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Osuigwe Ends Impressive Year with Orange Bowl Title
by Colette Lewis, 15 December 2017

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.

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Special Feature
Beating The Odds To Play College Tennis
by Rhiannon Potkey, 13 December 2017

Teon Manzie was raised in a rough neighborhood in Cleveland. He was introduced to tennis through a nonprofit organization and dreamed about playing in college. Despite not playing many tournaments and never being ranked, Manzie received a scholarship to play at Union College.

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Recruiting Profile
The Name Game: Brigham Signs with BYU
by Rhiannon Potkey, 12 December 2017

By name alone, Brigham Andrus seemed destined to attend Brigham Young University from the moment he was born. The Highland, Utah, native signed to play for BYU during the early signing period and will join the Cougars after serving a two-year Mormon mission. His older brother has also signed to play for BYU.

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Tournament Feature
Five Americans Capture Eddie Herr Titles
by Colette Lewis, 8 December 2017

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.

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20-Oct-2017
Countdown: Air Force Class Ready To Serve
Their commitment goes far beyond just tennis. The members of this year's Air Force men's recruiting class are committing to serve their country. Some have relatives in the military and others were inspired by friends. The diverse group is ready to work together on and off the court.

19-Oct-2017
Hot 100 List - October '17
Today we announce the October edition of the Hot 100. The Hot 100 features 100 boys and 100 girls who have been playing outstanding tennis. These players have substantially improved their rankings over the past month.

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.

18-Oct-2017
Where Are They Now? Dasha Cherkasov
Dasha Cherkasov reached a major crossroad during her junior year at Boston College. Her academic advisor helped her navigate the situation, and now Cherkasov is doing the same for others as an athletic academic advisor at Florida Atlantic University. This month's “Where Are They Now?”

17-Oct-2017
Countdown: Family Matters To Ohio State-Bound Allen
Family support has helped Kolie Allen develop into a blue-chip recruit worthy of receiving multiple Division I offers. The Illinois native has committed to play at Ohio State, the first school she visited during the recruiting process.

16-Oct-2017
Countdown: Blue Chip Boys
With Signing Week just a few weeks away, the future of many college tennis programs is about to get a whole lot clearer. We have made every effort to contact the Blue Chip boys in the Class of 2018 about where they are in the recruiting process. Today we take a look at where things stand ...

14-Oct-2017
Countdown: Sweet Music for Indiana's Recruiting Class
A talented tennis player and musician, Carson Haskins is fueled by a stubborn persistence to achieve his goals and retain a balance in his life. The blue chip senior from Ballwin, Missouri, has committed to play at Indiana University.

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.

12-Oct-2017
Countdown: Making College Tennis Affordable
Even with the best future and financial planning, making college affordable can be a challenge. For tennis players, there are a variety of avenues that may be able to help soften the financial burden. Whether in the form of athletic scholarship, academic merit aid, or need based financial aid, there is hope for getting some financial support to be a collegiate scholar-athlete.

12-Oct-2017
Countdown: Hilderbrand Headed To UCF
Trey Hilderbrand will have access to the same facility where many of the top Americans train once he begins college. The blue chip from San Antonio has committed to the University of Central Florida, which plays its home matches at the USTA National Campus in Orlando.

11-Oct-2017
Countdown: Rock Chalk for California's Deming
Having grown up in California, Julia Deming planned to stay home and attend college in the state. But once she made a visit to Kansas, Deming changed her mind. The five-star from Fallbrook has committed to Kansas.

10-Oct-2017
Countdown: Benkaim An Early Arrival For Utah
Struggling to make progress in his game, Russell Benkaim decided to head to Utah early after committing to the program. The outgoing four-star from Florida will be arriving in Salt Lake City in January and play for the Utes during the spring season.

9-Oct-2017
Countdown: Let Coaches Know When It's A No
Former Oklahoma coach Dave Mullins explains why telling coaches you won't be committing to their programs once the final decision is made is almost as good as telling them yes. Rather than sending a message or having mommy or daddy do it, pick up the phone and call each coach yourself.

9-Oct-2017
Countdown to Signing Day 2017
It's that time of year. We are less than a month away from the most important day on the college tennis recruiting calendar - Signing Day. November 8 is the first day of the one-week fall signing period, the only opportunity this calendar year for seniors to sign a National Letter of Intent with a Division I or Division II school. As always, the Tennis Recruiting Network and GAMMA are here to keep you up to date on everything.

8-Oct-2017
ImRecruitable College Tennis Showcase
ImRecruitable will host its 6th Annual College Tennis Showcase November 29 and 30. This unique event combines instruction from college coaches as well as showcase match play. Our showcase will help you gain maximum exposure to college coaches. In addition, get education from coaches and experts.

7-Oct-2017
Meier Stays Loyal To Nebraska
Mason Meier, the No. 1-ranked player in Nebraska, decided to stay close to home by committing to the Huskers on Friday night. Meier had considered other Big Ten schools, but had a "special feeling" about representing his home state at the flagship college.

7-Oct-2017
Sanchez-Casal International Junior Cup
The Sanchez-Casal International Winter Junior Cup in Naples, Fla., is a global event for US and international tennis players that will provide a unique experience, at one of the best world-class tennis training academies in the world.

6-Oct-2017
Notre Dame Comes Calling for Koscielski
Maeve Koscielski grew up attending Notre Dame sporting events, and the school was her No. 1 choice for college. Once she received the call offering her a spot on the women's tennis team, the five star didn't hesitate to accept. She won't have switch affiliations since her high school team is the Fighting Irish as well.

5-Oct-2017
Maloney Pulls Rank By Committing To Michigan
Using a group chat as motivation to rise in the rankings, Patrick Maloney became a blue chip. The senior from Oyster Bay, N.Y., recently committed to Michigan, a school he targeted at the start of his recruiting process. Maloney worked his way onto Michigan's radar through improvement in his game the last two years.

4-Oct-2017
TRN Announces Community Service Initiative
The college level has a month designated for giving back and it's time for junior tennis to have a similar plan of action. TRN is announcing "First Serve For Community," a community service initiative meant to inspire players and teams to use their athletic platform to help others.

4-Oct-2017
Brandi: Things To Consider In The College Decision
As players begin making their college decisions, LSU co-head men's coach Andy Brandi provides a list of considerations and questions they should ask before committing to a school. Find out what to ask and who should be asking the questions.

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.

2-Oct-2017
Spotlight Players of the Week - Niraj Komatineni, Femke Tjon-A-Joe
Each week TRN shines the spotlight on a boy and girl player randomly selected from our class ranking lists. Beyond match scores and tournament results, the players reveal more about their interests and personalities. Get to know Niraj Komatineni and Femke Tjon-A-Joe.

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.

27-Sep-2017
Former USC Star Doubles As Emma Stone
Former NCAA doubles champion Kaitlyn Christian is the body double for Emma Stone in the movie "Battle of the Sexes," which depicts the true story of the 1973 tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs. Stone plays King in the movie, and Christian spent many hours with the award-winning actress during filming.

