CMS Programs Take Aim at NCAA Division III Titles
The Claremont-Mudd-Scripps men’s and women’s teams arrive in Kalamazoo next Monday for the NCAA Division III quarterfinals as the top seeds, with each having just one loss on the season. But the teams that delivered those losses have also earned their way the Elite Eight.
Failure and Suffering Help South Carolina Reach Elite Eight
The South Carolina women have used past failures to achieve present success. The Gamecocks captured the SEC Tournament title for the first time in program history this year, and play Duke in the NCAA Division I quarterfinals on Friday.
A Day In The Life: MIT Sophomore Megan Guenther
Ever wonder what a typical day is like for a college tennis player? We've got you covered. Through their own words, we take you inside the schedule of a college player. Welcome to A Day In The Life of MIT sophomore Megan Guenther.
Mentors Available Through College Tennis Alumni Network
The College Tennis Alumni Network launched last week, with more than 900 members joining in the first 36 hours. The network includes a mentorship program, which pairs former players with college seniors and recent graduates to help guide them through their transition into the working world.
Spotlight Players of the Week - Victoria Vasquez and Joe Mairs
TRN regularly shines the spotlight on a boy and girl player randomly selected from our class ranking lists. Beyond match scores and tournament results, the players reveal more about their interests and personalities. Get to know Victoria Vasquez and Joe Mairs.
Happy Mother's Day: Sweet 16 Players Honor Mom with Tributes
They spent years driving them to practice and tournaments. They paid for entry fees, food and travel. They sacrified personal time to watch matches at all hours. They are tennis moms, and we are honoring them this weekend with tributes from players still remaining in the NCAA Division I Sweet 16. Happy Mother's Day!
Super Regionals: What to Know About the Sweet 16
All eight top seeds advanced to the Sweet 16 in both the men's and women's bracket of the NCAA Division I Championships. They will be hosting matches on Friday or Saturday as part of the new Super Regional format. The winners will earn a ticket to the USTA National Tennis Center in Orlando to play for the national title.
Prinyarux Finds a Division I Match in Rutgers
Alisa Prinyarux didn't think her game was good enough to play Division I. But once she stopped worrying and started having fun, Prinyarux improved and received Division I interest. The five-star junior from Kansas has committed to Rutgers.
A Day In The Life: Cal Senior Maria Smith
Ever wonder what a typical day is like for a college tennis player? We've got you covered. Through their own words, we take you inside the schedule of a college player. Welcome to A Day In The Life of Cal senior Maria Smith.
Spotlight Players of the Week - Terry McGrath and Issa Sullivan
TRN regularly shines the spotlight on a boy and girl player randomly selected from our class ranking lists. Beyond match scores and tournament results, the players reveal more about their interests and personalities. Get to know Terry McGrath and Issa Sullivan.
ISC Spring Championships Gallery
The USTA International Spring Championships took place early last
month at the USTA Training Center in Carson, Calif. Top seeds won both
18s events - as Liam Draxl and Hurricane Tyra Black won titles. In the
16s, unseeded players carried the week with Alexander Chang and
Winta Woldeab emerging victorious. Take a look at action shots captured
NCAA Tournament: Dark Horses, Upsets and Overall Champions
It's finally time. The NCAA Tournament begins today on campuses across the country. Which teams are the dark horses? Who might spring an upset? What programs will be holding the trophy at the very end? We answer those questions in Part 2 of our NCAA Roundtable.
NCAA Tournament: Storylines and Super Regional Debut
The NCAA Tournament draws have been released and the first-round matches begin on Friday at campuses across the country. What were the best storylines from the regular season? How will the new Super Regional format pan out? We answer those questions in Part 1 of our annual NCAA Roundtable.
Players Winning First Titles Highlight April's Accomplishments
From a first title on the WTA level to first titles at ITF Junior Circuit Grade 5s, the accomplishments of April span an impressive range of competitive tennis. The monthly Aces column includes former college stars and teenagers from around the world.
Gupta Captures Prestigious Boys CIF Title at The Ojai
Junior champions were crowned over the weekend at the prestigious 119th Ojai Tennis Tournament in Ojai, California. The winners and finalists will add their faces to the photo boards at Libbey Park that include many legends of the sport.
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 step up. With the right combination of skill and luck, you can earn bragging rights - and prizes - by making your picks for the Big Dance!
