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Where Are They Now?
Countdown: Conversation with Williams Champ Urban
by Harry Cicma, 28 March 2015

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

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College Feature
Countdown: Recruiting - the D-III Perspective
by Division3Tennis, 27 March 2015

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

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Commitment Profile
Countdown: Reto Heads to Melbourne and Florida Tech
by James Hill, 26 March 2015

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

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Commitment Profile
Countdown: Sameer Kumar Heads to the Cardinal
by Rhiannon Potkey, 25 March 2015

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

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24-Mar-2015
ITF International Spring Championships Mark Decade of Excellence
Many a top professional player has found success on the hard courts of the International Tennis Federation Grade 1 International Spring Championships, which begin next week at the StubHub Center in Carson, California. Colette Lewis talks with tournament director John Lansville and others about the past decade since the event has been held in California.

23-Mar-2015
Countdown: Previewing the Top 100 Girls
Many of the top girls committed during Fall Signing Week last November, but a number of top targets were still available. We talked with many recruits in the Top 100 to find out where they are in their decision process. Some have decided, some have narrowed their lists, and many are still wide open.

21-Mar-2015
Former College Stars, Juniors Take BNP Paribas Open Challenge
It's one of the longest of longshots in tennis. Winning six or seven straight matches to reach just the qualifying stage of an ATP or WTA tennis event is considered a longshot. Thousands now try it each summer with the USTA's U.S. Open National Playoffs, and a couple hundred more try it each year in Indian Wells, Calif., as the people behind the BNP Paribas Open host the BNP Paribas Open Challenge. Several junior and college stars are among them.

20-Mar-2015
Countdown: Rutledge Goes East to Join Demon Deacons
Texan Eric Rutledge's two major choices - which sport and which college - came several years apart, with his decision to sign with Wake Forest the easier of the two.

19-Mar-2015
Prince Hot 100 List - March '15
Today we announce the March edition of the Prince Hot 100. The Prince Hot 100 features 100 boys and 100 girls who have been playing outstanding tennis. These players have substantially improved their rankings over the past month.

18-Mar-2015
Countdown: Allie Sanford Commits to the Rebels
Come this fall, Allie Sanford of Phoenix, Ariz., will trade cacti for magnolias and azaleas - as she becomes a member of Coach Mark Beyers' Ole Miss Women's tennis team. For Sanford, it's a relief knowing she is going to her top choice

17-Mar-2015
Angels and Patriots Win Titles at Wet USTA Spring Team Championships
Declaring Mother Nature the winner at the second annual USTA Spring Team Championships in Mobile, Alabama would be appropriate, as rain disrupted play on all four days of competition, requiring shortened formats throughout. But when a steady rain ended play on the final day, two teams - the Angels and the Patriots - did claim their gold balls.

16-Mar-2015
Countdown: Chris Jones Heads East to Tufts
18-year-old Chris Jones embraces competition on the tennis court. Now a senior at Greenhill School in the Dallas suburb of Addison, Jones has emerged as a top junior player in Texas, and the 3-star recruit is looking forward to continuing his tennis career as a collegian this coming fall at Tufts University.

14-Mar-2015
Countdown: Erica Oosterhout Commits to the Crimson
As a young child exploring different sports, Erica Oosterhout was confident she would play one in college. The challenging part would be choosing the sport and the university. Eventually, tennis became the sport Oosterhout embraced exclusively. Not long after that college programs began taking notice and one of those programs, Harvard, became the university she would choose.

13-Mar-2015
Countdown to Signing Day
It's that time of year... Signing Day is approaching. April 15 is the first day of the Spring Signing Period - when seniors from around the nation can sign on to play college tennis at Division I or Division II schools. And once again, The Tennis Recruiting Network and GAMMA are ready with the Countdown to Signing Day.

11-Mar-2015
Checking in with Former USC Standout Amanda Fink
It's been 10 years since Amanda Fink was a Blue Chip senior. Fink went on to be a two-time All-American at USC and competed professionally for almost three years - rising into the Top 300 in the world. TennisRecruiting.net recently caught up with Fink, who is now a teaching pro, and she lets us in on the most under-utilized training strategy for junior players.

