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Signing Week 2021

We made it. The Countdown is over, and Signing Week has arrived.

This Wednesday, November 10, is Signing Day - the first day that high school seniors can formally commit to Division I or Division II tennis programs by signing their National Letters of Intent. TRN has been counting down the days for almost a month, and we are primed and ready for Signing Week.

This week is all about the seniors and college tennis recruiting. We have a mix of roundup articles and profiles of committed seniors - including today’s Blue Chip Roundup where we take one last peek at the top senior boys and girls. Once Wednesday arrives, we celebrate the opening of the Signing Period with more articles and plenty of updates to our commitment lists (boys, girls).

Check out our coverage schedule - and then get up-to-date on the Blue Chips ...


Signing Week Series


Blue Chip Update

The tables below show the Blue Chip athletes and their updated recruiting status. The Commitment column shows whether the recruit has made a verbal commitment or is undecided, while the Interests column indicates schools of interest.


Boys Status

Jack Anthrop FL Ohio State Ohio State
Samir Banerjee NJ Stanford Stanford
Nishesh Basavareddy IN Stanford Stanford
Alexander Bernard FL   Open
Jonah Braswell FL Florida Florida
Ignacio Buse FL   Open
Ozan Colak MI   Open
Ryan Colby VA USC USC, Columbia, Cornell, Florida, Harvard, Michigan, Notre Dame, South Carolina, Stanford, Texas
Nathan Cox LA Vanderbilt Columbia, Duke, Harvard, LSU, Stanford, UCLA, Vanderbilt, Yale
Vignesh Gogineni OH Yale Yale
Sebastian Gorzny CA TCU TCU
Nicholas Heng AL Auburn Auburn
Benjamin Kittay MD   Open
Nicolas Kotzen NJ Columbia Columbia
Bruno Kuzuhara FL   Open
Victor Lilov NC Turned Pro Open
Nathan Nguyen VA Navy Navy
Fnu Nidunjianzan FL Princeton Princeton
Masato Perera CA Harvard Harvard
Ethan Quinn CA Georgia Florida, North Carolina, Stanford, Texas, USC, Georgia, Pepperdine, Oklahoma
Sebastian Sec NY Princeton Princeton
Bjorn Swenson MN Michigan Michigan
Aadarsh Tripathi CA UCLA UCLA
Teddy Truwit CT Duke Duke
Azuma Visaya HI UCLA UCLA
Michael Zheng NJ Deciding Soon Columbia, Stanford

Cardinal North

Since our original look at the Blue Chips last month, two more boys have made commitments - and they are both heading to Palo Alto.

Samir Banerjee (Basking Ridge, N.J.) and Nishesh Basavareddy (Carmel, Ind.) have both committed to Stanford and will arrive on campus Fall 2022.

Samir Banerjee has committed to Stanford

Banerjee is excited to work with Paul Goldstein and the entire Cardinal coaching staff.

“I am looking to transition to college tennis under Coach Goldstein and Coach Coupe,” said Banerjee. “It’s not every day that you get to work with a group that has an impressive past track record on the Pro Tour. I also like their commitment to advancing the program.”

Banerjee looks forward to arriving on campus next Fall.

“I am eager to soak in the total Stanford experience,” he said. “I know I will grow and mature - both as an athlete and as an individual.”

As you can see from the table, only 6 college-bound Blue Chip boys remain on the board, and we expect some of those to declare over the coming days and weeks.


Girls Status

Seren Agar NJ Boston College Boston College
Kaila Barksdale CA Deciding Soon San Diego, UC Santa Barbara, Washington State
Alexis Blokhina FL   Open
Reese Brantmeier WI   Open
Emma Charney SC USC USC
Katie Codd CA Duke Duke
Calissa Dellabarca NM UCSB UCSB
Rachel Gailis CA Florida Florida
Ann Guerry GA Yale Yale
Elisabeth Jones MI Michigan Michigan
Ashlyn Krueger TX Turned Pro Open
Anne Lutkemeyer CA   Open
Rebecca Lynn CA   Open
Sonya Macavei OH Vanderbilt Vanderbilt
Akari Matsuno IL Notre Dame Notre Dame
Vivian Ovrootsky CA Texas Texas
Charlotte Owensby FL Harvard Harvard
Whitley Pate SC   Open
Bojana Pozder WI Notre Dame Notre Dame
Madison Sieg CT USC USC
Daria Smetannikov NJ Texas A&M Texas A&M
Bridget Stammel TX Vanderbilt Vanderbilt
Emma Sun CA   Open
Nikita Vishwase AZ LSU LSU
Sophia Wang FL Columbia Columbia
Katja Wiersholm WA California California

Growing Ivy

Commitments to Ivy League programs generally filter in later than most, but the number of Blue Chip Ivy commits has grown from 1 to 3 since our last look at the Blue Chip girls.

Ann Guerry of Atlanta, Ga., announced her commitment to Yale, while Charlotte Owensby of Boca Raton, Fla., is heading to rival Harvard. Perhaps the two athletes will get a chance to catch up at The Game in Cambridge next Fall.

Charlotte Owensby is heading to Harvard

As is often the case with Ivy institutions, Owensby was impressed with the wealth of opportunities available at Harvard.

“Harvard is a place where I can combine high-level tennis and academics without sacrificing either,” said Owensby. “The resources available are unmatched, which should enhance my educational and athletic experience - and Harvard is famous for its incredible global alumni network.”

Owensby had great conversations with Crimson Head Coach Traci Green during the recruiting process.

“The coaches are very positive, and I am excited about the goals they have set for the team and for me as an individual.”

Although Guerry and Owensby are off the board, the table shows that there are still 7 college-bound Blue Chip girls available. We do expect most of these girls to play college tennis.

We will keep an eye on things as more stories develop this week … but make sure to make TennisRecruiting.net your online home for all things Signing Week!


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