Countdown: 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.
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.
Zaima's Recruiting Influence Lives on at UCLA
The UCLA women's tennis team is holding an alumni celebration this weekend, which will include a tribute to Bill Zaima. The first head coach in program history, Zaima died in 2016 from an illness. He recruited current head coach Stella Sampras Webster as a player and then as his successor. Zaima's influence remains strong within the program.
UC Davis Mines Southern California For Talent
The UC Davis men's tennis team has improved its results over the last few years by recruiting more players from Southern California. Head coach Eric Steidlmayer and assistant coach Mike Meyer made the territory a priority once they arrived at UC Davis in 2012.
Meghana Komarraju Felt A Call To Serve
Meghana Komarraju found herself drawn to the service academies as she began the recruiting process. They offered everything she wanted - an opportunity to play Division I tennis, strong science and math classes and leadership skills that would last throughout life. The four star senior from Virginia decided to stay close to home and commit to Navy.
Countdown to Signing Day
It's that time of year again. Signing Day is approaching. April 11 is the first day of the Spring Signing Period, when seniors from around the nation can sign their National Letter of Intent to play college tennis at Division I or Division II schools. As usual, The Tennis Recruiting Network and GAMMA will get you ready with our Countdown to Signing Day.
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.
UVA Commit Hopes To Inspire Through Actions, Words
Natasha Subhash is staying close to home by committing to the University of Virginia. The blue chip junior has a stutter, and is hoping her platform as a talented tennis player can help inspire any other kids that have a similar issue and are struggling to cope with the disorder.
Yim Recovers From Back Injury, Commits to Harvard
Alan Yim worried his college prospects might dim when he was sidelined by a back injury for eight months. But Harvard remained loyal in its pursuit of the blue chip junior from Bellevue, Washington, and Yim recently committed to the Ivy League program.
Spotlight Players of the Week - Jake Fraunfelder and Katie Andreini
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 Jake Fraunfelder and Katie Andreini.
Star Ratings '17-'18 - Spring Edition
Three Star Recruit? Or Four Star? You can find out right now, as The Tennis Recruiting Network proudly presents the Star Ratings for Spring 2018.
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.
USC Commit Ryder Jackson Is Uniquely Dressed For Success
Ryder Jackson has a distinctive style on the court when it comes to clothes with a soccer jersey and visor as his attire of choice. But it's the blue chip junior's game that attracted college coaches. Jackson ended his recruiting process by committing to play for USC.
ITA and TRN Announce Alliance Extension
The Intercollegiate Tennis Association and Tennis Recruiting Network announce on Wednesday an extension of their alliance, making Tennis Recruiting Network the Official Junior Tennis Information Source for the ITA.
How Are Conference and Non-Conference Matches Different?
Every match holds a level of importance in the season, but how do non-conference matches differ from conferences matches? Is there more intensity that comes with familiarity and fighting for a conference title? We asked a panel of coaches from across the country in this month's Coaching Roundtable.
Spotlight Players of the Week - Benji Jacobson and Meghna Tripathy
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 Benji Jacobson and Meghna Tripathy.
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.
Where Are They Now? Randi Schuler
Randi Schuler dealt with numerous injuries in her final few seasons of college tennis. But all the time spent in the doctor's office and traning room sparked her interest in the medical field. The former five-star is now doing her residency in emergency medcine at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit.
Blue Chip Cannon Kingsley Makes Ohio State His Top Choice
Ohio State wasn't on Cannon Kingsley's initital list when he began exploring his college tennis options. But the Buckeyes made a lasting impression on the blue chip junior from Northport, New York, and he committed to play for Ohio State last week.
Hot 100 List - February '18
Today we announce the February 2018 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.
Spotlight Players of the Week - Chidimma Okpara and Chase Parker
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 Chidimma Okpara and Chase Parker.
