as freshman. How many matches did they play? How did they do? And how much did their performance impact the team?

8-Jul-2014
What Coaches Look For on Official Visits
Perhaps the most exciting part of the recruiting process is the Official Visit - where schools brings prospective athletes (and often their parents) to campus for a weekend visit. Coaches use these visits as key recruiting tools, and the experiences are often huge factors in players' decisions. We put the question to college coaches: What are you looking for in recruits during official visits? What most impresses you?

7-Jul-2014
Fall Top Prospects Ratings
Twice a year, TennisRecruiting.net updates its Top Prospect ratings - sometimes known as "The Stars". Our next update to the Top Prospects comes in late September - and those ratings will be based on players' rankings during the eight-week period from the week of July 21 to the week of September 8, 2014. Learn what you can do to ensure your rating is accurate - and learn about important changes coming this fall.

6-Jul-2014
Images from the Gator Bowl
One of the more popular events on the Dunlop National Showcase Series is the Gator Bowl - with more than 200 participants. We had photographers on hand to capture action shots from the event. Take a look...

4-Jul-2014
Southern California Junior Sectionals Wrapup
Hundreds of the best junior tennis players in Southern California gathered at Fountain Valley, Calif., and other nearby venues last week to compete in the 112th annual Southern California Junior Sectionals. After Sunday's final day of competition, one talented star added to her impressive resume, while several others also tasted victory at this prestigious tournament.

3-Jul-2014
One Thing That is Constant in This World: Change
This summer, more than a dozen major Division I men's and women's tennis head coaching jobs have changed hands. These jobs were filled by other head coaches, continuing the ripple effect. High school athletes, should be aware of this so-called "coaching carousel". Those who understand that the chances of keeping the same coach throughout a college career are dicey can make better decisions during the recruiting process.

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.

1-Jul-2014
Tate Allwardt to Vanderbilt
Tate Allwardt enjoys the challenges that tennis brings. "I really enjoy competing," said Allwardt, 17, of Boca Raton. "I am a very competitive person, and the one-on-one nature of tennis creates an extremely competitive environment. Next year, Allwardt will take his competitive outlook to Vanderbilt University - when he competes for Commodores this coming fall.

30-Jun-2014
Recruiting Terms and Calendar for 2014-15
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.

29-Jun-2014
Conversation with UConn's Sam Sutherland
Stability has been a watchword of UConn tennis. Glenn Marshall, who now serves as Director of Tennis, has overseen the tennis programs for 21 years. Michael Louis '04 took over as head coach of the men's tennis program prior to the 2013-14 season. One of Louis' teammates as a player at UConn was sam Sutherland '05, a standout from Tampa, Fla. Harry Cicma of NBC Sports, who served as the commentator for the live webcast of the 2014 NCAA Tournament, caught up with Sutherland.

27-Jun-2014
The Value of Front Court Skills in College Tennis
I've had several recruits ask for training suggestions as they make the transition to college. A common theme between the three programs I've been part of the past few years has been the amount of work put into developing doubles skills, especially with freshmen. Recruiting players who can make immediate contributions to the doubles lineup has become harder to do, so my suggestion to young players in general is to develop the ability to play the net.

26-Jun-2014
Kennedy Shaffer Heads Between the Hedges
Kennedy Shaffer should fit right in next year as a member of the University of Georgia's women's tennis team. The mascot for the school is a Bulldog, and Shaffer's tenacity both on and off the court should serve her well. The 17-year-old from Rossford, Ohio, recently made a verbal commitment to attend the University of Georgia in 2015.

25-Jun-2014
University of Southern Kal: Boyd Chooses USC
From an outsider's perspective, Kalman Boyd's college recruiting process should have been an easy one. Much of his family attended USC, and his grandfather coached the basketball team. But tennis recruiting is a two-way street, and it isn't easy to claim a spot on a team that has won five of the past six NCAA Division I titles. But when Boyd visited campus and received an offer, he was excited to commit to the Trojans tennis squad the next day.

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.

