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College Feature
Kennesaw State Tennis Looks Ahead to Football
by Rick Limpert, 31 December 2012

There is excitement in the air with the Kennesaw State University women's tennis team and it has nothing to do with aces, straight set wins or beating a top-20 team. "Right now we are looking to improve individually and as a program, but we can compete with anybody," said Women's Head Coach Jeff Kutac. Compete is what they will be able to do more of in the coming years, as the sport of football is coming to KSU.

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Tournament Summary
Americans Mmoh and Desiatnikov Capture Junior Orange Bowl Titles; Lumsden, Oliel Post Historic Wins
by Colette Lewis, 28 December 2012

Seven days of beautiful South Florida weather at the 51st Junior Orange Bowl provided a perfect backdrop for three new champions and one champion collecting a second title. Michael Mmoh of the United States, the 2010 12s champion, added the 14s title to his resume, while Abigail Desiatnikov of the US, Maia Lumsden of Great Britain and Yshai Oliel of Israel received their first winner's bowl of oranges last Sunday in Coral Gables, Florida.

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College Feature
Talking with Endicott Coach Jeremy Howard
by Harry Cicma, 24 December 2012

Jeremy Howard, former standout for the University of Richmond tennis team, has recently taken over as the head coach of men's and women's tennis at Endicott College in Mass. Contributor Harry Cicma talked with Coach Howard about how he will approach his first college coaching assignment - and the challenges of heading up both the men's and women's programs.

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Special Feature
Magnus Norman Seeks to Boost Swedish Tennis at Good to Great Academy
by Colette Lewis, 21 December 2012

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

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Developing Positive Self Esteem
Self esteem boils down to one thing: what you think about yourself! No matter where I go or who I talk to, your chances of any success starts with you. You have two simple options. You can either be positive or negative.

Prince Hot 100 List - December '12
Today we announce the December edition of the Prince Hot 100. The Prince Hot 100 features 100 boys and 100 girls who have been playing outstanding tennis. These players have substantially improved their rankings over the past month.

Konjuh, Djere Cap Two Tough Weeks with Orange Bowl Titles; Rublev, Liang Take 16s
Croatia's Ana Konjuh and Serbia's Laslo Djere finished the ITF 2012 Junior Circuit with two weeks worth of outstanding tennis, following their success at the Eddie Herr International with Grade A Orange Bowl titles last week on the Har-Tru courts of the Frank Veltri Tennis Center in Plantation, Florida.

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

Familiar Faces at JSM Champaign Challenger
Lots of familiar faces returned to the JSM Champaign Challenger at the University of Illinois' Atkins Tennis Center as the USTA Pro Circuit event welcomed players that had seen these courts during both college and junior events.

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

Konjuh, Garin Win ITF Eddie Herr Titles; Douglas, Norris Give US Girls Championships in 12s and 16s
At the end of a week of flawless tennis weather at the Eddie Herr International Tennis Championships at the IMG Bollettieri Academy in Bradenton, Fla., eight players from seven countries took home not just the winners' trophies, but the knowledge that they can compete with and beat the world's best.

SFA Interviews Columbia Sophomore Ashok Narayana
Ashok Narayana is a sophomore at Columbia University who recently won the ITA Northeast Regional Doubles Title in New Haven, Conn. Narayana played No. 1 doubles for the Lions last season. Ross Greenstein of Scholarship for Athletes talked with Narayana about the transition from junior to college tennis - and the recruiting process.

Q & A with Former Brown Standout James Cerretani
Contributor Harry Cicma recently caught up with ATP doubles player and former Brown standout James Cerretani. They talked about life on the ATP tour and his children's foundation.

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.

Catching up with Audra Cohen
Former NCAA singles champion and WTA professional Audra Cohen has now taken the reins as head coach at the University of North Florida. Cohen, now in her second year at UNF, is excited about building her program, and she draws on her own experience as a college player, as a transfer, and as a professional in her coaching. Contributor Rick Limpert caught up with Cohen earlier this fall at a tournament.

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

Smaller Fields for 12s and 14s at 2012 Eddie Herr
For those starting out in international junior tennis, Florida's Eddie Herr tournament is often their first look at the United States. This year, with IMG taking over management of the tournament, the 12s and 14s main draws are smaller, going from 128 in the 12s and 112 in the 14s to 64, with the qualifying draws also limited to 64 players.

Townsend, Rubin Aim for Eddie Herr ITF Titles
As in 2011, when the surface used for the 18s ITF Grade 1 tournament went from hard courts to clay courts, the 2012 version of the Eddie Herr International at the IMG Bollettieri Tennis Academy has some changes in store.

Prince Hot 100 List - November '12
Today we announce the November edition of the Prince Hot 100. The Prince Hot 100 features 100 boys and 100 girls who have been playing outstanding tennis. These players have substantially improved their rankings over the past month.

Jenkins and Anderson Impress with USTA/ITA Indoor Titles
Jarmere Jenkins of Virginia and Robin Anderson of UCLA were hardly prohibitive favorites at the start of the USTA/ITA Indoor Intercollegiate Championships, held earlier this month at the USTA Billie Jean King Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, NY. But both competitors brought their "A" games to New York - both won titles without losing a set.

Fall Signing Week '12: Thoroughbreds Join SMU Mustangs Stable
Anna Kate Anderson, Macie Elliott, and Mary Elizabeth Wright marked November 2012 as a double milestone in their young lives. Not only was it the first time for each to cast her ballot for the presidential elections, it was also the month that each affixed her signature to a National Letter of Intent to play for Head Coach Kati Gyulai's Southern Methodist University Lady Mustangs.

Fall Signing Week '12: Alanna Wolff Heads to Princeton
Alanna Wolff is at home with her college tennis destination - both literally and figuratively. Wolff, who lives in Perth Amboy, New Jersey was born in Princeton; used to practice there when she was little, and won her first tournament there, so it seems fitting that she will attend college at Princeton University.

Fall Signing Week '12: Zieba Chooses 'Home-Court' Advantage
Making the move to college tennis shouldn't be too much of a challenge for Konrad Zieba. Not geographically, at least. The Blue-Chip senior from Glenview, Ill., should feel right at home when he travels 10 miles down the road to take his place on the Northwestern Wildcats tennis team next year.

Fall Signing Week '12: McCord Chooses the Aggies
Junior tennis players make choices on the court all the time. San Diego's Jana McCord has made all those decisions, but she had trouble wrestling with the choice of where to attend college. She eventually narrowed her list, and as she explored her options with more scrutiny the blue-chip recruit became convinced Texas A&M was the best fit.

Fall Signing Week '12: Elliott Orkin Joins Lipman in Gainesville
Remember the Titans is an inspirational movie about a new coach trying to work towards a championship. Elliott Orkin, the top recruit from the state of Georgia, is hoping to help write such a story at the University of Florida. Orkin is the third highly-regarded recruit to commit to the Gators this fall.

Fall Signing Week '12: Luca Corinteli Chooses Wahoos
The University of Virginia men's tennis team's recruiting is coming up big - literally as well as figuratively. 6'4" Luca Corinteli recently became the latest Blue Chip prospect to commit to Coach Brian Boland's Cavaliers. Tennisrecruiting.net ranks him 17th in the nation and first in the Mid-Atlantic Section among the senior Class of 2013.

Fall Signing Week '12: Georgia a Perfect Fit for King
When Mia King made a last minute trip from her home in Cornelius, North Carolina, to the University of Georgia campus in Athens last spring, she had no idea what to expect. King's friend and UGA freshman, Lauren Herring, had begged her to come watch the team's dual match against fellow SEC school, Florida. As it turns out, King (and her father) fell in love with the place.

Fall Signing Week '12: Lipman Commits to the Gators
Hiring Bryan Shelton as head coach paid off quickly for the University of Florida. Maxx Lipman, a former No. 1-ranked junior player from Brentwood, Tenn., wasn't thinking about Florida until June, when Shelton - who led the Georgia Tech women's team to an NCAA title in 2007 - got the job and quickly reached out to Lipman to see if he still had a chance. Five months later, Lipman is committing to the Gators.

