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Busy Month Leads to 18 April Aces
by Colette Lewis, 29 April 2016

April is always a busy month with the two big ITF tournaments in California boosting the summer slam chances of US juniors. Although it's a couple of days before month's end, it's already time to look back at all the junior and Pro Circuit champions as well as the two former collegians who made the first full month of spring a memorable one.

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Player Advice
How Champion Tennis Players Overcome Pressure
by Patrick Albán, 27 April 2016

With less than an hour away from the start of a match, the junior player is getting ready. Whether warming up on a court, stretching and listening to music, or strategizing with their coaches, junior tennis players are readying themselves for tournaments = and, more specifically - readying themselves for pressure.

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Commitment Profile
JJ Wolf Stays Home at Ohio State
by Ali Jones, 25 April 2016

JJ Wolf's success in tennis was consistent, but the emotional commitment to the game did not happen until recently. "I just fell in love with tennis," Wolf said. "I didn't like tennis that much until this past summer." Still a high school junior, his newfound dedication and passion for tennis has him focused on a pro career, but not before sharpening and maturing his game at Ohio State.

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Tournament Schedule
ITA Summer Circuit Schedule
ITA - 22 April 2016

The ITA Summer Circuit provides college, junior, and alumni tennis players the opportunity to compete in organized events virtually year round. Although the primary focus of the circuit is to provide incoming freshmen and collegiate players the chance to play in the summer months, these events are "open", so anyone is eligible to compete.

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20-Apr-2016
Ross, Sanford Earn Asics Easter Bowl ITF Titles
Both Gianni Ross and Alexandra Sanford made their first appearances in International Tennis Federation Grade 1 finals at the Asics Easter Bowl earlier this month. They succeeded in making that new experience to a winning one, coming away with the trophies at the ITF Grade B1 event. The unseeded Ross defeated No. 4 seed John McNally 6-4, 7-6(3) in the boys championship match, with No. 8 seed Sanford overcoming No. 13 seed Ellie Douglas 6-4, 1-6, 6-1 in the girls final.

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

16-Apr-2016
Asics Easter Bowl Champions Crowned in 12s, 14s and 16s Divisions
Staggered completion dates for the Asics Easter Bowl meant the 12s and 14s finals were played on the hottest day of the nine-day tournament, while the 16s were required to deal with an unusual threat of rain in the desert. Players from across the country had converged on the Indian Wells Tennis Garden for the prestigious tournament, with the champions coming from Florida, Illinois, Missouri, Georgia and California.

15-Apr-2016
Spring Signing Week '16: Battaglia Joins the Bulldogs
After a stellar summer in 2015, Madison Battaglia's college recruiting search got more complicated. Always interested in the academic advantages of the Ivies, the 18-year-old from Cold Spring Harbor, New York, considered the other offers she received, but when the time came to make a decision, the blue chip relied on the experiences from her official visit to New Haven to select Yale.

15-Apr-2016
Spring Signing Week '16: Talking With Coaches Roundtable Part II
NCAA rules dictate when coaches can make initial contact with potential student-athletes, but the rest is up to junior players and their parents. Last month, we asked our panel of coaches to help shed some light on this grey area of the recruiting process. Check out the rest of their answers to the following communication-themed questions.

14-Apr-2016
Spring Signing Week '16: Sean Hill Confident Selecting Wake Forest
Berkeley, Calif., is 5-star recruit, Sean Hill's home for now, but not for long. After narrowing his list, Hill said he made not a quick, but a calculated decision to continue his tennis career by playing college tennis at Wake Forest.

14-Apr-2016
Spring Signing Week '16: Shelby Groeneveld Chooses the Sea Lions
To some teenagers the idea of choosing a college more than 2,500 miles from home might be a little unsettling. That's not the case at all for Shelby Groeneveld. Born and raised in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, Groeneveld will be switching coasts this fall when the 17-year-old Calvary Christian Academy senior walks on the campus at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego and shortly after that takes the court for the Sea Lions.

13-Apr-2016
Spring Signing Week '16: Who Really Gets Recruited?
The recruiting process for college tennis players is no different from companies looking to hire new employees. It includes research, evaluation, interviews, comparisons, negotiations and offers. College tennis coaches they are very careful in selecting recruits who are the best possible fits for their teams. Here are some of the things they are looking for ...