23-Jun-2014
Tennis Recruiting Welcomes Tennis Express
If you've been on the TennisRecruiting.net website the last few days, you may have noticed that we have a brand new online store. Tennis Express, a leading full-service tennis retailer, is our new platinum sponsor, and we are very excited about it. Tennis Express provides a fantastic online experience - great tennis products at competitive prices with fantastic customer service. Check it out...

22-Jun-2014
SFA Interviews Danielle Lao
Jake Hartman of SFA sat down with Danielle Lao a former USC women’s tennis player. Danielle is currently on the professional tennis tour, and she recently wrote a book about her college tennis experience titled The Invaluable Experience. She was interviewed about her recruiting process, how she chose USC, and how her time there has benefited her today.

20-Jun-2014
2014 Top NCAA Division III Women's Classes
The Tennis Recruiting Network wraps up its spring recruiting class rankings with a look at the D-III women. Today we present our list of the Top 25 NCAA D-III women's recruiting classes for 2014. Once again, the Eagles soar at the top of the rankings.

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.

18-Jun-2014
ITA Summer Circuit Schedule
The ITA Summer Circuit provides college, junior, and alumni tennis players the opportunity to compete in organized events virtually year round. Although the primary focus of the circuit is to provide incoming freshmen and collegiate players the chance to play in the summer months, these events are "open", so anyone is eligible to compete.

17-Jun-2014
Prince Hot 100 List - June '14
Today we announce the June edition of the Prince Hot 100. The Prince Hot 100 features 100 boys and 100 girls who have been playing outstanding tennis. These players have substantially improved their rankings over the past month.

16-Jun-2014
2014 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 2014. The top class this year comes in a distinct shade of Maroon - and from the Windy City.

15-Jun-2014
Georgia Junior Challenger Photo Gallery
Things heat up in the summer, and the Georgia Junior Challenger was no exception. Check out great photos from the event...

13-Jun-2014
2014 Top Mid-Major Women's Classes
TennisRecruiting.net picks up where it left off on Monday with more rankings of mid-major recruiting classes. Today we present the Top 25 mid-major women's recruiting classes for 2014. Check out the Owls - who are soaring at the top of the rankings.

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.

10-Jun-2014
Create a Winning Summer Tennis Schedule
As a competitive junior tennis player, summer holidays provide you the best chance to improve your tennis game and get maximum exposure for a college scholarship. College coaches are out recruiting at various tournaments and training camps around the U.S. and internationally. Taking advantage of these few months can really make an impact in your future college tennis career. It starts with creating a well thought-out summer tennis schedule.

9-Jun-2014
2014 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 2014... and please steer clear of the Cougars.

8-Jun-2014
Q&A with USC senior Ray Sarmiento
Last month, USC won its 21st NCAA title in men's tennis - and the school's 100th NCAA title overall. The Tennis Trojans were led by senior Ray Sarmiento, who was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player. Harry Cicma of NBC Sports, who served as the commentator for the live webcast, talked with Sarmiento after the event.

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.

5-Jun-2014
Seelig Makes Early Commitment to Ohio State
Kyle Seelig wasn't interested in a long, drawn out recruiting process. Anxious to see his hard work pay off, the Blue Chip recruit visited six top programs before the end of his junior year in high school. Following his fast and furious recruiting process, Seelig committed to join the Ohio State Buckeyes in the fall of 2015.

4-Jun-2014
Talking About the New Balance HS Tennis Championships
We chat with Bruce Schilling, General Manager of Tennis for New Balance, about the first-ever New Balance High School Tennis Championship to be held at Harvard University in July.

2-Jun-2014
Top Women's Classes - 2014 Spring Rankings
Our Recruiting Class Rankings continue with a look at the ladies. Tennis Recruiting is proud to present its spring rankings of the Top 25 Women's College Tennis Recruiting Classes of 2014. Once again, the Florida Gators are making themselves at home in the top spot.

1-Jun-2014
Images from the 2014 North Georgia Open
The most recent National Showcase took place in Rome, Georgia: the North Georgia Open Championships. Take a look at action shots from the tournament...