Fall Signing Week '12: Taylor Davidson Commits to the Cardinal
The Stanford Cardinal women's tennis team has landed one of the premier recruits in the nation. Blue Chip senior Taylor Davidson has committed to the storied Stanford program, winners of 16 NCAA Division I Women's Team Championships. Davidson, from Statesville, N.C., plans to sign the National Letter of Intent during Signing Week.

Fall Signing Week '12: Goldhoff is Hooked by the 'Horns
After his infamous trip to the finals of the Boys' 18 Clay Court Championships in July, George Goldhoff's phone started ringing early and often. Many top college coaches wanted to talk to the 17-year-old senior from Irvine, Calif. In the end, Goldhoff decided to head to Austin, Texas.

Fall Signing Week '12: Jamie Loeb to Wear Carolina Blue
Jamie Loeb's consistent placing in the top five of the recruiting rankings is not something anyone has ever questioned. She's been looked at as a blue chip recruit even before she was officially given that label and the University of North Carolina Tar Heels will happily welcome her onto their team next fall.

Fall Signing Week '12: How Important is the Coach in your Decision?
How many times have you heard players say they signed with schools because they love the coach? It happens all the time, and there is nothing wrong with it. You should love the coach of the team you want to join. On the other hand, loving a coach should never be your sole decision maker when it comes to college tennis.

Fall Signing Week '12: National Boys Roundup
Signing Week continues with our second roundup article - documenting the decision processes of several highly-ranked boys. Take a look at our second National Roundup of the day.

Fall Signing Week '12: National Girls Roundup
Signing Week is now underway, and tomorrow seniors can start signing their National Letters of Intent. Today, we check in with boys and girls from across the country who are heading to a variety of schools. Check out how several highly-ranked girls came to their decisions... in our National Girls' Roundup.

Fall Signing Week '12: UCLA Bruins Strengthen Roster
It's been seven years since the UCLA men won the NCAA Division I Team Championship, and they are looking to dethrone Pac-12 rival USC, who have won the last four titles. The Bruins have taken a step closer to this goal with the commitments of three Blue Chip recruits to the 2013-14 team.

Fall Signing Week '12: Where Do Top Recruits Play in the Lineup?
Most recruits are seeking a competitive team where they can also be part of the starting lineup. Scholarship for Athletes conducted an analysis comparing top level recruiting to see what percentage of recruits made the starting lineups of their respective teams.

Fall Signing Week '12: Blue Chip Update
With the "Countdown" behind us, on to the main event! We kick off our coverage of Fall Signing Week '12 with a final look at the Blue Chip boys and girls. We update you on several commitments over the past few weeks, and we note that ten highly-ranked recruits plan to announce their college choices this week - right here at TennisRecruiting.net.

2012 Mike Agassi No Quit Gallery
In our final feature before the whirlwind that is Signing Week, TennisRecruiting.net headed to Las Vegas last weekend for the 2012 edition of the Mike Agassi "No Quit" Championships - a USTA Level 3 championship. Check out action photos from all five tournament venues.

Juniors Shine at First USTA Collegiate Invitational for Women
Last year, the Napa Valley Classic featured eight USTA junior boys and players from six men's college teams competing in a round robin competition. Grant Chen, then Director of Tennis at UCLA, loved the idea, and he wanted to organize a similar event for women. His efforts came to fruition last weekend in Oregon, where college and junior players participated in the USTA Collegiate Invitational, presented by Adidas.

Countdown: FSU Loads Up In-State Recruits
Jake Albo, Grayson Goldin, Jose Gracia, Jr. and Jack Haffey have long battled it out on the tennis courts as junior tennis players in the state of Florida. Starting next season, they will no longer be rivals as they hit the courts as members of the Florida State University men's tennis team.

Countdown: Playing Tennis at the U.S. Military Academies
The experience of playing tennis at one of the military academies can be a unique experience, and so there are some unique factors to consider before a tennis recruit decides on a service academy. Our friends at Donovan Tennis Strategies talked with current players and coaches at three service academies to get insight on what it's like to be a student-athlete at one of the United States Military Academies.

Countdown: Rochin Stays In-State at Northern Arizona
Hailey Rochin's first experience at a national tournament didn't end well. She told her mother she would never be good enough to compete at that level. But Rochin's mother said it was possible; she would just have to keep practicing. After following her mother's advice, Rochin was not only good enough to compete at the national level - she was good enough to earn a tennis scholarship at Northern Arizona.

Countdown: Kwiatkowski Decides
The question wasn't so much where Thai-Son Kwiatkowski would go to college, but whether he would go. The Blue Chip recruit from Charlotte, N.C., said he has played tennis as long as he can remember and wants to reach its highest level - the ATP Tour. But that path will now include some time in the college ranks, as the highly-coveted announces his decision.

Countdown: Damon Niquet Heads to the Tribe
Three-time Wisconsin state champion Damon Niquet took a couple of visits to Williamsburg, Virginia, and he saw all that he needed to see. Niquet recently made a verbal commitment to head coach Peter Daub and William & Mary to join the Tribe Tennis Team in Fall 2013.

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.

Countdown: Claire Williams to Texas Tech
Claire Williams, a four-star recruit, will travel the 200 miles from San Angelo, Texas, to Lubbock and become a member of the Texas Tech Red Raiders women's tennis team next fall.

Countdown: Dividing Men's Scholarships
NCAA Division I Men's Tennis is an equivalency sport, meaning that for a given program, scholarship money can be divided among many different players. With the need to play six singles and three doubles - and given a maximum of 4.5 scholarships - coaches can rarely award full scholarships to recruits. We put the question to NCAA women's coaches: What is your strategy when planning out your scholarships?

Countdown: Hamilton Likes Tennis, Surf at UCSB
As a rising junior tennis player in Southern California and avid surfer, Teague Hamilton had a slightly different mind-set when exploring his college options. So it came as no surprise at all when the Laguna Beach, Calif., resident chose a school where he could do both. UC Santa Barbara ended up being a perfect fit.

Countdown: Madeline Lipp Chooses Northwestern
Maddie Lipp rarely takes many things for granted. She realizes how fortunate she is to play tennis and earn a college scholarship, and she will carry that attitude with her when she arrives at Northwestern next fall. The blue chip recruit committed to play for the Wildcats last spring.

Countdown: Blue Chip Boys
Today we visit with the senior Blue Chip boys to find out where they are in the college recruiting process. How many have decided? Which players are still wide open? And are any of them leaning towards your favorite school? Find out now...

Countdown: King, van Overbeek Mobilize Community
Michigan's Evan King and Florida's Bob van Overbeek thought that proposed format changes to NCAA Division I tennis - including super-tiebreaks in singles competition - were jokes. Once they confirmed the proposed changes were real, the two started a Facebook group. That group mobilized the community and led to a Twitter event, online petition, and mainstream media coverage. The NCAA has since rescinded the changes.

Countdown: SFA Interviews Cal Poly Coach Nick Carless
Scholarship for Athletes talks with head coach Nick Carless from Cal Poly University, who explains how to navigate the college recruiting process. He offers advice to student athletes and their parents on when to start, how to proceed, and what to expect.

Countdown: Wake Forest Scores Trio of Stellar Recruits
On a stormy Saturday in early September, three high school tennis players were among the horde of screaming Wake Forest fans watching the Demon Deacons defeat North Carolina in football. Not long after, Samantha Asch, Kimmy Guerin, and Luisa Fernandez - all on official visits of Head Tennis Coach Jeff Wyshner - made verbal commitments to WFU for Fall 2013.

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

Countdown: Goldberg Set to Plant Cardinal Roots
When the time came for Yale Goldberg to decide on a college tennis program for the 2013 season, he considered schools in the Ivy League, Northwestern, Stanford, Lehigh and his hometown-favorite Ohio State. It was a tough decision, but in the end, it didn't take long for the sunny skies of Palo Alto, Calif., to tip the scales.

Countdown: Blue Chip Girls
We wrap up our first week of the Countdown to Signing Day with a look at the top girls in the senior class. This year's Blue Chip recruits talked with us about where they are in their decision processes. It's still early, but many of the girls are starting to narrow in. Take a look and see where things stand...

