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About Colette Lewis

Colette Lewis has covered topflight U.S. and international junior events as a freelance journalist for over a decade. Her work has appeared in Tennis magazine, the Tennis Championships magazine and the US Open program. Lewis is active on Twitter, and she writes a weekly column right here at TennisRecruiting.net. She was named Junior Tennis Champion for 2016 by Tennis Industry Magazine.

Lewis, based out of Kalamazoo, Michigan, has seen every National Championship final played since 1977, and her work on the tournament's ustaboys.com website led her to establish ZooTennis, where she comments on junior and college tennis daily.

 

9-Nov-2018
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.

2-Nov-2018
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.

26-Oct-2018
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.

19-Oct-2018
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.

17-Oct-2018
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.

3-Oct-2018
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.

28-Sep-2018
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.

21-Sep-2018
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.

14-Sep-2018
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.

4-Sep-2018
Team Effort Leads the List of August Standouts
August is arguably the most significant month on the tennis calendar in the United States, with the USTA National Junior Championships at the beginning and the U.S. Open at the end. Find out who were the notable performers from the month in Colette Lewis' latest Aces column.

29-Aug-2018
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.

17-Aug-2018
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.

16-Aug-2018
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.

3-Aug-2018
Kypson Set To Defend 18s Title; Chopra Top Seed in 16s
Patrick Kypson is returning to Kalamazoo this year to seek a third singles title at the USTA National Championships, a rare accomplishment in the tournament’s 75 years. Kypson is the top seed in the Boys 18s while Keshav Chopra is the No. 1 seed in the Boys 16s.

1-Aug-2018
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.

28-Jul-2018
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.

20-Jul-2018
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.

11-Jul-2018
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.

6-Jul-2018
All-US Girls Slam Final Leads June Aces
Before turning the attention to Wimbledon’s second week, here’s a look back at a busy month of June, which included an all-US girls junior slam final and many Pro Circuit titles for current and former collegians

29-Jun-2018
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.

25-Jun-2018
Fourmidable: Wesleyan's Chong Makes NCAA History
Wesleyan senior Eudice Chong etched her name in NCAA history last month after capturing her fourth Division III singles title. Chong is the only tennis player - man or woman - to win four NCAA singles titles. She will receive the NCAA Division III Honda Award tonight.

8-Jun-2018
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.

1-Jun-2018
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.

25-May-2018
O’Dell and Benabraham Capture USTA Level 2 Titles
Rain was no obstacle for Amber O’Dell and Daniella Benabraham. Despite having to move indoors to play, the two captured singles titles at the USTA Level 2 National tournament in Grand Rapids, Michigan with straight-set victories in the finals.

18-May-2018
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.

10-May-2018
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.

3-May-2018
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.

27-Apr-2018
Lets Go: ITF Junior Circuit Adopts No Lets on Serves
The ITF has moved to allow service lets to be played during events on the Junior Circuit. During the major Southern California junior tournaments this month, Colette Lewis spoke with competitors, officials and a college coach about the change and its impact.

13-Apr-2018
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.

8-Apr-2018
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.

7-Apr-2018
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.

6-Apr-2018
Yu, Kuzuhara, Quan and Ngounoue Claim Easter Bowl Titles
Rudy Quan and Clervie Ngounoue captured the 12s singles titles while Eleana Yu and Bruno Kuzuhara reigned victorious in 14s singles at the 51st edition of the Easter Bowl. Ngounoue teamed with singles final opponent, Stephanie Yakoff, to also win the doubles title.

30-Mar-2018
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.

23-Mar-2018
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.

16-Mar-2018
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.

9-Mar-2018
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.

2-Mar-2018
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.

23-Feb-2018
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.

16-Feb-2018
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.

9-Feb-2018
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.

2-Feb-2018
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.

26-Jan-2018
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.

19-Jan-2018
Eight Intriguing Questions for 2018
Colette Lewis is back with her annual intriguing questions column, where she takes a short break from tournament coverage to look at the bigger picture in the sport of tennis. This year's column includes ATP's Next Gen format changes, live streaming, UTR, Whitney Osuigwe's future and more.

12-Jan-2018
Blue Chips Zein and Kessler Will Team Up Again at Florida
Blue chip recruits Marlee Zein and McCartney Kessler are both joining the NCAA champion University of Florida Gators, but their paths to Gainesville have been starkly different. The one-time doubles partners are excited to be starting their college tennis journey together, and Florida head coach Roland Thornqvist is thrilled to have them.

29-Dec-2017
Junior Performances Highlight December Aces
With the fall college season ending last month and a diminishing number of professional events in December, this month’s top performances came primarily from the big junior tournaments in Florida. Find out which players earned a spot in the December Aces.

22-Dec-2017
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.

15-Dec-2017
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.

8-Dec-2017
Five Americans Capture Eddie Herr Titles
Five Americans won singles titles at the 31st Eddie Herr International Championships. Whitney Osuigwe won the ITF title, Katrina Scott and Ron Hohmann earned 16s championships and Vivian Ovrootsky and Juncheng “Jerry” Shang took home titles in the 14s and 12s, respectively.

1-Dec-2017
November Aces End Season Strong
Tennis players begin to set goals for 2018 as winter approaches, while striving to end the season on a positive note. The 18 current and former collegians and juniors in this month's Aces had results in November that are sure to keep them motivated during their brief off-season.

25-Nov-2017
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

24-Nov-2017
Considering Change: ATP's Next Gen Experiments
The ATP experimented with no fewer than nine proposals to streamline the game at the Next Gen Finals in Milan. In Part 1 of a two-part series, Colette Lewis discussed the changes with players, coaches and tournament personnel last week at the ATP Challenger in Champaign, Illinois.

17-Nov-2017
UNC Grad Schneider Finds Early Success on Pro Circuit
North Carolina graduate Ronnie Schneider has won three Futures doubles titles and one Future singles title in his first year on the Pro Circuit. The 23-year-old Schneider sat down with Colette Lewis to discuss his first few months as a professional, his future goals and the memories of his college career.

3-Nov-2017
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.

26-Oct-2017
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.

19-Oct-2017
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.

13-Oct-2017
Countdown: Talking D3 Recruiting With Chicago's Jay Tee
Colette Lewis sat down with Chicago coach Jay Tee to discuss the challenges of recruiting for a top Division III program at one of the country’s most respected academic institutions, how Division III recruiting timetables differ from those of Division I, and many other topics.

3-Oct-2017
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.

29-Sep-2017
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.

18-Sep-2017
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

15-Sep-2017
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.

1-Sep-2017
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.

30-Aug-2017
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.

25-Aug-2017
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.