13-Apr-2016
Spring Signing Week '16: Tiffany Huber Picks the Cards
Five-star senior Tiffany Huber has graduated from high school, and she is ready to enter the highly-competitive world of college tennis. Huber, who has lived in Boca Raton, Fla., for the past four years, considered a number of schools from the Big Ten, Big 12, and Southeastern Conferences. Today, Huber announces that she will become a member of the University of Louisville Cardinals women's tennis team next fall.

13-Apr-2016
Spring Signing Week '16: Alhogbani Chooses the Cavaliers
If Five-star senior Ammar Alhogbani has his way, soccer won't dominate sports conversation in his homeland of Saudi Arabia. People will be talking about tennis - and his role in it. Alhogbani and his family live in Alexandria, Va., just more than a two-hour drive from the reigning NCAA champions at the University of Virginia. Alhogbani is excited to announce his commitment to the Cavaliers, who are seeking their third team crown in four years.

12-Apr-2016
Spring Signing Week '16: How Much Should Team Rankings Matter?
Rankings. They have kept you on edge throughout your junior tennis career, but now that you are looking at different colleges and their tennis programs, you are on the other end. As you go through your list of candidate schools, you wonder to yourself how much the rankings of the teams you are considering really matter. Recruiting expert Marcia Frost takes on this question ...

12-Apr-2016
Spring Signing Week '16: National Roundup
Signing Week is now underway, and tomorrow seniors can start signing their National Letters of Intent. Today, we check in with boys and girls from across the country who are heading to a variety of schools. Find out how they came to their decisions... in our National Roundup.

11-Apr-2016
Spring Signing Week '16: Guns Up for Jackson Cobb
Texas Tech coach Brett Masi grabbed himself an old school commitment when he convinced Jackson Cobb to leave Austin for Lubbock.

11-Apr-2016
Spring Signing Week '16: Signing Week Arrives
The Tennis Recruiting Network and GAMMA kick off our coverage of Spring Signing Week '16 with a look at the Top 100. We preview our weekly coverage, and we update you on the status of all the top 100 boys and girls who were uncommitted when we checked in with them in March. A few of these kids plan to announce their decisions this week.

9-Apr-2016
Countdown: Communicating With Coaches Roundtable
When it comes to the recruiting process, contact with coaches can be one of the toughest aspects to navigate. Potential student-athletes and their parents are often left guessing when it comes to ideal communication frequency and timing. In order to help eliminate ambiguity, we asked our panel of coaches about when and how they should reach out to college coaches - and when offers are extended.

8-Apr-2016
Caruana and Day Claim Titles
The week started seasonably windy and unseasonably cold for the ITF Grade 1 International Spring Championships last week in Carson, California, but when it was over, No. 11 seed Liam Caruana and No. 2 seed Kayla Day were basking in warm sunshine as they held their crystal championship trophies.

7-Apr-2016
Countdown: Checking In With Kristy Frilling Skelly
Kristy Frilling Skelly was TennisRecruiting.net's No. 2 prospect for women's college tennis in 2008. The tall left-hander went on to become the first female four-year All-American at Notre Dame, where she won 235 matches and led the Fighting Irish to their first-ever NCAA semifinal finishes. TennisRecruiting.net recently caught up with Frilling to discuss her tennis career and spirit for travel.

6-Apr-2016
College Tennis Weekly Features USTA, ITA
Earlier this year, the Fox College Sports Network premiered a new television series - College Tennis Weekly. The TV show, hosted by former LSU coach Tony Minnis and produced by Harry Cicma Productions, is a welcome addition to the cable airwaves. This week, a new episode that highlights USTA and ITA involvement in college tennis makes its debut, and anyone with an interest in college tennis should check it out ...

5-Apr-2016
Countdown: Ty Gentry Stays Close to Home at Oregon
Ty Gentry is a natural talent, and even without his discipline to be exceptional, his athleticism and raw power would be anything but ordinary. Gentry's experienced coaches describe him as one of the best junior athletes they have worked with. Next year, the Blue Chip recruit and two-sport athlete will bring his six-foot-five frame to Eugene to play college tennis for the University of Oregon.

4-Apr-2016
Countdown: Bocchi Brings a 'World' of Experience to UMass
While most incoming college freshmen, especially those embarking on a journey that includes being a student, athlete face an adjustment period when it comes to academics, athletics and social matters. 4-Star recruit Martina Bocchi feels she's ahead of the curve as she heads to Amherst, Mass. The daughter of an Italian diplomat, Bocchi has lived on three different continents while developing her game before committing to the University of Massachusetts.