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.

29-May-2014
Quick Take with John McEnroe
If you look at the top American men on the professional stage, you'll notice a common thread - most of them played college tennis. One of their forerunners was John McEnroe, who attended Stanford for a year and won the NCAA singles title before moving on to the professional ranks. Harry Cicma of NBC Sports asked McEnroe a few questions with a college focus recently in New York.

28-May-2014
Amherst Wins D-III Men's Tennis Championhip, Emory Takes Women's Title
The Biszantz Family Tennis Center in Claremont, Calif., was the site of the NCAA Division III Men's and Women's Tennis Championships May 19-24. The fourth-ranked Amherst Lord Jeffs men's team won its second NCAA team title with a 5-3 victory over the top-ranked and host Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Stags. On the women's side, top-ranked Emory won its sixth NCAA title with a 5-1 decision over No. 2 Amherst.

26-May-2014
Top Men's Classes - 2014 Spring Rankings
The Tennis Recruiting Network is excited to present its spring ranking of the Top 25 Men's Recruiting Classes for 2014. New commitments have brought three new teams to the rankings, shaking up the Top 25. The program with the No. 25 recruiting class back in January has risen all the way up to No. 2. But the top spot still has a certain... Cardinality.

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.

21-May-2014
What is the NCAA Eligibility Center?
The NCAA Eligibility Center certifies the academic and amateur credentials of all college-bound student-athletes who wish to compete in NCAA Division I or II athletics. Ultimately, the individual student-athlete is responsible for achieving and protecting his or her eligibility status, but the NCAA Eligibility Center is eager to cooperate with all parties to ensure a smooth transition to NCAA sports.

19-May-2014
Prince Hot 100 List - May '14
Today we announce the May edition of the Prince Hot 100. The Prince Hot 100 features 100 boys and 100 girls who have been playing outstanding tennis. These players have substantially improved their rankings over the past month.

18-May-2014
Launch of First-Ever New Balance High School Tennis Championship Presented by the USTA
Global athletic leader New Balance has announced the creation of the inaugural New Balance High School Tennis Championship presented by the United States Tennis Association (USTA), an event that will offer young tennis athletes a new, elite level of competition on the national stage. The tournament will be held at the Beren Tennis Center at Harvard University in Boston, July 21-25, 2014.

16-May-2014
Daniell Commits to Tide for 2015
Blue Chip junior Andie Daniell has grown to 5'11" - and has grown into one of the top junior tennis players in the country. Recently, the powerful right-hander verbally committed to play college tennis for Coach Jenny Mainz and the Alabama Crimson Tide.

14-May-2014
Daniel Rayl Picks Notre Dame
Blue Chip recruit Daniel Rayl of Carmel, Ind., intends on becoming a member of the University of Notre Dame men's tennis team. Daniel, ranked No. 24 in the Class of 2015, will have to wait until next fall to wear the blue and gold of the Fighting Irish. Daniel, who attends the private Park Tudor School in nearby Indianapolis, recently made a verbal commitment to Notre Dame first-year coach Ryan Sachire.

12-May-2014
New Changes to the SAT Test
In March, College Board announced several changes to the SAT that will impact the class of 2017 and beyond. Check out the changes - and see how they impact student-athletes.

9-May-2014
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, Ga., and a spot in the Sweet 16. Check out insights from our college tennis contributors - and see who they picked as darkhorses and champions.

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...

6-May-2014
Call for Simultaneous Format in College Dual Matches
A huge issue for college tennis today is figuring out how to reduce the time it takes to complete a match while at the same time ensuring that doubles continues to be an integral part of a match. To date, we have experimented with changing scoring and rules, but competitive matches are still too long. We can do better. The problem can be easily resolved by having both doubles and singles matches played at the same time - the simultaneous format.

5-May-2014
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, Ga., to compete for the team title. Today, our college tennis contributors preview the "Big Dance" of college 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.

