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Breakdowns Before Breakthroughs
by Robert Davis, 26 November 2014

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

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Interview with USTA National Collegiate Coach Stephen Amritraj
by Colette Lewis, 8 October 2014

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

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Press Release
Premiere of Inside College Tennis with Tony Minnis at Wichita State
Press Release - 23 August 2014

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

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The Value of Front Court Skills in College Tennis
by Marc Vartabedian, 27 June 2014

I've had several recruits ask for training suggestions as they make the transition to college. A common theme between the three programs I've been part of the past few years has been the amount of work put into developing doubles skills, especially with freshmen. Recruiting players who can make immediate contributions to the doubles lineup has become harder to do, so my suggestion to young players in general is to develop the ability to play the net.

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18-Jun-2014
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.

7-May-2014
A Conversation with Steve Johnson
For college tennis fans, Steve Johnson needs no introduction. At USC, Johnson won an unprecedented four NCAA team titles and two NCAA singles titles, ending his collegiate career on a 72-match winning streak. With just one full year behind him on the ATP tour, he now stands as the third-ranked American at No. 69. Colette Lewis caught up with Johnson to talk about all things tennis...

25-Apr-2014
Talking with USTA's Tom Gullikson
If you've been to a major junior tournament in the United States this year, you've probably seen USTA Lead National Coach Tom Gullikson there - watching matches and talking with players, parents and coaches, both formally and one-on-one. Colette Lewis spoke with Gullikson during the USTA Spring Team Championships, where he gave his insights on a number of tennis issues.

24-Jan-2014
Eight Intriguing Questions for 2014
Tennis Recruiting enters its ninth year in 2014, and this January we feature the ninth straight edition of "Intriguing Questions" from columnist Colette Lewis. Lewis asks eight questions about junior and college tennis that should reveal their answers over the next twelve months.

20-Jan-2014
College Format Changes - The Vote of 21-19
The scoring system in tennis is one of its most sacred heirlooms. When the ITA (Intercollegiate Tennis Association) had its annual convention and coaches meeting in December, the hottest and the most pressing topic was the scoring system. Legendary tennis coach Chuck Kriese reviews highlights of the discussion - with his usual commentary.

13-Jan-2014
Previewing Inside College Tennis with Tony Minnis - Part II
A new television series - Inside College Tennis with Tony Minnis - premieres this week, Tuesday, January 14 at 9pm EST / 6pm PST on the Tennis Channel. And the entire tennis community should be very excited about the new program. We got the chance to talk with host and former LSU coach Tony Minnis about what we should expect to see...

11-Jan-2014
Premiere of Inside College Tennis With Tony Minnis Coming Tuesday
The Emmy award winning Bill Rodman Production Shoppe is partnering with Legendary Coach Tony Minnis and The Tennis Channel to bring you Inside College Tennis With Tony Minnis - a half-hour program dedicated to promoting collegiate tennis.

8-Jan-2014
Previewing Inside College Tennis with Tony Minnis
"College tennis is one of the best-kept secrets in college sports." So says Tony Minnis, who knows a thing or two about the sport. Minnis, who competed at a high level collegiately as both a player and coach, is about to pilot a new show on the Tennis Channel - Inside College Tennis with Tony Minnis. Check out what this program has in store...

8-Dec-2013
The Invaluable Experience - New Kindle Book by Lao and Limpert
Reflecting on her successful college tennis career, Danielle Lao, a two-time All-American at USC thought she might have some valuable information to share with others either enrolled at colleges and universities around the country, thinking about playing college sports, or even sports fans wondering what the college experience is like for a elite athlete. With the help of Rick Limpert, Lao has

24-Nov-2013
WAM Sports College Showcase to be held December 5-6
The WAM Sports College Tennis Camp and Showcase is a great way to get exposed to and recruited by 40+ U.S. college tennis coaches. College coaches from all divisions across country will be in attendance to educate you about the college tennis recruiting process and spend time with you on court.

22-Nov-2013
College Tennis Camps and Showcases - A Must for College-Bound Prospects
What are College Tennis Camps and Showcases? Who are they for? What can they do for me? Junior tennis players, parents and coaches alike often do not know much about either type of event. Therefore, they are hesitant and unsure of the benefits. But the chance to talk to a college coach, to be scouted and educated by them, to even be recruited by college coaches is always a valuable experience for any student athlete, regardless of who you are.

