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Talking with Hawaii Pacific's Lauren Conching
by Harry Cicma, 18 January 2017

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

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Who's Hot?
Hot 100 List - January '17
by Amelia Thomas, 16 January 2017

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

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Special Feature
Eight Intriguing Questions for 2017
by Colette Lewis, 13 January 2017

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

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Ask The Experts
Roundtable: Fitness Programs in College Tennis
by James Hill, 11 January 2017

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

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

9-Jan-2017
Spring Star Ratings Period Starts This Week
Twice a year, TennisRecruiting.net updates its Star Ratings - sometimes known as "The Stars". Our next update to the Star Ratings comes in March - and those ratings will be based on players' highest rankings during the next eight weeks - from the week of January 9 to the week of February 27, 2017. We invite players to review their player records to ensure accurate ratings.

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

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

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

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

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

31-Dec-2016
Junior Tennis Stars Highlight December Aces
December may contain little in the way of college and professional tennis, but junior tennis fills that gap with the Eddie Herr, Metropolia Orange Bowl and Junior Orange Bowl events. The 14 different champions crowned in those prestigious events are below, as well as two teens who are excelling on the ITF Pro Circuit.

26-Dec-2016
College Tennis is for Losers
This article provides a sample of a conversation that has transpired between former Oklahoma Head Coach Dave Mullins and many junior coaches around the world when Mullins was on the recruiting trail. Some of the quotes have actually come out of the mouths of many coaches - and every college coach has heard these types of arguments countless times.

23-Dec-2016
Americans Lilov, Gauff Sweep Junior Orange Bowl 12s Titles, Noel Wins 14s Championship
After a sweep of the 16s singles titles earlier this month at the Metropolia Orange Bowl, Americans continued their success this week at the Junior Orange Bowl, with Victor Lilov, Cori Gauff and Alexa Noel claiming the biggest silver bowls of oranges on offer at 12s and 14s event in Coral Gables, Florida.

21-Dec-2016
Michigan Bound: Jones to Join Wolverines
Blue Chip junior Alyvia Jones, who recently moved to Louisiana from Michigan, starting seriously considering her college options in January of her sophomore year. After looking at several top schools, Jones found the perfect fit back in her home state, committing to join the Wolverines in Fall of 2018.

19-Dec-2016
Hot 100 List - December '16
Today we announce the December edition of the Hot 100. The Hot 100 features 100 boys and 100 girls who have been playing outstanding tennis. These players have substantially improved their rankings over the past month.

16-Dec-2016
Unseeded Volynets and Sun Capture Metropolia Orange Bowl 16s Titles
A rainy day didn't keep Katie Volynets from making history at the Metropolia Orange Bowl last Saturday, while Steven Sun won a dramatic final to take the boys title, giving the United States a sweep of the 16s singles championships at the Veltri Tennis Center in Plantation Florida.

15-Dec-2016
Kecmanovic Defends Title, Juvan Claims Girls Championship at Metropolia Orange Bowl
Serbia's Miomir Kecmanovic completed two of the toughest tasks in tennis last weekend, adding a second straight Metropolia Orange Bowl title to his International Tennis Federation Grade 1 Eddie Herr championship the previous week. Kaja Juvan of Slovenia ousted top-ranked junior Anastasia Potapova of Russia to capture girls title at the ITF Grade A tournament, held on the Har-Tru courts of the Veltri Tennis Center in Plantation, Florida.

14-Dec-2016
2017 USTA National Junior Competitive Structure
Significant revisions have been approved by the USTA Junior Competition Committee to the national junior competitive structure that will become effective on January 1, 2017. Take a look at how they will affect you ...

12-Dec-2016
Top Ten Senior Stephanie Schrage Commits to Princeton
Never mind that blue chip senior Stephanie Schrage has consistently ranked number one in the USTA Girls Eastern Section in the 12s, 14s, 16s and 18s divisions - or that she is ranked in the top ten of the senior class. Schrage lists high school tennis success as one of her favorite accomplishments. The team player will get the chance to excel for her college team next year - as a Princeton Tiger.

9-Dec-2016
Kecmanovic, Carle Claim Eddie Herr ITF Titles
After a week of excellent weather and hundreds of matches played across the sprawling IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, the Eddie Herr International Championships concluded Sunday with the crowning of eight singles champions in four age divisions.

7-Dec-2016
Don't Pass on Playing in a Pro Am
While it may not possess the prestige of a national tournament or high school state tournament, it is possible that one of the most important matches you might play, even as a junior, could be in a pro am. While it might seem trivial, it can be a unique chance to make a lasting friendship - or a chance to catch the eye of a college tennis coach.

5-Dec-2016
Roundtable: Junior Tennis Events and Recruiting
There are many opportunities for junior tennis players to interact with college tennis coaches without visiting campus. Coaches frequently attend junior tournaments, college showcases, and college information sessions. We put the following question to a panel of college coaches: What junior events do you and your staff attend each year? How valuable are these events in your recruiting process?

