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November Aces Shine Abroad and at Home
by Colette Lewis, 2 December 2016

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

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Special Feature
In Troubled Times, Tennis Creates Bridge with Atlanta Police
by Ron Cioffi, 30 November 2016

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

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Player Advice
Building A Game: The Tennis Imagination
by Joel Drucker, 27 November 2016

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

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Tournament Preview
World Junior No. 1 Kecmanovic Leads Eddie Herr ITF Boys Field; China's Wang Heads Girls Draw
by Colette Lewis, 24 November 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10-Oct-2016
Countdown to Signing Day
Once again, in the junior and college tennis, the changing leaves mean that we are getting closer and closer to Signing Day. November 9th is is the first day of the one-week fall signing period - the only opportunity this calendar year for seniors to sign a National Letter of Intent with a Division I or Division II school. As always, The Tennis Recruiting Network and GAMMA are here to keep you up to date on all the happenings.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

19-Sep-2016
Star Ratings '16-'17 - Fall Edition
After months of waiting, here they are... the Star Ratings. Find out right now how many stars you have - as The Tennis Recruiting Network proudly presents the Fall Star Ratings for 2016-17.

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

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

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

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

5-Sep-2016
Tennis Recruiting Welcomes the Class of 2023
Labor Day is the unofficial end of summer. School starts back up, and there are new sixth-graders walking the halls. This week's rankings at the Tennis Recruiting Network are the first of the 2016-17 season - and they also mark the arrival of the Class of 2023.

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

1-Sep-2016
Best Wishes, Class of 2016
The high school Class of 2016 had their ceremonies back in June - and many of those young men and women are now heading off to college. Today is the day that the Tennis Recruiting Network bids them farewell. This week's rankings are our final edition for the 2015-16 year - and the final rankings for the outgoing Class of 2016.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

15-Aug-2016
Hard Court Championship Week
Last week, the best American juniors were competing for gold balls at the USTA National Championships all across the country. National titles were awarded for both boys and girls in all four age divisions. TennisRecruiting.net and Van Der Meer Academy announce our Championship Week coverage - with photo galleries and articles that celebrate the best of the best in junior tennis.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

25-Jul-2016
Clay Court Championship Week
The USTA Clay Court Championships have concluded around the country. This week, TennisRecruiting.net and Van Der Meer Academy have roundups of all the action from the Boys' 12s to the Girls' 18s - from Virginia Beach to Fort Lauderdale. Check out coverage of all the tournaments - and meet the latest gold ball winners of all ages. Get ready... for Clay Court Championship Week.

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

22-Jul-2016
Top-Ranked Blumberg Chooses Carolina Blue
As he considered his options for college, Blue Chip William Blumberg encountered a problem - every school he visited went to the top of his list. Blumberg considered Duke, USC, Wake Forest, Stanford, Virginia and North Carolina before finally paring his choice down to the Cavaliers and Tar Heels. In the end, the nation's top-ranked senior liked what he saw to UNC, and he plans to graduate early and join the Tar Heels in January for the 2017 spring season.

20-Jul-2016
Fall Star Ratings Period Starts Next Week
Twice a year, TennisRecruiting.net updates its Star Ratings - sometimes known as "The Stars". Our next update to the Star Ratings comes in late September - and those ratings will be based on players' highest rankings during the next eight weeks - from the week of July 25 to the week of September 12, 2016. We invite players to review their player records to ensure accurate ratings.

19-Jul-2016
College Tennis Players Spending the Summer with BB&T Atlanta Open
While most college students are spending their summer break working at summer camps, house sitting or maintaining lawns, there a half-dozen or so college tennis players giving a needed assist to the BB&T Atlanta Open, an ATP World Tour 250 event that is one of eight summer tournaments in the Emirates Airline US Open Series. These student athletes are getting to interact with names like Isner, Agassi and Kyrgios.

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

15-Jul-2016
Shapovalov, Potapova Claim Wimbledon Junior Titles; Liu and Arconada Win Girls Doubles
The brief junior grass season ended perfectly for Anastasia Potapova of Russia and Denis Shapovalov of Canada, with the pair celebrating Wimbledon Junior Championships in front of large, enthusiastic crowds. Potapova defeated Dayana Yastremska of Ukraine 6-4, 6-3 in Saturday's girls final, while Shapovalov overcame Alex De Minaur of Australia 4-6, 6-1, 6-3 in Sunday's boys championship match.

