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Photos from the ITA Kickoff Weekend in Atlanta
by TennisRecruiting.net, 29 January 2015

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.

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College Feature
Oklahoma State Women down Georgia Tech 4-3 in ITA Kickoff
by Rick Limpert, 28 January 2015

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.

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College Feature
Columbia Upsets Notre Dame, 4-2, in ITA Kickoff Weekend
by Lizzie Mikes, 27 January 2015

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.

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Columbia Lions 2015 Winter Gallery
by TennisRecruiting.net, 27 January 2015

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.

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26-Jan-2015
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.

25-Jan-2015
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.

23-Jan-2015
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.

21-Jan-2015
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.

20-Jan-2015
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.

19-Jan-2015
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.

16-Jan-2015
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.

15-Jan-2015
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.

13-Jan-2015
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.

12-Jan-2015
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.

9-Jan-2015
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.

7-Jan-2015
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.

5-Jan-2015
Top Prospect Spring 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 March - and those ratings will be based on players' highest rankings during the next eight weeks - from the week of January 5 to the week of February 23, 2015. We invite players to review their player records to ensure accurate ratings.

2-Jan-2015
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...

31-Dec-2014
Osuigwe Stands Tall at Junior Orange Bowl
Whitney Osuigwe began the Junior Orange Bowl 12s tournament unseeded, but that didn’t keep the 12-year-old from ending it as a champion last week in sunny Miami, Florida. Osuigwe, who trains at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, avenged a recent loss to Japan’s Himari Sato, one of eight No. 1 seeds in the Junior Orange Bowl 12s, by posting a 6-4, 6-4 win in the championship match at the University of Miami’s Neil Schiff Tennis Center.

29-Dec-2014
Master Your Mental Game with a Paper Clip
As a junior tennis player looking to maximize your game and get recruited, the last thing you want is to let your passion turn into anger. Anger is a type of emotion that often translates into poor performance - and it can turn off college coaches. Patrick Alban of SPMI describes a technique junior tennis players can use to work on their mental game.

24-Dec-2014
SFA Interviews Iowa Head Coach Ross Wilson
Ross Wilson, head men's tennis coach at the University of Iowa, sits down with Scholarship for Athletes to talk recruiting and coaching.

22-Dec-2014
Halbauer Makes the Most of Opportunity in Macon
17-year old Ellie Halbauer discovered something about her game at the USTA Pro Circuit's 50K, Tennis Classic of Macon event in October, and it is something that all young tennis players would do well to remember - sometimes it's easier to play when you are down.

21-Dec-2014
Including Tournament Results for Rankings
We have had quite a few questions about missing results from recent tournaments on the national schedule - the Eddie Herr, the BG16 Orange Bowl, and the Jr. Orange Bowl. These are all coming... but find out why it might take longer than we would all like.

19-Dec-2014
American Juniors Shine at Metropolia Orange Bowl
Stefan Kozlov, Sonya Kenin and Sam Riffice made the 2014 Metropolia Orange Bowl in Plantation, Florida a tournament to remember for US juniors, with Kozlov and Kenin claiming their first Grade A titles and Riffice joining exclusive company in adding the 16s championship to his Eddie Herr title.

17-Dec-2014
Prince Hot 100 List - December '14
Today we announce the December 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.

15-Dec-2014
DTS College Exposure Series
The 2015 DTS College Exposure Series kicks off with the 10th Annual DTS Southern California Showcase January 3rd & 4th at the Claremont Colleges in Claremont, CA. Other lefs in the series will be held next summer in New Haven and Boston. Events in the series are the longest running of their kind - boasting an impressive list of college coaches. These college exposure events prove to be an invaluable resource for both student-athletes and college coaches.