What Coaches Want to See in Emails From Recruits
Sending emails to coaches is often the first step in the recruiting process. But what should recruits include in the emails? Do they send grades? Video? Tournament schedules? Coaches provide those answers in our latest Coaching Roundtable.
A Day In The Life: Ohio State's JJ Wolf
Ever wonder what a typical day is like for a college tennis player? We've got you covered. Through their own words, we take you inside the schedule of a college player. Welcome to A Day In The Life of Ohio State's JJ Wolf.
Former Blue Chip Featherston Joins MLB's Legal Team
Former blue chip recruit Shinann Featherston has moved into another athletic arena. The University of North Carolina graduate works as a legal coordinator for Major League Baseball. Find out more in this month's "Where Are They Now?"
Players Shouldn't Settle for Status Quo When More is Possible
If players want to achieve their goals, they can't just settle for status quo once they hit a plateau. Columnist Dave Mullins recommends keeping standards high if you want extraordinary results and avoid doing what everyone else does.
Spotlight Players of the Week: Cameron Agapito, Naeem Saleem
TRN regularly shines the spotlight on a boy and girl player randomly selected from our class ranking lists. Beyond match scores and tournament results, the players reveal more about their interests and personalities. Get to know Cameron Agapito and Naeem Saleem.
Images from the Easter Bowl
The USTA National Championships - Easter Bowl was held at the
beautiful Indian Wells Tennis Garden in California late last month.
David Kenas was there - and he captured these fantastic photos for
Childhood Friendship Leads Dostanic to USC
Stefan Dostanic's childhood friendship with Colter Smith helped lead the blue chip senior to signing with USC. Smith is the son of USC head coach Peter Smith, and the families became close over the years.
NCAA Shifts Recruiting Communication Period, Official Visits
The NCAA Division I Council announced on Friday it has adopted new rules in a continued effort to curb early recruiting. The changes will alter the start of the communication period and official visits.
Nick Forester Taking Unique Playing Style to Bates
Nick Forester and his ambidextrous playing style will be gracing the courts at Bates College in the fall. The three-star senior from Maine plays with two forehands, having adopted the approach when he was 9.
NJCU Adding Division III Men's and Women's Programs
New Jersey City University is adding men's and women's tennis programs, beginning at the club level in 2019-20 and elevating to full varsity status for the fall of 2020. The programs will join the New Jersey Athletic Conference.
Hot 100 List - April 2019
It's time to unveil the April 2019 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 - Will Page and Natalie Hamill
TRN regularly shines the spotlight on a boy and girl player randomly selected from our class ranking lists. Beyond match scores and tournament results, the players reveal more about their interests and personalities. Get to know Will Page and Natalie Hamill.
Top Seeds Black, Draxl Earn ITF Grade 1 Titles
Top seeds Hurricane Tyra Black and Liam Draxl both held off the challenges of young Californian wild cards to claim the singles crowns at the ITF Grade 1 International Spring Championships at the Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California.
Chang and Woldeab Claim ISC 16s Titles in Carson
Two unseeded 15-year-old Californians earned titles in the 16s division at the International Spring Championships, with Berkeley’s Alexander Chang and La Mesa’s Winta Woldeab claiming the crowns by identical 6-3, 6-4 scores in the finals.
Letters of Support Surprise, Hearten K-State's Smith
Members of the Kansas State women's team wrote letters of support for Jordan Smith when he was in the running for a promotion to become the head coach. It was a happy surprise for Smith, who sprung his own surprise on the players. Find out more in this month's "Meet The Coach."
Timing Was Right for Giddens and Auburn
Blue chip junior Maxwell Giddens didn't know he was going to commit to Auburn during his visit last weekend. But once he sensed the moment was right, Giddens decided to tell his parents and futures coaches he wanted to be a Tiger.
Parents: Don't Let Your Children Relax After Committing
Former All-American and current private coach Todd Widom provides some advice to parents. Just because your child has committed to college that doesn't mean it's time to take a break. Recruits need to be ready to play once they step on campus.
Titles and Streaks Highlight the Ace Performances in March
The notable performances in March include the final ITA Team Indoor title of the season, an amazing streak by the International Tennis Federation World Junior No. 1, and the first ITF World Tennis Tour titles for two of the top American juniors
American College Placement Brings Showcase to Dallas
American College Placement is holding the inaugural College Tennis Showcase at SMU in Dallas. ACP was started by former Baylor men's head coach Matt Knoll. The event will take place June 22 and 23 and is open to all high school players.