18-Aug-2017
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.

17-Aug-2017
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.

4-Aug-2017
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.

2-Aug-2017
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.

21-Jul-2017
Rare Air: American Liu, Spain's Davidovich Fokina Claim Wimbledon Singles Titles
Claire Liu and Alejandro Davidovich Fokina’s titles at last week’s Wimbledon Junior Championships ended long droughts for their countries. When Liu, a 17-year-old from Thousand Oaks California, defeated surprise finalist Ann Li 6-2, 5-7, 6-2 she became the first American since Chanda Rubin in 1992 to capture the girls championship at the All England Lawn Tennis Club. Davidovich’s 7-6(2), 6-3 win over Argentina’s Axel Geller ended 50 years of futility for Spain, whose only other Wimbledon boys champion was Manuel Orantes in 1967.

12-Jul-2017
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.

3-Jul-2017
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.

30-Jun-2017
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.

23-Jun-2017
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.

14-Jun-2017
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 summer.

7-Jun-2017
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.

2-Jun-2017
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.

24-May-2017
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 womenís 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.

19-May-2017
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.

9-May-2017
Exceptional Ojai
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.

5-May-2017
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 title.

19-Apr-2017
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 match.

17-Apr-2017
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.

14-Apr-2017
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.

7-Apr-2017
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 impressive performances.

31-Mar-2017
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.

24-Mar-2017
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 impossible.

17-Mar-2017
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.

10-Mar-2017
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.

3-Mar-2017
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.

24-Feb-2017
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.

17-Feb-2017
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 professional tennis.

10-Feb-2017
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.

3-Feb-2017
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.

27-Jan-2017
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.

20-Jan-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.

13-Jan-2017
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 ...

10-Jan-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.

31-Dec-2016
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.

23-Dec-2016
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.

16-Dec-2016
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 Florida.

15-Dec-2016
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.

9-Dec-2016
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.

2-Dec-2016
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.

24-Nov-2016
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 challengers ...

18-Nov-2016
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.

11-Nov-2016
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 Stanford University.

4-Nov-2016
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.

28-Oct-2016
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.

21-Oct-2016
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.

19-Oct-2016
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.

5-Oct-2016
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.

30-Sep-2016
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.

22-Sep-2016
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 men's championship.

16-Sep-2016
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.

2-Sep-2016
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 month.

30-Aug-2016
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 Serbiaís 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.

19-Aug-2016
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.

18-Aug-2016
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.

5-Aug-2016
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 fields.

3-Aug-2016
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 last month.

29-Jul-2016
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.

22-Jul-2016
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.

15-Jul-2016
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.

1-Jul-2016
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.

24-Jun-2016
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 and Gold.

15-Jun-2016
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.

8-Jun-2016
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.

3-Jun-2016
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.

1-Jun-2016
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.

27-May-2016
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.

11-May-2016
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.

6-May-2016
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.

29-Apr-2016
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 one.

20-Apr-2016
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.

16-Apr-2016
Asics Easter Bowl Champions Crowned in 12s, 14s and 16s Divisions
Staggered completion dates for the Asics Easter Bowl meant the 12s and 14s finals were played on the hottest day of the nine-day tournament, while the 16s were required to deal with an unusual threat of rain in the desert. Players from across the country had converged on the Indian Wells Tennis Garden for the prestigious tournament, with the champions coming from Florida, Illinois, Missouri, Georgia and California.

15-Apr-2016
Spring Signing Week '16: Battaglia Joins the Bulldogs
After a stellar summer in 2015, Madison Battaglia's college recruiting search got more complicated. Always interested in the academic advantages of the Ivies, the 18-year-old from Cold Spring Harbor, New York, considered the other offers she received, but when the time came to make a decision, the blue chip relied on the experiences from her official visit to New Haven to select Yale.

8-Apr-2016
Caruana and Day Claim Titles
The week started seasonably windy and unseasonably cold for the ITF Grade 1 International Spring Championships last week in Carson, California, but when it was over, No. 11 seed Liam Caruana and No. 2 seed Kayla Day were basking in warm sunshine as they held their crystal championship trophies.

1-Apr-2016
Juniors, Collegians Winning Futures Titles Highlight March Aces
No April fools today, but rather a look back on the lions of March, including juniors succeeding on both the ITF Pro Circuit and Junior Circuit, and two former collegiate stars earning Futures titles outside the United States.

25-Mar-2016
Countdown: Ambrozy Joins Lions' Lair
Adam Ambrozy took his fifth official recruiting visit last fall to ensure he had left no stone unturned. Both Columbia and the blue chip recruit benefitted from that decision, when, just days after his trip to the New York City campus, Ambrozy committed to the Lions.

18-Mar-2016
Stingrays, Rams Claim USTA National Spring Team Championships
The USTA National Spring Team Championships at the Mobile Tennis Center had been plagued by rain in the first two years of its existence, but last week, with an adjustment to the schedule, every match in the 32-team tournament was played to completion, with the Stingrays capturing the girls title and the Rams collecting the boys title.

9-Mar-2016
Ten Questions with Les Petits As Champion Stefan Leustian
Fourteen-year-old Stefan Leustian reached the third round of the Junior Orange Bowl in December, one of the few times he had competed against international players. In the six weeks that followed, the Northern California resident began to post increasingly impressive results, both in the United States and in Europe. Colette Lewis caught up with Leustian at the USTA National Spring Team Championships - talking with him about his recent performance, his titles, and more ...

4-Mar-2016
February Aces
Three of the four ITA Team Indoor Champions were first-time winners, but they were not the only new faces among those excelling last month. Two juniors claimed their first titles on the Pro Circuit, while two NCAA champions, in their first full year as professionals, added to their trophy collections.

1-Mar-2016
Reviewing His First Months Leading USTA Player Development with Martin Blackman
Since last April, when the USTA announced his hiring as the new General Manager of Player Development, Martin Blackman has been a busy man. We recently discussed the reorganization of USTA Player Development, changes to junior competition, a new player council, his social media presence, and many other player development topics.

19-Feb-2016
Surrounded by Tennis, Jones Blossoms
Tennis takes hold early in Midland, the longtime home of February's Dow Corning Tennis Classic. Known for its community outreach and the local schoolchildren who arrive by the busload for early round matches, the tournament has been an integral part of the small Michigan city's sports scene for nearly three decades. Colette Lewis of ZooTennis.com talks with fifteen-year-old Alyvia Jones, a blue chip recruit who lives in Midland, about her game as well as her experiences growing up in a tennis town.

