Orange Bowl Champions Highlight December's Top Performances
The Orange Bowl was the big event of the month, with all 12 champions at last year’s only major ITF junior event in the United States featured as December Aces. Ten other juniors and current and former collegians also earned memorable titles as the disjointed 2020 tennis season mercifully came to a close.
Domestic Tournaments Give More Players a Chance To Shine
After a long hiatus in the United States, interrupted only briefly by several major tour events, International Tennis Federation competition ramped up last month, at both the junior and professional. Along with the ITA championships, plenty of players were able to shine with quality results.
On Multiple Surfaces, October's Top Performers Shine
From the clay courts of France and Turkey to hard courts in Tunisia, Portugal, California, Georgia and Florida, October provided junior stars and former collegians with opportunities to return to something like a regular schedule. They took advantage with titles big and small.
From Hard Courts To Clay, September Aces Emerge
September’s transition from hard courts to clay has required many adjustments from players trying to navigate the second month of tennis’s restart. The teens and former collegians highlighted this month's Aces managed to keep their mind on the task at hand to post impressive results in an unprecedented year.
Return To Competition Means Return Of Modern-Day Aces
After four months of looking back into the archives, the Aces is back to live action. August produced 14 performances of consequence, with notable results in pro tennis and several of nationally-organized competitions.
July Aces Rewind: A Look Back at Some Top Players
With the European junior championships and the Wimbledon junior championships normally taking place in July, the majority of the players featured in this month's Aces column come from past editions of those prestigious events. All 15 went on to reach the ATP or WTA Top 100.
June Aces Rewind: A Look Back at Some Top Players
For the third consecutive month, the Aces column entailed a visit to the archives, with 14 junior and college players highlighted for their performances in past Junes. All 14 of those featured have gone on to reach the ATP and WTA Top 50, and one is a reigning slam singles champion.
May Aces Rewind: A Look Back at Some Top Players
May was the second consecutive month with no tennis results, so Colette Lewis is going back in the archives to feature 16 star players highlighted in previous years of her Aces column. All the players went on to reach the ATP and WTA Top 100.
Short Month of Tennis, But No Shortage of Aces
With tennis coming to an abrupt halt on March 12, an abbreviated version of the monthly Aces column seemed likely. Yet with just two weeks worth of competition, 17 performances stood out, including three ITA National Indoor champions crowned on the first day of the month.
February's Top Performing Players Spanned the Ages
The month of February provided a host of highlights, with players aged 13 to 35 winning titles in Australia, North and South America and Europe. In addition, college tennis crowned three new national indoor champions and a trio of former collegiate stars earned ATP Challenger titles.
Current and Former Collegians Highlight Last Month's Standouts
Current and former collegians provide the bulk of a dozen highlights from the first month of the decade, but young competitors from ages 13 to 18 also chalked up notable results last month, including the year’s first junior slam champions.
Florida is the Focus for December's Aces
The three major junior tennis tournaments in Florida last month produced a remarkably consistent cast of characters as the year came to a close. Their performances in Eddie Herr, Orange Bowl and Junior Orange Bowl highlight the December Aces.
Collegians Past and Present Have November to Remember
Tennis eases into its off-season in November, at least on the Tour level, but the opportunity to start 2020 on a positive note keeps those striving to move up competing throughout the month. Current and former collegians had impressive results to highlight the monthly Aces column.
Top Juniors, Current Collegians Excel in September
September was another busy month for top juniors, beginning with the U.S. Open in New York and ending with the Junior Fed Cup and Junior Davis Cup competitions in Lake Nona, Florida. Current collegians also stepped into the spotlight, with four of them capturing titles on the USTA Pro Circuit last month.
Aces Shine During Big Events in August
August is one of the most important months of the year for young tennis players, whether they are competing internationally, in the USTA Nationals or at the U.S. Open. This month's aces column is packed with great performances from the last 30 days.
Top Performers Find Success on All Surfaces
From clay to grass to hard courts, the top performers in July found success on all surfaces. Along with some familiar names, a few new faces with ties to the collegiate ranks are included.
