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A Conversation with Raveena Kingsley
by Colette Lewis, 12 February 2016

Seventeen-year-old Raveena Kingsley made several important decisions last fall. The No. 1 recruit in the Tennis Recruiting Network's Class of 2016 decided to stop playing junior tennis after the US Open, and selected LSU for her collegiate career. Colette Lewis of ZooTennis.com talked with Kingsley about her recent results, her college decision, her introduction to the game, her preparation when facing a new opponent and the pro players she admires.

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College Feature
Cal Women Win First ITA National Indoors
by Marcia Frost, 10 February 2016

When Amanda Augustus us took the helm of the California Bears women's team in 2007, her impact was immediate. She led her team to two NCAA final appearances and two semifinal berths at the ITA Indoors, reaching the top 12 of the rankings every year. The one thing she hadn't brought to Berkeley was a national title - until now.

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Ask The Experts
Roundtable: Effects of New Scoring in Division I (Part 1)
by Blair Henley, 8 February 2016

After experimenting with different methods to accelerate the pace of play in college tennis, the NCAA has approved several adjustments to the scoring system in Division I tennis initially proposed by the ITA. No-ad scoring, shortened doubles sets and eliminating formal warm-ups are modifications meant to engage fans and shorten the time student-athletes spend on the court. We talked with a number of college coaches about how these changes impact their preparation.

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Aces
Fifteen Champions Emerge as January Aces
by Colette Lewis, 5 February 2016

Whether tournaments were won in South America or Central America, Australia or Europe, or the East or West Coast of the United States, the location was less significant for the fifteen young players below than the fact they've kicked off 2016 in the best way possible: as champions.

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3-Feb-2016
Step One of the Recruiting Process
Over my many years of involvement with college tennis, I have been consistently asked the same question - what should prospective student-athletes look for when choosing a college? I have thought about this question a lot, and I have come up with a very simple answer: find the university, team, and coach that are the best fit for your goals, philosophy, and experience. That is a simple answer, but as always, the devil is in the details...

1-Feb-2016
Top Women's Classes - 2016 Winter Rankings
Nearly five hundred senior girls - including 91 of the Top 100 - have already signed or verbally committed to college programs. With so many commitments, our Winter Recruiting Class rankings could not be more timely. The Tennis Recruiting Network is proud to present the Top 25 Women's College Tennis Recruiting Classes of 2016.

29-Jan-2016
Andy Brandi on Junior Tennis
When Andy Brandi joined the United States Tennis Association's Player Development staff as a National Coach five years ago, he brought with him nearly every conceivable tennis experience: college tennis player, college coach, WTA touring coach, and tennis academy coach. Colette Lewis of ZooTennis.com got the chance to talk with him last month at the Junior Orange Bowl in Coral Gables, Fla.

28-Jan-2016
ITA Division I Kick-off Weekend Wrapup
A tremendous weekend of college tennis action concluded on Monday afternoon with Columbia winning a thriller over Stanford, so we now know the 32 teams that will be participating in February at the 2016 ITA National Team Indoor Championships. The women's event will be held at the Nielsen Tennis Center in Madison, Wisc., starting February 5, while the men's event starts February 12 at the Boar's Head Sports Club in Charlottesville, Va.

26-Jan-2016
Blue Chip Senior Gaby Pollner Chooses the Tigers
Ever since she first moved to Boca Raton, Fl., five years ago to develop her tennis, Westchester, N.Y., native Gaby Pollner has built a strong junior career résumé that includes appearances at two junior Grand Slams and a career-high ITF ranking inside the top 130. And now that she is taking the next step into a college career, the Blue Chip recruit has announced that she will return to her northern roots this fall and play for the Princeton Tigers.

25-Jan-2016
Top Men's Classes - 2016 Winter Rankings
As we move toward the end of January, the senior class of the Class of 2016 has been fully engaged. More that 900 seniors have made commitments to college tennis programs so far, and dozens more are making verbal commitments each and every week. The decision-making will continue, but the end of January is a great time to see where things stand. Today, the Tennis Recruiting Network is excited to bring you its poll of the Top 25 Men's College Tennis Recruiting Classes.

22-Jan-2016
Defending Champion, World No. 1 Target Australian Open Junior Titles
After winning the Australian Open girls title last year unseeded, Tereza Mihalikova returns to Melbourne to defend her title, a rare occurrence in junior tennis. The 17-year-old Slovakian, the only junior slam champion in either of this year's boys and girls fields, has had mixed results since her title last year, winning only four matches in the three junior slams since.

20-Jan-2016
Elizabeth Plotkin's Heart Is Her Guide
Ten years ago, Elizabeth Plotkin of San Francisco was the No. 1 prospect on TennisRecruiting.net. Some thought she would go pro, but she her heart led her to Duke. Four years later, some thought she'd be a great investment banker. For a time she was, but her heart led her again. Plotkin joined Teach for America, and soon found herself teaching in low-achieving, inner-city schools. Todd Holcomb got the chance to catch up with Plotkin in another edition of Where Are They Now?

18-Jan-2016
Prince Hot 100 List - January '16
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.

