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Recruiting Feature
Countdown to Signing Day
by Dallas Oliver, 9 October 2015

We are now just a little over a month away from Signing Day. November 11th is the first day of the one-week fall signing period, the only opportunity this calendar year for seniors to sign a National Letter of Intent with a Division I or Division II school. As always, The Tennis Recruiting Network and GAMMA are here to keep you up to date on all the happenings.

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Special Feature
USTA Adds Brad Stine to National Collegiate Coaching Staff
by Colette Lewis, 7 October 2015

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

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Ranking Feature
An Overview of Ratings and Rankings
by Dallas Oliver, 5 October 2015

Tennis Recruiting is a website that rates and ranks junior tennis players, and because of that, we field many questions about how to interpret our lists. Questions like, "Are rankings better than ratings? Which is more important?" Or, "Since your system ranks by graduation year, are you able to compare players from different classes?" This article addresses the simple distinction between ratings and rankings.

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Special Feature
September Aces Feature in US Open and Other Pro Tournaments
by Colette Lewis, 2 October 2015

School is back in session and several of last month's aces returned to college with hardware to add to their trophy cases. Juniors also excelled, both at the US Open and in smaller professional events around the world.

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Pietro Rimondini Commits to the Big Red
Blue Chip senior Pietro Rimondini is originally from Italy. The Rimondini family moved to the United States when he was ten years old for better tennis and educational opportunities. The talented 17-year-old from Boca Prep International School has committed to Cornell University where he will continue his tennis career.

The Buckeye Tree of College Tennis Coaches
The Ohio State University tennis program has produced some of the most successful collegiate players in the nation - but they have also produced some outstanding coaches. The "Buckeye Tree" of coaches can be traced back to one man, Ty Tucker, who has been the Buckeyes Head Men's Tennis Coach since 1999 and Director of Tennis since 2012.

TennisRecruiting.net International Junior Tennis Showcase Series
Rick Workman, USPTA, who has served as tournament director for the Eddie Herr, Little Mo, and Pan Am ITF Junior Championships, announces the creation of three new international junior tennis tournaments to begin this December in South Florida: The TennisRecruiting.net International Showcase Series.

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

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

Roundtable: The Dos and Don'ts of Recruiting Videos
For most junior tennis players, the recruiting process involves some savvy self-marketing. In addition to reaching out to coaches via phone and email or seeking them out during a summer national event, many athletes opt to send out a recruiting video to show off their skills. We asked our panel of coaches: What are you looking for in a recruiting video? How can players best portray themselves in a short clip?

Top Prospects '15-'16 - Fall Edition
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 2015-16.

Action Shots from the US Open Juniors
Following up our US Open Junior Championships wrap-up on Friday, today we have action shots from the US Open from photographer Bill Kallenberg. Check out images of the kids who competed for the title in New York...

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

Revisiting the US Open Forecast
The US Open is the premiere event on American soil, and so Tennis Recruiting pulled out its heat maps once again to forecast the tournament. There were lots of upsets (Wait, Serena lost?), but let's take a look at how our predictions played out...

Conversation With Former NCAA Champion Jeff Morrison
Jeff Morrison was a strong junior player - but he was never in contention for a USTA junior national title. After committing to the University of Florida and playing No. 4 as a freshman, Morrison overcame injury his sophomore year and won the NCAA singles title over Harvard's James Blake - followed by a seven-year professional career where he achieved a world ranking of No. 85. We catch up with Morrison in our latest "Where Are They Now" article...

Prince Hot 100 List - September '15
Today we announce the September 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.

The Marathon Mentality: Developing a Mentally Tough Tennis Player
To achieve real results, junior tennis players need to change and enhance their overall mentality. I often tell my tennis players that success is not a sprint - but rather a marathon.

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

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

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

Forecasting the US Open Juniors
The US Open Juniors start Sunday, and Tennis Recruiting is here with another set of Heat Maps. We once again use the power ratings that power our head-to-head rankings to forecast the junior major on US soil. Check out projections for every player in the draws...

Action Shots from the Boys' 16 Nationals
All eyes in the tennis world continue to focus on the Open in New York. The US Open juniors get underway tomorrow, where several Americans are among the favorites to win the title. Check out action photos of some of these kids from last month's Boys 18 Nationals in Kalamazoo, courtesy of Bill Kallenberg. The 18s gallery was available this morning, and the 16s are now available as well.

Boys' 18 Nationals Photo Gallery
All eyes in the tennis world continue to focus on the Open in New York. The US Open juniors get underway tomorrow, where several Americans are among the favorites to win the title. Check out action photos of some of these kids from last month's Boys 18 Nationals in Kalamazoo, courtesy of Bill Kallenberg. The 18s gallery is available now, and the 16s will be available this afternoon.

USTA's New Initiative Aims to Reach Hispanics
The USTA's new leader, Katrina Adams, is reaching out to the Hispanic community, telling them tennis is a lifetime sport - and that college scholarships should be a goal for junior players. Adams may have only started serving her two-year term as USTA Chairman of the Board, CEO and President on Jan. 1, 2015, but her first major initiative has the potential to change the face of tennis forever.

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

Tennis Recruiting Welcomes the Class of 2022
As summer draws to a close, things are gearing up at the Tennis Recruiting Network. This week marks the beginning of the 2015-16 year. Last week we said our goodbyes to the Class of 2015, and this week we officially welcome the Class of 2022. A brand new crop of sixth graders officially joins our rankings starting tomorrow.

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

Top Pros Weigh In On College Tennis Decision
Ask a group of 12-and-unders at the local courts what they want to be when they grow up, and you'll likely hear some of them answer enthusiastically: "A pro tennis player!" But even the very best of those rising stars must decide whether to give college tennis a try or chase their childhood dreams on the pro tour. We talked with three former college standouts on the pro tour about their decision to attend college, life as a pro and their advice for junior players.