12-Dec-2014
Opelka and Galfi Claim Eddie Herr ITF Titles
For the first time in the history of the Eddie Herr International ITF tournament, two American boys met in the final, with unseeded Reilly Opelka taking home the title with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over No. 2 seed Michael Mmoh at the IMG Academy in Bradenton Florida. The girls final, played earlier in the day, saw No. 7 seed Dalma Galfi of Hungary defeat No. 5 seed Gabby Ruse of Romania 6-4, 7-5 to earn her second major junior title in three weeks.

10-Dec-2014
Minor Leagues of Tennis a Proving Ground for Officials as Well as Players
Known mainly for his booming voice over a Stadium Court microphone and his laid back demeanor, chair umpire Jake Garner is the face of tennis officiating here in the United States. But in October, Garner took a break from his regular duties to head to Macon, Ga., to observe and scout officials at a 50K women's pro event - which is good news for tennis players of all levels...

8-Dec-2014
Marissa Irvin and A Magical Racquet Ride
Marissa Irvin is one of those rare players who flawlessly made the transition from the top of the junior rankings to the head of the college rankings, and on to a fairly successful professional career. She can now add award-winning author to her resume, but the tennis book she wrote is not what you might expect.

7-Dec-2014
Helping Bill Kallenberg
Bill Kallenberg has been a long-time friend of Tennis Recruiting. His photos have appeared in Tennis Recruiting articles for years, and we recently began working with him more formally - Bill took photos for TennisRecruiting.net at Kalamazoo this summer as well as at the U.S. Open. Many of you have seen him at junior tournaments over the years - and those of you in college have probably met him as well. Today, Bill is in need...

5-Dec-2014
November Aces
Doubles isn't often highlighted in my monthly review of top performances, but last month two teams showed just how good the collegiate product is, with two current student-athletes winning ATP Challenger titles. A college major, a return to the game and an ITF Grade A made it another busy month in the world of college and junior tennis.

3-Dec-2014
Considering NCAA Division III Tennis
At Tennis Recruiting, one of our early New Year's resolutions is to provide more and better coverage of Division III tennis. Toward that end, we sought out the best - and today is the first feature article from our friends at Division3Tennis.com. Check out this introductory article - which provides some advice on how to approach the recruiting process with a focus on D-III schools...

2-Dec-2014
College Tennis Scholarship Evaluations - Enhancing the Recruiting Experience
Around the college tennis community, you will hear a lot of talk about "realistic and attainable scholarship opportunities" for student athletes these days. Athletics can open doors, but it is important to identify colleges that are a good fit for you as a rounded individual. The key to finding a college fit is knowing your strengths, and that's where a quality evaluation comes in.

1-Dec-2014
College Recruiting List Ranking Algorithm Changes
Fifty-two weeks a year, Tennis Recruiting publishes College Recruiting List rankings on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Over the coming months, we are making some modifications to our ranking algorithm that should make our lists better. Take a look at the changes that start getting phased in this week.

30-Nov-2014
Bellis, Mmoh Highlight 2014 Eddie Herr ITF Tournament
The 2014 edition of the Eddie Herr ITF features two top American prospects, with USTA 18s champion CiCi Bellis and recent ITF Grade A Abierto Juvenil Mexicano champion Michael Mmoh among the contenders at the prestigious event held annually at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida.

28-Nov-2014
Eddie Herr Preview 12s, 14s, 16s
As professional tennis winds down, junior competition heats up in Florida, with the Eddie Herr International kicking off a busy month of December for junior tennis players. As hundreds of competitors head to the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, here's a look at who might shine next week in one of the world's biggest junior tennis events.

26-Nov-2014
Breakdowns Before Breakthroughs
Andre Agassi survived. So did Novak and Serena. And it brought Andy Murray to tears on center court at Wimbledon It is considered one of tennis' greatest challenges. The phenomenon called breakdowns before breakthroughs.

24-Nov-2014
Tips from D-I 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 five interesting HIGH-TECH TIPS that might help you if you've got your heart set on playing Division I.