3-Nov-2013
Newks College Showcase to be held November 23-24
Newks College Showcase gives coaches the perfect opportunity to meet and watch potential recruits compete. Exposure between college coaches and players can be challenging, and this is the time of year most high school juniors begin looking into colleges tennis programs.

27-Oct-2013
Eastern College Showcase Day to be held November 10
Join presenters Eric Butorac and Dr. James Gladstone at the USTA Eastern Section's College Showcase Day on November 10 in Mt. Kisco, N.Y. The event is designed to help players learn more about the college tennis process and connect better with college coaches. College coaches have the opportunity to recruit and get exposure for their tennis programs.

30-Sep-2013
Media Tips for Young Tennis Players
Many junior tennis players pattern their games and on-court attitudes after professional players, but juniors rarely see their favorite players interact with the media. Although it may not have the same importance as developing a reliable kick serve or a slice backhand, learning to handle media requests and inquiries is part of the education of a developing player. The USTA recognizes that, annually conducting media training sessions.

25-Sep-2013
My Take on College Tennis
I want to start this piece by making one thing very clear so that there is no doubt about where I stand: I love college tennis. I have had a great experience as a player, coach, and now as a fan. That said, I think we need to be open to a change in the format in order to preserve the future of the sport in the changing landscape of college athletics.

5-Jun-2013
In the SPC, It's Books Over Backhands
As teenage athletes across the country turn away from the traditional brick-and-mortar education to tack on more training hours, the Southwest Preparatory Conference (SPC), the nation's largest geographical private school athletic conference with schools in Texas and Oklahoma, embraces its old-school ethic: academics before athletics.

9-May-2013
Ramp It Up - New Academy Opens in Southern California
The Home Depot Center in Carson, California, site of the USTA Training Center-West, has a new source of activity this spring with the opening of the RAMP Tennis Academy.

6-Feb-2013
Teah Flynn Organizes Groundbreaking Tennis Relay
For a 15 year old, Teah Flynn has done more community service than most adults, logging hundreds of volunteer hours raising funds for charities, walking dogs owned by disabled people, and producing PSAs. On February 9, Flynn, a two-star sophomore from Farmington, Arkansas, will host her most ambitious volunteer project so far - a Tennis Relay to raise money for genomic cancer research.

17-Jan-2013
Eight Intriguing Questions for 2013
Another year... and another edition of "Intriguing Questions" from columnist Colette Lewis. Today, Colette poses eight questions about junior and college tennis.

21-Dec-2012
Magnus Norman Seeks to Boost Swedish Tennis at Good to Great Academy
When Magnus Norman retired from the ATP tour in 2004, he didn't pick up a tennis racquet for three years. When he began to miss tennis, Norman began coaching Sweden's Robin Soderling, who went from 37 to 5 in the ATP rankings while working with Norman. With his girl friend expecting twins, Norman wanted to travel less, so he decided to concentrate on developing a private high performance academy.

11-Dec-2012
National Showcase Tournament Series
The Tennis Recruiting Network and Dunlop are proud to present the National Showcase Series - a series of USTA-sanctioned junior tournaments open to players from all sections. These tournaments are designed to give players a chance to compete outside of their districts and sections - and these tournaments will count towards Tennis Recruiting rankings.

9-Dec-2012
USTA Hints at Compromise When it Comes to Junior Tennis Changes
Tennis Recruiting contributor Rick Limpert was granted unique access over the past few days to talk with Jon Vegosen, Chairman of the Board and President of the USTA and Kurt Kampermann, USTA Chief Executive of Community Tennis, who have been front and center when it comes to the USTA's proposed changes in competitive junior tennis.

27-Nov-2012
Schedule of USTA Town Hall Meetings for Junior Competition Changes
Last month, the USTA announced that it would conduct a series of town hall meetings to discuss proposed changes to USTA Junior Competition. This "listening tour" is supposed to give players, parents, and concerned parties a chance to discuss these changes. A number of these meetings have now been scheduled - find one in your area.

22-Oct-2012
USTA to Pause 2013 Junior Competition Changes
After a series of weekend meetings with a tennis industry group, the USTA has decided to take the following steps with respect to junior competition: (1) leave the 2013 changes alone and continue the same schedule as 2012, (2) conduct a series of Town Hall Listening Meetings between now and mid-March, and (3) use the information gleaned from that Listening Tour to help determine refinements for 2014 and beyond.