Best Wishes, Class of 2015
The high school Class of 2015 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 2014-15 year - and the final rankings for the outgoing Class of 2015.

Lane Leschly Heads to Harvard
Tennis runs in Lane Leschly's blood. His grandfather, Jan, achieved a world ranking of No. 10 in 1967, and his father, Mark, who is also Lane's coach, competed for Harvard. Recently, the Blue Chip senior committed to the Crimson over a host of other top schools - joining Head Coach Dave Fish who had coached his father nearly thirty years ago.

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

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

Roundtable: Division II Tennis
As a student-athlete navigates the recruiting process, he or she may not find the ideal combination of tennis and academics at a Division I university. In those cases, looking into Division II programs may be a logical next step. We put the question to a number of D-II coaches: What are some advantages of Division II tennis? What are some of the key differences of Division II athletics? What are some common misconceptions? Which players thrive in the Division II environment?

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

Prince Hot 100 List - August '15
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.

Revisiting the USTA Nationals Forecast
For the second time in as many national championship events, Tennis Recruiting put out heat maps forecasting last week's USTA National Championships. We put our rankings on the line - making predictions about how the tournaments would play out. It's time to take another look at those predictions to see how we did...

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

Kenin Returns, Finishes the Job at Girls 18s
Sofia Kenin was devastated last year when she lost in the semifinals of the USTA Girls 18s Nationals. She realized how close she came to receiving a coveted wild card into the main draw of the U.S. Open women's singles event. Kenin, 16, returned this year determined to be focused, and the No. 3 seeded Kenin of Pembroke Pines, Fla., outlasted top-seeded Tornado Alicia Black of Boca Raton, Fla., 6-2, 5-7, 7-5 to capture the singles title in San Diego.

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

Unseeded Desiatnikov Wins Girls 16 Nationals
Because she entered the tournament as an unseeded player, it was understandable to overlook Abigail Desiatnikov as a serious threat at the 2015 USTA Girls 16 Nationals. Desiatnikov certainly didn't see it that way, and the 14-year-old Atlanta resident capped a brilliant performance stretched over seven matches when she defeated 15th-seeded Whitney Osuigwe 6-1, 7-6 (2) on Saturday to capture the Girls 16s Nationals.

Nathan Han Wins USTA Boys 14 Nationals
Nathan Han is now the proud owner of a USTA Gold Ball. The Tulsa, Okla., resident captured the coveted top singles prize of the USTA Boys 14 National Championships Aug. 8 at McFarlin Tennis Center. The fourth-seeded Han beat No. 5 Ronan Jachuck of Boca Raton, Fla. 6-3, 4-6, 7-5 in a two-and-a-half hour battle in the San Antonio heat.

Volynets Wins Another Gold Ball in Georgia at 14s
Georgia has been good to California's Katie Volynets. A year ago, the 13-year-old from Walnut Grove won the USTA Girls 12 Nationals in Alpharetta, Ga., to claim her first national title. Now, Volynets has won her second gold ball, also in Georgia. She defeated Naomi Cheong of Las Vegas 6-3, 6-1 on Aug. 7 to win the USTA Girls 14 National Championships at Peachtree City Tennis Center.

Saud Alhogbani Wins Second Consecutive Gold
Saud Alhogbani's strategy in every tennis match is simple: give each point 100 percent, try to get everything back in play, and be aggressive when the opportunity arises. Superb execution earned the Blue Chip athlete from Alexandria, Va., the singles gold ball at the 2015 Boys 12s National Hard Court Championships in North Little Rock, Arkansas, defeating No. 5 seed Benjamin Kittay of Potomac, Md., 6-3, 6-0 in the final.

Family Effort Propels Yanez to USTA Girls 12 Title
Sarasota, Fla., resident Nikki Yanez claimed her first national championship this past week at the USTA Girls 12 Nationals in Alpharetta, Ga. She wanted to improve on her performance at the Clay Court Championships, and she did just that - winning the title 7-5, 7-6 at the Windward Lake Club over No. 5 seed Rachel Arbitman of Hewlett, N.Y.

Images from the Girls' 14s and 12s Nationals
The Girls' 14s and 12s are both in the Atlanta metro area - which is a convenient drive from our Georgia-based offices. TennisRecruiting.net photographers were in Peachtree City and Alpharetta to get some great action shots from these younger girls' divisions.

Hard Court Championship Week
The USTA National Championships have now concluded - and gold balls have been awarded to your latest national champions. All week long, TennisRecruiting.net and Van Der Meer Academy celebrate these winners - from the East Coast to the West Coast - with coverage of the Nationals. Enjoy the 2015 edition of Championship Week.

Conversation With Former NCAA Champion Amanda McDowell
Atlanta native Amanda McDowell was the NCAA women's singles champion in 2008 as a sophomore. Injuries dogged her during the final two years of her college career, but she had two more productive years at Georgia Tech and made a nice go of it on the pro tour, getting as high as No. 450 in the world before calling it a career in 2012. Todd Holcomb caught up with McDowell - who has since moved from the tennis court to the court of law.

Why Junior Tennis Players Keep Failing
One of the biggest questions junior tennis players and parents who have not had mental training is, "Why is their training and hard work not transferring into more wins?" Patrick Albam of SPMI takes on this question...

Dynasty Building - NAIA Style - at Georgia Gwinnett College
The word "dynasty" isn't thrown around loosely in sports. One would hesitate in using the word dynasty to describe an upstart tennis program at an NAIA school in the suburbs of Atlanta. But the Georgia Gwinnett College tennis teams delivered the school its first-ever national titles in any sport with both the Men's and Women's NAIA National Championship titles in 2014, and the men repeated in dominating fashion in May, 2015.