20-Nov-2014
An Interview with 2013 NCAA Champion and Rising ATP Star Blaz Rola
Football may reign over the sports kingdom at Ohio State, but 2013 NCAA champion Blaz Rola has done his part to raise tennis's visibility in Columbus. Colette Lewis of ZooTennis talked with Rola at the Champaign, Illinois Challenger last week covered many topics, including his first year on tour, his decision to play college tennis, his plans for off-season training and his schedule for early next year.

18-Nov-2014
Daniel Gealer Commits to the Bruins
Because of his hard work and results on the court, Danny Gealer has earned the opportunity to play in prestigious events like the Ojai Championships, Junior Davis Cup and Junior Boys Nationals. As Danny Gealer prepares to make the transition from a highly-recruited junior player to college freshman, the Los Angeles resident recently announced he has committed to play college tennis at UCLA starting in the fall of 2015.

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

16-Nov-2014
Fall Signing Week '14: Balancing Time Between Court and Classroom
With Fall Signing Week at hand, tennis players are faced with the next challenge: finding time to practice while keeping up in the college classroom. Brandon Videtich and Will Gilhooly, tennis alumni at NCSA Athletic Recruiting, share tips and strategies that helped them maintain a healthy balance in college.

15-Nov-2014
Fall Signing Week '14: Presbyterian College Banks on Belsito
Since starting tennis at age twelve, Daniel Belsito has been making up for lost time. He started playing tournaments within a week of first picking up a racquet, and started hitting with coaches a year later. After winning a state championship and making huge strides in his game, Belsito took a visit to Presbyterian College - a small liberal arts school two hours from home. Before long, he realized that joining the Presbyterian Blue Hose "was the obvious choice."

15-Nov-2014
Fall Signing Week '14: Blended Learning and the Student Athlete
With the demands of high performance training and tournament travel, many top-tier high school student-athletes are finding the balance between school and sports extremely challenging. The traditional factory-model setting poses difficulties for many students - but there are challenges unique to student-athletes who require flexible arrangements. Enter "blended learning" - which combines online learning and traditional schooling...

14-Nov-2014
Fall Signing Week '14: Cameron Klinger Signs with Vandy
Cameron Klinger always played tennis because he enjoyed playing tennis. He wasn't playing just for the sake of getting a college scholarship. But as he grew older and showcased his potential, Klinger started to realize the possibility existed. Klinger's vision became a reality when the blue chip recruit recently committed to play at Vanderbilt University in Nashville.

14-Nov-2014
Fall Signing Week '14: Yang Balances Tennis and Academics at Yale
The transition from high school to college is often challenging to incoming freshmen, but Amy Yang welcomes it. Conventional wisdom might say the Northview High School senior is biting off more than she can chew by electing to play NCAA D-I tennis and major in medicine, law or engineering at one of the nation's top academic institutions in Yale, but Yang seems to be taking it all in stride.

13-Nov-2014
Fall Signing Week '14: Kimberly Yee is a Cardinal
In 2008, Kimberly Yee was featured as one of the Class of 2015's rising stars. Over the past six years, she has sustained that level of blue chip excellence - achieving the top ranking in all age groups and amassing a slew of USTA balls and titles. With her stellar tennis credentials and matching academic achievements, Yee was courted by some of the country's top schools - and she believes she chose the perfect one for her: Stanford University.

13-Nov-2014
Fall Signing Week '14: How and When to Contact College Coaches II
Players and their families are sometimes unsure of how contact with college tennis coaches works. Last month, we ran a roundtable article where coaches commented on these communications. Today we have more coaches responding to these questions: When should players contact college coaches? What is the most effective way of reaching out?

13-Nov-2014
Fall Signing Week '14: Robert Seby to Become a Bronco
When the time came to make a decision on playing college tennis, Robert Seby had no doubt that Santa Clara University was the place. It offered the right combination for this teen to want to sign up to play in 2015.