1-May-2014
Preparing for Success in College Tennis
Over the next few weeks, college tennis recruits who did not commit early will be making their college decisions. Many will be signing a National Letter of Intent or sending in a deposit - committing to a college or university. Recruits for 2014 have nearly all made their decisions... now what?

29-Apr-2014
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!

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.

26-Apr-2014
Coming Soon... May Madness Bracket Challenge
March is so passe. In the world of college tennis, it's all about May - and May Madness. This coming Tuesday evening, the NCAA will announce the teams participating in the NCAA Division I Men's and Women's Tennis Championships. Later that night, you can submit your picks in our third annual May Madness Bracket Challenge.

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.

24-Apr-2014
Scattershooting Around the Men's College Game
During a dual season in which many schools have negotiated difficult schedules, overcome adversity and tweaked lineups, the men's Division I season has now reached the conference tournaments. Rivalries will be renewed this weekend and a few more questions might be answered, but what we have seen the past three months from all regions of the country tells us there are perhaps ten teams capable of capturing the NCAA championship.

22-Apr-2014
Prince Hot 100 List - April '14
Today we announce the April edition of the Prince Hot 100. The Prince Hot 100 features 100 boys and 100 girls who have been playing outstanding tennis. These players have substantially improved their rankings over the past month.

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.

19-Apr-2014
Spring Signing Week '14: Bridgham Joins Flyer Family
The college tennis recruiting process can be difficult to navigate, each school with its own unique set of pros and cons. But a specific academic aim can simplify things, immediately knocking out otherwise attractive options. That was the case for Marlys Bridgham. An aspiring engineer, the Five Star recruit knew just what she was looking for, and an email from Dayton head coach Ryan Meyer showed her a perfect fit.

18-Apr-2014
Spring Signing Week '14: Why NAIA?
Peter Green talks with college tennis coaches at NAIA institutions about the tennis experience at NAIA schools - and what differentiates an NAIA program from NCAA programs.

18-Apr-2014
Spring Signing Week '14: Maese Commits to Boise State
After almost a year of international competition and intense tennis training, Daniel Maese decided to return home to Texas. As his senior year was quickly coming to a close, Maese gave up his tennis activities momentarily so he could focus on academics. It was then that his coach suggested he check out Boise State, and three months after the initial contact, the four-star Texan committed to Coach Patton's Broncos.

17-Apr-2014
Spring Signing Week '14: Austin Bates Follows March Madness to FGCU
Each March, the country is transfixed on March Madness, with fans filling out their brackets and rooting for underdogs. Austin Bates was among the millions that followed the run of the Florida Gulf Coast University's men's basketball team to the "Sweet 16" in 2013. Then a light went on. "March Madness is how I heard about the school," admitted Bates. "I got in contact with them, and it went from there."

17-Apr-2014
Spring Signing Week '14: Amanda Atanasson Tigers Up
After taking her fourth official visit, Amanda Atanasson knew where she wanted to go to college. Or, she might say, "geaux." Atanasson, a 5-Star player from the Mid-Atlantic Section, committed to Louisiana State. She selected the Tigers over a host of universities from various areas - none too close to her home in Owings Mills, Md.

16-Apr-2014
Spring Signing Week '14: Primer on NCAA Eligibility
The NCAA Eligibility Center certifies the academic and amateur credentials of all students who want to play sports at an NCAA Division I or II institution as freshmen. In order to practice, play and receive an athletics scholarship, students need to meet certain academic benchmarks and amateurism requirements. Learn about the NCAA Eligibility Center and its resources...

16-Apr-2014
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.

16-Apr-2014
Spring Signing Week '14: Mira Ruder-Hook Goes Wolverine Blue
Mira Ruder-Hook has a slight difference in opinion to the popular quote "winning isn't everything. It's the only thing." "Wins are more fun," said the senior from Denver, Colorado. "But it's the losses that have motivated me." That attitude propelled Ruder-Hook to more wins and a lofty ranking - and opened up many college options for the Blue Chip senior. Today, the Blue Chip senior announces her college decision - and it involves Blue.