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

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

Forecasting the USTA National Championships
We had so much fun with the Clay Courts that we decided to do it all again. The USTA National Championships start today all around the country, and Tennis Recruiting once again forecasts the tournament with its Heat Maps - showing predictings for every player in the draws. Let's take a look at the best players in American junior tennis...

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

Top Prospect Fall Ratings Period Starts This Week
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' highest rankings during the next eight weeks - from the week of July 27 to the week of September 14, 2015. We invite players to review their player records to ensure accurate ratings.

Prince Hot 100 List - July '15
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.

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

Analysis of Junior Ratings and Rankings
The Tennis Recruiting ranking system provides a predictive measure of junior tennis players. For the recent Clay Court Championships, our rankings correctly predicted 77.2% of the match results. So - is that a good number? This article compares the Tennis Recruiting ranking system with other junior tennis ranking and rating systems.

Revisiting the Clay Court Forecast
Before the USTA Clay Court Championships began, Tennis Recruiting put out heat maps forecasting the chances players had to make runs through the tournament. So, how did we do? Let's take a look now that the tournaments are complete...

Riffice Pulls Through to Claim Gold in Boys 18s
A seven-hour rain delay and a few rounds of pickle ball may have saved Sam Riffice in the boys' 18s final of the USTA National Clay Court Championships. Riffice trailed 5-1 in the first set of the title match against fellow Boca Raton resident Alexandre Rotsaert before a downpour forced the competitors off the court. When the pair returned Riffice rallied for a 7-6 (5); 6-3 victory for the first gold ball of his career.

Ellyse Hamlin Wins Singles, Doubles in Girls 18s
Ellyse Hamlin has some glittering hardware on display at her home in Fairfield, Conn. Hamlin captured the gold balls of the singles and doubles events at the USTA Girls 18 Clay Courts Championships at The Racquet Club of Memphis. The sixth-seeded Hamlin beat No. 17 Kaitlyn McCarthy of Cary, N.C., 6-7 (8), 6-1, 7-5 in a three-hour singles battle. Hamlin and teamed with Katharine Fahey of Fair Haven, N.J., to claim the doubles title.

Danny Thomas Wins Boys 16s in South Florida
It wasn't until four years ago that Danny "DJ" Thomas first started taking tennis seriously. Now the talented 15-year-old is taking the sport by storm - literally. Thomas, of Columbus, OH, won his first gold ball in singles as he captured the Boys 16s USTA National Clay Court Championships with a 6-2; 6-4 win over Aleks Huryn (Alpharetta, GA) at the Boca West Country Club.

Noel Sweeps Through Draw to Claim Girls 14 Clays
As the USTA Girls 14 National Clay Court Championships kicked off at the Frank Veltri Tennis Center in Plantation, Fla., the future stars of the game showed off their talent with intense competition. And when the clay court dust had finally settled, new singles and doubles champions had been crowned. In singles, top seed Alexa Noel charged her way through the draw with ease, dropping only one set the entire week before eventually defeating Hailey Baptiste in the final.

Martinelli Takes 16s Title in Virginia Beach
Samantha Martinelli usually enjoys clay-court tennis about as much as swimmers and surfers enjoy seeing a shark's fin in the coastal Virginia water. But with smart preparation, the Denver Blue Chip recruit navigated her way through a draw of 192 to capture the title at the USTA Girls' 16 National Clay Court Championships.

William Grant Takes Control of Boys 14s
Will Grant was the No. 7 seed seeking his first singles national title, but the Santa Barbara, Calif., teenager didn't doubt he could get it done last week at the USTA Boys 14 Clay Court Championships in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Grant won three three-set matches and beat two higher-seeded players - including No. 4 JT Brooksby of Carmichael, Calif., 7-6 (2), 6-3 in the final - to win the title at the Jimmy Evert Tennis Center.

Saud Alhogbani Wins USTA Boys 12 Clays
Twelfth-seeded Saud Alhogbani won the singles title of the USTA Boys 12 Clay Court Championships with a 6-1, 6-4 victory over No. 4 Karl Lee on July 18 at Hanes Park-Joe White Tennis Center. Alhogbani, who hails from Alexandria, Va., captured the coveted gold ball by knocking off four higher-seeded players in the process.

Kalieva Upsets Top Seed in Three Sets in 12s
Elvina Kalieva earned her first USTA Gold Ball at the Girls 12s National Clay Court Championships on a sunny Saturday morning. Kalieva, the No. 9 seed, won five three-set matches during the tournament - four where she lost the first set. The championship match against top-seeded Charlotte Owensby was no different, where she pulled out a thrilling 1-6, 6-4, 6-3 victory against the local favorite.

Clay Court Championship Week
Last week, the USTA Clay Court Championships took place throughout the Southeast - in Florida, Tennessee, North Carolina, 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.

Images from the Georgia Junior Open
This past weekend, players from the Southeast and all across the country converged on Rome, Ga., for the Georgia Junior Open - a National Showcase Tournament that featured a College Coaches Forum. Check out action shots from that tournament...

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

Jada Hart Commits to the UCLA Bruins for Spring 2016
Once the idea of playing college tennis became a more viable option, Jada Hart went through a methodical process of searching for the right program. The 17-year-old Blue Chip recruit from Colton, Calif., naturally explored colleges close to those of her Southern California home in addition to looking at a few top universities on the East Coast. In the end, the opportunity to play for the UCLA Bruins and stay in Southern California was too good to pass up.

Introduction to Junior Tennis Rankings
There are many ranking and rating systems in junior tennis - systems that assign values to players for purposes of comparing them. Each system has different properties and goals. Each system also has its followers, and there are arguments about which systems are "best". But what does "best" mean? This article opens a discussion about the various ranking systems in American junior tennis today.