Prince Hot 100 List - October '12
Today we announce the October edition of the Prince Hot 100. The Prince Hot 100 features 100 boys and 100 girls who have been playing outstanding tennis. These players have substantially improved their rankings over the past month.

Pan American Championships Go To Rubin, Abanda
Canadian success has been one of the top stories in junior tennis this year, with that theme continuing last week at the ITF B1 Pan American Closed in Tulsa, where three of the four singles finalists were from the Land of the Maple Leaf. Francoise Abanda defeated compatriot Carol Zhao in a marathon girls final 76(5), 4-6, 7-5, while 2011 Pan American finalist Noah Rubin of the US prevented a Canadian sweep by downing Hugo Di Feo 6-2, 2-6, 6-2.

Countdown: Planning Women's Scholarships
NCAA Division I Women's Tennis is a head count sport, meaning that for a given program, only eight women can receive athletic scholarships. With six singles and three doubles matches - and in light of injuries - a roster of eight can appear quite thin. We put the question to NCAA women's coaches: What is your strategy when planning out your scholarships?

Countdown: Schafer Selects the Gamecocks
Blue Chip senior Andrew Schafer, a South Carolina high school state champion, will follow play college tennis next fall at the University of South Carolina. The Eddie Herr finalist plans to sign a National Letter of Intent with the Gamecocks in November.

Countdown: Narcissa Summerall Goes with Big Green
Ever since she was a little girl, Narcissa "Narni" Summerall has wanted to attend Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H. In the fall, Narni plans to fulfill her longtime wish to attend the ninth-oldest university in the nation as a member of the Big Green women's tennis team. Narni, a five-star recruit, has given a verbal commitment to Dartmouth coach Bob Dallis.

Countdown to Signing Day
In the world of junior tennis, Fall means Signing Day. November 14th is is the first day of the one-week fall signing period - the only opportunity this calendar year for seniors to sign a National Letter of Intent with a Division I or Division II school. As always, The Tennis Recruiting Network is here to keep you up to date on all the happenings.

Virginia's Domijan Collects Second ITA All-American Title
After winning the 2010 IT All-American championship as a freshman, the University of Virginia's Alex Domijan was unable to defend his title last year due to injury. Teammate Mitchell Frank kept the trophy in Charlottesville with his title last year, and there it will stay, after Domijan defeated unseeded Ohio State Buckeye Peter Kobelt 7-5, 6-1 in the championship match.

Q & A with Hartford Head Coach Michael Louis
Michael Louis is entering his second year as the head coach of the University of Hartford men's and women's tennis teams. Louis is a first-time head coach at the Division I collegiate level after spending seven seasons as the assistant men's tennis coach at the University of Connecticut. Harry Cicma caught up with Louis, chatting about his goals and experiences.

Talking with Bryant Coach Ron Gendron
Ron Gendron is starting his eighth season coaching the Bryant University men's tennis team, and he has seen a lot of changes during his tenure. After several years in the NCAA D-II Northeast-10 Conference, Bryant reclassified to Division I and the Northeast Conference in 2008. Harry Cicma talked with Coach Gendron about his experiences coaching college tennis.

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.

El Paso Sweet 16 Photo Gallery
It may be Fall, but Summer temperatures still reign in West Texas. Tennis Recruiting ventured out to El Paso for the Level 5 Sweet 16 Championships in the USTA Southwest Section. Take a look at action photos from the event.

Success for First Nesquik "Little Mo" Internationals in Forest Hills
It was once home to the U.S. Open Tennis Championships, but the West Side Tennis Center in Forest Hills, New York, served as the venue this year for the inaugural Nesquik "Little Mo" Internationals. The "Little Mo" Internationals in December have been such a big success that the Maureen Connolly Brinker Foundation decided to add this event in August - during the same time as the Qualifying of the U.S. Open Championships.

Show Me! Let Me See It!
No matter what you think, I have never found two students who are exactly the same, and I've coached and worked with tens of thousands of students. With this in mind, coaches and educators must find a way to be successful that will often differ by student. Coaches vary in the way they teach the game, but the most productive method I apply is based somewhat on their ages.

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly
In tennis I see players frame or miss-hit balls for a winner all of the time. Players line up and take big swings only to have the ball tick the net tape and barely drop over the net to win the point. Some juniors and college players shake or hang their heads in disbelief that they missed that poorly. They should realize that they won the point. Players need to learn to take the good with the bad and the ugly.

Expectations of Athletes in College (Pt. 2)
Earlier this month, we talked with college coaches about the tennis expectations of student athletes. Today, more coaches weigh in on the question: "Can you quantify the number of hours that players spend on tennis each week? What times of year are the busiest?"

500 Sets a Year
I tell parents all the time - take one private a week and go play matches. Sometimes I tell parents to take one private every two weeks. It's just overkill to do anything more until you reach the higher stages of the game. Players need to be playing eight to ten sets a week - that's where the real learning happens.

Rhyne Williams Matures with the Vols and Hits Pro Circuit
As a junior tennis player, the two things Rhyne Williams was most known for was his superior talent and his wild temper. As an 18-year-old, Williams chose college tennis at Tennessee over professional tennis. After a successful run for the Volunteers as a sophomore - winning the Indoors and reaching the finals of the NCAA tournament - Williams felt the time was right to turn pro.

Life in the Pros for Christina McHale
Making the decision to turn professional is never easy for anyone. Christina McHale gave it a long consideration before making the move two years ago. Today, McHale has exceeded her career expectations. She's currently ranked 24 in the world, has represented the United States in the London Olympics, and has been a member of four Fed Cup teams.

Host Illinois Provides Unique Atmosphere at Olympia Fields Invitational
Golf has always been king at the Olympia Fields Country Club in the southern suburbs of Chicago, the home of the 2003 US Open. But with the introduction of the Olympia Fields Invitational six years ago, college tennis is now a new member of the royal box.

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

Prince Hot 100 List - September '12
Today we announce the September edition of the Prince Hot 100. The Prince Hot 100 features 100 boys and 100 girls who have been playing outstanding tennis. These players have substantially improved their rankings over the past month.

Expectations of Athletes in College
College is a busy time for student-athletes, and balancing academics with athletics is known to be a challenge. What should an incoming freshman tennis player expect? We put the question to our panel of coaches: "Can you quantify the number of hours that players spend on tennis each week? What times of year are the busiest?"

Crawford, Peliwo Win US Open Junior Titles
Canada's Filip Peliwo had played in more junior slam finals than American Samantha Crawford had entered, yet when a challenging weather week in New York drew to a close, both had claimed US Open Junior titles.

Burdette Begins Pro Career After Stellar Summer
All-American Mallory Burdette wasn't convinced she wanted the life of a professional tennis player until this summer, when the 21-year-old from Jackson, Georgia played four professional tournaments in a period of four weeks in July and August. Shortly after her third-round loss in the U.S. Open to Maria Sharapova, Burdette decided to forego her senior season at Stanford and turn pro.

SFA Interviews Kentucky Senior Jessica Stiles
Jessica Stiles, a senior at the University of Kentucky who plays the No. 1 singles and doubles positions, talks about lessons learned between her junior and college tennis days. Ross Greenstein of Scholarship for Athletes shares a Q&A.

Sherry Thomas, a Mother with a Mission
When DJ Thomas was a toddler, his fingers clung tightly to the fence as he enviously watched his sisters hit tennis balls. "Mama, I want to do that," said the youngster. "No, little boys don't play tennis," said his mother, who thought DJ would gravitate to football and basketball like her late husband. DJ, however, has proven to his mother that yes, little boys do play tennis, and that they can get really, really good at it.

Past and Present College and Junior Players Storm U.S. Open Main Draw
While many focused on the veterans at the U.S. Open, such as Roger Federer and Maria Sharapova, some recent college players and teenagers were also garnering the spotlight at the U.S. Open. Some came and left quickly, while others made their names known to the tennis world.

Following a Family Tradition, Robbie Bellamy Commits to USC
Robbie Bellamy has been steadily climbing the rankings over the past two years, and that rise had not gone unnoticed by coaches. After sorting through the incoming calls, the reigning 18s champion of USTA/SoCal narrowed his choices down to two: top-ranked USC or third-ranked UCLA. Bellamy ultimately committed to the reigning four-time NCAA champion Trojans.