3-Apr-2016
Southern Section Dominates at 2016 DecoTurf High School Tennis Championships
The 2016 DecoTurf High School Tennis Team Championships presented by Icy Hot had a very different feel this spring with boys and girls competing on the same weekend for the first time in tournament history. The monumental weekend of high school tennis featured more than 950 individual matches with 60 teams from 14 states taking to the courts throughout the Scenic City of Chattanooga, Tenn.

2-Apr-2016
DecoTurf HS Team Championships Gallery
Last week, some of the best high school tennis teams in the country traveled to Chattanooga, Tenn., to compete in the DecoTurf High School Team Tennis Championships. Sixty boys and girls teams from fourteen different states participated - featuring more than 950 individual matches. Check out images from the event ...

1-Apr-2016
Juniors, Collegians Winning Futures Titles Highlight March Aces
No April fools today, but rather a look back on the lions of March, including juniors succeeding on both the ITF Pro Circuit and Junior Circuit, and two former collegiate stars earning Futures titles outside the United States.

31-Mar-2016
ITA Forms Alliance with Arizona State
Arizona State University and the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, the governing body for college tennis, announced a strategic alliance that will leverage the resources of a research-based University to grow the sport of tennis locally, nationally and globally.

31-Mar-2016
Countdown: David Geatz Interview on Recruiting
Since I am in the college recruiting business, I am frequently answering questions from parents and potential student athletes about college tennis and the recruiting process. I thought I would change things up and provide some value by getting someone else's perspective. Therefore, I interviewed University of Pennsylvania Head Coach David Geatz, who has a ton of experience and success in college tennis.

30-Mar-2016
Countdown: Road to Tulsa Continues
This has been a season where upsets have been the norm rather than the exception - with at least one Top 10 team going down just about every week. Bobby Knight of College Tennis Today scattershoots across the landscape of men's college tennis - analyzing the contenders, the darkhorses, and the long-shots.

29-Mar-2016
Countdown: D-III Recruiting
The team at Division III Tennis contributes to the Coundown to Signing Day by touching on how recruiting has made an even bigger impact year after year in our world - with so many more top players from around the country deciding to choose D-III. One of our newest writers, D3TennisGreek, brings his recruiting background and general love for D-III Tennis to the table and will be outlining the recruiting phenomenon that is happening throughout the country.

28-Mar-2016
Countdown: Previewing the Top 100 Boys
Last Monday, we visited with the girls. Today, the top boys in the senior class talk college recruiting. Find out where the Top 100 boys are leaning, and see who your favorite school is after...

25-Mar-2016
Countdown: Ambrozy Joins Lions' Lair
Adam Ambrozy took his fifth official recruiting visit last fall to ensure he had left no stone unturned. Both Columbia and the blue chip recruit benefitted from that decision, when, just days after his trip to the New York City campus, Ambrozy committed to the Lions.

24-Mar-2016
Countdown: Online Schooling Considerations
With the growth of technology and online schooling opportunities - and with tennis being a sport that requires a lot of hours on the court in order to excel - more and more recruits seem to be at least contemplating this alternative form of education. Before deciding if online schooling is the appropriate track for you, there are several issues to consider including how it may affect your tennis, prepare you for the future, and be viewed by coaches and admissions.

23-Mar-2016
Countdown: Jayson Fung Crossing the Country for Amherst
Jayson Fung started his college search by looking at several Division I programs. The more he explored his opportunities, the more Fung realized he needed to expand his options. Although Fung wanted to play for a highly-competitive tennis program, he wanted a more balanced college experience. The five-star recruit began focusing on the Division III level, and found the perfect match at Amherst College in Massachusetts.

22-Mar-2016
Countdown: Christina Rosca Commits to the Commodores
Throughout her junior career, Christina Rosca has become quite the recognized athlete around New Jersey, reaching the top of the rankings in her home state and cracking the top 25 on the national level. It is no surprise that she also caught the eye of several prominent collegiate coaches. Rosca decided this past fall to join the Vanderbilt women's tennis team later this year in Nashville.

21-Mar-2016
Countdown: Previewing the Top 100 Girls
The Countdown to Signing Day continues with a look at the Top 100 girls in the senior class. The vast majority of these athletes have already made written or verbal commitments, but college coaches are still after these highly-regarded young women. Find out which girls are still open, which have narrowed their lists, and which have made commitments...