12-Nov-2014
Fall Signing Week '14: Lampl Heads West to Stanford
When you think of happy landings, think of Caroline Lampl. Lampl, a Blue Chip recruit in the Class of 2015, flew across the country in late September to visit her possible college destination. While she was there, she decided she wanted to attend Stanford, a university with a renowned academic reputation and unmatched women's tennis tradition. But there was just one problem: She wasn't sure she would get in.

12-Nov-2014
Fall Signing Week '14: Dan Stefan Declares for the Commodores
St. Petersburg's Dan Stefan likes working with cars and engines, so his tennis career should certainly be on the fast track now that he has chosen to play at Vanderbilt University next year.

12-Nov-2014
Fall Signing Week '14: Francesca DiLorenzo Chooses Ohio State
Talking with 2015 top female recruit Francesca (Fran) DiLorenzo, I had to keep reminding myself that she's only a senior in high school. This feisty, poised, well-spoken young woman has a wisdom well beyond her 17 years. The Ohio State University women's tennis team is getting quite a gem next Fall.

11-Nov-2014
Fall Signing Week '14: Yates Set to Join Tiger Squad at Mizzou
When Turner Yates began her college search, among her top criteria were joining the SEC and being part of a team that developed American players. After weighing the options of several different universities, not only did she feel that the University of Missouri was the best fit, but there was also one quality about the Tiger tennis team that stood out to her most of all - the feeling of being part of a close-knit family.

11-Nov-2014
Fall Signing Week '14: 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. Check out how several highly-ranked players came to their decisions... in our National Roundup.

10-Nov-2014
Fall Signing Week '14: Grayson Broadus to Notre Dame
Grayson Broadus of Carrollton, Texas, a five-star recruit, is a real fighter. For the last six months, Broadus has been dealing with a fractured hand, a hurt back, and a strained shoulder. But, being the fighter that he is, Broadus is back in action. Appropriately, Broadus made a commitment to become a member of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish men's tennis team.

10-Nov-2014
Fall Signing Week '14: How Young is Too Young to Start Recruiting?
When it comes to college tennis recruiting, one of the biggest fears parents have is starting the process too late. They are afraid there will be no more room on the teams and all the scholarships will be gone by the time their child is recognized. Everyone wants to get their child in front of coaches before it's too late, but how young is too young to do this?

10-Nov-2014
Fall Signing Week '14: Overview and Blue Chip Update
With the "Countdown" behind us, on to the main event! We kick off our coverage of Fall Signing Week '14 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.

7-Nov-2014
Countdown: Golovin Geauxs to Tigers
Blue chip recruit Jessica Golovin didn't give much thought to college tennis until this summer. The top recruit from New York was thinking only of pro tennis until a discussion with her coach and an official visit to LSU convinced her she would be wise to spend the next stage of her tennis career in Baton Rouge.

6-Nov-2014
Countdown: Auteri Seizes Opportunity at Lehigh
Staten Island's Chris Auteri loves the word opportunity. As a top junior player growing up in the New York City area, he had to make the most of each opportunity, which includes limited court time playing indoor tennis during the cold winter months. Auteri says he is also grateful to Lehigh University Head Men's Tennis Coach Wouter Hendrix for the opportunity to make a commitment to play tennis for the Mountain Hawks.

5-Nov-2014
Countdown: Q&A with Alexandria Livingston of Saint Peters
In 2010, Alexandria Livingston was a standout tennis player at Columbia High School in Maplewood, N.J., who had committed to Saint Peter's University. Fast forward four years, and Livingston has completed her college tennis career and graduated from Saint Peter's. Harry Cicma of NBC Sports recently talked with Livingston about her college tennis experience.

4-Nov-2014
Countdown: Keeping an Open Mind
When we begin working with a new student athlete, the first assignment calls for them to reach out to current college players and ask them a set of questions about their experience as college athletes. One of the final questions is: 'What advice do you have for my recruiting process?' Two very common pieces of advice are (1) to be patient and (2) to keep an open mind about schools.