20-Sep-2012
Reconsideration of USTA Junior Competition Changes
Earlier this week, a group of people concerned with junior competition met with USTA leadership about proposed changes to USTA Junior Competition in 2013 and 2014. Read about the meetings - and the plans for the USTA to respond in the upcoming weeks.

24-Aug-2012
The Case for a Junior Davis Cup Team
Tennis has undergone many changes in the years since Michael Chang, Andre Agassi, Jim Courier and Pete Sampras were playing junior tennis in the mid-80s. Few will shed a nostalgic tear for the short shorts and mullets in fashion back then, but one institution of that era is still spoken of in revered tones - the USTA Junior Davis Cup team.

10-Aug-2012
Not So Super: The Third-Set Tie-Breaker
At junior tournaments throughout the country, it has become common to use so-called 'Super Tie-Breakers' instead of playing out third sets. These tie-breakers are being used in spite of disapproval from players, coaches and parents. They rob our players of valuable skills in managing the pressures of a tight match, and they marginalize the value of winning - or losing - close matches.

24-May-2012
Talking with MaliVai Washington
MaliVai Washington is well-known in the tennis world. After a stellar junior career where he competed against the likes of Sampras, Agassi, Courier, and Martin, Washington attended the University of Michigan, where he was the top-ranked player before turning pro after his sophomore year. He is best known for reaching the finals at Wimbledon in 1996. Harry Cicma of NBC Sports caught up with Washington.

8-May-2012
A Grand New Era for Women's Tennis
In previous decades, tennis experts mercilessly harpooned women's tennis for its predictability. Evert, Navratilova, Seles, Graf, Hingis, and Williams (x2) dominated the stage for decades. Then the buck stopped in 2010. Recent tournaments have featured many first-time champions - some of them in their late twenties. Women's tennis is becoming a more interesting sport with a deeper field.

7-Mar-2012
"Little Mo" Sites Announced For Sectionals, Regionals and Nationals
The Maureen Connolly Brinker Tennis Foundation has selected tournament sites for its "Little Mo" tournaments for kids under 12 from the USA. Take a look at the schedule.

12-Jan-2012
Eight Intriguing Questions for 2012
Every January, columnist Colette Lewis of Zootennis takes time to reflect on the state of junior and college tennis. She distills some of her thoughts into a column that we are fortunate enough to run here at TennisRecruiting.net.

28-Nov-2011
80 and Still Jumping
For many years I have been close with the folks at West Point and the Military. I have not only spoken to the cadets, but I have also developed a very strong relationship with their tennis teams and coaches. At the 2010 US Open, I opened up my mouth and sort of suggested that I would be interested in skydiving with the Golden Knights for my 80th birthday (July 31, 2011). I didn't think much of it afterwards, but Coach Peck set the wheels in motion.

1-Jul-2011
Twelve Tips for a Better Tournament Experience
Colette Lewis has attended quite a few tennis tournaments over the years. During that time, she has seen the good, the bad, and the ugly. Here is a list of twelve tips that players and parents should keep in mind to foster the best-possible tournament experience for everyone.

11-May-2011
Wilander's Words of Wisdom
Mats Wilander, a seven-time Grand Slam singles champion, has devoted his life to tennis, and at age 46, says he still views himself as a professional tennis player. He now runs a Winnebago-based traveling clinic he conducts with former Naval Academy standout Cameron Lickle. At last month's Easter Bowl, Wilander headlined the tournament's annual seminar for coaches, parents and players. Here are some of his comments.

4-May-2011
Honoring The Memory of Karie Schlukebir
In 1999, life seemed good for Karie Schlukebir. After a stellar junior career, Indiana University Coach Lin Loring had recruited her to play at the Big Ten School. She was in her freshman year and only 18 years old when she was told she had melanoma, but Schlukebir was not about to let the cancer end her life without a fight.

2-May-2011
Northwestern Women Come From Behind Against Michigan to Claim 13th Big Ten Tournament Title
In the damp and gloom, behind 3-0 to a Michigan team that had beaten her squad 6-1 last week for the Big Ten regular season title on the same Ann Arbor courts, Northwestern women's head coach Claire Pollard had ample reason to expect her team's Big Ten tournament title winning streak would end at 12. But somehow she and the four remaining Wildcats on the courts kept the faith, ran the table, and emerged with a 4-3 win and their 13th consecutive Big Ten tournament title.