12-Feb-2016
A Conversation with Raveena Kingsley
Seventeen-year-old Raveena Kingsley made several important decisions last fall. The No. 1 recruit in the Tennis Recruiting Network's Class of 2016 decided to stop playing junior tennis after the US Open, and selected LSU for her collegiate career. Colette Lewis of ZooTennis.com talked with Kingsley about her recent results, her college decision, her introduction to the game, her preparation when facing a new opponent and the pro players she admires.

5-Feb-2016
Fifteen Champions Emerge as January Aces
Whether tournaments were won in South America or Central America, Australia or Europe, or the East or West Coast of the United States, the location was less significant for the fifteen young players below than the fact theyíve kicked off 2016 in the best way possible: as champions.

29-Jan-2016
Andy Brandi on Junior Tennis
When Andy Brandi joined the United States Tennis Association's Player Development staff as a National Coach five years ago, he brought with him nearly every conceivable tennis experience: college tennis player, college coach, WTA touring coach, and tennis academy coach. Colette Lewis of ZooTennis.com got the chance to talk with him last month at the Junior Orange Bowl in Coral Gables, Fla.

22-Jan-2016
Defending Champion, World No. 1 Target Australian Open Junior Titles
After winning the Australian Open girls title last year unseeded, Tereza Mihalikova returns to Melbourne to defend her title, a rare occurrence in junior tennis. The 17-year-old Slovakian, the only junior slam champion in either of this year's boys and girls fields, has had mixed results since her title last year, winning only four matches in the three junior slams since.

15-Jan-2016
Eight Intriguing Questions for 2016
Another year... and another edition of "Intriguing Questions" from columnist Colette Lewis. Today, Colette poses eight queries about junior and college tennis for 2016.

11-Jan-2016
Learning from Lendl
During his Hall of Fame career, eight-time slam champion Ivan Lendl was known for his lethal forehand, his fitness, his preparation, and his single-minded pursuit of tennis excellence. With a stern and often forbidding presence on the court, Lendl, now 55, has made a markedly different impression on the seven junior boys he is working with as a USTA coaching consultant.

1-Jan-2016
Florida Champions Dominate Final Aces of 2015
The final month of the year may be short on professional tennis, but it's long on the junior variety, with three major events in Florida for 12s, 14s, 16s and 18s age divisions. With one exception, all of last month's aces are the champions of the Eddie Herr International, the Metropolia Orange Bowl and the Junior Orange Bowl.

30-Dec-2015
Ukrainian Girls Sweep Junior Orange Bowl Titles; Tirante, Wang Win Boys Championships
The 2015 junior tennis season wrapped up last week at the 54th annual Junior Orange Bowl in Miami, with historic firsts for three of the four champions. When Marta Kostyuk won the Girls 14s title and Dasha Lopatetska won the Girls 12s title, they entered the tournament's record books as the first champions from Ukraine, while Boys 12s champion Xiaofei Wang is the first champion from China at the prestigious international event.

18-Dec-2015
Second Orange Bowl Title for Andreescu, Kecmanovic Claims Boys Championship
Rain early in the tournament and on the final day made the 2015 Metropolia Orange Bowl tough on players and officials alike, but when the final point was played after dark last Sunday, No. 9 seeds Bianca Andreescu of Canada and Miomir Kecmanovic of Serbia had claimed their first Grade A titles.

11-Dec-2015
McKenzie, Auger-Aliassime Make Dramatic Runs to Eddie Herr ITF Titles
Both Kylie McKenzie and Felix Auger Aliassime were a point from being eliminated from the Eddie Herr Grade 1 ITF tournament in the third round, but when the warm and sunny week at the IMG Academy came to a close, the winners' trophies belonged to them.

4-Dec-2015
Former College Stars Make Noise
Former college stars made some noise on the professional circuit in November, with one winning an Australian Open main draw wild card, while US girls swept titles at the big ITF junior events in Mexico. With the final major of the ITA fall season, along with professional success for juniors, a total of 14 players added to their career highlights last month.

27-Nov-2015
Defending champion Galfi, Ruud Lead Eddie Herr ITF Fields
Since winning last year's Eddie Herr title as a 16-year-old, Dalma Galfi of Hungary has reached the semifinals of the Australian Open Junior Championships, won the Wimbledon girls doubles title, the US Open girls championship and two ITF Women's Circuit titles in Australia. All that success has given her a shot at ending 2015 as the ITF Junior World Champion, so she will return to defend her title next week in Bradenton, Florida.

23-Nov-2015
Krajicek's Climb
There's been nothing meteoric about Austin Krajicek's climb into the ATP Top 100. The 25-year-old Floridian has methodically advanced in the rankings since 2011, when he embarked on a pro career after his final season of eligibility at Texas A&M, reaching the elite level of professional tennis for the first time last month. Colette Lewis of ZooTennis.com caught up with Krajicek last week in Illinois.

20-Nov-2015
Matching Up: A New Way to Think About College Tennis Lineups
I have been a sports fan ever since I can remember, and a tennis fan since my teens, but my interest in college tennis is much more recent. With that in mind, I have never shared the outrage directed at coaches who "stack" their lineups. Since time devoted to lineup challenges and protest hearings is better spent elsewhere, here is my proposal for a radical change in how lineups are set in college tennis ...

6-Nov-2015
US Boys Dominate October Aces
American boys have been the talk of tennis over the summer, with three of the 17-year-olds capturing titles last month on the ATP Challenger and ITF Men's Pro Circuit. Adding in the ITA All-American winners, as well as other juniors taking pro titles, puts the number of top performers in October at 14.

30-Oct-2015
Countdown: Fighting Illini Claim Clark
Zeke Clark's competitive fire made the Oklahoma resident one of the nation's top recruits. Although several Big 12 schools closer to home were in the picture, the Big Ten's University of Illinois won the battle for the 17-year-old from Tulsa, who will join the Fighting Illini in the fall of 2016.

22-Oct-2015
Wild Card Holt Sweeps Boys Titles, Day Wins Girls Singles Championship at ITF Pan American Closed
Southern Californians Brandon Holt and Kayla Day undoubtedly felt at home with the weather for the ITF Grade B1 Pan American last week in Tulsa. With cloudless skies and warm temperatures providing an ideal backdrop, Holt and Day rolled into the final weekend. The weather cooled, but the pair stayed hot, with Holt defeating unseeded JJ Wolf 6-1, 6-7(5), 6-0 and No. 2 seed Day downing No. 9 seed Kelly Chen 6-4, 6-1, securing the first ITF Grade 1 titles for both.

