Yale Makes a Believer Out of Blue Chip Kung
Chelsea Kung didn't think it was possible to balance a rigorous academic load with high-level tennis at an Ivy League school. Yale proved her wrong. The blue chip from Texas will be joining the program in the fall of 2019.
Blue Chip Lins Finds Athletic and Academic Match at Harvard
Blue chip junior David Lins found the right athletic and academic match at Harvard. The Boca Raton, Florida resident has verbally committed to join the Crimson in the fall of 2020.
College Coaches Reveal Their Favorite Christmas Gifts
From sports equipment to musical devices to trust funds, college coaches always remember their favorite Christmas gifts. Find out which gifts made the cut in a festive edition of our Coaching Roundtable.
Americans Sweep 12s Titles at Junior Orange Bowl
The top seeds in the 12s divisions dominated the competition in the 57th edition of the Junior Orange Bowl, with Americans Clervie Ngounoue and Rudy Quan claiming titles. Coleman Wong of Hong Kong and Melisa Ercan of Turkey made history for their countries in the 14s.
Rybakov, Gordon Capture Blizzard Wild Card Challenge Titles
TCU senior Alex Rybakov and Stanford sophomore Michaela Gordon won the Blizzard Wild Card Challenge titles at the USTA National Campus in Orlando. The All-Americans received wild cards into a professional event and spots on the 2019 USTA Collegiate National Team.
Hot 100 List - December 2018
It's time to unveil the December 2018 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.
Nguyen's Own Blind Side Story Helped Him Reach USC
Daniel Nguyen had fallen so far behind academically in high school that being eligible for college seemed like a longshot. But a family helped get him back on track, setting the stage for a dynastical run at USC that saw him capture four NCAA team titles in four years.
Going the Distance to be Seen by College Coaches
Jasmine Caballero traveled from Phoenix, Arizona to Naples, Florida to participate in the Tennis Recruiting Network Showcase held in conjunction with the ITA Coaches Convention. The three-star junior stayed for only a day, but got exposure and experience.
Gauff and Virtanen Claim ITF Orange Bowl Titles
Americans Coco Gauff and Madison Sieg swept the girls singles titles at the Orange Bowl, and Otto Virtanen made history by becoming the first player from Finland to win a singles title at the prestigious event in Florida.
Images from the Eddie Herr
The Eddie Herr International kicks off the holiday tennis season, and
Americans were easy to find in the finals. ZooTennis provided great
coverage of the event from the IMG Academy in Bradenton - and today
we feature a photo gallery they contributed.
Tran's Period of Healing Leads to Picking Tar Heels
Reilly Tran used her recovery time from hip surgery to begin researching her college options. The blue chip junior from Virginia realized the University of North Carolina was the place she was meant to be, and has commited to the Tar Heels for 2020.
A Holistic View of Funding Junior Development
Following the pack isn't always the best way to develop a junior tennis player. Former college coach Dave Mullins believes parents may want to take a more holistic approach in spending money to help their children reach their potential.
EMU Starts Rebuilding Process After Program Reinstated
The Eastern Michigan University women's tennis team is scrambling to find players and matches for the spring season after the program was reinstated two weeks ago following a lawsuit. Jayson Wiseman was re-hired as the head coach, providing a steady paycheck again for the father of nine.
Being a Good Sport Matters to USC-Bound Cayetano
Eryn Cayetano has been lauded for her good sportsmanship with numerous awards and compliments. The five-star senior from Corona, California will bring her good behavior to USC, where she has committed to play for the Women of Troy next fall.
2018 Eddie Herr Champions Are Crowned
The United States had at least one finalist in six of the eight divisions in last week’s Eddie Herr International Tennis Championships, with two emerging as champions while local fans were treated to outstanding tennis in all eight finals.
Ryan Ali Embraces Smaller Size to Reach Division I Goal
Despite standing just 5-foot-3, Ryan Ali holds his own on the tennis court. The four-star senior from California recently signed to play at Santa Clara University. He wants to be a role model for other smaller players.
Team USA Captures Master'U BNP Paribas Title
The United States captured its eighth title in 10 years at the Master'U BNP Paribas International Collegiate Team Competition last weekend. Florida's Oliver Crawford and Pepperdine's Ashley Leahy each won three singles matches in three days to help the Americans.
Brain Tumor Doesn't Keep Oberg From Playing at Portland
Days after signing his National Letter of Intent last year to play for the University of Portland, Nicklas Oberg received jarring news. Doctors found a tumor in his brain. The Texas native spent the next few months in a battle far greater than a tennis match.
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.
How Coaches Help Signed Recruits Stay Ready for College
Signing a National Letter of Intent can be a huge relief for recruits. But how do college coaches ensure players stay engaged in tennis and keep improving before they arrive on campus as freshman? Several gave their advice in this month's Coaching Roundtable.
Spotlight Players of the Week - Origen Grear & Deanna Lasorda
Each week, TRN shines the spotlight on a boy and girl player randomly selected from our class ranking lists. Beyond match scores and tournament results, the players reveal more about their interests and personalities. Get to know Origen Grear and Deanna Lasorda.
A Teacher at Hart: Get To Know Washington State's Coach
Washington State women's head coach Lisa Hart wanted to be an elementary school teacher. But after being offered an assistant coaching job at her alma mater, she fell in love with the profession. Hart combines both passions in guiding her programs.
Volynets Targets Continued Pro Circuit Success
Katie Volynets, 16, is making the transition from junior to pro tennis at the same time the ITF is radically changing its pathway for young players seeking a professional career. Volynets discusses her recent sucess, her best tennis memories and her love for music in a Q&A with Colette Lewis.
Hot 100 List - November 2018
It's time to unveil the November 2018 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.
Spotlight Players of the Week - Megan Heuser and Joe O'Brien
Each week, TRN shines the spotlight on a boy and girl player randomly selected from our class ranking lists. Beyond match scores and tournament results, the players reveal more about their interests and personalities. Get to know Megan Heuser and Joe O'Brien.
Defending Champ Andreev, World No. 1 Burel Return to Eddie Herr
The ITF Grade 1 Eddie Herr Championships welcome back two of the top juniors in the ITF World Junior rankings, with 2017 boys champion Adrian Andreev of Bulgaria and 2017 girls finalist Clara Burel of France returning to the Har-Tru courts at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida.
Perez Takes Surgical Approach to Winning Title
Fabiola Perez, an aspiring surgeon, won the Girls 18s singles title at the TennisRecruiting.net National Junior Level 7 tournament last week in Miami. Perez didn't drop a set in three matches.
College of Charleston Honored for Community Service
The College of Charleston women's team won a $1,000 ITA grant for performing the most hours of community service in October. The Cougars made blankets for babies, visited pet shelters, raised money for St. Jude's and worked with Special Olympians among their many activities.
Salute To Service: Four Star Jose Pledges to Army
Joel Nathan Jose takes great pride in representing his country, and wants to serve in the military. The four-star senior from New Albany, Ohio has committed to play for Army. His mid-match salute last spring gave spectators chills.
Hopper Ready For More Fun at Case Western Reserve
James Hopper needs to be having fun to be successful in tennis. Hopper's game improved once he embraced that philosophy. The four-star senior wants to keep the fun going in college at Case Western Reserve University.
Georgia Tech-Bound Cohen Was Raised To Compete
As the older sister to four brothers, Gia Cohen doesn't back down from competition. The blue chip from Florida is bringing that drive to Georgia Tech. Cohen signed with the Yellow Jackets this week, and is arriving in January.
Blue Chip Wolfberg Signs with Oklahoma State
Blue chip Alana Wolfberg didn't think she wanted to attend college far from home. But the Oklahoma State coaching staff made a lasting impression on the Orlando native. She signed her National Letter of Intent with Oklahoma State this afternoon during a ceremony at her high school.