Hohmann and Navarro Crowned Easter Bowl ITF Champions
Ron Hohmann and Emma Navarro captured the ITF Easter Bowl singles titles last week in Indian Wells. Hohmann became the first qualifier to win a title and Navarro was a repeat champion after capturing the 16s title in 2017.
Banerjee, Ovrootsky Claim Easter Bowl 16s Titles
Samir Banerjee and Vivian Ovrootsky recorded straight set victories in their respective finals to capture the boys and girls singles titles at the Easter Bowl National Championships in Indian Wells.
Past Results Motivate Easter Bowl 12s and 14s Champions
Three of the four champions in the 12s and 14s divisions at last week’s Easter Bowl Championships arrived in Indian Wells determined to improve on their previous appearances at the prestigious USTA Level 1 National event.
Action Shots from the Georgia Bowl
Last weekend, the 52-court tennis center in Rome, Ga., was home to the
Georgia Bowl - a USTA National Level 3 Tournament. Great spring
weather cooperated until the last day when some of the finals had to
be cancelled due to rain. Benjamin Koch took home the Boys' 18 singles
title, while Jenna Thompson and Ava Hrastar were not able to get their
Girls' 18s singles title match in. Photographer Bill Kallenberg was on
site to get some great photos.
Assistant Coaches Bring Great Value to College Programs
Assistant coaches are a critical part of every college tennis program across the nation. They juggle multiple roles to help players perform at their best. Why do they love their jobs? We asked a few longtime assistants in this month's Coaching Roundtable.
Columbia Players Create FAST to Support Female Athletes
Columbia women's tennis players Paulina Ferrari and Caitie Sullivan wanted to find a way to support and empower female athletes on campus. They started FAST - Female Athletes Standing Together. The organization has expanded quickly and attracted female athletes from a wide array of sports.
South African Connection Helps Texas Land Ryngler
South African tennis connections helped kickstart the recruiting process that led Lexi Ryngler to sign with the University of Texas women's team. Ryngler is completing high school a year early to be eligible to play for the Longhorns next fall.
Spotlight Players of the Week - Sujit Chepuri and Rebekah Rest
TRN regularly shines the spotlight on a boy and girl player randomly selected from our class ranking lists. Beyond match scores and tournament results, the players reveal more about their interests and personalities. Get to know Sujit Chepuri and Rebekah Rest.
Schofield Finds a Passion For Coaching Juniors
After an injury ended her professional aspirations, Gira Schofield began looking for a way to remain close to the sport. The University South Carolina graduate discovered a passion for coaching junior players, particularly girls. Schofield sat down with Colette Lewis recently for a Q&A.
Neighborhood Chores Help Lead Martin to Georgia Tech
Andres Martin did neighborhood chores to help pay for his tournament entry fees when he was younger. The work paid off as the blue chip senior has signed to play with Georgia Tech and will be staying close to home for college.
Hot 100 List - March 2019
It's time to unveil the March 2019 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.
NCAA Eligibility Center is a Great Resource For All Recruits
The college recruiting process can be confusing and overwhelming for players and parents. The NCAA Eligbility Center is a great resource to help answer many questions and keep high school players on track for NCAA participation.
Unofficial Family Visit Leads DeSpain to Clemson
Ali DeSpain didn't think she would end up attending Clemson. But once she walked on campus and met the coaches, she couldn't envision herself anywhere else. The blue chip senior has signed to stay close to home with the Tigers
USTA Spring Team Championships Photo Gallery
The Mobile Area Tennis Association hosted the USTA National Spring
Team Championships for the 14s, 16s, and 18s divisions during the
first weekend in March. The players had to contend with rain, wind and
cool weather, but the Firecrakers and Patriots came away with
championships. ZooTennis was on site and submitted this gallery.
Gibbons Goes Green By Committing to Dartmouth
Anders Gibbons will be attending college three time zones away from his Seattle home. The four-star senior has committed to play at Dartmouth in New Hampshire. He made his decision after his final unofficial visit.
Texas Dismisses Center Amid Bribing Scheme Fallout
Texas men's coach Michael Center was dismissed from his position on Wednesday after 18 seasons at the helm following his alleged involvement in a widespread college admissions bribing scheme. Texas' 2019 recruits are still trying to process the news like everyone else.