26-Sep-2017
Melanie Oudin Reflects on Career, Early Retirement
Melanie Oudin announced her retirement from professional tennis last month before the start of the U.S. Open, the tournament where she reached her first Grand Slam quarterfinal in 2009. The Atlanta native reflects on a career filled with unforgettable moments and frustrating injuries, and discusses what's next in her life.

25-Sep-2017
Spotlight Players of the Week - Josh Xu and Sarah Williams
Each week TRN shines the spotlight on a boy and girl player randomly selected from our class ranking lists. Beyond match scores and tournament results, the players reveal more about their interests and personalities. Get to know seniors Joshua Xu (Chandler, Ariz) and Sarah Williams (Chicago, Ill.).

22-Sep-2017
Roundtable: Pulling Double Duty
How does a college coach manage to coach not one, but two teams? We talked with several coaches about balancing time and resources while leading the men's and women's programs at their respective schools.

21-Sep-2017
Hot 100 List - September '17
Today we announce the September edition of the Hot 100. The Hot 100 features 100 boys and 100 girls who have been playing outstanding tennis. These players have substantially improved their rankings over the past month.

20-Sep-2017
Spotlight Players of the Week - Gabriel Jinich and Amy Kaplan
Each week TRN shines the spotlight on a boy and girl player randomly selected from our class ranking lists. Beyond match scores and tournament results, the players reveal more about their interests and personalities. Get to know sophomore Gabriel Jinich (La Jolla, Calif.) and junior Amy Kaplan (Brooklyn, N.Y.)

19-Sep-2017
Comparing Rating Algorithms
During the U.S. Open we posted information on social media about matchups involving American players - previewing matches by displaying rating and ranking differences and highlighting wins by underdogs. You might have noticed that the various rating systems often agreed on their favorites. But what about the close matches where they disagreed? Let's take a look ...

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

18-Sep-2017
Star Ratings - 2017-18 Fall Edition
After months of waiting, here they are... the Star Ratings. Find out right now how many stars you have - as The Tennis Recruiting Network proudly presents the Fall Star Ratings for 2017-18.

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.

14-Sep-2017
Why My College Roommate Did Not Fail As A Player
Dave Mullins is back with a column discussing the methods and approach his college teammate and roommate at Fresno State, Peter Luczak, used to have a successful career on the professional tour.

12-Sep-2017
Where Are They Now?: Sheeva Parbhu
After graduating from Notre Dame and spending a few months on the professional tour, Sheeva Parbhu decided to pursue a career in medicine. He recently finished his residency at the University of Utah hospital and has started his fellowship in internal medicine.

11-Sep-2017
Spotlight Players of the Week - Jessica Brown and Robert Wilson
Each week TRN shines the spotlight on a boy and girl player randomly selected from our class ranking lists. Beyond match scores and tournament results, the players reveal more about their interests and personalities. Check out our first installment - featuring seniors Jessica Brown (Midland, Mich.) and Robert Wilson (Sugar Land, Texas).

8-Sep-2017
A Hard Road From Alaska To College Tennis
After losing their mother to suicide, tennis means even more to Joseph and Christine Hemry. But being from Alaska requires overcoming numerous hurdles to stay competitive and get recruited by colleges. Their grandmother has done everything in her power to help them keep their dreams alive.

6-Sep-2017
Siniakowicz Hopes To Boost Brown’s Fortunes
Robert Siniakowicz wasn't discouraged by Brown's recent lack of success in the Ivy League. The five-star senior viewed it as an opportunity to help the program improve in deciding to commit to the Bears.

5-Sep-2017
Sweet Dreams: Maximilian Wild Commits To UCLA
Maximilian Wild followed his instincts and committed to UCLA on Monday night. The five-star senior from Murrieta, Calif., already has friendships with four freshmen on the Bruins' roster and loves the history of athletic success at UCLA.

4-Sep-2017
Tennis Recruiting Welcomes the Class of 2024
Tennis Recruiting Network welcomes the Class of 2024 to the rankings this week. Among the young rising stars are sixth-graders Ava Krug, Andrew Salu, Liv Hovde and Max Safir. They each have interesting backgrounds and bright futures.

1-Sep-2017
College Tennis Community Rallies Behind Houston
In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, college tennis teams from around the country have been sending shirts, shoes and other gear to the tennis programs at the University of Houston and Rice. The donations will be distributed to needy citizens in the Houston area.

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.

31-Aug-2017
Farewell 2017 Class
The Tennis Recruiting Network bids farewell to the high school class of 2017. This week’s rankings are our final edition of the 2016-17 year - and the final rankings for the outgoing Class of 2017.

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.

29-Aug-2017
Yale Gets A Player With A Bulldog Menality
Michael Sun may only stand 5-7, but he doesn't back down from any challenge. The five-star senior recently made a verbal commitment to Yale. His coach believes Sun was overlooked because of his size and will prove it once he reaches college.

28-Aug-2017
Rotsaert Goes From Stanford Camper To Commit
Alexandre Rotsaert attended Stanford tennis camps as a kid. The blue chip senior will be returning to the courts in Palo Alto next year as a member of the team after verbally committing to the Cardinal last month.

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.

24-Aug-2017
Salazar Jumps From the NFL to USTA
After more than a decade working in the NFL, Brent Salazar is returning to his tennis roots as the USTA's Director of Performance. Salazar, who played college tennis at the University of New Mexico, will oversee the Player Development Strength and Conditioning team at the USTA National Campus in Lake Nona, Fla.

23-Aug-2017
Roundtable: Academic Interests of Potential Recruits
Junior tennis players can let coaches know about their academic interests on websites like TRN. These interests often play a role in a recruit's decision to attend a particular college, but do coaches take these interests into account? We put the following question to a number of coaches: Do academic interests on these websites weigh into your recruiting process? What advice do you give to players along these lines?

22-Aug-2017
Tennis Mentors Aims To Give Back
Trent Bryde, Patrick Kypson, Gianni Ross and Sam Riffice are trying to give back to the next generation of players through their newly-created company Tennis Mentors. They are offering advice, hitting sessions and analysis through their website.

21-Aug-2017
Hot 100 List - August '17
Today we announce the August edition of the Hot 100. The Hot 100 features 100 boys and 100 girls who have been playing outstanding tennis. These players have substantially improved their rankings over the past month.

18-Aug-2017
Kratzer Exceeds Expectations To Win Girls 18s
Hoping to just reach the semifinals, Ashley Kratzer did much better. She captured the singles title at the USTA Girls 18 National Hardcourt Championships in San Diego. The 18-year-old professional earned a wild card into the women's main draw of the U.S. Open.

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
Blake Channels Focus Into Girls 16s Titles
Angelica Blake overcame some early jitters with the television cameras rolling to spark a big day at the USTA Girls 16 National Hardcourt Championships in San Diego. After beating her doubles partner, Nikki Redelijk, in the singles final, Blake teamed with her to add a doubles title a few hours later.

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.