Roundtable: How To Spend Your Summer (Part 2)
Unlike many college sports, which feature dedicated off-seasons during the year, tennis has very few built-in breaks. As such, it can be tempting for collegiate players to either undertrain or overtrain when away from their coaches and teammates during the summer - both of which can set a student-athlete up for failure when the fall tournament season rolls around. We asked our panel of coaches how they want their players to approach their time away from school.

Forecasting the USTA Clay Court Nationals
With the USTA Clay Court Nationals starting tomorrow, it's time to peer into the crystal ball and forecast how the tournament might play out. Tennis Recruiting makes use of the power ratings behind its rankings to show predictions for every player in the draws. Check out the first-ever projections for a junior tournament...

Larry Ellison Puts Plans in Motion to Build a Tennis Academy on Lana'i
Lana'i City, Hawaii is 4,700 miles due west of Orlando, Fla. While the USTA is constructing a $60 million facility with 100 courts in the Lake Nona area of Orlando to be the "New Home for American Tennis", Oracle co-founder and chairman, Larry Ellison, has plans of his own to make a Hawaiian island best known for pineapples the next big thing for American tennis.

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

Why Tennis is the Overall Best Sport
The sport of tennis has been played since the 19th century. As simple as the game may seem, with a simple court layout and fundamental rules, it is in fact one the most complex sports. It is one of the few sports that thoroughly blends mental and physical aspects and can be played at a high level for a lifetime. Tennis is the best sport to pick up during youth and it comes with many benefits throughout life as well as epic experiences.

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

Roundtable: How To Spend Your Summer (Part 1)
Unlike many college sports, which feature dedicated off-seasons during the year, tennis has very few built-in breaks. As such, it can be tempting for collegiate players to either undertrain or overtrain when away from their coaches and teammates during the summer - both of which can set a student-athlete up for failure when the fall tournament season rolls around. We asked our panel of coaches how they want their players to approach their time away from school.

Recruiting Terms and Calendar for 2015-16
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.

Q&A With Former Vanderbilt All-American Chris Groer
In 1996, Chris Groer became the first All-America tennis player in the history of Vanderbilt University. He was also Vandy's first Academic All-American in tennis. Tennis remained a constant in his life - playing on the ATP Tour for a few years and now playing recreationally at a high level. We caught up with Groer to talk about his college tennis memories and his thoughts on the college game and its players today.

Mid-Atlantic College Showcase in Boyds, Maryland
On Saturday, July 11, the Montgomery TennisPlex will host its 2015 College Tennis Showcase, giving USTA Mid-Atlantic high school players a chance to learn about college tennis and interact with coaches. The showcase will be held at the Montgomery TennisPlex in Boyds, Maryland, and will include both information and on-court sessions.

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

Conversation with Trinity Star Scott Levy
Scott Levy played tennis for Trinity College in Connecticut back in the early 2000s, where he was a big contributor for the Bantams. During his senior season in 2004, Levy posted a 14-2 record in singles and - with partner Jimmy Ames - a 10-3 mark in doubles. Levy graduated with career marks of 49-27 in singles and 22-9 in doubles with Ames. Harry Cicma of NBC Sports chatted with Levy about his experiences with junior and college tennis...

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

Coppoc Commits to Georgia
Even though she just completed her sophomore year of high school, Morgan Coppoc has already made her college plans. The 16-year-old Coppoc, of Tulsa, Oklahoma, recently gave her verbal commitment to the University of Georgia. The Blue Chip athlete will graduate high school in 2017.

2015 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 2015. At the top of the list we see the Amherst Lord Jeffs.

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

Prince Hot 100 List - June '15
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.

2015 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 2015. At the top of the class? For the second year in a row, we see the Chicago Maroons.

Northern Indiana Midwest Qualifier Gallery
Last weekend, players from Northern Indiana competed in the Northern Indiana (NIN) Midwest Qualifier in Fort Wayne. Photography contributor Michael Hickey of Michael Hickey Photography was onhand to capture action shots from the event.

2015 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 2015. Cresting at the top of our list is the Pepperdine Waves.

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

USTA Gives Position on Use of Periscope and Meerkat Live Streaming Apps
Less than three months after the release of live streaming video apps in Periscope and Meerkat, sports organizations and networks around the world are giving their positions and setting policy on how these convenient but controversial apps can be used by fans and others in attendance at their events. Rick Limpert discusses their use in the tennis world.

2015 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 2015... and Beware the Broncos.

USTA Midwest Section to Hold College Showcase in Indianapolis
On Friday, June 19, the USTA Midwest Section will host its 2015 College Showcase, giving students from the region a chance to learn about the wide range of opportunities in college tennis. The showcase will be held at the Barbara S. Wynne Tennis Center, North Central High School in Indianapolis, Indiana, and will include both information and on-court sessions for high school players.

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

Talking About the New Balance HS Tennis Championships
We chat with Evan Zeder, Sports Marketing Manager for Tennis at New Balance, about the 2015 edition of the New Balance High School Tennis Championship to be held at Harvard University in July.

Roundtable: Weighing in on the Big XII Cheering/Heckling Rule (Part 2)
This past season, the Big XII implemented a "decorum policy" that allowed college tennis fans to be a bit rowdier - trying to create an atmosphere closer to college basketball than to Wimbledon. This topic has been a lightning rod for discussion, and so we checked in with our panel of college coaches to get their takes...

Top Women's Classes - 2015 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. A couple of new faces have popped into the Top Ten over the past few months, but the top of our rankings remains the same - with the Cardinal again reigning supreme.

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

North Georgia Junior Open Gallery
This past weekend, players came to Rome, Ga., for the North Georgia Junior Open - a National Showcase Tournament. Take a look at images from the event...

