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February Aces
by Colette Lewis, 2 March 2018

College tennis is now in full swing, with last month’s achievements including three coveted ITA Indoor Titles for teams from North Carolina and Georgia. Former collegiate stars also distinguished themselves, and juniors made their presence felt with ITF Junior and Pro Circuit titles. They are all featured in the February Aces.

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January Aces
by Colette Lewis, 2 February 2018

Another junior slam title for an American boy, more success in Europe for USA’s 14-and-under team and big Challenger titles for a couple of former college standouts lead the list of January’s top performances. Find out which 14 players made the cut for January's Aces.

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December Aces
by Colette Lewis, 29 December 2017

With the fall college season ending last month and a diminishing number of professional events in December, this month’s top performances came primarily from the big junior tournaments in Florida. Find out which players earned a spot in the December Aces.

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November Aces End Season Strong
by Colette Lewis, 1 December 2017

Tennis players begin to set goals for 2018 as winter approaches, while striving to end the season on a positive note. The 18 current and former collegians and juniors in this month's Aces had results in November that are sure to keep them motivated during their brief off-season.

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October Aces Achieve New Heights
October’s important junior tournaments, collegiate majors, Challengers and Pro Circuit events provided the backdrop for the achievements of the 18 competitors featured below. Whether they are adding new milestones in their junior careers or solidifying their status on the professional level, all 18 will remember the satisfaction of holding the winner’s trophy after an important performance last month.

Eighteen Aces Usher In Fall
While September is always associated with the last slam of the year in New York, it also marks the beginning of a new college season and provides an opportunity for juniors and former collegians to develop some momentum for the last third of the year. Those featured below were happy to usher in autumn with outstanding performances in tournaments throughout the world.

US, International Players Shine in August
August is the month the USTA crowns its National Champions, with the eight boys and girls claiming gold balls and unforgettable memories. Due to Tennis Recruiting Network's extensive coverage of Championship week, those players are not featured below but a dozen current and former college stars and top juniors also have accomplishments to treasure from last month.

Nineteen Aces in July
July is packed with tennis, from the grass at Wimbledon to the Har-Tru of the USTA Clay Court Championships, to the kickoff of the North American summer hard court season. The performances highlighted below don't include those who won gold balls at the Clays, due to extensive coverage of those events last week at the Tennis Recruiting Network. But plenty of young Americans are among the 19 players who shone on the international stage last month.

American French Open Champion is a June Ace
June marks the end of clay season and the beginning of grass season, but it's also the month college players flood the USTA Pro Circuit in search of precious ATP and WTA ranking points. Five current college players won titles this month in the US, while former Division I stars also excelled. Add to that the first American French Open girls champion since Jennifer Capriati, bringing the number of top performers in June to 17.

May Aces Feature College, Clay Court Champions
The month that features the NCAA championships and the start of the French Open is always a busy one, and this May 18 different players, ages 14 through 25 are in the spotlight, thanks to their performances on red clay, green clay and hard courts.

College Stars Lead April Aces
Former college stars lead the review of last month's top performances with championships at ATP, Challenger and Futures events. Teens excelled too, with a former ITF junior No. 1 snagging a WTA title.

Movement up the Pro Rankings for March Aces
Last month's notable performances led to big moves in the WTA and ATP rankings for top international juniors, while former college stars wrapped up titles on the USTA Pro Circuit. And the quartet who took home singles titles at the ITF International Spring Championships in California executed the transition from winter to spring with impressive performances.

College Champions Headline February Aces
February's spotlight always falls on the Team Indoor champions in college tennis, with three top seeds collecting National Championships last month. But a dozen juniors and former college players also deserve recognition for their achievements, which include plenty of titles for US teens on the red clay of South America.

Junior and College Stars Shine as January Aces
Juniors age 12 and up and many former collegians started 2017 with memorable performances in Australia and Europe, Central and South America, Florida and California.

Junior Tennis Stars Highlight December Aces
December may contain little in the way of college and professional tennis, but junior tennis fills that gap with the Eddie Herr, Metropolia Orange Bowl and Junior Orange Bowl events. The 14 different champions crowned in those prestigious events are below, as well as two teens who are excelling on the ITF Pro Circuit.

November Aces Shine Abroad and at Home
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

July Aces Take Center Stage at Wimbledon, Davis Cup
From Wimbledon and Davis Cup to Evansville, Indiana and Godfrey, Illinois, the hard work of winning takes place on tennis stages big and small, as these 14 competitors demonstrated last month.