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.

Welcome, Class of 2019!
Labor Day is the unofficial end of summer. School starts back up, and there are new sixth-graders walking the halls. This week's rankings at the Tennis Recruiting Network are the first of the 2012-13 season - and they also mark the arrival of the Class of 2019.

Four Juniors Seek Second Slam Title at US Open
When the US Open Junior Championships kick off Sunday, two boys and two girls will be seeking their second junior slam singles title and with it, a boost toward the coveted year-end title of ITF World Junior Champion.

Coachspeak: Considering the Proposed NCAA Changes
The NCAA Division I Tennis Committee recently proposed two changes to the postseason tournament: (1) reduce the times for warm-ups and changeovers and (2) alter the format of the final rounds so that only four teams go to the final site rather than 16 - introducing regional rounds on participant sites for the round of 16 and quarterfinals. Today, college coaches from around the country weigh in on those proposals.

College and Junior Players at the US Open Qualifying
The U.S. Open Qualifying showcased lots of young guns for the first year that the event was televised (on the CBS Sports Network). In the end, a few ended up making it all the way through, while others gave it their best shot.

Blair Shankle is a 2013 Baylor Lady Bear
World traveler and Blue Chip recruit Blair Shankle's family ties are so tightly knit and deeply rooted in her native state that when the time came for her to choose a college, they played a huge factor, along with academics and athletics. Baylor University, two hours from where the Shankle clan lives, fit the bill to a T and received Shankle's early verbal commitment.

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

Hot 100 List - August '12
Today we announce the August edition of the Hot 100. The Hot 100 features 100 boys and 100 girls who have been playing outstanding tennis. These players have substantially improved their rankings over the past month.

TJ Pura Picks Blue Devils
Blue Chip Thomas (TJ) Pura has decided to stick with the color that suits him and will be heading to the Duke Blue Devils next fall. While Pura still has to make it official with the signing of a letter of intent in November, he was seen in Kalamazoo sporting a Duke hat.

Body Language - The Talk of Tennis
The fist-pump, the racquet toss, the stare. The slow trudge off of the court, and the power-energized spring onto the court. The racquet bag bludgeoning after the racquet toss, the chest bump, and the head hang. All of these are familiar sites on the tennis court. But what are these actions really telling us about the momentum and flow within a match or, more minutely, within a single point?

Novikov Earns First Gold Balls, Wild Cards in 18s
Dennis Novikov has been a top junior since the 14s age group, but a USTA gold ball had proved elusive until last weekend's USTA Boys 18 National Championship in Kalamazoo, when he collected two. Those two had added luster, courtesy of the main draw US Open wild cards he received for claiming the singles title over Alexios Halebian 7-6(3), 2-6, 6-3, 6-4, as well the doubles title a day earlier.

Duval Takes Nationals & U.S. Open Wildcard
When it comes to San Diego, you can always count on the weather. Though it was a bit more hot and humid than expected, not a drop of rain fell on the George E. Barnes Tennis Center. What did fall were the seeds. It was survival of the fittest, and in the end, Victoria Duval was the last player standing among a host of Floridians.

Wiersholm Sweeps 16s Titles in Kalamazoo Debut
When a tournament has 70 years of history, chances are any accomplishment has a precedent. But to find a player younger than 15-year-old Henrik Wiersholm who swept both singles and doubles titles at the USTA Boys 16 Nationals at Kalamazoo, you would have to go back to 1971, when 14-year-old Billy Martin, the current men's head coach at UCLA, won both championships.

Yee Sweeps Titles at Girls 16 Nationals
Kimberly Yee began her journey toward one of the most prestigious titles in junior tennis on Sunday, Aug. 5, on the Stadium Court of the Barnes Tennis Center in San Diego. Six days later, she returned to that same court to complete a brilliant week with a victory over Katerina Stewart of Miami to capture the 16s championship at the USTA Junior Girls Nationals.

Taylor Fritz Sweeps USTA Boys 14 Nationals
The home of Taylor Fritz in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., is glittering with gold balls. Fritz won his third overall top prize by sweeping the singles and doubles titles at the USTA Boys 14 National Championships held Aug. 5-10 at San Antonio's McFarlin Tennis Center.

Sofia Kenin Wins Sixth Gold Ball in Peachtree City
Sofia Kenin had to get through the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds last week to win the USTA Girls 14 Nationals in Peachtree City, Ga., but it brought the best out in the 13-year-old from Pembroke Pines, Fla. Kenin won the title. It was her sixth career USTA Gold Ball in singles and doubles.

Roscoe Bellamy - 2012 Little Rock Champion
Top seed Roscoe Bellamy, pushed to a third set by a 17th seeded finalist, calmly set aside the heat, humidity, fatigue, doubts, hopes and emotions that accompany a Level-1 championship match. In doing so, he overcame a spirited challenge by Danny (DJ) Thomas 7-6, 3-6, 6-2 to win the gold ball at the 2012 Hardcourts in North Little Rock.

Desiatnikov Wins First Gold Ball
Abigail Desiatnikov was the No. 1 seed last week at the Girls 12 Nationals in Alpharetta, Ga., but getting her first Gold Ball in singles was no easy sitter for the 11-year-old from Gates Mills, Ohio. Desiatnikov beat second-seeded Ellie Douglas of McKinney, Texas, 7-6, 6-4 in the final. That's the same opponent who trounced Desiatnikov 6-1, 6-2 in the Clay Court semifinals a month earlier.

Images from the Girls' 14s and 12s Nationals
The Girls' 14s and 12s are both in the Atlanta area - in the backyard of TennisRecruiting.net. Our photographers were in Peachtree City and Alpharetta to capture images from the events.

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

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

Conversation with Wesleyan's Mike Fried
Recently named head coach at Wesleyan University, Michael Fried adds tremendous experience to the Cardinals' staff. Fried, the No. 1 singles and doubles at Brown where he served as captain, worked extensively as a private coach at both the Macci International Tennis Academy and the Seguso-Bassett (now Evert) Tennis Academy. Donovan Tennis Strategies chats with Coach Fried about recruiting.

Texas Repeats at USTA Boys' 18 Team Championships
At the national level, all eyes are on the USTA National Championships taking place this week. But last week was a week for team competition. Marcia Frost took in the Boys' 18 Team Championships at the University of Illinois, where USTA Texas repeated as champions when they posted a come-from-behind 4-3 victory over the Midwest section.

Krueger, Stewart Headline Kalamazoo's 70th Year
Seventy years of competition produces a long list of champions, with Kalamazoo's honor roll including such grand slam winners as Rod Laver, Stan Smith, Jimmy Connors and Michael Chang. Two Mitches hope to join them this year, with 18s top seed Krueger and 16s top seed Stewart heading their divisions when the 70th edition of the USTA National Boys 18 and 16 Championships begins today at Kalamazoo College and Western Michigan University.

Girls' 16 & 18 Nationals Set for San Diego
Past champions of the Girls' 16 & 18 Nationals in San Diego, Calif., include Lindsay Davenport, Lisa Raymond, Jennifer Capriati and Tracy Austin. More recently, 2011 finalist Nicole Gibbs went on to capture the NCAA singles and doubles titles. 2009 champion Christina McHale is ranked inside the Top 30 of the WTA and represented the U.S. at the Olympics in London. What new names will emerge from 2012?

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.

The "I" in Team - One-Eighth of the Whole
We have all heard the old adage, There is no I in TEAM. Whether little league, club soccer or the NFL, the phrase is always there. Team sports utilize a number of players on the same field at the same time all working in unison. Tennis, in the team format, is a different beast altogether.

Collins Claims Girls 18s Clay Court Championship
With her focus on senior activities and graduating with her class at Northeast High in St. Petersburg, Fla. in June, Danielle Collins didn't play a tournament for five months. When Collins did return to the Girls' 18 Clays, she showed few signs of rust, claiming her third singles gold ball in the 18s division with a 6-1, 6-4 win over fourth-seeded Jamie Loeb in the final.