7-Oct-2015
USTA Adds Brad Stine to National Collegiate Coaching Staff
Brad Stine has coached tennis for 30 years, and he was recently appointed as the newest member of the USTA Player Development's collegiate division. Colette Lewis of ZooTennis.com recently talked with Stine about many topics - including the reasons he decided to pursue coaching, the five requirements for success as a pro, the value of the college pathway and the ITF's push for more prize money at the lower levels.

2-Oct-2015
September Aces Feature in US Open and Other Pro Tournaments
School is back in session and several of last month's aces returned to college with hardware to add to their trophy cases. Juniors also excelled, both at the US Open and in smaller professional events around the world.

25-Sep-2015
UCLA Sweeps Titles at American Collegiate Invitational
The second annual American Collegiate Invitational, held in the final days of the US Open Championships, had more than its share of weather issues and UCLA Bruins. The women's final, with Robin Anderson defeating Chanelle Van Nguyen 6-4, 6-4, was an all-UCLA contest finished indoors, while Mackenzie McDonald managed a 6-2, 7-5 victory in the final over Vanderbilt's Gonzales Austin, the only non-Bruin to reach either final.

18-Sep-2015
Fritz Tops Paul to Earn US Open Boys Title
Top seed Taylor Fritz came through in his last opportunity to win a junior slam in yet another boys major dominated by Americans, while No. 2 seed Dalma Galfi of Hungary became the first from her country to take home the winner's trophy at the US Open Junior Championships last week at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.

7-Sep-2015
Former College Players Headline August Aces
With one exception, the dozen aces below don't include the USTA National Champions, who had articles devoted to their titles during Championship Week here at the Tennis Recruiting Network. Let's take a look at the achievements of other junior and college players from the last month.

1-Sep-2015
Kalinskaya Sweeps International Hard Courts Titles Again; Auger Aliassime Takes Boys Championship
A veteran and a newcomer were the stars of last week's ITF Grade 1 International Hard Court Championships, with top seed Anna Kalinskaya of Russia defending her title with a 6-4, 7-6(3) win over No. 2 seed Tereza Mihalikova of Slovakia, and No. 7 seed Felix Auger Aliassime defeating No. 15 seed Denis Shapovalov 6-2, 7-6(6) in an all-Canadian final at the Junior Tennis Champions Center in College Park, Maryland.

24-Aug-2015
Alex Rybakov Chooses TCU
Blue chip Alex Rybakov, the No. 1 recruit in the class of 2015, had expected to bypass college and jump directly to the pro tour. But this summer, the 18-year-old Floridian decided to investigate the college route, which led to his selection of TCU as the program best suited to help him prepare for a professional career.

21-Aug-2015
Bobby Reynolds Starts New Chapter at Oklahoma
A stellar playing career at Vanderbilt prepared Bobby Reynolds for a successful decade on the ATP tour. Now he is returning to college tennis - this time as a coach. Reynolds is joining men's head coach John Roddick as his assistant at the University of Oklahoma.

14-Aug-2015
Tiafoe Outlasts Kozlov to Claim 18s Title
Upsets were as rare as rain drops during the ten days of the USTA Boys 18s Nationals at Kalamazoo College's Stowe Stadium, with seven of the top eight seeds reaching the quarterfinals. After nine days of mostly expected results, the final delivered more than four hours of excitement and drama with top seed Frances Tiafoe defeating No. 3 seed Stefan Kozlov 6-2, 6-4, 4-6, 4-6, 6-4 to claim the championship and the US Open main draw wild card that accompanies it.

13-Aug-2015
Kypson Rebounds from Surgery to Claim 16s Title
A ruptured appendix just two months ago isn't exactly ideal preparation for the major national summer tournaments, but Patrick Kypson's rapid recovery was in evidence when he sailed through the draw without dropping a set to capture the USTA Boys 16 National Championship at Kalamazoo College's Stowe Stadium. The 15-year-old from Greenville, North Carolina, seeded third, defeated No. 4 seed Alexandre Rotsaert 6-3, 6-3 in the championship match.

3-Aug-2015
July Aces Take Center Stage at Wimbledon, Davis Cup
From Wimbledon and Davis Cup to Evansville, Indiana and Godfrey, Illinois, the hard work of winning takes place on tennis stages big and small, as these 14 competitors demonstrated last month.

31-Jul-2015
Junior Slam Champions, World No. 1 Junior Headline Kalamazoo Field
French Open boys champion Tommy Paul, Wimbledon boys champion Reilly Opelka and Taylor Fritz, the International Tennis Federation's No. 1 junior, are competing this year in the 73rd edition of the USTA Boys Nationals in Kalamazoo, but the strength of the field is such that none of the three will be the top seed in the 18s division.

27-Jul-2015
Ten Questions with World Junior No. 1 Taylor Fritz
Just over two years ago, Taylor Fritz played his first International Tennis Federation junior tournament, the Claremont Grade 4, which is within driving distance of his San Diego area home. Last month, after reaching the French Open boys final, where he lost to Tommy Paul in the first all-American final in that tournament's history, Fritz took over the No. 1 spot in the ITF junior rankings. Colette Lewis of ZooTennis.com caught up with Fritz at Wimbledon.

17-Jul-2015
Opelka Captures Wimbledon Boys Final, Zhuk Takes Girls Championship
Reilly Opelka of the United States and Sofya Zhuk of Russia were unseeded novices at the 2015 Wimbledon Junior Championships, yet their lack of experience on one of tennis's grandest stages proved no impediment, with both leaving London with Wimbledon titles.

3-Jul-2015
June Aces Shine in Paris and on Pro Circuit
School's out for summer and college stars, both current and former, took advantage of their opportunities in Pro Circuit tournaments last month. In addition, two teens added their names to the list of junior slam champions in Paris, while others made their mark on hard courts across the globe.

26-Jun-2015
An Interview with Martin Blackman, General Manager USTA Player Development
If there are hats Martin Blackman hasn't worn in his decades associated with the sport of tennis, they'd be difficult to spot. Named General Manager of USTA Player Development in April, Blackman has a resume that includes experience as player, coach and administrator. Colette Lewis of ZooTennis.com talks with Blackman about a host of topics related to junior and college tennis.

17-Jun-2015
Talking with ITA Rookie of the Year Noah Rubin
Wake Forest freshman Noah Rubin was determined to experience college tennis, even after capturing the Wimbledon boys title and 18s National title in Kalamazoo prior to starting classes last fall. After a stellar season that saw him named ITA Rookie of the Year, Rubin has announced that he will be leaving Wake to focus on a professional career. Colette Lewis got the chance to talk with Rubin at the NCAA Tournament and then again briefly after his announcement.

