Hot 100 List - December 2022
It's time to unveil the December 2022 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.
Atlanta ITF Photo Gallery
The Atlanta ITF played earlier this Fall featured finals that were
All-American. In the boys' singles final, No. 4 seed Andrew Delgado
(High Point, N.C.) defeated Tygen Goldammer (Estero, Fla.) 6-2, 6-1,
while 12th-seeded Cleo Hutchinson (Santa Barbara, Calif.) defeated
Kayla Chung (Philadelphia, Pa.) 6-4, 6-4 for the girls' title.
Five-Star Fullerton Ready to Join the Badger Family
Matthew Fullerton worried an ankle injury may hinder his recruiting process. But the relationship he established with the University of Wisconsin coaches relieved his fears. The five-star senior from Minnesota has signed with the Badgers.
Historic Orange Bowl Titles for Crossley and Campana Lee
Korea's Gerard Campana Lee and Japan's Mayu Crossley made history at the ITF Grade A Orange Bowl last week by becoming the first players from their countries to win the title in their respective singles divisions. Americans Iva Jovic and Tyra Grant captured the girls doubles title.
Nguyen, Honda Capture 16s Titles at Orange Bowl
Californian Alexis Nguyen and Japan's Naoya Honda captured the 16s singles titles at the Orange Bowl in Plantation, Florida. Nguyen was the fifth consecutive girls winner from the United States, and Honda became the first boy from his country to win.
Butera Stays Committed to Penn Despite Coaching Changes
Since Luka Butera first committed to the University of Pennsylvania a few months ago, there have been two head coaching changes. But the five-star senior from New Jersey still has no doubt he wants to attend Penn and play for the Quakers.
USTA Southern Honors Althea Gibson with Scholarship
The Southern Tennis Foundation, the charitable affiliate of USTA Southern, has established a college scholarship in memory of trailblazer Althea Gibson. One of the greatest athletes of any sport, Gibson was born to sharecroppers in South Carolina before moving to New York as a child.
Karki Grateful For Opportunity to Play, Represent Rutgers
Following a serious illness as a child, Naomi Karki realized how special it was to have the opportunity to play tennis. The four-star senior from New Jersey always dreamed of playing in college and she will be staying close to home by signing with Rutgers.
Crossley and Gea Claim Eddie Herr ITF Titles
Unseeded Mayu Crossley of Japan and No. 10 seed Arthur Gea of France did not arrive at the IMG Academy as favorites for the International Tennis Federation Eddie Herr J1 titles, but they left with the winner's trophies after a week of excellent tennis.
Antonius, Exsted Claim Singles Titles at Eddie Herr
The original IMG Academy tennis complex, under construction during the 2021 Eddie Herr International Championships, welcomed the world's best junior players to an impressive new tennis stadium and indoor facility last week.
Team USA Clinches Third Straight Title at Master'U Championships
Six college players from across the country joined forces to help Team USA capture its third straight title at the 2022 Master’U BNP Paribas Championships in Honfleur, France over the weekend. It was the first time the event was played since 2019.
Celebrating Thanksgiving with National Indoors Titles
In lieu of the traditional Thanksgiving celebrations, many juniors and their families once again spent their holiday weekend competing for gold, silver and bronze balls at USTA National Indoors Championships across the country.
Champions From All Levels Garner Aces Spotlight
After the conclusion of the college season with the National Fall Championships early last month, the focus in the rest of November turned to a historic Challenger run, the first pro titles for three American teenagers, the penultimate ITF Grade A of 2022 and titles at the ATP Finals for former collegians.
Sankaran Rajendra Takes Game, Lyrical Skills to Johns Hopkins
Chakor Sankaran Rajendra plays tennis, studies economics and freestyle raps. All those skills helped him gain admission to Johns Hopkins. The four-star senior from Michigan has committed to play for the Division III program in Baltimore, Maryland.
Five-Star Raidt Ready to Return to Tennessee
Conley Raidt was crying as she headed to take her first tennis lesson in Nashville. By the end, she was all smiles. The five-star junior will be returning to Tennessee for college after committing to join the Lady Vols program.
Meet the Assistant: Georgia Tech's Alexis Casati
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 Georgia Tech's Alexis Casati.
Avram Secures Lifelong Dream with South Carolina Commitment
Gabe Avram's dream since he first picked up a racket was to play college tennis. The blue chip junior from Charlotte, North Carolina moved another step closer to making it a reality by committing to the University of South Carolina.
Hot 100 List - November 2022
It's time to unveil the November 2022 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.
From Columnist to Coach: Couch Lands Dream Job at Rose-Hulman
Greg Couch is a former award-winning sports columnist who worked for several prominent national publications. But after a career transition, he's now the head women's tennis coach at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, a Division III program in Indiana.
Four-Star Andrade Finds the Right Balance at Trinity
Rosabella Andrade felt the pressure to play Division I tennis when she was younger. But once she began her recruiting process, Andrade realized she wanted something different. The four-star senior from Texas has committed to play for Division III Trinity University.
Q&A: Stearns Steers Toward Pro Success
Former NCAA champion Peyton Stearns has had a successful start to her professional career. Before a recent match on tour, she sat down with Colette Lewis for a Q&A about her post-Texas tennis life and future ambitions.
Blue Chip Michna Makes It Official by Signing with A&M
Brayden Michna grew up attending Texas A&M camps and matches. The blue chip from nearby Taylor, Texas always knew he wanted to play for the Aggies. Michna solidified that goal by signing with Texas A&M on Wednesday.
Four-Star Keller Feels a Strong Connection With SIUE
Grace Keller kept her options wide open when it came to her recruiting process. But the attention she received from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville head coach Adam Albertsen resonated strongly. The four-star senior from Georgia has committed to play for the Cougars.
Five-Star Suko Joins Huskies Family, Brother at UW
Zehra Suko kept her options open, but always felt a familial tug to attend the University of Washington. The five-star senior has committed to the Huskies, providing UW with two Suko tennis players at the school. Her older brother plays for the men's team.