10-Mar-2015
Is a Post-Graduate Year a Good Idea for Me?
There are many reasons why prospective college tennis players, in partnership with their parents, might consider taking an extra year before starting college. A gap year can certainly provide extra time to improve academic standing, physical or emotional maturity, and/or level of play with the hope of providing more options. But what are the implications? And what should you do with that year? Knowing the rules and planning ahead is critical in making a sensible decision.

9-Mar-2015
College Coaches Forum
Some junior tennis tournaments include college forums where junior tennis players and their parents can learn about the college recruiting process. One such forum took place at the USTA Southern Sectionals in Rome, Ga., earlier this year. Get some of the tips from that forum - and find out what they are all about...

6-Mar-2015
February Aces
With four college team indoor championships on the February schedule, there was no shortage of notable performances at the collegiate level. But another group of much younger players also stepped into the spotlight in venues across five continents.

5-Mar-2015
Trinity, Hopkins Take Titles
It's been a whirlwind the past two weeks with both the Men's and Women's Indoor Nationals being completed in the Midwest. This article will go through some details regarding the tournament, but I do think this was the best Men's Indoors to date, and the Women's Indoors provided some amazing matches as well. Without further ado, let's get into the details behind both awesome weekends just in case you missed them!

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

3-Mar-2015
Transitioning to College with Chris Eubanks
Freshman Chris Eubanks grew up in Atlanta where he is now attending Georgia Tech. Lisa Stone of ParentingAces.com spoke with him about the challenges of transitioning from junior tennis to Division I college tennis.

2-Mar-2015
Top Prospects '14-'15 - Spring Edition
Three Star Recruit? Or Four Star? You can find out right now, as The Tennis Recruiting Network proudly presents the Top Prospects for Spring 2015.

28-Feb-2015
Talking with Michael Joyce - Part 2
Colette Lewis of ZooTennis.com got the chance to talk with former tennis player and now coach Michael Joyce earlier this month in Midland, Michigan at the $100,000 Dow Corning Tennis Classic. This is Part 2 of their conversation.

27-Feb-2015
Talking with Michael Joyce - Part 1
Michael Joyce is best known to tennis fans now as the former coach of five-time slam champion Maria Sharapova. Prior to his coaching stint with Sharapova however, the 42-year-old Southern Californian had his own distinguished career, winning the USTA Boys 18s Nationals in 1991 and reaching an ATP career-high ranking of 64 five years later. Colette Lewis of ZooTennis.com got the chance to talk with Joyce about about his years with Sharapova, his coaching philosophy, his current work at a tennis academy, and much more...

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

24-Feb-2015
A Conversation with Caroline Dolehide
Sixteen-year-old Caroline Dolehide is hardly unknown to junior tennis fans in the United States. The Hinsdale, Illinois, resident has been in the top six of the Tennis Recruiting Network's 2017 class since entering the rankings as a 6th-grader. But her stock went up on the international scene after reaching the semifinals of the US Open Juniors. Colette Lewis caught up with Dolehide after her wildcard appearance in Midland.

23-Feb-2015
Coach Roundtable: Transfers in College Tennis (Part 1)
Each year, a significant number of college tennis players quit tennis before they have exhausted their eligibility - or transfer from one school to another. We put the question to our panel of college coaches: Why is the case? What can be done to minimize the chances of giving up on a program - and what should high school players do to ensure a good fit?

20-Feb-2015
Oklahoma Wins ITA Men's Indoors With Victory Over USC
Oklahoma sophomore Alex Ghilea was the man of the hour at the ITA Division I National Men's Team Indoor Championship. Ghilea, from Neamt, Romania, clinched the Sooners' victories in the semifinals and championship matches with comeback wins at No. 5 singles at Midtown Athletic Club in Chicago, Ill. Second-ranked Oklahoma defeated No. 11 Baylor 4-2 in the semifinals before knocking off the USC Trojans by the same score to take the title.

18-Feb-2015
Daavettila Chooses Carolina Blue
Her homework complete, blue chip Sara Daavettila embarked on a road trip to explore several schools she was interested in attending. The journey proved worthwhile when the Williamston, Michigan, high school junior stepped onto North Carolina's Chapel Hill campus, sensing immediately it was the place for her.