2-Dec-2016
November Aces Shine Abroad and at Home
New York, London and Mexico City were the locales for several memorable performances last month, but Knoxville, Columbus and Birmingham also enjoyed time in the spotlight in November as teenagers showcased their games and moved up the professional rankings to enter the brief off-season on a positive note.

30-Nov-2016
In Troubled Times, Tennis Creates Bridge with Atlanta Police
Officer Jarius Daugherty stands on the court, a racket in his hand and a full complement of police equipment on his belt. At the moment, however, he's just trying to keep the ball in play as he runs a tennis drill for a bank of youngsters with varying tennis skills. Daugherty isn't much of a player; he only recently picked up a racket at the beginning of an 11-week program called Volleys Against Violence. However, what he lacks in skill is more than made up for in commitment.

27-Nov-2016
Building A Game: The Tennis Imagination
Junior tennis abounds with players adept at contemporary tennis: an attrition-based, narrowly-focused baseline game. This mode certainly generates outcomes in the form of match wins, rankings and scholarships. But what about a long-term, sustainable process for staying engaged with the tennis? Talk of strokes - that is, groundstrokes - is plentiful. But talk of a playing style - the rich literature - is minimal.

24-Nov-2016
World Junior No. 1 Kecmanovic Leads Eddie Herr ITF Boys Field; China's Wang Heads Girls Draw
When Miomir Kecmanovic returns to Bradenton's IMG Academy for next week's ITF Grade 1 Eddie Herr, he'll do so as the No. 1 junior in the world. The only Top 10 player in the girls draw is China's Xiyu Wang, who has a recent win over current ITF No. 1 and Wimbledon girls champion Anastasia Potapova of Russia. Kecmanovic and Wang are favorites at the Eddie Herr, but there are a number of other challengers ...

23-Nov-2016
Pan American ITF Photo Gallery
Many top juniors from the US and elsewhere were in Tulsa, Oklahoma, last month for the ITF Pan American - where Americans Kayla Day and Alex Brown won the singles titles. Also present was our prolific photographer, Bill Kallenberg. Take a look at the action shots he captured from the event ...

21-Nov-2016
Go With the Flow
You will often hear at a junior tennis match, "I was so in the zone today," or "How is this guy zoning so hard out there?" If you are talking about yourself, it's a compliment. If you were referring to your opponent, you were basically saying they were playing above their level. Let's take a look at what these phrases really mean - and why they allow players to perform at their best.

18-Nov-2016
Quick Restart: Bradley Klahn Returns to ATP Tour
During his 21 months away from the game because of injury, 2010 NCAA singles champion Bradley Klahn was forced to consider a career that did not include tennis. But the thought of walking away proved more painful than undertaking a long rehabilitation - and this week Klahn saw that determination rewarded at an ATP Challenger. Colette Lewis of ZooTennis.com spoke with the Californian about his return to competition, his mindset, and a myriad of other topics.

16-Nov-2016
Shutting Off The Thinking Mind in Tennis
Meet the Thinking Mind. Many junior recognize its presence more and more as the college playing years are right around the corner. Players often become tight in the presence of college coaches at tournaments, in showcases, and on college visits. Here are four tips to overcoming the thinking mind - and taking control of your thoughts at this critical time.

14-Nov-2016
Hot 100 List - November '16
Today we announce the November edition of the Hot 100. The Hot 100 features 100 boys and 100 girls who have been playing outstanding tennis. These players have substantially improved their rankings over the past month.

11-Nov-2016
Fall Signing Week '16: Georgetown Gains 5-Star Recruits Lee, Ross
Next year, Georgetown University will field a strong roster that will include the addition of two 5-Star Recruits - Connor Lee and Luke Ross. Both young men have committed to joining the freshman class on the Hoyas men's tennis team for Fall 2017. While the players will be traveling from opposite ends of the country, they share a common goal in taking the Georgetown team to the next level as teammates.

11-Nov-2016
Fall Signing Week '16: Well-Traveled Gordon Returns Home
Seventeen-year-old Michaela Gordon has traveled the world for tennis competition, playing all four junior slams as well as major events in Europe, Asia and Central America. Yet when it came time to select a college for the next step in her development, the blue chip from Los Altos Hills California found what she needed in her backyard, at Stanford University.

10-Nov-2016
Fall Signing Week '16: Sah Commits to Stanford
Blue Chip senior Timothy Sah is one of the top junior tennis players in the country, and his results from this past summer back that up, capturing the singles title at the USTA Southern California Sectionals and reaching the quarterfinals in Kalamazoo. Next year, Sah will take his game from San Diego up to Palo Alto - where he will compete for the Stanford Cardinal.

10-Nov-2016
Fall Signing Week '16: Chiu Heads to Dartmouth
During her 18 years on this Earth, Abigail Chiu's life journey has taken her from Hong Kong to Austin, Texas. Next year, Chiu will make yet another trip, to Hanover, New Hampshire. The talented Chiu will become a member of the Dartmouth College women's tennis team.