3-Nov-2014
Countdown: Blue Chip Trio Commits to Duke
Blue chip seniors Catalin Mateas, Vincent Lin and Adrian Chamdani, among the top in the Class of 2015, have verbally committed to Duke University. Ryan Dickerson, with his five-star credentials, joins the University as well, making Coach Ramsey Smith's Blue Devils one of the best recruiting classes of the year.

2-Nov-2014
Images from the Atlanta ITF
Sam Riffice (Roseville, CA) and Kennedy Shaffer (Rossford, OH) won the singles titles at last weekend's ITF Grade 4 event in Atlanta. Check out great action shots we took at the tournament.

1-Nov-2014
October Aces
October was full of treats especially for the teenagers competing around the world. Although ITA Division I major champions were crowned and Australia proved lucrative for one former college player, 11 teens provided a glimpse of the tennis’s future last month.

30-Oct-2014
Countdown: Marie Norris Picks TCU
Marie Norris, a five-star recruit from Burdett, Kan., has given a verbal commitment to become a member of the Texas Christian University women's tennis team next fall. Norris, who has been a Blue Chip recruit throughout her high school career and ranked among the nation's Top 10, will take her two-handed backhand and aggressive style to the Horned Frogs.

29-Oct-2014
Countdown: Tips from Junior Coaches
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. Check out these lessons learned about college recruiting from junior tennis coaches.

28-Oct-2014
Countdown: Andrew Gu to Santa Clara
As Andrew Gu began to explore the option of playing tennis collegiately, the promising junior standout ideally hoped he would be able to play at a university close to home. As the 16-year-old Northern California-resident narrowed down his search, he learned that he was on Santa Clara's radar. Upon visiting Santa Clara in January of this year Gu became convinced the West Coast Conference school located close to San Jose was a great fit for him.

27-Oct-2014
Countdown: How and When to Contact College Coaches
Although many serious junior tennis players want to play college tennis, most do not understand how the recruiting process work. Many players ask us why coaches are not reaching out to them, and we explain to them that communications are almost always initiated by the player. Players then want to know how best to do that. We put the question to our panel of college coaches: When should players contact college coaches? What is the most effective way of reaching out?

26-Oct-2014
Necker Cup Qualifying Photo Gallery
Qualifying for the Necker Cup took place last weekend from October 17 to October 19. Our photographers were onhand at the Life Time Athletic Club in Peachtree Corners, Ga., to capture images from the event.

24-Oct-2014
Countdown: Blue Chip Boys
Last Friday, we visited with the senior Blue Chip girls to find out how they are doing in the college recruiting process. Today, the boys 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...

23-Oct-2014
Countdown: California Girl Gabby Andrews Chooses UCLA
Blue chip senior Gabby Andrews seriously considered another top program thousands of miles away, but late last year the two-time junior slam champion chose to complete the next phase of her tennis career closer to her Pomona, California home when she verbally committed to UCLA.

22-Oct-2014
Countdown: Asami's Inside Track to Pacific
Yuki Asami had an inside source when it came to researching University of the Pacific. Asami's friend, Francis Dean, is a member of the UOP women's tennis team, and Asami asked Dean several questions about the school and the program. Once Dean realized Asami was interested in attending UOP, she told head coach Charlotte Scatliffe about Asami. Emails were exchanged, and Asami was soon on her way to Stockton.

21-Oct-2014
Countdown: Trending Toward Early Verbal Commitments
In the college tennis recruiting scene, it is becoming more and more common to hear of verbal commitments to colleges occurring far earlier than in recent history. In tennis, it is no longer unheard of to see a player committing to a college during the first half of the junior year. The prevailing message in the past has been to take one's time. But while that remains sound advice, players should probably start engaging in their search process earlier.