Signing Week: Blue Chip Girls
It all starts tomorrow - Signing Day. The Signing Period for college tennis begins tomorrow morning, and seniors in the Class of 2023 will start signing their National Letters of Intent to accept athletic scholarships. Take a look at where the Blue Chip girls stand before the big day.
Signing Week: Blue Chip Boys
This coming Wednesday, November 9, is Signing Day - the first day that any senior in the Class of 2023 can sign a National Letter of Intent with an NCAA Division I or II institution. Take a look at the status of the Blue Chip boys.
October Stars Extend Winning Streaks, Claim Multiple Titles
Winning streaks and multiple titles are the theme for October's 18 outstanding performers, along with the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's first major champions of the 2022-23 season and two significant International Tennis Federation junior tournaments in the spotlight.
Images from Rome L4
The final Level 4 National of 2022 in North Georgia was played at the
beautiful 50-court Rome complex in October. In-state athletes Walker
Allen (Cumming) and William Luke (Athens) won singles titles in the
Boys 18s and 16s, respectively. On the girls' side, Reese Sager
(Waxhaw, N.C.) won the 18s championship, while Yenna Park (Okemos,
Mich.) took the 16s.
Champions Crowned in DII, DIII, NAIA & Juco at ITA Cup
For the sixth consecutive year, the nation’s top singles and doubles players from the NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III, NAIA and Juco levels gathered at the Rome Tennis Park in Rome, Georgia earlier this month to take part in the 2022 ITA Cup.
USTA Southern Offering Grant for HBCU Programs
USTA Southern is offering a grant to HBCU programs in its section to partner with a local NJTL chapter to serve as mentors and host an event on their campus in January. Any HBCU program in the section can apply for the grant through Nov. 11.
USTA Foundation Recognizes NJTL Essay Contest Winners
The USTA Foundation earlier this month selected 10 winners of the 22nd annual USTA Foundation NJTL Essay Contest. The winners, ranging in age from 10 to 18, are all participants in National Junior Tennis & Learning chapters nationwide. The winning essays were selected from more than 1,200 entries submitted this year.
Sturner Ascends From BU Captain to Business Owner
Former Boston University team captain Ben Sturner credits his college experience for helping him build a successful business career. Sturner is the CEO and Founder of Leverage Agency. He is also the father of a young tennis player. He details that and more in a recent interview.
Georgetown Leaves Good Impression on Five-Star Garofolo-Ro
Katie Garofolo-Ro always kept Georgetown in mind for college after visiting the Washington DC area with her mother while she was growing up. Once she made an official visit, the five-star senior from Houston knew it was the right fit.
Meet The New Coach: LSU's Danny Bryan
Danny Bryan left LSU to start his head coaching career, but his heart never left LSU. The former Tigers player and assistant coach is back in Baton Rouge as the new coach for the LSU men's tennis program.
Blue Chip Zampardo Heads South to Join NC State Wolfpack
Maddy Zampardo has spent most of her junior tennis career on indoor courts in Michigan. But when it came time to select a college, the blue chip recruit from Grosse Pointe Farms was more comfortable heading south, eager to work with the coaching staff at North Carolina State.
Carolina On Her Mind: Four-Star Shahbaz Commits to Coastal
After making a visit to the campus during USTA National Clay Courts this summer, Sarah Shahbaz knew it was the perfect place to attend college. The four-star senior from Minnesota has committed to play for the Chanticleers.
Hot 100 List - October 2022
It's time to unveil the October 2022 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.
Evans and Rice Claim ITF Pan American Closed Singles Titles
Surprises were the rule last week at the ITF JB1 Pan American Closed championships. Yet when the tournament concluded Saturday at the Top Seed Tennis Club in Nicholasville, Kentucky, No. 2 seed Tatum Evans and No. 12 seed Keegan Rice had posted convincing victories to earn their first Grade 1 titles.
Friendly Suggestion Helps Debnam Discover William & Mary
Parker Debnam didn't start talking with William & Mary until this past summer. The four-star had a friend on the men's team who suggested she reach out to the women's coaches. It led to Debnam verbally committing to the program.
North Carolina(s) and Georgia Star at ITA All-Americans
UNC's Fiona Crawley and Georgia's Ethan Quinn captured the singles titles at the ITA All-American Championships on Sunday in North Carolina and Oklahoma, respectfully. In doubles, N.C. State's Nell Miller and Amelia Rajecki and South Carolina's Toby Samuel and Connor Thomson made history.
Meet The New Coach: Cal State Fullerton's Trang Huynh-McClain
After spending the last four seasons as an assistant at Washington State and Kansas State, Trang Huynh-McClain has become a head coach for the first time. Huynh-McClain is taking over the Cal State Fullerton women's program.
Blue Chip Rivera's Recovery Leads to Stanford
Hudson Rivera suffered an injury and was sidelined right at the time college recruiters were hoping to see him play. The blue chip senior from Rancho Santa Fe, California tried not it get him down. He recovered and his results improved, leading to a commitment to Stanford.
Images from the Girls 18 and 16 Nationals
The USTA Billie Jean King Girls' 16 and 18 National Championships were
held at the Barnes Tennis Center in early August. 4th seeded Eleana Yu
(Mason, OH) won the 18s - along with a wild card into the main draw of
the US Open Tennis Championships. 9th seeded Alyssa Ahn (San Diego, CA)
won the 16s championship on her home courts. Photographer David Kenas
was on site for the entire event.
DTS Releases Exposure Series Schedule for 2023
Donovan Tennis Strategies (DTS) has released the dates and locations for its 2023 College Exposure Series. Sessions will be held in Southern California, New Jersey and Massachusetts, beginning in January.
US Open Titles, Czech Dominance Earns September Spotlight
The last major of the year always provides many of September's highlights, and this month is no exception, with three Americans capturing doubles titles in New York. But 13 other notable performances occurred away from the US Open's spotlight, with the Czech Republic taking center stage.
