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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Two Countries Added to Junior Orange Bowl List of Champions
On the 60th anniversary of the international event in the Miami area, two more countries were added to the list of champions at the Junior Orange Bowl this year. Colombia's Alejandro Arcila won the Boys 14s title and Moldova's Lia Belibova won the Girls 12s title.
Vallejo, Marcinko Make History with Orange Bowl Titles
Adolfo Daniel Vallejo of Paraguay and Croatia's Petra Marcinko made history at the Orange Bowl ITF Grade A event in Plantation, Florida. Vallejo was the first player from his country to win the singles title and Marcinko was the first girl to sweep the singles and doubles titles.
Americans Sweep Orange Bowl 16s Titles
American players swept the Boys and Girls 16s singles and doubles titles at the Orange Bowl in Plantation, Florida. Kate Kim extended her Florida winning streak to 12 straight to capture the girls title and Quang Duong overcame a deficit to win the boys title.
Americans Sweep Eddie Herr Singles Titles 12s and 16s
In the midst of construction at the IMG Academy facility in Bradenton, Florida, four Americans were able to block out the distractions to capture the singles titles in the 12s and 16s events of the Eddie Herr International.
Linda Fruhvirtova, Bielinskyi Collect Eddie Herr ITF Titles
Linda Fruhvirtova defeated her younger sister, Brenda, after an injury retirement to capture the girls singles title at the ITF J1 Eddie Herr Championships at the IMG Academy, while Viacheslav Bielinskyi captured the boys singles title in a third-set tiebreak.
November Success Sprouts Another Jam-Packed Group of Aces
Another jam-packed month of Aces from Colette Lewis that features juniors, current college players and recent graduates who excelled in November by winning titles and seeing their rankings rise.
UCLA Grad Harrison Aims for WTA Success
After questioning during Covid whether to remain on the pro tour, Catherine Harrison is more motivated than ever to succeed. The former UCLA All-American is trying to devise a financial plan and coaching strategy to make it work.
October Overflows with Great Performances at All Levels
October was a busy month on all levels, with professional, college and junior tennis in full swing. Although there were enough candidates to fill nearly two Aces columns, 20 players earned recognition for accomplishments across the globe.
It's Anchor Down For Blue Chip Sonya Macavei
Blue chip Sonya Macavei grew up in Ohio, spent her high school years at a Florida academy and toured Europe all summer. But when the fall of 2022 rolls around, the 17-year-old left-hander will put her anchor down in Nashville, where she will join the Vanderbilt Commodores.
Hovde and Anthrop Capture ITF Pan American Closed Titles
Americans Liv Hovde and Jack Anthrop rebounded from slow starts against their Canadian opponents in the finals of last week's ITF JB1 Pan American Closed Championships in Nicholasville, Kentucky to capture the singles titles.
From Teens to Thirty-Somethings, September Aces Span the Ages
The top performers from last month range in age from 13 to 37, with backdrops as celebrated as Arthur Ashe Stadium and as humble as mid-level ITF junior tournaments in Spain. Current and former collegians, as well as elite juniors, deserve to take a bow for their accomplishments in September.
No Question: Juniors at US Open Endorse Electronic Line Calls
The computer-based Live Electronic Line Calling system was implemented this year at the US Open Junior Championships. Line umpires are no longer used and the chair umpire doesn't rule on line calls. The players largely expressed approval with the changes.
Montgomery Stays Energized, Sweeps US Open Junior Titles
American Robin Montgomery didn't let fatigue or exhaustion get in the way of sweeping the US Open Junior girls singles and doubles titles in New York. Spain's Daniel Rincon emerged as the singles champion in boys event.
August Aces Find Success in Europe and North America
Success by junior and collegiate players at venues across Europe and North America secured a spot in the August Aces. Among the players highlighted is Kalamazoo champion Zachary Svajda and finalist Ben Shelton.
Svajda Defends 18s Title, Remains Perfect in Kalamazoo
Zachary Svajda became the first two-time Open Era 18s champion to go undefeated at the USTA National Championships, and the first to win the 18s title in non-consecutive years. Singles finalist Ben Shelton and Bruno Kuzuhara won the doubles title.
Razeghi Clinches Boys 16s Title in Kalamazoo Debut
Alexander Razeghi shook off all distractions and excuses to earn the USTA National Boys 16s singles championship last week in Kalamazoo, defeating fellow Texan Lucas Brown 6-2, 6-3 in the final. Brown and Nicholas Godsick captured the doubles crown.
Surprise Wimbledon Junior Winners Among Last Month's Aces
Surprise winners at the Wimbledon Junior Championships and success on all levels for former collegians highlight the notable results from July. Find out more about their sucess in the latest edition of the Aces.
Banerjee Beats Lilov in All-American Wimbledon Boys Final
Samir Banerjee beat Victor Lilov in straight sets to capture the Wimbledon boys singles title in an all-American final pairing. Ane Mintegi Del Olmo of Spain became the first girl from her country to capture the prestigious title.
French Open, ITF and USTA Pro Circuit Champions Shine in June
The first junior slam champions of 2021, an all-collegiate mixed doubles French Open title team, ITF and USTA Pro Circuit winners are among the standout stars that highlight the June Aces column.
Eubanks Packs When Opportunity Knocks
Fresh off winning his first Challenger in three years, former Georgia Tech All-American Chris Eubanks is keeping his travel schedule open to take advantage of opportunities to climb the rankings. He recently competed in the qualifying draw at Wimbledon.
Perera Overcomes Wind, Torres To Claim Level 1 Boys 18s Title
Masato Perera overcame weather challenges and numerous opponents over five days in Indianapolis to capture the USTA Level 1 Boys 18s title. Perera beat fellow Californian Ryan Torres in the final.
Easter Bowl Champions and Former Collegians Shine in April
The eight players who won Easter Bowl titles are among those featured this month, along with former collegians collecting championships on the WTA and ATP Challenger circuits and a Russian teen collecting her third ITF women’s circuit title.
Action Shots from the IOSC
Like the Easter Bowl, the International Open of Southern California, a
J1 level event, was moved to the Barnes Tennis Center in San Diego.
Colette Lewis of ZooTennis.com was in attendance the entire week and
was kind enough to furnish these photos from this event.
Shang, Hovde, Razeghi, Rabman Capture Easter Bowl Titles
The second week of the San Diego fortnight, which featured two of the biggest events on the US junior tennis calendar, concluded with the Easter Bowl ITF and 16s championships. Collecting the first gold balls awarded since the 2019 Winter Nationals were Juncheng “Jerry” Shang and Liv Hovde, who claimed the ITF championships, and Alexander Razeghi and Theadora Rabman, who took the 16s titles.
Easter Bowl Crowns 12s and 14s Champions in New Location
A last-minute location change made the 2021 Easter Bowl possible this year, with Iva Jovic and Cooper Woestendick winning the 14s titles and Shannon Lam and Sebastian Bielen taking the gold balls in the 12s division.
Young Players Highlight the Top Performances in March
With major International Tennis Federation junior tournaments returning in North and South America, many young players were able to improve their junior rankings last month. They are among the top performers listed in the March Aces.