USTA Tennis at the National Campus
The USTA held several USTA National Level 2s last weekend with players
competing around the country. One of the 18s division events took
place at the USTA National Campus in Lake Nona, Fla. Paul Ballard of
ZooTennis was onhand to capture the event ...
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.
Bridging The Generational Divide Between Players and Coaches
Can old-school coaches and new-age players reach a common ground in college tennis? Columnist Dave Mullins explores the give and take needed from both sides in an age of technology, instant gratification and coddling.
Married Coaches Share A Love For Tennis, Each Other
Spending Valentine's Day together is part of the job for married couples coaching at the same school, and they wouldn't have it any other way. Their love for tennis is topped only by their love for each other, and they've created a true family atmosphere around their programs.
Yarlagadda Takes A Balanced Approach To UNC Commitment
Anika Yarlagadda was attracted to the University of North Carolina for more than just a strong tennis program. The blue chip junior wants to be a doctor, and UNC is well respected for sending students to medical school. The combination led Yarlagadda to commit to the Tar Heels on her second visit to campus.
Spotlight Players of the Week - Sam Gibson, Catherine Broerman
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 Sam Gibson and Catherine Broerman.
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.
Boe-Wiegaard Takes The Helm At Sacred Heart
William Boe-Wiegaard was named the head coach for the Sacred Heart men’s and women’s tennis teams last September. As Boe-Wiegaard guides Sacred Heart through the first few dual matches, TRN correspondent Harry Cicma spoke to the former NCAA Division III national champion about entering the coaching ranks.
Marymount California Building For Tennis Programs Return
Marymount California University is adding men’s and women’s tennis programs, beginning in the 2018-19 season. Head coach Jamie Sanchez is actively recruiting players and wants "anyone and everyone" to call his cell phone if they are interested in playing.
Purdue Women Promote Unity Through Warm-Up Shirts
The Purdue women's tennis team is wearing warm-up shirts this season to help spread a message of unity. The black, long-sleeved shirts feature a word chosen by a each player that she believes can help make the world a better place.
Top Women's Classes - 2018 Winter Rankings
Nearly five hundred senior girls - including 83 of the Top 100 - have already signed or verbally committed to college programs. With so many commitments, our Winter Recruiting Class rankings could not be more timely. TRN and YTEX are proud to present the Top 25 Women's College Tennis Recruiting Classes of 2018.
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.
Extended Travel Plans Leads Alshon To Virginia
Christian Alshon took his mother's advice and decided to extend a recruiting trip. The blue chip junior made a visit to Virginia and instantly knew he'd found the right college for him. Alshon verbally committed to play for the defending NCAA champion Cavailiers.
How College Coaches Make Lineup Decisions
Choosing a lineup to start a season is not an exact science. Various factors are considered before sending players out to the courts for each college match. This month's Coaching Roundtable panel discusses how lineup decisions are made and how things can change throughout the next few months.
Cal Endows Men's Head Coaching Position
The University of California, Berkeley received a $3 million endowment to fund the head men's coaching position for tennis. The position will be named the Peter Wright Director of Men's Tennis once current head coach Peter Wright decides to retire.
Top Men's Classes - 2018 Winter Rankings
As we move toward the end of January, the senior class of the Class of 2018 has been moving forward. As of today, over 900 seniors have reported commitments to college tennis programs, and more are making verbal commitments each and every week. The decision-making will continue, but the end of January is a good time to check in on where where things stand. Today, TRN and YTEX Strings are excited to bring you their poll of the Top 25 Men's College Tennis Recruiting Classes.
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.
Kotzen Goes Back To His Roots With Columbia Commitment
Blue chip junior Alexander Kotzen engaged in a thorough recruiting search, visiting 10 schools and hiring a consultant to help research his options. In the end, Kotzen decided to commit to Columbia, which is located only a few blocks from where he attended elementary school.