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

19-Oct-2014
Images from the 2014 Mike Agassi Tournament
Last weekend saw a number of USTA Closed Regional tournaments - including the Mike Agassi No Quit in Las Vegas, Nevada. Tennis Recruiting photographers were in town for the event, and we have a number of great action shots.

17-Oct-2014
Countdown: Blue Chip Girls
We wrap up our first week of the Countdown to Signing Day with a look at the top girls in the senior class. This year's Blue Chip recruits talked with us about where they are in their decision processes. It's still early, but many of the girls are starting to narrow in. Take a look and see where things stand...

16-Oct-2014
Kingsley, Mmoh Claim ITF Pan American Closed Titles
Raveena Kingsley and Michael Mmoh took entirely different routes, yet both emerged as champions at last week's ITF Grade B1 Pan American Closed in Tulsa, Oklahoma. No. 3 seed Kingsley, who defeated unseeded Claire Liu 6-1, 6-4 in the final, lost only one set in her six victories, while top seed Mmoh saved match points in the quarterfinals before taking the title with a 7-5, 6-3 win over No. 9 seed William Blumberg.

15-Oct-2014
Countdown: College Prep Camps and Showcases
College tennis showcases are growing in popularity, mainly because of the elimination of some USTA national tournaments and reduced draw sizes. If you want to get recruited for a college tennis scholarship, exposure is a key component to the process. When deciding whether to attend a showcase, parents and players always have a lot of questions and concerns. This article talks about how showcases work and how to maximize your opportunities.

14-Oct-2014
Countdown: Big Blue Nation Welcomes Hussey
Austin Hussey, a five-star recruit from Edgewood, Ky., has decided to become a member of the University of Kentucky Wildcats men's tennis team. Hussey, ranked No. 1 in the Blue Grass State, will make the short 75-mile journey to Lexington in the fall. He made the commitment to Wildcats head coach Cedric Kauffmann last January.

13-Oct-2014
Countdown: Whalen At Home with Hoosiers
Natalie Whalen first picked up a tennis racquet at the age of four during a summer vacation to Florida. It wasn't long before people took notice of her smooth strokes. Fast forwarding to senior year, and the Chicagoan narrowed her list to a pair of Big Ten programs. But after meeting the Indiana team and head coach Lin Loring, she immediately felt at home with the Hoosiers.

11-Oct-2014
Countdown: College Placement Tips
Mark Weil of the Weil Tennis Academy has shepherded hundreds of junior tennis players through the college recruiting process, and he has collected many valuable experiences during that time. Today, in our first Countdown to Signing Day article, Weil scattershoots over college tennis recruiting, talking about how to approach recruiting - and how to make yourself an attractive recruit to college coaches.

10-Oct-2014
Countdown to Signing Day
In the world of junior tennis, Fall means Signing Day. November 12th 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 is here to keep you up to date on all the happenings.

8-Oct-2014
Interview with USTA National Collegiate Coach Stephen Amritraj
Stephen Amritraj joined the USTA as a National Coach in January of this year and was recently named its National Collegiate coach. Amritraj played at Duke from 2002-2006, and after a brief stint on the tour, began coaching ATP professionals in Southern California, where he grew up. Colette Lewis of ZooTennis.com talked with Amritraj about the USTA Collegiate Team program which assists American college players as they transition to professional careers.

6-Oct-2014
ATA Fall Open Wrap-up
The Austin Tennis Academy/TennisRecruiting.net Fall Open, held from Sept. 26-28, provided 370 junior players, in 33 events, the opportunity to compete against participants from a variety of locales. One of almost 40 tournaments in the National Showcase Series presented by Dunlop, this tournament was hosted by Austin Tennis Academy in Austin, Texas.

5-Oct-2014
Action Shots from the ATA Fall Open
Last weekend, ATA hosted the first-ever Dunlop National Showcase Tournament in the state of Texas. While there were plenty of Lone Star State participants, some players traveled far for the event. Check out action shots from the event in this photo gallery.