16-Aug-2017
Montgomery Closes Strong To Win Girls 14s
Robin Montgomery saved her best performance for last at the USTA Girls 14 National Hardcourts, defeating Reese Brantmeier 6-0, 6-1 in the singles final last weekend.

16-Aug-2017
Alhogbani Goes Back-To-Back Again
Just like he did two years ago, Saud Alhogbani captures gold balls at USTA hardcourt and clay court nationals. Alhogbani beat Ben Shelton to win this year's Boys 14s hardcourts in Mobile, Ala.

15-Aug-2017
Brown Strikes Gold Twice in Boys 12s
Lucas Brown emerged from the USTA Boys 12 National Hardcourt Championships with gold balls in both singles and doubles. The Texan has won three gold balls this summer after claiming the doubles title at 12s Clay Courts last month.

15-Aug-2017
Yu Completes Quest for Gold Ball
Eleana Yu's chase for a gold ball began this year at the Easter Bowl in California. The Ohio native broke through on Saturday with a singles title at the USTA Girls 12s National Hardcourt Championships in Alpharetta, Ga.

14-Aug-2017
Championship Week
The USTA National Championships have now concluded - and gold balls have been awarded to your latest national champions. All week long, TennisRecruiting.net and Van Der Meer Academy celebrate these winners - from the East Coast to the West Coast - with coverage of the Nationals. Enjoy the 2017 edition of Championship Week.

13-Aug-2017
Teenage Ton Is An Official Prodigy
Albert Ton is only 17 years old, but he's already on the fast track of tennis officiating. Ton chaired the Girls 16 singles final at the USTA National Hardcourt Championships in San Diego this weekend.

12-Aug-2017
Ma Makes Big Impression in Girls 16s
Standing only 5-foot-1, Connie Ma more than held her own at the USTA Girls 16s National Hardcourt Championships this week in San Diego. The rising freshman blue chip reached the semifinals and captured the bronze ball.

11-Aug-2017
How To Watch USTA National Hardcourts
If you can't witness the final rounds of the Boys and Girls USTA 18s & 16s in person, there are still ways to watch all the action as the top juniors slug it out for a gold ball and U.S. Open wild cards.

9-Aug-2017
Henderson Flips Into Georgetown
Sophie Henderson was born into Cirque du Soleil and had Olympic gymnastic aspirations before injuries took over. Thanks to her older sister, tennis and non-profit work fell into her life – as well as a scholarship to Georgetown.'

8-Aug-2017
Tennis Channel to Air USTA Girls 16s and 18s
The USTA Girls 16s & 18s National Hardcourts in San Diego is getting a major exposure boost this weekend with matches airing live on the Tennis Channel. It's one of many upgrades for the event this year.

8-Aug-2017
Frye Commits to the Trojans
After taking family vacations to the state, Bradley Frye wanted to attend college in California. The rising senior blue chip with a love for magic tricks found the right fit at USC and verbally committed to the Trojans in June.

7-Aug-2017
Where Are They Now?: Nicole Leimbach
Nicole Leimbach was the No. 1-ranked girl in TRN's initial 2004 class. After suffering a career-ending ankle injury on the pro tour, Leimbach decided to go back to school to become a pharmacist

6-Aug-2017
Gallery from the Boys 14 Clays
The early rounds of the USTA Championships rage on, but today we have action photos from the USTA Boys 14 Clay Court Championships that took place last month at the USTA National Campus in Lake Nona. Photographer Bill Kallenberg captured images from the event.

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.

3-Aug-2017
Cernoch Makes Memorable Commitment to UNC
Rising senior blue chip Brian Cernoch made a commitment to the University of North Carolina while standing on the outer courts at Wimbledon last month.

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.

1-Aug-2017
Thompson Twins Double As Head Coaches
After forming a strong doubles team at Notre Dame, twins Christian and Catrina Thompson are now Division I women's head coaches. Christian is in her fifth season at Denver and Catrina was recently hired to lead Minnesota.

31-Jul-2017
Stop the Madness
I know a kid who is a talented soccer player. Last week there was a scout from Manchester United watching his team and taking notes. The kid recently got promoted to this group after some solid performances for the second team. He feels a lot of pressure to prove himself, and the team will soon travel overseas to play some of the top European club teams. The kid is actually my 11 year-old son! Does anyone else think this is a bit crazy?

28-Jul-2017
Gold Ball a Birthday Gift for Nefve
A day after celebrating his 17th birthday, Axel Nefve captured his first gold ball with a victory over his doubles partner in the USTA National Boys 18 Clay Court Championships in Delray Beach, Fla.

28-Jul-2017
Golden Vision for Volynets
Katie Volynets added another gold ball to her bedroom collection by capturing the USTA National Girls 18 singles title at The Racquet Club of Memphis. The rising sophomore blue chip didn't drop a set in seven matches during her run.

27-Jul-2017
Johns Nets 'Biggest Win Ever'
Playing his way into top form by tournament's end, Garrett Johns captured the first singles gold ball of his career at the USTA National Boys 16 Clay Court Championships in Delray Beach, Fla. The five-star beat Jacob Bullard 6-2, 6-2 in the final.

27-Jul-2017
Crawley Shows Fight in Title Run
Fiona Crawley dug deep to win her first gold ball by rallying in several three sets matches to win the USTA National Girls 16 Clay Court Championships in Virginia Beach, Va. The top seed defeated No. 2 Ruth Marsh 6-4, 3-6, 6-2 in the final.

26-Jul-2017
Patience a Virtue for Wagle
Elise Wagle exercised patience on and off the court to capture the singles title at the USTA National Girls 14 Clay Court Championship in Plantation, Fla. The rising eighth grader beat Valencia Xu in three sets in the final

26-Jul-2017
Family Support Boosts Alhogbani
Calling the family to celebrate required a large group chat for Saud Alhogbani after the blue chip captured the singles and doubles titles at the USTA National Boys 14 Clay Court Championships last Sunday at the Jimmy Evert Tennis Center in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

25-Jul-2017
Driscoll Bags Two Gold Balls at Girls 12s
Tsehay Driscoll didn't settle for winning just one gold ball at the USTA Girls 12 Clay Court Championships in Boca Raton. The California native grabbed two, capturing the singles and doubles titles.

25-Jul-2017
Move Pays Off For Shang
After moving to the United States from his native China, Juncheng “Jerry” Shang captured the USTA Boys 12 National Clay Court singles title with 6-3, 7-5 win over Aidan Kim in the final. The unseeded Shang didn't drop a set in winning his first Gold Ball.

24-Jul-2017
Clay Court Championship Week
Last week, the USTA Clay Court Championships took place throughout the Southeast - primarily in Florida, but also in Tennessee and Virginia. This week at the website is all about the Clay Courts. TennisRecruiting.net and Van Der Meer Academy have roundups of all eight age divisions - from the Boys' 12s to the Girls' 18s. Meet the latest gold ball winners ... in Clay Court Championship Week.

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.

20-Jul-2017
USTA Intersectionals 14s Gallery
The USTA Intersectionals took place early this month - with players across the country getting the chance to experience team play with on-court coaching. The Boys and Girls 14s event took place in Alabama on the courts at Auburn University. Chcek out images from the event ...