10-Jun-2015
An Interview with ITA Rookie of the Year Brooke Austin
Freshmen, even those who are ranked No. 1 in their senior year by the Tennis Recruiting Network, often need a semester to adjust to life in a top Division I program. Not the University of Florida's Brooke Austin. Proving a quick study, the 19-year-old Indianapolis resident excelled throughout her freshman year, ending it as the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's Rookie of the Year.

5-Jun-2015
May Aces Come from College and Junior Stars
From the clay courts of the United States and Italy, to the hard courts of Texas, Nigeria, Korea and Portugal, these 15 players - juniors, collegians and former college stars - produced outstanding performances last month, generating buzz throughout the tennis world.

28-May-2015
Ryan Shane and Jamie Loeb Claim NCAA Singles Titles
A tournament plagued by rain ended with a tornado warning and two ACC champions: North Carolina's Jamie Loeb and Virginia's Ryan Shane. In championship matches started outdoors Monday at the Hurd Tennis Center on the Baylor University campus and completed indoors, Loeb defeated Carol Zhao of Stanford 6-2, 4-6, 6-1, while Shane downed Noah Rubin of Wake Forest 3-6, 7-6(4), 6-1.

22-May-2015
Vanderbilt Women and Virginia Men Claim NCAA Team Titles
The Vanderbilt women had reached the NCAA Division I Team Championships only once before in the program's history, while the Virginia men had been to the championship match four of the previous five years. Yet the disparity in experience made no difference in the outcomes, with No. 4 seed Vanderbilt defeating defending champion UCLA 4-2 and No. 3 seed Virginia taking down top seed Oklahoma 4-1 at the Hurd Tennis Center at Baylor University.

15-May-2015
DeVine's Back
Jake DeVine was playing the best tennis of his life when he first felt a twinge in his back in November 2013. That twinge led to a 14-month layoff for the 17-year-old Californian, but now healthy and competing again, he will join the Southern Californian Trojans this fall.

5-May-2015
USA Qualifies for Finals of ITF Junior Team Championships
Representing your country at the International Tennis Federation's two world team championships is a highlight of any junior career. The cheers, the uniforms, the face painting and the pressure of team competition all were on display last weekend in Boca Raton, Florida, where the four teams from the US secured places in the 16-team world finals this summer and fall.

1-May-2015
April Aces Show Eye-Opening Results
Former collegians and teenagers from around the world put up some eye-opening results last month, laying the ground work for even greater opportunities this spring and summer as Roland Garros and Wimbledon loom.

24-Apr-2015
Gators Suit Neel
Sixteen-year-old Ingrid Neel moved from Minnesota to Florida three years ago to train at the IMG Tennis Academy in Bradenton. Ranked No. 2 in the class of 2016, Neel now considers herself a Floridian, a mindset that led her to verbally commit to the University of Florida Gators recently.

18-Apr-2015
Fritz, Liu Win ITF Championships at Easter Bowl
Fantastic weather and unlikely comebacks made the 2015 Asics Easter Bowl a tournament to remember last week, with the famous Indian Wells Tennis Garden hosting both the ITF Grade B1 competition and the later stages of the USTA 12s, 14s, and 16s championships.

10-Apr-2015
Blumberg, Kenin Take ISC Grade 1 Titles; Crawford, Subhash Claim 16s Championships
A week of beautiful Southern California weather ended on a high note for four US players, who left the Stubhub Center in Carson with International Spring Championship titles. Top seed William Blumberg and No. 2 seed Sonya Kenin earned their first ITF Grade 1 titles with victories over international opponents, while Oliver Crawford and Natasha Subhash took the 16s singles championships in all-American finals.

3-Apr-2015
March Aces Feature Junior Champions
Although the college dual match season is in full swing, most of the March highlights come courtesy of the juniors. Two 14-year-olds dazzled with their performances, while those just a few years older also found success on among their peers and their elders.

24-Mar-2015
ITF International Spring Championships Mark Decade of Excellence
Many a top professional player has found success on the hard courts of the International Tennis Federation Grade 1 International Spring Championships, which begin next week at the StubHub Center in Carson, California. Colette Lewis talks with tournament director John Lansville and others about the past decade since the event has been held in California.

20-Mar-2015
Countdown: Rutledge Goes East to Join Demon Deacons
Texan Eric Rutledge's two major choices - which sport and which college - came several years apart, with his decision to sign with Wake Forest the easier of the two.

17-Mar-2015
Angels and Patriots Win Titles at Wet USTA Spring Team Championships
Declaring Mother Nature the winner at the second annual USTA Spring Team Championships in Mobile, Alabama would be appropriate, as rain disrupted play on all four days of competition, requiring shortened formats throughout. But when a steady rain ended play on the final day, two teams - the Angels and the Patriots - did claim their gold balls.

6-Mar-2015
Indoor Champions Headline February Aces
With four college team indoor championships on the February schedule, there was no shortage of notable performances at the collegiate level. But another group of much younger players also stepped into the spotlight in venues across five continents.

28-Feb-2015
Talking with Michael Joyce - Part 2
Colette Lewis of ZooTennis.com got the chance to talk with former tennis player and now coach Michael Joyce earlier this month in Midland, Michigan at the $100,000 Dow Corning Tennis Classic. This is Part 2 of their conversation.

27-Feb-2015
Talking with Michael Joyce - Part 1
Michael Joyce is best known to tennis fans now as the former coach of five-time slam champion Maria Sharapova. Prior to his coaching stint with Sharapova however, the 42-year-old Southern Californian had his own distinguished career, winning the USTA Boys 18s Nationals in 1991 and reaching an ATP career-high ranking of 64 five years later. Colette Lewis of ZooTennis.com got the chance to talk with Joyce about about his years with Sharapova, his coaching philosophy, his current work at a tennis academy, and much more...

24-Feb-2015
A Conversation with Caroline Dolehide
Sixteen-year-old Caroline Dolehide is hardly unknown to junior tennis fans in the United States. The Hinsdale, Illinois, resident has been in the top six of the Tennis Recruiting Network's 2017 class since entering the rankings as a 6th-grader. But her stock went up on the international scene after reaching the semifinals of the US Open Juniors. Colette Lewis caught up with Dolehide after her wildcard appearance in Midland.

18-Feb-2015
Daavettila Chooses Carolina Blue
Her homework complete, blue chip Sara Daavettila embarked on a road trip to explore several schools she was interested in attending. The journey proved worthwhile when the Williamston, Michigan, high school junior stepped onto North Carolina's Chapel Hill campus, sensing immediately it was the place for her.