3-Oct-2014
September Aces
Starting with the US Open Junior Championships and ending with the International Tennis Federation's Junior Davis and Junior Fed Cup competitions, September was bookended by major international tournaments in North America. Yet for all the accomplishments of teenagers from the United States and other countries, current and former college players also claimed their share of titles on the professional tours last month.

2-Oct-2014
A Word on Choking
When someone 'chokes' in a tennis match, there is an assumption that the person is flawed in some way. This is very misleading. Choking occurs when two separate and very unrelated parts of the brain are in disagreement as to what action to take. The ensuing stalemate results in an apparently inexplicable error. Ray Brown of EASI Academy talks about the science of choking - and how to fight against it.

30-Sep-2014
Early Versus Regular Signing Period
It is almost that time again. Every November, student athletes from around the globe and college coaches from all divisions and leagues get ready to sign the "National Letter of Intent" (NLI) or equivalent. This is a document which commits the student for the season starting the following fall semester. This early signing period is increasingly gaining in popularity, both among players and coaches, but is it best for everyone to sign early?

29-Sep-2014
Tips on Finding the Right College Program
As you begin the college search process, looking to balance your academic and athletic needs, there are a few secrets that will help you find a program that is right for you. Unfortunately, too many players find themselves in a college tennis program where their game stagnates, where they are athletically unchallenged, or perhaps find themselves outside the starting lineup. Here are a few tips to consider when choosing a college tennis program.

26-Sep-2014
NCAA Champion Nicole Gibbs Moves Up
Nicole Gibbs won her first ITF Women's Circuit title at the age of 14, finished high school a year early and joined the Stanford Cardinal in the fall of 2010. After an illustrious career at Stanford where she won the NCAA team, singles, and doubles titles, Gibbs elected to forego her senior year and begin her professional career. Fresh off two main-draw wins at the US Open, Gibbs is now ranked in the Top 100. Colette Lewis of ZooTennis chatted with Gibbs at the Open.

24-Sep-2014
Makarome Lives Up to Her Name, Commits to Columbia
Star Makarome credits her parents for some "creativity points" with respect to her name - and believes it may have helped her land a spot on a top college tennis program. The Wesley Chapel, Florida teenager recently committed to attend Columbia University in 2015 after an official visit on Sept. 8-9, just the two days before her 17th birthday.

23-Sep-2014
The Impact of the Scoring System on Coaching
Over the past couple of years, there have been several experiments with the format of college tennis - no-ad scoring, shortened sets, third-set tiebreakers. A proposal to move to no-ad scoring for NCAA Division I was tabled earlier this month. We put the question to college coaches: What impact does the scoring system have on your approach to preparing your team?

22-Sep-2014
Coaches Face Challenge of the College Pitch at US Open
School is already in session and the fall tennis season is well underway, but a number of college coaches were missing the first few days of team practice in order to scout the next crop of future players at one of the world's premier tennis events - the US Open junior tournament. At a tournament of this level, the challenge of recruiting future players is perhaps a tougher task than what they typically experience.

19-Sep-2014
First American Collegiate Invitational Popular Addition to US Open
Any tournament with a prize that could include a US Open main draw wild card will draw the top college players regardless of its venue. Put that event at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center during the second week of the US Open and interest surges, as it did for the inaugural American Collegiate Invitational earlier this month.

17-Sep-2014
Prince Hot 100 List - September '14
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.

16-Sep-2014
Kaitlyn McCarthy stays in-state with Blue Devils
Kaitlyn McCarthy the top-ranked senior of the Class of 2015, shortlisted four of the country's outstanding schools: Florida, UNC, Stanford and Duke. After visiting campuses, she narrowed them to two - Duke and Florida. "It was a tough decision, both schools are really great," said the blue chip recruit. With lots of family in the area, location dictated her outcome. Home is Cary, North Carolina, a 20-minute drive from Duke, where McCarthy will enter in Fall 2015.