19-Jul-2017
Fall Star Ratings Period Starts Next Week
Twice a year, TennisRecruiting.net updates its Star Ratings - sometimes known as "The Stars". Our next update to the Star Ratings comes in late September - and those ratings will be based on players' highest rankings during the next eight weeks - from the week of July 24 to the week of September 11, 2017. We invite players to review their player records to ensure accurate ratings.

18-Jul-2017
Roundtable: Academic Majors and College Tennis
A college tennis player's time is usually dominated by the rigors of classroom study, practice, and competition. An interesting wrinkle to time management is the choice of college major. Some areas of study - architecture, engineering, and many others - are known for their rigor even without the demands of college tennis. We put the question to our panel: Do players' intended majors impact your ability to recruit certain student-athletes?

17-Jul-2017
Hot 100 List - July '17
Today we announce the July edition of the Hot 100. The Hot 100 features 100 boys and 100 girls who have been playing outstanding tennis. These players have substantially improved their rankings over the past month.

16-Jul-2017
Navarro Gives Early Commitment to Duke
Rising sophomore blue chip Emma Navarro gave a verbal commitment to Duke after making a visit to the campus during the college season. The South Carolina resident is preparing to play in the Girls 18 clay courts and Girls 16 hardcourt nationals this summer.

14-Jul-2017
Reigniting the Tournament Flame
After reducing her tournament schedule to focus on academics, four-star Demi Snyder has returned with more energy. The Florida native is hoping a strong showing at the national clay courts can help boost her momentum and potential college opportunities.

13-Jul-2017
Images from Rome
Fourth of July Weekend is well known for fireworks. But it is also a huge weekend for junior tennis - as players across the country competed in tournaments of all levels. One of those tournaments was a USTA National Level 2 that took place at the beautiful, 51-court facility in Rome, Ga. Photographer Bill Kallenberg was onhand to take photos of the event.

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.

11-Jul-2017
Swain Jumps from D3 to USC
After presiding over a Division III tennis dynasty at Williams College, Alison Swain was named the head women's coach at USC. Her rare jump from Division III to a major Division I program is being tracked by many across the country.

10-Jul-2017
Talking Tennis Injuries and Injury Prevention with Dr. David Geier
Injuries play a major role in the sport of tennis. Dr. David Geier is well versed in the sport of tennis; he served as tournament doctor for the WTA Tour event in Charleston for several years. Geier gives some tips, not only for junior tennis players that are 12 and under, but also for that 13-17 year-old age group that might be looking to play tennis at elite levels.

9-Jul-2017
USTA Level 3 Key Biscayne Photo Gallery
Florida is host to many high-profile tournaments throughout the year. This past May, a USTA National Level 3 took place in Key Biscayne, Fla., and photographer Fritz Moore was onhand to capture images of the event. Take a look at images of the event ...

7-Jul-2017
Tennessee Coaches Share VFL Bond
Former Tennessee players Chris Woodruff and Alison Ojeda have returned to their alma mater to take their first head coaching jobs. The two have formed a tight bond that extends to their teams as they attempt to build the programs back into national contenders again.

5-Jul-2017
Assessment at a Young Age Could Save Your Child's Tennis
This article was prompted by an increasing number of parents over the years contacting me for a truthful assessment of their child's tennis. It is not so easy to receive the truth for some, so I am here to give you the truth. Many parents get very excited when their 12- or 14-year-old is obtaining excellent results. Does it mean that the child will go on to do great things in tennis? Maybe, but the real answer is not always so simple.

4-Jul-2017
Recruiting Terms and Calendar for 2017-18
July marks the beginning of another recruiting year. Recruiting expert Dede Allen is back to review important dates on the calendar for all ages - and she also has a primer on basic recruiting terms.

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.

2-Jul-2017
Action Shots from the USTA All-American Combine
Last month, high school players from around the country traveled to the new mecca of US tennis - the USTA National Campus in Orlando, Fla. - to participate in the very first USTA All-American Combine. Players from across the country engaged in a number of on- and off-court evaluations, including tournament match play in front of college coaches. Check out action shots from the event ...

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.

28-Jun-2017
Tragedy Provided O'Leary With Perspective
The Columbine High shootings hit close to home for Colorado native Sara O'Leary. The new Virginia women's coach places a high value on relationships and personal development with her teams.

27-Jun-2017
Roundtable: Role of the Personal Coach in the Recruiting Process
Most junior tennis players have the services of personal coaches - from their academies, clubs, or high schools. The players' personal coaches often play a role for the college coach in the recruiting process. We put the question to our panel: How valuable in the recruiting process is a personal coach? What type of questions do you ask the coach about your recruit? Do you stay in contact with the coach after your recruit has committed to your program?

26-Jun-2017
Everything is Amazing and No One is Happy
Everything is amazing and no one is happy. I find it troubling that a high percentage of collegiate tennis players are quite unhappy with their student-athlete experiences. They have been told that their college days will be the best days of their lives, but they fail to understand that they can only be the best days of their lives if they are willing to go through some adversity.

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.

21-Jun-2017
Eliminate the Scholarships, Save the Program
Over the past few years, there has been an alarming pattern of NCAA Division I mid-major programs being cut, and I feel that these decisions are both shortsighted and highly preventable. I understand that these are complicated decisions, but there is one solution to keeping programs alive, improving college prospects for US tennis players, and increasing involvement from the university and local community: Eliminate the scholarships.

20-Jun-2017
TRN Hires Rhiannon Potkey as Content Strategist
The Tennis Recruiting Network (TRN), a premier source of information for junior and college tennis, is excited to announce that veteran journalist Rhiannon Potkey has joined TRN in the role of Content Strategist. Potkey will be responsible for creating, writing and editing content at TRN.

19-Jun-2017
Hot 100 List - June '17
Today we announce the June edition of the Hot 100. The Hot 100 features 100 boys and 100 girls who have been playing outstanding tennis. These players have substantially improved their rankings over the past month.

18-Jun-2017
Andy and Chris Brandi Take the Reins at LSU
Andy Brandi has accomplished just about everything there is to accomplish as a college tennis coach. He has the national titles, the Hall of Fame credentials and the historical winning percentage. But there was one thing still missing. It was something he talked at length about with his son, Chris, when they discussed a potential return to college tennis. He wanted to have his son by his side, and he will as Andy and Chris Brandi become co-head coaches at LSU.

17-Jun-2017
Action Shots from the Metropolia Level 6
Check out images from the 2017 Metropolia Level 6 event that took place in Coral Springs, Florida, at the end of April. Photographer Fritz Moore was onhand to capture the event.

16-Jun-2017
2017 Top NCAA Division III Women's Classes
The Tennis Recruiting Network wraps up its spring recruiting class rankings with a look at the NCAA Division III women. Today we present our list of the Top 25 NCAA D-III women's recruiting classes for 2017. Flying high at the top of the list? The Emory Eagles.

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.