Where Are They Now? Cameron Is All Business at Amazon
Former blue chip Bobby Cameron uses the same competitive mindset to make sales as a program manager for Amazon.com as he did on the tennis court. Cameron played three seasons at the University of Tennessee and was ranked as high as No. 5 nationally in doubles and No. 20 in singles.
Emory Makes Memorable Trek To Thailand
The Emory women's tennis team recently took a two-week trip to Thailand that exposed them to new things and brought them closer together. Among their many excurisions was a memorable mountain trek to a hill tribe village to sleep in a bamboo hut.
Spotlight Players of the Week - Walker Stearns and Reagan Miley
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 Walker Stearns and Reagan Miley.
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.
Texas Tennis Finally Has a Place to Call Home Again
The University of Texas has a new home for its tennis programs. After spending the last three seasons playing at local parks and clubs, the Longhorns are set to debut the Texas Tennis Center, which features 12 outdoor courts, 1,500 seats, a sprawling weight room, locker rooms and a player's lounge.
Hot 100 List - January '18
Today we announce the January 2018 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.
Shvets Feels Right At Home At Princeton
Brianna Shvets used to drive by Princeton University with her parents when she was young and wear Princeton T-shirts during her matches. Her longtime dream of playing for her hometown university has become a reality. The blue chip senior from New Jersey has committed to Princeton and received her acceptance letter.
Spotlight Players of the Week - Junmoke James and Brogan Pierce
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 Junmoke James and Brogan Pierce.
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.
Arizona State Men Begin a New Era
Nearly a decade after playing its last dual match, the Arizona State men's tennis team will take the court again on Saturday against Duke - the team the Sun Devils last played. ASU's men's program was disbanded in 2008 in a cost-cutting move by the university. After years of hope and hard work, the program is celebrating its reinstatement this weekend with former players.
Chopra Celebrates Holidays By Winning Boys 16s Titles
Keshav Chopra didn't spend much time celebrating the holidays. The blue chip sophomore was more focused on trying to win the first ball of his career. Chopra doubled his pleasure by capturing gold balls in the Boys 16s singles and doubles at the USTA Winter National Champioships in Florida.
Pielet Lives Up To Top Billing By Winning Girls 16s Titles
Top-seeded Gianna Pielet didn't cower amid high expectations at the USTA Winter National Championships in Florida. The El Paso, Texas resident swept the singles and doubles titles in the Girls 16s division two months after winning the National Indoors title in singles.
Castillo Makes Triumphant Return to Win Girls 14s Singles Title
Midori Castillo Meza just wanted to win one match at the USTA Winter National Championships in Arizona to improve from last year's result. The Chula Vista, California resident accomplished much more. She won the Girls 14s singles title while only losing two sets.
Banerjee Sustains Success With Two Titles in Boys 14s
Samir Banerjee carried over his confidence, mental discipline and maturity stemming from his stellar play at the National Indoor Championships and Orange Bowl to capture the Boys 14s singles and doubles titles at the USTA Winter National Championships in Tucson, Arizona.
Yakoff Makes Full Recovery to Win Two Gold Balls in Girls 12s
Stephanie Yakoff recovered from an elbow injury to return to top form at the USTA Winter National Championships in Arizona. The Fort Lee, New Jersey native won the Girls 12s singles and doubles titles without losing a single set in the tournament.
Quan Makes Dominant First Impression To Win Boys 12s Title
Rudy Quan made a strong first impression in his first national championship. The Roseville, California native dropped only 13 total games in seven matches to capture the gold ball in Boys 12s singles at the USTA Winter National Championships in Arizona.
Spring Star Ratings Period Starts This Week
Twice a year, TennisRecruiting.net updates its Star Ratings - sometimes known as "The Stars". Our next update to the Star Ratings comes in March - and those ratings will be based on players' highest rankings during the next eight weeks - from the week of January 8 to the week of February 26, 2018. We invite players to review their player records to ensure accurate ratings.