Hohmann Finds a Coaching Connection at LSU
If you want to know why Ronald Hohmann is signing with LSU, it's fairly simple. The blue chip senior wants to play for Andy Brandi. Hohmann believes Brandi can help him reach is goal of playing professionally.
Self-Motivated Shugar Elevates Game, Commits to Alabama
Avi Shugar didn't think playing high-level Division I tennis was a possibility two years ago. But the four-star senior from Oregon worked hard to improve his game and will be signing with the University of Alabama this week.
Signing Week 2018
With the Countdown now behind us, it's time for the main event. Tennis Recruiting and GAMMA are ready to kick off our coverage of Signing Week 2018 with a final look at the Blue Chip boys and girls.
South Carolina ITF Gallery
A stark contrast from the previous week's rainy conditions, blue skies
and sunshine welcomed players to Lexington, S.C., for the South
Carolina ITF. Bill Kallenberg was on site at the Lexington County
Tennis Complex for this event - check out the action shots he captured.
Chinese Coaches Study College Tennis at Arizona State
The Federation of University Sports of China— the Chinese equivalent of the NCAA—has sent 25 coaches to Arizona State’s campus in Tempe this semester to learn what it takes to develop players at the Division I level.
Junmoke James Stays in the Game at Lehigh
Junmoke James wasn't sure if she would find a place to play Division I tennis until receiving an email from Lehigh. The four-star senior from Georgia with a passion for writing short stories will be signing with the Mountain Hawks this month.
Fresno State-Bound Baturyn Makes all the Right Moves
A former competitive chess player, Daniel Baturyn is tactical about the moves he makes on and off the tennis court. The five-star senior left California for South Carolina to train at an academy, and his game greatly improved. He is signing with Fresno State next week.
Blue Chip Angelica Blake Chooses Stanford
Blue chip senior Angelica Blake is announcing her commitment to Stanford. Blake discovered her love for tennis by grabbing a stranger's racket at age 4 and begging to go hit balls while living in the UK.
Five-Star Gupta Ready To Help Penn Ascend
Aditya Gupta wanted to find the best mix of academics and tennis for college. The five-star senior from Southern California didn't limit his options to only Ivy League schools, but discovered Penn provided everything he wanted.
Action Shots from the ITF Pan Am
The ITF Pan American Championships moved from Tulsa to Charlotte this
year, with UNC Charlotte hosting the event. Rain marred the
tournament daily, forcing tournament officials to get creative with
the schedule to complete the matches. TRN photographer Bill
Kallenberg was on site to get these great photos.
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.
Strong Technical Foundation Should Start Young
It would make more sense to provide young players with the best technical foundation we can, according to columnist Dave Mullins. If they have high aspirational goals for their tennis after that, then the emphasis should probably switch to the tactical, mental and physical aspects of the game.
From Tennis to Rugby, Pheil Discovers A New Passion
Christiane Pheil was burned out from tennis after playing two years at the University of Colorado. She left the team to pursue different passions, and discovered rugby. Pheil is now a member of the USA Rugby women's national team and recently participated in the World Cup in Ireland.
Kuckelman Twins Were a Package Deal for Nebraska
Chloe and Ellie Kuckelman are not only twin sisters, they are best friends. They wanted to stay together in college, and Nebraska showed interest from the very start. The four-star seniors from Kansas will both be signing with the Huskers next month.
Countdown: Blue Chip Girls
Last week we visited with the senior Blue Chip boys to find out how they are doing in the college recruiting process. Today, the girls get their turn. How many have decided? Which players are still wide open? And are any of them leaning towards your favorite school?
Jachuck Heading to Harvard
Ronan Jachuck did his homework before deciding where to attend college. The blue chip senior found the right fit - athletically and academically - at Harvard. Jachuck verbally committed last February, and received his "likely letter" this month.
Coaches Weigh In On New Signing Window
The recruiting calendar has changed this year, with the signing period no longer broken into two separate windows. This year's seniors can now sign anytime from November 14, 2018 through August 1, 2019. How will this impact recruiting? We asked several coaches for this month's Roundtable.
Hot 100 List - October 2018
It's time to unveil the October 2018 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.
Mossmer Follows Family History at Stanford
Nicole Mossmer was an elite level youth soccer player until deciding to pursue tennis at age 14. Although many questioned the change, Mossmer followed her heart and developed into a blue chip. She will be signing with Stanford, where both her parents played sports.
Countdown: Blue Chip Boys
We kick off the second week of the Countdown to Signing Day with a look at the top boys in the senior class. This year's Blue Chip recruits talked with us about their decision process. Some have made verbal commitments, most have confirmed or taken their official visits, and some are still wide open. Take a look and see where things stand with the Class of 2019 ...
Nanda, Mandlik Earn First Grade 1 Titles
In a tournament greatly marred by weather delays, Govind Nanda and Elli Mandlik survived to capture their first ITF Grade 1 singles titles by winning the Pan American Closed last week at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte.
Mercer, Cash Make Double Commitment for Ohio State
They didn't make a promise to attend the same school, but doubles partners J.J. Mercer and Robert Cash both found the right fit at Ohio State. The blue chip seniors are signing with the Buckeyes next month and hoping to continue their partnership in college.
Drummy's Journey Leads to Vanderbilt
Georgia Drummy moved from her home in Ireland to Florida to improve her tennis and face better competition. The next step in Drummy's career comes next month when she signs to play at Vanderbilt and then joins the program in January.
Competitive Spirit Drives Blue Chip Zhang to Duke
Andrew Zhang's competitive drive has been evident from the moment he started playing tennis. Attracted to Duke's athletic spirit and tradition, the blue chip recruit from Michigan is signing with the Blue Devils next month.
Dodd Heading West To Play For Sacramento State
Three-star Grace Dodd knew during her official visit she wanted to attend Sacramento State. The Farmers Branch, Texas native is a strong doubles player and hopes to contribute to the Hornets in any way needed.
Countdown to Signing Day 2018
It's that time of year. We are less than a month away from the most important day on the college tennis recruiting calendar - Signing Day. November 14th is the opening of the signing period, when seniors can begin signing a National Letter of Intent with Division I and Division II schools. As always, the Tennis Recruiting Network is here to keep you up to date on everything.
Texas Tech's Masi Inspired By Wife's Cancer Battle
Texas Tech men's head coach Brett Masi can point to his wife as an example of resiliency for his players. She battled cancer twice and is now in remission. Learn more about Masi and his background in this month's "Meet The Coach."
USTA Player Development Announces New Coaching Leadership
USTA Player Development announced today that Ola Malmqvist has been promoted to Director of Coaching while Kathy Rinaldi and Kent Kinnear will take over as Head of Women’s and Men’s Tennis, respectively. Rinaldi will continue in her role as U.S. Fed Cup Captain.
Five-Star Senior Spencer Gray Chooses Auburn
Believing it's a place where he can thrive, Spencer Gray has committed to Auburn. The five-star recruit from Boca Raton, Florida made his decision on Monday night after taking his official visit to the school in early September.
Gonzaga's Whittle Completes Historic Run at ITA All-American
Gonzaga senior Sophie Whittle made a historic run to the singles title at the ITA All-American Championships. Despite badly spraining her ankle in the final, the qualifier and former four-star recruit became the first player in Gonzaga history to win an ITA National title.
Player Spotlight of the Week - Kida Ferrari and Will Ulrich
Each week, TRN shines the spotlight on a boy and girl player randomly selected from our class ranking lists. Beyond match scores and tournament results, the players reveal more about their interests and personalities. Get to know Kida Ferrari and Will Ulrich.
Epilepsy Doesn't Sideline Four-Star Gabby Dellacono
Gabby Dellacono was diagnosed with epilepsy at age 10. Instead of holding her back, the condition motivated Dellacono to work even harder in tennis and become an advocate for other children. The four-star from Connecticut will be signing with Brown next month.
Evacuated UNCW Programs Give Back to Community
The University of North Carolina Wilmington tennis programs were forced to evacuate when Hurricane Florence hit. They spent more than three weeks away from campus before returning to practice on Monday. During their evacuation, they volunteered through the Red Cross to try and give back to the community and help residents.
