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USTA Eastern Section: Vander Schaaf's Given Courage Award
by Rhiannon Potkey, 24 February 2021

Gavin Vander Schaaf was recently named the inaugural recipient of USTA Eastern’s Junior Courage Award. He's undergone multiple brain surgeries and tennis has helped him get through some hard moments in life. In this month's USTA Section Spotlight, we learn more about Vander Schaaf.

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Coaching Roundtable
How Ivy League Teams Are Dealing with Another Lost Season
by Rhiannon Potkey, 22 February 2021

The Ivy League will not to hold league competition or host league championships for the second straight spring season because of Covid-19. How do the tennis programs feel about the situation? Find out in our latest Coaches Roundtable.

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Special Feature
Eight Intriguing Questions for 2021
by Colette Lewis, 19 February 2021

In an annual tradition, Colette Lewis provides her list of eight intriguing questions for junior, pro and college tennis in 2021. They come with the caveat that the Covid-19 disruptions could make some of them irrelevant or less impactful.

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Who's Hot
Hot 100 List - February 2021
by Amelia Thomas, 17 February 2021

It's time to unveil the February 2021 edition of the Hot 100. The Lotto 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.

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15-Feb-2021
Peachtree City L2 Photo Gallery
Located just south of Atlanta, the Peachtree Tennis Center has hosted many USTA National and Southern Section Championships. Last weekend the club held a USTA Level 2 National 16s tournament. On the boys' side, Carson Baker of Daniel Island, S.C. won the singles title, while Conley Raidt of Alpharetta, Ga. took home the girls' title.

12-Feb-2021
Meet The Assistant: Tennessee's James McKie
Assistant coaches might not get as much attention as head coaches, but they are highly valued by everyone within a college program. They work long hours to help teams try to win matches and help players try to achieve their goals. In this edition of Meet The Assistant, we profile Tennessee's James McKie.

11-Feb-2021
Know The Drill: Improving Your Approach and Net Game
No matter the age or experience level, drill work can help players improve their game and enhance their fundamentals. USC men's head coach Brett Masi shares his favorite drill for helping players get more comfortable coming to the net to close out points.

9-Feb-2021
Grayson Finds Lucrative Opportunity at Howard University
Jordan Grayson's parents didn't want her to worry about money when it came to choosing a college. But the four-star senior from Maryland was able to get a full-ride offer at Howard University, where she plans to study pre-med.

8-Feb-2021
Spotlight Players of the Week: Cindy Jiang, Matthew Gordinier
TRN regularly 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 Cindy Jiang and Matthew Gordinier.

5-Feb-2021
Aces Find Success in Africa, Middle East, Europe and U.S.
The first month of 2021 may not have provided the usual excitement of the first slam of the year in Australia, but a baker’s dozen of juniors and former collegians took advantage of their opportunities in capturing titles in Africa, the Middle East, Europe and the United States.

4-Feb-2021
A Day In The Life - North Carolina's Sara Daavettila
Ever wonder what a typical day is like for a college tennis player? It's definitely changed during the coronavirus pandemic. Through their own words, we take you inside the schedule of a college player. Welcome to A Day In The Life of UNC's Sara Daavettila.

3-Feb-2021
Spotlight Players of the Week: Sarah Youngberg, Camden French
TRN regularly 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 Sarah Youngberg and Camden French.

1-Feb-2021
Top Women's Classes - 2021 Winter Rankings
Our look at the top recruiting classes continues today, as we check in with the women. With seniors continuing to commit at a high clip, TRN announces its Top 25 Winter Recruiting Classes for 2021.

29-Jan-2021
Blue Chip Maxi Duncan Headed to Harvard
Blue chip Maxi Duncan won three titles at ITA and UTR events during summer and fall, set up a training base in Arizona, appeared in an advertisement for Apple Watch and secured her acceptance to Harvard. Duncan will join the Crimson next fall.

28-Jan-2021
Meet The Assistant: Cornell's Alex Funkhouser
Assistant coaches might not get as much attention as head coaches, but they are highly valued by everyone within a college program. They work long hours to help teams try to win matches and help players try to achieve their goals. In this edition of Meet The Assistant, we profile Cornell's Alex Funkhouser.

27-Jan-2021
Spotlight Players of the Week: Matthew Hewitt, Katharine Scott
TRN regularly 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 Matthew Hewitt and Katharine Scott.