Quinn and Yepifanova Capture IOSC Grade 1 San Diego Titles
After the coronavirus pandemic hiatus in 2020, the ITF Grade 1 spring tournament in Southern California returned to the schedule in a new city, producing both a surprise champion and an expected one.
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.
Unseeded Champs: Krueger, Fils Win Grade A Orange Bowl Titles
Ashlyn Krueger and Arthur Fils both were unseeded, but made runs through the draw to capture the Grade A Orange Bowl singles titles in Plantation, Florida. Krueger became the first player since Canadian Bianca Andreescu in 2014-2015 to win the Orange Bowl 16s and 18s titles back-to-back
Americans Sweep Orange Bowl 16s Titles
Americans swept the Orange Bowl 16s singles and doubles titles at the Veltri Tennis Center in Plantation, Florida. The event was staged amid the coronavirus pandemic, with entrants following proper protocols and performing in front of limited spectators.
Domestic Tournaments Give More Players a Chance To Shine
After a long hiatus in the United States, interrupted only briefly by several major tour events, International Tennis Federation competition ramped up last month, at both the junior and professional. Along with the ITA championships, plenty of players were able to shine with quality results.
Ghosh's Creative Approach Leads To Notre Dame
Nibedita Ghosh took a creative approach to her recruiting process once the coronavirus pandemic limited in-person visits. The five-star senior from New Jersey who enjoys making music realized Notre Dame hit all the right notes.
ITA Fall Tour Features 10 Weeks of Regional Competition
The Intercollegiate Tennis Association has introduced a new 10-week fall tour that begins today at 11 sites throughout the country, with over 160 additional tournaments scheduled through November. The events are open to any player — junior, college or professional.
Return To Competition Means Return Of Modern-Day Aces
After four months of looking back into the archives, the Aces is back to live action. August produced 14 performances of consequence, with notable results in pro tennis and several of nationally-organized competitions.
Catching Up With Former Ohio State Star JJ Wolf
Former Ohio State star JJ Wolf turned pro after his junior year in college. The Cincinnati native has received a main draw wildcard for the upcoming U.S. Open in New York. Colette Lewis recently caught up with Wolf after his appearance in the Western & Southern Open.
July Aces Rewind: A Look Back at Some Top Players
With the European junior championships and the Wimbledon junior championships normally taking place in July, the majority of the players featured in this month's Aces column come from past editions of those prestigious events. All 15 went on to reach the ATP or WTA Top 100.
Juniors Sweep Grand Rapids ITA Summer Circuit Titles
With few opportunities available in their USTA sections due to Covid-19 safety concerns, juniors have flocked to Intercollegiate Tennis Association Summer Circuit events. At the tournament in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the four top flight finalists were juniors.
Touring Pros Add Sales Skills Through Har-Tru Initiative
Former collegiate All-Americans Jamie Loeb and Alex Rybakov are representing tennis court company, Har-Tru, while they compete on the Pro Circuit. Loeb and Rybakov are hoping to gain business experience they can use in the future as part of the Har-Tru players' sales team.
June Aces Rewind: A Look Back at Some Top Players
For the third consecutive month, the Aces column entailed a visit to the archives, with 14 junior and college players highlighted for their performances in past Junes. All 14 of those featured have gone on to reach the ATP and WTA Top 50, and one is a reigning slam singles champion.
May Aces Rewind: A Look Back at Some Top Players
May was the second consecutive month with no tennis results, so Colette Lewis is going back in the archives to feature 16 star players highlighted in previous years of her Aces column. All the players went on to reach the ATP and WTA Top 100.
ITA's Summer Circuit Stays On Schedule
Despite the Covid-19 pandemic, the ITA still plans to hold its Summer Circuit events in the coming months. Health and safety guidelines will be enforced and other changes will be made to help more matches get played.
Alabama's Alison Baumgardner Broke SEC Gender Barriers
Roberta Alison Baumgardner became the first woman in Southeastern Conference history to play a varsity sport when she joined the Alabama’s men’s tennis team in 1963. She didn't seek to become a gender trailblazer, though. She just wanted to face good competition.
Kvitova, Tiafoe Among All-Time Great April Aces
With no tennis last month, Colette Lewis decided to continue the 12-year run of her monthly Aces column by featuring 16 teenagers, highlighted in previous Aprils, who went on to reach the ATP and WTA Top 100.
Blue Chip Cooksey Opts For Maize and Blue
Blue chip Will Cooksey grew up as a University of Michigan fan, so his recent verbal commitment to the program is hardly a surprise. The 16-year-old from Grosse Pointe Shores, Michigan will be the third generation in his family to attend Michigan.
Five-Star Derek Hsieh Selects University of Chicago
As a five-star recruit, New Jersey’s Derek Hsieh drew interest from many Division I programs. But the 17-year-old high school senior wanted to emphasize the academic side of the recruiting equation, which led him to verbally commit to Division III’s University of Chicago.
Blue Chip Montgomery Hits Jackpot in Las Vegas
The odds were against an unranked teenager capturing a $25,000 tournament in just her fourth professional-level event. But 15-year-old blue chip Robin Montgomery rolled the dice and came up a winner last week at the Oracle Pro Series event in Las Vegas.
February's Top Performing Players Spanned the Ages
The month of February provided a host of highlights, with players aged 13 to 35 winning titles in Australia, North and South America and Europe. In addition, college tennis crowned three new national indoor champions and a trio of former collegiate stars earned ATP Challenger titles.
Texas Tech Opportunity Opens Doors for Talaba
Gabriela Talaba was unsure about her future while playing pro events at age 18. A conversation about college tennis led the Romanian to an opportunity at Texas Tech. It's a decision that gave Talaba a brighter outlook on and off the court.
Blue Chip Coleman Commits To Blue Devils
After taking her official visits last fall, Ellie Coleman was still mulling her college choice. The 16-year-old high school junior believed there was too much at stake to rush her decision, so it wasn’t until last month that blue chip verbally committed to Duke.
Nakashima Makes Next Step From Virginia to Pro Tour
After experiencing success in professional events and gaining confidence he could contend at that level, Brandon Nakashima decided to leave the University of Virginia after his freshman season. The San Diego native believes he gained a lot of positives from his one season in college tennis.
Eight Intriguing Questions for 2020
Each year Colette Lewis looks ahead to an assortment of issues facing college and junior tennis, with two of the questions for the 2020 edition focusing on where two crown jewel events will be held. Find out the answers to this year's Eight Intriguing Questions.
Captain Kathy: Talking with USTA's Head of Women's Tennis
Kathy Rinaldi is the head of women's tennis at the USTA and the United States Fed Cup captain. She recently sat down with Colette Lewis to discuss her roles, her thoughts on U.S. tennis and her best piece of advice for parents.
Yakoff and Basavareddy Capture Junior Orange Bowl 14s Titles
Overcoming rain and a compressed schedule, Americans Stephanie Yakoff and Nishesh Basavareddy took the 14s titles at the 58th edition of Junior Orange Bowl in Coral Gables, Florida. Mirra Andreeva of Russia and Benjamin Gusic Wan of Great Britain claimed the championships in the 12s division.