13-Jun-2017
Rohan Sachdev Stars on the Court and in the Spelling Bee
Drill work has always had a double meaning for Rohan Sachdev. Wearing an adidas headband and gripping his Babolat racket, Rohan spent many hours mimicking tennis strokes in the house while his mother quizzed him from a nearby table. He'd spell a word in the middle of hitting a forehand against air. He'd spell another during the completion of a serve. Being a nationally-ranked junior tennis player and nationally-recognized speller is a balancing act Rohan mastered throughout his childhood.

12-Jun-2017
2017 Top NCAA Division III Men's Classes
The Tennis Recruiting Network presents its recruiting class rankings for NCAA Division III conferences. Today we present our Top 25 D-III men's recruiting classes for 2017. Holding down the No. 1 spot is the Chicago Maroons.

9-Jun-2017
2017 Top Mid-Major Women's Classes
The recruiting class rankings just keep on coming. Today, The Tennis Recruiting Network is proud to present the Top 25 mid-major women's recruiting classes for 2017. Attacking the top of our list is the Central Florida Knights.

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.

5-Jun-2017
2017 Top Mid-Major Men's Classes
The Tennis Recruiting Network continues its series of recruiting class rankings with the first of our mid-major conference rankings. Today we present the Top 25 mid-major men's recruiting classes for 2017 ... with the Toreros taking top honors.

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.

31-May-2017
Why I Failed as a Tennis Player
We love to read success stories. We learn about the ups and downs they endured along the way, and we know that they eventually made it to the top. However, we rarely look at those who did not achieve the same level of success in their chosen area of excellence and try to dissect why. I think we could learn a lot from these stories, too.

30-May-2017
Roundtable: Considering Junior College Tennis
Many student athletes begin their collegiate careers at junior and community colleges. Two-year college coaches have the services of players for a relatively short period of time. Keeping this concept in mind, we asked a panel of JUCO coaches the following questions: How will recruits benefit by playing two years for your program? How do you help them find a new college afterward?

29-May-2017
Top Women's Classes - 2017 Spring Rankings
Last week, TennisRecruiting.net ranked the men's recruiting classes. Today, we take a look at the women. TennisRecruiting.net is proud to present its spring rankings of the Top 25 Women's Recruiting Classes. Four new faces have popped into the Top Ten over the past few months, but the very top of our rankings remains the same - with the group from Athens as Top Dawgs.

26-May-2017
Cavaliers Send Boland Out in Style
What a wild and crazy week it was in Athens - with one match after another going down to the wire. But when the dust finally settled and the umbrellas were put away, Virginia had won its third straight NCAA National Championship.

25-May-2017
Florida Gators Validate Top Seed at Florida Gators Validate Top at NCAA Women's Championship
Last year, Stanford shocked the world by becoming the lowest-ranked team to win an NCAA team title. This year, Stanford was the No. 7 seed when they faced No. 1 Florida who had won the ITA National Indoor title. Florida lived up to its No. 1 seeding in the tournament, taking out Vanderbilt for the first time this season in the Final Four before winning a 4-1 match over the Cardinal.

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 women’s champion (16) and youngest inductee into the International Tennis Hall of Fame. Today, Austin stays involved with tennis professionally as a commentator - and also as the parent of three boys who have all played tennis. Colette Lewis had the chance to talk with Austin at the Ojai in April on a wide range of topics.

22-May-2017
Top Men's Classes - 2017 Spring Rankings
Today we release our spring rankings of the Top 25 Men's Recruiting Classes. A rash of recent commitments have moved a number of programs up the list - including two previously unranked classes who are now in the Top 10. One thing that hasn't changed on our list is that the top class overall is heading to Berkeley this fall ...

21-May-2017
Images from the Rendez-vous à Roland-Garros
Last month, junior tennis players got the opportunity to start earning entry into the main draw of the French Open. 16 American boys and girls traveled to the Boca West Country Club in Boca Raton, Fla., to compete for all-expense-paid trips to Paris where they will compete with champions from five other countries for a main-draw Wildcard in the Roland Garros Juniors' main draw. Check out images from the event ...

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.

17-May-2017
Patrick McEnroe Talks College Tennis
Patrick McEnroe knows he's best known as the younger brother of John McEnroe, but he has something big brother doesn't have - a college degree. McEnroe helped Stanford University, as team captain, win the NCAA team championship in 1986 and 1988. His Stanford degree is in business, and he is an avid fan of college tennis. McEnroe talked with contributor Rick Limpert about college tennis before last month's NCAA Championships.

16-May-2017
Jimena Rodriguez-Benito Heads to Penn Early
Blue Chip junior Jimena Rodriguez-Benito turns 17 in July, however she has already turned the page on her high school career. Rodriguez-Benito, who has taken classes through Laurel Springs for nearly three years, has decided to graduate early and commit to Penn - a year ahead of her graduation class.

15-May-2017
Hot 100 List - May '17
Today we announce the May edition of the Hot 100. The Hot 100 features 100 boys and 100 girls who have been playing outstanding tennis. These players have substantially improved their rankings over the past month.

13-May-2017
Tennis Community Mourns Loss of Steve Johnson, Sr.
Steve Johnson, Sr., a beloved figure in the tennis community and father of professional Steve Johnson Jr., died Thursday morning in his sleep at age 58. Johnson's death elicited an outpouring of sympathy from friends, students and colleagues across the country.

12-May-2017
NCAA Tournament Roundtable - Part II
The NCAA Division I Tennis Championships start today. The top men's and women's college tennis programs face off in first-round action across the country, with all teams competing for tickets to Athens, Georgia, and a spot in the Sweet 16. Check out insights from our college tennis contributors - and see who they picked as champions.

10-May-2017
Macdonald has Commodores Ready for a Run
Vanderbilt is in the midst of a historical season on the West End. The Commodores won the SEC regular-season and tournament titles in the same year for the first time in program history. Seeded fourth overall in the NCAA, Vanderbilt (20-5) will host host Washington, Clemson and SIUE this wekend in Nashville. The last time Vanderbilt was seeded No. 4 was in 2015 - when the Commodores won the program's only national championship.

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.

8-May-2017
NCAA Tournament Roundtable - Part I
This weekend, the NCAA Division I Tennis Championships get underway. 64 men's and women's college tennis teams will head to campus venues around the country to compete in first- and second-round action. The winners will make up the Sweet 16 and head to Athens, Georgia, to compete for the team title. Today, our college tennis contributors preview the "Big Dance" of college tennis.

7-May-2017
Broward Easter Bowl Photo Gallery
Last month, the Broward Easter Bowl - a TRN National Showcase - was contested in Coral Springs, Fla. Players from Florida and nine other states - from California to Rhode Island - played in the Level 6 sectional event. Photographer Fritz Moore checks in with great action shots from the event.

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.

3-May-2017
Rome Gets High Marks for ACC Tennis Championships
Record attendance, finals that came down to the last match and players gushing over their experience in Rome, Ga., were just a few of the storylines of this year's ACC Men's and Women's Tennis Championships. Play wrapped up on Sunday with Virginia claiming the men's title and North Carolina scoring a comeback win to take the women's championship.