June Aces Shine in Paris and on Pro Circuit
School's out for summer and college stars, both current and former, took advantage of their opportunities in Pro Circuit tournaments last month. In addition, two teens added their names to the list of junior slam champions in Paris, while others made their mark on hard courts across the globe.

May Aces Come from College and Junior Stars
From the clay courts of the United States and Italy, to the hard courts of Texas, Nigeria, Korea and Portugal, these 15 players - juniors, collegians and former college stars - produced outstanding performances last month, generating buzz throughout the tennis world.

April Aces Show Eye-Opening Results
Former collegians and teenagers from around the world put up some eye-opening results last month, laying the ground work for even greater opportunities this spring and summer as Roland Garros and Wimbledon loom.

March Aces Feature Junior Champions
Although the college dual match season is in full swing, most of the March highlights come courtesy of the juniors. Two 14-year-olds dazzled with their performances, while those just a few years older also found success on among their peers and their elders.

Indoor Champions Headline February Aces
With four college team indoor championships on the February schedule, there was no shortage of notable performances at the collegiate level. But another group of much younger players also stepped into the spotlight in venues across five continents.

January Aces Features Teens Winning Titles
The year's first major always grabs the headlines, with two juniors adding their names to the lists of grand slam champions. But while most eyes were focused on Melbourne, a dozen teenagers captured important titles in Florida, Hawaii, Great Britain, France and Central and South America.

Florida ITF Tournaments Lead to December Aces
While most of professional tennis is on holiday, three prestigious junior tournaments in Florida fill the gap to provide most of December's top performers. The lists of former winners at the Eddie Herr, Orange Bowl and Junior Orange Bowl contain many grand slam champions, so file these names away for future reference.

Doubles Features Prominently in the November Aces
Doubles isn't often highlighted in my monthly review of top performances, but last month two teams showed just how good the collegiate product is, with two current student-athletes winning ATP Challenger titles. A college major, a return to the game and an ITF Grade A made it another busy month in the world of college and junior tennis.

Eleven Teens Highlight October Aces
October was full of treats especially for the teenagers competing around the world. Although ITA Division I major champions were crowned and Australia proved lucrative for one former college player, 11 teens provided a glimpse of the tennis’s future last month.

US Open Juniors and Team Competition Highlight September Aces
Starting with the US Open Junior Championships and ending with the International Tennis Federation's Junior Davis and Junior Fed Cup competitions, September was bookended by major international tournaments in North America. Yet for all the accomplishments of teenagers from the United States and other countries, current and former college players also claimed their share of titles on the professional tours last month.

August Aces
With one exception, the USTA National champions, all of whom received an article devoted to their victories last month on Tennis Recruiting Network, aren't included in this August Aces colum. But another round of congratulations are in order for Noah Rubin, John McNally, Kylie McKenzie, William Woodall, Caty McNally, Zane Khan and Katie Volynets for their championship runs as we look back on the other outstanding performances in August.

July Aces
The July aces do not include the Clay Court champions, all of whom received extensive coverage last month during Tennis Recruiting Network's Clay Championship Week. But that doesn't mean there's any shortage of top performances, with a hefty 16 in this month's review.

June Aces
June starts with clay and ends on grass, at least for the top professionals and world-class juniors. But hard courts hosted their fair share of the month's top performances too with former college players and US teens building impressive winning streaks on both hard courts and the Har-Tru clay.

May Aces
May produced a whopping 18 aces, with current and former college players highlighting last month's performances. Europe's red clay also hosted some notable achievements, as did the hard courts of Korea, Mexico and Tunisia.

April Aces
Ranging from age 14 to 25, the April aces have accomplishments on all levels of the game - from a WTA title in Malaysia to ITF Grade 4 junior events in the Caribbean and virtually every level in between.

March Aces
From Kazakhstan to Columbus, last month's achievements knew no boundaries, with teenagers capturing titles, and current and former college players moving up in the ATP rankings. A new NCAA record also made March a month to remember.

February Aces
February may be short, but it had more than enough days for a baker's dozen of outstanding performances in junior, college and professional tournaments from Delray Beach, Florida to Casablanca, Morocco to Happy Valley, Australia and beyond.

January Aces
For fourteen junior and college tennis players, 2014 is off to an outstanding start. Six of the seven continents - the lone exception being Antarctica - served as hosts for the notable achievements of January.