Montgomery, Krueger Among Orange Bowl Singles Champions
Robin Montgomery, Thiago Tirante, Ashlyn Krueger and Daniel Rincon overcame every challenge to capture singles titles at the 73rd edition of the Orange Bowl in Florida. Tirante's victory secured the year-end No. 1 ITF World Junior ranking.
Images from the Eddie Herr
The weather was perfect all week for this year's Eddie Herr
International Tennis Championships at the IMG Academy. No. 2 seed
Thiago Tirante (ARG) took the boys' title, while qualifier Eva Lys
(GER) surprised the girls' field. ZooTennis provided coverage of
the event - and submitted this gallery of photos.
Argentina's Tirante, Germany's Lys Claim Eddie Herr ITF Titles
The ITF Grade 1 Eddie Herr Championships at the IMG Academy produced expected and unexpected winners, with No. 2 seed Thiago Tirante of Argentina taking the boys title and qualifier Eva Lys of Germany earning the girls title.
Americans Sweep Eddie Herr 16s Titles, Historic 12s India Win
American players swept the 16s division titles at the Eddie Herr International Championships at IMG Academy, with the United States capturing all four championships in that age group. Manas Dhamne made history in the 12s, becoming the first player from India to win an Eddie Herr singles title.
Collegians Past and Present Have November to Remember
Tennis eases into its off-season in November, at least on the Tour level, but the opportunity to start 2020 on a positive note keeps those striving to move up competing throughout the month. Current and former collegians had impressive results to highlight the monthly Aces column.
Keeping Up: Capital City Classic Debuts at Michigan State
Michigan State saw the trend spreading around the country, so the Spartans decided to host the state's first men’s professional tournament since 1988. The $15,000 USTA Pro Circuit Capital City Tennis Classic debuted last week, providing Michigan State players an opportunity to sample professional tennis.
Nott Begins New Chapter at UT-Rio Grande Valley
After starting his coaching career with a Power Five conference program, West Nott has returned to college tennis with a program more removed from the national spotlight. Nott has taken over as the women's head coach at the University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley.
Blue Chip Tracy Bound for Buckeyes
Having grown up an Ohio State fan, J.J. Tracy didn't want his affinity for the school to cloud his judgment in selecting a college. The blue chip senior realized the Buckeyes were the perfect fit for many more reasons after making his official visit.
No Tricking: October Filled With Ace-Worthy Performances
In a month chock full of highlights, no fewer than seven juniors claimed their first Pro Circuit titles, and one earned her first WTA title. In Asia, the ITF’s Junior Finals and WTA Futures Stars provided showcases for young players, while two seniors claimed the first ITA Division I collegiate major of the season.
Montgomery and Hotard Earn Pan American Closed Titles
Robin Montgomery and Welsh Hotard put together impressive runs last week to win their first International Tennis Federation Grade 1 titles at the Pan American Closed in Nicholasville, Kentucky. Montgomery and Hotard secured their titles with straight-set victories in the final.
Pan American Open ITF Photo Gallery
Colette Lewis of ZooTennis provided excellent coverage of the ITF Pan
American Open from its new home at Top Seed Tennis Club in
Nicholasville, Ky. She also submitted this photo gallery with action
shots of many of the participants ...
Gator Grad Cercone Transitions from Player to USTA Administrator
Tennis has been the focus of former University of Florida Gator Alex Cercone throughout most of her life. In her position at the USTA’s National Campus, Cercone looks at tennis from a different perspective: as an administrator of the organization’s national junior tournaments.
Top Juniors, Current Collegians Excel in September
September was another busy month for top juniors, beginning with the U.S. Open in New York and ending with the Junior Fed Cup and Junior Davis Cup competitions in Lake Nona, Florida. Current collegians also stepped into the spotlight, with four of them capturing titles on the USTA Pro Circuit last month.
Team USA Wins Unprecedented 3rd Straight Junior Fed Cup Title
The United States won an unprecedented third straight Junior Fed Cup title, and was able to celebrate on home soil at the USTA's National Campus in Lake Nona, Florida. Japan captured the Junior Davis Cup title with a victory over the U.S. in the final.
Osorio Serrano and Forejtek Capture U.S. Open Titles
Colombia’s Maria Camila Osorio Serrano and Czech Republic’s Jonas Forejtek captured the U.S. Open Junior singles titles and took over the top spot in the ITF world junior rankings with victories over Americans in the finals.
International Hard Courts Photo Gallery
Check out photos of all singles quarterfinalists of the International
Hard Court Championships held last month at The Junior Tennis
Champions Center in College Park, Md. ZooTennis was on hand the entire
week to cover the event.
Aces Shine During Big Events in August
August is one of the most important months of the year for young tennis players, whether they are competing internationally, in the USTA Nationals or at the U.S. Open. This month's aces column is packed with great performances from the last 30 days.
Svajda Captures 18s Singles Title in Kalamazoo Debut
Zachary Svajda was a quick study in his first appearance at the USTA Boys 18s and 16s National Championships in Kalamazoo, with the 16-year-old capturing his first gold ball and a U.S. Open main draw wild card with a 6-7(3) 7-5, 6-3, 6-1 victory over Govind Nanda in the 18s singles final.
Top Performers Find Success on All Surfaces
From clay to grass to hard courts, the top performers in July found success on all surfaces. Along with some familiar names, a few new faces with ties to the collegiate ranks are included.
Juniors, College, Pros: Nanda Thrives on Three Levels
Govind Nanda is juggling multiple levels by competing in junior, college and professional events. Nanda just finished his freshman season at UCLA and plans to return in January to compete for the Bruins again. Colette Lewis caught up with Nanda at Wimbledon for a Q&A.
No Shortage of Star Performances in June
June always produces a surplus of top performances, with the French Open Championships providing the big stage for juniors, while college players flood the ITF World Tennis Tour with school out for the summer. A grand total of 19 players are featured in the latest Aces column as summer tennis season gets underway.
Wesleyan's Double Yus Make a Great Team
Sisters Victoria and Kristina helped Wesleyan capture the program's first NESCAC title and NCAA Division III Team title this season. Victoria, a senior, and Kristina, a freshman, played doubles together for the Cardinals, winning pivotal matches in the NCAA semifinal and championship matches.
Images from the NCAA D-III Championships
When the NCAA Men's and Women's Division III Championships are in
Kalamazoo, you know that Colette Lewis and ZooTennis are going to be
all over it. Check out images of all 16 quarterfinalists from the
singles tournament ...
Wesleyan Women, Emory Men Claim NCAA Division III Championships
The NCAA Division III champions crowned Wednesday at Kalamazoo
College's Stowe Stadium featured a new face and a perennial contender,
with the Wesleyan women earning the program's first NCAA team title
with a 5-4 win over defending champion Claremont-Mudd-Scripps and the
Emory men defeating top seed Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 5-3 for their
fifth team title and second in three years.
CMS Programs Take Aim at NCAA Division III Titles
The Claremont-Mudd-Scripps men’s and women’s teams arrive in Kalamazoo next Monday for the NCAA Division III quarterfinals as the top seeds, with each having just one loss on the season. But the teams that delivered those losses have also earned their way the Elite Eight.