15-Jan-2016
Eight Intriguing Questions for 2016
Another year... and another edition of "Intriguing Questions" from columnist Colette Lewis. Today, Colette poses eight queries about junior and college tennis for 2016.

13-Jan-2016
Blue Chip Senior Jessica Livianu Commits to St. John's
Blue chip senior Jessica Livianu received more than 75 letters from Division I colleges across the country. While she appreciated each one, the Brooklyn, N.Y., native focused on schools in the northeast. After narrowing her list to St. John's, Columbia, and Penn, she took a visit to St. John's that blew her away - and she recently committed to Head Coach Lauren Leo and the Red Storm.

11-Jan-2016
Learning from Lendl
During his Hall of Fame career, eight-time slam champion Ivan Lendl was known for his lethal forehand, his fitness, his preparation, and his single-minded pursuit of tennis excellence. With a stern and often forbidding presence on the court, Lendl, now 55, has made a markedly different impression on the seven junior boys he is working with as a USTA coaching consultant.

8-Jan-2016
Californians Failla and Huang Take 18s Titles
A pair of Californians - Jessica Failla of Ramona and Austen Huang of Elk Grove - won their first national singles titles on Jan. 2 at the USTA National Winter Championships in Mesa, Ariz. Failla, a freshman at Southern Cal, defeated Alyvia Jones of Midland, Mich., 6-3 6-1 in the girls 18 final. Huang, the No. 8 boys seed, didn't have a set closer than 6-3 until the final, where he defeated No. 1 seed William Genesen of Tulsa, Okla., 6-3, 0-6, 6-1 for the boys title.

7-Jan-2016
Top-seeded Choy Wins Girls 16s Winter Nationals
Sara Choy may be small in stature, but her game is quite big. The diminutive, 4-foot-11 inch, 100-pounder won her first gold ball on Saturday in the USTA Winter National Championship in Scottsdale, Arizona with a comfortable 6-4; 6-4 win over Hannah Zhao in the Girls 16s singles final.

7-Jan-2016
Sixth-seeded Alshon Wins 16s Winter Nationals
Boca Raton's Christian Alshon hadn't lost a set throughout the USTA Winter National Boys 16s Championships in Arizona. That was until he faced the top-seeded Carson Haskins in the title match at Scottsdale Ranch Park in Scottsdale. The two split the first two sets, 6-4 and Alshon trailed 5-4 in the third set before he held serve and went on to close out the match winning the final three games to secure his first ever gold ball at nationals in singles.

6-Jan-2016
First-time Champions Jackson, Canete Take 14s
The USTA National Winter Boys and Girls 14 singles titles were captured by first-time Gold Ball winners. Tenth-seeded Ryder Jackson of Nicasio, Calif., emerged as the boys champion. Mae Fmar Canete, the No. 3 seed from Los Angeles, earned the top prize in the girls event.

5-Jan-2016
Basavareddy, Canete Strike Gold in 12s
The 12s champions of the 2016 Winter Nationals share a few things in common: Nishesh Basavareddy and Christine Canete were each seeded third and upset higher ranked players. Each player has a sibling who played in the 14s division, and both have Southern California roots. And of course, they now both own USTA gold balls. Basavareddy earned his first gold by beating top seed Samuel Landau 6-7(1), 6-1, 6-2, and Canete beat second seed Katrina Scott 6-2, 6-2.

4-Jan-2016
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 4 to the week of February 22, 2016. We invite players to review their player records to ensure accurate ratings.

4-Jan-2016
Winter Nationals Week
Many of the top American junior tennis players were in Arizona this past week in pursuit of gold balls. All week long, Tennis Recruiting and Van Der Meer Academy celebrate the winners of the USTA National Winter Championships. Take a look at our schedule, as we celebrate Winter Nationals Week.

1-Jan-2016
Florida Champions Dominate Final Aces of 2015
The final month of the year may be short on professional tennis, but it's long on the junior variety, with three major events in Florida for 12s, 14s, 16s and 18s age divisions. With one exception, all of last month's aces are the champions of the Eddie Herr International, the Metropolia Orange Bowl and the Junior Orange Bowl.

30-Dec-2015
Ukrainian Girls Sweep Junior Orange Bowl Titles; Tirante, Wang Win Boys Championships
The 2015 junior tennis season wrapped up last week at the 54th annual Junior Orange Bowl in Miami, with historic firsts for three of the four champions. When Marta Kostyuk won the Girls 14s title and Dasha Lopatetska won the Girls 12s title, they entered the tournament's record books as the first champions from Ukraine, while Boys 12s champion Xiaofei Wang is the first champion from China at the prestigious international event.

28-Dec-2015
Roundtable: When to Take Recruiting Trips (Part 2)
Last month, we talked with college coaches about when recruits should plan their unofficial and official visits. Today, we engage several more college coaches to get their takes on the matter. Our panel takes on the question: When is the best time for students to take their recruiting trips? Are players that don't go during their junior years at a disadvantage?

21-Dec-2015
What Can You Control?
Junior tennis players looking to play college tennis work hard on and off the court, and most of them set lofty goals for achievement. But are they focusing on the right goals? Are these areas where you truly have control? Choosing the wrong goals can sap momentum and damage your confidence as well. It is important to pick specific things that are 100% in your control ... and make those your focus.