13-Jul-2016
Behind the Tennis Recruiting Rankings
This week marks the 569th consecutive week that Tennis Recruiting has put out graduation-based rankings of American junior boys and girls. Rankings are front and center on Tennis Recruiting, and people often ask us how our rankings work. Today we describe our ranking system ...

11-Jul-2016
Roundtable: Coaches On Off-Court Factors in Recruiting Part II
Last month, we talked with college tennis coaches about how aspects other than on-court play factor into recruiting. We got a few more responses, and so we present answers to the following question: What off-court qualities do you look for in a recruit? What is important to you, as a coach, concerning the demeanor and attitude of a recruit?

8-Jul-2016
How to Win Without Your A Game
When you look at the world's top players, isn't it amazing how often they are in the quarters, semis, and finals of Grand Slam tournaments? How is it possible for them to be that consistent time after time? How do they bring their "A game" when it matters the most? The reality is that the top players understand that the key to consistency and playing well has to do with how to act when they don't have their A game.

6-Jul-2016
The Weight of Winning - Greatness and Glory
Coaches teach, develop and mold players from their experiences, successes and mistakes. Their job is to push their players through doors where there have never been before - and to get them past their fears of failure, success and the unknown. Coach Paul Thomson of UAH describes a recent dual tennis match that serves as a microcosm of why coaches do what they do.

4-Jul-2016
How to Enjoy the Pressure of Competing
One of the most common issues that comes up during my early sessions with top junior tennis players is the overwhelming pressure they feel before and during matches. On a positive note, many junior players look for ways to improve their mental performance and stop the worrying. But the problem goes beyond mental skills - many juniors just don&apos't enjoy the competition. Here are three things players can do to enjoy tournament play - and perform at a higher level.

1-Jul-2016
Junior and Collegian Aces Shine Brightly in June
From clay to grass and spring to summer, June's transitions produced aces from a variety of circumstances. The French Open gave us two unexpected junior champions, while the Pro Circuit was fertile ground for other teens and NCAA stars both in the United States and in many other countries across the globe.

29-Jun-2016
Recruiting Terms and Calendar for 2016-17
July marks the beginning of another recruiting year. Recruiting expert Dede Allen is back to review important dates on the calendar for all ages - and she also has a primer on basic recruiting terms.

27-Jun-2016
Talking with Former Stanford Standout Hilary Barte
Hilary Barte, the No. 1-rated women's tennis recruit in the class of 2007, won two doubles national titles and one team championship while at Stanford, where she played No. 1 singles and doubles for all four seasons (2008-2011). Barte had a combined singles and doubles record of 258-63, and she was an eight-time All-American. We talked recently with Barte about her new career as a real-estate agent, her days as a junior, college and professional tennis player, and how tennis prepared her for that profession.

24-Jun-2016
Zhu Heads to UCLA
A program with the history and reputation of UCLA doesn't need a sales force, yet Evan Zhu, who will join the Bruins this fall, found himself surrounded by advocates for the school while in Southern California. A trio of former UCLA stars - Nick Meister, Dan Kosakowski and Haythem Abid - had practiced with, coached or competed against the 17-year-old, five-star recruit and were eager to see him in True Blue and Gold.

23-Jun-2016
Images from the NCAA Championships in Tulsa
The college tennis season culminated last month with the NCAA Championships, with the University of Virginia and Stanford University winning the Division I team titles in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Photographer Bill Kallenberg was onhand at the event, and he has some great images capturing its pageantry and excitement ...

21-Jun-2016
Top Texan Chase Wood Chooses Florida State
"My parents always said that once your heart feels right, you'll know it," said Chase Wood, referring to his college choice. Wood's parents knew exactly what they were talking about as both played collegiate tennis - mom for Tennessee and dad for Arkansas. Taking into consideration his family's advice, athletic history and his own goals, the 17-year-old blue chip recruit and top-ranked Texas player verbally committed to Florida State University.

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

19-Jun-2016
National Selection Tourney Photo Gallery from Delray Beach
Memorial Day Weekend is the unofficial start of summer, and with it the tennis season heats up. The USTA put on National Selection Tournaments all across the country during the holiday weekend as part of the national junior competition schedule. Take a look at action photos from the event in Delray Beach, Florida.

17-Jun-2016
2016 Top NCAA Division III Women's Classes
The Tennis Recruiting Network wraps up its spring recruiting class rankings with a look at the D-III women. Today we present our list of the Top 25 NCAA D-III women's recruiting classes for 2016. This year, the top of our rankings has a distinct Maroon hue ...