10-Nov-2016
Fall Signing Week '16: Turchetta Heads West to Stanford
The pressure to decide is always intense for a blue-chip athlete such as Sam Turchetta. Numerous colleges reached out to him, and he welcomed all of the options. But a school in California was always at the top of the list.

9-Nov-2016
Fall Signing Week '16: Wan Decides on Columbia
Christie Wan plans to study business in college, and that is appropriate since she is all business on the tennis court. The 17-year-old 5-star blue chip prospect from Fullerton, Calif., has spent the past two years at Sunny Hills High School after she transferred from Whittier Christian High School. And today she is excited to announce her decision to continue her career at Columbia University.

9-Nov-2016
Fall Signing Week '16: Tsygura Commits to the Cavaliers
The Scott Brown connection again is reaping recruiting rewards for men's college tennis' best team of the decade. With Brown, a former Virginia assistant coach, as the matchmaker, Blue Chip 17-year-old Kyrylo Tsygura of North Potomac, Md., has committed to play for the Cavaliers.

9-Nov-2016
Fall Signing Week '16: Rice Follows Mother's Footsteps to Arkansas
Add another legacy to the storied history of the University of Arkansas as Blue Chip senior Tatum Rice of Lakeside High School in Hot Springs, Ark., will stay in state and play tennis for Coach Michael Hegarty at the U of A. While on the surface this may have seemed like an easy and logical decision for the 17-year old right-hander, Rice said it was a difficult choice.

8-Nov-2016
Fall Signing Week '16 : I Didn't Sign an NLI - Now What?
So you did not get the spot or the scholarship you had been hoping for; maybe you turned down offers to wait for something else or you may have found yourself not receiving any scholarship offers this time around. I know this can feel quite disconcerting, and you may feel like all is lost. I am here to tell you all is not lost, and that it is all going to work out just fine for you.

8-Nov-2016
Fall Signing Week '16: National Roundup
Signing Week has arrived! As senior players begin signing National Letters of Intent with Division I and Division II schools, we are covering all the action. Today we check in with a group of select seniors from around the country as they prepare to sign NLIs during the fall signing period, which officially begins tomorrow. Find out their schools of choice - and which factors proved pivotal in their decisions.

7-Nov-2016
Fall Signing Week '16: Colorado's Ross Commits to Dartmouth
It all started around the age of two for Casey Ross. He would walk around with a special cut-down squash racket - swinging at balls. Ross is now a 5-star senior, and he recently verbally committed to Dartmouth because of its unique academic and athletic environment.

7-Nov-2016
Fall Signing Week '16: What the FAFSA Changes Mean for Recruiting
In a rare move, deadlines changes been made to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, better known as FAFSA. These modifications have an impact on money available for financial scholarships, which can also change timing in the recruiting process. Recruiting expert Marcia Frost breaks down the changes ...

7-Nov-2016
Fall Signing Week '16: Overview and Blue Chip Update
With the "Countdown" behind us, on to the main event! Tennis Recruiting and GAMMA are ready to kick off our coverage of Fall Signing Week '16 with a final look at the Blue Chip boys and girls. We update you on several commitments over the past few weeks, and we note that seven highly-ranked recruits plan to announce their college choices this week - right here at TennisRecruiting.net.

4-Nov-2016
October Aces Highlight Fall
October may bring changes in foliage, temperature and length of day, but there's no sign of the off-season in the college and junior tennis world. Collegiate major champions were crowned, and many juniors and former collegians earned memorable titles during the month.

3-Nov-2016
Countdown: Drawing Attention from College Coaches
Dear Coach - My name is David Mullins and I started playing tennis at the age of 10. It all started when my father took me to a local park and threw some tennis balls to me. Since then ... blah, blah, blah, blah ... I cannot tell you how many times I received letters like this from players - telling me their entire tennis and life histories. I am here to tell you that college coaches do not care about any of this, well, at least not initially.

2-Nov-2016
Countdown: Huryn - From Russia, With Love for Tennis
Aleks Huryn's journey to college tennis in Philadelphia, started as a five-year old learning the sport from his mother, Sveta, in Russia. When the five-star recruit graduates from high school this spring, he said he couldn't be more excited to announce that he will be a Penn Quaker.

1-Nov-2016
Countdown: Norman Chooses the Dukes
As she shoots for the stars, Elizabeth Norman will take aim from Virginia's Shenandoah Valley. Norman, a well-traveled 5-Star recruit who lives in Marietta, Georgia, committed in July to play for James Madison University in Harrisonburg.

31-Oct-2016
Countdown: Embree Ready For Second Chance
Lauren Embree had a junior and collegiate career anyone would dream of. However, even success on the pro level couldn't keep the All-American from getting burnt out. After announcing her retirement this past March, the Gator Great is back on tour following a 6-month layoff.