15-Apr-2014
Spring Signing Week '14: Henry Adams to Abilene Christian
Four-star recruit Henry Adams of the San Antonio area has been a winner at each of the Texas high schools he attended. He played for New Braunfels High School when they won the Class 4A state team championship, and he was on the third-place team at Alamo Heights when he captured the individual doubles title with John King. Adams leveraged his record into a National Letter of Intent with Abilene Christian University in Texas.

15-Apr-2014
Spring Signing Week '14: How is College Tennis Different?
Junior tennis and college tennis are two very different experiences. Junior tennis players know that they will be competing in a team environment, but they can't really know what else to expect. We put the question to recent graduates: What was an aspect of college tennis that most surprised you coming out of juniors? What did you find most challenging?

15-Apr-2014
Spring Signing Week '14: National Recruiting Roundup
Signing Day Eve kicks off with our national roundup. Take a look at comments from boys and girls who have made verbal commitments to colleges all across the country.

14-Apr-2014
Spring Signing Week '14: Gaels Bring in Banner Class
Emma Critser and Kareena Manji formed a successful tandem when they won a National Open Girls 18 doubles title together last summer. The two five-star recruits will be extending their partnership a bit longer as both have signed to play at St. Mary's College in Moraga, Calif.

14-Apr-2014
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.

14-Apr-2014
Spring Signing Week '14: Signing Week Arrives
The Tennis Recruiting Network kicks off its coverage of Spring Signing Week '14 with a look at the Top 100. We preview our weekly coverage, and we update you on the status of all the top 100 boys and girls who were uncommitted when we checked in with them in March. A few of these kids plan to announce their decisions this week.

12-Apr-2014
Countdown: Kaylin Kruseman to St. Mary's
When it came to deciding on where to play college tennis, the decision was easy for Four Star recruit Kaylin Kruseman, who will attend Division II St. Mary's University in San Antonio next fall.

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.

10-Apr-2014
Countdown: Huskies add Homegrown Blue Chip Stewart
Mitch Stewart, a blue-chip recruit from Federal Way, Wash., and owner of five USTA balls, is legendary for his patience, speed, and mental toughness. Those qualities, along with his endurance and thirst for competition, will be tested in the Fall of 2014, when he officially joins Head Coach Matt Anger's University of Washington Huskies. He signed his National Letter of Intent in November 2013.

9-Apr-2014
Countdown: What Do Players Overlook?
Every year, high school tennis players make their college decisions based on a number of factors - from coaching staff and players on the team to size of school and weather. But are these athletes making rational decisions? We put the question to college coaches: What important factors in the college recruiting process do student athletes often overlook?

8-Apr-2014
Countdown: Alice Li to Johns Hopkins
Alice Li began playing tennis in Tianjin, China, at age 8, but she eventually discovered she was expected to put all her efforts into either school or tennis - doing both was discouraged. Three years ago, Li came to America to train, and things have worked out well. Now a 3-star recruit, Li recently committed to play college tennis at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Md., this coming fall.

7-Apr-2014
Countdown: Your College Choice is a Forty-Year Decision
During these final months before graduation, many of you are anxiously awaiting admissions decisions and pouring through notes from each visit, looking to make a final college choice. Thinking beyond college graduation may seem ludicrous right now, but you should always be mindful about how current decisions shape your future. It is important to decide what you want to do with your time in college and how it pertains to your career.

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.

3-Apr-2014
Countdown: Sandberg Moves East to Ivy League
When Aaron Sandberg began his college search early on in his junior year, he set his sights high on a collegiate team. He looked at Ivy League schools and other prestigious institutions. With a second look at what Brown had to offer, the Hudson, Ohio, 5-Star Recruit knew he had found the college for him. After an official visit, Sandberg decided to commit to the Brown University Bears team this fall.

2-Apr-2014
Countdown: About College Recruit Videos
Julie and Danny Thiets founded High-Tech Tennis in 2006 recording junior tennis match play, and they quickly got involved with making college recruiting videos. In this article, they share some of the lessons they have learned over the years about making effective videos.