Weather is the Real Winner at Boys 18 Clays
Summertime rain in Florida is not unexpected, but it certainly left its mark on the USTA Boys' 18 Clay Court Championships. Rain ended the final matches prematurely - which meant that the gold ball was awarded by coin flip. Singles finalists Jared Hiltzik and George Goldhoff were among several players who suffered that fate.

Mia Horvit Wins First Gold Ball in 16s
The compelling matchup of birthday girls featured almost everything except a cake for the winner. No. 10 seed Mia Horvit of Parkland, Fla., earned her first U.S. Tennis Association gold ball, overcoming unseeded Francesca Dilorenzo of New Albany, Ohio, 1-6, 6-2, 6-3 to win the Girls 16 National Clay Court Championships.

Stewart Takes Boys 16s Title at the Beach
Prior to the United States Tennis Association (USTA) Boys' 16s National Clay Court Championships, Mitch Stewart had a fairly small bucket list. He wanted to win a gold ball in a USTA event and he wanted to play tennis in college. Cross one of those off after the third-seeded Stewart dispatched 13th-seeded Baker Newman, 6-1; 6-2 at the Delray Beach International Tennis Center on July 22.

Higuchi wins Battle of California in 14s
For years, Emma Higuchi and Angela Kulikov often talked or texted about playing in a final of a tennis tournament. This past weekend, the two best friends found themselves competing for a gold ball at the National Clay Court Girls' 14s Championships at the Veltri Tennis Center at Plantation Central Park.

Zhu Takes Title at Boys' 14 Clays
Evan Zhu was the gold ball winner and star of the show at the Boys' 14 USTA National Clay Court Championship, but Johnathan Small was also front and center and he took home a trio of trophies.

Victoria Emma Comes Back for More Gold
In 2011, Victoria Emma left the Girls' 12 USTA National Clay Court Championships with a plaque for winning the Gold Consolation. This year she came back to try again, and this time she left with a different gold prize. Emma defeated Ellie Douglas in the final by a score of 6-1, 6-7(2), 6-2 to claim her first national title.

Georgia's Bryde Reigns Supreme in Winston-Salem
In the battle of wills and forehands between a pair of blue chips, Trent Bryde of Georgia emerged victorious over Californian Roscoe Bellamy in a dazzling display of grace, athleticism, sportsmanship and maturity from each competitor in the Boys 12s Clay Court National Championships.

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

Photos from the Georgia Junior Open
The Georgia Junior Open was contested in Rome, Ga., last week, and it was a rare sight. Although only sanctioned in Southern, it was an open event that drew 649 entrants from 24 states and thirteen different USTA Sections. There were even competitors from Dubai. TennisRecruiting.net was a supporter of this first National Showcase, and we had photographers on site to get action shots. Have a look...

Brian Baker's Comeback Captivates US Juniors
Ten years ago, Brian Baker was playing the Wimbledon Juniors with hopes and dreams for a professional tennis career. But a series of health issues dashed those dreams. Just over a year ago, at age 26, Baker finally felt ready to take another shot at professional tennis. After some early successes, Baker went through qualifying at Wimbledon without dropping a set, then won three more matches to bring his ATP ranking to 76.

Hot 100 List - July '12
Today we announce the July edition of the Hot 100. The Hot 100 features 100 boys and 100 girls who have been playing outstanding tennis. These players have substantially improved their rankings over the past month.

Bouchard and Peliwo Claim Canada's First Junior Slam Championships at Wimbledon
When the Wimbledon Junior Championships began, Canada was still seeking its first singles title in junior grand slam history. When the cool and damp week of continual rain delays was over, Canada had two, with Eugenie Bouchard defeating Elina Svitolina for the girls title, and Filip Peliwo downing defending champion Luke Saville to claim the boys title at the All England Club.

SFA Interviews Illinois St. Coach Cris James
Illinois State University men's tennis coach Cris James talks recruitment with Scholarship for Athletes. He explains his recruiting philosophy and advises incoming freshmen on the best ways to approach this process.

Creating Your Own Luck
It's not a rabbit's foot in their pocket, nor the rituals they go through before a task. It's simply that their hard work and effort has paid off. Have you ever heard a player scream "this guy is so lucky," or "how lucky can a girl get?" Well in most cases, a person is as lucky as how hard he or she works. These players on the courts and people in life are creating their own luck.

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.

Photos from the Southern California Sectionals
As tennis fans watch the action in London, TennisRecruiting.net wraps up its coverage of the 110th Southern California Sectionals. Take a look action shots from the event.

Robbie Bellamy Captures Southern California 18s Title
Brilliant sunshine bathed the courts at Los Caballeros Racquet & Sports Club in Fountain Valley, Calif., for the final four days of the 110th annual Southern California Junior Sectionals, providing the perfect atmosphere for some spectacular and entertaining tennis.

Southern California Sectionals Wrapup
This past Monday, the Southern California Section wrapped up its 110th annual championships. Twelve champions emerged from the 1,860 entries at nine sites across Orange County. Rhiannon Potkey talked with all of the newest champions.

Wimbledon Juniors: Saville Aims for Second Wimbledon Boys Title, Townsend Top Seed in Girls Draw
The world's top two juniors have contrasting histories as they approach the Wimbledon Junior Championships, which begin Saturday at the All England Club. Eighteen-year-old Australian Luke Saville is the defending champion, winning the first of his two junior slams there last year, while 16-year-old American Taylor Townsend has never played a match on the world's most famous grass courts.

Rubin Conquers Clay and Gets Ready for Grass
Noah Rubin has earned his place at the top of the rankings. The 16-year-old phenom from Long Island, N.Y., ranked 14th among juniors internationally, reached the quarterfinals of the French Open Juniors. This week, he has his sights set on Wimbledon.

How Has College Tennis Changed?
College athletics offers an ever-changing landscape, and that landscape has had an impact on tennis. Conference realignment, Title IX, athletics budgets, recruiting, and increased USTA focus on college tennis have all been hot topics over recent years. We put the question to college coaches, "How is college tennis different today than it was ten years ago?"

An Interview with Lisa Stone, The Tennis Mom Behind the Parenting Aces Blog
A banker, a stockbroker, a fitness instructor and tech-savvy entrepreneur, Lisa Stone has had a variety of experiences in her working life. Yet tennis has been a constant companion since her childhood in Louisiana, with her latest venture, the blog Parenting Aces, created in response to the challenges she and her husband faced in navigating the junior tennis world with their son Morgan.

Page Heading to Orange and Blue
Just as they get ready to host the next NCAA Division I Championships, the Fighting Illini also secured the No. 6 position of the Men's Recruiting Class rankings with the addition of Blue Chip Brian Page, Jr.

Photos from the Southern 16 Closed
The Southern 16 Closed are underway this week in Rome, Ga. TennisRecruiting.net was onhand to participate in the college forum, and we took photographs of the players while we were there.

Hot 100 List - June '12
Today we announce the June edition of the Hot 100. The Hot 100 features 100 boys and 100 girls who have been playing outstanding tennis. These players have substantially improved their rankings over the past month.

2012 Top NCAA Division III Women's Classes
The Tennis Recruiting Network wraps up its spring recruiting class rankings with a look at the D-III women. Today we present our list of the Top 25 NCAA D-III women's recruiting classes for 2012. At the top of our rankings sits a Purple Cow... with it's feet up, smoking a cigar.

The Target is Always the Top: An Interview with Florida Women's Coach Roland Thornqvist
Colette Lewis had an opportunity to talk with Florida Head Coach Roland Thornqvist in Athens, Ga. last month, just a few days after his team's 4-0 victory over UCLA in the final. In this question and answer segment, he reveals what he looks for in a recruit, how a bad year by Florida standards led to two NCAA team titles, and the one thing that college tennis needs.

2012 Top NCAA Division III Men's Classes
The Tennis Recruiting Network presents its recruiting class rankings for NCAA Division III conferences. Today we present our Top 25 D-III men's recruiting classes for 2012. Teams from the NESCAC and UAA have a stranglehold on the Top 5 - including the Lord Jeffs who check in at No. 1.

2012 Top Mid-Major Women's Classes
TennisRecruiting.net picks up where it left off on Monday with more rankings of mid-major recruiting classes. Today we present the Top 25 mid-major women's recruiting classes for 2012. A Panther prowls at the top of these rankings.