Crawley Hits Her Stride On Clay to Capture 18s Title
Fiona Crawley started the new year with the same positive momentum she established in 2017, defeating Sophia Graver 6-1, 7-5 to capture the Girls 18s singles title at the USTA Winter National Championships in Florida. The blue chip sophomore from San Antonio played some of her best tennis to earn another gold ball on clay.
Alshon Finishes Strong To Capture Boys 18s Title
In a bizarre day that started by warming up with his mom and ended by fixing a flat tire, Christian Alshon managed to capture the Boys 18s singles title at the USTA Winter National Championships in Florida. Alshon outlasted Bradley Frye 6-4, 4-6, 6-0 in the final between longtime friends.
This year, some divisions of the USTA National Winter Championships moved from Arizona to the USTA National Campus in Orlando, Florida. Top American junior tennis players from around the country pursued gold balls at the premier tennis facility in the country. Tennis Recruiting and Van Der Meer Academy are scheduled to provide all the details.
To Go Big, First Focus Small
Staying focused on the right objective is a key to playing championship tennis, according to sports psychologist Patrick Alban. In his latest column, he provides a tip to help college tennis players restructure their thought patterns into successful performances under pressure.
Mullins: Techinque Change Leads To Pain Relief
Dave Mullins struggled with chronic back pain throughout his tennis career. He tried every possible solution before a physiotherapist suggested changing the techinque of his serve. It worked like magic and has enabled Mullins to spend hours and hours more on the court.
Spotlight Players of the Week - Phasu Sirinit, Laurel Sullivan
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 Phasu Sirinit and Laurel Sullivan.
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.
Nonprofit Brings Tennis to Elementary Schools
Claremont-Mudd-Scripps men's tennis coach Paul Settles runs a nonprofit that teaches tennis to local elementary schools. The 12-week program reaches more than 200 students and culminates with a big tournament at the CMS facility each year.
Kourkina Relieves Stress by Committing to Vanderbilt
Dasha Kourkina wanted to relieve the stress and anxiety brought on by the college recruiting process. Once she visited Vanderbilt, the blue chip junior from Brooklyn found her solution. She verbally committed to play for the Commodores.
How College Programs Develop Leadership
How important is leadership in college tennis? How do teams select captains? Is it hard to find leaders in a largely individual sport? We asked a panel of coaches how they develop leadership in their programs in this month's Coaching Roundtable.
Spotlight Players of the Week - Sophia Reddy, Jeffrey Dewald
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 Sophia Reddy and Jeffrey Dewald.
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.
Mother's Influence Helps Harvard-Bound Eason
Rachel Eason has a role model close to home in her mother, who has raised her as a single parent. They were able to celebrate together last week when Eason received her admitance letter from Harvard. The blue chip senior will begin playing for the Crimson in the fall of 2018.
Zhu Carries Quiet Confidence to Penn
Kevin Zhu recevied his admittance letter from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of business last week. The blue chip senior from Houston will bring a quiet confidence to the Penn roster once he arrives in the fall of 2018.
Hot 100 List - December '17
Today we announce the December 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.
Spotlight Players of the Week - Kacie Harvey, Ohm Sharma
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 Kacie Harvey and Ohm Sharma.
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.
Beating The Odds To Play College Tennis
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.
The Name Game: Brigham Signs with BYU
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.
Spotlight Players of the Week - Ashe Ray, Megan Polnet
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 Ashe Ray and Megan Polnet.
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.
Duke-Bound Johns Puts Sportsmanship First
Atlanta's Garrett Johns has committed to Duke. The blue chip junior is known for more than just his success on the court. He's known for his good sportsmanship and compassion for others.
Where Are They Now? Loeb Trades Tennis for WWE
Former five-star recruit Jenna Loeb has stepped off the tennis court and into the wrestling world. The Wake Forest graduate is the Talent Travel Manager for the World Wrestling Entertainment. If you see a WWE wrestler in an airport, you can credit Loeb for making those flight plans.