December Aces
Although the focus of the tennis world has now moved to Australia for 2014, it's time to wrap up December with a look back at the junior champions from the Florida majors, as well as two Americans who earned main draw wild cards into the Australian Open.

November Aces
The month of November features a collegiate major as well as the last chance for those outside the top 100 to make a push for direct entry into the Australian Open. It also ushers in the brief offseason for the professional tours, allowing youngsters to collect valuable ranking points at Futures and Challenger events around the world, an opportunity many of those cited below did not waste.

October Aces
Both college and junior tennis feature important tournaments during the month, while the many post-US Open tournaments present aspiring professionals with an opportunity to boost their ATP and WTA rankings. Throw in a memorable Davis Cup debut and the result is a multitude of October aces, 17 in all.

September Aces
The month began with the last junior slam of the season and ended with several teens claiming their first professional titles, while current and former college stars continued to climb the ATP rankings in both singles and doubles.

August Aces
Even without highlighting most of the eight USTA National Champions, who were covered thoroughly last month by the Tennis Recruiting Network, there is barely room for the large number of outstanding performances by college and junior players. The bar was so high winning one ITF Pro Circuit event in August wasn't sufficient to earn a mention, as the stars of tomorrow begin to raise their rankings and profiles.

July Aces
Aces from April, May and June continued to shine in July, whether on European clay, Wimbledon grass or US hard courts. Several current and former college players used the summer to earn ATP or WTA points, while the World University Games provided lifelong memories for members of the University of Southern California's men's and women's teams.

June Aces
The month began with two new junior slam winners, while some of their young competition in Paris raised winners' trophies at professional events around the world. Not to be outdone, both NCAA men's singles finalists and three other college stars won Futures titles to start the summer on a positive note.

May Aces
May usually has its share of college aces, with the NCAAs always producing impressive performances. But the month's accomplishments extend to former collegians as well, with so many success stories I had to confine the list to those who had won at least two pro titles during May.

April Aces
April's aces are centered on the two major Southern California junior events, with the ITF Grade 1 International Spring Championships and the Easter Bowl responsible for nine of the juniors featured here. Yet juniors from around the world also made their mark on the ITF professional circuit, with four of them picking up their first titles at that level.

March Aces
The first month of spring was packed with head-turning performances, from the clay courts of South America to the hard courts of Mobile, Miami and beyond.

February Aces
February may be a short month, but it was long on excitement, with blockbuster finishes to the three ITA National Team Indoor Championships. In addition to the college stars stepping up, young players from the United States, Europe and South America had an impact on the professional scene, including the ATP and WTA tours.

January Aces
From the USTA Winter National champions to the outstanding performances of young women like Madison Keys and Sloane Stephens at the Australian Open, January provided many new players to watch in 2013. The thirteen aces below may not have been quite as visible, yet their accomplishments are worth acknowledging too.

December Aces
The end of the 2012 junior tennis season and the beginning of 2013's mean a crowded December calendar when the rest of the tennis world is mostly dormant. Last month began with the ITF Grade 1 Eddie Herr championships in Florida and ended in Mexico City, where the first Grade A champions of 2013 got an early start to the year.

November Aces
The WTA and ATP may be in the midst of their brief off-seasons, but November still provided performances worth noting on the junior, collegiate and pro circuits, including the 14 young players below.

October Aces
The winners of last month's first collegiate majors and an important ITF Junior event always appear on the list of October's top performances, but teenage success on the many Pro Circuit events across the globe also grabs the spotlight, as the fight for year-end rankings adds urgency to every tournament result.

September Aces
September was a busy month, with considerable success dotting the calendar for US junior girls. It began with two US Open junior championships and ended with the United States capturing the Junior Fed Cup in Barcelona. In addition, no fewer than six girls aged 18-and-under from around the world captured titles on the ITF Women's Circuit, while former college stars also picked up championship trophies.

August Aces
With one exception, the USTA National champions, all of whom received an article devoted to their victories last month on Tennis Recruiting Network, aren't included in this month's Aces. But here's one last hat tip to Vicky Duval, Kimberly Yee, Henrik Wiersholm, Sofia Kenin, Taylor Fritz, Abigail Desiatnikov, and Roscoe Bellamy for their championship runs as we look back on the other outstanding performances in August.

July Aces
July saw the crowning of the eight National Clay Court champions, but they don't appear among last month's 14 aces due to the extensive coverage of the Clays last week on the Tennis Recruiting Network. Instead, the focus is on Canadian and European juniors, as well as current and former college players having great results last month.