Players Winning First Titles Highlight April Accomplishments
From a first title on the WTA level to first titles at ITF Junior Circuit Grade 5s, the accomplishments of April span an impressive range of competitive tennis. The monthly Aces column includes former college stars and teenagers from around the world.
Childhood Friendship Leads Dostanic to USC
Stefan Dostanic's childhood friendship with Colter Smith helped lead the blue chip senior to signing with USC. Smith is the son of USC head coach Peter Smith, and the families became close over the years.
Top Seeds Black, Draxl Earn ITF Grade 1 Titles
Top seeds Hurricane Tyra Black and Liam Draxl both held off the challenges of young Californian wild cards to claim the singles crowns at the ITF Grade 1 International Spring Championships at the Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California.
Chang and Woldeab Claim ISC 16s Titles in Carson
Two unseeded 15-year-old Californians earned titles in the 16s division at the International Spring Championships, with Berkeley’s Alexander Chang and La Mesa’s Winta Woldeab claiming the crowns by identical 6-3, 6-4 scores in the finals.
Titles and Streaks Highlight the Ace Performances in March
The notable performances in March include the final ITA Team Indoor title of the season, an amazing streak by the International Tennis Federation World Junior No. 1, and the first ITF World Tennis Tour titles for two of the top American juniors
Banerjee, Ovrootsky Claim Easter Bowl 16s Titles
Samir Banerjee and Vivian Ovrootsky recorded straight set victories in their respective finals to capture the boys and girls singles titles at the Easter Bowl National Championships in Indian Wells.
Past Results Motivate Easter Bowl 12s and 14s Champions
Three of the four champions in the 12s and 14s divisions at last week’s Easter Bowl Championships arrived in Indian Wells determined to improve on their previous appearances at the prestigious USTA Level 1 National event.
Schofield Finds a Passion For Coaching Juniors
After an injury ended her professional aspirations, Gira Schofield began looking for a way to remain close to the sport. The University South Carolina graduate discovered a passion for coaching junior players, particularly girls. Schofield sat down with Colette Lewis recently for a Q&A.
Gibbons Goes Green By Committing to Dartmouth
Anders Gibbons will be attending college three time zones away from his Seattle home. The four-star senior has committed to play at Dartmouth in New Hampshire. He made his decision after his final unofficial visit.
Firecrackers and Patriots Capture USTA Spring Team Titles
Dealing with a variance in weather and opponents, the Patriots and Firecrackers walked away with titles at the USTA National Spring Team Championships in Mobile, Alabama earlier this week.
Fewer Days, But No Shortage of Accomplishments
February may be short on days, but it was long on accomplishments, with three college indoor team champions crowned and six recent collegians earning ITF World Tennis Tour titles among the highlights in this month's Aces column.
Stepping Up: Di Lorenzo Returns After Foot Injury
Francesca Di Lorenzo has returned to the court after being sidelined with plantar fasciitis. The former Ohio State star sat down with Colette Lewis to talk about her comeback, her collegiate experience, her first year as a pro and much more.
Leaving Juniors Behind, Gauff Eyes Pro Progress
Cori "Coco" Gauff is putting nearly all junior tournaments in the past, and focusing on her professional prospects. Gauff, who turns 15 next month, spoke with Colette Lewis about what is next in her tennis career and team she has behind her.
Spanning The Globe to Spotlight January's Best Performers
January always produces aces from far-flung places, with action in Australia, North America, Central America, South America and Europe all in the spotlight. American men had success in the U.S., while collegiate tennis was the big winner in Australia and New Zealand.
Eight Intriguing Questions for 2019
What are the most compelling issues heading into the 2019 tennis year? Will heat rule junior tournaments? Will the Wold Tennis Tour be good or bad for juniors and college players? Colette Lewis provides some potential answers in her annual Intriguing Questions column.
College Bypassed in ITF World Tennis Tour Pathway
Conspicuously absent from the International Tennis Federation’s World Tennis Tour was any reference to college tennis's place in the new system. What does that mean for college players? How will that impact college programs? Colette Lewis explores the issues.
Q&A with USTA's New Head of Men's Tennis Kent Kinnear
Kent Kinnear, the USTA's new Head of Men's Tennis, sat down with Colette Lewis at the Orange Bowl to discuss his new role, his future goals for player development and his thoughts on the new ITF World Tennis Tour.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
College Makes The Grade In February Aces
College tennis is now in full swing, with last month’s achievements including three coveted ITA Indoor Titles for teams from North Carolina and Georgia. Former collegiate stars also distinguished themselves, and juniors made their presence felt with ITF Junior and Pro Circuit titles. They are all featured in the February Aces.
USTA’s Stephen Amritraj Talks Collegiate Tennis
In a Q&A with Colette Lewis, USTA Director of Collegiate Tennis, Stephen Amritraj, discusses college dual matches on the Tennis Channel, the recent success of former collegians on the pro tours, this summer’s second annual All-American College Combine and more.
Hohmann and Crowley Claim USTA Level 2 Titles
Sixteen-year-olds Ron Hohmann and Briana Crowley, who come from colder climes but now train in Florida, captured the singles titles at the USTA National Level 2 18s tournament at the National Campus in Lake Nona, Florida.
Jamie Loeb Is Trusting The Process On The Pro Tour
After leaving the University of North Carolina, early Jamie Loeb is in her third full season on the WTA Tour. Colette Lewis recently caught up with Loeb to discuss her goals for 2018, the financial struggles of being outside the Top 100 and how she plans to stay connected to tennis after her career is finished.
Good Starts Boost January Aces
Another junior slam title for an American boy, more success in Europe for USA’s 14-and-under team and big Challenger titles for a couple of former college standouts lead the list of January’s top performances. Find out which 14 players made the cut for January's Aces.
Talking Player ID and Development With USTA's Kent Kinnear
As the USTA’s Director of Player ID and Development, Kent Kinnear serves as the liaison between the organization and all competitive 14-and-under tennis players in the country. That’s a daunting and wide-ranging responsibility, but Kinnear has prepared for it with decades of experience on all levels of tennis. He recently sat down with Colette Lewis for an expansive Q&A about the player development programs.
Kalieva Wins, History Made At Junior Orange Bowl
Elvina Kalieva won the Girls 14s title, Japan entered the record book with sweeps of the Boys 12s and 14s crowns and Linda Fruhvirtova added to her December trophy collection at the Junior Orange Bowl. Colette Lewis of Zoo Tennis has it all covered.
Osuigwe Ends Impressive Year with Orange Bowl Title
Having already clinched the title of ITF World Junior Champion, Whitney Osuigwe made collecting a second Orange Bowl title her focus at the last International Tennis Federation Grade A of the year. The 15-year-old put the finishing touches on a strong season with a 6-1, 6-2 win in the final.
Considering Change: ATP's Next Gen Experiments (Part 2)
The ATP experimented with no fewer than nine proposals to streamline the game at the Next Gen Finals in Milan. Part 2 of a two-part series explores playing lets on serve, a reduction in medical timeouts and loosening the restrictions on coaching and fan movement during games
October Aces Achieve New Heights
October’s important junior tournaments, collegiate majors, Challengers and Pro Circuit events provided the backdrop for the achievements of the 18 competitors featured below. Whether they are adding new milestones in their junior careers or solidifying their status on the professional level, all 18 will remember the satisfaction of holding the winner’s trophy after an important performance last month.