14-Feb-2011
Dow Corning Tennis Classic's Outreach Programs Touch Thousands of Midland-area Students Each Year
Thousands of youngsters benefit each year from the Dow Corning Tennis Classic's outreach programs. The Dow Corning has the obligatory Kids Day early in the tournament, but the Pros To Schools, Schools To Matches, and Think Smart, Dream Big programs make youth outreach a weeklong commitment.

21-Jan-2011
USTA National Junior Team Edges Alabama Men
When the USTA National Junior Team's match with the University of Alabama men came down to the last court Thursday, the competitive fires were fully ignited. As the 14 other players surrounded the match between 15-year-old Nikko Madregallejo and Alabama sophomore Ian Chadwell, it suddenly became strikingly similar to every other collegiate match that will be played over the next four months.

14-Jan-2011
Eight Intriguing Questions for 2011
Another year... and another edition of "Intriguing Questions" from columnist Colette Lewis. Today, Colette poses eight questions about junior and college tennis.

30-Dec-2010
Welcome to New Prince. 2011.
Team Prince comes forward to talk about their Prince racquets. Prince Tennis is excited about 2011.

8-Sep-2010
Flashback: Colette Lewis on the Grips Program
It was recently announced that Colette Lewis of ZooTennis.com won second place in the annual US Tennis Writers writing contest for her look at the Grips Program. That story - published in Racquet Sports Industry Magazine in February 2009 - also ran right here at TennisRecruiting.net. Today we republish that story in its entirety...

8-Jun-2010
Tennis has the Power to Help!
I traveled to Ethiopia in December with one thing in mind: bring my adopted son back to America, be a father to him, and give him a better life. My eyes were opened to a world that I'd never seen before. I didn't realize how large of an impact it would have on me. I encountered a culture where people are extremely gracious, wonderfully spiritual and tremendously resilient - all characteristics that I strive to embody in my life.

12-May-2010
USTA Eastern Section's Camp A.C.E. to be held in July
Former Australian Open semifinalist Chanda Rubin and former US Olympic coach Rodney Harmon will be teaching this summer at Camp A.C.E., the annual overnight camp run by the United States Tennis Association's Eastern Section. Camp A.C.E., for players age 14-17, will be held July 25-31 at Ramapo College of New Jersey.

11-May-2010
Tennis Manga Graphic Novel to Benefit Agassi Foundation
Tennis Manga is the first in a series of graphic novels that follow a junior tennis player through her career. Created by Catherine Chen, a sixteen-year old USTA junior competitor from Southern California, all proceeds benefit the Andre Agassi Foundation for Education.

26-Apr-2010
NCAA Rules Update - Enrolling After Graduation
This winter, the NCAA passed bylaws specifying how long high school graduates can wait before enrolling in college. As originally written, those bylaws would effect all graduating classes - starting with this year's class of 2010. There is some recent news on this - the possibility of a 6-month grace period that would protect the Class of 2010.

22-Feb-2010
A European Tennis Adventure
I got to travel to England and France in January - thanks to the USTA - to play in a couple of tennis tournaments. It was my first trip to Europe and was a great experience. I wrote about in my diary, parts of which are published here.

11-Feb-2010
Colette Lewis on Junior and College Tennis
Junior and college tennis is a passion for many people, but perhaps none more so than Colette Lewis. Lewis, who blogs about amateur tennis at ZooTennis.com and is a weekly contributor at TennisRecruiting.net, has carved out a niche as a freelance junior and college tennis journalist. She writes for TENNIS, SMASH, the USTA, and the New York Times, and she contributes to the Tennis Channel. We moved Lewis to the other side of the microphone - getting her take on all things tennis.

28-Jan-2010
Talking About Your Tennis: Media Training for Juniors
Andy Roddick, Serena Williams and Melanie Oudin aren't professors, but junior players at the USTA Training Center Headquarters learned important lessons from the three American stars last fall at a media relations session in Boca Raton, Fla.

14-Jan-2010
Nine Intriguing Questions for 2010
2010 marks the fifth new year for TennisRecruiting.net - and the fifth edition of "Intriguing Questions" from columnist Colette Lewis. Lewis asks nine questions that may bear answers in the first year of the new decade.