20-Mar-2016
Images from the Florida Big Hitters
Today we have images from the USTA Florida Big Hitters - a Level 4 sectional event from Plantation, Florida, featuring boys and girls in the 18s and 16s divisions the weekend of March 5. Photographer Fritz Michael Devon Moore attended and gave us these great action shots ...

18-Mar-2016
Stingrays, Rams Claim USTA National Spring Team Championships
The USTA National Spring Team Championships at the Mobile Tennis Center had been plagued by rain in the first two years of its existence, but last week, with an adjustment to the schedule, every match in the 32-team tournament was played to completion, with the Stingrays capturing the girls title and the Rams collecting the boys title.

17-Mar-2016
Countdown: Paying Attention to What Is Important
With Signing Day right around the corner, high school senior tennis players have lots on their minds. On and off the court, it can be hard to figure out where to focus. Damon Valentino offers some strategies tennis players can use to pay attention to what is truly important in all facets of life.

16-Mar-2016
Countdown: Robert Levine a Blue Chip Blue Devil
Most blue-chip recruits get ready for college tennis by playing each other at nationals such as Kalamazoo or ITF junior events. Blue Chip senior Robert Levine of Bedford, N.Y., has taken a different route - playing almost exclusively in ITF Futures pro tournaments, grinding through qualifying in Texas, Florida, the Dominican Republic and Canada. He has had some strong results - which helped him commit to Duke University for Fall 2016.

15-Mar-2016
Countdown: Isabella Lorenzini Commits to the Wolverines
Five-star recruit Isabella Lorenzini of Clarendon Hills, Ill., will continue to compete over the next year for her Hinsdale Central High School girls tennis team. The junior captured the Illinois High School Association Singles Championships in 2015 after placing second two previous years - and she has played on three state championship teams. But, in the fall of 2017 Lorenzini will head to Ann Arbor, Mich., and become a member of the University of Michigan Wolverines.

14-Mar-2016
Prince Hot 100 List - March '16
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.

14-Mar-2016
Countdown to Signing Day
If you have checked the recruiting calendar recently, you would know that we are within a month of the beginning of the Spring Signing Period. April 13th is the first day in 2016 when high school seniors will be able to sign their National Letters of Intent - making formal commitments to college tennis programs. As always, TennisRecruiting.net and GAMMA bring you a courtside seat to all the action. Take a look as we preview our special coverage... in the Countdown to Signing Day!

13-Mar-2016
Southern Icy Hot Photo Gallery
Although the South has been enjoying a great thaw over the past couple of weeks, the Level 2 Southern "Icy Hot" at the Hudlow Tennis Center brought out some of the best boys and girls 18s and 16s to Norcross, Ga. Contributor Bill Kallenberg was onhand to capture the event ...

11-Mar-2016
Roundtable: Effects of New Scoring in Division I (Part 2)
College tennis is looking a little different these days. No-ad scoring, a single set for doubles matches and eliminated warm-ups with opponents are just a few of the changes approved by the NCAA to quicken the pace of dual match play. We talk with a set of college coaches about how their players must approach their matches with a different mindset.

10-Mar-2016
Road to Tulsa
With just over two months before this year's NCAA Division I Tennis Championships in Tulsa, Oklahoma, College Tennis Today author Bobby Knight scattershoots across the landscape of men's college tennis - analyzing the contenders and darkhorse teams from the field.

9-Mar-2016
Ten Questions with Les Petits As Champion Stefan Leustian
Fourteen-year-old Stefan Leustian reached the third round of the Junior Orange Bowl in December, one of the few times he had competed against international players. In the six weeks that followed, the Northern California resident began to post increasingly impressive results, both in the United States and in Europe. Colette Lewis caught up with Leustian at the USTA National Spring Team Championships - talking with him about his recent performance, his titles, and more ...

8-Mar-2016
Blue Chip Senior Ashley Lahey Rides the Waves
Blue Chip senior Ashley Lahey of Hawthorne, Calif., has demonstrated her resilience. After reaching singles finals at both the Easter Bowl and Hard Court Nationals in 2013, Lahey suffered injruies that plagued her throughout 2014 and the beginning of 2015. But she worked hard to make a comeback, and her results and ranking climbed ascended quickly over the past year. Today, Lahey is excited to commit to Pepperdine University for Fall 2016.