13-Feb-2015
Catching Up with Gator Great Lauren Embree
Lauren Embree had one of the most successful collegiate careers in Florida history, leading the Gators to back-to-back NCAA titles in 2011 and 2012. Now living in Santa Monica, Embree has begun the year on the USTA Pro Circuit, where she has competed in four tournaments in the past month. At the $100,000 Dow Corning Tennis Classic in Midland, Mich., last week, I spoke with her about her return from injury, what she misses about college tennis, and her goals for 2015 and beyond.

6-Feb-2015
January Aces Features Teens Winning Titles
The year's first major always grabs the headlines, with two juniors adding their names to the lists of grand slam champions. But while most eyes were focused on Melbourne, a dozen teenagers captured important titles in Florida, Hawaii, Great Britain, France and Central and South America.

23-Jan-2015
Xu, Safiullin Target Australian Junior Titles
Eight different players from five countries claimed junior slam titles last year, with a similar pattern expected in 2015 as the Australian Open junior championships kick off this weekend in Melbourne.

16-Jan-2015
Eight Intriguing Questions for 2015
It's January... so it must be time for another edition of "Intriguing Questions" from columnist Colette Lewis. Today, in the tenth article in as many years, Colette poses eight questions about junior and college tennis that should be answered over the coming months.

9-Jan-2015
An interview with Nick Saviano
Nick Saviano began his storied coaching career at age 28 after winning two NCAA titles at Stanford and playing the ATP circuit for several years. After 15 years with the USTA, Saviano started his own tennis academy, where he can still be found feeding balls to eight-year-olds with grand slam dreams. Colette Lewis got the chance to talk with Saviano about many topics around tennis coaching and the game in general.

7-Jan-2015
Florida ITF Tournaments Lead to December Aces
While most of professional tennis is on holiday, three prestigious junior tournaments in Florida fill the gap to provide most of December's top performers. The lists of former winners at the Eddie Herr, Orange Bowl and Junior Orange Bowl contain many grand slam champions, so file these names away for future reference.

31-Dec-2014
Osuigwe Stands Tall at Junior Orange Bowl
Whitney Osuigwe began the Junior Orange Bowl 12s tournament unseeded, but that didnít keep the 12-year-old from ending it as a champion last week in sunny Miami, Florida. Osuigwe, who trains at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, avenged a recent loss to Japanís Himari Sato, one of eight No. 1 seeds in the Junior Orange Bowl 12s, by posting a 6-4, 6-4 win in the championship match at the University of Miamiís Neil Schiff Tennis Center.

19-Dec-2014
American Juniors Shine at Metropolia Orange Bowl
Stefan Kozlov, Sonya Kenin and Sam Riffice made the 2014 Metropolia Orange Bowl in Plantation, Florida a tournament to remember for US juniors, with Kozlov and Kenin claiming their first Grade A titles and Riffice joining exclusive company in adding the 16s championship to his Eddie Herr title.

12-Dec-2014
Opelka and Galfi Claim Eddie Herr ITF Titles
For the first time in the history of the Eddie Herr International ITF tournament, two American boys met in the final, with unseeded Reilly Opelka taking home the title with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over No. 2 seed Michael Mmoh at the IMG Academy in Bradenton Florida. The girls final, played earlier in the day, saw No. 7 seed Dalma Galfi of Hungary defeat No. 5 seed Gabby Ruse of Romania 6-4, 7-5 to earn her second major junior title in three weeks.

5-Dec-2014
Doubles Features Prominently in the November Aces
Doubles isn't often highlighted in my monthly review of top performances, but last month two teams showed just how good the collegiate product is, with two current student-athletes winning ATP Challenger titles. A college major, a return to the game and an ITF Grade A made it another busy month in the world of college and junior tennis.

30-Nov-2014
Bellis, Mmoh Highlight 2014 Eddie Herr ITF Tournament
The 2014 edition of the Eddie Herr ITF features two top American prospects, with USTA 18s champion CiCi Bellis and recent ITF Grade A Abierto Juvenil Mexicano champion Michael Mmoh among the contenders at the prestigious event held annually at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida.

28-Nov-2014
Eddie Herr Preview 12s, 14s, 16s
As professional tennis winds down, junior competition heats up in Florida, with the Eddie Herr International kicking off a busy month of December for junior tennis players. As hundreds of competitors head to the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, here's a look at who might shine next week in one of the world's biggest junior tennis events.

20-Nov-2014
An Interview with 2013 NCAA Champion and Rising ATP Star Blaz Rola
Football may reign over the sports kingdom at Ohio State, but 2013 NCAA champion Blaz Rola has done his part to raise tennis's visibility in Columbus. Colette Lewis of ZooTennis talked with Rola at the Champaign, Illinois Challenger last week covered many topics, including his first year on tour, his decision to play college tennis, his plans for off-season training and his schedule for early next year.

7-Nov-2014
Countdown: Golovin Geauxs to Tigers
Blue chip recruit Jessica Golovin didn't give much thought to college tennis until this summer. The top recruit from New York was thinking only of pro tennis until a discussion with her coach and an official visit to LSU convinced her she would be wise to spend the next stage of her tennis career in Baton Rouge.

1-Nov-2014
Eleven Teens Highlight October Aces
October was full of treats especially for the teenagers competing around the world. Although ITA Division I major champions were crowned and Australia proved lucrative for one former college player, 11 teens provided a glimpse of the tennisís future last month.

23-Oct-2014
Countdown: California Girl Gabby Andrews Chooses UCLA
Blue chip senior Gabby Andrews seriously considered another top program thousands of miles away, but late last year the two-time junior slam champion chose to complete the next phase of her tennis career closer to her Pomona, California home when she verbally committed to UCLA.

16-Oct-2014
Kingsley, Mmoh Claim ITF Pan American Closed Titles
Raveena Kingsley and Michael Mmoh took entirely different routes, yet both emerged as champions at last week's ITF Grade B1 Pan American Closed in Tulsa, Oklahoma. No. 3 seed Kingsley, who defeated unseeded Claire Liu 6-1, 6-4 in the final, lost only one set in her six victories, while top seed Mmoh saved match points in the quarterfinals before taking the title with a 7-5, 6-3 win over No. 9 seed William Blumberg.

8-Oct-2014
Interview with USTA National Collegiate Coach Stephen Amritraj
Stephen Amritraj joined the USTA as a National Coach in January of this year and was recently named its National Collegiate coach. Amritraj played at Duke from 2002-2006, and after a brief stint on the tour, began coaching ATP professionals in Southern California, where he grew up. Colette Lewis of ZooTennis.com talked with Amritraj about the USTA Collegiate Team program which assists American college players as they transition to professional careers.