Countdown: Blue Chip Andrew Fenty Goes Blue
A connection to a former private coach led to Andrew Fenty making an unofficial visit to the University of Michigan. The blue chip senior realized the school was a perfect fit for this athletic and academic ambitions.
Top Seeds Osuigwe, Fenty Win Pan Am Closed
Top-seeded Americans Whitney Osuigwe and Andrew Fenty accomplished important goals by winning singles titles at the International Tennis Federation Grade B1 Pan American Closed at the University of Tulsa.
Eighteen Aces Usher In Fall
While September is always associated with the last slam of the year in New York, it also marks the beginning of a new college season and provides an opportunity for juniors and former collegians to develop some momentum for the last third of the year. Those featured below were happy to usher in autumn with outstanding performances in tournaments throughout the world.
Q&A: New USTA Head of Men’s Tennis Brian Boland
After 16 years as head coach of the University of Virginia men’s program, Brian Boland left Charlottesville in March to become the USTA’s head of men’s tennis. Boland sat down with Colette Lewis of Zoo Tennis during the U.S. Open to discuss the changes he’s introduced at the USTA, his goals for American men’s tennis, the viability of the college tennis pathway and much more.
OSU’s Di Lorenzo, Stanford’s Fawcett Claim ACI Titles
Ohio State's Francesca Di Lorenzo and Stanford's Tom Fawcett won the titles at the American Collegiate Invitational, an event for top-ranked Division I players from the United States that is now an established part of the final weekend at the U.S. Open
Anisimova, Wu Claim Historic U.S. Open Junior Titles
History was made at the 2017 U.S. Open Junior Championships with Amanda Anisimova becoming the third different American junior slam girls winner in the same year for the first time ever, and Wu Yibing becoming the first junior from China to win a slam singles title just hours after he captured the doubles title.
US, International Players Shine in August
August is the month the USTA crowns its National Champions, with the
eight boys and girls claiming gold balls and unforgettable memories.
Due to Tennis Recruiting Network's extensive coverage of Championship
week, those players are not featured below but a dozen current and
former college stars and top juniors also have accomplishments to
treasure from last month.
Fourlis, Mejia Sweep ITF Grade 1 Titles in College Park
Australian Jaimee Fourlis and Colombian Nicolas Mejia outshined the competition at the ITF Grade 1 Prince George’s County International Hard Court Championships by sweeping both the singles and doubles titles Saturday at the Junior Tennis Champions Center in College Park, Md.
USTA Junior Tennis Looks Ahead
As a busy month of August came to a close, Bill Mountford, USTA Director of Junior Tournaments, sat down for a Q&A with Colette Lewis to discuss new iniatives in junior competition, tournament locations, ranking systems and much more.
Kypson Digs Deep For Second Kalamazoo Title
Patrick Kypson added a second Kalamazoo singles title to his name, capturing the USTA Boys 18 National Hardcourt Championships in five sets over JJ Wolf. The 17-year-old Kypson earned a wild card into the main draw of the U.S. Open.
Nakashima Dominates To Earn Kalamazoo 16s Title
Brandon Nakashima didn't drop a set in capturing the singles title at the USTA Boys 16 National Championships in Kalamazoo. The top seed from San Diego punctuated his run with a 6-0, 6-1 victory over No. 8 Stefan Dostanic.
Riffice, Nakashima No. 1 Seeds at 75th Kalamazoo Nationals
The expansion of the draws and the addition of a new site are among the changes this year as Kalamazoo celebrates 75 years of hosting the USTA Boys 18 and 16 National Championships.
Nineteen Aces in July
July is packed with tennis, from the grass at Wimbledon to the Har-Tru
of the USTA Clay Court Championships, to the kickoff of the North
American summer hard court season. The performances highlighted below
don't include those who won gold balls at the Clays, due to extensive
coverage of those events last week at the Tennis Recruiting Network.
But plenty of young Americans are among the 19 players who shone on
the international stage last month.
Liu, Geller Earn Grade 1 Titles at Roehampton
Seventeen-year-old Claire Liu is a veteran of grass court tennis,
having played both major junior events on the surface in Roehampton
and Wimbledon in 2015 and 2016, reaching the singles quarterfinals and
winning the girls doubles title at the All England Lawn Tennis Club
last year. Eighteen-year-old Axel Geller of Argentina had never played
a grass court tournament prior to the Grade 1 in Roehampton last week,
yet both came away from the Bank of England Sports Ground in Southwest
London with the champion's trophy.
Midwest Closed 16s and 18s Champions Draw on Past Titles
Success in the 12s division does not guarantee comparable results in
older age divisions. Yet three of the four champions crowned last
Thursday at the Midwest Closed 16s and 18s Championships had claimed
sectional titles in the 12s age group, suggesting their development
paths have emphasized continued improvement.
American French Open Champion is a June Ace
June marks the end of clay season and the beginning of grass
season, but it's also the month college players flood the USTA Pro
Circuit in search of precious ATP and WTA ranking points. Five current
college players won titles this month in the US, while former Division
I stars also excelled. Add to that the first American French Open
girls champion since Jennifer Capriati, bringing the number of top
performers in June to 17.
Duo Decides on Princeton
Bored with the standard playground options at a public park near
his Portage Michigan home, blue chip Bill Duo, then five years old,
decided to join his parents and older sister on the tennis court. A
dozen years later, that curiosity has resulted in an opportunity to
play for one of the country's top schools, with Duo recently
announcing his verbal commitment to Princeton for 2018.
Whitney Osuigwe Reflects on French Open Title
Last weekend at Roland Garros, fifteen-year-old Whitney Osuigwe
achieved a number of firsts on her way to becoming the first American
to win the French Open girls title since Jennifer Capriati in 1989.
Colette Lewis of ZooTennis spoke to her recently by phone about her
win in Paris, her love of red clay, her goals and her plans for this
Getting to Know NCAA Champion Brienne Minor
Unseeded Brienne Minor of the University of Michigan achieved
All-America status for the second straight year by winning her first
two matches in the NCAA singles tournament. She she went on to win four
more matches - eventually defeating No. 6 seed Belinda Woolcock of
Florida 6-3, 6-3 in the final to become the first Michigan woman and
the first African-American woman to claim the most prestigious title
in Division I Tennis.
May Aces Feature College, Clay Court Champions
The month that features the NCAA championships and the start of the
French Open is always a busy one, and this May 18 different players,
ages 14 through 25 are in the spotlight, thanks to their performances
on red clay, green clay and hard courts.
Hall of Famer Tracy Austin's Two Roles: Tennis Mom and Tennis Commentator
Tracy Austin was the definition of a tennis prodigy, with the former
WTA No. 1 still holding records as both the youngest US Open women’s
champion (16) and youngest inductee into the International Tennis Hall
of Fame. Today, Austin stays involved with tennis professionally as a
commentator - and also as the parent of three boys who have all played
tennis. Colette Lewis had the chance to talk with Austin at the Ojai
in April on a wide range of topics.