High School Team Championships Ready For 12th Annual Event
The 2019 edition of the DecoTurf High School Tennis Team Championships presented by Icy Hot will take place on Friday and Saturday in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The 12th annual event will feature 68 teams from 13 states.
Oracle's Hurd Places a High Value On College Tennis
Mark Hurd is a passionate advocate of college tennis, having benefitted from his own playing experience at Baylor. The Oracle CEO is now helping lead the charge for his company's investment in the sport through sponsorships and grants.
Spotlight Players of the Week - Nejla Zukic and Will Blevins
TRN regularly shines the spotlight on a boy and girl player randomly selected from our class ranking lists. Beyond match scores and tournament results, the players reveal more about their interests and personalities. Get to know Nejla Zukic and Will Blevins.
Firecrackers and Patriots Capture USTA Spring Team Titles
Dealing with a variance in weather and opponents, the Patriots and Firecrackers walked away with titles at the USTA National Spring Team Championships in Mobile, Alabama earlier this week.
Mullins: Pulling Out of Tournaments is a Sign of Weakness
Why are so many players pulling out of tournaments? Are they really injured? Are they more afraid? Do they just not care enough? Dave Mullins can't stand the trend, and argues that players are losing more than matches. They are losing a chance to develop mental toughness.
Crowley Comes Full Circle By Signing with Northwestern
Briana Crowley first attended tennis camp at Northwestern when she was 8 years old. The blue chip senior will be returning to the courts, only this time as a member of the team. The blue chip senior has signed with the Wildcats.
Star Ratings Spring 2019 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 Spring Star Ratings for 2019.
Emory Women Capture Third Straight ITA Indoor Title
The second-seeded Emory women captured their third straight ITA Division III National Team Indoor championship on Sunday afternoon with a 5-3 victory over top-seeded Claremont-Mudd-Scripps. Emory has won five Indoor titles overall in six appearances.
Fewer Days, But No Shortage of Accomplishments
February may be short on days, but it was long on accomplishments, with three college indoor team champions crowned and six recent collegians earning ITF World Tennis Tour titles among the highlights in this month's Aces column.
Why Recruits Choose to Play at HBCUs
In honor of Black History Month, we asked several coaches from Historically Black Colleges and Universities why players want to attend HBCU schools and what makes them unique. Find out the answers in this month's Coaching Roundtable.
Spotlight Players of the Week - Alexa Griffith and Sam Feldman
TRN regularly shines the spotlight on a boy and girl player randomly selected from our class ranking lists. Beyond match scores and tournament results, the players reveal more about their interests and personalities. Get to know Alexa Griffith and Sam Feldman.
Getting To Know UCLA's Maxime Cressy
Maxime Cressy doesn't lack confidence. The UCLA senior has risen to No. 1 in the singles lineup for the Bruins, and expects a similar trajectory on the professional tour. Cressy sat down at ITA Indoors for Q&A to discuss his style of play and his future goals.
UChicago Men Break Through To Win Historic Title
The University of Chicago men captured the first ITA Division III National Team Indoor title in program history on Sunday, defeating three-time defending champion Emory 5-3 in Cleveland, Ohio. Emory had eliminated UChicago the previous three years.
Wingate Sets the Expectation for Sexual Assault Awareness
The Wingate tennis program is hosting an event on Saturday when it plays Mars Hill to edcuate high school kids about sexual assault and domestic abuse. The men's players were inspired to help after hearing activist Brenda Tracy speak on campus last October.
Hot 100 List - February 2019
It's time to unveil the February 2019 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.
Cepeda Uses Wilderness Therapy to Improve Coaching
Williams College women's head coach Anik Cepeda spent two years away from tennis working as a senior field instructor at Evoke Wilderness Therapy. The experience helped Cepeda gain a different perspective that is benefitting her players.
Top-Seeded Ohio State Captures Title
Top-seeded Ohio State clinched the ITA National Men's Team Indoor title with a 4-2 victory over defending champion Wake Forest on Monday in Chicago. The Buckeyes avenged last year's loss to Wake Forest in the NCAA final.
Seeing Double: Chunduru Twins Share Big Dreams
Abhinav and Prathinav Chunduru captured the first gold balls of their careers last month by capturing the Boys 12s doubles title at the USTA Winter Nationals. The identical twins have big dreams for their tennis careers, and yes, they hear the comparisons to Bob and Mike Bryan.