15-Sep-2014
Top Prospects '14-'15 - 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 2014-15.

12-Sep-2014
Unseeded Jasika, Bouzkova Capture US Open Junior Titles
Marin Cilic was undoubtedly a surprise winner of the US Open men's title, but he was seeded. Australia's Omar Jasika of Australia, who defeated No. 5 seed Quentin Halys of France 2-6, 7-5, 6-1 in the boys final, and the Czech Republic's Marie Bouzkova, who downed No. 9 seed Anhelina Kalinina of Ukraine 6-4, 7-6(5) for the girls championship, both won US Open junior titles last week despite being unseeded and ranked outside the Top 30.

10-Sep-2014
How Much Should a Junior Tennis Player Train?
Many junior tennis players spend countless hours on the court. "No pain, no gain" - as the saying goes. For juniors with developing bodies, it is easy to overdo it. How much is too much? Valery Yalouskikh of TennisConsult.com stops by to discuss recommendations from sports scientists.

8-Sep-2014
Sophie Chang Commits to the Wahoos
When Sophie Chang was still in elementary school, she didn't know much about college tennis, but she had an idea that she wanted to head south to Virginia. Surely enough, that is what will happen. Chang, a homeschooled Blue Chip rising senior from Havre de Grace, Md., has committed to play for the Virginia Cavaliers, who have become one of the nation's top programs in the past few seasons under Mark Guilbeau's coaching.

5-Sep-2014
August Aces
With one exception, the USTA National champions, all of whom received an article devoted to their victories last month on Tennis Recruiting Network, aren't included in this August Aces colum. But another round of congratulations are in order for Noah Rubin, John McNally, Kylie McKenzie, William Woodall, Caty McNally, Zane Khan and Katie Volynets for their championship runs as we look back on the other outstanding performances in August.

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

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

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

29-Aug-2014
Americans Poised to Shine in US Open Junior Championships
While the US men and women haven't had a Grand Slam finalist in 2014, the country's younger players have had more success in the top level of international competition, with Noah Rubin winning the Wimbledon boys title and Stefan Kozlov reaching the final there and at the Australian Open. With both the top seed and the 2013 finalist in the girls draw and six of the 16 seeds in the boys draw, the US juniors are poised for another outstanding showing at the US Open.

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

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

25-Aug-2014
Opelka, Kalinskaya Claim ITF International Hard Court Titles
Top seed Anna Kalinskaya of Russia and unseeded Reilly Opelka picked up their first ITF Grade 1 titles Saturday at the International Hard Court Championships in College Park, Maryland. Kalinskaya won when No. 2 seed Gabby Ruse of Romania retired trailing 6-2, 2-1, while Opelka overcame No. 2 seed Tim Van Rijthoven of the Netherlands 4-6, 6-4, 7-6(4).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

15-Aug-2014
Rubin Collects Two Titles, Two Wild Cards
Noah Rubin's summer went from great to extraordinary in the just over a month. In July, the 18-year-old New Yorker won the Wimbledon boys title as an unseeded qualifier. Last week he trumped that with two titles at Kalamazoo, defeating defending champion Collin Altamirano 6-4, 6-4, 6-3 in the singles final, after joining with Stefan Kozlov to take the doubles championships, and in the process earning two US Open main draw wild cards.

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

14-Aug-2014
McNally Sweeps 16s Kalamazoo Titles
John McNally definitely had a target on his back entering the 16s USTA National Championships. The Easter Bowl and Clay Courts champion was 57-1 this year entering the tournament. At the end of the week, McNally had extended his singles record to 64-1 and earned two more USTA gold balls.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

6-Aug-2014
July Aces
The July aces do not include the Clay Court champions, all of whom received extensive coverage last month during Tennis Recruiting Network's Clay Championship Week. But that doesn't mean there's any shortage of top performances, with a hefty 16 in this month's review.

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

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


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