1-Apr-2014
TennisRecruiting.net Branches Out, Adds Wiffle Ball
Since its launch in 2005, the Tennis Recruiting Network has been a valued source of information for the junior tennis community. Today, April 1, 2014, Tennis Recruiting is excited to unveil its plans for the future. Having established its position in the tennis market, the company plans to begin coverage of an additional sport. And after much deliberation, that sport is Wiffle Ball.

31-Mar-2014
Countdown: Previewing the Top 100 Boys
Last Monday, we visited with the girls. Today, the top boys in the senior class talk college recruiting. Find out where the Top 100 boys are leaning, and see who your favorite school is after...

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.

27-Mar-2014
Countdown: Katelyn Jackson Signs With Texas Tech
Katelyn Jackson a Five-star recruit from Roland, Ark., will add to the luster of the Texas Tech University women's tennis team next fall on the Lubbock campus. Katelyn, the top-ranked player in Arkansas, signed the National Letter of Intent with Lady Raiders head coach Todd Petty in November.

26-Mar-2014
Countdown: Eric Tseng to UCSD
Eric Tseng had realistic expectations for his future when it came to tennis. The Irvine resident knew the sport could only take him so far. But he also knew it would be far enough to make a huge impact on his life. "But I wanted to use tennis to get into a good academic college that I might not be able to get into otherwise," said Tseng. The four-star recruit accomplished his goal - signing to play at UC San Diego during the early signing period last November.

25-Mar-2014
Countdown: Transitioning to College Tennis
Over the winter break, Donovan Tennis Strategies was able to catch up with three freshmen college tennis players - from the Patriot League, Ivy League, and SCIAC. We asked them about the transition to college both academically and athletically, how their expectations of college tennis are being met, and what advice they would already be able to provide to future recruits.

24-Mar-2014
Countdown: Previewing the Top 100 Girls
The Countdown to Signing Day continues with a look at the Top 100 girls in the senior class. The vast majority of these athletes have already made written or verbal commitments, but college coaches are still after these highly-regarded young women. Find out which girls are still open, which have narrowed their lists, and which have made commitments...

23-Mar-2014
2014 Icy Hot Gallery
Just a couple of weeks ago, players from throughout the Southeast flocked to the Icy Hot Southern Level 2 Championships in Norcross, Georgia. Tennis Recruiting photographers were onhand to capture images from the event...

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.

20-Mar-2014
Prince Hot 100 List - March '14
Today we announce the March edition of the Prince Hot 100. The Prince Hot 100 features 100 boys and 100 girls who have been playing outstanding tennis. These players have substantially improved their rankings over the past month.

19-Mar-2014
Countdown: Dunn Decides on the Tide
Blue Chip senior Bennett Dunn committed to Alabama over a year ago, all without attending a single official visit. Dunn saw all she needed to see on a 2012 road trip with her mother, Pam.

18-Mar-2014
Countdown: Lamar Remy Commits to Wisconsin
For Lamar Remy, it's time for a cool change. After spending about five years training and occasionally basking in the warmth of Bradenton, Fla., the 3-Star prospect has elected to play tennis for the University of Wisconsin.

17-Mar-2014
Countdown to Signing Day
Don't look now, but we are less than a month away from the beginning of the Spring Signing Period. April 16th is the first day in 2014 when high school seniors will be able to sign their National Letters of Intent - making formal commitments to college tennis programs. As always, TennisRecruiting.net brings you a courtside seat to all the action. Take a look as we preview our special coverage... in the Countdown to Signing Day!

14-Mar-2014
Dealing with Injury and Rehabilitation
One of the unsung heroes of any tennis facility is the rehabilitation center. I actually witness athletes come in and in a matter of time, they are back on the playing field. There are two individuals that I have closely associated myself. Read the next part of my article and ask yourself what you would have done if you were either Tommy Haas or Christian Harrison.

13-Mar-2014
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.