17-Feb-2015
ITA D-III Men's National Indoors Preview
While the Division I National Indoors wrapped up yesterday, there is plenty more great tennis to follow as Gustavus Adolphus hosts the Division III National Indoor Tournament this upcoming weekend. Eight teams that have all played at Indoor Nationals previously are featured, making this a truly loaded Indoors field. Take a look at what is in store for the D-III men...

16-Feb-2015
Prince Hot 100 List - February '15
Today we announce the February edition of the Prince Hot 100. The Prince Hot 100 features 100 boys and 100 girls who have been playing outstanding tennis. These players have substantially improved their rankings over the past month.

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

13-Feb-2015
PlaySight to Live Stream the ITA Division I National Men's Team Indoor Championship
With a long history dating back to 1973, the National Team Indoor Championship hosts the top 16 teams in the country, all of whom qualified for the event by beating other top ranked teams in two qualifying rounds. PlaySight will be live streaming the event from February 13 - 16. Find out more here...

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

10-Feb-2015
Tar Heels Win Second ITA Indoor Title in Three Years
As the University of North Carolina mourns the death of iconic basketball coach Dean Smith, the UNC women's tennis team gave Tar Heel fans something to savor. UNC won the ITA National Team Indoor Championships' trophy for the second time in three years, defeating Georgia 4-1 Monday, Feb. 9, in a contest of fluctuating momentum at Boar's Head Sports Club.

9-Feb-2015
Blue Devils Get Another Blue Chip
Getting injured is no blessing for a sophomore tennis player looking to be recruited by a major Division I tennis program, but Nick Stachowiak of Cary, N.C., did the best he could to rebound from a back injury. Stachowiak worked hard for several months on strength and agility while he recovered. Stachowiak took unofficial visits to several schools in the Southeast, but nearby Duke University was always at the top of his list. He committed the Blue Devils in December.

6-Feb-2015
January Aces
The year's first major always grabs the headlines, with two juniors adding their names to the lists of grand slam champions. But while most eyes were focused on Melbourne, a dozen teenagers captured important titles in Florida, Hawaii, Great Britain, France and Central and South America.

4-Feb-2015
Inside College Tennis with Tony Minnis Returns
This weekend, Inside College Tennis with Tony Minnis returns with the first of three all-new episodes on The Tennis Channel. The television program, which highlights college tennis programs around the country of all shapes and sizes, should appeal to the entire TennisRecruiting.net community. We caught up with host Tony Minnis to learn what is coming...

3-Feb-2015
Conversation with Former Arkansas Standout Aleksey Bubis
Aleksey Bubis was a top junior tennis player from Palm Harbor, Florida, in the late 1990s - making the rounds on the USTA Junior National Circuit. Bubis went on to play college tennis at the University of Arkansas, where he starred from 1999 to 2003 - still appearing the the Razorback Record Book for his 28-10 mark during the 2000-01 season. Harry Cicma of NBC Sports got the chance to catch up with Bubis at a recent tennis event.

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

29-Jan-2015
Photos from the ITA Kickoff Weekend in Atlanta
120 teams took to the courts last week for the ITA Kickoff Weekend. One of the most hotly-contested regionals was in Atlanta, Ga., where the hometown Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets were upended by the Oklahoma State Cowgirls. Our photographers were on hand for the event - check out these images.

28-Jan-2015
Oklahoma State Women down Georgia Tech 4-3 in ITA Kickoff
Oklahoma State Coach Chris Young usually counts on his No. 19 ranked Cowgirls when it comes to the doubles point. But after dropping the point against the host and No. 18 Georgia Tech at the ITA Kickoff Weekend in Atlanta, he had to challenge his players. His team responded - coming back to defeat the Yellow Jackets 4-3 with the deciding point coming from a come-from-behind victory at No. 6 singles.

27-Jan-2015
Columbia Upsets Notre Dame, 4-2, in ITA Kickoff Weekend
The University of Notre Dame men's tennis team knew they would face stiff competition as they prepared to host the ITA Kickoff Weekend; what they couldn't have foreseen was a come-from behind upset victory by another top-16 team. Sunday afternoon, in a match that lasted almost four full hours, the Irish were toppled by Columbia, 4-2, who advanced to the ITA Indoor Championships in February with the win.

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

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.

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?


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