18-Dec-2015
Second Orange Bowl Title for Andreescu, Kecmanovic Claims Boys Championship
Rain early in the tournament and on the final day made the 2015 Metropolia Orange Bowl tough on players and officials alike, but when the final point was played after dark last Sunday, No. 9 seeds Bianca Andreescu of Canada and Miomir Kecmanovic of Serbia had claimed their first Grade A titles.

16-Dec-2015
Three Things We Wish You Knew About Recruit Videos
The recruiting process can be confusing - with countless rules about what recruits can do and when. At High-Tech Tennis, we are very close to the junior tennis scene, and we are excited to share three things we wish you knew about recruit videos.

14-Dec-2015
Prince Hot 100 List - December '15
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.

13-Dec-2015
Images from the USTA National Selection Tourney in Norcross
Check out images from the USTA National Selection Tournament in Norcross, Ga. Boys and girls from the 12s and 14s converged at Lifetime Fitness to make statements with their games. Contributor Bill Kallenberg of Captured In Action was onhand to capture the event on film.

11-Dec-2015
McKenzie, Auger-Aliassime Make Dramatic Runs to Eddie Herr ITF Titles
Both Kylie McKenzie and Felix Auger Aliassime were a point from being eliminated from the Eddie Herr Grade 1 ITF tournament in the third round, but when the warm and sunny week at the IMG Academy came to a close, the winners' trophies belonged to them.

9-Dec-2015
15-Year-Old Trent Bryde Wins ATP Qualie Match in Atlanta
Sitting in the restaurant of his training facility, Trent Bryde coolly answered a series of questions about the best week of his young tennis life. Bryde was only 15 last July when he won the BB&T Atlanta Open Wild Card Challenge, earning entry into the ATP World Tour 250 qualifying event over a host of seasoned college players. Adding to Bryde's stunning success was a first-round qualie victory over 33-year-old ATP World Tour pro Catalin-Ionut Gard.

7-Dec-2015
Clay Thompson: One Year After UCLA
Former UCLA standout Clay Thompson ended his first full year on the professional circuit with a semifinal finish at the JSM Champaign Challenger, but the year had started quite differently. Thompson learned that life on the tour was nothing like it had been playing college tennis.

4-Dec-2015
Former College Stars Make Noise
Former college stars made some noise on the professional circuit in November, with one winning an Australian Open main draw wild card, while US girls swept titles at the big ITF junior events in Mexico. With the final major of the ITA fall season, along with professional success for juniors, a total of 14 players added to their career highlights last month.

2-Dec-2015
Willing Way
After hitting with one of my players who made a series of bad decisions, I contemplated why we so often try to impose our will. In both life and tennis, it is not about imposing your will - but rather about what you are willing to do. We are not privileged enough to force a win, force a shot or force a point on the courts. Tennis, like life, is about discipline, doing the right things, and ultimately suffering to reach our goals and aspirations.

30-Nov-2015
Roundtable: When to Take Recruiting Trips
Visiting colleges and meeting potential coaches and teammates is vital in painting a realistic picture of student-athlete life. But when should players arrive on campus for a test run? The answer has changed dramatically over the past decade. We put the question to our panel: When is the best time for students to take their recruiting trips? Are players that don't go during their junior years at a disadvantage?

27-Nov-2015
Defending champion Galfi, Ruud Lead Eddie Herr ITF Fields
Since winning last year's Eddie Herr title as a 16-year-old, Dalma Galfi of Hungary has reached the semifinals of the Australian Open Junior Championships, won the Wimbledon girls doubles title, the US Open girls championship and two ITF Women's Circuit titles in Australia. All that success has given her a shot at ending 2015 as the ITF Junior World Champion, so she will return to defend her title next week in Bradenton, Florida.

25-Nov-2015
Laaksonen the Winner at 20th Champaign Challenger
Singles winner Henri Laaksonen and doubles champions David O'Hare and Joe Salisbury had plenty to celebrate on Saturday as they took the top prizes at the USTA JSM Champaign pro circuit event, but they weren't the only ones cheering. The Challenger celebrated its 20th year, making it one of the longest running tournaments of its kind in the country.

23-Nov-2015
Krajicek's Climb
There's been nothing meteoric about Austin Krajicek's climb into the ATP Top 100. The 25-year-old Floridian has methodically advanced in the rankings since 2011, when he embarked on a pro career after his final season of eligibility at Texas A&M, reaching the elite level of professional tennis for the first time last month. Colette Lewis of ZooTennis.com caught up with Krajicek last week in Illinois.

20-Nov-2015
Matching Up: A New Way to Think About College Tennis Lineups
I have been a sports fan ever since I can remember, and a tennis fan since my teens, but my interest in college tennis is much more recent. With that in mind, I have never shared the outrage directed at coaches who "stack" their lineups. Since time devoted to lineup challenges and protest hearings is better spent elsewhere, here is my proposal for a radical change in how lineups are set in college tennis ...