31-Oct-2009
USTA/Mid-Atlantic Section to Hold College Showcase at Old Dominion
On Nov. 14, the United States Tennis Association/Mid-Atlantic Section will host its 1st Annual College Showcase Day, giving students from the region a chance to learn about the wide range of opportunities in college tennis. The showcase will be held at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia and include a Round Robin tournament for high school players.

29-Oct-2009
Capra and Gibbs Join U.S. Fed Cup Team's Title Quest
An invitation to join the United States Fed Cup team as hitting partners is exciting enough, but Beatrice Capra and Nicole Gibbs have additional reasons to savor the experience: it's the finals, it's in Italy, and they are going together.

17-Oct-2009
USTA Eastern Section to Hold 23rd Annual College Showcase Day
On Nov. 8, the United States Tennis Association Eastern Section will host its 23rd Annual College Showcase Day, giving students from across New York, New Jersey and Connecticut a chance to learn about the wide range of opportunities in college tennis. The showcase will be held at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Queens and include a Round Robin tournament for high school seniors.

23-Jul-2009
The Man Behind the Texas College Tennis Blog
Last spring, tennis bloggers welcomed a new website and a new voice in college tennis world. During its first year of existence, the Texas College Tennis blog had neither a name nor face attached to it. But at the NCAAs in College Station, I met its creator, and he agreed to answer the many questions I had about his connection with college tennis in Texas and his decision to start a blog dedicated to it.

16-Jul-2009
Athletic DNA Launches Clothing Line with Juniors in Mind
When facing global sports apparel and shoe giants like Nike and Adidas, how does a small startup hope to have an impact? For Athletic DNA, a new Seattle-based company, the answer is simple: focus on tennis, and start where the sport starts - in the juniors.

24-Apr-2009
USTA National Campus Championship - A Firsthand Experience
Jason Franks and the Western Washington Vikings traveled to Surprise, Arizona this past weekend for the USTA National Campus Championships. Franks jotted down a diary during his stay, and he shares those thoughts with us today.

22-Apr-2009
Duke University Captures Title At 2009 USTA National Campus Championship
Duke University beat the University of Wisconsin - Madison 26-21 in Saturday's championship match at the 2009 USTA National Campus Championship at the Surprise Tennis and Racquet Complex. This was the first championship match for either squad and Duke University's first national title.

13-Apr-2009
An Inside Look at Tennis On Campus: Western Washington
Western Washington University, located in Bellingham, Wash., just twenty minutes from the Canadian border, is home to one of the oldest and most talented Tennis On Campus club teams in the nation. The Vikings are the only team to have attended all nine of the USTA Tennis On Campus National Championship tournaments. Jason Franks, former president of the team, reflects on his experience.

11-Apr-2009
USTA Tennis On Campus Names UC Davis Club Of The Year
The USTA announced that the University of California, Davis has been awarded the inaugural Club of the Year Award for the 2008-2009 Tennis On Campus season. The USTA Tennis On Campus program will present the University of California, Davis the Club of the Year award during the 2009 USTA National Campus Championship on April 16-18.

9-Mar-2009
Monica Seles - Two Handed Wonder
Monica Seles holds a special spot in this coach's heart. Her competitive spirit was second-to-none, she is genuinely kind, and her professional accomplishments are numerous and impressive. She will be inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2009. Bollettieri reflects on Seles' game - and her contributions to the sport.

16-Feb-2009
Introducing Tennis On Campus
The USTA's Tennis On Campus program is designed to provide college students with opportunities for team camaraderie, social networking, and rivaled competition through tennis without the rigors of a varsity program. Perfect for athletes who have chosen not to make the jump from high school to college varsity, Tennis On Campus offers co-ed team-based play, regional and national championship competition, and helps students maintain active and healthy lifestyles through their college years.

8-Jan-2009
Eight Intriguing Questions for 2009
Another year, another "Intriguing Questions" article from Colette Lewis. Lewis takes a moment to ask eight questions for the coming year.

5-Jan-2009
Courier: "The Grinder"
Jim Courier's career can be summed up in just a few words: hard work, guts, and passion! He has had to work for everything that has come to him in life, but the fruits of his labor have produced four Grand Slam titles, a #1 ranking in the world, and membership on the victorious 1992 Davis Cup Team.