Daryaie Discovers Right Fit is Right Nearby at St. Mary's
Sofia Daryaie traveled to New York to play in a tournament and discovered more about a college program much closer to home in Northern California. The four-star senior has verbally committed to St. Mary's, attracted by the coaching staff and developmental opportunities.
Jamea Jackson's Journey Leads to Coaching Princeton
Becoming a coach was the furthest thing from Jamea Jackson's mind in 2003 when she embarked on a career in professional tennis at age 17. But once injuries ended her time on the court, Jackson discovered how much she enjoyed helping others. She was recently named the new women's coach at Princeton University.
Action Shots from the US Open
As always, Colette Lewis of ZooTennis.com provided strong coverage of
this year's US Open Junior Championships in New York. The singles
competition produced an historic winner in Alexandra Eala of the
Philippines and a second straight title for Spain by Martin Landaluce.
Check out action shots from the event - courtesy of Paul Ballard.
Hot 100 List - September 2022
It's time to unveil the September 2022 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.
Meet The New Coach: Montana State's Rob Bareford
After four successful seasons at Radford, Rob Bareford has moved west to become the new Montana State head men’s tennis coach and director of the Bobcat-Anderson Tennis. Bareford discusses his new role, his recruiting plans and how he spends his free time.
History, Repeats and American Doubles Title at Junior US Open
A grueling week of tennis ended in bright sunshine at the US Open Junior Championships, producing a historic winner in Alexandra Eala and a second straight title for Spain courtesy of Martin Landaluce. Americans Nishesh Basavareddy and Ozan Baris captured the doubles crown.
Former Hurricane Hechtman Finds Joy Coaching Williams Sisters
Former University of Miami team captain Eric Hechtman has spent the past few months coaching Venus and Serena Williams. Hechtman began coaching Venus in 2019 and started working with Serena earlier this year before she announced plans for her likely retirement.
USTA Eastern's College Showcase Day Returns
After a two-year hiatus, USTA Eastern’s College Showcase is returning. The event is scheduled to be held on Sunday, November 6th at Saw Mill Club in Mount Kisco, NY. It provides a chance for high school sophomores, juniors and seniors to demonstrate their skills on the court and meet with college coaches off the court.
Wisconsin Reels In Commitment From Five-Star Beduhn
Collin Beduhn used a fishing trip to Canada to help him make his college decision. The five-star senior from Minnesota realized the University of Wisconsin had everything he was looking for and has committed to the Badgers.
Gold Balls Awarded at USTA National Doubles Championships
Six teams captured gold balls at the USTA National Doubles Championships at the USTA National Campus in Lake Nona, Florida on August 26-28. Four of the teams were the No. 1 seeds in their division, including both 18s champions.
Tennis Recruiting Welcomes the Class of 2029
Tennis Recruiting Network welcomes the Class of 2029 to the rankings this week. Among the young rising stars are sixth-graders Griffin Goode, Raya Kotseva, Adrian Sharma and Hannah Ayrault.
Current, Former Collegians Shine Across the Globe in August
August was a month jam-packed with tournaments across the world. Outside of the winners of the USTA National Championships, current and former collegians and precocious juniors took center stage with great results to move up the rankings.
Argentina's Midon, Japan's Saito Claim ITF College Park J1 Titles
The International Tennis Federation Junior Circuit tournament last week in College Park, Maryland began with rain and ended in bright sunshine, with top seed Lautaro Midon and No. 5 seed Sara Saito adding to their Grade 1 title counts as the boys and girls champions, respectively.
Coaching Corner: Ron Gendron Moves to Nichols College
After 16 years coaching the Bryant University men's program, Ron Gendron recently stepped down to become the new head coach for the men’s and women’s programs at Division III Nichols College. He discusses the move and his goals for the future.
Photo Gallery from The Nationals
Cool weather welcomed the best boys in the US to the Nationals in
Kalamazoo, Mich. The tournament had frequent delays and match
postponements, pushing the Boys' 18s championship match until Monday.
16-year-old lefty Learner Tien defeated UGA commit Ethan Quinn in four
sets - 7-6(7), 7-6(3) 5-7, 6-3. The Boys' 16s was an all-Florida final
that was moved indoors - where 14-year-old Darwin Blanch defeated
Calvin Baierl 6-2, 3-6, 6-4 for the gold ball. Check out action shots
from the event ...
Michigan Sweeps Singles Titles at ITA Summer Nationals
Junior Jacob Bickersteth defended his title and Julia Fliegner captured her first as the University of Michigan swept the men's and women's singles titles at the ITA Summer Nationals last week on the campus of Florida State.
Hot 100 List - August 2022
It's time to unveil the August 2022 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.
Yu Completes Golden Run with Girls 18s Title
Eleana Yu overcame a second-set deficit and some blistering feet to capture the USTA Girls 18s National Championship singles title at Barnes Tennis Center in San Diego. The Ohio native defeated 15-year-old Valerie Glozman 6-3, 7-5 in the televised final.
Tien Earns 18s Title By Seizing His Second Chance
Learner Tien used his experience from saving match points earlier in the USTA Boys 18s National Championships to help him in the final. Tien overcame rain delays and match postponements to beat Ethan Quinn in four sets and capture the singles gold ball in Kalamazoo.
Homecourt Advantage Helps Boost Ahn to Girls 16s Title
San Diego native Alyssa Ahn felt right at home during the USTA Girls 16s National Championships. Ahn trains at Barnes Tennis Center, and the comfort level helped lead Ahn to the singles title. She defeated Christasha McNeil 6-2, 6-3 in the final.