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.
Spotlight Players of the Week - Lindsey Hofflander and Philip Bosman
Each week, TRN shines the spotlight on a boy and girl player randomly selected from our class ranking lists. Beyond match scores and tournament results, the players reveal more about their interests and personalities. Get to know Lindsey Hofflander and Philip Bosman.
Bickford Hits the Ground Running at William & Mary
Toni Bickford was hired last week as the women's head coach at William & Mary. Although the late start is not ideal, Bickford is using the late start as motivation to work even harder. The former Iowa star wants to prolong the Tribe's legacy of success.
Blue Chip Nanda Chooses Bruins
Motivated by a rejection when he began playing competitive tennis, Govind Nanda made a commitment to improving. That determination has now led to another commitment: the blue chip recruit is just months away from becoming a UCLA Bruin.
From Coveted Recruit to Assistant Coach at Georgia Tech
Christy (Striplin) Lynch graduated from Georgia Tech with a degree in marketing. The former Jackets standout didn't plan on a career in coaching, but entered the field thanks to her husband's encouragement. She's back at her alma mater as an assistant coach trying to help the next generation of players.
Blue Chip Hadigian Ready to Work for Gonzaga
Intrigued by the vision of the new coaching staff, blue chip senior Eric Hadigian has committed to Gonzaga. Hadigian has the option of enrolling early to play this spring or waiting until next fall to play for the Zags.
Miller Finds Perfect Fit in Her Own Backyard at Michigan
Karina Miller didn't have to search far to find the perfect fit for college. The blue chip junior from Ann Arbor committed to the University of Michigan last week, and will represent the school located in her backyard.
Spotlight Players of the Week: Jenasis Yarrell, Fernando Bauermeister
Each week, TRN shines the spotlight on a boy and girl player randomly selected from our class ranking lists. Beyond match scores and tournament results, the players reveal more about their interests and personalities. Get to know Jenasis Yarrell and Fernando Bauermeister.
New ITF Heat Rule Scorches US Open Juniors
The ITF Junior Circuit's new extreme heat rule became a storyline at the recent U.S. Open Junior Championships. Several matches were delayed or suspended as temperatures soared in New York. Find out more about the rule and how it may impact tournaments in the future.
Five-Star Redelijk Announces His Commitment to SMU
Five-star senior Jordi Redelijk is announcing his commitment to SMU. The Florida native made his decision on Tuesday night, having formed a close relationship with new head coach Grant Chen during the recruiting process.
Hot 100 List - September 2018
It's time to unveil the September 2018 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.
Garay is Getting a Second Chance to Pursue His College Dream
Former five-star Christian Garay didn't make academics a priority during his junior career and couldn't fulfill his dream of playing college tennis. But the 22-year-old has worked to earn a second chance as a 22-year-old freshman this season on the Point University men's team.
Star Ratings '18-'19 - Fall Edition
After months of waiting, here they are... the Star Ratings. Find out right now how many stars you have - as The Tennis Recruiting Network proudly presents the Fall Star Ratings for 2018-19.
US Open Photo Gallery
Things were hot in New York for the US Open Championships. Extreme
heat adjusted the schedule of play - but it didn't stop Caty McNally
and Coco Gauff from winning an All-American doubles final. Take a look
at Bill Kallenberg's photos of the event ...
The Heat Was on Junior U.S. Open Champions
Brazil’s Thiago Seyboth Wild and China’s Xiyu Wang earned their countries’ first boys and girls U.S. Open Junior Championship titles under the roof of the new Louis Armstrong Stadium at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Americans Caty McNally and Coco Gauff won the girls doubles title.
Brown Goes Blue to Prolong Family Legacy
Jaedan Brown will be prolonging a family tradition by attending the University of Michigan. The blue chip junior from Granger, Indiana committed to the Wolverines after taking her official visit last weekend.
Roundtable: Helping Freshmen Transition to College
Making the transition from high school to college can be a big change for incoming freshmen tennis players. How do programs help them acclimate? What resources are available on campus? We asked several coaches from around the country for this month's Coaching Roundtable.
I Practice All The Time, So Why Am I Losing?
Hard work and sacrifice are great attributes, but they don't always lead to the best results. Sometimes natural talent and genetics win out. Dave Mullins realized that during his junior career and once he started coaching.
Spotlight Players of the Week - Nicole Copeland and Charlie Suh
Each week, TRN shines the spotlight on a boy and girl player randomly selected from our class ranking lists. Beyond match scores and tournament results, the players reveal more about their interests and personalities. Get to know Nicole Copeland and Charlie Suh.
Kulikov is the Quarterback of USC Women's Tennis
Angela Kulikov loves playing quarterback in football nearly as much as she loves playing tennis. The USC junior began coaching her brother when she was sidelined with an injury, and has remained a student of the quarterbacking game ever since. She was recently recruited to play in a women's flag football league.
Division III Gets This Year's Hall of Fame Invitation
For the first time in the event's short history, Division III teams have been asked to participate in this year's Hall of Fame ITA Grass Court Invitational on September 14-16 in Newport, Rhode Island. Four men's programs and four women's programs from different colleges will be represented in the field.
Spotlight Players of the Week - Ava McQuillin and Eli Poole
Each week, TRN shines the spotlight on a boy and girl player randomly selected from our class ranking lists. Beyond match scores and tournament results, the players reveal more about their interests and personalities. Get to know Ava McQuillin and Eli Poole.
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.
Tennis Recruiting Welcomes the Class of 2025
Tennis Recruiting Network welcomes the Class of 2025 to the rankings this week. Among the young rising stars are sixth-graders Maximus "Deacon" Dussault, Thalia Smith, Max Exsted and Valerie Glozman. Chartiable, fashionable, creative and brand aware - find out more about them.
Farewell 2018 Class
The Tennis Recruiting Network bids farewell to the high school class of 2018. Last week’s rankings are our final edition of the 2017-18 year - and the final rankings for the outgoing Class of 2018.
Gratitude Helps Pollock Rise to New Butler Men's Coach
Daniel Pollock started playing tennis on a court with caution tape for a net. Having come from a working-class family in the United Kingdom, Pollock was grateful for the opportunity to play college tennis and study in the United States. The new Butler men's head coach is trying to provide the same experience for his players.
Players Must Take Ownership of Their Recruiting Process
One of the most consistent messages Donovan Tennis Strategies hears from college coaches about the recruitment process is that they wish student-athletes would take more ownership of their own recruitment. It suggests the player may possess motivation, confidence and care, which are highly desirable characteristics of a future team member
Volynets and Klier Claim International Hard Court Titles
American Katie Volynets and Brazilian Gilbert Soares Klier Junior both earned their second International Tennis Federation Grade 1 titles last Saturday in College Park, Maryland. However, their last steps on their paths to Prince George’s County International Hard Court titles diverged.
Spotlight Players of the Week - Presley Thieneman, Lizanne Boyer
Each week, TRN shines the spotlight on a boy and girl player randomly selected from our class ranking lists. Beyond match scores and tournament results, the players reveal more about their interests and personalities. Get to know Presley Thieneman and Lizanne Boyer.
Second Visit Makes Lasting Impression on Texas-Bound Woldeab
Siem Woldeab's first visit to Texas was marred by weather delays. The Longhorns lured the blue chip senior back for a longer vsiit and he fell in love. Woldeab committed to Texas on the day he returned home to San Diego.
Oracle Grant Money Paying Dividends for Former College Stars
The financial stress of playing on the pro tour can be a burden for players transitioning from the college ranks. Mackenzie McDonald, Danielle Collins, Chris Eubanks and Francesca Di Lorenzo were given some relief with a $100,000 grant as recipients of the Oracle U.S. Tennis Awards. The former college stars have put the money to good use.
Hot 100 List - August 2018
It's time to unveil the August 2018 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.