18-Nov-2015
Bucknell Is In His Blood
Even though Senior Max Palmer moved to Houston right before he started high school, he always knew he would come back to his native Northeast for college. Palmer prefers training and playing on indoor courts - a necessary mainstay for northeastern schools. Playing on the fast courts allows him to maximize his talents - and it also forces him to work on staying a bit more patient. With that in mind, Palmer recently committed to Bucknell University in Pennsylvania for Fall 2016.

16-Nov-2015
Prince Hot 100 List - November '15
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.

15-Nov-2015
Fall Signing Week '15: Mack Galvin Flies with the Falcons
When it comes to choosing a college, all students must choose wisely, putting every consideration into one of the most important decisions of their life. This is even truer for a tennis player who has to consider the team he'll be playing and practicing with all the time. That choice becomes even more of a commitment when you choose to attend the United States Air Force Academy. Mack Galvin never took that lightly.

14-Nov-2015
Fall Signing Week '15: Sophia Adams Goes Spartan
Sophia Adams once visited North Carolina for a wedding. She liked it so much that she's going back to play tennis there. That's how a Miami girl became the latest tennis recruit for UNC-Greensboro.

13-Nov-2015
Fall Signing Week '15: Keys to Success in Recruiting
I have been in the sports recruiting business for about six years now, and over the years I have seen some players successful in recruiting while others have struggled. The difference between those who end up playing college tennis and those who do not is not always who is a better player - but often who is willing to work harder and smarter than their competition. Check out my keys to success in the recruiting process.

13-Nov-2015
Fall Signing Week '15: College Tennis - Pathway to Pro Tennis
With their recent success on the professional tours, former college stars such as Kevin Anderson, Jon Isner, Steve Johnson and Irina Falconi are showing that college tennis is a very viable pathway to professional tennis success. Current college stars and professional greats give their opinions on how college tennis has shaped their athletic careers.

12-Nov-2015
Fall Signing Week '15: Jenna Friedel Heading to Cambridge
The initial plan was to make several visits to see colleges. But Jenna Friedel canceled the rest of her itinerary after only one stop. She didn't need any more campus tours. The blue chip senior knew Harvard University was the one.

12-Nov-2015
Fall Signing Week '15: Fighting Irish Bet on Gamble
Playing his first tournament at 9 years old in his hometown of Webster, New York, Matthew Gamble was disappointed in his 8-0 defeat. Gamble continued with tennis, choosing it as his only sport at age 14 - developing a booming forehand and an aggressive style of play that has earned him a top-15 ranking throughout high school. And today, Gamble announces his commitment to play college tennis at the University of Notre Dame.

11-Nov-2015
Fall Signing Week '15: Blue Chip Emma Higuchi is a Cardinal
Recruiting interest was high on Emma Higuchi, whose résumé includes titles at the Easter Bowl and National Clay Courts, silver and bronze USTA balls, and World Juniors participant. Higuchi took her time and visited a number of schools this year before eventually deciding to take the five-hour drive north from her home in Los Angeles to Stanford University.

11-Nov-2015
Fall Signing Week '15: Hady Habib Heads to Texas A&M
Hady Habib, a Blue Chip senior who hails from Houston, is regarded as a tenacious tennis player who will bring explosive energy and a huge forehand with him to college. Wanting to stay in the Lone Star State, Habib strongly considered Baylor and Texas before ultimately deciding to join Steve Denton's squad at Texas A&M University.

11-Nov-2015
Fall Signing Week '15: Kenya Jones Chooses the Jackets
To say that Kenya Jones is constantly looking for an opportunity is an understatement. Whether it's an opportunity to learn in school, advance her tennis career, think ahead to a possible internship or maybe even choose to excel in multiple sports, Jones is game. This fall, Jones weighed all the options and opportunities that were presented to her as she decided to accept a tennis scholarship to play for Coach Rodney Harmon and Georgia Tech.

10-Nov-2015
Fall Signing Week '15: Freshmen to Watch in D-III Tennis
Tomorrow is Signing Day, when players can sign NLI contracts with NCAA Division I or II schools. Division III athletics is different in that there are no formal athletic scholarships, but recruiting in D-III is similar in that hundreds of high school players are committing to D-III programs even as we speak. Our friends at Division3Tennis.com take a look at last year's recruits - and how they will fit into their teams as freshmen in 2015-16.

10-Nov-2015
Fall Signing Week '15: Madison Tedford Joins the Frogs
Last Fall, Madison Tedford was a mess. Her legs were hurting from what turned out to be a shin fracture, which led to her forehand breaking down. But after some time off from competitive tennis and revisiting the fundamentals with her coaches at TBarM Tennis, Tedford is playing the best tennis of her life. The Four-star senior recently made her college decision as well - heading to Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas.

10-Nov-2015
Fall Signing Week '15: National Recruiting Roundup
Yesterday, we looked at the Blue Chips. Today, we hear from seniors around the country who plan to sign NLIs during Signing Week - which officially begins tomorrow. Take a look at what they had to say... in our National Recruiting Roundup.

9-Nov-2015
Fall Signing Week '15: Hoffmann Stays Close to Home at Cal
Elite Southern California tennis players looking to play at the college level have a built-in advantage - they can keep their search fairly close to home. Bjorn Hoffmann is a lifelong Southern Californian who went this route - making only a handful of unofficial visits before deciding to make a verbal commitment to the University of California at Berkeley.