June Aces
The transition from clay to grass marks the beginning of summer in the tennis world, with many of the May aces handling that change without losing their momentum. Led by the tennis story of the year, June gave us accomplishments from recent and former collegians, as well as teenagers who are climbing up the professional and junior rankings.

May Aces
May revolves around college tennis for me, and five of last month's 14 aces emerged from Athens, Ga., the site of the NCAA Division I championships. But from Thailand to Hilton Head, from Brazil to Sweden, there were juniors making waves in the minor leagues of professional tennis, taking on challenges and succeeding despite their relative lack of experience.

April Aces
The epicenter of April's aces is always Southern California, where the two major ITF and USTA junior events produce ten champions. But a pair of 12-year-olds picked up Spring National championships in Florida, a 17-year-old won two Pro Circuit events in Turkey, and a remarkable comeback story unfolded in Savannah, Ga., one that will lead directly to Roland Garros later this month.

March Aces
Although hard courts are never out of season and hosted the majority of last month's top performances, red clay was not far behind. The ITF junior South American circuit produced four March aces, including two Americans who had breakout results on the unfamiliar surface, while a former Roland Garros champion collected her first professional win on clay courts in Tunisia.

February Aces
With no major junior tournaments during the month, the spotlight falls on the ITA Team Indoor championships, former collegians picking up titles around the world, and teenagers claiming professional titles from Mildura to Monterrey to Moscow.

January Aces
January was a banner month for outstanding performances, especially by young Americans. The eight gold ball winners from the Winter Nationals kicked off the month, which ended with title sweeps for a pair of American teens at two of the most prestigious junior events in the world.

December Aces
The final set of aces for 2011 centers on the major international junior events in Florida, where 14 different players collected prestigious titles. The other two aces won smaller tournaments that earned them a big prize, a place in the main draw at this year's Australian Open.

November Aces
The month began with the second of two collegiate fall majors, which produced half of last month's standouts, and closed with the first of the three big junior events that end the ITF year. In between, several juniors picked up their first titles on the professional circuit, always an achievement worth noting.

October Aces
Gold medal performances in Mexico lead off October's aces, followed by noteworthy achievements from coast to coast in the United States, including several in Tulsa. Toss in a few titles by teens in Europe, Africa and Japan and you've got an autumn cornucopia of winners.

September Aces
The top performers of September are heavy on the doubles end of the sport with a 16-year-old winning her first title on the professional circuit and a 38-year-old earning her 10th grand slam championship trophy. The British boys also had an outsize impact during the month, winning a grand slam championship, a Futures title and the Junior Davis Cup.

August Aces
With one exception, the National Champions aren't included in this edition of monthly aces, so check Tennis Recruiting Network's Hard Court Championship week coverage for more on their triumphs last month. The ten aces below will also look back on August 2011 as a special time in their tennis careers.

July Aces
July's notable performances began on the grass courts of Wimbledon and ended on the hard courts in the heart of the United States, with current and former college players making up more than half of the month's aces. The eight USTA Clay Court champions deserve hearty congratulations as well, but are not featured here due to the extensive coverage of the National Clay Courts last week on this site.

June Aces
June is a month for both clay and grass, and hard courts are always in season. Here are 13 aces who posted notable results last month on those three surfaces.

May Aces
The NCAA champions closed the month with some outstanding performances, but the teenagers playing around the globe also stepped up with some great play in May.

April Aces
The April aces always blossom like tulips in the spring, with the major California and Florida junior events contributing most to the bouquet. Several current and former collegians flowered last month too, as well as a rising young professional.

March Aces
There's not an April fool among these dozen achievers, who started spring with outstanding performances on clay and hard courts across five continents.

February Aces
As promised, the month of February produced the bulk of its aces from current and former collegians, although there were several outstanding performances by junior girls, including a new bright light from Belgium.

January Aces
Eight of January's aces are from Arizona, where, way back on January 1, the USTA Winter National championship matches were played. But North America was joined by three other continents as sites of noteworthy accomplishments, with South America, Europe and Australia providing the backdrop for 2011's first outstanding performances.

December Aces
As we close out 2010, here's a final look back at the 15 different major international junior tournament champions from last month, and a junior officially graduating to professional ranks in 2011.

November Aces
The year is drawing to a close, but week after week, month after month, notable performances in the college and junior tennis world continue. November's aces include college champions, gold medal winners and juniors earning titles in North America, South America and Asia.