Top Men's Classes - 2015 Spring Rankings
Today we release our spring rankings of the Top 25 Men's Recruiting Classes. New commitments - including a number of Blue Chip and international players - have moved a number of teams up and down. There have been some movers and shakers: six teams are new to the rankings since the Winter, two programs have popped into the Top 10, and a new team is Hunkering Down in the top spot...

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.

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

Roundtable: Weighing in on the Big XII Cheering/Heckling Rule (Part 1)
Thanks to a conference committee spearheaded by TCU head men's coach David Roditi, the Big XII implemented a "decorum policy" this season allowing fans to cheer during points in an effort to involve those more accustomed to the raucous atmosphere of a basketball or football game. There has been a lot of discussion in the tennis world - find out what several college coaches have to say on the subject...

Prince Hot 100 List - May '15
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.

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

Previewing the NCAA Division III Championships
Hey there, avid tennis fans! It's been a couple of weeks, but I am back to write another one of our guest articles for the site as we head into the biggest time of the year. While the D-I Championships has gotten a lot of love, there has been a ton of excitement in D-III Tennis as well as we head into the Elite Eight. I'm going to give you some quick previews of the 16 teams that will be competing - eight on the men's side and eight on the women's. Let's get started!

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

Roundtable: Role of the Parent in College Recruiting (Part 2)
Last month, we asked our panel of coaches to give their best advice to college players and their parents when it comes to navigating the recruiting process together. Today we have more coaches addressing the ideal role for the parent during the recruiting process.

Images from Sanlando Park in Florida
Our Tennis Recruiting team was in Florida last week, and we took in some tennis at Sanlando Park in Altamonte Springs. Check out the action photos we took at the event...

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 Waco, Texas. and a spot in the Sweet 16. Check out insights from our college tennis contributors - and see who they picked as champions.

Q&A with Utah State's Clancy Shields
At age 28, Clancy Shields is a rising star among men's tennis head coaches. His Utah State team, which went 9-16 in Shields' first season last year, finished 2015 with an 18-9 record and a second-place finish in the Mountain West Conference. It was only ten years ago that Clancy Shields was literally one of the original blue chips - ranked No. 3 nationally among high school seniors in TennisRecruiting.net's first-ever rankings. We caught up with Shields toward the end of the season...

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

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 Waco, Texas, to compete for the team title. Today, our college tennis contributors preview the "Big Dance" of college tennis.

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

ImRecruitable College Exposure Series
The ImRecruitable College Exposure Series is designed to provide players with a unique opportunity to train like a college tennis player on court with top U.S. college coaches and play in competitive matches. Check out the event schedule for the year - starting with the College Tennis Exposure Camp on campus at Penn June 19-21.

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!

Reviewing the UAA, and Previewing the NESCAC and SCIAC
Yesterday, our team at Division3Tennis.com brought you a series of in-depth previews for the upcoming women's conference tournaments, and it is our pleasure to bring you the men's conference previews and recaps today. We have a few conferences to cover, so I won't waste any time on this introduction and get to the meat of this article!

SCIAC/NESCAC Women's Preview and UAA Recap
This is D3NorthEastWomen's, and I'm more than excited to do a joint article with D3WestWomen's for a preview of the SCIAC and NESCAC Conference Championships, a recap of the UAA Conference Championships, as well as a bonus section of a couple of other conference championships.

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 fourth annual May Madness Bracket Challenge.

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

Division III Roundtable - Late Season Report
While Tennis Recruiting has been running its Signing Week coverage, there have been a ton of great stories in Division III tennis. We've brought together four of our dedicated D-III writers (three men's and one women's) to bring you all the updates on this year's season before we head into the postseason. I hope you enjoy our 'D-III Roundtable'.

Controlling Emotions in Tennis: Maximizing the 20-Second Rule
One of the most common mental struggles I see with junior tennis players is the inability to control emotions. When emotions are negative they directly affect a player's focus and match performance. Patrick Alban of SPMI describes a technique junior tennis players can use to keep their emotions in check.

Prince Hot 100 List - April '15
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.

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

Spring Signing Week '15: State Champion Otero Picks Penn State
Five-star senior Oliver Otero has been a major contributor to high school championship teams in two states. As a freshman in Winston-Salem, Otero competed for the Reynolds Demons when they won the 2012 North Carolina state crown - and, after moving to Coconut Grove, Fla., he helped the Coral Gables Senior HS Cavaliers win a championship in Florida. Otero will bring that track record to State College, Pa., next year when he competes for the Penn State Nittany Lions.

Spring Signing Week '15: Urbinati Announces Commitment to Boston College
Deciding on a college can be a difficult and stressful process, as senior 5-Star Recruit Jacqueline Urbinati has learned when she had several great schools on her list. But after taking one look at the campus at Boston College, meeting the coaches and seeing a couple familiar faces on the team, Urbinati was convinced, and she has announced her commitment to the Eagles team beginning this fall.

Spring Signing Week '15: Role of the Parent in College Recruiting
The college tennis recruiting process can be tough to navigate for the student-athlete, but it's also new territory for many parents. It can often be difficult to determine where to offer guidance and when to let the child take the wheel. While parents undoubtedly want the best for their children, it's important that they allow the coach/player relationship a chance to grow. We asked our panel of college coaches about the role of the parent in recruiting...

Spring Signing Week '15: Illinois State Champ Eddie Grabill to Dartmouth
Five-star senior Eddie Grabill is a coach's dream - he is an excellent individual player, but also the consummate team player. Grabill helped his high school win the Illinois state championships, including his doubles title in 2013 and the singles title in 2014. In December 2014 Grabill committed to play for Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire.

Spring Signing Week '15: Alexis Nelson from Twin Cities Heads West
With many tennis players committing early, Blue Chip junior Alexis Nelson got an early jump on the college recruiting game. Her junior year not quite over, Nelson has made a verbal commitment to play for the University of California, Berkeley, in Fall 2016.