Stepping Up: Di Lorenzo Returns After Foot Injury
Francesca Di Lorenzo has returned to the court after being sidelined with plantar fasciitis. The former Ohio State star sat down with Colette Lewis to talk about her comeback, her collegiate experience, her first year as a pro and much more.
Bickersteth Gets "Dream" Offer From Michigan
Jacob Bickersteth grew up dreaming about staying close to home and having his family watch him play for Michigan. Once he received an offer from the Wolverines, the five-star junior didn't hesistate to commit.
Georgia Weathers Several Storms to Capture ITA Indoor Title
The Georgia women's team staged several impressive rallies to capture the program's fourth ITA National Indoor Championship title, capped by a 4-3 win over defending champion North Carolina on Tuesday afternoon in Seattle.
Spotlight Players of the Week - Yasmine Humbert and Drew Campbell
TRN regularly shines the spotlight on a boy and girl player randomly selected from our class ranking lists. Beyond match scores and tournament results, the players reveal more about their interests and personalities. Get to know Yasmine Humbert and Drew Campbell.
From the Same Inner City Program to College Head Coaches
They were molded by the same inner city program in Chicago, learning how to play tennis and give back to others. Autumn Williams, Tayo Bailey-Duvall and Gabrielle Moore are now college head coaches and role models for other young black girls.
Images from Smith Stearns Championships
Late January saw icy weather across the country, and even beautiful
Hilton Head Island in South Carolina saw lower-than-average
temperatures. Smith Stearns Tennis Academy hosted one of many USTA
National Level 3 tournaments that weekend, attracting close to 200
players from across the country to compete in the 18s, 16s, and 14s
divisions. Check out photographer Bill Kallenberg's action shots
from the event ...
Leaving Juniors Behind, Gauff Eyes Pro Progress
Cori "Coco" Gauff is putting nearly all junior tournaments in the past, and focusing on her professional prospects. Gauff, who turns 15 next month, spoke with Colette Lewis about what is next in her tennis career and team she has behind her.
Spotlight Players of the Week - Elizabeth Isayev and Parker Bradbary
TRN regularly shines the spotlight on a boy and girl player randomly selected from our class ranking lists. Beyond match scores and tournament results, the players reveal more about their interests and personalities. Get to know Elizabeth Isayev and Parker Bradbary.
MIT-Bound Fernandez Is Engineered for Academic Excellence
Sara Fernandez skipped her quinceanera to watch a Division III college tournament. The future valedictorian knew she wanted to attend a strong academic school, and found the right match at MIT. Read more about Fernandez in this month's Making the Grade feature.
Blue Chip Lin Stays Close to Home with UW Commitment
Yolanda Lin thought she may want to go away for college. But the blue chip junior realized she loved the Pacific Northwest, and everything the University of Washington had to offer. Lin committed to the Huskies last month.
Top Women's Classes - 2019 Winter Rankings
As the number of commitments from senior girls approaches five hundred, this is a great time to check in on how schools are doing on the recruiting trail. Today, the Tennis Recruiting Network is proud to present the Top 25 Women's College Tennis Recruiting Classes of 2019.
Action Shots from the Winter Nationals
This year, the USTA Winter Nationals 18s and 16s divisions moved to
the USTA National Campus at Lake Nona. Top Americans from across
the country competed for gold balls and national championships.
TRN contributer Bill Kallenberg was onhand to take photographs of
the event - check out his work here ...
Spanning The Globe to Spotlight January's Best Performers
January always produces aces from far-flung places, with action in Australia, North America, Central America, South America and Europe all in the spotlight. American men had success in the U.S., while collegiate tennis was the big winner in Australia and New Zealand.
Kentucky's Canadian Class Carries on a Memory
The Kentucky men have signed three Canadian recruits in their 2019 class. They are all connected by a photo and a former Kentucky All-American who left his mark on the program and the players before his tragic death.
Playing Pro Events During the College Season
Should players participate in pro tournaments during the college season? It's a question college coaches must answer, and a topic recruits often ask about. Find out how some coaches approach the issue in this month's Coaching Roundtable.
Spotlight Players of the Week - William Kaiser and Riya Ravi
TRN regularly shines the spotlight on a boy and girl player randomly selected from our class ranking lists. Beyond match scores and tournament results, the players reveal more about their interests and personalities. Get to know William Kaiser and Riya Ravi.