ITA Preparing to Launch College Tennis Alumni Network
The ITA is preparing to launch the College Tennis Alumni Network, an initiative designed to connect former college players, keep the fan base engaged and help grow and support college programs. Players and coaches can fill out a survey to provide feedback on how the network can serve their needs.
Spotlight Players of the Week - Marcella Cruz and Camden Lashley
Each week, TRN shines the spotlight on a boy and girl player randomly selected from our class ranking lists. Beyond match scores and tournament results, the players reveal more about their interests and personalities. Get to know Marcella Cruz and Camden Lashley.
Van Emburgh Beats Deadline, Opponents at ITA Championships
Jake Van Emburgh barely beat the deadline to enter the Oracle ITA National Summer Championships. The Oklahoma rising sophomore ended up winning the whole event, not dropping a single set on his run to the men's singles title last week at TCU's Bayard Friedman Tennis Center.
Images from Kalamazoo
All last week, TRN was your online home for Championship Week -
reliving the USTA National Championships that took place all across
the country. We wrap up our Championship Week coverage with a look at
the USTA Boys 16s and 18s Nationals from Kalamazoo - where Martin Damm
and Jenson Brooksby won singles titles. Check out these great photos
from veteran photographer Bill Kallenberg.
Brooksby Breezes to Kalamazoo 18s Title
Jensen Brooksby made it 2 for 2 in winning prestigious junior tournament titles this year. A few months after winning Easter Bowl, the TCU commit captured the Boys 18s singles title at the USTA National Championships in Kalamazoo.
Osuigwe Sweeps Girls 18s Titles, U.S. Open Wild Cards
Whitney Osuigwe captured the Girls 18s singles and doubles titles at the USTA Billie Jean King National Hard Court Championships in San Diego. Fighting back from an early deficit in singles, Osuigwe received wild cards into the main draw of the U.S. Open women's singles and doubles.
Damm Makes History with Kalamazoo 16s Title
Martin Damm became the youngest Boys 16s singles champion at the USTA National Championships in Kalamazoo since the age divison changed from 15 to 16 in 1963. The 14-year-old wild card defeated Zane Khan in straight sets in the final.
New Outfit, Lucky Penny Boost Crawley's Championship Outlook
A new outfit and a lucky penny provided Fiona Crawley peace of mind before she took the court for the Girls 16s singles final at the USTA Billie Jean King Hard Court National Championships. The blue chip captured the title in straight sets to earn a gold ball and a wild card into the U.S. Open Junior Championships.
Shang Powers Way to Boys 14s Title
Juncheng Shang added to his collection of titles at the USTA Boys 14s National Hard Court Championships. The Beijing native and Florida resident won the gold ball with a straight set victory over Nicholas Heng in the final in Mobile, Alabama
From Brink of Defeat to Girls 14s Champion, Yu Claws Back
Feeling the pressure as the top seed, Eleana Yu went from the brink of elimination to winning the singles title at the USTA Girls 14s National Hard Court Championships in Rome, Georgia. It marked the second straight national hard court title for Yu after winning the Girls 12s event last year.
Rudy Quan Continues To Roll in Alabama
Top-seeded Rudy Quan won his fifth straight national singles title by defeating Dylan Charlap in straight sets at the USTA Boys 12s National Hard Court Championships in Mobile, Alabama. Quan has yet to lose a set in his five title runs.
Puerto Rico's Perez Nets Two Gold Balls
Puerto Rico's Natalia Perez captured two gold balls at the USTA Girls 12s National Hard Court Championships in Alpharetta, Georgia. Perez outlasted doubles partner Brooklyn Olson in three sets in the singles final.
The USTA National Championships have now concluded - and gold balls have been awarded to your latest national champions. All week long, TRN celebrates these winners - from the East Coast to the West Coast - with coverage of the Nationals. Enjoy the 2018 edition of Championship Week.
Why College Coaches Like Recruiting Hard Court Nationals
It's a Who's Who of college tennis coaches this week at the USTA 16s and 18s National Hard Court Championships in Kalamazoo and San Diego. Coaches from all levels have flocked to the cities to scout potential players. In this month's Coaching Roundtable, we asked how valauble the event was in recruiting.
Gauff Gets Wins and Hugs From Little Brother in San Diego
Cori "Coco" Gauff has received hugs from her little brother Cameron, 5, after every match at the USTA Girls 18s National Hard Court Championships this week in San Diego. It's only the second tournament outside of their home state of Florida Cameron has been able to attend to watch his sister play.
Silverio Finds Spiritual Coaching Connection at Notre Dame
Alison Silverio grew up in the Midwest watching the movie Rudy and imagining herself playing at Notre Dame. She didn't play for the Fighting Irish, but she was just hired as the program's new head coach. The Ohio native spent the last four seasons in the same role at Oregon.
Things To Consider Before You Get To College
LSU men's co-head coach Andy Brandi offers his advice on what players should prepare for before arriving in college as freshmen. Will you have a car? Do you like your roommate? Are you eating healthy? There are a lot of things to consider beyond tennis.
King Enjoys Going to "Cool Places To Hit a Tennis Ball"
Professional tennis has its ups and downs, but Evan King keeps things in perspective. The Michigan graduate realizes how fortunate he is to play tournaments for a living, and has been having fun climbing the rankings over the years.
Kypson Set To Defend 18s Title; Chopra Top Seed in 16s
Patrick Kypson is returning to Kalamazoo this year to seek a third singles title at the USTA National Championships, a rare accomplishment in the tournament’s 75 years. Kypson is the top seed in the Boys 18s while Keshav Chopra is the No. 1 seed in the Boys 16s.
Spotlight Players of the Week - Stella Ribaudo and Blake Brown
Each week TRN shines the spotlight on a boy and girl player randomly selected from our class ranking lists. Beyond match scores and tournament results, the players reveal more about their interests and personalities. Get to know Stella Ribaudo and Blake Brown.
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.
Injuries Didn't Dampen Lipman's Love for Tennis
Chronic hip injuries ended any hope of a professional playing career for Ryan Lipman. But the Vanderbilt All-American has remained involved in the sport as an assistant coach at his alma mater and through a new website, Tennis Takes, he started with his brothers.
Rollins Finds His Potential Match at Texas A&M
Having endured a string of injury setbacks early in his career, Pierce Rollins has worked his way back into competitive form. The rising senior blue chip from Tulsa, Oklahoma recently committed to Texas A&M.
Georgia Junior Open Photos
One of the most popular adiplayer National Showcase events is the
Georgia Junior Open. Over 500 competitors took to the courts at the
beautiful 51-court facility in Rome, Ga., to compete for titles at the
2018 edition. Photographer Bill Kallenberg was onhand to take in the
event - check out the great shots he captured.
McDonald Moves Up After Wimbledon Run
Fresh off his fourth round appearance at Wimbledon, former UCLA star and NCAA champion Mackenzie McDonald sat down with Colette Lewis to discuss his run at the All England Lawn Tennis Club, his future goals on tour, his college memories and more.
Rajesh Showcases His Very Best In Boys 18s Title Run
Neel Rajesh, a four-star rising senior, earned his first USTA gold ball in scintillating fashion. Seeded in the group from 33rd to 64th, he won all eight of his singles matches in Delray Beach, Florida, capped by a 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 upset of defending champion Axel Nefve in the championship match of the USTA Boys 18 National Clay Court Championships.
Hometown Support Boosts Navarro to Girls 18s Titles
Playing at her home club in front of family, friends and even her dog, Emma Navarro captured the singles and doubles titles at the USTA Girls 18s National Clay Court Championships. The blue chip rising junior provided a special ending for the event's debut at LTP Tennis Club in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina.
Present-Minded Approach Helps Zapp Win Boys 16s Titles
Staying focused on the task at hand helped Logan Zapp capture the singles and doubles titles at the USTA Boys 16s National Clay Court Championships. The five-star recruit dropped only two games in the singles final in his home state of Florida.