11-Mar-2014
Conversation with UNLV's Owen Hambrook
UNLV's Owen Hambrook is now in his eleventh season as head coach of the Runnin' Rebels men's tennis program. Hambrook, who led the program to its first-ever Mountain West championship, took the 2012-13 squad to a 17-7 overall record and a final ranking of No. 62. NBC's Harry Cicma caught up with Hambrook to talk tennis, Las Vegas, and recruiting.

10-Mar-2014
Blue Chip Junior Katharine Fahey Commits
Blue Chip junior Katharine Fahey says that her favorite junior tennis experience was playing in the Junior Fed Cup in California last summer. She truly enjoyed the camaraderie of being on a team. Finding that camaraderie won't be a problem in her future - she is ready to announce her early college choice for Fall 2015.

7-Mar-2014
Roundtable: Is College Tennis Thriving or Struggling?
It is interesting to look at the state of college tennis. Rising costs in education and athletics present challenges, but tennis remains one of the most popular sports on the college landscape. We put the question to college coaches... Is college tennis thriving or struggling? What changes or improvements are you monitoring?

6-Mar-2014
NCAA Will Allow Use of Snapchat
The landscape of social media is continuously changing, and it seems as though a new form of social media catches on every few months. The popular Snapchat app - which allows users to send photos and video to a controlled list of recipients - has just gotten a serious look from the NCAA. Our friends at NCSA take a look at the NCAA position...

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.

28-Feb-2014
What to Know about the Tennis Recruiting Process
College recruiting is something that seems obvious enough, but many junior tennis players and their parents don't know where to start. Our friends at NCSA have a primer with some basic facts and numbers about the process.

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.

24-Feb-2014
Jess Jones Commits to Being a Volunteer
Top-20 national recruit Jess Jones let out a sigh of relief once the recruiting process was over. But the 6'1" Blue Chip from Warner Robins, Ga., was excited that he had made the right choice. Jones recently made his commitment to Coach Sam Winterbotham and the University of Tennessee Volunteers.

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.

17-Feb-2014
Prince Hot 100 List - February '14
Today we announce the February edition of the Prince Hot 100. The Prince Hot 100 features 100 boys and 100 girls who have been playing outstanding tennis. These players have substantially improved their rankings over the past month.

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.

12-Feb-2014
Renaud Cooks Up Victories, Commits to Georgia Tech
Johnisse Renaud is a self-proclaimed "chef on the rise." Her culinary talents take a back seat to her tennis expertise on the courts, however she has quite the recipe for success. Renaud, 17, is headed to Georgia Tech on a full scholarship to hopefully lead the Yellow Jackets back to a national tennis championship.

10-Feb-2014
Conversation with South Dakota's Malcolm Gilreath
University of South Dakota coach Malcolm Gilreath is in his tenth year at the helm of the USD women's tennis team. Gilreath is one of the most successful coaches in Coyote history - leading the program to 110 dual match victories. His 2012-13 team finished the season at 16-11 and reached the semifinals of the Summit League conference tournament. NBC's Harry Cicma talked with Gilreath about coaching and recruiting at USD.

7-Feb-2014
Finding Your Tennis Zone
After a great match, you often hear players say "I was in the zone!" What is the zone? Although there have been many different definitions, the most commonly accepted definition of the zone is a state of optimum physical and mental performance. Everything appears to be in flow and, in the end, everything appears to be "going their way." In practice, the zone is something that takes a lot of hard work to achieve.

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.

3-Feb-2014
Top Women's Classes - 2014 Winter Rankings
More than four hundred senior girls - including 85 of the Top 100 - have already signed or verbally committed to college programs. With so many commitments, our Winter Recruiting Class rankings could not be more timely. The Tennis Recruiting Network and Solfire are proud to present the Top 25 Women's College Tennis Recruiting Classes of 2014.

31-Jan-2014
Princeton Perfect for Steffensen
She has been described as a pit bull on the court, but when she sets foot on the Princeton campus this fall, she'll officially be a Tiger. Blue Chip senior Katrine Steffensen is ready to use her trademark fighting spirit to make an immediate impact on the Princeton team.

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.

28-Jan-2014
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.