Top Men's Classes - 2019 Winter Rankings
Late January is a great time to take a look at college recruiting. More than 700 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 Mizuno bring you the Top 25 Men's College Tennis Recruiting Classes for 2019.
Spring Star Ratings Period Continues
Twice a year, TennisRecruiting.net updates its Star Ratings - sometimes known as "The Stars". Our next update to the Star Ratings comes in mid-March - and those ratings will be based on players' highest rankings during the eight-week period between January 7 and February 27, 2019. We invite players to review their player records to ensure accurate ratings.
Bolton Sisters Inspire Each Other to Achieve Athletic Dreams
UCLA freshman Elysia Bolton credits her younger sister for inspiring her to become a better tennis player. Sarah Bolton has been in a wheelchair her entire life, but hasn't let it slow her down. She has represented the United States in track and wants to compete in the Paralympics.
Authenticity Is Important to Missouri Western's Shawn Becker
Missouri Western women's coach Shawn Becker is gay. He's never tried to hide his sexual orientation, and encourages his players to be comfortable in their own skin. Becker discusses his career path and LGBTQ issues in college tennis in this month's "Meet The Coach."
College Tennis Takes Center Stage at the Australian Open
College tennis took center stage on Tuesday at the Australian Open, with the University of Southern California and South Carolina meeting in historic dual matches while Virginia graduate Danielle Collins advanced to the semifinals of women's singles.
Martin Gets Down to Business after Illinois Career Ends
Christopher Martin helped Illinois capture the program's first national title by clinching the deciding set in the 2003 NCAA final. After graduating, the finance major went right into the working world and started his own investment fund company 2 1/2 years ago. He remains in close contact with all of his college teammates.
Jenkins Sees Growth Potential in New USTA Coaching Role
Jermaine Jenkins was recently named as a national coach for women's tennis by USTA Player Development. The former hitting partner of Venus Williams grew up in a family that took in foster children, and learned the importance of helping others from an early age.
Eight Intriguing Questions for 2019
What are the most compelling issues heading into the 2019 tennis year? Will heat rule junior tournaments? Will the Wold Tennis Tour be good or bad for juniors and college players? Colette Lewis provides some potential answers in her annual Intriguing Questions column.
Five-Star McCaig Doesn't Let Diabetes Slow Him Down
Coby McCaig was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when he was 7 years old. The Modesto, California native has managed his condition while developing into a five-star senior prospect. McCaig has signed to play at the University of Pacific.
Mullins: Be Negative, Angry and Stop Setting Goals
It may seem counterintuitive, but being negative, getting angry and not setting goals could be a strategy of success for some players. Columnist and former college coach Dave Mullins explains why.
Hot 100 List - January 2019
It's time to unveil the January 2019 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 - Amy Delman and Axel Botticelli
TRN regularly shines the spotlight on a boy and girl player randomly selected from our class ranking lists. Beyond match scores and tournament results, the players reveal more about their interests and personalities. Get to know Amy Delman and Axel Botticelli.
College Bypassed in ITF World Tennis Tour Pathway
Conspicuously absent from the International Tennis Federation’s World Tennis Tour was any reference to college tennis's place in the new system. What does that mean for college players? How will that impact college programs? Colette Lewis explores the issues.
Ravichander Wins Boys 18s Title for Gold Ball Breakthrough
With motivational words written on his arm, Ishaan Ravichander captured the first gold ball of his career by winning the Boys 18s singles title at the USTA Winter National Championships in Lake Nona, Florida. Jeremie Casabon and Henry Ruger won the doubles crown.
Ma Joins Exclusive Company by Capturing Girls 18s Titles
Connie Ma became only the third player in the event's history to capture the Girls 18s singles and doubles titles at the USTA Winter National Championships in Lake Nona, Florida. The 15-year-old blue chip paired with Anna Campana to take home the doubles crown.
Maslova Rallies From a Set Down to Win Girls 16s Title
Nadejda Maslova rallied to capture the Girls 16s singles title at the USTA Winter Nationals in Lake Nona, Florida with a three-set victory over Leyden Games. Top seeds Ava Catanzarite and Avery Durham were crowned the doubles champions.