15-Jun-2016
Joyce, Daavettila Repeat as Champions at US Open Midwest Playoffs
The location had changed, but the results were the same as teenagers Martin Joyce and Sara Daavettila defended their titles at the US Open Midwest Playoffs at the University of Notre Dame Monday.

14-Jun-2016
Roundtable: Coaches On Off-Court Factors in Recruiting
College tennis players have a lot of responsibilities. In addition to consistently turning in top performances on the court, they also have to deal with academics while working closely with their teammates and coaches. We put the following question to a panel of respected coaches: What off-court qualities do you look for in a recruit?

13-Jun-2016
2016 Top NCAA Division III Men's Classes
The Tennis Recruiting Network presents its recruiting class rankings for NCAA Division III conferences. Today we present our Top 25 D-III men's recruiting classes for 2016. This year, the No. 1 class comes from Amherst College for the first time since 2013.

10-Jun-2016
2016 Top Mid-Major Women's Classes
TennisRecruiting.net picks up where it left off on Monday with more rankings of mid-major recruiting classes. Today we present the Top 25 mid-major women's recruiting classes for 2016. Check out the Waves - who are cresting at the top of the rankings.

8-Jun-2016
Talking with Division III Men's Singles Champion Skyler Butts
Skyler Butts of Claremont-Mudd-Scripps ended his career on a high note last month in Kalamazoo, claiming the Division III men's singles title after reaching the final in 2015, the same year the Stags claimed their first team championship since 1981. Colette Lewis of ZooTennis.com talked with the 22-year-old Californian about his tennis background, postgraduate plans, one-handed backhand, hobbies and why Division III was the right choice for him.

7-Jun-2016
USTA Midwest Section to Hold College Showcase in Indianapolis
On Friday, June 24, the USTA Midwest Section will host its 2016 College Showcase, giving students from the region a chance to learn about the wide range of opportunities in college tennis. The showcase will be held at the Barbara S. Wynne Tennis Center, North Central High School in Indianapolis, Indiana, and will include both information and on-court sessions for high school players.

6-Jun-2016
2016 Top Mid-Major Men's Classes
The Tennis Recruiting Network continues its series of recruiting class rankings with the first of our mid-major conference rankings. Today we present the Top 25 mid-major men's recruiting classes for 2016, which seem to be a bit Bullish.

5-Jun-2016
Images from Academia Sanchez-Casal
Things are hot and humid all over - but especially in Florida. Our photographers were in Naples last week for the Level 6 event at Academia Sanchez-Casal. Check out images from boys and girls of all levels ...

3-Jun-2016
May Aces Spotlight College Tennis
College tennis takes the spotlight in May with the NCAA championships, while junior tennis features the Grade A Italian Open in Milan as its showcase event. Former college players, particularly those from the PAC-12, had a slew of notable results, and several juniors earned titles on the ITF Pro Circuit.

1-Jun-2016
Eudice Chong, Skyler Butts Claim Division III Singles Titles in Kalamazoo
Claremont-Mudd-Scripps senior Skyler Butts had to deal with hundreds of his opponent's fans roaring on every point. Wesleyan sophomore Eudice Chong had to face the only player who had beaten her in Division III competition. But both took advantage of their experience in the big moment to claim the 2016 NCAA Division III singles titles last Saturday at Kalamazoo College's Stowe Stadium.

31-May-2016
Florida Level 4 Gulfstream Photo Gallery
Today we have images from the USTA Florida Gulfstream - a Level 4 sectional event from Boca Raton, Florida, featuring boys and girls in the 18s and 16s divisions the weekend of May 14. Tennis Recruiting photographers were onhand to capture action shots from the event ...

30-May-2016
Top Women's Classes - 2016 Spring Rankings
Our Recruiting Class Rankings continue with a look at the ladies. Tennis Recruiting is proud to present its spring rankings of the Top 25 Women's College Tennis Recruiting Classes of 2016. As in the winter, a trio of Blue Chip recruits powers the LSU Tigers to the top spot.

27-May-2016
Bowdoin Men and Emory Women Claim NCAA Team Titles
The NCAA Division III team championships at Kalamazoo College displayed two sides of college tennis, producing an improbable champion in the Bowdoin men and a favored champion in the Emory women.

25-May-2016
Check Out a College Recruiting Showcase
Want a leg up on your high school tennis colleagues looking to compete at the collegiate level? Try a college-recruiting tennis showcase. If you're in a hurry or overwhelmed by an unforgiving tournament schedule, a showcase is just the ticket. Usually no longer than two days, it gets players quick exposure to dozens of college coaches on site in a tournament-like environment.