Spring Signing Week '15: Alexander Keyser Commits to Columbia
At the start of his college search, Alexander Keyser did not have Columbia University. on the list of schools he considered attending. By the end, it was his top choice. The San Ramon Valley High junior has verbally committed to play for the Lions.

Spring Signing Week '15: Zalewski Commits to the Demon Deacons
Joanna Zalewski didn't start playing tennis until she was 11. Until then, her favorite sport was fencing. She played her first tennis tournament at 12, and she won it. Zalewski is coached primarily by her parents, who never played much tennis themselves, and attends a public school. That is not the usual path for a Top-20 recruit, but Zalewski has made it work. Today, Zalewski kicks off our Signing Day Coverage by announcing her college choice...

Spring Signing Week '15: Recruiting Strategy and Tips for Unsigned Seniors
Signing Week is underway, and it is an exciting time for players and their families who are making college commitments. But what happens when you don't have a college secured? There is no reason to panic. The signing period that starts this week runs through August, and hundreds more players will commit during this time. You just need to know how to best proceed...

Spring Signing Week '15: 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.

Spring Signing Week '15: Pomona Power - Kim Signs with Sagehens
There were no fancy academies or marathon practices. There were no 10-and-under tournaments or tennis camps. Instead, Joy Kim of Van Nuys, Calif., took a slow and steady approach on her road to a college tennis career. Her story culminated during her junior year when - after making eight unofficial trips to various schools - she decided on Pomona College in nearby Claremont.

Spring Signing Week '15: Signing Week Arrives
The second week of April is here - and Signing Week has finally arrived! We start our coverage of Spring Signing Week '15 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.

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

Countdown: SFA Interviews Virginia Tech Coach Thompson
In his 17th season as the Virginia Tech Men's Tennis Coach, Jim Thompson has done his fair share of recruiting. He sat down with SFA to discuss different aspects of the recruiting process and what he looks for in potential recruits.

Countdown: Jacqueline Carr Commits to the Herd
Much of America learned about Huntington, W.Va., and its most prominent university via the movie "We Are Marshall." Jacqueline "Jackie" Carr has decided to experience it fully. Carr, a Five-Star recruit from Rogers, Ark., committed to the Thundering Herd last fall.

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

Countdown: Three Recruiting Pitfalls to Avoid
It is that time of the recruiting process again where the majority of student athletes are about to make the decision on what university to attend. This time can be filled with anxiety involving recruiting visit experiences, unexpected scholarship shortfalls, and admission uncertainties. So - what are the three common recruiting pitfalls that students encounter year in and year out? Read to find out...

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

Countdown: Toledo Commits to Iowa State
It didn't take long for Claudia Toledo to settle on a college destination. She decided to attend Iowa State University after just one visit in early November. She connected with the coaches - Armando Espinosa and Chris Williams - and loved the what the school and tennis program have to offer.

Countdown: Yangeng Jiang Continues Journey at Bowdoin
Few tennis players in the class of 2015 have traveled a longer road to becoming a four-star recruit than Yangeng Jiang of Pennington, N.J. The story of Yangeng - who recently committed to academically renowned Division III school Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine - begins in his native China, where he was a promising junior tennis player in a country that is only recently making an impact on the sport worldwide.

Countdown: Coach Roundtable on College Transfers (Part 2)
Last month, we asked our panel of college coaches about transferring. Why do so many student athletes transfer from one school to another - or quit their sports altogether? In today's roundtable article, more college coaches weigh in with their thoughts...

Gamma Partners with Tennis Recruiting Network on Countdown to Signing Day
GAMMA Sports (GAMMA) is continuing its sponsorship of Tennis Recruiting Network by becoming the title sponsor of "Countdown to Signing Day" and "Signing Week" featured content areas.

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

Countdown: Conversation with Williams Champ Urban
It's been a few years since Lex Urban walked the campus of Williams College in Massachusetts. Back in the early 2000s, Urban served as captain of the Ephs Men's Tennis Team that won the NCAA Division III National Championship in both 2001 and 2002. After graduating, Urban spent a year doing community service in AmeriCorps - and he now is a practicing lawyer in Washington, DC. Harry Cicma of NBC Sports chatted with Urban about all things college tennis...

Countdown: Recruiting - the D-III Perspective
As the tennis season kicks into high gear, the team at Division3Tennis.com goes off the court to bring you inside the minds of two prominent D-III coaches. The coaches comment on coaching, recruiting, and D-III tennis in general. Enjoy!

Countdown: Reto Heads to Melbourne and Florida Tech
Alahna Reto of Plano, Texas, has signed the National Letter of Intent with Florida Tech, an NCAA Division II institution. Reto, a four-star recruit, had a number of reasons for wanting to become a member of the Panthers women's tennis team next fall. In addition to wanting to make an impact on the college tennis world, the 5-foot-7 right-hander also likes the biomedical engineering program.

Countdown: Sameer Kumar Heads to the Cardinal
Navigating the college recruiting process can be a confusing endeavor for even the most well-informed families. Sameer Kumar was fortunate enough to have a trial run with his older brother, Mihir, who plays for Northwestern. The younger Kumar applied the lessons he learned in his own decision process, and the Carmel, Indiana, resident decided on Stanford over an impressive of other schools.

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

Countdown: Previewing the Top 100 Girls
Many of the top girls 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.

Former College Stars, Juniors Take BNP Paribas Open Challenge
It's one of the longest of longshots in tennis. Winning six or seven straight matches to reach just the qualifying stage of an ATP or WTA tennis event is considered a longshot. Thousands now try it each summer with the USTA's U.S. Open National Playoffs, and a couple hundred more try it each year in Indian Wells, Calif., as the people behind the BNP Paribas Open host the BNP Paribas Open Challenge. Several junior and college stars are among them.