Talking with Florida's Thornqvist and Embree
Last month, the University of Florida capped off its second straight NCAA Championship with a win over UCLA. Lauren Embree earned the decisive fourth point that clinched the championship for the second time in as many years. Harry Cicma, who served as color analyst at the NCAA Championships in Athens, talked with Embree and Gator Head Coach Roland Thornqvist.

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.

2012 Top Mid-Major Men's Classes
The Tennis Recruiting Network continues its series of recruiting class rankings with the first of our mid-major conference rankings. We present the Top 25 mid-major men's recruiting classes for 2012, with the Fresno State Bulldogs topping the list.

Talking with USC's Steve Johnson
Steve Johnson just wrapped up his college career at USC as a four-time NCAA team champion and two-time NCAA singles champion. That's pretty heady stuff, and it puts him in the conversation for greatest of all time. Harry Cicma, who served as color analyst at the NCAA Championships in Athens, caught up with Johnson after his singles victory.

Johnson, Gibbs Claim NCAA Titles at Historic NCAA Division I Championships
After the drama of the team tournament, the individual portion of the 2012 NCAA Division I championships wasn't expected to approach those impressive heights. But the singles and doubles tournaments somehow found a way to equal it with one unprecedented accomplishment after another in the steamy, midsummer-like conditions at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Ga.

Makenzie Craft is Gone to the Dawgs
With her sister off to college in the fall, Makenzie Craft's motivation to pursue her own college plans intensified. She visited a host of schools, but none of them felt right. Upon the suggestion of her coach, she went south to Athens, Ga., and she found what she was looking for. Craft recently signed with the University of Georgia for Fall 2012, a year earlier than her class.

Top Women's Classes - 2012 Spring Rankings
Our Recruiting Class Rankings continue with a look at the ladies. TennisRecruiting.net is proud to present its spring rankings of the Top 25 Women's Recruiting Classes. There is a new team in the No. 1 spot, and that team is generating a lot of Buzz.

USC Men Claim Fourth Straight NCAA Team Title, while Florida Women Go Back-to-Back
Winning one NCAA team title is difficult. Only 21 programs have managed to do it in over six decades of competition in Division I collegiate tennis. But the USC men and Florida women are making a habit of it, with Trojans collecting their fourth in row with a 4-2 win over Virginia and the Gators going back-to-back with a 4-0 victory over UCLA Tuesday in Athens, Ga.

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

Ten Questions with Fordham Coach Cory Hubbard
Fordham men's tennis coach Cory Hubbard has the Rams headed in the right direction. Hubbard, in his second year, took over a squad that posted a 6-12 record in the 2009-10 season. Fast forward to this year, where the Rams went 17-10 with three underclassmen all posting 20 or more singles wins. The future looks bright. IMG Academies' Scott Treibly sat down to talk tennis with Coach Hubbard.

Top Men's Classes - 2012 Spring Rankings
The Tennis Recruiting Network is excited to present its spring ranking of the Top 25 Men's Recruiting Classes for 2012. New commitments have brought three new teams to the rankings, shaking up the Top 25. We also see a new team taking over the No. 1 spot. Have a look...

Hot 100 List - May '12
Today we announce the May edition of the Hot 100. The Hot 100 features 100 boys and 100 girls who have been playing outstanding tennis. These players have substantially improved their rankings over the past month.

Talking with UConn Senior Captain Dave Adams
Dave Adams stands tall at 6'6" tall, and the big right-hander just finished his college tennis career at the University of Connecticut. Team captain this past year, Adams played all three doubles positions over his career as well as positions 3 through 6 in singles. Harry Cicma of NBC Sports talked with Adams about the college recruiting process - as well as college tennis itself.

Illini Pull Out All Stops to Reach Sweet Sixteen
The University of Illinois once again hosted the first two rounds of the NCAA Division I Championships, but this year it was a really close one - both getting there and getting out. The Illini advanced to the Sweet 16 with a 4-3 victory over Auburn.

Bolender Leads Michigan over Texas A&M for Sweet 16 Berth
On a cloudy afternoon in Ann Arbor, sophomore Brooke Bolender put the 15th-seeded Michigan Wolverines in the Sweet 16 for the third consecutive year. The home crowd erupted on every point in the final set, as Bolender defeated Nazari Urbina of Texas A&M 2-6, 6-4, 6-2 at No. 2 singles for a 4-3 victory.

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

Todd Martin Embraces Teaching Role
Two-time Grand Slam finalist Todd Martin retired from the ATP tour in 2004, but he never left the game. Among other things, Martin has served as a coach to both Mardy Fish and Novak Djokovic, and he has competed on the two major senior tours. In the coming months, Martin plans to organize his own junior academy at a club in Florida. Colette Lewis recently had the chance to chat with Martin.

NCAA Division III Men's Tennis Preview
The NCAA Championships are getting underway, and the D-III brackets have been announced. Today, one of the principals of Division3Tennis.com stops by with a preview of the NCAA D-III Championships that get underway this Thursday at campus sites throughout the country.

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

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

Photos from the Daytona Beach ITF
The finals of the Grade 4 ITF Tournament in Daytona Beach, Fla., are being played today, with a pair of Americans - Jessica Ho (Wexford, PA) and Nicolas Jarry (Key Bicayne, FL) - taking on Daria Sharapova (BLR) and Juan Sebastian Marino (COL), respectively. Take a look at images from the event.

Ojai Wrapup Part II: Whittle, Ho, and Brymer Win Titles
Every spring except one since 1899, the tradition-steeped Ojai competition - the nation's oldest amateur tournament - has attracted some of the country's finest tennis players. The 2012 edition was held last weekend with more than 1,500 participants. Eli Whittle, Alison Ho, and Gage Brymer are among the newest champions.

Schaefer, Hafezi, and Pelletier Win Titles at The Ojai
Hardcore tennis competitors know it simply as "The Ojai," a rite of passage in American amateur tennis. Champions include names like King, Ashe, Connors, Austin, Chang, Sampras, and Davenport. This year, Dominique Schaefer and Arash Hafezi, and Jacqueline Pelletier can add their names to that list by winning junior titles.

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.

Trojans Take Inaugural Pac-12 Team Title in Ojai
The USC vs. UCLA rivalry is as intense as any in collegiate sports. While the Trojans and Bruins have waged some memorable battles in football and basketball, the fierce competitiveness between the two Southern California schools also extends to the tennis court. Over the weekend, USC earned a 4-2 victory over UCLA to win the Pac-12 conference championship.

The Importance of Teamwork
Nick Bollettieri has assembled quite a team at IMG Academies. Tennis may be an individual sport, but Bollettieri knows a lot about collaboration - and the kind of teamwork it takes to do something profound. He did just that when he opened the IMG Bollettieri Tennis Academy, and it is the team of people at IMG Academies that he credits for making it such a wonderful place to train.

Interview with Emory Coach Amy Bryant
Emory University women's tennis coach Amy Bryant talks with Scholarship for Athletes about the college recruiting process. She offers suggestions to high school athletes about recruitment and explains how the transition into collegiate athletics should be handled.

Images from the April Super Series
TennisRecruiting.net photographers were once again in Florida, photographing the April Super Series in Daytona Beach, Fla. Check out the great action shots we captured.

Keegan Commits to Gator Tennis
When you have some of the most notable and highly respected women's tennis programs bidding to sign you to their squad, it can be a tough and overwhelming decision. For Kourtney Keegan, a junior Blue Chip player from Roswell, Ga., the decision between schools like Notre Dame, Georgia, North Carolina, Florida, UCLA, Michigan, Northwestern and Georgia Tech was exactly that.

Higuchi and Blumberg Claim Easter Bowl 14s Titles; Broda and DiGiulio are 16s Champions
The 45th Easter Bowl USTA National Spring Championships had its share of surprises. Only one No. 1 seed, Emma Higuchi in girls 14s, making it through to the finals. Champions Higuchi, William Blumberg, Joe DiGiulio and Brooke Broda overcame all the week's obstacles, leaving Rancho Mirage with six gold balls in tow.