3-Oct-2014
US Open Juniors and Team Competition Highlight September Aces
Starting with the US Open Junior Championships and ending with the International Tennis Federation's Junior Davis and Junior Fed Cup competitions, September was bookended by major international tournaments in North America. Yet for all the accomplishments of teenagers from the United States and other countries, current and former college players also claimed their share of titles on the professional tours last month.

26-Sep-2014
NCAA Champion Nicole Gibbs Moves Up
Nicole Gibbs won her first ITF Women's Circuit title at the age of 14, finished high school a year early and joined the Stanford Cardinal in the fall of 2010. After an illustrious career at Stanford where she won the NCAA team, singles, and doubles titles, Gibbs elected to forego her senior year and begin her professional career. Fresh off two main-draw wins at the US Open, Gibbs is now ranked in the Top 100. Colette Lewis of ZooTennis chatted with Gibbs at the Open.

19-Sep-2014
First American Collegiate Invitational Popular Addition to US Open
Any tournament with a prize that could include a US Open main draw wild card will draw the top college players regardless of its venue. Put that event at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center during the second week of the US Open and interest surges, as it did for the inaugural American Collegiate Invitational earlier this month.

12-Sep-2014
Unseeded Jasika, Bouzkova Capture US Open Junior Titles
Marin Cilic was undoubtedly a surprise winner of the US Open men's title, but he was seeded. Australia's Omar Jasika of Australia, who defeated No. 5 seed Quentin Halys of France 2-6, 7-5, 6-1 in the boys final, and the Czech Republic's Marie Bouzkova, who downed No. 9 seed Anhelina Kalinina of Ukraine 6-4, 7-6(5) for the girls championship, both won US Open junior titles last week despite being unseeded and ranked outside the Top 30.

5-Sep-2014
August Aces
With one exception, the USTA National champions, all of whom received an article devoted to their victories last month on Tennis Recruiting Network, aren't included in this August Aces colum. But another round of congratulations are in order for Noah Rubin, John McNally, Kylie McKenzie, William Woodall, Caty McNally, Zane Khan and Katie Volynets for their championship runs as we look back on the other outstanding performances in August.

29-Aug-2014
Americans Poised to Shine in US Open Junior Championships
While the US men and women haven't had a Grand Slam finalist in 2014, the country's younger players have had more success in the top level of international competition, with Noah Rubin winning the Wimbledon boys title and Stefan Kozlov reaching the final there and at the Australian Open. With both the top seed and the 2013 finalist in the girls draw and six of the 16 seeds in the boys draw, the US juniors are poised for another outstanding showing at the US Open.

25-Aug-2014
Opelka, Kalinskaya Claim ITF International Hard Court Titles
Top seed Anna Kalinskaya of Russia and unseeded Reilly Opelka picked up their first ITF Grade 1 titles Saturday at the International Hard Court Championships in College Park, Maryland. Kalinskaya won when No. 2 seed Gabby Ruse of Romania retired trailing 6-2, 2-1, while Opelka overcame No. 2 seed Tim Van Rijthoven of the Netherlands 4-6, 6-4, 7-6(4).

15-Aug-2014
Rubin Collects Two Titles, Two Wild Cards
Noah Rubin's summer went from great to extraordinary in the just over a month. In July, the 18-year-old New Yorker won the Wimbledon boys title as an unseeded qualifier. Last week he trumped that with two titles at Kalamazoo, defeating defending champion Collin Altamirano 6-4, 6-4, 6-3 in the singles final, after joining with Stefan Kozlov to take the doubles championships, and in the process earning two US Open main draw wild cards.

14-Aug-2014
McNally Sweeps 16s Kalamazoo Titles
John McNally definitely had a target on his back entering the 16s USTA National Championships. The Easter Bowl and Clay Courts champion was 57-1 this year entering the tournament. At the end of the week, McNally had extended his singles record to 64-1 and earned two more USTA gold balls.

6-Aug-2014
July Aces
The July aces do not include the Clay Court champions, all of whom received extensive coverage last month during Tennis Recruiting Network's Clay Championship Week. But that doesn't mean there's any shortage of top performances, with a hefty 16 in this month's review.

2-Aug-2014
Altamirano, Donaldson and Rubin Head Stellar Field at Kalamazoo
Collin Altamirano returns to Kalamazoo to defend his 2013 18s title, but the fact that the 18-year-old Californian is not an overwhelming favorite, and the fifth seed, speaks to the tremendous field gathered for the tournament's 72nd year.

25-Jul-2014
Stewart's Streak Continues in Girls 18s Clays
When Katerina Stewart lost in the quarterfinals of a pro tournament back in March, she couldn't have known she would go the next four months without losing a match, and only one set. When Stewart defeated Kennedy Shaffer 6-1, 6-3 in the final of the Girls 18s Clay Courts, she not only collected a first singles gold ball on her favorite surface, but also extended her winning streak to 34 matches in professional and junior competition.

11-Jul-2014
Rubin Wins Wimbledon Title as US Boys Shine
Competitors from the United States didn't perform well in men's and women's singles at Wimbledon, with none in the fourth round for the first time since 1911. But American juniors picked up the slack, claiming seven of the 16 quarterfinal berths and both finalists in the boys championship match, won by qualifier Noah Rubin 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 over No. 6 seed Stefan Kozlov.

2-Jul-2014
June Aces
June starts with clay and ends on grass, at least for the top professionals and world-class juniors. But hard courts hosted their fair share of the month's top performances too with former college players and US teens building impressive winning streaks on both hard courts and the Har-Tru clay.

24-Jun-2014
American Collegiate Invitational to Debut at US Open
When sixteen American collegians take the courts late in the second week of this year's American Collegiate Invitational at the US Open, they will enjoy the same perks and surroundings as professionals Serena Williams and Rafael Nadal. The college players will not share in the millions of dollars of prize money, but they can collect something the pros cannot - a guarantee of entry for the following year.

19-Jun-2014
The Role of College Tennis in Isner, Johnson and Burdette's Pro Success
College tennis is a team game, a prime reason for its popularity, particularly among US-born juniors. After years of focusing on individual results in junior tournaments, collegians have an opportunity to perform for the benefit of their teammates, most of whom become lifelong friends. Yet many of the top college players also have their sights set on professional careers, using their years in college to mature and develop while competing and studying.

11-Jun-2014
Meet ITA Rookie of the Year Brayden Schnur
Eighteen-year-old Canadian Brayden Schnur didn't begin his freshman year at the University of North Carolina until January, but he had an enormous impact on the Tar Heels in his first five months in Chapel Hill.

6-Jun-2014
May Aces
May produced a whopping 18 aces, with current and former college players highlighting last month's performances. Europe's red clay also hosted some notable achievements, as did the hard courts of Korea, Mexico and Tunisia.