27-Jan-2014
Top Men's Classes - 2014 Winter Rankings
The senior class has been busy. More than 850 seniors in the Class of 2014 have made commitments to college tennis programs so far, with dozens more making verbal commitments each and every week. The decision-making will continue, but the end of January is a great time to see where things stand. Today, the Tennis Recruiting Network and Solfire are excited to bring you its poll of the Top 25 Men's College Tennis Recruiting Classes.

25-Jan-2014
Solfire to Sponsor Recruiting Class Rankings
Today, The Tennis Recruiting Network announces that Solfire, a tennis apparel company that combines original artwork with advanced technology and manufacturing techniques, will be the presenting sponsor for the widely acknowledged College Tennis Recruiting Class Rankings at the TennisRecruiting.net website.

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.

23-Jan-2014
Prince Hot 100 List - January '14
Today we announce the January edition of the Prince Hot 100. The Prince Hot 100 features 100 boys and 100 girls who have been playing outstanding tennis. These players have substantially improved their rankings over the past month.

21-Jan-2014
McClain Kessler commits to "Dream School" in Florida
When Blue Chip junior McClain Kessler looked at his options for playing college tennis, one voice helped him make an early commitment - his grandfather, Andrew "Pat" Driggers. With his grandfather's advice, Kessler was excited to make an early commitment to the University of Florida.

20-Jan-2014
College Format Changes - The Vote of 21-19
The scoring system in tennis is one of its most sacred heirlooms. When the ITA (Intercollegiate Tennis Association) had its annual convention and coaches meeting in December, the hottest and the most pressing topic was the scoring system. Legendary tennis coach Chuck Kriese reviews highlights of the discussion - with his usual commentary.

18-Jan-2014
Eight New Year's Resolutions for Student-Athletes
Many people believe in New Year's Resolutions - and that a new year means a new start. The New Year is a good time to set goals and hold yourself accountable to achieving those goals. Have you set your New Year's Resolutions yet? If not, maybe this list will help.

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.

15-Jan-2014
Blue Chip Lebedev a Fighting Irish in 2015
Alexander Lebedev impressed college coaches with his focus, discipline, patience, skill and determination at the Boys' 16 Nationals in Kalamazoo, Mich. Among those who expressed interest in Lebedev, who is still a high school junior, was Notre Dame. A few months later, the blue chip junior from Island Park, New York, verbally committed to play for the Fighting Irish in 2015.

13-Jan-2014
Previewing Inside College Tennis with Tony Minnis - Part II
A new television series - Inside College Tennis with Tony Minnis - premieres this week, Tuesday, January 14 at 9pm EST / 6pm PST on the Tennis Channel. And the entire tennis community should be very excited about the new program. We got the chance to talk with host and former LSU coach Tony Minnis about what we should expect to see...

11-Jan-2014
January Recruiting Reminders for Seniors
NCSA Athletic Recruiting brings you a monthly look at how to approach college tennis recruiting. Seniors - take a look at what you should be thinking about during the month of January...

11-Jan-2014
Premiere of Inside College Tennis With Tony Minnis Coming Tuesday
The Emmy award winning Bill Rodman Production Shoppe is partnering with Legendary Coach Tony Minnis and The Tennis Channel to bring you Inside College Tennis With Tony Minnis - a half-hour program dedicated to promoting collegiate tennis.

10-Jan-2014
What Does It Take to Be No. 1?
I have known Kimberly Yee since she was seven years old. Being number one is a reoccurring theme in her life - having won the national championships and reaching the No. 1 ranking in the girls 12s, 14s, and 16s, often times in both singles and doubles. But from what her coaches, friends and family say, her greatest strengths are off the court - as a student and most importantly as a person.

8-Jan-2014
Previewing Inside College Tennis with Tony Minnis
"College tennis is one of the best-kept secrets in college sports." So says Tony Minnis, who knows a thing or two about the sport. Minnis, who competed at a high level collegiately as both a player and coach, is about to pilot a new show on the Tennis Channel - Inside College Tennis with Tony Minnis. Check out what this program has in store...

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.


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