Spotlight Players of the Week - Noah Gampel, Nejla Zukic
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 Noah Gampel and Nejla Zukic.
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.
Gallagher Ready To Begin College At 16
Blue chip Sedona Gallagher is graduating from high school two years early so she can begin attendng the University of Washington. The 15-year-old signed her National Letter of Intent during the early signing period two weeks ago.
What College Programs Tried to Achieve in the Fall
What were college programs trying to achieve during the fall season? How different are the goals in the fall compared to the spring? We asked several coaches how they approached the fall in the latest edition of our Coaching Roundtable.
Spotlight Players of the Week - Amara Young, Gary Fishkin
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 Amara Young and Gary Fishkin.
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
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.
Auburn Women Rocked By Terminal Cancer Diagnosis
Marliss Gruver, the director of operations for the Auburn women's tennis team, has been diagnosed with terminal cancer. The program is trying to raise money to provide college scholarships for her 12-year-old twin daughters, Jillian and Sloan.
Mullins: Stop Acting Like a Brat On The Court
Certain abnoxious behaviors seem to be imbedded into the tennis culture that people don’t often question and just accept as normal. Columnist and former college coach Dave Mullins thinks they should be questioned and eliminated from the sport for good.
Hot 100 List - November '17
Today we announce the November 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.
Spotlight Players of the Week - Colt Tegtmeier, Mollie Guba
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 Colt Tegtmeier and Mollie Guba.
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.
LSU Commit Is A Woman Among Boys
Maggie Cubitt grew up playing tennis with a group of boys. Although they made her cry at first, Cubitt eventually earned their respect. They helped the five-star junior develop into a successful player who just committed to LSU.
It's Not All Relative For Cacciatores, But It's Really Confusing
They have the same last name, play the same sport and live in the same state. But they are not all related. Meet Henry Patrick, Harry and Grey Cacciatore - the players who have caused confusion for tournament directors, hotel guest bookers and equipment reps.
Struggling: A Skill Every Junior Tennis Player Must Embrace
As an aspiring collegiate tennis player, attitude is key to success. Coaches from all divisions stress the importance of recruiting players who demonstrate positive attitudes towards all aspects of the college game. Whether it is waking up early at 6am to go for a 5K or staying pushing beyond your limits during conditioning and long matches the attitude of a college tennis player needs to always be positively on point.
Spotlight Players of the Week - Shaddy Khalafallah, Nikala Tuffanelli
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 Shaddy Khalafallah and Nikala Tuffanelli.
Fall Signing Week 2017: Thorough Search Leads to UVA
Ryan Goetz didn't want to leave any stone unturned during his recruiting process. The blue chip senior from New York visited numerous schools and researched each program intensely. Goetz realized the University of Virginia was the best fit for him.
Fall Signing Week 2017: Opportunities Knock for Simion
Tennis provided Teodora Simion a way to ease her homesickness when her family moved to the United States from Romania. The well-rounded recruit will continue playing the sport in college, having signed with Marian University. Simion wants to pursue a career in medicine and possibly work on healthcare legislation in Washington D.C.
Fall Signing Week 2017: Coaching Move Alters Mayo's Choice
Alyssa Mayo wanted to play for Alison Swain. Once Swain was named the head coach at USC, Mayo's recruiting took a West Coast turn and a jump to Division I. The four-star signed with USC this week.
Fall Signing Week 2017: Sorel's Growth Spurt Forces Introspection
Jack Sorel struggled with his game after a major growth spurt changed his body. He lost confidence, but he never quit. The four-star senior from Alpharetta, Georgia, has adapted a new style and is signing with Kennesaw State.
Fall Signing Week 2017: Choy Was Born To Play For Stanford
Literally from birth, it seemed Sara Choy was destined to play for Stanford. The blue chip grew up dreaming about joining the program and representing the university. Choy will make things official this week by signing her National Letter of Intent.