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

Prince Hot 100 List - March '15
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.

Countdown: Allie Sanford Commits to the Rebels
Come this fall, Allie Sanford of Phoenix, Ariz., will trade cacti for magnolias and azaleas - as she becomes a member of Coach Mark Beyers' Ole Miss Women's tennis team. For Sanford, it's a relief knowing she is going to her top choice

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

Countdown: Chris Jones Heads East to Tufts
18-year-old Chris Jones embraces competition on the tennis court. Now a senior at Greenhill School in the Dallas suburb of Addison, Jones has emerged as a top junior player in Texas, and the 3-star recruit is looking forward to continuing his tennis career as a collegian this coming fall at Tufts University.

Countdown: Erica Oosterhout Commits to the Crimson
As a young child exploring different sports, Erica Oosterhout was confident she would play one in college. The challenging part would be choosing the sport and the university. Eventually, tennis became the sport Oosterhout embraced exclusively. Not long after that college programs began taking notice and one of those programs, Harvard, became the university she would choose.

Countdown to Signing Day
It's that time of year... Signing Day is approaching. April 15 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.

Checking in with Former USC Standout Amanda Fink
It's been 10 years since Amanda Fink was a Blue Chip senior. Fink went on to be a two-time All-American at USC and competed professionally for almost three years - rising into the Top 300 in the world. TennisRecruiting.net recently caught up with Fink, who is now a teaching pro, and she lets us in on the most under-utilized training strategy for junior players.

Is a Post-Graduate Year a Good Idea for Me?
There are many reasons why prospective college tennis players, in partnership with their parents, might consider taking an extra year before starting college. A gap year can certainly provide extra time to improve academic standing, physical or emotional maturity, and/or level of play with the hope of providing more options. But what are the implications? And what should you do with that year? Knowing the rules and planning ahead is critical in making a sensible decision.

College Coaches Forum
Some junior tennis tournaments include college forums where junior tennis players and their parents can learn about the college recruiting process. One such forum took place at the USTA Southern Sectionals in Rome, Ga., earlier this year. Get some of the tips from that forum - and find out what they are all about...

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

Trinity, Hopkins Take Titles
It's been a whirlwind the past two weeks with both the Men's and Women's Indoor Nationals being completed in the Midwest. This article will go through some details regarding the tournament, but I do think this was the best Men's Indoors to date, and the Women's Indoors provided some amazing matches as well. Without further ado, let's get into the details behind both awesome weekends just in case you missed them!

Kevakian Commits to the Columbia Lions
For five years Andrea Kevakian managed to keep up her blue chip status while successfully completing the rigorous academic requirements of Flintridge Preparatory School. There was little hesitation on her part when she was offered the opportunity to play for Columbia University, where the Californian will pursue an even more demanding academic and athletic schedule in Fall 2015.

Transitioning to College with Chris Eubanks
Freshman Chris Eubanks grew up in Atlanta where he is now attending Georgia Tech. Lisa Stone of ParentingAces.com spoke with him about the challenges of transitioning from junior tennis to Division I college tennis.

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

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

ITA D-III Women's National Indoors Preview
It is my pleasure to bring to you a preview of the 2015 ITA Division III National Women's Team Indoor Championships. The ITA Women's Indoor Championships is a fairly new event, with the first tournament taking place in 2009. The 2015 event is taking place in Indiana and will be hosted by DePauw. Let's take a look at the field for the tournament that gets underway this weekend...

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

Coach Roundtable: Transfers in College Tennis (Part 1)
Each year, a significant number of college tennis players quit tennis before they have exhausted their eligibility - or transfer from one school to another. We put the question to our panel of college coaches: Why is the case? What can be done to minimize the chances of giving up on a program - and what should high school players do to ensure a good fit?

Oklahoma Wins ITA Men's Indoors With Victory Over USC
Oklahoma sophomore Alex Ghilea was the man of the hour at the ITA Division I National Men's Team Indoor Championship. Ghilea, from Neamt, Romania, clinched the Sooners' victories in the semifinals and championship matches with comeback wins at No. 5 singles at Midtown Athletic Club in Chicago, Ill. Second-ranked Oklahoma defeated No. 11 Baylor 4-2 in the semifinals before knocking off the USC Trojans by the same score to take the title.

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

ITA D-III Men's National Indoors Preview
While the Division I National Indoors wrapped up yesterday, there is plenty more great tennis to follow as Gustavus Adolphus hosts the Division III National Indoor Tournament this upcoming weekend. Eight teams that have all played at Indoor Nationals previously are featured, making this a truly loaded Indoors field. Take a look at what is in store for the D-III men...

Prince Hot 100 List - February '15
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.

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

PlaySight to Live Stream the ITA Division I National Men's Team Indoor Championship
With a long history dating back to 1973, the National Team Indoor Championship hosts the top 16 teams in the country, all of whom qualified for the event by beating other top ranked teams in two qualifying rounds. PlaySight will be live streaming the event from February 13 - 16. Find out more here...

The Freshman 35 - Freshmen to Watch in D-III Tennis
In Division III tennis, freshmen play a key part in a team's success. Just last year, four freshmen were named to our Division III All-NCAA Men's Teams. On the women's side, freshmen took the year by storm - holding down tons of roster spots across the Top 5 teams in the country. With freshman recruits making such a big impact, let's take a look at 35 players new to D-III this year who might influence the 2015 season.

Tar Heels Win Second ITA Indoor Title in Three Years
As the University of North Carolina mourns the death of iconic basketball coach Dean Smith, the UNC women's tennis team gave Tar Heel fans something to savor. UNC won the ITA National Team Indoor Championships' trophy for the second time in three years, defeating Georgia 4-1 Monday, Feb. 9, in a contest of fluctuating momentum at Boar's Head Sports Club.