2-May-2017
Now Open ... May Madness Bracket Challenge
Nothing beats the excitement of the NCAA tournament! For college tennis fans, May is the time for Madness, and this is your chance to demonstrate knowledge of the game. With the right combination of skill and luck, you can earn bragging rights - and great prizes - by making your picks for the Big Dance!

1-May-2017
The Relevance of College Rankings
Last month I asked if the coach matters when deciding where to take your tennis talents. This month I am turning my attention to college rankings - and asking if they should hold any relevance when making a final college decision.

26-Apr-2017
Are You 100% Present?
When I work with competitive junior tennis players, one of the first concepts I share has to do with "The Now" and "The Noise". This article discusses what each of these concepts really mean ‐and why understanding what they are and how they work is crucial to being a consistent player when the pressure is high or when you are struggling to stay motivated.

24-Apr-2017
Talking About the USTA All-American Combine
Today with chat with Scott Treibly of the USTA about the upcoming USTA All-American Combine that will take place at the USTA's Lake Nona facility in June.

21-Apr-2017
Hot 100 List - April '17
Today we announce the April edition of the Hot 100. The Hot 100 features 100 boys and 100 girls who have been playing outstanding tennis. These players have substantially improved their rankings over the past month.

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.

15-Apr-2017
Spring Signing Week '17: Sarianna Kuuttila is Excited to be a Spartan
Sarianna Kuuttila, who is best known on and off the court as "Sara," has committed to the Michigan State Spartans for the 2017-18 season. The 5-Star recruit has decided to trade in the desert for the cold beauty of East Lansing, Michigan, but the change is not as surprising as it may seem.

14-Apr-2017
Spring Signing Week '17: On Serve with Nicole Gibbs
In college, Nicole Gibbs made a name for herself with her outstanding on-court accomplishments. Three years at Stanford saw Gibbs take home two NCAA national singles championships, one doubles championship and a team title. Today, Gibbs is carving out a nice career on the WTA Tour, while using social media to speak out on political and social issues. Recently, Gibbs spoke with the ITA on a number of subjects ...

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.

13-Apr-2017
Spring Signing Week '17: Realistic Expectations When Choosing a College
You might not remember that first time you hit a perfect tennis shot, but your parents probably do. They were thinking about whether you would be a tennis star - or, at least, whether there was a college scholarship in your future. By now you may be more realistic about your chances of going straight to the pros, but it is important to also keep your expectations realistic when it comes to where you are going to play college tennis.

13-Apr-2017
Spring Signing Week '17: Ajai Shekhera Heads to UCSB
Ajai Shekhera is a park-bred player. He didn't begin his tennis career at a country club. Nobody in his family had any experience with the sport. Shekhera aspired to become a soccer star until two friends invited him to hit with them at the local park courts. Nearly a decade later, Shekhera's friends don't play tennis anymore, and he's going to play tennis in college. The five-star from Campbell, Calif., has committed to play at UC Santa Barbara.

12-Apr-2017
Spring Signing Week '17: Riley McQuaid is an A&M Aggie
Riley McQuaid's resourcefulness, resilience and optimism have enabled her to weather tough losses and injuries that beset top athletes. McQuaid used those qualities when she was informed six days before the Fall signing period that her scholarship offer had been withdrawn. She was stunned, but she quickly regrouped - and her survival instincts led her to College Station, Texas.

12-Apr-2017
Spring Signing Week '17: Berdusco Decides on Pepperdine
Bradenton's Brian Berdusco turned three difficult losses into a huge win. After first-round losses in main draw singles, consolation singles, and doubles at the 2016 Winter Nationals, Berdusco gained a new focus in his tennis. The win? Berdusco is excited to announce his commitment to Pepperdine University for Fall 2017.

12-Apr-2017
Spring Signing Week '17: Top Texan Shin Makes Cardinal Commitment
Throughout her entire college decision process, senior Blue Chip recruit Janice Shin visited several of the country's top universities, all of which have strong women's tennis teams and solid academic reputations to match. But one school stood out for the top-ranked player from Texas, and when she finally got the call with good news from the coaches at Stanford, Shin announced that she would be joining the Cardinal tennis team this fall.

11-Apr-2017
Spring Signing Week '17: Get Recruited Faster
I get anywhere from 5-15 emails a day from student athletes struggling with the recruiting process. Ninety nine percent of the time it's because the athlete does not understand how college coaches recruit. This article provides advice and recommendations that will help athletes understand how coaches evaluate prospects - and what they need to do to get recruited faster and easier.

11-Apr-2017
Spring Signing Week '17: National Roundup
Signing Week is now underway, and tomorrow seniors can start signing their National Letters of Intent. Today, we check in with boys and girls from across the country who are heading to a variety of schools. Find out how they came to their decisions... in our National Roundup.

10-Apr-2017
Spring Signing Week '17: Hada Chang Signs With Denver
Hada Chang will soon become a Pioneer in the world of women's college tennis. Chang, who hails from Trophy Club, Texas, signed a National Letter of Intent last fall with the University of Denver Pioneers.

10-Apr-2017
Spring Signing Week '17: Austin Barr Commits to Williams
Austin Barr is just the kind of the recruit any school would want. A fierce competitor, Barr is a talented 5-Star recruit whose favorite moments come in the team environment. An excellent student, Barr will take his tennis talents from his home state of Ohio to Williams College in the Northeast this Fall.

10-Apr-2017
Spring Signing Week '17: Signing Week Arrives
The second week of April is here - and Signing Week has finally arrived! We start our coverage of Spring Signing Week '17 with a look at the uncommitted boys and girls from the top 100. We update you on a few developments from the past few weeks, and we note that some of these top recruits plan to announce their college choices this week in our coverage.

9-Apr-2017
Images from the Georgia Bowl
Late last month, the Georgia Bowl took place in Rome, Ga., at the 51-court Rome Tennis Center. Contributor Bill Kallenberg was onhand to capture images from the event.

8-Apr-2017
Action Shots from the DecoTurf High School Championships
Photographer Bill Kallenberg was in Chattanooga, Tenn., last month to capture images of the DecoTurf High School Team Championships. Check out action shots of players from 64 high school teams across 13 states.

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.

6-Apr-2017
Countdown: Preparing for College Tennis
As many junior tennis players are preparing for college tennis, they need to learn certain aspects of the game so they are ready to perform at the next level. Many players want to attend prestigious universities, and they need to make a plan to do so. There is no cookie-cutter plan - each individual needs to make sure they are getting what they need in their training in a variety of area.

5-Apr-2017
Countdown: Puerto Rican Standout is a Xavier Muskeeter
Unlike many of his top-ranked peers, Alejandro Rodriguez-Vidal opted to train in Puerto Rico to hone his tennis. He spends his summers and winter holidays in his home in Orlando, Florida, and hits the courts sometimes, but he is mainly a product of Puerto Rican tennis. The plan has worked well for him - the 5-Star senior recently committed to Xavier University in Cincinnati.