9-Nov-2015
Fall Signing Week '15: Playing Your Best Tennis for Coaches
The more something means to players, the more pressure they put on themselves to succeed. One of the most uncomfortable moments for aspiring college tennis players is competing in front of college coaches. To avoid underperforming, athletes need to focus on enjoying their time on the court the most. Here are a few tips to help players start the process ...

9-Nov-2015
Fall Signing Week '15: Overview and Blue Chip Update
The time has come. The time is now. Today, The Tennis Recruiting Network kicks off its coverage of Signing Week 2015, and our slate of articles is ready to go. Lots of articles, and lots of commitment announcements. Lots of what you want. We kick things off today with one final look at the Blue Chip boys and girls.

8-Nov-2015
South Carolina ITF Photo Gallery
With Signing Week looming large, we have one more ITF Photo Gallery for you to enjoy. Bill Kallenberg of Captured In Action was in Lexington, S.C., for the South Carolina ITF. Enjoy images from the tournament...

8-Nov-2015
Images from the Atlanta ITF
Bill Kallenberg of Captured In Action has been busy. He has made the rounds of the ITF junior circuit over the past few weeks, and we are lucky enough to have three photo galleries from three different events. Next up is the Atlanta ITF - played recently at Lifetime Fitness in Norcross, Ga. Check out action shots from the event...

7-Nov-2015
Pan American ITF Gallery
Signing Week is upon us, but today we have images from the Pan American ITF from Tulsa, Okla. Photographer Bill Kallenberg was in Tulsa to capture images from the prestigious event. Take a look...

6-Nov-2015
US Boys Dominate October Aces
American boys have been the talk of tennis over the summer, with three of the 17-year-olds capturing titles last month on the ATP Challenger and ITF Men's Pro Circuit. Adding in the ITA All-American winners, as well as other juniors taking pro titles, puts the number of top performers in October at 14.

5-Nov-2015
Countdown: Differences in Recruiting Men and Women
College tennis coaches must be adept at finding talent to fill their rosters. Perhaps the coaches with the most difficult tasks are those that direct both women's and men's teams. We put the question to our panel of coaches: What are the main differences between recruiting for a men's program and a women's program? Do you sell your school differently depending on the gender of the recruit?

4-Nov-2015
Countdown: Georgia Finds Stars Close to Home
It didn't take Georgia coach Manny Diaz too long to find one of his recruits for the 2016-17 season. Maybe a shout down the hall of his Athens, Ga., home was enough to snag the second of his sons for the team. In addition to his youngest son Alex, two other top recruits from the South - Alex Phillips and Robert Loeb - are also slated to become Bulldogs in Fall 2016.

3-Nov-2015
Countdown: Zoë Spence Joins the Irish
From the tournament she helped originate in West Africa, to numerous countries she has visited to play on the International Tennis Federation circuit, Zoë Spence is well-traveled even by junior tennis standards. When next summer arrives, though, she'll settle at a place she and her family know extremely well: Notre Dame.

2-Nov-2015
Countdown: Avoiding Senioritis After Committing
There's no vaccine for senioritis, which makes it all the more imperative you take preventative measures against it. NCSA Athletic Recruiting gives tips on how to do just that.

31-Oct-2015
ImRecruitable College Training Day and Showcase
ImRecruitable will once again host its largest recruiting event of the year. The College Training Day and Showcase will be held at Sunrise Tennis Club in Sunrise, Fla., on Dec 2 and 3, 2015. These events allow players the opportunity to gain maximum exposure and networking with college coaches that can lead directly to scholarship opportunities.

30-Oct-2015
Countdown: Fighting Illini Claim Clark
Zeke Clark's competitive fire made the Oklahoma resident one of the nation's top recruits. Although several Big 12 schools closer to home were in the picture, the Big Ten's University of Illinois won the battle for the 17-year-old from Tulsa, who will join the Fighting Illini in the fall of 2016.

29-Oct-2015
Countdown: College Tennis Returns Leaders of Tomorrow
College tennis has a storied history of producing athletes that have gone on to achieve great success in the professional ranks. But it's not just on the courts where former college tennis players shine. Take a look around at some of the biggest companies and organizations in the world, and more times than not you'll find that the Chief Executive Officer and other senior leaders have a tennis - and more specifically a college tennis - background.

28-Oct-2015
Countdown: Horton Stays Close to Home at Coker
As a kid, Hunter Horton attended tennis camps at the Coker College campus and sparked a connection with the coaches over the years. It was that personal connection with the school - and a new friendship with his future teammates - that Horton said made it a clear choice for his collegiate career.

27-Oct-2015
Countdown: Cao Twins are Bound for Memphis
The college search for four-star identical twins Josephine and Katherine Cao began and ended in Memphis, Tennessee. Hoping to get acquainted with various colleges and tennis coaches at the 2015 National Clay Courts, the Cao sisters were separately approached by coaches from the University of Memphis. A short while later, the sisters happily gave their verbal commitments to the Tigers.