24-Nov-2008
Jelena's Climb to the Top
Even though it happened and lasted for just one week, Jelena Jankovic's journey to reach the top of the tennis world was achieved! As anyone who has ever successfully climbed a mountain unattainable by the vast majority of their peers, her sense of triumph and euphoria was both deserved and hard-earned. Jelena made it to the top through sheer hard work and determination.

9-Oct-2008
A Look at the Grips Program
Southern California junior development coaches Craig Cignarelli and Aaron Fox recognized a need for more structure and objectivity in their teaching methods, which led them to create the Grips Program. Colette Lewis explains the reasons for the program's popularity with players, parents and coaches.

23-Sep-2008
USTA Announces Campus Showdowns
The USTA is teaming with the ITA to promote Campus Showdowns on college campuses throughout the United States. Campus Showdowns are one-day, short-format tournaments open to juniors, college players, professionals, and adults.

30-May-2008
Will the Serve and Volley Ever Bounce Back?
On court, the power game is linked to the economy of energy - points end after fewer strokes and in less time. On the other hand, a game built around strategy, like the Serve and Volley game, is linked more to patience. I believe the gradual disappearance of the Serve and Volley in modern tennis can be traced back to several factors; the difficulty and time commitment required for its development, equipment advancements, improvements in the players' physical fitness, and the fans thirst for the more "glamorous" game.

8-May-2008
A Conversation with Documentary Filmmaker Tom Pura
Tom Pura is a tennis parent, a Harvard grad and a Wall Street retiree. He is not, as he would be the first to tell you, a movie producer. But several years ago, Pura decided that if he wanted to chronicle the tennis life of his 13-year-old son TJ, it was up to him to become one. Colette Lewis talks with Pura about his resulting documentary, entitled 50,000 Balls.

28-Apr-2008
The Coaching Carousel
The coaching carousel spins again, this time with the break up of one of the highest profile teams on the ATP Tour, Andy Roddick and his coach, Jimmy Connors. The first question people usually ask is "What happened?". As in many cases, knee-jerk reactions, speculations, and rumors inevitably begin to pile up and ultimately bury the truth.

3-Mar-2008
The Return of Davenport
Davenport's back! That's good news for women's tennis, and with her commitment to play in the Fed Cup and her eyes set on the 2008 Beijing Olympics, better news for American women's tennis.

17-Jan-2008
Nine Intriguing Questions for 2008
For the third year in a row, Colette Lewis publishes her annual "Intriguing Questions" article right here at TennisRecruiting.net. Take a look at nine questions she is eager to have answered in 2008.

26-Nov-2007
Minneapolis Junior Has Plenty To Be Thankful For
Angela Wong spends much of her days driving her two children to various tennis activities in the Twin Cities. Whether it is a tournament, private lessons or a drill, Wong chauffeurs her two tennis prodigies from court to court as they continue to develop their games. Unfortunately, their tennis travels put them on the I-35W bridge at the wrong time.

5-Oct-2007
American Coaching in London
British Tennis is getting a dose of American coaching; will it change the prognosis for juniors there? The LTA recently selected Bill Mountford, USTA director of tennis at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center for six years, to oversee the LTA's Coach Relations and Competition program. Colette Lewis talks with Mountford about junior tennis in the UK.

12-Sep-2007
Welcome to the Evolution
On today's tennis courts, you can find a wide variety in the styles of play and the personalities on the court. Every match seems to showcase something different to amaze and delight fans. The power is there, but there is a mix of speed, agility and all-court play. The game has evolved into a much more physical sport than ever before. But you need more than physical strength and stamina to be successful in today's game. Just take a look at the number one players in the world on both sides.

23-Aug-2007
Unstrung: Courier Documentary Attempts to Transcend Tennis
Jim Courier didn't want his documentary "Unstrung" to be a tennis movie. What he hoped for, after following a group of male junior players for ten months, was a film that would appeal to a wider audience, one that would focus less on the sport and more on the dynamics and drama when family and competition intertwine. Each of the film's subjects provides a glimpse of the many paths parents and children can take.

30-Jul-2007
Mark Riley Takes the Reins at Kalamazoo
Kalamazoo College alumnus Mark Riley ('82), head men's tennis coach at the University of Pennsylvania for the past seven seasons, was recently named men's tennis coach at his alma mater and assistant director of the 2007 USTA Boys 18s and 16s National Championships. Just a few days after his arrival on campus at Kalamazoo College, Colette Lewis sat down to talk with Riley about the new chapter in his career in tennis.