Rain Can't Halt Blanch's March to Boys 16s Title
Darwin Blanch didn't let rain halt his march to the USTA Boys 16s National Championship singles title. Blanch outlasted Calvin Baierl 6-2, 3-6, 6-4 in the final match that was moved to the Markin Indoor Tennis Center at Kalamazoo College
Payne Caps Dominant Run with Girls 14s Gold Ball
Bella Payne completed a dominant surge to the USTA Girls' 14 National Championship singles title at Rome Tennis Center in Georgia by winning all 14 sets she played. No. 17 Payne defeated No. 5 Maria Aytoyan 6-3, 6-3 in the final.
Bielen Finishes Strong To Capture Boys 14 Gold Ball
Sebastian Bielen won three straight games to secure the Boys 14s singles title at the USTA National Championship. Bielen defeated Andre Alcantara 6-4, 2-6, 7-5 to complete a memorable week on hard courts in muggy Alabama.
Sohns Nets First Gold Ball at Girls 12s Nationals
Maggie Sohns captured the USTA Girls 12s National Championship in singles, while the team of Hannah Ayrault and Julia Seversen won the doubles title in Peachtree Corners, Georgia.
Reddy Strikes Double Gold at Boys 12 Nationals
Vihaan Reddy captured gold balls in both singles and doubles at the USTA Boys 12s National Championships in Mobile, Alabama. Reddy won both finals in straight sets, including the doubles title with Akshay Mirmira.
The USTA National Championships took place last week, with gold balls being awarded to all age divisions at sites across the country - from Georgia to California. All week long, TRN features champions from these tournaments in our Championship Week series.
Recruiting Insider: Middle Tennessee's Jimmy Borendame
Getting more insight into how college coaches recruit can make the process less intimidating for prospects. Our "Recruiting Insider" series features coaches from across the nation providing their recruiting methods. Today, we hear from Middle Tennessee State's Jimmy Borendame.
New Coach Spotlight: GCU's Derek Siddiqui
The coaching carousel has been spinning in college tennis. Head coaches have switched jobs and assistants have received their first chance to lead programs. Find out more about Derek Siddiqui, the new men's head coach at Grand Canyon University.
USTA Foundation Awards College Scholarships
The USTA Foundation awards scholarships each year to young players who require financial assistance for college, have participated in organized youth tennis programs and have demonstrated high academic achievement. This year, 46 high school students received scholarships totaling $435,000.
Top Talent Converges on Kalamazoo
The depth of the USTA Boys 18s and 16s Nationals field can be measured several ways, but perhaps the most eye-popping method is the number of players boasting an ATP ranking. Twenty boys who begin competition this weekend in Kalamazoo have earned at least one ATP point.
Wimbledon Champions, College Players Highlight July Aces
July is the month for Wimbledon champions and the season for college players to dive into the Pro Circuit competition. Featuring every current and former collegian who won a title last month wasn't possible, but 18 top performers are highlighted in the Aces column.
Four-Star Smith Joins Close Friend By Committing to UC Davis
UC Davis was the only California school Katelyn Smith was considering for college. After her close friend committed to the Aggies, the four-star rising senior became even more interested. Smith committed to UC Davis once she made a visit to the campus and met the team.
Wimbledon Begins New Tradition with First 14-and-Under Event
As the All England Lawn Tennis Club celebrated 100 years of tennis at its location in Southwest London this year, the introduction of a 14-and-under tournament during the final weekend of the Championships established a new tradition.
Hot 100 List - July 2022
It's time to unveil the July 2022 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.
Images from the USTA L4 National Open in Rome
Rome Tennis Center was a host to the USTA National L4 Open BG18-16 the
middle of July. Two players from Mount Pleasant, SC won their age
divisions -- Otto Sewell (B18) and Mia Robinson (G16). The Boys' 16s
was won by Sunay Iyer (Alpharetta, GA) and the Girls' 18s was won by
Kirsten Woods (Blacksburg, VA). TRN photographer Bill Kallenberg was
on site to capture action shots from this event.
Stammel Nets First Singles Gold Ball with Girls 18s Clay Title
Bridget Stammel added to the sports legacy of Highland Park High by capturing the USTA Girls 18 National Clay Court Championships. It was the first singles gold ball for the Vanderbilt-bound Stammel after winning a gold ball in doubles in 2019.
Heng Finds Happier Ending, Secures 18s Clay Title
Nicholas Heng waited out a lightning delay to put the finishing touches on his singles title at the USTA Boys 18 National Clay Court Championships in Delray Beach, Florida. The Auburn-bound Heng, who joins the Tigers this fall, lost in the final of last year's event.
Rajaram Captures Gold in Clay Court National Debut
Natasha Rajaram captured the first gold ball of her career by winning the singles title at the USTA Girls 16 Clay Court Nationals in Huntsville, Alabama. The blue chip rising junior from Northern California was making her debut in the national event.
Brockett Conditioned To Win Boys 16s Clay Title
Stiles Brockett used his strong conditioning to go 7-0 and capture the USTA Boys 16 National Clay Court Championships singles crown. He surged past fellow five-star prospect Mikel Anderson of Hillsboro Beach, Florida 6-1, 6-3 in the final to capture his first singles gold ball.
Pareja Nets Third Gold Ball With Girls 14s Win
Julieta Pareja won her third gold ball by rallying for a three set win in the final of the USTA Girls 14s Clay Courts Singles Championship in Plantation, Florida. Sara Shumate and Bella Payne formed a successful tandem to win the doubles gold ball.
Kennedy Secures Two Gold Balls With Boys 14 Sweep
Jack Kennedy won two gold balls at the USTA Boys 14s Clay Court Championships in Dothan, Alabama. The New York native won his first-ever gold ball in singles with a straight-set win before teaming with Sebastian Bielen to win the doubles crown.
Ayrault Wins First Gold Ball By Capturing Girls 12s Title
Seventh-seeded Hannah Ayrault secured her first gold ball by winning the singles title of the USTA Girls 12s Clay Court Championships in Boca Raton, Florida. Ayrault beat second-seeded Welles Newman 6-3, 6-3 in the final at the Polo Club of Boca Raton.