From Frazzled to Champion, Zamarripa Captures Girls 16s Title
After misreading her match time early at the USTA Girls 16s National Clay Court Championships and taking the court unexpectedly, Allura Zamarripa managed to stay composed and walk away with her first gold ball in singles. The rising sophomore blue chip defeated No. 1 Valencia Xu in the final, while Xu teamed with Elise Wagle to win the doubles title in Memphis.
Heng Rises to the Challenge to Capture Boys 14s Title
Nicholas Heng used the experience gained in the last year to emerge as the champion of the USTA Boys 14s National Clay Court Championships. The blue chip rising eighth grader rallied to beat John Kim in three sets in the final.
Ngounoue Caps Birthday Week With Girls 14s Title
Clervie Ngounoue celebrated her 12th birthday week in style, capturing the singles title at the USTA Girls 14 National Clay Court Championships at Veltri Tennis Center in Plantation, Florida. The blue chip rising seventh grader defeated top-seeded Vivian Ovrootsky in the final in three sets.
Images from the Boys 18 and 16 Clays
Every year, we highlight the USTA Clay Court Nationals at the Tennis
Recruiting website. The Boys 16 and 18 divisions are hosted by the
City of Delray Beach in Florida - and photographer Fritz Moore was
there to capture the action. Check out these great action photos ...
Boca Raton's Slama Wins Hometown Championship
Blue Chip Mia Slama took the lessons learned from last year's USTA Girls 12 National Clay Court Championship to grow into this year's champion. The Boca Raton native defeated Alexia Harmon in three sets in the final last Saturday.
Quan Prolongs Successful Run at Boys 12s Clays
Rudy Quan continued his sensational play this year by capturing the singles and doubles title at the USTA Boys 12 National Clay Court Championships at the National Campus in Lake Nona, Florida. The blue chip rising eighth grader also won singles titles at Winter Nationals and Easter Bowl.
Clay Court Championship Week
The USTA Clay Court Championships have concluded around the country. This week, TRN has wrap-up stories of all the action, from the Boys' 12s to the Girls' 18s, from Tennessee to Florida. Meet the latest gold ball winners of all ages during our coverage of Clay Court Championship Week.
Tseng, Swiatek Claim Wimbledon Junior Titles
Taiwan’s Chun Hsin Tseng and Poland’s Iga Swiatek each dropped only one set on their way to capturing the singles titles at the Wimbledon Junior Championships. The only American represenation in the finals came in girls doubles, where Caty McNally and Whitney Osuigwe lost in straight sets.
TCU Welcomes Chance to Host ITA National Summer Championships
Texas Christian University is hosting the ITA National Summer Championships for the second straight year with hopes of becoming the permanent home. This year's event will feature $20,000 in prize money along with usual wildcards into the ITA All-American Championships.
Tiebreak Shootout Offers Chance to Play in Necker Cup
Premier Live is hosting the Tiebreak Shootout in the Atlanta area on July 26, with a chance for any high-level player to earn a free trip to the Necker Cup to compete with the top pros. It's one of two events the company is organizing along with the One World Players' Party and ping pong tournament in New York City.
Coaches Offer Their Best Piece of Advice to Recruits
What is the one piece of advice college coaches wish every recruit knew? From how to research a school to learning how to live on their own, coaches at all levels of college tennis provided their guidance in this month's Coaching Roundtable.
Spotlight Players of the Week - Brandon Bartos and Sylvia Gray
Each week TRN shines the spotlight on a boy and girl player randomly selected from our class ranking lists. Beyond match scores and tournament results, the players reveal more about their interests and personalities. Get to know Brandon Bartos and Sylvia Gray.
Macon USTA Level 3 Nationals Photo Gallery
The July USTA Level 3 Nationals took place last weekend - with
talented American junior players competing at more than a dozen
sites around the country. Photographer Bill Kallenberg was in Macon,
Ga., to capture action photos of the event ...
Family Helped Prepare Campana For Vanderbilt
Carolyn Campana grew up in a tennis-playing family and was motivated to challenge her older brothers. The sibling support helped Campana develop into a blue chip prospect preparing to begin her freshman year at Vanderbilt.
Images from the GCC Grizzlies TRN Showcase
The adiplayer TRN National Showcases take place all over the country -
providing opportunities for junior tennis players to compete outside
of their sections. Check out images from the GCC Grizzlies Showcase
that took place earlier this month ...
Maymi Brings Diverse Coaching Background to Nebraska
New Nebraska men's head coach Sean Maymi has been on staffs at nearly every level of college tennis and coached players from the juniors to the pros. He hopes the wide-ranging background serves him well in his first chance running his own program.
Korda Measures Next Step of His Career
Coming off his third junior Grand Slam appearance of the year, Sebastian Korda discusses his Australian Open boys title, his father’s advice as he pursues a pro career, his summer schedule and what World Cup team he is supporting in a Q&A with Colette Lewis.
College Tennis Finds a Home at USTA National Campus
Tim Cass has been involved in college tennis as a player, head coach, administrator and now as the general manager for the USTA National Campus in Lake Nona, Florida. Cass has helped bring several college events to the 18-month-old facility with plans for even more in the future.
Recruiting Terms and Calendar for 2018-19
There were some big changes made to the recruiting calendar at the NCAA Division I level this year. In coordination with National Scouting Report, we have updated our files to bring you the key dates and recruiting terms to know.
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
Dolehide Makes Swift Ascent to Head Coach at Georgetown
Courtney Dolehide was named the head men's and women's coach at Georgetown University this week. The former UCLA team captain was promoted after one year as an assitant for both programs. She's only 26 and is pursuing her MBA while coaching.
Diversity on Display at the USTA All-American College Combine
They came from different racial and personal backgrounds, but tennis brought them together at the USTA All-American College Combine. Sophia Edwards, Amber Fuller and Paula Cerda formed a friendship while taking part in the event at the National Campus, showcasing the power of sports as a unifier.
Spotlight Players of the Week - Luke Stoffel and Eva Kresovic
Each week TRN shines the spotlight on a boy and girl player randomly selected from our class ranking lists. Beyond match scores and tournament results, the players reveal more about their interests and personalities. Get to know Luke Stoffel and Eva Kresovic.
Images from the Summer Super L6
Earlier this month in Boca Raton, the Rick Macci Tennis Academy hosted
a USTA Level 6 tournament on clay. Check this photo gallery from
photographer Fritz Moore who captured the event on film ...
Zhang, Rabjohns Claim Midwest Closed Titles
Top seed Andrew Zhang and No. 2 seed Kiley Rabjohns won their first Midwest Closed singles titles on Thursday at the Barbara Wynne Tennis Center at North Central High School in Indianapolis, taking the 18s championship matches in contrasting fashion.
Things My Mom and Dad Did Right and Wrong As Tennis Parents
Columnist Dave Mullins, a former college coach, explains what his parents got right and got wrong during his junior tennis career. He hopes their example can influence some tennis parents and the actions they take to help support their children
Why Coaches Attend the USTA All-American College Combine
More than 60 college coaches from all divisions attended the 2nd annual USTA All-American College Combine last week at the USTA National Campus in Lake Nona, Florida. What is the value of the combine and what do they enjoy most? Find out in this month's Coaching Roundtable.
Penn Grad Julia Koulbitskaya Means Business For L'Oréal
Julia Koulbitskaya relies on character traits gained from tennis in her job as the director of e-commerce for luxury hair care brands Kérastase & Shu Uemura at L'Oréal. The University of Pennsylvania graduate knew her education would be important for her future once her tennis career ended.
Fourmidable: Wesleyan's Chong Makes NCAA History
Wesleyan senior Eudice Chong etched her name in NCAA history last month after capturing her fourth Division III singles title. Chong is the only tennis player - man or woman - to win four NCAA singles titles. She will receive the NCAA Division III Honda Award tonight.