12-Jul-2007
Twelve Tips for a Better Tournament Experience
Colette Lewis has attended quite a few tennis tournaments over the years. During that time, she has seen the good, the bad, and the ugly. Here is a list of twelve tips that players and parents should keep in mind to foster the best-possible tournament experience for everyone.

8-May-2007
USTA Boys' 18 and 16 Clays in Delray Beach
The USTA Boys' 18 and 16 Clay Court National Championships moves this year to Delray Beach, Fla. Learn about the tournament in this press release from tournament officials.

16-Apr-2007
You Cannot Be Serious!
"I've gone from a poor tennis coach who does comedy, to a poor comedian who plays tennis." That's Michael Kosta's tongue-in-cheek description of the past year, when he resigned as assistant men's tennis coach at the University of Michigan to tell jokes for a living. Although at first glance that's an improbable change in occupations, Kosta believes his twenty years in tennis prepared him well.

2-Apr-2007
Federer Crashes to Earth
Who would've guessed that Roger Federer would make an opening round exit from the Pacific Life Open at Indian Wells? I certainly wouldn't have predicted it, especially for a guy that had won 41 consecutive matches overall and three consecutive titles at Indian Wells. If you did pick this upset, you could have retired after a short trip to Las Vegas! But is this really that big of an upset?

29-Mar-2007
USTA Florida's Bobby Curtis Toasted and Roasted at Sony Ericsson Open Dinner
The Greater Miami Tennis and Education Foundation held its annual fundraising dinner in Key Biscayne on Sunday, and the honoree was Bobby Curtis, USTA Florida's coordinator of junior tennis. Colette Lewis of ZooTennis.com was onhand to listen to the stories - humorous and heartfelt.

16-Mar-2007
Corwin Leaving Kalamazoo, Taking USTA Position
Timon Corwin, Tournament Director of the USTA Boys 18 and 16 National Championships in Kalamazoo and men's tennis coach at Kalamazoo College since 1994, announced last weekend that he would be leaving those positions to join the USTA Player Development staff as Senior Director for Junior and Collegiate Competition in May.

18-Jan-2007
Eight Intriguing Questions for 2007
Last week, Colette Lewis reviewed the 2006 year in tennis. Today, she presents a set of eight questions that she is eager to have answered in 2007.

11-Jan-2007
A Look Back at 2006
For the past two years, I've written an Intriguing Questions piece in January. Part speculation, part prediction, part plain old curiosity, the 2007 version will surface soon, but before I embark on that, I thought it might be fun to look back at how the 2006 questions were answered.

9-Jan-2007
2007 Australian Open Preview
As we look ahead to the start of the upcoming 2007 tennis season there is plenty to be excited about. At the top of everyone's list is the first Grand Slam of the year, the Australian Open. Last year's Aussie Open saw Amelie Mauresmo win her first Grand Slam. Roger Federer won his second Australian Open, and his third Grand Slam tournament in a row. This year's Open should be nothing short of spectacular!

2-Nov-2006
USTA/ITA Campus Kids' Days Schedule
The USTA is working with college coaches to find ways to expose college varsity tennis to more junior players. The USTA has announced a new program called Campus Kids' Days.

1-Nov-2006
USTA/ITA Campus Showdown Schedule
The USTA is teaming with the ITA to promote Campus Showdowns on college campuses throughout the United States. Find a Showdown in your area - or at a college of interest.

31-Oct-2006
Tennis Against Breast Cancer
The 14th Annual Tennis Against Breast Cancer Tennis Challenge took place on Sunday, October 29th at Roosevelt Island Racquet Club in New York City. Davis Cup Captain Patrick McEnroe was on hand to kick off a fun day of tennis with participants and local top junior players Lindsay Clark and Laken & Carlissa King.

12-Jan-2006
Eight Intriguing Questions for 2006
For most people, this is the time of year for resolutions, but for tennis fans and pundits, it's the time to peer into the fresh new year with anticipation and predictions. Here are eight of the questions I'm eager to have answered in 2006.

28-Nov-2005
Recipe for Excitement? Seven Points and No-Ad
Certainly one of the greatest things ever to happen in tennis was the invention of the tie-breaker and no-ad scoring systems that prevent sets from lasting almost forever. Two true tennis "blue-bloods" were responsible for these improvements: the late James Van Alen (Newport, RI) and Frank Van Rensselaer (King of Prussia, PA).


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