October Aces
From Tulsa to Turkey, Pacific Palisades to Puerto Rico and Venezuela to Vietnam, October's 13 aces excelled at junior, college and professional events throughout the world. The WTA and ATP tours may be winding down for 2010, but there's plenty of tennis being played at other levels this fall.

September Aces
September's aces include a few from this month, with several top performances beginning in tournaments that started last month and finished this past weekend. As summer slides into autumn, the final junior slam and the Junior Davis and Fed Cups bracket a host of accomplishments on the professional tour.

August Aces
Because their National Championship runs were covered so extensively last month here at the Tennis Recruiting Network, the eight USTA Hard Court winners will not be featured in this monthly review of top performances. Instead, I'll focus on other newsmakers who excelled in Europe, Asia and on the courts of the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York.

July Aces
The USTA National Clay Court champions usually dominate July's roster of aces, but with the extensive coverage the Tennis Recruiting Network put together last week, the focus instead will be on the juniors and collegians past and present who collected other titles during the month.

June Aces
June marks the transition from clay to grass, so it's no surprise there were junior aces from both surfaces last month. College tennis was also in the spotlight, with recent stars demonstrating its role as a stepping stone between junior and professional tennis.

May Aces
Singles, doubles, red clay, green clay, hard courts, college, junior and pro: May brought 13 aces from all kinds of places.

April Aces
Although the majority of April's aces are from the two important California junior hard court tournaments, many other teenagers excelled on the clay, indicating their readiness to contend at the upcoming spring majors in Europe.

March Aces
No April Fools in this group of aces, who excelled not only in North America, but in Europe, Asia and South America too. A special mention goes to a pair of former college teammates who are winning Futures doubles titles at a rate even the Bryan brothers would envy.

February Aces
February's mid-winter aces always include those who excel on indoor courts, collegiate and otherwise. However last month there was also good news from the South American clay court circuit, where two young Americans captured ITF junior titles on the surface known to present the biggest challenges for them.

January Aces
The bulk of January's 14 aces come from Arizona, where the USTA Winter Nationals concluded on the first day of 2010. But Australia, England, Mexico, South America and Florida were sites of outstanding performances from other young competitors throughout the month, and an exciting idea from the USTA also made the grade.

December Aces
December's aces always center on the three major international junior tournaments in Florida, and this year, for the first time since I began covering these events, 16 different players claimed titles. The other two aces are U.S. teenagers who claimed Australian Open wild card berths with victories last month in the USTA's playoff tournament.

November Aces
There's no off season for aces, with November providing notable achievements from those competing at the ITA Indoor early in the month to the Eddie Herr at the end. And we're all thankful for the contributions of a truly exceptional ace retiring after more than 30 years of service to junior tennis.

October Aces
October's baker's dozen of aces range in age from 11 to 23, and posted their wins in locations equally as diverse - Germany, Japan, Tulsa, Okla., Bolivia and Curacao, to name just a few of the places where these champions were crowned.

September Aces
The year's final major supplied our junior aces, but current and former collegians also claimed the spotlight, excelling in competition from Gainesville and Waco to Manila and Johannesburg, and nearly everywhere in between.

August Aces
The aces of August include the eight USTA national junior champions, three girls who couldn't play the nationals but captured a coveted team title that same week, an award-winning coach and three competitors who excelled on the ITF circuit.

July Aces
The majority of July's aces come from the USTA Clay Court National Championships, but beginning with the Wimbledon junior championships and ending on the U.S. hard courts, there were other performances during the month that put international juniors and U.S. collegians in the spotlight too.

June Aces
June is the month when red clay gives way to green grass as the tennis surface du jour. Here's a baker's dozen aces who have excelled in Paris, London, and even on hard courts in the U.S.

May Aces
The NCAA Division I Championships in College Station Texas produced the majority of May's dozen aces, but several young pros and juniors also excelled last month, on both the red and green versions of clay.

April Aces
Most of April's aces distinguished themselves in the California junior events, but the always geographically diverse tennis schedule produced notable performances in India, Morocco and Cary, North Carolina too.

March Aces
The March aces are mostly of the junior variety, but add a couple of pros and a college star, and it's a spring bouquet of tennis excellence.

February Aces
This February's honors go not only to the 14-and-under "Small Aces" crowned in France, but also to Intercollegiate Tennis Association Team Indoor stars and high-profile juniors making their mark in the pro ranks.