28-Oct-2016
Countdown: Q&A with WFU Coach Tony Bresky
Tony Bresky wasn't anticipating a career in tennis, but that's how things have worked out for the Wake Forest head coach, now in his sixth year. After assistant and associate head coaching stints at Indiana State and Virginia, Bresky has brought the Demon Deacons to new heights in men's tennis. Colette Lewis of ZooTennis.com caught up with Bresky in Tulsa at the ITA All-American Championships - where the two discussed many tennis topics.

27-Oct-2016
Countdown: Building Coaching and Team Relationships
"Relationship" is a word we hear over and over when it comes to college tennis and recruiting. College tennis players spend a lot of time with their teammates and coaches, and everyone wants this time to be productive and enjoyable. We asked our coaches the following: How important is it for potential recruits to build strong relationships with you and the players on your team? What are ways you go about accomplishing that relationship building?

26-Oct-2016
Countdown: Mendelsohn Rides the Waves
Max Mendelsohn likely would have committed to Pepperdine even if it wasn't located in scenic Malibu. But as he gazed at the ocean from the famous spot many coaches bring recruits, Mendelsohn's decision came into greater focus. "I just fell in love and knew it was the place I wanted to be," Mendelsohn said. "The view doesn't hurt either."

25-Oct-2016
Countdown: Alex Angyalosy Chooses the Red Raiders
Five-star recruit Alex Angyalosy from Boca Raton, Fla., has committed to join the Texas Tech University women's tennis team. Angyalosy will definitely delight Lady Red Raiders fans at the McLeod Tennis Center with her all-around, counter-puncher style of play. But Angyalosy, an honor student at the Florida Virtual School, also plans to pursue the pre-medicine program at the northwestern Texas institution, located in Lubbock.

24-Oct-2016
Countdown: Blue Chip Girls
Last week we visited with the senior Blue Chip boys to find out how they are doing in the college recruiting process. Today, the girls get their turn. How many have decided? Which players are still wide open? And are any of them leaning towards your favorite school? Find out now...

21-Oct-2016
Countdown: Bruins Beckon Bolton
Elysia Bolton has nearly two years of junior tennis remaining, but the 16-year-old blue chip already knows the location of the next stage of her career: the UCLA campus in Westwood.

20-Oct-2016
Countdown: Illini to Welcome Brown
The Fighting Illini have nabbed one of the top players in the country to join their team in 2017. Iowa's Alex Brown has announced he's signing with the Orange and Blue.

19-Oct-2016
Day Repeats, Brown Ascends at ITF Grade B1 Pan American Closed
The champions at last week's International Tennis Federation Grade B1 Pan American Closed in Tulsa, Oklahoma, were on opposite ends of the world junior rankings spectrum. World No. 1 Kayla Day defended her title with a 6-1, 6-4 victory over Ellie Douglas in the girls final, while No. 732 Alex Brown edged wild card Lukas Greif 6-4, 7-6(4) to win his first ITF junior title.

18-Oct-2016
Hot 100 List - October '16
Today we announce the October edition of the Hot 100. The Hot 100 features 100 boys and 100 girls who have been playing outstanding tennis. These players have substantially improved their rankings over the past month.

17-Oct-2016
Countdown: Blue Chip Boys
We kick off the second week of the Countdown to Signing Day with a look at the top boys in the senior class. This year's Blue Chip recruits talked with us about their decision process. Some have made verbal commitments, most have confirmed or taken their official visits, and some are still wide open. Take a look and see where things stand ...

14-Oct-2016
Countdown: Van Alphen Stays Close to Home at USC
The phrase "beginner's luck" is often tossed around to explain instances of surprising or unexpected success, but that term does not seem appropriate to describe Sydney Van Alphen's winning the first tennis tournament she ever entered. She has been a natural since the beginning. That natural inclination helped her earn a college scholarship to the USC Trojans for next Fall.

13-Oct-2016
Countdown: Transitioning to College Tennis
During my 35 years coaching tennis at the high school level, I played a key role in helping my players transition from junior tennis into college tennis. I was highly successful, so many parents over the years have asked me about my approach - and what I thought might be the key factors to success.

12-Oct-2016
Countdown: Bernstine Follows Father, Chooses Hokies
When Chase Bernstine finished his first two seasons of tennis at Goochland High School with a perfect record, recording two state singles titles and a doubles title in the process, his teachers and classmates thought he was going to go out and win the US Open. While he hasn't done that yet, Bernstine has parlayed his on-court success into a spot in Blacksburg, Va., next Fall at Virginia Tech.

11-Oct-2016
Countdown: Georgia Snares Coppoc and Goulak
Georgia's academic and athletics reputation proved to be irresistible to a pair of blue chips and have verbally embraced the Bulldogs. Morgan Coppoc and Annette Goulak, who have played successful doubles together, were delighted to have the opportunity to play on the same college team.