2018 Top NCAA D-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 2018. This year, a new program has Engineered its way to the top of the rankings for the first time ever.
Deers, Raccoons and Tennis: Madison Tattini Loves Them All
Five-star senior Madison Tattini is not the prototypical country club tennis kid. The Utah signee lives on 50 acres of land in Illinois and has raised more than 50 animals, including raccoons and deer. Tattini wants to be a veterinarian once she finishes her playing career.
Hot 100 List - June '18
Today we announce the June 2018 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.
Get To Know Charli Delmonico, Andrew Otzenberger
Each week TRN shines the spotlight on a boy and girl player randomly selected from our class ranking lists. Beyond match scores and tournament results, the players reveal more about their interests and personalities. Get to know Charli Delmonico and Andrew Otzenberger.
2018 Top NCAA D-III Men's Classes
The Tennis Recruiting Network is excited to present its recruiting class rankings for NCAA Division III conferences. Today we unveil our Top 25 D-III men's recruiting classes for 2018. For the fourth time in five years, our top-rated class comes from the Windy City.
Rollins Will Have a Strong Presence at USTA Combine
The Rollins women's program will have a strong presence at the USTA All-American College Combine with head coach Beverly Buckley and two of her former players taking part. More than the wins, Buckley considers mentoring players to be the most rewarding part of her job at her alma mater.
2018 Top Mid-Major Women's Classes
TennisRecruiting.net is back today with more rankings of mid-major recruiting classes. Today we present the Top 25 mid-major women's recruiting classes for 2016. Check out the top of the rankings - where the Panthers are on the prowl.
Steinberg Ready To Elevate Colorado's Program
Former Kansas State women's head coach Danielle Steinberg was hired to the same position at the University of Colorado on Tuesday. Colorado was on Steinberg's "short list" of jobs she coveted because of the program's potential and Pac-12 Conference affiliation.
Georgia Southern Joins ITA Summer Circuit Calendar
Georgia Southern University is hosting an ITA Summer Circuit event for the first time this year at the Wallis Tennis Center. The circuit consists of 49 events spanning six consecutive weekends from mid-June through July. The points winners earn automatic entry into the ITA Summer National Championships at TCU.
From Student Manager to Head Coach, Chen Completes Climb
Having started as a student manager at UCLA in 2001, Grant Chen gradually worked his way up the coaching ladder through his passion and dedication. The 36-year-old received his first head coaching job last week when SMU hired Chen to run the men's program.
2018 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. Today we present the Top 25 mid-major men's recruiting classes for 2018, which you can check out long into the Knight.
Images from the NCAA Tennis Championships
The Wake Forest men's program won its first-ever NCAA Team
Championship last month, while the Stanford Cardinal women won their
19th. TRN contributor Bill Kallenberg has photo contracts with more
than half of the participating schools, so he was in Winston-Salem to
take action shots of the event. Relive the team, singles, and doubles
championships with these images ...
New Coaches Welcome O'Dell To Virginia
Despite a coaching change last year, Amber O'Dell remained committed to attending the University of Virginia. The blue chip was welcomed by the new coaching staff with open arms and will be arriving to begin classes this summer.
Hayley Carter Reignites Her Passion For Playing
After a year spent coaching at Oklahoma State, Hayley Carter has decided to return to playing and pursue a professional career. The former University of North Carolina star was worn down by physical and emotional stress once she graduated. But coaching helped Carter rediscover her love for tennis.
Improvements Made For 2nd Annual USTA College Combine
Using feedback from the inaugural event, organizers are hoping for an even better experience this year at the 2nd annual USTA All-American College Combine. The event is a showcase for American juniors to expose them to college coaches and learn more about the recruiting process.
Teams Are On The Clock For ITA Kick-Off Weekend Draft
The ITA Kick-Off Weekend Draft will be held this week in a Facebook Live format with an upgraded draft board. The men's draft will be held on Wednesday followed by the women's draft on Thursday. Teams will be selecting where they want to start the dual-match season in January.
Spotlight Players of the Week - Franny Shea and Aaron Thompson
Each week TRN shines the spotlight on a boy and girl player randomly selected from our class ranking lists. Beyond match scores and tournament results, the players reveal more about their interests and personalities. Get to know Franny Shea and Aaron Thompson.
Top Women's Classes - 2018 Spring Rankings
This week, the Class of 2018 takes center stage, as TRN and YTEX Strings present the spring rankings of the Top 25 Women's Recruiting Classes for 2018. There are four new teams in Top 10 - including a powerhouse team staking its first claim to the No. 1 position.
Grand Rapids Level 2 Action Shots
USTA National Opens took place across the country last month -
including an event in Grand Rapids, Mich., for the 16s and 18s
divisions. There was plenty of coverage at ZooTennis.com - and
photographer Paul Ballard took lots of great action photos at
Images from the PIM Open in Delray Beach
Players from around the country were in Delray Beach last month for
the Player's International Management National Open. The inaugural event -
hosted at the site of the USTA Clay Court Nationals - was a USTA
National Level 3 tournament that attracted competitors from around the
country. Photographer Fritz Moore was onhand to capture the event.
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.
Able and Robinson Help Georgia Gwinnett Extend Dominance
As the only two Americans in the program, Emerald Able and Gabrielle Robinson played key roles in helping the Georgia Gwinnett women capture the NAIA national title for the third straight season. The Grizzlies swept the titles yet again, with the men winning their fifth straight.
Blue Chip Zink Mindful of Commitment to Georgia
Tyler Zink practices meditation to help achieve a state of mindfulness and improve his performance on the court. The blue chip junior spent the last few months contemplating his college decision and recently committed to Georgia.
Spotlight Players of the Week - Layton Wille and Lexi Kubas
Each week TRN shines the spotlight on a boy and girl player randomly selected from our class ranking lists. Beyond match scores and tournament results, the players reveal more about their interests and personalities. Get to know Layton Wille and Lexi Kubas.
Top Men's Classes - 2018 Spring Rankings
The Tennis Recruiting Network and Mizuno are excited to present their spring ranking of the Top 25 Men's Recruiting Classes for 2018. New commitments have lifted four new teams into the Top 10 and three formerly unranked teams into the rankings. But there is continuity at the top ... the Gators still reign supreme as the overwhelming choice for No. 1.
Delray Beach ITF Photo Gallery
The 8th annual Delray Beach ITF was organized by Players
International Management, the staff that hosts the Delray Beach
Open, the world’s only combined 10-day ATP World Tour Event and ATP
Champions Tour Event. Ivan Baron, Tournament Director, and Mark
Baron, Tournament Chairman, also run the USTA Boys' 18 and 16 National
Clays in July.
O’Dell and Benabraham Capture USTA Level 2 Titles
Rain was no obstacle for Amber O’Dell and Daniella Benabraham. Despite having to move indoors to play, the two captured singles titles at the USTA Level 2 National tournament in Grand Rapids, Michigan with straight-set victories in the finals.
CMS Women Make History With NCAA Division III Title
The No. 3 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps women won their first NCAA Division III title in program history on Wednesday with a 5-4 victory over No. 1 Emory at the Biszantz Family Tennis Center in Claremont, California. The Athenas are the first Division III women's program to win the title on their home courts.
Middlebury Men Capture NCAA Division III Team Title
Senior Kyle Schlanger came through with clutch wins to help the Middlebury College men's tennis team capture the NCAA Division III title on Wednesday afternoon with a thrilling 5-3 victory over Bowdoin in Claremont, California.
Stanford Women, Wake Forest Men Capture NCAA Titles
The Stanford women and Wake Forest men captured the NCAA Division I team titles on Tuesday at the Wake Forest Tennis Complex. No. 15-seeded Stanford defeated No. 1 Vanderbilt 4-3 for the program's 19th NCAA title while No. 1 Wake Forest captured its first NCAA title with a 4-2 win over No. 3 Ohio State.