Lee Captures Boys 12s Title on Home Courts
Third-seeded Jordan Lee won the USTA Boys 12s Clay Court Singles Championship in his hometown and on his home court. Lee, who hails from Orlando, Florida, captured his first-ever gold ball at the USTA National Campus.
Clay Court Championship Week
The USTA Clay Court Championships wrapped up over the weekend. This week, TRN has wrap-up stories of all the action from across the country, from the Boys' 12s at the USTA National Tennis Center to the Girls' 18s in Mount Pleasant, S.C. Check out the latest gold ball winners of all ages during our coverage of Clay Court Championship Week.
Sun Shines on American Wimbledon Junior Champions
Americans blossomed in the abundant sun at the Wimbledon Junior Championships, with top seed Liv Hovde claiming the girls singles title, unseeded Michael Zheng dropping a close match to Croatia's Mili Poljicak in the boys singles final, and the unseeded team of Sebastian Gorzny and Alex Michelsen hoisting the boys doubles trophy.
Four-Star Giese Ready to Join Lubbock Christian's Restart
Kelly Giese didn't feel things clicked when he first spoke with Lubbock Christian. But the four-star graduate began to reconsider and realized how much LCU had to offer. Giese signed with the Chaps, who are restarting the program this year after an extended absence.
Georgia Junior Open Photos
The beautiful 51-court Rome Tennis Center at Berry College was home to
the Georgia Junior Open that began its rich history in 1955 featuring
both boys and girls in the 12s through 18s divisions. Past champions
include Donna Floyd Fales, Charlie Pasarell, Zan Guerry, and John
Callen. Photographer Bill Kallenberg was on hand to capture the
How Do College Coaches Approach Summer Recruiting?
The summer provides an ideal time for college coaches to get out on the road and see potential recruits play in person at tournaments across the country. How do they schedule their summer to maximize recruiting? We asked a few in the latest edition of our Coaching Roundtable.
LaPlante's Roots Grow Strong Over Four Decades at UCSD
Liz LaPlante has spent more than four decades as the women's head coach at UC San Diego. The San Diego native has led the program through transitions from Division III to Division II to Division I. As she inches closer to retirement, her passion for the college game remains strong.
Top College Players Recognized on ITA Collegiate All-Star Team
The Intercollegiate Tennis Association recently announced the 2022 ITA Collegiate All-Star team to honor the top players of the 2021-22 season across all divisions of college tennis. The nation's top-ranked players and national champions were among those honored across all divisions of college tennis.
Past and Present Collegiate Stars Gather Wins, Titles in June
The month of June begins the transition from clay to grass, as well as plenty of opportunities to excel on hard courts. Many current and former collegians took advantage, winning lower-level titles and seeing their rankings elevate to earn a spot in the jam-packed Aces column.
Four-Star Agrawal Ready for Montana Adventures
Shivika Agrawal didn't know much about the University of Montana when she started researching the school. But the four-star senior from Arizona discovered how much she liked about the academics, the environment and the tennis program. She signed to play with the Grizzlies.
Shelton, Stearns Highlight USTA Collegiate Summer Team
The USTA last week announced the top 10 American college players named to the USTA Collegiate Summer Team. Among the selections were NCAA Division I individual singles champions Ben Shelton of Florida and Peyton Stearns of Texas.
2022 Top NCAA D-III Women's Classes
TRN wraps up three weeks of recruiting class rankings with a look at Division III. Our final list of the season shows the Top 25 NCAA Division III recruiting classes.
Hot 100 List - June 2022
It's time to unveil the June 2022 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.
2022 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 2022.
2022 Top Mid-Major Women's Classes
The Tennis Recruiting Network continue its recruiting class ranking series this week with a look at the mid-majors. Today we present the Top 25 Women's Mid-Major Recruiting Class Rankings for the Class of 2022.
NCAA Contemplates Permanent Home for D1 Championships
Given the success in baseball and softball, would it make sense for tennis to find a permanent home for the NCAA Division I Championships? Coaches and officials explore the advantages and downsides to the idea along with insight about specific locations.
2022 Top Mid-Major Men's Classes
The Tennis Recruiting Network continue its recruiting class ranking series this week with a look at the mid-majors. Today we present the Top 25 Men's Mid-Major Recruiting Class Rankings for the Class of 2022.
Fashionable Decision: DeMicheli Commits to Boston
Blanka DiMicheli first started tennis because her mother liked the outfits worn on the court. She quickly fell in love with the sport, and made college tennis a goal. The five-star junior is one step closer after committing to Boston University.
ITA Women's All-American Championships Moving to Cary
The ITA recently announced the ITA Women’s All-American Championships is moving to Cary Tennis Park in Cary, North Carolina. The agreement is for three years, beginning in the fall of 2022 and running through 2024. The University of North Carolina, Duke and North Carolina State will serve as host institutions.
Top Women's Classes - 2022 Rankings
With the school year coming to a close and Fall just around the corner, most college-bound seniors have made their selections fort the Fall. Today is a great day to check in on who's heading where - as TRN proudly releases its spring rankings of the Top 25 Women's Recruiting Classes.
ITF, College Titles Highlight Top May Performances
A new ITF Grade A tournament for juniors debuted early in May, while the culmination of the college tennis season put a bow on it. In between, several former collegians and juniors collected multiple tournament titles, and the inaugural IMG Future Stars tournament for the best 12-and-under players concluded with an American champion.
Texas's Stearns, Florida's Shelton Capture Division I Titles
Ben Shelton of Florida and Peyton Stearns of Texas faced multiple challenges at last week's NCAA Division I individual championships at the University of Illinois, yet they didn't deter the sophomores from earning singles championships and the US Open main draw wild cards that are traditionally awarded to American champions.
Top Men's Classes - 2022 Rankings
Memorial Day marks the end of another college tennis season - and a time when college coaches are looking to the future. Today we look at that future - as TRN announces its Top 25 Men's Recruiting Classes.