26-Oct-2015
Countdown: Checking In with Jamie Hunt
Jamie Hunt was ranked as high as No. 2 by TennisRecruiting.net when he signed with Georgia in 2006. Hunt won the U.S. Open Junior doubles title and is the only junior player in history to win the Easter Bowl doubles titles in the 14s, 16s and 18s. Today he is Associate Head Coach of Men's Tennis at Vanderbilt. We caught up with Hunt in the latest edition of Where Are They Now?

24-Oct-2015
Countdown: Bojczuk Heads to Notre Dame
Blue Chip junior Ally Bojczuk played most sports growing up, but nothing compared to tennis. She first walked on a court at age 8, and she loved to play even when she couldn't rally. She set to hard work and steadily improved to where she is a top player in the nation in both singles and doubles. Fast forward to today - where the top recruit is committing to a certain school in South Bend, Indiana...

23-Oct-2015
Countdown: Blue Chip Boys
Today we visit with the senior Blue Chip boys to find out where they are in the college recruiting process. How many have decided? Which players are still wide open? And are any of them leaning towards your favorite school? Find out now...

22-Oct-2015
Wild Card Holt Sweeps Boys Titles, Day Wins Girls Singles Championship at ITF Pan American Closed
Southern Californians Brandon Holt and Kayla Day undoubtedly felt at home with the weather for the ITF Grade B1 Pan American last week in Tulsa. With cloudless skies and warm temperatures providing an ideal backdrop, Holt and Day rolled into the final weekend. The weather cooled, but the pair stayed hot, with Holt defeating unseeded JJ Wolf 6-1, 6-7(5), 6-0 and No. 2 seed Day downing No. 9 seed Kelly Chen 6-4, 6-1, securing the first ITF Grade 1 titles for both.

21-Oct-2015
Countdown: Kaden Funk Headed to Penn
Five-star senior Kaden Funk has had a great run in junior tennis. Playing in the tennis-rich state of Florida, he has numerous wins over current college players, and he won the Class 4A state championship as a sophomore. Next year, Funk will take his tennis talents and his strong academic skills to the Ivy League and the University of Pennsylvania.

20-Oct-2015
Countdown: Coffman Chooses Dallas Baptist
Three-star recruit Madeline Coffman is a well-traveled young lady. Coffman played tennis her freshman year of high school in Houston, her sophomore year in Purcellville, Va., and finally, in her current home of Flower Mound, Texas. Starting in January, Coffman will have to travel only 30 miles to Dallas, Texas, where she plans to become a member of the Dallas Baptist University women's tennis team.

19-Oct-2015
Prince Hot 100 List - October '15
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.

18-Oct-2015
Images from the USTA Closed in Las Vegas
Although the Countdown to Signing Week is in full swing, fall is a great time for all junior tennis players to compete in the cooling weather. Tennis Recruiting photographers were in Las Vegas last week for a USTA Closed Regional. Take a look at the action shots we got from the event...

17-Oct-2015
Countdown: Maria Smith Heads to Berkeley
Maria Smith, who has spent short stretches over the past few years in the Golden State for tennis training, will call California home for the next four years, starting in January 2016. The senior from Houston, Texas, is graduating a semester early and will join the Golden Bears of the University of California, Berkeley.

16-Oct-2015
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 their decision process. Some have made verbal commitments, most have confirmed or taken their official visits, and some are still wide open. Take a look and see where things stand...

15-Oct-2015
Countdown: Should my Application Essay Include Tennis?
It's that time of year when high school seniors are preparing their college applications. One of the most important pieces you'll enclose in that packet is your application essay. As a junior tennis player, the sport has become a huge part of your life. It was certainly the main focus when you were writing to coaches and telling them how much you want to be on their teams, but does it belong in the college application essay?

14-Oct-2015
Countdown: Goulak Heads to UC Davis
The UC Davis men's tennis program was the first to contact David Goulak during the recruiting period, but it was his visit to the campus that pushed it to the top of his list. "I just felt like I was wanted, and they made me feel that way more than any other school that I visited," said Goulak. The 5-star recruit from Oak Park, Calif., native has verbally committed to the Aggies.

13-Oct-2015
Countdown: Bihel Has 'Golden' Opportunity with Gophers
Top USTA Midwest recruit Karyna Bihel has been playing tennis since the age of four, but she only started thinking about the possibility of playing college tennis last summer after reaching the quarterfinals of a Midwest Closed tournament. After careful consideration and an official visit, Bihel committed to play tennis at the University of Minnesota next Fall.

12-Oct-2015
Countdown: Howells Chooses the Irish
William Howells wanted to find a college with a good athletic reputation. He wanted to find a college with a strong academic background. But Howells also wanted something more. He believes he found it at the University Of Notre Dame.

12-Oct-2015
Countdown: Favero Has a Cavalier Attitude
Want to spend time with Camille Favero? Take a number. The 17-year-old senior maintains a 4.2 grade point average, is a classically trained violinist, volunteers with special needs children, and is a Blue Chip senior. Next year, Favero will head to Charlottesville, Va., to join Mark Guilbeau and his Virginia Cavaliers.

9-Oct-2015
Countdown to Signing Day
We are now just a little over a month away from Signing Day. November 11th is the first day of the one-week fall signing period, the only opportunity this calendar year for seniors to sign a National Letter of Intent with a Division I or Division II school. As always, The Tennis Recruiting Network and GAMMA are here to keep you up to date on all the happenings.