30-May-2014
Virginia's Danielle Collins, UCLA's Marcos Giron Claim NCAA Singles Titles
It was NCAA singles title No. 1 for Virginia and No. 11 for UCLA, as Cavalier Danielle Collins and Bruin Marcos Giron stood alone at the end of six hot and humid days of NCAA Division I singles competition at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex on the campus of the University of Georgia.

23-May-2014
USC Men, UCLA Women Reign in Division I Team Championships
The 2014 NCAA Division I Team Championships in Athens, Georgia featured plenty of rain and two new faces in the final, but when Tuesday came to close, the Pac-12 had secured both titles. Top seed University of Southern California defeated No. 2 seed Oklahoma 4-2 to claim its fifth men's title in the past six years, while No. 5 seed UCLA won its second women's championship with a scintillating 4-3 victory over No. 7 seed North Carolina.

7-May-2014
A Conversation with Steve Johnson
For college tennis fans, Steve Johnson needs no introduction. At USC, Johnson won an unprecedented four NCAA team titles and two NCAA singles titles, ending his collegiate career on a 72-match winning streak. With just one full year behind him on the ATP tour, he now stands as the third-ranked American at No. 69. Colette Lewis caught up with Johnson to talk about all things tennis...

2-May-2014
April Aces
Ranging from age 14 to 25, the April aces have accomplishments on all levels of the game - from a WTA title in Malaysia to ITF Grade 4 junior events in the Caribbean and virtually every level in between.

28-Apr-2014
Ohio State Downs Illinois 4-2 to Claim Big Ten Tournament Championship
With nine consecutive Big Ten regular season conference championships and eight of the last nine conference tournament championships, the Ohio State Buckeyes could be forgiven for taking such accomplishments lightly. There was no complacency in Sunday's tournament final against the University of Illinois however, with the Buckeyes exacting some revenge in their 4-2 victory at the Michigan State Outdoor Tennis Courts.

25-Apr-2014
Talking with USTA's Tom Gullikson
If you've been to a major junior tournament in the United States this year, you've probably seen USTA Lead National Coach Tom Gullikson there - watching matches and talking with players, parents and coaches, both formally and one-on-one. Colette Lewis spoke with Gullikson during the USTA Spring Team Championships, where he gave his insights on a number of tennis issues.

21-Apr-2014
Tiafoe, Bellis Capture Easter Bowl ITF Titles
Francis Tiafoe and CiCi Bellis have similar international junior accomplishments, and they both had great experiences at the Easter Bowl earlier this month. Both the 16-year-old Tiafoe and 15-year-old Bellis left the Indian Wells Tennis Garden, the tournament's new site, with Easter Bowl ITF singles titles.

11-Apr-2014
Nakagawa, Bellis Claim ITF Grade 1 International Spring Championship Titles
Naoki Nakagawa of Japan and CiCi Bellis of the United States took alternate routes to the final, yet both finished with titles last week at the ITF Grade 1 International Spring Championships at the StubHub Center in Carson, California.

4-Apr-2014
March Aces
From Kazakhstan to Columbus, last month's achievements knew no boundaries, with teenagers capturing titles, and current and former college players moving up in the ATP rankings. A new NCAA record also made March a month to remember.

28-Mar-2014
Two-Sport Star Aney Chooses Tennis and Tar Heels
Leading Minnesota's high school hockey league in scoring is no small achievement, but 2014 scoring champion Jessie Aney will be hanging up her skates in 2015 and heading south to join the North Carolina Tar Heels tennis program.

21-Mar-2014
First USTA Team Champions Crowned in Mobile
128 boys and 128 girls arrived for competition last week in Mobile, Alabama, and each left with seven new friends - their teammates - when the USTA's first Spring Team Championships were complete. Two 12s, two 14s, two 16s and two 18s division players were placed on each of the 32 teams. The teams had fun but competed fiercely - since a USTA gold ball served as the ultimate prize.

4-Mar-2014
February Aces
February may be short, but it had more than enough days for a baker's dozen of outstanding performances in junior, college and professional tournaments from Delray Beach, Florida to Casablanca, Morocco to Happy Valley, Australia and beyond.

26-Feb-2014
Notre Dame Dominates Ball State in College Match Day Contest
Only hours after a grueling and emotional home loss to top-ranked Ohio State Saturday afternoon, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish returned to the Eck Tennis Pavilion courts to sweep Ball State in a nationally streamed USTA College Match Day contest Saturday evening, rebounding quickly from the disappointing loss to the Buckeyes.

21-Feb-2014
ITA Format Experiment Comments: Part Two
In part one of my discussion with college coaches, there was little support for continuing the women's experiment, which featured a match tiebreaker in lieu of a full third set. In part two below, five more coaches provide their perspective on the ITA's format experiment, as does Dustin Taylor, the USTA's National Coach for Collegiate Tennis, and Mitchell Frank, the University of Virginia's No. 1 player, who is leading the student-athlete opposition to any change of format.

19-Feb-2014
Match Tiebreaker for Third Set Not Popular with Top Division I Coaches in Charlottesville
The experimental phase for ITA Division I formats is over, concluding with the men's and women's ITA Team Indoor Championships. The men's experimental format, which employed no-ad, and the women's experimental format, which used a match tiebreaker in lieu of a third set, will now be evaluated for their effectiveness in providing an improved fan experience and shortening match times.

14-Feb-2014
Duke Erases UCLA's 3-0 Lead to Earn Second ITA Women's Team Indoor Title
When the seeds were announced last week for the ITA Women's Team Indoor Championships, Duke was a controversial No. 7, despite their preseason ranking of 10. When the Blue Devils defeated No. 4 seed UCLA 4-3 Monday in the final, roaring back from 3-0 down, they had proven they belong at the very top.

5-Feb-2014
January Aces
For fourteen junior and college tennis players, 2014 is off to an outstanding start. Six of the seven continents - the lone exception being Antarctica - served as hosts for the notable achievements of January.

30-Jan-2014
Michigan Women Defeat Yale to Return to Team Indoor in Charlottesville
A new format and a key player's injury didn't keep the University of Michigan women from their customary trip to Charlottesville, Virginia in February. On Sunday, the Wolverines defeated Yale 4-0, advancing to the Intercollegiate Tennis Association National Team Indoor Championships for the fifth consecutive year.

24-Jan-2014
Eight Intriguing Questions for 2014
Tennis Recruiting enters its ninth year in 2014, and this January we feature the ninth straight edition of "Intriguing Questions" from columnist Colette Lewis. Lewis asks eight questions about junior and college tennis that should reveal their answers over the next twelve months.


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