10-Oct-2016
Countdown to Signing Day
Once again, in the junior and college tennis, the changing leaves mean that we are getting closer and closer to Signing Day. November 9th is 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.

7-Oct-2016
ImRecruitable College Showcase Events Nov 30 to Dec 1
ImRecruitable will host its 5th Annual College Tennis Showcase November 30th and December 1st 2016 at Patch Reef Park Tennis Center in Boca Raton, FL. This unique, one-of-a-kind event combines both on-court training with college coaches as well as showcase match play in front of observing coaches. This event allows players the opportunity to gain maximum exposure and networking with college coaches.

5-Oct-2016
September Aces Feature Memorable Wins
From junior slams titles for North Americans, to Challenger wins for Europeans to a Davis Cup clinch for a South American, September featured memorable wins by teenagers and current collegians. Former collegians, including the reigning NCAA champions, also grabbed the spotlight last month as summer turned to fall.

4-Oct-2016
Quick Take with Former Western Illinois Standout Justin Junck
Justin Junck graduated in 2003 from East High School in Sioux City, Iowa. After playing college tennis for one season at Nebraska, where he played No. 5 and 6 singles and No. 1 doubles, Junck transferred to Western Illinois, where he played at the top of the lineup his last three years, earning Mid-Con All-Conference honors. Harry Cicma of NBC Sports asked Junck a few questions about his experience at WIU and advice for junior players.

3-Oct-2016
Roundtable: Attracting Fans to College Tennis Matches
Every college program wants to develop its fan support, and college tennis programs are no exception. Teams will often promote special events that cater to loyal fans and alumni as well as to bring in new fans. Kids days, homecomings, food, and hit-with-the-players sessions are just a few examples. We presented the following question to our panel of coaches: What are some of the things you do to attract fans to your program? What special events do you put on?

1-Oct-2016
US Open Juniors Images
Here are action shots from the US Open Junior Championships from photographer Bill Kallenberg. Check out images of the kids who competed for this coveted Grand Slam Title in New York last month.

30-Sep-2016
What an Agent Does: Interview with Topnotch Management's Sam Duvall
Sam Duvall played high-level tennis as a junior outside of Louisville, Ky., and he played college tennis at Bates College. As a senior, Duvall had an internship at Octagon, a sports management firm. After several years at SFX, Duvall started his own firm, Topnotch Management. Colette Lewis of ZooTennis.com spoke with Duvall about many issues around sports management - and what advice he would give top juniors and their families.

28-Sep-2016
Rome Tennis Center Blends Economics and Education with Tennis
In Field of Dreams, a voice told Kevin Costner's character, "If you build it, he will come." Cities and municipalities have been doing this for sports like baseball, softball, soccer and lacrosse. Add tennis into the conversation, as word has reached the "powers that be" that a large, modern and sprawling tennis center can drive money into the local economy, bring awareness to all that a city offers, and offer unprecedented educational and recreational opportunities for residents.

27-Sep-2016
TRN College Showcase at the ITA Convention
Tennis Recruiting is excited to announce that it will be running a College Showcase for high school age players at the ITA Coaches' Convention in Naples, Fla. This one-day event for 32 boys and 32 girls will take place on Saturday, December 10th, where players will have the chance to compete in front of hundreds of college coaches. All play will be on the Har-Tru courts at the Naples Grand Beach Resort.

26-Sep-2016
Keegan Smith Stays Home at UCLA
Keegan Smith was considering taking visits to North Carolina, Washington, Arizona State, Michigan and the University of San Diego. But the blue-chip recruit never made the travel plans. He kept his suitcase in the closet and committed to UCLA.

22-Sep-2016
Virginia's Collins and Kwiatkowski Earn Titles at American Collegiate Invitational
The University of Virginia picked up where UCLA left off last year at the third annual American Collegiate Invitational, played at the end of the second week of the US Open. After Bruins Mackenzie McDonald and Robin Anderson had swept the titles in 2015, the Cavaliers dominated the proceedings this year, with recent graduate Danielle Collins taking the women's title and senior Thai Kwiatkowski capturing the men's championship.

20-Sep-2016
PlaySight Hot 100 List - September '16
Today we announce the September edition of the PlaySight Hot 100. The PlaySight 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-Sep-2016
Star Ratings '16-'17 - Fall Edition
After months of waiting, here they are... the Star Ratings. Find out right now how many stars you have - as The Tennis Recruiting Network proudly presents the Fall Star Ratings for 2016-17.

16-Sep-2016
Day, Auger-Aliassime Win US Open Singles Titles; Shibahara and Hart Capture Doubles
After American boys dominated the 2015 US Open Junior Championships, US girls were the story of the 2016 tournament, with two championship performances providing a fitting ending. Kayla Day defeated Viktoria Kuzmova of Slovakia 6-3, 6-2 in the singles final, and wild cards Ena Shibahara and Jada Hart won the girls doubles championship, beating Day and Caroline Dolehide in a dramatic all-American final.