25-Jan-2021
Top Men's Classes - 2021 Winter Rankings
With more than 700 college commitments in the books, TRN takes a look at the Top Men's Recruiting Classes for 2021. Take a look at how your favorite teams are building for the future.

22-Jan-2021
Hot 100 List - January 2021
It's time to unveil the January 2021 edition of the Hot 100. The Lotto 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.

21-Jan-2021
Recruiting Insider: Arkansas Head Coach Courtney Steinbock
Getting more insight into how college coaches recruit can make the process less intimidating for prospets. Our "Recruiting Insider" series features coaches from across the nation providing their recruiting methods. Today, we hear from University of Arkansas women's head coach Courtney Steinbock.

20-Jan-2021
After Not Finding a Cricket Bat, Tennis Leads Sinha to Cornell
Adit Sinha's father wanted to teach him how to play cricket at age 6, but couldn't find a store that sold cricket bats. He bought him a tennis racket instead, and Sinha was soon hitting forehands and backhands. The blue chip senior from New Jersey will be playing at Cornell in college.

19-Jan-2021
Cincinnati's Pendergast Finds Best Opportunity in Her Hometown
Elizabeth Pendergast thought she would attend college in a different part of the country. But once she made a visit to the University of Cincinnati, she realized the best option was in her own backyard. The four-star senior signed with the Bearcats in November.

18-Jan-2021
Spotlight Players of the Week: Freddie Lawrence, Sarah MacCallum
TRN regularly 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 Freddie Lawrence and Sarah MacCallum.

15-Jan-2021
Coping with Competing During the Covid Pandemic
How have American juniors been coping with all the disruptions stemming from the coronavirus pandemic. Colette Lewis spoke with a few after their Orange Bowl matches to learn how the long layoff had affected them and what they missed most about the absence of some major tournaments.

14-Jan-2021
Meet The Assistant: University of Washington's Georgia Munns
Assistant coaches might not get as much attention as head coaches, but they are highly valued by everyone within a college program. They work long hours to help teams try to win matches and help players try to achieve their goals. In this edition of Meet The Assistant, we profile University of Washington's Georgia Munns.

13-Jan-2021
Four-Star Chepuri Happy to Join the Amherst College Team
Amherst College was the first school Sujit Chepuri visited during his recruiting process. The four-star from Minneapolis loved the team atmosphere and educational opportunities. Once he received a phone call from Amherst during a group lesson last summer, his grin told everyone what it was about.

12-Jan-2021
Blue Chip Madison Sieg Commits to the Trojan Family
Madison Sieg knew she didn't have to follow in her mother's footsteps and play for the University of Southern California. But the blue chip juinor from Connecticut wanted to join the Trojan Family. She realized it was the perfect fit for what she wanted in a college.

11-Jan-2021
Spotlight Players of the Week: Lulu Wu and Jack Mattox
TRN regularly 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 Lulu Wu and Jack Mattox.

8-Jan-2021
Blue Chip Stammel Announces Commitment to Vanderbilt
Bridget Stammel conducted an organized and thorough college recruiting process. The blue chip junior from Dallas, Texas wanted to make sure she was making the right choice. Stammel made her decision this week, committing to Vanderbilt.

7-Jan-2021
Spring Star Ratings Period Begins
Twice a year, TennisRecruiting.net updates its Star Ratings - sometimes known as "The Stars". Our next update to the Star Ratings comes in mid-March - and those ratings will be based on players' highest rankings during the first eight full weeks of the year - from the week of January 4 to the week of February 22, 2021. We invite players to review their player records to ensure accurate ratings.

6-Jan-2021
Airport Encounter Leads Needham to University of Mary
A chance meeting in an airport terminal helped Emily Needham find a college program that matched all of her needs. The two-star from Cheyenne, Wyoming signed with the University of Mary last month.

5-Jan-2021
The Math Adds Up For Leonov at University of Chicago
Andrei Leonov sought his older siblings' advice when it came to choosing a college. The four-star from Tampa wanted a strong Division III tennis program at a school with respected math and economics departments. Leonov found it all at the University of Chicago.

4-Jan-2021
Spotlight Players of the Week: Tori Allen and Jonas Corona
TRN regularly 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 Tori Allen and Jonas Corona.

1-Jan-2021
Orange Bowl Champions Highlight December's Top Performances
The Orange Bowl was the big event of the month, with all 12 champions at last year’s only major ITF junior event in the United States featured as December Aces. Ten other juniors and current and former collegians also earned memorable titles as the disjointed 2020 tennis season mercifully came to a close.


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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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