7-Oct-2015
USTA Adds Brad Stine to National Collegiate Coaching Staff
Brad Stine has coached tennis for 30 years, and he was recently appointed as the newest member of the USTA Player Development's collegiate division. Colette Lewis of ZooTennis.com recently talked with Stine about many topics - including the reasons he decided to pursue coaching, the five requirements for success as a pro, the value of the college pathway and the ITF's push for more prize money at the lower levels.

5-Oct-2015
An Overview of Ratings and Rankings
Tennis Recruiting is a website that rates and ranks junior tennis players, and because of that, we field many questions about how to interpret our lists. Questions like, "Are rankings better than ratings? Which is more important?" Or, "Since your system ranks by graduation year, are you able to compare players from different classes?" This article addresses the simple distinction between ratings and rankings.

2-Oct-2015
September Aces Feature in US Open and Other Pro Tournaments
School is back in session and several of last month's aces returned to college with hardware to add to their trophy cases. Juniors also excelled, both at the US Open and in smaller professional events around the world.

30-Sep-2015
Pietro Rimondini Commits to the Big Red
Blue Chip senior Pietro Rimondini is originally from Italy. The Rimondini family moved to the United States when he was ten years old for better tennis and educational opportunities. The talented 17-year-old from Boca Prep International School has committed to Cornell University where he will continue his tennis career.

28-Sep-2015
The Buckeye Tree of College Tennis Coaches
The Ohio State University tennis program has produced some of the most successful collegiate players in the nation - but they have also produced some outstanding coaches. The "Buckeye Tree" of coaches can be traced back to one man, Ty Tucker, who has been the Buckeyes Head Men's Tennis Coach since 1999 and Director of Tennis since 2012.

26-Sep-2015
TennisRecruiting.net International Junior Tennis Showcase Series
Rick Workman, USPTA, who has served as tournament director for the Eddie Herr, Little Mo, and Pan Am ITF Junior Championships, announces the creation of three new international junior tennis tournaments to begin this December in South Florida: The TennisRecruiting.net International Showcase Series.

25-Sep-2015
UCLA Sweeps Titles at American Collegiate Invitational
The second annual American Collegiate Invitational, held in the final days of the US Open Championships, had more than its share of weather issues and UCLA Bruins. The women's final, with Robin Anderson defeating Chanelle Van Nguyen 6-4, 6-4, was an all-UCLA contest finished indoors, while Mackenzie McDonald managed a 6-2, 7-5 victory in the final over Vanderbilt's Gonzales Austin, the only non-Bruin to reach either final.

23-Sep-2015
Billie Jean King on American Junior and College Tennis
Tennis legend Billie Jean King has never been shy about voicing her opinions on American tennis. Any complaints she registers usually come with suggested solutions. Contributor Marcia Frost sat down with King to discuss the future of tennis - with a focus on American junior and college tennis - during the celebration of the 40th anniversary of Mylan World TeamTennis in August.

22-Sep-2015
Roundtable: The Dos and Don'ts of Recruiting Videos
For most junior tennis players, the recruiting process involves some savvy self-marketing. In addition to reaching out to coaches via phone and email or seeking them out during a summer national event, many athletes opt to send out a recruiting video to show off their skills. We asked our panel of coaches: What are you looking for in a recruiting video? How can players best portray themselves in a short clip?

21-Sep-2015
Top Prospects '15-'16 - Fall Edition
After months of waiting, here they are... the Top Prospects. Find out right now how many stars you have - as The Tennis Recruiting Network proudly presents the Fall Top Prospects for 2015-16.

20-Sep-2015
Action Shots from the US Open Juniors
Following up our US Open Junior Championships wrap-up on Friday, today we have action shots from the US Open from photographer Bill Kallenberg. Check out images of the kids who competed for the title in New York...

18-Sep-2015
Fritz Tops Paul to Earn US Open Boys Title
Top seed Taylor Fritz came through in his last opportunity to win a junior slam in yet another boys major dominated by Americans, while No. 2 seed Dalma Galfi of Hungary became the first from her country to take home the winner's trophy at the US Open Junior Championships last week at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.

16-Sep-2015
Revisiting the US Open Forecast
The US Open is the premiere event on American soil, and so Tennis Recruiting pulled out its heat maps once again to forecast the tournament. There were lots of upsets (Wait, Serena lost?), but let's take a look at how our predictions played out...

15-Sep-2015
Conversation With Former NCAA Champion Jeff Morrison
Jeff Morrison was a strong junior player - but he was never in contention for a USTA junior national title. After committing to the University of Florida and playing No. 4 as a freshman, Morrison overcame injury his sophomore year and won the NCAA singles title over Harvard's James Blake - followed by a seven-year professional career where he achieved a world ranking of No. 85. We catch up with Morrison in our latest "Where Are They Now" article...

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

10-Sep-2015
The Marathon Mentality: Developing a Mentally Tough Tennis Player
To achieve real results, junior tennis players need to change and enhance their overall mentality. I often tell my tennis players that success is not a sprint - but rather a marathon.