Blue Devils Get Another Blue Chip
Getting injured is no blessing for a sophomore tennis player looking to be recruited by a major Division I tennis program, but Nick Stachowiak of Cary, N.C., did the best he could to rebound from a back injury. Stachowiak worked hard for several months on strength and agility while he recovered. Stachowiak took unofficial visits to several schools in the Southeast, but nearby Duke University was always at the top of his list. He committed the Blue Devils in December.

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

Inside College Tennis with Tony Minnis Returns
This weekend, Inside College Tennis with Tony Minnis returns with the first of three all-new episodes on The Tennis Channel. The television program, which highlights college tennis programs around the country of all shapes and sizes, should appeal to the entire TennisRecruiting.net community. We caught up with host Tony Minnis to learn what is coming...

Conversation with Former Arkansas Standout Aleksey Bubis
Aleksey Bubis was a top junior tennis player from Palm Harbor, Florida, in the late 1990s - making the rounds on the USTA Junior National Circuit. Bubis went on to play college tennis at the University of Arkansas, where he starred from 1999 to 2003 - still appearing the the Razorback Record Book for his 28-10 mark during the 2000-01 season. Harry Cicma of NBC Sports got the chance to catch up with Bubis at a recent tennis event.

Top Women's Classes - 2015 Winter Rankings
Spring Signing Day is a little over two months away, and coaches are busy locking up their recruits. A number of highly-ranked seniors have already made their college choices - they have made verbal commitments or signed during the Fall Signing Period. Find out which women's teams are looking good at this point - as The Tennis Recruiting Network proudly presents the Top 25 Women's College Tennis Recruiting Classes of 2015.

Photos from the ITA Kickoff Weekend in Atlanta
120 teams took to the courts last week for the ITA Kickoff Weekend. One of the most hotly-contested regionals was in Atlanta, Ga., where the hometown Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets were upended by the Oklahoma State Cowgirls. Our photographers were on hand for the event - check out these images.

Oklahoma State Women down Georgia Tech 4-3 in ITA Kickoff
Oklahoma State Coach Chris Young usually counts on his No. 19 ranked Cowgirls when it comes to the doubles point. But after dropping the point against the host and No. 18 Georgia Tech at the ITA Kickoff Weekend in Atlanta, he had to challenge his players. His team responded - coming back to defeat the Yellow Jackets 4-3 with the deciding point coming from a come-from-behind victory at No. 6 singles.

Columbia Upsets Notre Dame, 4-2, in ITA Kickoff Weekend
The University of Notre Dame men's tennis team knew they would face stiff competition as they prepared to host the ITA Kickoff Weekend; what they couldn't have foreseen was a come-from behind upset victory by another top-16 team. Sunday afternoon, in a match that lasted almost four full hours, the Irish were toppled by Columbia, 4-2, who advanced to the ITA Indoor Championships in February with the win.

Columbia Lions 2015 Winter Gallery
The Columbia Lions defeated Notre Dame, 4-2, in the ITA Kickoff Weekend to advance to the ITA Indoor Championships in Chicago next month. Check out images from a recent Lions match.

Top Men's Classes - 2015 Winter Rankings
The end of January is at the midway point between the fall and spring signing periods. Many high school seniors made formal commitments in November, and lots more are making verbal commitments every week as we move towards the spring. With more than 850 commitments, there is no time like the present to check up on how the programs are doing. Today, the Tennis Recruiting Network is proud to bring you the Top 25 Men's College Tennis Recruiting Classes.

USTA Southern Level 1 Winter Photo Gallery
Many USTA sections held major events over the Martin Luther King weekend. USTA Southern held four separate championships, and our photographers were at the USTA Southern L1 Winter BG16 Championships held in Rome, Ga. Take a look at photos we captured at the event.

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

Bruins Reel In Top Junior Ena Shibahara
Ena Shibahara looked around in complete amazement. She was invited to hit on stadium court at the Los Angeles Tennis Center on UCLA's campus during an ATP tournament. Shibahara soaked in the surroundings and decided she wanted to play there again in the future. Shibahara's dream school became a reality a few weeks ago when the blue-chip recruit verbally committed to play for the Bruins.

Racquet Customization a Growing Trend in Junior and College Tennis
As if tennis parents, junior and college tennis players didn't have enough expense in buying frames, strings, shoes and high tech apparel, many are choosing to shell out even more cash to have their racquets customized to preferred specifications.

Prince Hot 100 List - January '15
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.

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

Q&A with Ed Silver of Penn
Edward Silver was a standout junior tennis player and student when he enrolled at the University of Pennsylvania for the 2002-03 season. Silver was known for his work ethic and perserverance as a member of the Penn squad. Harry Cicma of NBC Sports recently got the chance to talk with Silver about topics around college tennis.

Johnathan Small Picks Notre Dame
Next fall, Blue Chip junior Johnathan Small will travel some 135 miles on U.S. Highway 31 in Indiana from his home in Zionsville to Notre Dame to become a member University of Notre Dame men's tennis team.

Tips from D-II Players and Parents
At High-Tech Tennis, we're in a unique position because we have access to information that can help you transition from junior tennis to college tennis. We have interacted with dozens of junior tennis coaches who have walked the walk and are now talking the talk to help you navigate the very exciting - but sometimes confusing - recruiting process. Here are interesting HIGH-TECH TIPS that might help you if you're thinking about Division II schools.

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

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

Five Vital Tips for Student Athletes in Their College Search
Each year student athletes make the transition from high school to college. Some student athletes and their families have a good idea of when and how to start, while others have little or no idea at all. Regardless of the category you fall in, every athlete can make use of these five helpful tips...

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