Ankle Injury Doesn't Slow Casper's Run to Boys 16s Title
Luke Casper's ankle injury didn't hinder his performance at the USTA Winter National Championships in Florida. The blue chip sophomore captured his first career gold ball by winning the Boys 16s singles title. Samir Banerjee and Louis Cloud won the doubles crown.
Bhakta Earns 14s Gold Ball for Birthday Celebration
Ria Bhakta celebrated her 14th birthday by capturing the Girls 14s singles title at Winter Nationals in Tucson, Arizona. Bhakta didn't drop a game in the final, beating Kinaa Graham 6-0, 6-0. Tsehay Driscoll and Emma Roeck won the doubles crown.
Gorzny Rallies in Final to Win Boys 14s Title
Sebastian Gorzny of Irvine, California rallied from a set down in the final to capture the Boys 14s singles title at the Winter Nationals in Tucson, Arizona. Lucas Brown and Aidan Kim won the doubles crown.
Nguyen, Yin Capture 12s Titles, First Gold Balls
Mason Nguyen and Amber Yin captured their first gold balls by winning the Boys 12s and Girls 12s singles titles, respectively, at Winter Nationals in Tucson, Arizona. Yin also won the doubles title.
USTA Debuts New Wild Card Linkage System for Americans
In response to the new ITF World Tennis Tour, the USTA has created an expanded wild card linkage system to help provide American players with opportunities to participate in professional events. Juniors and college players can earn merit-based wild cards at several major events in 2019.
Spring 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 mid-March - and those ratings will be based on players' highest rankings during the next eight weeks - from the week of January 7 to the week of February 25, 2019. We invite players to review their player records to ensure accurate ratings.
Orange Bowl and Eddie Herr Winners Highlight Busy Month
Eddie Herr, Orange Bowl and Junior Orange Bowl champions produced some of the best performances in a busy month of junior tennis in the state of Florida. They span all ages and all divisions in this month's Aces.
The Price is Right for Keyser at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
Benjamin Keyser wanted to find a school that didn't break the budget for his college tennis career. The four-star senior from Virginia found the total package at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Keyser signed with the Mustangs last month.
Images from the Junior Orange Bowl
The Junior Orange Bowl International is a rare event that features
younger age groups in international competition. The 57th edition of
this tournament took place at four different tennis centers in Coral
Gables, Fla. Check out images that Zoo Tennis captured from the event.
Orange Bowl Photo Gallery
The 2018 edition of the Orange Bowl International Tennis Championships
took place earlier this month at the Frank Veltri Tennis Center in
Plantation, Fla. 14-year-old Cori Gauff of Atlanta, Ga., won the
girls' singles title, while Finland's Otto Virtanen won for the boys.
As usual, Zoo Tennis provided extensive coverage of the event, and today
we are excited publish a photo gallery they submitted.
Q&A with USTA's New Head of Men's Tennis Kent Kinnear
Kent Kinnear, the USTA's new Head of Men's Tennis, sat down with Colette Lewis at the Orange Bowl to discuss his new role, his future goals for player development and his thoughts on the new ITF World Tennis Tour.
Yale Makes a Believer Out of Blue Chip Kung
Chelsea Kung didn't think it was possible to balance a rigorous academic load with high-level tennis at an Ivy League school. Yale proved her wrong. The blue chip from Texas will be joining the program in the fall of 2019.
Blue Chip Lins Finds Athletic and Academic Match at Harvard
Blue chip junior David Lins found the right athletic and academic match at Harvard. The Boca Raton, Florida resident has verbally committed to join the Crimson in the fall of 2020.
College Coaches Reveal Their Favorite Christmas Gifts
From sports equipment to musical devices to trust funds, college coaches always remember their favorite Christmas gifts. Find out which gifts made the cut in a festive edition of our Coaching Roundtable.
Americans Sweep 12s Titles at Junior Orange Bowl
The top seeds in the 12s divisions dominated the competition in the 57th edition of the Junior Orange Bowl, with Americans Clervie Ngounoue and Rudy Quan claiming titles. Coleman Wong of Hong Kong and Melisa Ercan of Turkey made history for their countries in the 14s.
Rybakov, Gordon Capture Blizzard Wild Card Challenge Titles
TCU senior Alex Rybakov and Stanford sophomore Michaela Gordon won the Blizzard Wild Card Challenge titles at the USTA National Campus in Orlando. The All-Americans received wild cards into a professional event and spots on the 2019 USTA Collegiate National Team.