14-Sep-2016
Roundtable: Sending the Initial Email to College Coaches
College information sessions and recruiting experts are always encouraging players and parents to take the initiative and reach out to college coaches. That first contact is often by email - but high school players are sometimes at a loss as to what points to emphasize. We put the question to our panel of coaches: What should a player include in his/her initial email to a college coach?

12-Sep-2016
What Every Player Should Know Before Joining a College Team
David Mullins spent sixteen years competing as a college tennis player and coach at the highest levels. As he reflects on his career, he notes that college tennis has changed dramatically since he first got involved. Mullins talks about these differences - and offers a list of the realities and expectations of college athletics to students and parents.

8-Sep-2016
Kawai Will Play for Illini
After taking visits at schools from Texas to Pennsylvania, 18-year-old Asuka Kawai has decided to play for the Fighting Illini, beginning in the fall of 2017.

5-Sep-2016
Tennis Recruiting Welcomes the Class of 2023
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 2016-17 season - and they also mark the arrival of the Class of 2023.

2-Sep-2016
Hot Aces in Packed August
August is the month of the USTA National Championships, but due to extensive coverage of the finals during Championship Week, just one of those eight gold ball winners is featured below. While most of those highlighted are young pros, including a quartet of Russian girls, current and former collegians also had tournaments to remember last month.

1-Sep-2016
Best Wishes, Class of 2016
The high school Class of 2016 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 2015-16 year - and the final rankings for the outgoing Class of 2016.

30-Aug-2016
Liu Sweeps Girls Titles at ITF International Hard Courts, Kecmanovic Wins Boys Singles
The ITF Grade 1 International Hard Court Tournament last week at the Junior Tennis Champions Center in College Park, Maryland was left without a boys final when Oliver Crawford, who injured his ankle in the doubles semifinals the day before, was unable to take the court against Serbia’s Miomir Kecmanovic. But the girls final nearly filled the void, with Claire Liu defeating Xiyu Wang of China 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 in a match that took just under three hours to complete.

29-Aug-2016
Conversation with Two-Time NCAA Singles Champion Amber Liu Chang
Amber Liu Chang was a two-time NCAA singles champion and three-time team champion while at Stanford from 2002 to 2006. By now, she expected to be well-established in the business world. But while on the WTA Tour, she was coached by former French Open champion Michael Chang, and the two are now married with three children. Todd Holcomb got the chance to catch up with Liu Chang and talk about her tennis career, advice for young players, and the joys of the life she did not anticipate.

26-Aug-2016
Champions from Kalamazoo
Photographer Bill Kallenberg was in Kalamazoo, Michigan, for the USTA Boys 18 and 16 Nationals - one of the most revered tournaments in US junior tennis. Kallenberg shared photos of the winners with us - you can check them out now ...

24-Aug-2016
Roundtable: Setting College Doubles Pairings
Doubles often sets the tone for college dual matches. In the NCAA Division I, whichever team wins two of three doubles matches gains one point. Division III teams, on the other hand, can take a 3-0 lead by sweeping the doubles. Regardless of the scoring format, doubles teams are an important part of the season. We put the question to a panel of coaches: What factors go into setting your doubles pairings? How much do you change your pairings throughout the year?

22-Aug-2016
PlaySight Hot 100 List - August '16
Today we announce the August edition of the PlaySight Hot 100. The PlaySight Hot 100 features 100 boys and 100 girls who have been playing outstanding tennis. These players have substantially improved their rankings over the past month.

20-Aug-2016
Images from the Zoo
Check out action shots from the USTA Boys 18 and 16 Nationals in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Photographer Bill Kallenberg was onhand to capture the players and pageantry of this great event. Check out his handiwork ...

19-Aug-2016
Mmoh Masters Kalamazoo 18s
With his professional experience and an ATP ranking inside the Top 400, Michael Mmoh was a heavy favorite this year at Kalamazoo's USTA Boys 18 National Championships. Despite the considerable pressure that comes with a No. 1 seeding, Mmoh delivered, winning the title and a US Open main draw wild card with a 6-1, 6-2, 6-3 victory over No. 7 seed Vasil Kirkov.

19-Aug-2016
Kayla Day Wins Girls 18s, Wild Card in San Diego
Kayla Day veered from her normal routine. The Santa Barbara native usually just trains the week before a major event, but this year she played a warm-up tournament before the USTA Girls' 18s Nationals. The new formula worked to perfection, as the top-seeded Day capped a strong run through the singles draw by beating seventh-seeded Nicole Frenkel of Winchester, Mass., 6-2, 3-6, 6-1 in the final at the Barnes Tennis Center in San Diego.

18-Aug-2016
Greif Gains Gold Again
The summer of 2016 will be remembered as a golden one for US Olympians like Michael Phelps and Simone Biles. Although Kalamazoo is not Rio, Lukas Greif will share in their fond memories of the past few weeks, after defeating Jenson Brooksby 6-0, 6-3 to win the USTA Boys 16s National Championships, adding a second gold ball after claiming the 16s Clay Courts title three weeks earlier.