Vanderbilt and Stanford Meet For NCAA Women's Title
Top-seeded Vanderbilt and No. 15 Stanford will play for the NCAA Division I women's title on Tuesday afternoon while top-seeded Wake Forest and No. 3 Ohio State will play at night in a meeting of programs both searching for their first NCAA men's title.
Spotlight Players of the Week - Madeline Suk and Corey Marley
Each week TRN shines the spotlight on a boy and girl player randomly selected from our class ranking lists. Beyond match scores and tournament results, the players reveal more about their interests and personalities. Get to know Madeline Suk and Corey Marley.
From USTA to UTR: Amritraj’s Focus Broadens
Stephen Amritraj recently left his position as the USTA’s Director of Collegiate Tennis to become the Chief Tennis Officer for the Universal Tennis Rating system. The Duke graduate is convinced UTR can have a big impact on the global tennis community. He discussed his new role in a Q&A with Colette Lewis.
After Army Stint, Botzer Grateful for Opportunity at Wake Forest
Bar Botzer spent three years serving in the Israeli Army before arriving at Wake Forest this season. The 24-year-old freshman is hoping to help the host and top-seeded Demon Deacons capture the first NCAA Division I Championship in program history.
UNC's Makenna Jones Bounces Back With Big Season
One year after being taken out of the lineup, University of North Carolina sophomore Makenna Jones is playing No. 1 singles for the Tar Heels and ranked No. 2 in the nation. No. 2 seed UNC plays No. 15 Stanford in a blockbuster Round of 16 match at the NCAA Championships on Thursday at the Wake Forest Tennis Complex.
Hot 100 List - May '18
Today we announce the May 2018 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.
Parr Partners With John Isner For Chartiable Project
Former Wake Forest star Cory Parr has started a chartiable organization, Give2Gain, to help support non-profits. He's partnered with John Isner to raise money for the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center with a trip to Wimbledon as a prize.
Adidas Elite 32 Photo Gallery
Last weekend, 16 USTA National Level 3 tournaments took place across
the country. One of those was the Adidas Elite 32 at the scenic
Peachtree City Tennis Center a half hour south of Atlanta. Check out
the great action shots that Photographer Bill Kallenberg has
NCAA Roundtable: Upsets and Predictions
The NCAA Division I men's and women's tournaments get underway today at campuses across the nation. In Part 2 of our Roundtable, our panel provides a look at some potential dark horses and predicts which teams will be holding the trophy in the end.
Yonex Raises U.S. Tennis Profile
Yonex has made a push to identify and sponsor promising young Americans to get more represenation in the United States tennis market. North American representative Jacek Dabrowski is the man helping put Yonex rackets in the hands of players at prestigious junior tournaments across the country.
Division III Experiments With Speeding Up Matches
Teams experimented with rule changes this year at the NCAA Division III Team Indoors to help speed up the pace of matches. Among the tweaks were no warm-ups, no lineup announcements and tiebreaks at 7-7 in doubles. Coaches provided their thoughts on the experience in this month's Coaching Roundtable.
Blue Chip Brooksby Sees Growth Potential At TCU
Jenson Brooksby wanted to find a program at a smaller school that could help develop his game. The blue chip junior from Carmichael, California found what he was looking for at TCU. He verbally commited right after the Horned Frogs clinched the Big 12 Conference regular-season title.
Spotlight Players of the Week - Ty Cohen and Isabella Leano
Each week TRN shines the spotlight on a boy and girl player randomly selected from our class ranking lists. Beyond match scores and tournament results, the players reveal more about their interests and personalities. Get to know Ty Cohen and Isabella Leano.
NCAA Roundtable: Major Storylines and Best NCAA Venues
The NCAA Division I men's and women's tournament brackets have been released, and now it's time to dig deeper and find out what are the best matchups, the best venues and the best storylines. We are providing a comprehensive breakdown with some of the top college contributors from around the country. Find out what they have to say in Part 1 of our NCAA Roundtable.
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.
UCLA-Bound Forbes Finds Perspective Through Her Autistic Brother
Abigail Forbes has gained perspective beyond wins and losses through her younger brother, Luke, who is autistic. The blue chip junior from Raleigh, North Carolina recently committed to UCLA, where she plans to study pre-med and focus on pediatric research to help try and find a cure for autism.
In Sickness and In Health, Texas-Bound McDonald Loves Tennis
Evin McDonald discovered his love for tennis while spendng a month in a hospital being treated for a serious illness. The blue chip junior from Bethesda, Maryland has taking advantage of every opportunity the sport has offered, and recently committed to play at Texas.
Spotlight Players of the Week - Ashley Hess and Cal Hunter
Each week TRN shines the spotlight on a boy and girl player randomly selected from our class ranking lists. Beyond match scores and tournament results, the players reveal more about their interests and personalities. Get to know Ashley Hess and Cal Hunter.
Lets Go: ITF Junior Circuit Adopts No Lets on Serves
The ITF has moved to allow service lets to be played during events on the Junior Circuit. During the major Southern California junior tournaments this month, Colette Lewis spoke with competitors, officials and a college coach about the change and its impact.
Orban Gained Sense of Adventure at Maryland
Andrew Orban had never traveled outside of the United States before arriving to play for the University of Maryland in 2005. Inspired by his foregin teammates, Orban began navigating the world after graduation.
Legendary Mentorship Guides UCLA-Bound Taylor Johnson
Taylor Johnson has been mentored by Billie Jean King since she was 10 after a chance meeting at a YMCA brought them together. King recently helped Johnson make her college decision, with the blue chip junior committing to UCLA. Johnson will be an early arrival for the Bruins.
Division I Coaches Weigh in on New NCAA Recruiting Rules
College coaches from around the country provided their thoughts on the new recruiting legislation adopted by the NCAA Division I Council last week. Do they think it's a good thing? What are their concerns? How much will things change? Find out in the latest Coaching Roundtable.
Spotlight Players of the Week - Parker Law and Emily Untermeyer
Each week TRN shines the spotlight on a boy and girl player randomly selected from our class ranking lists. Beyond match scores and tournament results, the players reveal more about their interests and personalities. Get to know Parker Law and Emily Untermeyer.
Vanderbilt Repeats as SEC Tournament Champions
The Vanderbilt women's tennis team defeated Florida 4-0 on Sunday afternoon to capture its second straight SEC tournament title. The final was televised live on the SEC Network for the first time in history.
College Tennis Programs Make a Positive IMPACT With Sick Kids
College tennis programs across the nation have been matched with children with life-threatening illnesses through Team IMPACT. The teams provide a support network for the kids and give them a reason to smile. The players hold signing day ceremonies for them, give them lockers and even invite them to their wedding.
NCAA Adopts New Legislation To Help Stem Early Recruiting
In an effort to stem early recruiting, the NCAA Division I Council adopted legislation on Wednesday that more resembles the schedule regular students follow when choosing a college. Many major steps in the recruiting process will now begin September 1 of a recruit's junior year in high school.
Grant Is Fully Committed to Tennis, Florida
Will Grant is hard to keep off the court. The blue chip junior often needs to be told to take a break by his family because his passion to improve his so strong. Having recently committed to Florida, Grant will likely test the NCAA hours limit once he arrives in Gainesville.
Hot 100 List - April '18
Today we announce the April 2018 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.
Signing Day Is Over: Now Get Ready For College Tennis
Now that Signing Day has come and gone, it’s time for players to begin preparing for college tennis. Former college player, assistant coach and current WTA/ITF touring coach Mark Gellard provides three factors that are essential in every player's preparation.
Black, Nakashima Win ITF International Spring Championships
Although their final steps were very different, Brandon Nakashima and Hurricane Tyra Black both captured their first ITF Grade 1 titles at the International Spring Championships last Sunday. Zachery Lim and Anne Lutkemeyer Obregon won the 16s titles.
Hey Parents, Let Your Kids Be Adults in College
What happens now that your child has signed and is ready to leave home? Former college coach Dave Mullins has some honest advice on how involved parents should be when their children are playing in college. What is best for their long-term development may require some letting go on your side.