7-Mar-2016
More from LSU Coaches Julia and Mike Sell
Julia and Mike Sell having been working this season as co-head coaches for the LSU women's tennis team, and they have brought a wealth of experience with them. The duo sat down at the ITA Women's Team Indoor Championship at the University of Wisconsin to talk about their upset of Oklahoma State, how tough the SEC conference is, and what they think about the new college tennis match format.

4-Mar-2016
February Aces
Three of the four ITA Team Indoor Champions were first-time winners, but they were not the only new faces among those excelling last month. Two juniors claimed their first titles on the Pro Circuit, while two NCAA champions, in their first full year as professionals, added to their trophy collections.

2-Mar-2016
Julia and Mike Sell Bring Out the Best in LSU
It's not unheard of to have a husband and wife coaching a college tennis team, but the story of Julia and Mike Sell is a very different one. The two took different paths to LSU While Julia was honing her skills as a college assistant, Mike was working with pros and developing USTA juniors. But they both ended up in Baton Rouge, and their story is a great one ...

1-Mar-2016
Reviewing His First Months Leading USTA Player Development with Martin Blackman
Since last April, when the USTA announced his hiring as the new General Manager of Player Development, Martin Blackman has been a busy man. We recently discussed the reorganization of USTA Player Development, changes to junior competition, a new player council, his social media presence, and many other player development topics.

29-Feb-2016
Top Prospects '15-'16 - 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 2016.

26-Feb-2016
Self Confidence - You Got This
Many college coaches would rank self-confidence as one of the most important traits they look for in a recruit. But if we try to put a number or a ranking on a self-confidence scale, it's virtually impossible to do. So how do you demonstrate such an important trait that is so hard to measure?

25-Feb-2016
Images from the Broward Classic
Tennis Recruiting is excited to work with a new photographer - Fritz Moore. Moore spent some time last week at the Tennis Center of Coral Springs coverng the Level 6 Broward Classic, and he recorded some great action shots. Check out his work at the 10 & under regional qualifier ...

24-Feb-2016
Conversation with Former Penn State Star Brad Fielding
Penn State University has a storied history when it comes to athletics, with their current chapter in the Big 10 conference starting in 1990. Former Nittany Lion standout Brad Fielding was one of the stalwarts of the tennis program, playing No. 1 in both singles and doubles during his career between 1987 and 1991 while helping lead Penn State into its new conference home. Harry Cicma of NBC Sports got the chance to catch up with Fielding about what college tennis means to him ...

22-Feb-2016
Conversation with Chris Woodruff
Chris Woodruff won the NCAA men's singles title for his hometown Tennessee Volunteers as a sophomore in 1993, then turned pro and surged up to No. 29 in the world on the ATP Tour. Woodruff retired in 2002 and returned to school at Tennessee, where the team wanted him to work with the men's team as a volunteer assistant. Woodruff has been with the program ever since, now holding the title of associate head coach. We talk with Woodruff in the latest edition of Where Are They Now?

21-Feb-2016
USTA National Selection Photo Gallery from Columbus
The Cooper Creek Tennis Center in Columbus, Ga., served as one of four sites for USTA National Selection tournaments for the Boys' 16s and 14s divisions. Check out the great action shots that Bill Kallenberg of Captured In Action was able to get at the event ...

19-Feb-2016
Surrounded by Tennis, Jones Blossoms
Tennis takes hold early in Midland, the longtime home of February's Dow Corning Tennis Classic. Known for its community outreach and the local schoolchildren who arrive by the busload for early round matches, the tournament has been an integral part of the small Michigan city's sports scene for nearly three decades. Colette Lewis of ZooTennis.com talks with fifteen-year-old Alyvia Jones, a blue chip recruit who lives in Midland, about her game as well as her experiences growing up in a tennis town.

18-Feb-2016
Surprising Heels Win First Championship
When the 2016 ITA Men's National Team Indoor Championships got underway last Friday in Charlottesville, Va., it seemed like the matches were a mere formality before the host Virginia Cavaliers were crowned as champions. In the end, ACC rival North Carolina snapped UVa's 140-match win streak to take the title.

15-Feb-2016
Prince Hot 100 List - February '16
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.

12-Feb-2016
A Conversation with Raveena Kingsley
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.

10-Feb-2016
Cal Women Win First ITA National Indoors
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.

8-Feb-2016
Roundtable: Effects of New Scoring in Division I (Part 1)
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.

5-Feb-2016
Fifteen Champions Emerge as January Aces
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.

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.


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