23-May-2016
Top Men's Classes - 2016 Spring Rankings
The Tennis Recruiting Network is excited to present its spring ranking of the Top 25 Men's Recruiting Classes for 2016. New commitments have brought seven new teams to the rankings - including two new previously unranked classes into the Top 10. But the Top Dawgs of the rankings remain the same as they were during the winter ... and the selection is unanimous.

19-May-2016
What Is An Upset?
Tennis Recruiting is a website that rates and ranks junior tennis players. One of the questions we get most often from our users is, "What exactly is an upset?" There are many possible definitions of an upset - this article explores the question and puts forward an answer.

17-May-2016
Mississippi State Men Shock Illini
The NCAA Division I Men's Tennis bracket held a few upsets this year heading into the round of 16. One is a big one - 2003 winners (and 2007 finalists) Illinois won't be going to Tulsa. Mississippi State and first-year Head Coach Matt Roberts brought in a team that finished 20-8 and No. 21 in the nation to Champaign, Ill., and advanced to the NCAA Round of 16.

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

13-May-2016
NCAA Tournament Roundtable - Part II
The NCAA Division I Tennis Championships start today. The top men's and women's college tennis programs face off in first-round action across the country, with all teams competing for tickets to Tulsa, Okla., and a spot in the Sweet 16. Check out insights from our college tennis contributors - and see who they picked as darkhorses and champions.

11-May-2016
Asics Easter Bowl ITF Tournament Pioneers Travel Grants
In its nearly fifty years on the United States junior tennis scene, the Easter Bowl has developed a reputation for innovation. This year saw a new initiative emerge for those participating in the International Tennis Federation's Grade B1 event at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden: travel vouchers for boys and girls who reached the round of 16 in their respective 64-player draws.

9-May-2016
NCAA Tournament Roundtable - Part I
The brackets are set, and this weekend, the NCAA Division I Tennis Championships get underway. 64 men's and women's college tennis teams will head to campus venues around the country to compete in first- and second-round action. The winners will make up the Sweet 16 and head to Tulsa, Oklahoma, to compete for the team title. Today, our college tennis contributors preview the "Big Dance" of college tennis.

8-May-2016
SMU Tennis Programs To Be Featured On College Sports Weekly
Fox College Sports (FCS) will air a show featuring the SMU Tennis teams as well as the SMU Tennis Complex, beginning on Sunday at 8pm ET / 7 pm CT on FCS Atlantic.

6-May-2016
McNally's Path Leads Straight to Columbus
Born and raised an Ohio State football fan, John McNally always expected to join the Buckeyes once it became clear his level of play would allow him to compete for one of the nation's top programs. Dismissing a brief temptation to look elsewhere, the 17-year-old blue chip from Cincinnati has announced his commitment to Ohio State for the fall of 2017.

4-May-2016
ASU Reinstates Men's Tennis
After an eight-year hiatus, Sun Devil Athletics announced the reinstatement of the men's tennis program at Arizona State. Through a lead gift of $1M by Buffie and Ray Anderson, Vice President for University Athletics, ASU will now field a total of 26 NCAA varsity sports.

2-May-2016
Aubone Playing (And Finishing) On His Own Terms
When it comes to tennis, Jean-Yves Aubone has made sure things were on his terms. Born to two professional tennis players, there was no doubt that tennis would be the sport for "JY". He became one of the premiere junior tennis players in the country - eventually heading to Florida State. Since graduating in 2010, Aubone has been out on the professional tour. Contributor Joey Dillon got the chance to catch up with Aubone about all things tennis ...

1-May-2016
Florida Sectional at Academia Sanchez-Casal
Check out images from last week's USTA Florida L5 Sectionals in Naples. Photographer Fritz Moore was on site at Academia Sáanchez-Casal to capture some great action photos. Here they are ...

29-Apr-2016
Busy Month Leads to 18 April Aces
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.

27-Apr-2016
How Champion Tennis Players Overcome Pressure
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.

25-Apr-2016
JJ Wolf Stays Home at Ohio State
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.

22-Apr-2016
ITA Summer Circuit Schedule
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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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
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.

2-Jan-2016
Spring Star Ratings Period Starts This Week
Twice a year, TennisRecruiting.net updates its Star Ratings - sometimes known as "The Stars". Our next update to the Star Ratings comes in March - and those ratings will be based on players' highest rankings during the next eight weeks - from the week of January 9 to the week of February 27, 2017. We invite players to review their player records to ensure accurate ratings.


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