No Shortage of Star Performances in June
June always produces a surplus of top performances, with the French Open Championships providing the big stage for juniors, while college players flood the ITF World Tennis Tour with school out for the summer. A grand total of 19 players are featured in the latest Aces column as summer tennis season gets underway.
NCAA Champions Rise to the Top of May Aces
Although the NCAA tournaments and the European junior circuit grabbed most of the attention last month, there were plenty of personal milestones for the juniors and collegians competing in the smaller events on ITF World Tennis Tour. Find out who made the cut for May Aces.
Titles and Streaks Highlight the Ace Performances in March
The notable performances in March include the final ITA Team Indoor title of the season, an amazing streak by the International Tennis Federation World Junior No. 1, and the first ITF World Tennis Tour titles for two of the top American juniors
Fewer Days, But No Shortage of Accomplishments
February may be short on days, but it was long on accomplishments, with three college indoor team champions crowned and six recent collegians earning ITF World Tennis Tour titles among the highlights in this month's Aces column.
Orange Bowl and Eddie Herr Winners Highlight Busy Month
Eddie Herr, Orange Bowl and Junior Orange Bowl champions produced some of the best performances in a busy month of junior tennis in the state of Florida. They span all ages and all divisions in this month's Aces.
Young Americans Net First Pro Singles Titles
The ATP and WTA professionals put away their racquets this month, but the ITF Pro Circuit and ITF Junior Circuit continue to produce notable performances. Find out which players made the cut for this month's Aces.
Scary Good Performances in October Aces
Major tournaments in college and junior tennis along with the usual Pro and Pro Circuit events made for a busy month of October, with 19 different competitors earning time in the spotlight last month.
Junior Fed Cup Leads Off September Stars
The final month of summer was another busy one. The last two junior slam champions of the year, were crowned, the Junior Davis and Junior Fed Cup championships were held and former college stars collected multiple titles. They are all featured in the Septembers Aces.
Team Effort Leads the List of August Standouts
August is arguably the most significant month on the tennis calendar in the United States, with the USTA National Junior Championships at the beginning and the U.S. Open at the end. Find out who were the notable performers from the month in Colette Lewis' latest Aces column.
Current and Former College Stars Shine in July
From the grass of Wimbledon to the U.S. hard courts, the top performances of the month of July include titles by current juniors and nearly a dozen current and former collegians.
All-US Girls Slam Final Leads June Aces
Before turning the attention to Wimbledon’s second week, here’s a look back at a busy month of June, which included an all-US girls junior slam final and many Pro Circuit titles for current and former collegians
Collegiate Players Past and Present Highlight May Aces
May is a month packed with college tennis accomplishments, and many of those featured in this month's Aces column are current or former collegians, along with juniors claiming Grade A titles and succeeding on the Pro Circuit.
Former College Stars Among April Aces
The April Aces features former collegiate players who are moving up the rankings, current juniors who are having success on the ITF Pro Circuit and young Americans who are making their mark on the USTA Pro Circuit. Find out which 15 players made the cut.
Weather No Obstacle For March Aces
The March weather may be unpredictable, but the 14 players highlighted in this month's Aces had consistently fine results on the ITF Junior Circuit, the USTA Pro Circuit and the WTA Tour. The ITA National Team Indoor Championships season also wrapped up during the month, with another repeat champion in Division III.
College Makes The Grade In February Aces
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.
Good Starts Boost January Aces
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.
Junior Performances Highlight December Aces
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.
November Aces End Season Strong
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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 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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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 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
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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
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
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.
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.
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
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'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 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.
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.
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.
There's not an April fool among these dozen achievers, who started
spring with outstanding performances on clay and hard courts across
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
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.
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.
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
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'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.
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.
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
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.
Singles, doubles, red clay, green clay, hard courts, college, junior
and pro: May brought 13 aces from all kinds of places.
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.
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'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.
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'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
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'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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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 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.
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 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 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
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 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.
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.
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.
Clay or Hard, Indoor or Out, junior and college aces found all
conditions to their liking in March.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
All of August's aces were from the United States, but players from
every corner of the world produced last month's outstanding
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.
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
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.
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.
From junior to college tennis, Colette Lewis returns with her take
on the top performances in March.
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".
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