Fall Signing Week 2017: Kypson Pushes Back Decision
Blue chip Patrick Kypson is still debating whether to turn professional right away or pursue a college career first. The No. 1-ranked senior boy on Tennis Recruiting Network's list, Kypson will consider a myriad of factors in the next few months before he announces his decision.
Fall Signing Week 2017: Adventure Awaits Graver at Auburn
Blue chip senior Sophie Graver is signing to play at Auburn University. The New Jersey native made an adventurous pact with Auburn coach Lauren Spencer if Graver decided to play for the Tigers.
Fall Signing Week 2017: Home Court Advantage for Horve
Lucas Horve won't experience as much cultural shock as some college-bound players. The five-star senior grew up 45 minutes from the Illinois campus and has been training on the courts for many years. He will officially sign to join the Illini this week.
Fall Signing Week 2017: Spanning The Nation For Recruits
Players from around the nation are signing their National Letter of Intent this week. They are going to schools big and small, from the East Coast to the West Coast. Find out how Lauren Dunlap, Tomas del Olmo, Tatum Burger, Adam Oscislawski, Kate Paulus and Nicklas Oberg made their decisions.
Fall Signing Week 2017: Pellerito Picks William & Mary
As someone who has always loved team events for the camaraderie and competition, Dan Pellerito couldn't wait to play college tennis. The five-star from Syosset, N.Y., has committed to William & Mary.
Fall Signing Week 2017
It's finally here! The early signing period has arrived, with Signing Day coming this Wednesday, November 8. We kick things off with a look at the schedule and an update on the Blue Chip boys and girls.
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.
Vitale Thinks Tennis is 'Awesome Baby!'
Dick Vitale is known for his love of college basketball. But his passion for tennis runs nearly as deep. Vitale's daughters played at Notre Dame and grandchildren are rising junior stars. He's hosting his annual college clay court tournament this week in Florida that helps raise money for pediatric cancer.
Countdown: Lilien Takes Tennis Trail to Oregon
Julia Lilien thought she might grow up to be a swimmer or a golfer. But once she discovered tennis, Lilien fell in love with the sport. The five-star recruit will continue playing at the college level, having committed to Oregon.
Countdown: Back Healed, Pratt Goes Back To Wisconsin
Jared Pratt didn't let scoliosis keep him from achieving his tennis dreams. The blue chip senior has overcome surgery and committed to Wisconsin, the state where he first began playing tennis competitively.
Countdown: McInerney's Unlikely Recruiting Tale
Recruiting has changed since Arizona State women's coach Sheila McInerney was pursued by USC in 1976. The coach had never seen her play before she arrived, and she never saw the campus until her first day of school.
Countdown: Kowalski Finds A New Home At Georgia
Meg Kowalski left home to attend the Smith Stearns Tennis Academy and instantly felt welcomed. The blue chip from Illinois experiened that same comfort level once she visited the University of Georgia. She committed to the Bulldogs two years ago and never wavered on her decision.
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.
Countdown: Brylin Ready For Change At Wake Forest
Anna Brylin enjoys exploring new areas and meeting new people. She will get that chance at Wake Forest, where the five-star from New Jersey has committed to play. Brylin's father played in the NHL and she spent parts of her childhood living in Russia.
Countdown: Rios Stays Close To Home At Ole Miss
Christopher Rios always dreamed about staying close to home and representing Ole Miss. It will soon become a reality. The four-star senior from Baldwyn has committed to play for Ole Miss.
Countdown: Blue Chip Girls
With Signing Day just around the corner, things are heating up on the recruiting trail. We reported on the boys last week - but today we check in the top girls. Check out the status of the Blue Chip girls in the Class of 2018 ...
Countdown: The Value of Video in Recruiting
Video has become a tool coaches and players use in the recruiting process. How much do coaches use it? What are they looking for in each video? Our latest Coaching Roundtable tackles those questions.
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.
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.
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.
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?”
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.
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 ...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.).