Rome L2 Nationals Photo Gallery
Competitors from 30 states and DC traveled to the beautiful 60-court
Rome Tennis Center for the USTA L2 National mid-May in northern
Georgia. Waleed Qadir (Greenville, N.C.) and Stephanie Yakoff (Fort
Lee, N.J.) captured the Boys and Girls 18 singles titles, while Noah
Johnston (Anderson, S.C.) and Leena Friedman (Brooklyn, N.Y.) won the
Boys and Girls 16 singles titles. TRN photographer Bill Kallenberg was
on site to capture action shots from this event.
UChicago Men, CMS Women Capture NCAA Division III Titles
The University of Chicago men and Claremont-Mudd-Scripps women captured the team titles at the NCAA Division III Championships on Wednesday at the USTA National Campus in Orlando, Florida. UChicago became the first team in the school's history in any sport to capture a Division III team title.
Barry University Sweeps NCAA Division II Team Title
The Barry University men's and women's teams continued their mastery at the NCAA Division II Championships by winning both titles in Altamonte Springs, Florida. The men defeated Wayne State 4-1 and the women defeated Central Oklahoma 4-1.
UVA, Texas Capture NCAA Division I Team Titles
The Virginia men and Texas women captured the NCAA Division I national team titles on Sunday with victories over Kentucky and Oklahoma, respectively, in Champaign, Ill. The Longhorns defended their title and UVA won for the first time since 2017.
Hot 100 List - May 2022
It's time to unveil the May 2022 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.
Young-Smith Discovers Division II Opportunities at Lynn
Brodie Young-Smith never considered playing for a Division II program until a college recruiting specialist brought it to his attention. The senior was intrigued and wanted to learn more. He has signed with Lynn University.
Chalk Prevails as Division I Reaches the Elite Eight
The NCAA Division I men's and women's championships will feature all the top seeds in the quarterfinals. The action shifts to Champaign, Ill., beginning Thursday with the men's quarterfinal matches. No Pac-12 Conference teams advanced in either draw.
Upcoming DTS Showcase Events on the East Coast
The Donovan Tennis Strategies College Exposure Series has two remaining Recruiting Showcases scheduled for this year to give players a chance to perform in front of a large number of college coaches. The New Jersey event is in late June and the Boston event is in late July.
Former Illini Anderson Reflects on His College, Pro Career
Former Illinois All-American Kevin Anderson announced his retirement from the ATP Tour last week. One of the top former collegians to compete on the ATP tour this century, Anderson reflected on his career milestones, how college helped him and his future plans.
Recruiting Insider: Cincinnati's Eric Toth
Getting more insight into how college coaches recruit can make the process less intimidating for prospects. Our "Recruiting Insider" series features coaches from across the nation providing their recruiting methods. Today, we hear from Cincinnati women's coach Eric Toth.
NCAA Division III Men's and Women's Brackets Unveiled
The 2022 NCAA Division III men's and women's brackets were unveiled on Monday afternoon. They include 49 women's teams and 44 men's teams. Regional play begins this weekend and the championship final will be played on May 23-25 at the USTA National Campus in Orlando.
NCAA Roundtable: Dark Horse, National Champion Picks
The NCAA Division I men's and women's team championship begins this weekend across the country. Our panel of experts tackled a few questions about the tournament fields before all the action begins. Part II features dark horse candidates and national champion selections.
USTA Announces New Diversity Partnership
The USTA on Thursday announced a partnership with Jack and Jill of America, Inc. to provide national Jack and Jill tennis clinics to its members. JJOA was founded in 1938 and its mission is dedicated to nurturing future African-American leaders.
NCAA Roundtable: Season Storylines and Super Regionals
The NCAA Division I men's and women's team championship begins this weekend across the country. Our panel of experts tackled a few questions about the tournament fields before all the action begins. Part I features regular-season storylines and Super Regional hopefuls.
TCU, UNC Earn Top Seeds in NCAA Division I Championships
The 2022 NCAA Division I men's and women's championship brackets were released on Monday. TCU was awarded the No. 1 seed in the men's draw and North Carolina was the No. 1 seed in the women's draw. The first and second rounds takes place this weekend.
Teenagers, Former Collegians Experience Title Success in April
April's top performances include three teenagers who have earned back-to-back titles on the ITF's men's and women's World Tennis Tour, in addition to former collegians continuing their climb in the ATP and WTA rankings.
Recruiting Insider: Georgia State's Hannah Keeling
Getting more insight into how college coaches recruit can make the process less intimidating for prospects. Our "Recruiting Insider" series features coaches from across the nation providing their recruiting methods. Today, we hear from Georgia State women's coach Hannah Keeling.
Hanson Twins Find Right Match at Kansas Wesleyan
Twin brothers Adam and Jack Hanson didn't start playing tennis until later than most kids. But they quickly fell in love and wanted to continue their careers in college. The Oklahoma natives have committed to play at Kansas Wesleyan University.
Brantmeier Sketches Her Tennis Future in Carolina Blue
Reese Brantmeier's ultimate destination is professional tennis. But the nation's top recruit in the class of 2022 wanted to experience what college tennis has to offer for at least a year. The Wisconsin native is joining top-ranked North Carolina this fall.
No Consolation: Chan Thrilled to Become a Duck
A consolation trophy at her first tournament motivated Jo-Yee Chan to keep playing tennis. The five-star senior from Georgia navigated the ups and downs of the recruiting process to finally achieve her dream of committing to a college. Chan has signed to play for Oregon.
Action Shots from the Easter Bowl
The Indian Wells Tennis Garden once again served as the host site for
the FILA Easter Bowl. Last week we ran Colette Lewis' articles on both
the 12-16s as well as the ITF Grade J1 events. We are lucky enough to
have great images from Paul Ballard ... check them out!