4-Apr-2017
Countdown: Lilienthal Commits to Cornell's Big Red
When it came to finalizing her decision on a college commitment, senior 5-Star Recruit Cheyenne Lilienthal certainly had her pick of some of the top universities in the country. After visiting all of the Ivy League schools, the 17-year-old from Land O' Lakes, Fla., took her time weighing her options before finally announcing that she would commit to Cornell University's Big Red tennis team.

3-Apr-2017
Countdown: Coaches on Finding a Good Fit
Recruiting is the lifeblood of any college program, and coaches are always looking for student-athletes who will contribute to the team and the program's culture. Once coaches identify strong candidates, they have to execute on the recruiting process. We put the following question to a panel of experts: When you know a student-athlete will be a good fit for your program, what techniques do you use to articulate the fit?

2-Apr-2017
Former Champions Prevail at 2017 DecoTurf High School Tennis Team Championships
The 2016 DecoTurf High School Tennis Team Championships presented by Icy Hot had a very different feel this spring with boys and girls competing on the same weekend for the first time in tournament history. The monumental weekend of high school tennis featured more than 950 individual matches with 60 teams from 14 states taking to the courts throughout the Scenic City of Chattanooga, Tenn.

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.

30-Mar-2017
Countdown: The Role of Social Media in College Recruiting
The wide use of social media today is undeniable, but whether it can have a meaningful impact on a tennis player's recruitment to college is a topic we wanted to explore. We interviewed colege tennis coaches from a variety of levels and combined that with research from Cornerstone Reputation to gather information how social media is used - and how student athletes can use social media strategically.

29-Mar-2017
Countdown: Ysabel Gonzalez Rico finds the Right Fit at Emory
From starting to play tennis at the age of five, to ballgirl at the French Open, then moving to the United States while in high school and now committing to play her college tennis at Emory University, Miami's Ysabel Gonzalez Rico has come a long way in a relatively short period of time.

28-Mar-2017
Countdown: Anchors Aweigh for Andrew Ton
The United States military improved Andrew Ton's life a generation before he was born. So it's small wonder that Ton, a 5-Star left-hander from Milpitas, Calif., has committed to attend the U.S. Naval Academy and play tennis for the Midshipmen.

27-Mar-2017
Countdown: Previewing the Top 100 Girls
Last week, we checked in with the boys. Today, the top girls in the senior class update us on their college recruiting. Find out where the Top 100 girls are leaning, and how many of them have already made their decisions.

26-Mar-2017
Collegiate Exposure Camps - Summer Series 2017
Want to play college tennis? Join the Collegiate Exposure Camps - Taught Exclusively by College Coaches. These camps are designed for competitive boys and girls entering grades 8-12 next year and hosted at prestigious schools around the nation.

25-Mar-2017
Images from the One Love Junior Championships
The One Love Tennis Junior Championships of the South is a Southern Level 3 that was played earlier this month in Norcross, Ga. Contributor Bill Kallenberg was onhand to photograph the event - which featured all age divisions for both boys and girls. Check out the great action shots he caught ...

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.

23-Mar-2017
Countdown: Jacob Brumm to California
As a promising junior growing up in Southern California, Jacob Brumm was content to play tournaments and work on his game. But when he learned about college tennis, he became a huge fan and followed the sport avidly. Now a Blue Chip senior, Brumm received attention of the college coaches he was following. And last November, Brumm committed to the University of California at Berkeley.

22-Mar-2017
Countdown: Taylor Bridges Commits to the Wolfpack
Taylor Bridges, a top-50 national recruit from Mesa, Ariz., signed with N.C. State and coach Simon Earnshaw in November. The Dent Tennis Academy product is coming off a successful year where she reached the singles finals of ITF events and had great success in doubles. TRN talked with Bridges earlier this month about her goals for college tennis, a time when she quit the sport, and her tennis trips to New Zealand and Costa Rica.

21-Mar-2017
Hot 100 List - March '17
Today we announce the March edition of the Hot 100. The Hot 100 features 100 boys and 100 girls who have been playing outstanding tennis. These players have substantially improved their rankings over the past month.

20-Mar-2017
Countdown: Previewing the Top 100 Boys
Many of the top boys committed during Fall Signing Week last November, but a number of top targets were still available. We talked with many recruits in the Top 100 to find out where they are in their decision process. Some have decided, some have narrowed their lists, and many are still wide open.

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.

16-Mar-2017
Countdown: How Much Does the Coach Matter Anyway?
Sports fans typically fancy themselves to be true experts in the world of sports. They love to give adulation and praise to coaches when they win - and to demonize them when they lose. But do coaches deserve the attention they receive? I think they do ... but maybe not for the reasons you would think.

15-Mar-2017
Countdown: Katya Tabachnik Rides with the Broncos
Katya Tabachnik was carefully considering her options when she had a breakthrough in her college recruiting process. She thought more about where she would be happiest rather than choosing the best tennis or academic program. The San Francisco native, chose to stay close to home by committing to Santa Clara University. The Jesuit university in the Silicon Valley provided the right mix of elements the five-star recruit was seeking for her future.

14-Mar-2017
Countdown: Crawford Headed to Florida
Growing up, Oliver Crawford played tennis, football, travel baseball and basketball. It wasn't until age 12 that he played in his first tennis tournament. Fast-forward five years and the 17-year-old Spartanburg, South Carolina, teen is headed to the University of Florida after signing a national letter-of-intent with the Gators.

13-Mar-2017
Countdown: Talcott Signs with the Tribe
After being sidelined for several months with a back injury, Finbar Talcott still remembers the feeling of the ball on his strings again is something he will never forget. His appreciation for the game in the years following that injury helped him achieve his goal of committing to play college tennis. Talcott is excited to commit to William & Mary for Fall 2017.

13-Mar-2017
Countdown to Signing Day
It's that time of year... Signing Day is approaching. April 12 is the first day of the Spring Signing Period - when seniors from around the nation can sign on to play college tennis at Division I or Division II schools. And once again, The Tennis Recruiting Network and GAMMA are ready with the Countdown to Signing Day.

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.

8-Mar-2017
Roundtable: Choosing the Lineup
Lineup selection - who plays which line - is an important part of college tennis. When there are strong players with different skill sets, coaches need to make difficult choices. We put the question to our panel of coaches: When you have two strong players at the top of your lineup, how do you decide who plays No. 1 and No. 2? How does the lineup change from week to week?

5-Mar-2017
Southern Icy Hot Photo Gallery
The Icy Hot Southern Championships took place the last weekend of February. Rain ended the tournament early - with no completed finals. Photographer Bill Kallenberg was onhand to capture images of the tournament ...

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.

1-Mar-2017
CWRU's C.J. Krimbill Receives NCAA Today's Top 10 Award
Recent Case Western Reserve University graduate and former men's tennis player C.J. Krimbill received the NCAA Today's Top 10 Award, recognizing former student-athletes for their successes on the field, in the classroom and in the community at the Honors Celebration during the NCAA Convention in Nashville, Tennessee in January.