ITF Easter Bowl Titles are Early Birthday Gifts for McDonald and Townsend
Mackenzie McDonald and Taylor Townsend were both born on April 16th, one year apart. Last weekend, one day apart, they claimed ITF Easter Bowl titles at the Rancho Las Palmas Resort in Rancho Mirage, California.

Hot 100 List - April '12
Today we announce the April edition of the Hot 100. The Hot 100 features 100 boys and 100 girls who have been playing outstanding tennis. These players have substantially improved their rankings over the past month.

Krueger and Kiick Claim International Spring Championships in Carson
Top seed Mitchell Krueger and seventh seed Allie Kiick punctuated an impressive week of tennis with superb performances in the finals at the ITF Grade 1 International Spring Championships in Carson, Calif. last week. Krueger downed 14-year-old Stefan Kozlov 6-3, 6-4, while Kiick defeated longtime rival Chalena Scholl 6-0, 6-2 in the Easter morning championship matches at the Home Depot Center.

Spring Signing Week '12: Things Juniors Should Know (Pt. 2)
Last week, we talked with several coaches about misunderstandings many players and parents have. Today, more coaches weigh in on the question: "What is one thing that you wish all recruits knew going into the process?"

Images from the Georgia Spring Open
TennisRecruiting.net is based north of Atlanta, Ga., and so it is easy for us to make it out to area tournaments. Last weekend we attended the Georgia Spring Open in Rome, GA. Take a look at the action shots we got from the event.

Spring Signing Week '12: Can I Take Time Off Before College?
There are many reasons why prospective college tennis players might consider taking an extra year before starting college. Improving academic standards, working on your game, or spending another year maturing are reasons to consider a gap year. But students considering taking time off need to keep some new NCAA rules in mind.

Spring Signing Week '12: Watch that Status!
When it comes to getting ready to go to college, you spend hours perfecting your essay and sending letters to prospective coaches. You have also (hopefully) watched yourself carefully on the court to make sure your behavior won't turn a coach off. The one thing that many players forget is that they also need to watch themselves online.

Spring Signing Week '12: Zhang Heads to the Maroons
Gordon Zhang won't have much of a commute when he goes home from college for the holidays. The Lisle, Illinois, native has decided to stay close by and play for the University of Chicago.

Spring Signing Week '12: Mary Meyers Flies with the Falcons
In an application process that took about six months to complete, Mary Meyers breathed a sigh of relief when she turned in her completed papers to the Air Force Academy in February. A few weeks later, when Coach Kim Gidley called to say that she had been accepted, Meyers was left almost speechless.

Spring Signing Week '12: On the Court with Connor Clements
While other players were developing higher rankings, Connor Clements was developing his tennis skills. While other players were studying in public or private school, Clements was studying online. Years later, the rankings reflect how well the road less traveled seems likely to get Clements to a favorable college destination.

Spring Signing Week '12: Chi Goes West to Join Bears
It's not often a Floridian cites weather as a reason for relocating, but blue chip senior Lynn Chi offers that as one of many reasons she will be signing a National Letter of Intent to attend the University of California-Berkeley this fall.

Spring Signing Week '12: Henry Craig Heads to Denver
If not for a sign alongside the road, who knows if Henry Craig would have ever discovered tennis. Driving home from school one day seven years ago, Henry's father spotted an advertisement for tennis lessons posted on a pole. Fast forward to this year, where the Murrieta, Calif., native has signed to play college tennis at the University of Denver.

Spring Signing Week '12: National Roundup
Signing Day Eve kicks off with our national roundup. Take a look at comments from boys and girls who have made verbal commitments to colleges all across the country.

Spring Signing Week '12: Maggy Lehmicke Picks Nebraska
In spite of a relatively late start in the demanding world of tournament tennis, Maggy Lehmicke is listed as a five-star recruit by TennisRecruiting.net. Ranked No. 2 in the Northwest and the state of Washington, Maggy has signed a national letter of intent with the Nebraska Cornhuskers.

Spring Signing Week '12: Austin Siegel Chooses the Cardinals
Whether it be training at the Bill Adams International Tennis Academy, earning a significant victory in Florida or playing a tournament in another continent, Austin Siegel is getting a world of experience as he gets ready to move from the upper echelons of junior tennis to Division I college competition.

Spring Signing Week '12: Signing Week Arrives
The Tennis Recruiting Network kicks off its coverage of Spring Signing Week '12 with a look at the Top 100. We preview our weekly coverage, and we update you on the status of all the top 100 boys and girls who were uncommitted when we checked in with them in March. A few of these kids plan to announce their decisions this week.

Countdown: Alexandra Landert Picks Seton Hall
Alexandra Landert's journey began in 1993 when the future five-star tennis recruit was born in Zurich, Switzerland. The next stop for Alex will be South Orange, N.J., when she becomes a member of the Seton Hall Pirates women's tennis team in the fall.

Countdown: Husky fan Barnhart joins his Dream Team
Hudson Barnhart had long wanted to be part of Coach Matt Anger's Washington Huskies Squad, and in the fall signing season, Barnhart finally fulfilled that goal and became the first U-Dub signee for 2012-13.

Countdown: Tanenbaum Selects Big Red
As one of the nation's best players, Dena Tanenbaum of Manasquan, N.J., enjoyed plenty of collegiate options. When she went to Ithaca, N.Y., and saw red - Big Red - she was sold. Tanenbaum, a five-star recruit, has committed to play for Cornell University in the prestigious Ivy League.

Countdown: Discussion - Things Juniors Should Know
Many high school tennis players have misunderstandings about the college recruiting process. Some of these misunderstandings can lead to awkward situations between players and coaches. We put the question to college coaches: "What is one thing that you wish all recruits knew going into the process?"

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.

APRIL FOOLS: TennisRecruiting.net Purchases ESPN
Addressing rumors that have been swirling for months, officials from The Tennis Recruiting Network and ESPN are announcing the terms of their merger today, April 1, 2012. TennisRecruiting.net has acquired the ESPN Family of television networks - as well as its print and internet properties.

Countdown: Klein Rides High with the Mustangs
Derek Klein figured Cal Poly was not an option for his college tennis career when his letters and emails went unanswered. But once Nick Carless became the new coach, he contacted Klein, and "Cal Poly became my top choice."

Countdown: Beatrice Rosen to Emory
California native Beatrice Rosen is the highest-ranked player in the signing class of Atlanta's Emory University and one of the most improved players in the country over the past year. The story behind her rapid ascent is one of hard work - but is also the result of one gutsy decision.

Countdown: Patrick Heads to Hawkeyes
As a five star recruit, Dominic Patrick had quite a few schools interested in him. The 18 year old has checked his favorites out and made the decision to play for the Iowa Hawkeyes starting this fall.

Countdown: Interview with Tulane Coach Mark Booras
Scholarship for Athletes sat down with Mark Booras, the men's tennis coach at Tulane University. Booras shares what he looks for in new recruits and the challenges facing incoming freshmen.

Austin, Schneider Give Indiana Sweep of Spring National Singles Titles
When Brooke Austin and Ronnie Schneider play their next practice set in Indianapolis, expect the fiercely competitive pair to bring even more intensity to their workout. After each captured a gold ball at last week's USTA 18s Spring National Championships, that next set could determine the overall champion among the 256 boys and girls who competed in Mobile, Ala.

Countdown: Kitchen Commits to the Terps
Many important people occasionally leave business hotbeds to travel to vacation spots. But with Five-Star recruit Ashley Kitchen, it will be the opposite. Kitchen, who grew up on picturesque Hilton Head Island, has committed to play for the University of Maryland.

Countdown: Brendan Aguilar Chooses the Runnin' Rebels
Brendan Aguilar's commitment to the University of Nevada, Las Vegas meant much more than it would to the average tennis player. Not only did it secure Aguilar's dream of playing college tennis, it ensured he would be the first in his family to attend college.

Prince Hot 100 List - March '12
Today we announce the March edition of the Prince Hot 100. The Prince Hot 100 features 100 boys and 100 girls who have been playing outstanding tennis. These players have substantially improved their rankings over the past month.

Countdown: Girls' War Room
Last Friday, we visited with the boys. Today, the top girls in the senior class talk college recruiting. Find out where the Top 100 girls are leaning, and see who your favorite school is after...