18-Aug-2016
Mossmer Finishes Strong in Girls 16 Nationals
Throughout her seven matches in the 2016 USTA Junior Girls Nationals, Nicole Mossmer proved to be an an excellent starter and finisher. That powerful combination was clearly too much for all her opponents as the La Jolla, California, resident captured the Girls 16 singles championship on Saturday afternoon with a 7-5, 6-0 victory over fellow San Diegan Julia Haynes on the Stadium Court at the Barnes Center in San Diego.

17-Aug-2016
Alex Lee Claims USTA Boys 14 Nationals
Alex Lee of Oak Brook, Ill., is now a two-time national champion. The top-seeded Lee captured the singles crown of the USTA Boys 14 National Championships, with a 6-1, 6-3 victory over No. 5 Jameson Corsillo of Boca Raton, Fla. Prior to his win at McFarlin Tennis Center, Lee captured the Easter Bowl championship in a three-set match against Andrew Dale.

17-Aug-2016
Pielet Wins Third Gold Ball in 14s Nationals
Gianna Pielet summed up the meaning of the USTA Girls 14 National Championships pretty well. "You win a gold ball in this tournament; the others you don't," Pielet said. "I get my name put in back of the USTA yearbook. That's a very prestigious award." Pielet defeated seven opponents in the tournament without losing a set. She was at her best in the final - a 6-1, 6-2 victory over Sonia Maheshwari of Morrisville, N.C.

16-Aug-2016
Victor Lilov Strikes Gold Twice in Boys 12s
Victor Lilov, displaying the precocious abilities to analyze an ongoing match calmly and to make the appropriate adjustments, defeated a relentless 17th seed Braden Shick 6-4, 6-1, to win the singles crown at the rain-soaked Boys 12s National Hardcourt Championships in Little Rock, Arkansas.

16-Aug-2016
Wiersholm Validates Clay Title by Winning 12s Nats
It's been quite a summer for Kirkland, Wash., resident, Katja Wiersholm. Three weeks after winning her first gold ball at the USTA Girl's 12s National Clay Court Championships in Boca Raton, the rising seventh grader added a second gold ball to her collection at the Lake Windward Club in Alpharetta, Ga. by winning the USTA Girl's 12s National Championships. Wiersholm edged Vivian Ovrootsky of San Jose, Calif., 6-3, 6-3, in a match that lasted just over 75 minutes.

15-Aug-2016
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 and Van Der Meer Academy announce our Championship Week coverage - with photo galleries and articles that celebrate the best of the best in junior tennis.

12-Aug-2016
Amateur Issues
One of the principles that college sports was founded upon is that of amateur competition. In the eyes of all three collegiate governing bodies, student-athletes participating in collegiate athletics should be amateurs. Over the years, the line that defines amateur and professional has become less clear. Recruiting expert Dede Allen takes a comprehensive look at the issue.

10-Aug-2016
Rose Continuing To Blossom In Pros
Malika Rose referred to herself as a wildcard when searching for a school to play collegiate tennis at. With the help of Chris Young and Jamea Jackson, the Brooklyn, New York native become a catalyst for the rise of the Oklahoma State Cowgirls, who stormed their way to an NCAA runner-up finish this year. Now back on the pro circuit after a near-yearlong injury layoff, Rose is eager to prove she's no thorn.

8-Aug-2016
Roundtable: Turning Professional Before Graduation
With the U.S. Open occurring this month, several top college tennis players are considering turning pro. The lure of pro tennis can be strong, even if it means leaving college before his or her graduation date. So, we asked a panel of respected coaches the following question: What advice do you give to one of your current players who is considering turning pro before graduation?

5-Aug-2016
Mmoh Heads 18s Field, Greif Tops 16s Draw at Kalamazoo
The USTA Boys 16 and 18 Nationals have always drawn the cream of the US junior crop, with the 18s champions offered wild cards into the US Open main draws and the 16s champions receiving wild cards into the US Open Juniors. New this year are an array of new enticements: wild cards into USTA Pro Circuit events - as well as additional US Open Junior wild cards - are being offered tor those who finish in the Top 5 in each division. Colette Lewis of ZooTennis.com takes a look at the fields.

3-Aug-2016
Wimbledon's Junior Champions Lead Aces
Wimbledon's junior champions lead last month's list of top performances, with eight current and former college players among those posting impressive results in the USTA Pro Circuit and beyond. Due to the extensive Clay Week coverage here at the Tennis Recruiting Network, the USTA Clay Court winners are not included, but here's another round of congratulations to those who collected gold balls last month.

1-Aug-2016
A Daily Mental Plan That Might Just Work
Focus ... Concentrate ... Stay in the present ... these are all words and terms we use when coaching players from time to time. We have difficulty understanding why they get distracted and lose focus during various stages of their matches or in practice. But how many tennis players have a daily mental routine or practice? Not just a plan before or during matches - but an actual daily practice to strengthen their minds and emotions?