James Madison Reels In Karpinski For Signing Class
Maryland native William Karpinski is signing to play for James Madison University. Outside of playing tennis, the three-star recruit enjoys deep-sea fishing and caught a barracuda several years ago on a family trip.
Furman Was Worth The Wait For Taylor Melville
Taylor Melville didn't want to be pressured into making a college decision. The five-star Georgia resident wanted time to learn more about schools. Furman allowed Melville to do her research, and she rewarded the program's patience by committing to the Paladins.
Kush Learns The True Value of Academics
Adam Kush's tennis thrived at an academy, but his grades suffered with online schooling. Kush moved back home, improved his grades again and began exploring colleges. He is signing with Division II Anderson University, with most of the scholarship money coming from his academic success.
Zimmermann Finds the Right Fit at Georgetown
Lindsay Zimmermann wanted to attend a smaller private school that was near a big city. The five star from Hilton Head Island, South Carolina found the right fit at Georgetown. Zimmermann will be signing to play for the Hoyas during the Spring Signing Period that begins this week.
Persistence Pays Off For Khalafallah
Shaddy Khalafallah didn't think playing Division I college tennis might work out for him. But through hard work and constant emails, the three-star senior from Moline, Illinois will be signing his letter of intent to play for Marquette University.
Five-Star Amber Shen Is Committed To Helping Others Heal
Watching her mother battle colon cancer inspired Amber Shen to pursue a career in medicine. The five-star from Boulder, Colorado has committed to MIT, where she wants to study biological engineering and take advantage of research opportunities.
Spring Signing Week '18: Signing Week Arrives
The Tennis Recruiting Network and GAMMA kick off our coverage of Spring Signing Week '18 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.
Brooksby and Volynets Capture Easter Bowl ITF Titles
Northern Californian's Katie Volynets and Jenson Brooksby both rallied from a set down in their championship matches to defeat the top seeds on Easter Sunday and capture the Easter Bowl ITF singles titles at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.
Chopra and Lee Earn Easter Bowl 16s Titles
Keshav Chopra and Anessa Lee started the 2018 Easter Bowl with contrasting expectations, and navigated different paths to the 16s singles finals. But they both ended the event with gold balls after capturing the titles at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.
Yu, Kuzuhara, Quan and Ngounoue Claim Easter Bowl Titles
Rudy Quan and Clervie Ngounoue captured the 12s singles titles while Eleana Yu and Bruno Kuzuhara reigned victorious in 14s singles at the 51st edition of the Easter Bowl. Ngounoue teamed with singles final opponent, Stephanie Yakoff, to also win the doubles title.
Important Tips in the Recruiting Timeline
In order to take control and be successful in the recruiting process, there are some important tips every student-athlete should know. Tarek Merchant, Founder and CEO of IMRecruitable, shares what players and parents should be tracking on the recruiting timeline to ensure success in finding the right school.
Keep An Open Mind When Choosing A Division
Prospective student-athletes too often get hung up on the “No. 1” college division and forget about all the opportunities outside of it. The experience, the degree, and your future occupation is not dependent on the athletic division of the team you join.
Some Pain, All Gain for USC-Bound Willson
Danielle Willson got her start in tennis by being whacked in the face with a water balloon. It led to a love for the sport that remains strong. The five-star senior from Newport Beach, California is staying close to home to play for USC.
Four-Star Anukornchaikul Selects Johns Hopkins
Naevin Anukornchaikul wanted to attend a strong research university with a quality tennis program. The four-star recruit from Irvine, California found a school that will give him that and more by committing to Johns Hopkins.
Late Blooming Eugenia Lee Overcomes Doubters
After receiving an email telling her about the JV team in college, Eugenia Lee was motivated to get an offer to play varsity. The three star from Allison Park, Pennsylvania rapidly improved and the coaches at the University of Chicago took notice. Lee has committed to play for the Maroon women.
Images from the Georgia Bowl
The Georgia Bowl - A USTA National Level 3 Championship - took place
at the 52-court The Rome Tennis Center at Berry College March 24-26.
Photographer Bill Kallenberg was onhand to take photos of the event.
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 Tennis Helps Druss Grossfeld Ace Interviews
Playing college tennis is something Marisa Druss Grossfeld was frequently asked about during job interviews. The Texas A&M graduate credits the life skills she gained as a student-athlete for helping her rise to a senior vice president at GLG.
Tennis Keeps Smiths Close Together at USC
USC men's coach Peter Smith wanted his three boys to play tennis so he could be more involved in their lives. He never imagined they might play for him in college one day. Tanner and Riley are members of the USC team while Colter, a junior in high school, will likely end up at USC.
College Coaches Recall Their First Signing Classes
They were the foundational classes that launched coaching careers. The players that trusted them and committed to their vision will remain special. In this month's Coaching Roundtable, college coaches recall the very first signing class of their head coaching careers and what it meant to them.
Countdown: Top 100 Girls
Last Monday, we visited with the boys. Today, the top girls in the senior class talk college recruiting. Find out where the Top 100 boys are leaning, and see who your favorite school is after ...
Blue Chip Cerdan Bound for Maize and Blue
With 23 offers, Andrea Cerdan could have been overwhelmed by the next step in the recruiting process. But three factors put the blue chip junior on the path toward the University of Michigan: a promising unofficial visit, a love of indoor tennis and her coaches.
Four-Star Daniel Krulig Heading To Denver
Daniel Krulig's dream was to play college tennis at an American university. The dream will soon become a reality for the four-star senior from Florida. He will be joining the University of Denver men's program in the fall.
Family Helps Bacalla Achieve College Tennis Goal
Michelle Bacalla's family had a major influence in her tennis career and her college recruiting process. Her two older brothers played college tennis, giving her a blueprint to follow when it came time for her to make a decision. The five-star from Skokie, Illinois has signed to play for the University of Iowa.
Hot 100 List - March '18
Today we announce the March 2018 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.
Countdown: Top 100 Boys
Many of the top boys committed during Fall Signing Week last November, but a number of top targets were still available. We talked with many recruits in the Top 100 to find out where they are in their decision process. Some have decided, some have narrowed their lists, and many are still wide open.
Trice Pickens Makes Northwestern His Pick
Trice Pickens is following in the footsteps of a fellow Cary, North Carolina native by signing to play at Northwestern University. The five star believes he can develop his game at Northwestern while receiving a quality education.
Zaima's Recruiting Influence Lives on at UCLA
The UCLA women's tennis team is holding an alumni celebration this weekend, which will include a tribute to Bill Zaima. The first head coach in program history, Zaima died in 2016 from an illness. He recruited current head coach Stella Sampras Webster as a player and then as his successor. Zaima's influence remains strong within the program.
UC Davis Mines Southern California For Talent
The UC Davis men's tennis team has improved its results over the last few years by recruiting more players from Southern California. Head coach Eric Steidlmayer and assistant coach Mike Meyer made the territory a priority once they arrived at UC Davis in 2012.
Meghana Komarraju Felt A Call To Serve
Meghana Komarraju found herself drawn to the service academies as she began the recruiting process. They offered everything she wanted - an opportunity to play Division I tennis, strong science and math classes and leadership skills that would last throughout life. The four star senior from Virginia decided to stay close to home and commit to Navy.
Countdown to Signing Day
It's that time of year again. Signing Day is approaching. April 11 is the first day of the Spring Signing Period, when seniors from around the nation can sign their National Letter of Intent to play college tennis at Division I or Division II schools. As usual, The Tennis Recruiting Network and GAMMA will get you ready with our Countdown to Signing Day.
Stingrays and Titans Claim USTA Spring Team Titles
New mixed with old to help the Stingrays and Titans capture the titles at the USTA National Spring Team Championships this week at the Mobile Tennis Center in Mobile, Alabama. The Stingrays beat the Diamondbacks in the girls final and the Titans beat the Eagles in the boys final.