Countdown: Boys' War Room
The Countdown to Signing Day continues with a look at the Top 100 boys in the senior class. The vast majority of these boys have already made written or verbal commitments, but college coaches are still after these highly-regarded young men. Find out which boys are still open, which have narrowed their lists, and which have made commitments...

No. 1 Schneider Commits to North Carolina for 2013
Ronnie Schneider, the top recruit in the class of 2013, had 24 colleges on his list when he started working through the process during his sophomore year. After winning the 16s title in Kalamazoo last August, that list was whittled down to 10, and last month there was just one school remaining - North Carolina, which has received Schneider's verbal commitment.

Countdown: Anna Mamalat Chooses Texas A&M
Anna Mamalat, a junior player with a world of competitive experience, has signed a letter of intent with Texas A&M University. The Blue Chip recruit from Philadelphia inked with the Aggies last October, and she plans to travel to College Station in August.

Countdown: Trinh Roars with the LSU Tigers
Tam Trinh sported a white LSU cap to his first Kalamazoo Championship in 2010, when he and his partner went on a magical run as the first unseeded team in 25 years to win the 16s doubles title. In fall 2011, the five-star Trinh made his intentions official with the Tigers by signing a National Letter of Intent to play for Louisiana State University.

Countdown to Signing Day
Don't look now, but we are less than a month away from the beginning of the Spring Signing Period. April 11th is the first day in 2012 when high school seniors will be able to sign their National Letters of Intent - making formal commitments to college tennis programs. As always, TennisRecruiting.net brings you a courtside seat to all the action. Take a look as we preview our special coverage... in the Countdown to Signing Day!

Panel Discussion: Scheduling in the Spring (Part 2)
During the spring season, college tennis coaches have a lot of latitude in deciding their schedule. We asked several coaches: "What factors go into deciding who your team will play in the spring? Level of competition? Travel? Something else entirely?" This is the second installment of answers from tennis coaches.

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

Cavalier Freshman Frank Makes Quick Ascent to Top of Rankings
Less than a semester into his college career, University of Virginia freshman Mitchell Frank had already put his name in the exclusive company of James Blake, MaliVai Washington and Sargis Sargsian, the only other collegians to have won both the ITA All-American and USTA/ITA Indoor Intercollegiate Championships. Frank's titles propelled him to the top of the Campbell/ITA national rankings, even though he is now playing No. 3 for the star-studded Cavaliers.

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.

Top 2013 Prospect Edward Covalschi Picks Notre Dame
With college tennis as the logical denouement of his stellar USTA career, Blue Chip Edward Covalschi started looking at his options midway through his junior year of high school. He whittled down the list to his top choices: Ohio, Michigan, Cornell, Illinois, and Notre Dame. In the end, the myth and magic of the shillelagh-wielding Leprechaun and the Fighting Irish won him over.

Photos from the Tampa National Open
The 18s division of the USTA National Open Championships took place in four sites around the country this past weekend. Our photographers headed to Tampa, Fla. to take pictures of one of those events. Take a look at the great action shots we were able to capture.

USC Edges Ohio State to Claim First ITA Men's Team Indoor Championship in 24 Years
Despite their position as three-time defending NCAA champions, the USC Trojans were not overwhelming favorites for the ITA Men's Team Indoor Championships, held last week at the Boar's Head Sports Club in Charlottesville, Va. But thanks to freshman Yannick Hanfmann, top seed USC battled to a 4-3 win over No. 3 Ohio State in the final, delivering the storied program its first Team Indoor title since 1988.

Images from the Harry Gilbert Super Series
The Florida Super Series are a group of strong, open tournaments in Florida. They are open to all players that qualify by ranking. Harry Gilbert's Super Series was played this past weekend at the Florida Tennis Center in Daytona Beach, Fla. Take a look at action photos from the event.

Prince Hot 100 List - February '12
Today we announce the February edition of the Prince Hot 100. The Prince Hot 100 features 100 boys and 100 girls who have been playing outstanding tennis. These players have substantially improved their rankings over the past month.

UCLA Downs Duke for First ITA Women's Team Indoor Title
In her 16 years heading the UCLA women's tennis program, Stella Sampras Webster's teams had reached the NCAA finals three times, winning the title in 2008. But the Bruins had not had the same success at the ITA Team Indoor Championships. That all changed Monday, when the contributions of its four outstanding freshmen culminated in a 4-0 UCLA victory over top seed Duke for the Bruins first Team Indoor title.

Interview with University of Denver Coach Danny Westerman
Danny Westerman, the head men's tennis coach at the University of Denver talks with Scholarship for Athletes about the college recuitment process. He shares his coaching philosophy and offers advice to potential recruits as well as their families.

Panel Discussion: Scheduling in the Spring (Part 1)
During the spring season, college tennis teams play dual - or "team" - matches against other programs. For many teams that compete in athletic conferences, a number of these matches are predetermined, but coaches have a lot of latitude in deciding the full schedule. We put the following question to a number of coaches: "What factors go into deciding who your team will play in the spring? Level of competition? Travel? Something else entirely?"

Know Your Stuff!
One of the most common questions people ask me is how I can relate to so many different types of personalities on the tennis court. Well, it ain't easy! Each player has their own way of dealing with everything. The most important thing to remember when dealing with a player at any level is that you have to know your stuff! If you don't, you risk losing their trust and respect.

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.

Michigan Survives Yale to Advance to ITA Team Indoor
Although only a sophomore, Michigan's Brooke Bolender had already felt the sting of losing the last match in an important dual contest. So when she faced a tiebreaker against Yale's Blair Seideman Sunday at No. 2 singles, with a place in the ITA Team Indoor Championships on the line, Bolender was prepared. Michigan won the ITA Kickoff Weekend in Ann Arbor to advance.

Top Women's Classes - 2012 Winter Rankings
More than four hundred senior girls - including 90 of the Top 100 - have already signed or verbally committed to college programs. With so many commitments, our Winter Recruiting Class rankings could not be more timely. The Tennis Recruiting Network is proud to present the Top 25 Women's College Tennis Recruiting Classes of 2012.

Unseeded Wiersholm, Daniel Take Tennis Plaza Cup Titles
While many of the USTA Level 3 Regional Tournament Segments in other parts of the country were plagued by rain last weekend, the Tennis Plaza Cup in Coral Gables had nothing but warm temperatures and sunny skies for its eight divisions, held at four different sites.

Top Men's Classes - 2012 Winter Rankings
The end of January is right at the midway point between the fall and spring signing periods. High school seniors across the country made formal commitments in November, and dozens more make verbal commitments every week. With more than 750 commitments in the books, this is a great time to take stock of how programs are doing. Today, the Tennis Recruiting Network is proud to bring you the Top 25 Men's College Tennis Recruiting Classes.

World No. 1s Take Aim at Australian Open Junior Titles
The Australian Open Junior Championships, which begin Sunday, don't regularly attract all the world's best juniors, with the long and expensive trip Down Under a primary reason many opt for other competitive options this time of year. But in 2012, ITF World Junior No. 1s Irina Khromacheva of Russia and Luke Saville of Australia will be competing in Melbourne, hoping to secure their places at the top with an Australian Open title.

Prince Hot 100 List - January '12
Today we announce the January edition of the Prince Hot 100. The Prince Hot 100 features 100 boys and 100 girls who have been playing outstanding tennis. These players have substantially improved their rankings over the past month.

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

Top 2013 Prospect Nick Wood Chooses Georgia
Late in the summer, after Nick Wood was sidelined with a stress fracture in his elbow that required surgery, he decided to use the down time to get his college search out of the way. Applying the same work ethic that has propelled him to TRN's elite Blue Chip ranks, Wood took unofficial visits and narrowed his candidates to a pair of SEC rivals: Tennessee and Georgia. Ultimately, Georgia captured his heart.

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.

What a Feeling!
Have you ever been in the perfect zone, felt the mojo... or even just been in the groove? It's a euphoric feeling that some never reach. But those that do and can do it consistently are the ones who can take their games to the next level. This zone comes from extensive training and developing the ability to be comfortable in any situation. It's done by the awareness and the sensation of the moment.

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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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