31-Jul-2016
Images from the Georgia Junior Open
This past Friday marked the grand opening of the Rome Tennis Center on Berry College campus - 51 courts on thirty acres with six NCAA regulation courts, three center courts for tournament and collegiate play, and one exhibition court. All courts have lighting and access to shade structures. The Georgia Junior Open was the first tournament held at the facility earlier this month - and Tennis Recruiting was onhand to capture the event ...

29-Jul-2016
Li Captures Girls 18s Clay Title in Steamy Memphis
Memphis in July is no place for the faint of heart. Temperatures in the high 90s and a heat index often in the 110s, compounded by five rain or lightning delays, presented one physical and mental challenge after another as the USTA Girls 18s Clay Court Championships wore on. For Ann Li, no obstacle proved insurmountable, as she earned her first singles gold ball with a 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 victory over Amanda Meyer.

29-Jul-2016
Sebastian Korda Wins Boys 18s Clay Courts
Unseeded and undaunted, Sebastian Korda picked up the first gold ball of his singles career as he downed Alexandre Rotsaert in the finals of the Metropolia USTA Clay Court Boys 18s National Championships at the Delray Beach Tennis Center. Korda, 16, needed a little over two hours as he defeated the hometown favorite 6-4, 6-1 to win the singles title in an all-Florida match-up.

28-Jul-2016
Noel Wins Second Straight Clay Court Title
Overcoming a significant deficit when the heat index is in triple digits is never part of the game plan. But scrappy, feisty 13-year-old Alexa Noel did so anyway to capture the singles title at the USTA Girls 16 National Clay Court Championships. In a clash of two players who now call New Jersey home, Noel outlasted Amber O'Dell in 2 hours and 20 minutes by a score of 1-6, 6-4, 6-3.

28-Jul-2016
Good Greif - Indianapolis Teen Wins Boys 16s
In the end, it was too much Greif for Jenson Brooksby in the finals of the USTA Clay Court Boys 16s National Championships in Delray Beach. The seventh-seeded Lukas Greif failed to lose a set in the entire tournament and cruised past Brooksby, 6-1, 6-1 for his first gold ball in singles play. Greif, 16, a rising junior, had won two gold balls in doubles play and a silver ball in the 16s this year.

27-Jul-2016
Christine Inah Canete Takes Girl's 14 Clays
Nobody had to light a fire under 12-year old, Christine Inah Canete, this week at the USTA National Girls' 14s Clay Court Championships in Plantation, Fla. - as an electrical fire caused some minor disruptions to the schedule and a bit of smoke. Canete, the No. 9 seed, went up against Ellie Coleman, a No. 17 seed, in the singles final and took a 6-1, 6-1 match to win her second gold ball of the year.

27-Jul-2016
Khan Twins Dominate Boys 14 Clays
It might be the ultimate family victory, but twins Zane and Faris Khan don't really like playing against each other, even for the championship of a national tournament. It happened again last week in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., where Zane pulled out a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Faris in the singles final of the USTA Boys 14 National Clay Court Championships. The two native Texans also won the doubles title.

27-Jul-2016
Clay Court Nationals Photo Gallery
For the first time TRN had a photographer at the USTA Boys 18 and 16 National Clay Court Championships hosted by the City of Delray Beach in Florida. We hope you enjoy the photos taken by contributor Fritz Moore.

26-Jul-2016
Wiersholm Earns First Gold Ball in Boca Raton
In a finals match punctuated by suspense, surprise, momentum swings and two lefties, sixth seed Katja Wiersholm of Kirkland, Washington, emerged victorious over second seed Robin Montgomery of Washington, D.C., 7-6 (5), 0-6, 7-6(4) at the 2016 Girls 12 National Clay Court Championships.

26-Jul-2016
Wen Takes Title at Boys 12 Clay Courts
Top-seeded Evan Wen of Morristown, N.J., took home the singles gold ball of the USTA Boys 12 National Clay Court Championships on July 23. Wen endured a stomach ailment and long matches to win his first national title. He defeated sixth-seeded Victor Lilov of Raleigh, N.C., 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 in the more-than two-hour final played at the LTP Tennis and Swim Club in Mount Pleasant, S.C.

25-Jul-2016
Clay Court Championship Week
The USTA Clay Court Championships have concluded around the country. This week, TennisRecruiting.net and Van Der Meer Academy have 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.

24-Jul-2016
Action Shots from the Grizzlies Holiday Championships
To say that Georgia Gwinnett College had a strong season in college tennis is quite the understatement. When both your men's and women's programs win NAIA titles - and the two programs combined for five national titles over the past three years - life is good. Earlier this month, junior tennis players headed to Gwinnett to play a tournament. Photographer Bill Kallenberg has great action shots of the event ...


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