Hot 100 List - December 2018
It's time to unveil the December 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.
Nguyen's Own Blind Side Story Helped Him Reach USC
Daniel Nguyen had fallen so far behind academically in high school that being eligible for college seemed like a longshot. But a family helped get him back on track, setting the stage for a dynastical run at USC that saw him capture four NCAA team titles in four years.
Going the Distance to be Seen by College Coaches
Jasmine Caballero traveled from Phoenix, Arizona to Naples, Florida to participate in the Tennis Recruiting Network Showcase held in conjunction with the ITA Coaches Convention. The three-star junior stayed for only a day, but got exposure and experience.
Gauff and Virtanen Claim ITF Orange Bowl Titles
Americans Coco Gauff and Madison Sieg swept the girls singles titles at the Orange Bowl, and Otto Virtanen made history by becoming the first player from Finland to win a singles title at the prestigious event in Florida.
Images from the Eddie Herr
The Eddie Herr International kicks off the holiday tennis season, and
Americans were easy to find in the finals. ZooTennis provided great
coverage of the event from the IMG Academy in Bradenton - and today
we feature a photo gallery they contributed.
Tran's Period of Healing Leads to Picking Tar Heels
Reilly Tran used her recovery time from hip surgery to begin researching her college options. The blue chip junior from Virginia realized the University of North Carolina was the place she was meant to be, and has commited to the Tar Heels for 2020.
A Holistic View of Funding Junior Development
Following the pack isn't always the best way to develop a junior tennis player. Former college coach Dave Mullins believes parents may want to take a more holistic approach in spending money to help their children reach their potential.
EMU Starts Rebuilding Process After Program Reinstated
The Eastern Michigan University women's tennis team is scrambling to find players and matches for the spring season after the program was reinstated two weeks ago following a lawsuit. Jayson Wiseman was re-hired as the head coach, providing a steady paycheck again for the father of nine.
Being a Good Sport Matters to USC-Bound Cayetano
Eryn Cayetano has been lauded for her good sportsmanship with numerous awards and compliments. The five-star senior from Corona, California will bring her good behavior to USC, where she has committed to play for the Women of Troy next fall.
2018 Eddie Herr Champions Are Crowned
The United States had at least one finalist in six of the eight divisions in last week’s Eddie Herr International Tennis Championships, with two emerging as champions while local fans were treated to outstanding tennis in all eight finals.
Ryan Ali Embraces Smaller Size to Reach Division I Goal
Despite standing just 5-foot-3, Ryan Ali holds his own on the tennis court. The four-star senior from California recently signed to play at Santa Clara University. He wants to be a role model for other smaller players.
Team USA Captures Master'U BNP Paribas Title
The United States captured its eighth title in 10 years at the Master'U BNP Paribas International Collegiate Team Competition last weekend. Florida's Oliver Crawford and Pepperdine's Ashley Leahy each won three singles matches in three days to help the Americans.
Brain Tumor Doesn't Keep Oberg From Playing at Portland
Days after signing his National Letter of Intent last year to play for the University of Portland, Nicklas Oberg received jarring news. Doctors found a tumor in his brain. The Texas native spent the next few months in a battle far greater than a tennis match.
Young Americans Net First Pro Singles Titles
The ATP and WTA professionals put away their racquets this month, but the ITF Pro Circuit and ITF Junior Circuit continue to produce notable performances. Find out which players made the cut for this month's Aces.
How Coaches Help Signed Recruits Stay Ready for College
Signing a National Letter of Intent can be a huge relief for recruits. But how do college coaches ensure players stay engaged in tennis and keep improving before they arrive on campus as freshman? Several gave their advice in this month's Coaching Roundtable.
Spotlight Players of the Week - Origen Grear & Deanna Lasorda
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 Origen Grear and Deanna Lasorda.
A Teacher at Hart: Get To Know Washington State's Coach
Washington State women's head coach Lisa Hart wanted to be an elementary school teacher. But after being offered an assistant coaching job at her alma mater, she fell in love with the profession. Hart combines both passions in guiding her programs.
Volynets Targets Continued Pro Circuit Success
Katie Volynets, 16, is making the transition from junior to pro tennis at the same time the ITF is radically changing its pathway for young players seeking a professional career. Volynets discusses her recent sucess, her best tennis memories and her love for music in a Q&A with Colette Lewis.