Denver Graduate Henry Craig Begins Pro Career
Unlike most Southern California juniors, Henry Craig went east to play
college tennis, landing at the University of Denver after an excellent
junior career. A blue chip recruit ranked as high as No. 7 in the
class of 2012, Craig played at line 1 from his sophomore through his
senior years for the Pioneers. After graduating in December, Craig
decided to pursue professional tennis. Colette Lewis spoke with Craig
in Ojai where they talked about college tennis, the transition to the
pros, and beyond.
What makes The Ojai special? Ask that question of any Southern
California tennis player, past or present, and you will get a variety
of answers, all of which can be traced back to the tournament's
117-year history of hospitality.
College Stars Lead April Aces
Former college stars lead the review of last month's top
performances with championships at ATP, Challenger and Futures events.
Teens excelled too, with a former ITF junior No. 1 snagging a WTA
Liu Earns Second Easter Bowl ITF Title, Ayeni Breaks Through to Claim Boys Championship
As a former champion and top seed, expectations were high for Claire
Liu at the adidas Easter Bowl Championships, and she met them,
defeating Ellie Douglas 6-1, 6-2 to claim her second title. Boys
champion Alafia Ayeni was in unchartered territory once he advanced to
the semifinals, but he emerged with his first Grade 1 title, beating
Sebastian Korda 6-4, 0-6, 7-5 in a tense and entertaining championship
Gold Balls Return at 50th Easter Bowl
The adidas Easter Bowl returned to its previous status as a USTA gold
ball event in 2017, after three years of reduced status for one of the
top tournaments in junior tennis. Taking home the USTA's coveted token
of excellence in the California tournament's 50th year were Priya
Nelson and Kyle Kang in the 12s division, Charlotte Owensby and
Alexander Bernard in the 14s division, and Emma Navarro and Brandon
Nakashima in the 16s division.
Spring Signing Week '17: Commodores Land Meyer
Amanda Meyer wasn't sure tennis was the sport for her. The blue chip
recruit took her first lesson to please her parents and until last
year, playing at a top Division I school wasn't a certainty. But as
her results improved and her confidence grew, the 17-year-old
Floridian now marvels at what the sport has given her, including an
opportunity to play and study at Vanderbilt University.
Movement up the Pro Rankings for March Aces
Last month's notable performances led to big moves in the WTA and ATP
rankings for top international juniors, while former college stars
wrapped up titles on the USTA Pro Circuit. And the quartet who took
home singles titles at the ITF International Spring Championships in
California executed the transition from winter to spring with
Branstine, Rotsaert Capture Titles at ITF Grade 1 International Spring Championships
Carson Branstine and Alexandre Rotsaert each earned a first ITF Grade
1 singles title last week at the International Spring Championships in
Carson, California. No. 2 seed Branstine defeated top seed Taylor
Johnson 6-4, 6-3 in the girls final, while No. 10 seed Rotsaert downed
No. 3 seed Gianni Ross 6-3, 6-3.
Countdown: Fitting In Doubles Proves Challenging
Doubles is fun, helps players to improve their games, key in college
tennis, and a scheduling nightmare. For these reasons, settling on one
scoring format for the four-person version of the game has proven
Countdown: Amritraj Oversees USTA's College Commitment
As the Director of Collegiate Tennis for the USTA, Stephen Amritraj
is committed to raising the profile of and appreciation for college
tennis in this country. His focus is not just on juniors who aspire to
play at the next level, but on creating community connections and fan
bases for the hundreds of collegiate teams, from junior colleges to
Division I. Colette Lewis of ZooTennis.com talks with Amritraj about
many topics around college tennis.
Bengals and Broncos Claim Titles at USTA National Spring Team Championships
The USTA National Spring Team Championships were in their fourth year
at the Mobile Tennis Center, yet it was two first-time coaches who led
the Bengals and the Broncos to victory. Bryan Minton's Broncos won
the boys title with a 5-2 victory over the Patriots, while Seth
Walrath's Bengals came from behind to defeat the Stingrays 4-3 to earn
the girls team championship.
College Champions Headline February Aces
February's spotlight always falls on the Team Indoor champions in
college tennis, with three top seeds collecting National Championships
last month. But a dozen juniors and former college players also
deserve recognition for their achievements, which include plenty of
titles for US teens on the red clay of South America.
USTA's Blackman Settles in at Player Development
Martin Blackman completed his first full calendar year as USTA General
Manager of Player Development in December, undoubtedly relieved that
his department's transition to the USTA's National Campus was in its
final stages. Colette Lewis visited the recently-opened Lake Nona
facility earlier this month and got the chance to catch up with
Blackman regarding a wide array of topics.
Sanford's Options: North Carolina or Pro Tennis
Blue Chip Alexandra Sanford decided long ago the school she wants
to attend, committing to the University of North Carolina in the fall
of her sophomore year. Now the 18-year-old from Westerville Ohio has
another choice to make - joining the Tar Heels this fall or pursuing
Catching up with Virginia's Julia Elbaba
Julia Elbaba was well decorated during her career at the University of
Virginia, earning National Rookie of the Year honors in 2013 and
winning national singles titles. By the end of her senior year, the
22-year-old New Yorker was a four-time All-American and the recipient
of the ITA's prestigious Cissie Leary Sportsmanship award. Colette
Lewis got the chance to speak with Elbaba - now on the WTA circuit -
at a tournament earlier this month in Michigan.
Junior and College Stars Shine as January Aces
Juniors age 12 and up and many former collegians started 2017 with
memorable performances in Australia and Europe, Central and South
America, Florida and California.
Key Changes in Junior Tennis for 2017
A new year always brings new rules and regulations in the junior
tennis world. Earlier this week I spoke with USTA Director of National
Tournaments Lew Brewer about changes the International Tennis
Federation and USTA have implemented for 2017.
Rebeka Masarova Aims for Second Major Title at Australian Open
As is typical for the Australian Open Junior Championships, many of
the top juniors have skipped the trip to Melbourne this year. But one
major winner has made the long plane ride, with 2016 French Open girls
champion Rebeka Masarova of Switzerland, No. 4 in the current ITF
junior rankings, looking for a second title.
Eight Intriguing Questions for 2017
Covering junior tennis tournaments and reporting on individual matches
is the bread and butter of what I do at ZooTennis.com. But every
January, the Tennis Recruiting Network encourages me to step back and
contemplate some of the structural and procedural changes that
surround the always evolving sport of tennis. Here are the eight
questions that I look forward to seeing answered in 2017 ...
Welcome to the USTA National Campus
While in Florida last month for the big junior tennis tournaments,
I took a few hours to tour the USTA's vast new 64-acre National
Campus in Lake Nona. The scale of the project is difficult to grasp
even when visiting in person, but here are 18 photos to provide a
glimpse into what is available at the public facility.
Junior Tennis Stars Highlight December Aces
December may contain little in the way of college and professional
tennis, but junior tennis fills that gap with the Eddie Herr,
Metropolia Orange Bowl and Junior Orange Bowl events. The 14 different
champions crowned in those prestigious events are below, as well as
two teens who are excelling on the ITF Pro Circuit.