New USTA SoCal Pro Circuit Debuts May 30
The USTA’s Southern California section has announced a series of six pro events for men and six pro events for women to take place in Southern California this summer. The SoCal Pro Circuit is a transitional tour designed to create a path to the pro ranks for up-and-coming professional, college and high-level junior players.
Hot 100 List - April 2022
It's time to unveil the April 2022 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.
Meet The Assistant: Tufts' Nick White
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 Tufts' Nick White.
Breakthrough Champions in Easter Bowl 16s and ITF Singles
Returning to the Coachella Valley for the first time since 2019, the Easter Bowl proved to be a breakthrough for the four champions of the 16s and ITF divisions, all of whom collected their first USTA gold balls in singles.
Easter Bowl Returns to Indian Wells, Crowns 12s & 14s Champions
After the cancellation of Easter Bowl 2020 and a relocation to San Diego last year, the prestigious USTA Spring Championships returned to the Coachella Valley. The 12s and 14s divisions crowned champions at Indian Wells Tennis Garden, the site of the recent ATP and WTA BNP Paribas Open.
FAMU Women's Program Gaines Four-Star Recruit
After quitting competitive tennis for a year, Rebekkah Gaines worked her way back up to four-star status. The senior from North Carolina wanted to attend an HBCU and has signed with Florida A&M University.
Players Span the Globe in March to Experience Success
March was packed with tennis of every variety. Teenagers claimed titles on the ITF Junior and Pro Circuits, while former collegians were successful in the Caribbean, North Africa, India, South America and Europe.
Hovde, Tien Claim Grade 1 Singles Titles in San Diego
Liv Hovde and Learner Tien arrived at the ITF Grade 1 International Open of San Diego at different stages in their tennis careers. The top-seeded Hovde was taking aim on her third ITF title at that level, while Tien, seeded No. 12, had yet to reach a J1 final. They both left as singles winners.
Moravek Takes Friendly Input to Connect with WashU
One of Nina Moravek's practice partners gave her a good tip about Washington University in St. Louis. Once the four-star senior made contact with the program, she discovered how much the school had to offer. She has committed to WashU, and her friend will also be a teammate.
Georgia Bowl Photo Gallery
Competitors from 33 states traveled to the beautiful 60-court Rome
Tennis Center for the USTA L3 Open Georgia Bowl in mid-March in
northern Georgia. Deacon Thomas (Houston, Texas) and Ann Guerry
(Atlanta, Ga.) captured the Boys 18 and Girls 18 singles titles,
respectively. TRN photographer Bill Kallenberg was on site to capture
action shots from this event.
Easter Bowl Returns to Indian Wells for 54th Edition
The Easter Bowl is making a return to the Indian Wells Tennis Garden March 26-April 3 for the 54th edition of the event. The 18s division is an ITF Level JB1. Gold, silver and bronze balls will be handed out in the 18s, 16s, 14s and 12s for both boys and girls.
Four-Star Grove Feels Instant Connection at Chattanooga
Cortland Grove is the latest member of his family to sign as a Division I college athlete. The four-star senior from Georgia will be joining the Chattanooga men's team next fall.
Spotlight Players of the Week: Ellie Brotherton, Jack Hinkle
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 Ellie Brotherton and Jack Hinkle.
ITF Grade 1 Returns to Barnes in San Diego Next Week
A spring tradition in Southern California since 2005, the International Tennis Federation's Grade 1 tournament will begin Monday in San Diego, with the Barnes Tennis Center serving as host for the second consecutive year.
Four-Star Cowan Makes Dayton His Later Decision
Charlie Cowan applied for early decision to a school, only to find out the roster spot was taken. The four-star senior reached back out to other schools and found a strong connection with Dayton. Cowan has committed to become a Flyer.
Hot 100 List - March 2022
It's time to unveil the March 2022 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.
USTA Mid-Atlantic Section Plans To Build New Campus
USTA’s Mid-Atlantic Section announced Thursday plans to build a state-of-the-art 36-court tennis campus in Loudoun County, Virginia. Plans include 20 outdoor tennis courts, 16 indoor tennis courts, eight pickleball/youth courts and more than 190,000 total square feet of tennis infrastructure.
Meet The Assistant: UTSA's Cullen Dees
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 UTSA's Cullen Dees.
UChicago Stages Improbable Rally to Win First National Indoor Title
The University of Chicago stormed back from the brink of defeat to capture the program's first ITA Division III Women's National Indoor title on Sunday in Kentucky. The third-seeded Maroons trailed No. 1 Emory 4-0 before rallying for the 5-4 win.
ITA Indoor Champions Highlight February's Best Performances
The highlight of the second month of the year is always the crowning of the first national champions in college tennis. In individual play, former collegians collected eight titles and five teenagers raised their profiles and rankings.
Last-Minute Suggestion Leads Four-Star Lopez to Azusa Pacific
Shannele Lopez was worried she may run out of options to find a place to play in college. But after someone suggested she contact Azusa Pacific University, the four-star senior from Illinois found an ideal fit for her future with the Division II program.
Barry Women Capture ITA Division II Team National Indoor Title
Top-seeded Barry University defeated No. 3 Central Oklahoma 4-0 on Monday to capture the ITA Division II Women's National Team Indoor Championship at the Edmond Center Court in Oklahoma. The victory came one week after the Barry men captured the title.
Case Western Clinches First Indoor Title in Program History
The Case Western Reserve University men captured the first ITA Division III National Team Indoor title in program history with a 5-1 victory over No. 6 University of Chicago on Sunday at the Mayfield Village Racquet Club in Mayfield, Ohio.
Barry Breaks Through To Win First National Indoor Title
Barry University captured its first ITA Division II Men’s National Team Indoor championship with a 4-3 win over No. 1 Columbus State last Sunday at the UIndy Tennis Center in Indianapolis. CSU had captured the only other two Indoor titles in the event's three-year history.
Horned Frogs Clinch Historic Indoor National Title Win
The TCU men captured the first national title in program history on Monday, beating Tennessee 4-1 in the final of the ITA Team Indoor National Championship in Seattle, Washington. Freshman Pedro Vives rallied from an early break in the third set to clinch the win for TCU.