9-Sep-2015
College and Junior Players Give it a Try at US Open
The USTA gave out quite a few wildcards this year to junior and former college players. Those players joined some veterans of college tennis in the main draws at the US Open.

8-Sep-2015
World TeamTennis at 40: Supporting Junior and College Players
It's been 40 years since Billie Jean and Larry King launched World TeamTennis - an unusual team tennis concept that would bring together men and women in a fun, yet competitive, atmosphere. WTT, which has been sponsored by Mylan since 2012, has been an especially popular launching pad for top juniors and players just out of college who are looking to make their way into the pros.

7-Sep-2015
Former College Players Headline August Aces
With one exception, the dozen aces below don't include the USTA National Champions, who had articles devoted to their titles during Championship Week here at the Tennis Recruiting Network. Let's take a look at the achievements of other junior and college players from the last month.

5-Sep-2015
Forecasting the US Open Juniors
The US Open Juniors start Sunday, and Tennis Recruiting is here with another set of Heat Maps. We once again use the power ratings that power our head-to-head rankings to forecast the junior major on US soil. Check out projections for every player in the draws...

4-Sep-2015
Action Shots from the Boys' 16 Nationals
All eyes in the tennis world continue to focus on the Open in New York. The US Open juniors get underway tomorrow, where several Americans are among the favorites to win the title. Check out action photos of some of these kids from last month's Boys 18 Nationals in Kalamazoo, courtesy of Bill Kallenberg. The 18s gallery was available this morning, and the 16s are now available as well.

4-Sep-2015
Boys' 18 Nationals Photo Gallery
All eyes in the tennis world continue to focus on the Open in New York. The US Open juniors get underway tomorrow, where several Americans are among the favorites to win the title. Check out action photos of some of these kids from last month's Boys 18 Nationals in Kalamazoo, courtesy of Bill Kallenberg. The 18s gallery is available now, and the 16s will be available this afternoon.

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

1-Sep-2015
Kalinskaya Sweeps International Hard Courts Titles Again; Auger Aliassime Takes Boys Championship
A veteran and a newcomer were the stars of last week's ITF Grade 1 International Hard Court Championships, with top seed Anna Kalinskaya of Russia defending her title with a 6-4, 7-6(3) win over No. 2 seed Tereza Mihalikova of Slovakia, and No. 7 seed Felix Auger Aliassime defeating No. 15 seed Denis Shapovalov 6-2, 7-6(6) in an all-Canadian final at the Junior Tennis Champions Center in College Park, Maryland.

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

30-Aug-2015
US Open Qualifiers Include College and Junior Players
The US Open Qualifying event has not received the recognition it should over the years. That changed this year - as nearly 47,000 attended the free event over a four-day period. Those who did come to the USTA Billie Jean King Tennis Center were treated to top notch tennis from both veterans and rising stars.

28-Aug-2015
Top Pros Weigh In On College Tennis Decision
Ask a group of 12-and-unders at the local courts what they want to be when they grow up, and you'll likely hear some of them answer enthusiastically: "A pro tennis player!" But even the very best of those rising stars must decide whether to give college tennis a try or chase their childhood dreams on the pro tour. We talked with three former college standouts on the pro tour about their decision to attend college, life as a pro and their advice for junior players.

27-Aug-2015
Best Wishes, Class of 2015
The high school Class of 2015 had their ceremonies back in June - and many of those young men and women are now heading off to college. Today is the day that the Tennis Recruiting Network bids them farewell. This week's rankings are our final edition for the 2014-15 year - and the final rankings for the outgoing Class of 2015.

25-Aug-2015
Lane Leschly Heads to Harvard
Tennis runs in Lane Leschly's blood. His grandfather, Jan, achieved a world ranking of No. 10 in 1967, and his father, Mark, who is also Lane's coach, competed for Harvard. Recently, the Blue Chip senior committed to the Crimson over a host of other top schools - joining Head Coach Dave Fish who had coached his father nearly thirty years ago.

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

21-Aug-2015
Bobby Reynolds Starts New Chapter at Oklahoma
A stellar playing career at Vanderbilt prepared Bobby Reynolds for a successful decade on the ATP tour. Now he is returning to college tennis - this time as a coach. Reynolds is joining men's head coach John Roddick as his assistant at the University of Oklahoma.

19-Aug-2015
Roundtable: Division II Tennis
As a student-athlete navigates the recruiting process, he or she may not find the ideal combination of tennis and academics at a Division I university. In those cases, looking into Division II programs may be a logical next step. We put the question to a number of D-II coaches: What are some advantages of Division II tennis? What are some of the key differences of Division II athletics? What are some common misconceptions? Which players thrive in the Division II environment?

18-Aug-2015
Smrikva Bowl - and Junior Tennis - a Decade Later
At the turn of the century, an international union was formed that didn't get worldwide recognition. Carol Weyman, now Vice President of the Maureen Connolly Brinker Foundation, most known for the 'Little Mo' tournaments, and Miodrag Bozovic, tournament director of the Smrikva Bowl, formed a bond across the ocean between the two premier 10-and-under programs in the world. Marcia Frost looks back on the ten-year history of the relationship.


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