Americans Lilov, Gauff Sweep Junior Orange Bowl 12s Titles, Noel Wins 14s Championship
After a sweep of the 16s singles titles earlier this month at the
Metropolia Orange Bowl, Americans continued their success this week at
the Junior Orange Bowl, with Victor Lilov, Cori Gauff and Alexa Noel
claiming the biggest silver bowls of oranges on offer at 12s and 14s
event in Coral Gables, Florida.
Unseeded Volynets and Sun Capture Metropolia Orange Bowl 16s Titles
A rainy day didn't keep Katie Volynets from making history at the
Metropolia Orange Bowl last Saturday, while Steven Sun won a dramatic
final to take the boys title, giving the United States a sweep of the
16s singles championships at the Veltri Tennis Center in Plantation
Kecmanovic Defends Title, Juvan Claims Girls Championship at Metropolia Orange Bowl
Serbia's Miomir Kecmanovic completed two of the toughest tasks in
tennis last weekend, adding a second straight Metropolia Orange Bowl
title to his International Tennis Federation Grade 1 Eddie Herr
championship the previous week. Kaja Juvan of Slovenia ousted
top-ranked junior Anastasia Potapova of Russia to capture girls title
at the ITF Grade A tournament, held on the Har-Tru courts of the
Veltri Tennis Center in Plantation, Florida.
Kecmanovic, Carle Claim Eddie Herr ITF Titles
After a week of excellent weather and hundreds of matches played
across the sprawling IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, the Eddie Herr
International Championships concluded Sunday with the crowning of
eight singles champions in four age divisions.
November Aces Shine Abroad and at Home
New York, London and Mexico City were the locales for several
memorable performances last month, but Knoxville, Columbus and
Birmingham also enjoyed time in the spotlight in November as teenagers
showcased their games and moved up the professional rankings to enter
the brief off-season on a positive note.
World Junior No. 1 Kecmanovic Leads Eddie Herr ITF Boys Field; China's Wang Heads Girls Draw
When Miomir Kecmanovic returns to Bradenton's IMG Academy for next
week's ITF Grade 1 Eddie Herr, he'll do so as the No. 1 junior in the
world. The only Top 10 player in the girls draw is China's Xiyu Wang,
who has a recent win over current ITF No. 1 and Wimbledon girls
champion Anastasia Potapova of Russia. Kecmanovic and Wang are
favorites at the Eddie Herr, but there are a number of other
Quick Restart: Bradley Klahn Returns to ATP Tour
During his 21 months away from the game because of injury, 2010 NCAA
singles champion Bradley Klahn was forced to consider a career that
did not include tennis. But the thought of walking away proved more
painful than undertaking a long rehabilitation - and this week Klahn
saw that determination rewarded at an ATP Challenger. Colette Lewis of
ZooTennis.com spoke with the Californian about his return to
competition, his mindset, and a myriad of other topics.
Fall Signing Week '16: Well-Traveled Gordon Returns Home
Seventeen-year-old Michaela Gordon has traveled the world for tennis
competition, playing all four junior slams as well as major events in
Europe, Asia and Central America. Yet when it came time to select a
college for the next step in her development, the blue chip from Los
Altos Hills California found what she needed in her backyard, at
October Aces Highlight Fall
October may bring changes in foliage, temperature and length of day,
but there's no sign of the off-season in the college and junior tennis
world. Collegiate major champions were crowned, and many juniors and
former collegians earned memorable titles during the month.
Countdown: Q&A with WFU Coach Tony Bresky
Tony Bresky wasn't anticipating a career in tennis, but that's how
things have worked out for the Wake Forest head coach, now in his
sixth year. After assistant and associate head coaching stints at
Indiana State and Virginia, Bresky has brought the Demon Deacons to
new heights in men's tennis. Colette Lewis of ZooTennis.com caught up
with Bresky in Tulsa at the ITA All-American Championships - where the
two discussed many tennis topics.
Countdown: Bruins Beckon Bolton
Elysia Bolton has nearly two years of junior tennis remaining, but the
16-year-old blue chip already knows the location of the next stage of
her career: the UCLA campus in Westwood.
Day Repeats, Brown Ascends at ITF Grade B1 Pan American Closed
The champions at last week's International Tennis Federation Grade B1
Pan American Closed in Tulsa, Oklahoma, were on opposite ends of the
world junior rankings spectrum. World No. 1 Kayla Day defended her
title with a 6-1, 6-4 victory over Ellie Douglas in the girls final,
while No. 732 Alex Brown edged wild card Lukas Greif 6-4, 7-6(4) to
win his first ITF junior title.
September Aces Feature Memorable Wins
From junior slams titles for North Americans, to Challenger wins for
Europeans to a Davis Cup clinch for a South American, September
featured memorable wins by teenagers and current collegians. Former
collegians, including the reigning NCAA champions, also grabbed the
spotlight last month as summer turned to fall.
What an Agent Does: Interview with Topnotch Management's Sam Duvall
Sam Duvall played high-level tennis as a junior outside of Louisville,
Ky., and he played college tennis at Bates College. As a senior,
Duvall had an internship at Octagon, a sports management firm. After
several years at SFX, Duvall started his own firm,
Topnotch Management. Colette Lewis of ZooTennis.com spoke with Duvall
about many issues around sports management - and what advice he would
give top juniors and their families.
Virginia's Collins and Kwiatkowski Earn Titles at American Collegiate Invitational
The University of Virginia picked up where UCLA left off last year at
the third annual American Collegiate Invitational, played at the end
of the second week of the US Open. After Bruins Mackenzie McDonald and
Robin Anderson had swept the titles in 2015, the Cavaliers dominated
the proceedings this year, with recent graduate Danielle Collins
taking the women's title and senior Thai Kwiatkowski capturing the
Day, Auger-Aliassime Win US Open Singles Titles; Shibahara and Hart Capture Doubles
After American boys dominated the 2015 US Open Junior Championships,
US girls were the story of the 2016 tournament, with two championship
performances providing a fitting ending. Kayla Day defeated Viktoria
Kuzmova of Slovakia 6-3, 6-2 in the singles final, and wild cards Ena
Shibahara and Jada Hart won the girls doubles championship, beating
Day and Caroline Dolehide in a dramatic all-American final.
Hot Aces in Packed August
August is the month of the USTA National Championships, but due to
extensive coverage of the finals during Championship Week, just one of
those eight gold ball winners is featured below. While most of those
highlighted are young pros, including a quartet of Russian girls,
current and former collegians also had tournaments to remember last
Liu Sweeps Girls Titles at ITF International Hard Courts, Kecmanovic Wins Boys Singles
The ITF Grade 1 International Hard Court Tournament last week at the
Junior Tennis Champions Center in College Park, Maryland was left
without a boys final when Oliver Crawford, who injured his ankle in
the doubles semifinals the day before, was unable to take the court
against Serbia’s Miomir Kecmanovic. But the girls final nearly filled
the void, with Claire Liu defeating Xiyu Wang of China 6-3, 4-6, 6-3
in a match that took just under three hours to complete.