Fight With Filer
TRN has covered David Filer a number of times over the years. Unfortunately, the Blue Chip freshman is in the news today for tougher reasons. Last week while at a USTA Level 2 in Scottsdale, Arizona, Filer fell ill and was diagnosed with Glioblastoma Multiforme.
Secord's Success Continues in 14s Division
After having great success at the supernational level in Boys 12s, blue chip Jack Secord won his first title in the 14s division at the USTA Level 2 at the Grand Rapids Racquet and Fitness Club in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Hot 100 List - February 2022
It's time to unveil the February 2022 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.
North Carolina Completes Three-Peat at ITA National Indoors
The North Carolina women won their third straight ITA National Team Indoor Championship on Monday by beating Oklahoma 4-2 in the final in Madison, Wisconsin. The Sooners were making their first trip to the Indoors in program history.
Spotlight Players of the Week: Ben Rueff and Caroline Schulson
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 Ben Rueff and Caroline Schulson.
Early Interest Helps UChicago Land Five-Star Beaudoin
The University of Chicago contacted Hudson Beaudoin early in the recruiting process. The school was already high on Beaudoin's list, and the five-star senior from New York appreciated the interest. He has committed to play for the Division III Maroons.
Meet The Assistant: Utah's Blair Shankle
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 Utah's Blair Shankle.
Top Women's Classes - 2022 Winter Rankings
The size of our commitment list is pushing 500 for the senior girls. With that in mind, today is a great time to check in on how schools are doing on the recruiting trail. Today, the Tennis Recruiting Network is proud to present the Top 25 Women's College Tennis Recruiting Classes of 2022.
Junior Success Highlights the Top Performances From January
The highlights of last month's top performances include an American boy sweeping the Australian Open junior titles, a quartet of American juniors claiming their first International Tennis Federation Grade 1 titles and several juniors winning their initial pro titles.
Gap Year Ahead for Five-Star Notre Dame Commit Devaiah
Jayanth Devaiah's improved play put him on Notre Dame's radar and earned him an offer from the Irish. The five-star senior from Massachusetts plans to take a gap year after graduating high school and arrive at Notre Dame in the fall of 2023.
Top Men's Classes - 2022 Winter Rankings
With Signing Week in the rear view mirror and over 800 college commitments in the books, today is a great time to take a look at the top recruiting classes. TRN is excited to present its 2022 Men's Recruiting Class Rankings.
Eight Intriguing Questions For 2022
Colette Lewis returns with her annual look at eight intriguing questions that everyone in the tennis community will be waiting to have answered in 2022. Job replacements, tournament logistics and players moving up the rankings are just a few of the topics covered.
Pearson's Devotion to Washington Comes Full Circle
Brett Pearson grew up wanting to attend the University of Washington. But the five-star senior was considering other programs during his college search before a gut decision led him back to the Huskies, where his father and uncle played.
Recruiting Insider: Grand Canyon's Greg Prudhomme
Getting more insight into how college coaches recruit can make the process less intimidating for prospects. Our "Recruiting Insider" series features coaches from across the nation providing their recruiting methods. Today, we hear from Grand Canyon men's and women's coach Greg Prudhomme.
Narendran's Swift Improvement Changes Future Plans
Tanvi Narendran didn't think she would play tennis in college because she was so focused on academics. But the Covid pandemic changed her outlook after a rapid rate of improvement. The five-star Tucson native is staying close to home by signing with the University of Arizona.
University of Saint Mary Prepares to Launch New Programs
The University of St. Mary is launching men's and women's tennis programs to begin play in the 2022-23 academic year. The NAIA school in Kansas has hired Hunter Clark as the head coach for both programs. Clark, 26, grew up in Kansas and played at UMKC.
Hot 100 List - January 2022
It's time to unveil the January 2022 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.
Samir Banerjee Serves as Hitting Partner to ATP Stars
Samir Banerjee got the thrill of a lifetime in November when he served as a hitting partner for the ATP's biggest stars at its year-ending Finals competition in Turin, Italy. Banerjee hit with stars like Novak Djokovic, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Daniil Medvedev, Casper Ruud and Andrey Rublev.
Spotlight Players of the Week: Vincent Truong, Tallia Harper
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 Vincent Truong and Tallia Harper.
Sheng, Reddy Capture 12s Singles Titles in Arizona
Vihan Reddy and Sephi Sheng captured the boys and girls 12s singles titles, respectively, at the USTA Winter National Championships in Tucson, Arizona. Izyan Ahmad and Tanishk Konduri won the boys doubles title and Carrie-Ann Hoo and Nancy Lee won the girls doubles title.
Kotzen, Charney Sweep 18s Singles and Doubles Titles
Nicolas Kotzen and Piper Charney swept the singles and doubles titles at the USTA 18s Winter National Championships at the USTA National Campus in Orlando, Florida. It was the first singles gold balls of their careers, and first of any kind for Kotzen.
Goetz, Lee Win 16s Titles, Collect First Gold Balls
Mitchell Lee and Taylor Goetz both captured the first USTA national balls of their careers by winning the 16s singles titles at the Winter National Championships in Orlando, Florida. Both prevailed in the final in straight sets amid cold and windy conditions on the clay courts of the USTA National Campus.
Leach, Frosch Capture 14s Winter Nationals Titles
Eighth-seeded Jagger Leach and top-seeded Laima Frosch captured the boys and girls 14s singles titles, respectively, at the USTA Winter National Championships in Tucson, Arizona. The singles gold balls were the first of their careers.
Orange Bowl, Eddie Herr Champions Fill December Aces
The Orange Bowl, Eddie Herr International and Junior Orange Bowl champions filled most of the Aces slots. A trio of former collegians is also in December's spotlight, as is a retiring USTA administrator known to everyone in American junior tennis.