January Aces
The month opened with eight gold balls being presented to the USTA Winter National champions and closed with the awarding of Australian Open junior championship trophies accompanied by stuffed wombats. But regardless of the prize, these 15 aces kicked off 2009 with impressive performances.

December Aces
December's junior swing produces aces galore, as young players from around the globe descend on Florida, dreaming of capturing Eddie Herr and Orange Bowl titles. This year 15 different competitors earned those prestigious titles to end 2008 on a high note.

November Aces
November marks the end of the fall season for college players and the final U.S. Pro Circuit events of the year. The junior tennis carousel never stops, so here are last month's aces from those three sectors and other parts of the globe too.

October Aces
The month isn't even complete and already October's aces are as abundant as campaign advertisements. Here are 16 achievers who get my vote this month.

September Aces
September began with an unexpectedly strong showing by Americans at the U.S. Open junior championships and ended with the 16-and-under teams capturing the Junior Davis Cup and Junior Fed Cup. So it's no surprise that most of last month's dozen aces are either from the U.S. or have strong connections here.

August Aces
August is the month when the U.S. Open gets the country's sports fans talking tennis. It's also the month when USTA national champions are crowned, and the aces below, whether 12 or 18 years old, are all hoping to someday make their names on the blue courts of the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center

July Aces
The aces of July are many, from the Wimbledon Junior winners to Challenger victors, with the eight Clay Court champions and other Pro Circuit and Tour standouts in between.

June Aces
June marks the transition from clay to grass for the sport's top players, but the dozen junior and college players that are last month's aces have also displayed their prowess on those natural, and very different surfaces.

May Aces
The aces for May start with the NCAA champions but don't end there. Junior achievers also made their marks last month on the Pro Circuit and ITF scene, in the U.S. and Europe.

April Aces
Most of the aces this month are juniors who competed in the major California hard court events, but several others scored big on clay in Texas, Florida, Mexico and Italy.

March Aces
Clay or Hard, Indoor or Out, junior and college aces found all conditions to their liking in March.

February Aces
College tennis accounts for half of February's dozen aces, but there were also juniors excelling south of the border, across the Atlantic, and in the pro ranks.

January Aces
While the rest of the country watched the ball drop in Times Square, the juniors competing in Arizona were concentrating instead on the gold balls awarded at the Winter National Championships. Those eight winners join Australian Open junior champions and Florida Futures winners as this month's aces.

December Aces
December may mean charity events and exhibitions for the pro tour, but in the junior tennis world, the final month of the year has much higher stakes. Here are 16 players who met the challenge.

November Aces
November began with the crowning of college indoor champions and ended with coveted Eddie Herr 12s titles, and throughout the month there were performances worth noting.

October Aces
From junior to college to Pro Circuit events on six continents, aces were plentiful last month; the 17 pictured below all harvested trophies in October.

September Aces
All of August's aces were from the United States, but players from every corner of the world produced last month's outstanding accomplishments.

August Aces
August begins with the National Junior Championships and ends midway through the Open in New York, so it's fitting that all the aces for the month call the United States home.

July Aces
It started with U.S. junior fireworks at Wimbledon and ended with a collegiate bang at the ATP event in Washington D.C. July, which also produced USTA Clay Court National Champions, was an ace-filled extravaganza.

June Aces
June is the transition month - from clay to grass, and from school to summer vacation. Here are some of the junior and collegiate aces who took it all it stride.

May Aces, Part 2 - Juniors
May featured not only great college tennis, but also many impressive teenage performances on the ITF pro circuit, especially on the women's side. Here's a look at the off-campus aces for last month.

May Aces, Part 1 - NCAAs
There's the 12 Days of Christmas, and for college tennis fans, May brings even better gifts, the 12 Days of the NCAAs.

April Aces
Most of April's outstanding performers shone under the Southern California sun at the International Spring and Easter Bowl championships. But from Budpest to Little Rock, teenagers made their elders sit up and take notice last month.

March Aces
From junior to college tennis, Colette Lewis returns with her take on the top performances in March.

February Aces
February may be short on days, but it was long on opportunity for these college and junior tennis competitors. Colette Lewis returns with the February edition of "Aces".

January Aces
Colette Lewis of ZooTennis.com brings you her inaugural "Aces" column - a periodic column that is new to TennisRecruiting.net. Join Lewis as she reviews recent highlights from the world of junior and college tennis.

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Colette Lewis has covered topflight junior events as a freelance journalist for over a decade. Read her weekly column, follow her on Twitter, and and find more of her daily commentary at ZooTennis.

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