Mmoh Masters Kalamazoo 18s
With his professional experience and an ATP ranking inside the Top
400, Michael Mmoh was a heavy favorite this year at Kalamazoo's USTA
Boys 18 National Championships. Despite the considerable pressure
that comes with a No. 1 seeding, Mmoh delivered, winning the title
and a US Open main draw wild card with a 6-1, 6-2, 6-3 victory over
No. 7 seed Vasil Kirkov.
Greif Gains Gold Again
The summer of 2016 will be remembered as a golden one for US Olympians
like Michael Phelps and Simone Biles. Although Kalamazoo is not Rio,
Lukas Greif will share in their fond memories of the past few weeks,
after defeating Jenson Brooksby 6-0, 6-3 to win the USTA Boys 16s
National Championships, adding a second gold ball after claiming the
16s Clay Courts title three weeks earlier.
Mmoh Heads 18s Field, Greif Tops 16s Draw at Kalamazoo
The USTA Boys 16 and 18 Nationals have always drawn the cream of the
US junior crop, with the 18s champions offered wild cards into the US
Open main draws and the 16s champions receiving wild cards into the US
Open Juniors. New this year are an array of new enticements: wild
cards into USTA Pro Circuit events - as well as additional US Open
Junior wild cards - are being offered tor those who finish in the Top
5 in each division. Colette Lewis of ZooTennis.com takes a look at the
Wimbledon's Junior Champions Lead Aces
Wimbledon's junior champions lead last month's list of top
performances, with eight current and former college players among
those posting impressive results in the USTA Pro Circuit and beyond.
Due to the extensive Clay Week coverage here at the Tennis Recruiting
Network, the USTA Clay Court winners are not included, but here's
another round of congratulations to those who collected gold balls
Li Captures Girls 18s Clay Title in Steamy Memphis
Memphis in July is no place for the faint of heart. Temperatures in
the high 90s and a heat index often in the 110s, compounded by five
rain or lightning delays, presented one physical and mental challenge
after another as the USTA Girls 18s Clay Court Championships wore on.
For Ann Li, no obstacle proved insurmountable, as she earned her first
singles gold ball with a 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 victory over Amanda Meyer.
Top-Ranked Blumberg Chooses Carolina Blue
As he considered his options for college, Blue Chip William Blumberg
encountered a problem - every school he visited went to the top of his
list. Blumberg considered Duke, USC, Wake Forest, Stanford, Virginia
and North Carolina before finally paring his choice down to the
Cavaliers and Tar Heels. In the end, the nation's top-ranked senior
liked what he saw to UNC, and he plans to graduate early and join the
Tar Heels in January for the 2017 spring season.
Shapovalov, Potapova Claim Wimbledon Junior Titles; Liu and Arconada Win Girls Doubles
The brief junior grass season ended perfectly for Anastasia Potapova
of Russia and Denis Shapovalov of Canada, with the pair celebrating
Wimbledon Junior Championships in front of large, enthusiastic crowds.
Potapova defeated Dayana Yastremska of Ukraine 6-4, 6-3 in Saturday's
girls final, while Shapovalov overcame Alex De Minaur of Australia
4-6, 6-1, 6-3 in Sunday's boys championship match.
Junior and Collegian Aces Shine Brightly in June
From clay to grass and spring to summer, June's transitions produced
aces from a variety of circumstances. The French Open gave us two
unexpected junior champions, while the Pro Circuit was fertile ground
for other teens and NCAA stars both in the United States and in many
other countries across the globe.
Zhu Heads to UCLA
A program with the history and reputation of UCLA doesn't need a sales
force, yet Evan Zhu, who will join the Bruins this fall, found himself
surrounded by advocates for the school while in Southern California.
A trio of former UCLA stars - Nick Meister, Dan Kosakowski and Haythem
Abid - had practiced with, coached or competed against the
17-year-old, five-star recruit and were eager to see him in True Blue
Joyce, Daavettila Repeat as Champions at US Open Midwest Playoffs
The location had changed, but the results were the same as teenagers
Martin Joyce and Sara Daavettila defended their titles at the US Open
Midwest Playoffs at the University of Notre Dame Monday.
Talking with Division III Men's Singles Champion Skyler Butts
Skyler Butts of Claremont-Mudd-Scripps ended his career on a high note
last month in Kalamazoo, claiming the Division III men's singles title
after reaching the final in 2015, the same year the Stags claimed
their first team championship since 1981. Colette Lewis of
ZooTennis.com talked with the 22-year-old Californian about his tennis
background, postgraduate plans, one-handed backhand, hobbies and why
Division III was the right choice for him.
May Aces Spotlight College Tennis
College tennis takes the spotlight in May with the NCAA championships,
while junior tennis features the Grade A Italian Open in Milan as its
showcase event. Former college players, particularly those from the
PAC-12, had a slew of notable results, and several juniors earned
titles on the ITF Pro Circuit.
Eudice Chong, Skyler Butts Claim Division III Singles Titles in Kalamazoo
Claremont-Mudd-Scripps senior Skyler Butts had to deal with hundreds
of his opponent's fans roaring on every point. Wesleyan sophomore
Eudice Chong had to face the only player who had beaten her in
Division III competition. But both took advantage of their experience
in the big moment to claim the 2016 NCAA Division III singles titles
last Saturday at Kalamazoo College's Stowe Stadium.
Bowdoin Men and Emory Women Claim NCAA Team Titles
The NCAA Division III team championships at Kalamazoo College
displayed two sides of college tennis, producing an improbable
champion in the Bowdoin men and a favored champion in the Emory women.
Asics Easter Bowl ITF Tournament Pioneers Travel Grants
In its nearly fifty years on the United States junior tennis scene,
the Easter Bowl has developed a reputation for innovation. This year
saw a new initiative emerge for those participating in the
International Tennis Federation's Grade B1 event at the Indian Wells
Tennis Garden: travel vouchers for boys and girls who reached the
round of 16 in their respective 64-player draws.
McNally's Path Leads Straight to Columbus
Born and raised an Ohio State football fan, John McNally always
expected to join the Buckeyes once it became clear his level of play
would allow him to compete for one of the nation's top programs.
Dismissing a brief temptation to look elsewhere, the 17-year-old blue
chip from Cincinnati has announced his commitment to Ohio State for
the fall of 2017.
Busy Month Leads to 18 April Aces
April is always a busy month with the two big ITF tournaments in
California boosting the summer slam chances of US juniors. Although
it's a couple of days before month's end, it's already time to look
back at all the junior and Pro Circuit champions as well as the two
former collegians who made the first full month of spring a memorable
Ross, Sanford Earn Asics Easter Bowl ITF Titles
Both Gianni Ross and Alexandra Sanford made their first appearances in
International Tennis Federation Grade 1 finals at the Asics Easter
Bowl earlier this month. They succeeded in making that new experience
to a winning one, coming away with the trophies at the ITF Grade B1
event. The unseeded Ross defeated No. 4 seed John McNally 6-4, 7-6(3)
in the boys championship match, with No. 8 seed Sanford overcoming No.
13 seed Ellie Douglas 6-4, 1-6, 6-1 in the girls final.