27-Feb-2017
In Search of Tennis Gadgets at CES 2017
Each January, 185,000 people descend on Las Vegas for the annual Consumer Electronics Show. While the masses aren't there to look for the latest tennis training aid or wearable device, potential gadgets for tennis players and fans are found in just about every corner of the city.

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.

22-Feb-2017
Virginia Wins ITA National Indoor Team Title
When you think of teams that are really great at playing indoor tennis, the top two that would come to most people's minds are Virginia and Ohio State. Coming into the ITA National Team Indoors, Virginia and Ohio State had made a combined 11 finals appearances over the previous 12 years, so it shouldn't have been a surprise when they stood on opposite sides of the net on Monday morning. In the end, the Cavaliers brought home the hardware.

20-Feb-2017
Hot 100 List - February '17
Today we announce the February edition of the Hot 100. The Hot 100 features 100 boys and 100 girls who have been playing outstanding tennis. These players have substantially improved their rankings over the past month.

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.

15-Feb-2017
Florida Women Claim First ITA National Indoors Title Since 1999
For sixteen of the best women's college tennis teams in the country, the ITA National Team Indoor Championship was a chance to make a statement for the rest of the season. For Roland Thornqvist and his No. 1 Florida Gators, a win in New Haven, Connecticut, achieved a new first. Thornqvist won his first-ever NTI championship - and UF won its first title since 1999.

13-Feb-2017
Talk, Talk, Talk ...
In politics, people say a lot of things to grab headlines in his bid to win the election - regardless of whether it is true. We are all guilty at times of delusional dialogue about ourselves and our goals - and I have heard many bold statements from tennis players and parents. I learned to become increasingly skeptical over the years. Think critically about what you want to accomplish - and ask yourself if what you are saying is truly what YOU desire.

12-Feb-2017
Images from the Southern Winter Championships
After a period of ice early in the year, last month's Southern Winter Championships in Rome, Georgia, featured temperatures in the 70s. Check out action shots from the Boys and Girls 16 and 18 events ...

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.

9-Feb-2017
TRN/SLAM·Tennis College Rankings
The USTA Collegiate Division recently announced new weekly polls ranking the Top 25 NCAA Division I Men's and Women's College Teams, and TRN is one of the organizations with a vote. Since we are a ranking company, we decided to use our rating and ranking system on college tennis teams to help us in our voting. Take a look at our independent rankings of college programs at the NCAA D-I, D-II, D-III and NAIA levels ...

6-Feb-2017
Top Women's Classes - 2017 Winter Rankings
Spring Signing Day is just over two months away, and coaches are busy finalizing their recruiting classes. A number of highly-ranked seniors have already made their college choices - they have made verbal commitments or signing NLIs during the Fall Signing Period. Find out which women's teams are looking good at this stage - as The Tennis Recruiting Network and YTEX Strings proudly present the Top 25 Women's College Tennis Recruiting Classes of 2017.

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.

1-Feb-2017
Roundtable: Scheduling Dual Matches
Dual matches are the heart of the college tennis season, and most of the top teams are just starting their dual match schedule right now. There are plenty of great early-season matchups before conference play begins in earnest. But how do teams come up with their schedules? We put the question to our panel: What is your philosophy when putting together your spring schedule? How far in advance do you start planning?

30-Jan-2017
Top Men's Classes - 2017 Winter Rankings
Late January is a great time to take a look at college recruiting. More than 850 seniors have made their college choices, and recruiting classes are really shaping up. How is your favorite team doing? Let's find out ... as Tennis Recruiting and YTEX Strings bring you the Top 25 Men's College Tennis Recruiting Classes for 2017.

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.

25-Jan-2017
Talking About the USTA NCAA Division I College Poll
Today we chat with long-time college tennis evangelist Scott Treibly of the USTA Collegiate Division about the recently-announced USTA Division I Men's and Women's College Tennis Top 25 Polls which kick off early next month. Treibly talks about how the poll works and goals for the effort.

23-Jan-2017
Tennis Level Does Not Equal Tennis Level
I think there is a misconception in the tennis world that you need to be playing with higher level tennis players, junior or professional, in order to become a higher level tennis player. Level does not equal level.

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.

18-Jan-2017
Talking with Hawaii Pacific's Lauren Conching
For the past ten seasons, the Hawaii Pacific Sharks have advanced to the NCAA Division II National Championships - the past five with Head Coach Lauren Conching at the helm. Conching, the ITA/Wilson Tennis National Coach of the Year in 2013, has led the program to three Final Four appearances in her five seasons. Harry Cicma of NBC Sports had the chance to talk with Conching about her experiences coaching college tennis.

16-Jan-2017
Hot 100 List - January '17
Today we announce the January edition of the Hot 100. The Hot 100 features 100 boys and 100 girls who have been playing outstanding tennis. These players have substantially improved their rankings over the past month.

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 ...

11-Jan-2017
Roundtable: Fitness Programs in College Tennis
Fitness and health are important aspects in the game of tennis. Off the court, college tennis players work out to maintain high levels of energy and stamina. We asked a panel of coaches the following questions: What types of off-court fitness and conditioning programs do you use? Are your players advised on nutritional matters?

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.

6-Jan-2017
Seggerman and Kung Capture Winter 18s Titles
Princeton-bound senior Ryan Seggerman of Coronado, Calif., and sophomore Chelsea Kung of Fort Worth, Texas, were the 18U singles champions this week at the USTA National Winter Championships in Chandler, Ariz., where upsets were common and none of the top-five seeds made the semifinals in either draw.

5-Jan-2017
Top Seeds Nakashima, Blake Take Winter Nationals 16s
Inclement weather failed to put a damper on the week for San Diego, California's Brandon Nakashima and Boca Raton, Florida's Angelica Blake who both blitzed through the 16s competition in winning the USTA National Winter Championships in Scottsdale, Ariz.

4-Jan-2017
Southern California Players Win 14s Winter Nationals Titles
Two Southern Californians emerged as the singles winners of the USTA Boys and Girls 14 Winter National Championships at the Reffkin Tennis Center. Top-seeded Maxwell McKennon of Newport Beach captured the boys gold ball, while No. 5 Jenna DeFalco of Tustin won the girls national title. The tournament, plagued with rain delays, finished this past Monday, January 2nd.

3-Jan-2017
Top Seeds Triumph at 12s Winter Nationals
True to form, the boys and girls top seeds emerged as the 2016 champions of the Winter Nationals in Tucson, Ariz. Californian Vivian Ovrootsky took home two gold balls in Tucson without losing a set. On the boys' side, Jackson Armistead of South Carolina defeated seventh-seeded Learner Tien of California in a match that came down to the wire by a score of 4-6, 6-2, 7-6 (5).

2-Jan-2017
Winter Nationals Week
While most people were enjoying a winter break, many top American junior tennis players were pursuing gold balls in Arizona. This week, Tennis Recruiting and Van Der Meer Academy celebrate the winners of the USTA National Winter Championships. Take a look at our coverage schedule for Winter Nationals Week.


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