Star Ratings '18-'19 - 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 2018-19.
The Heat Was on Junior U.S. Open Champions
Brazil’s Thiago Seyboth Wild and China’s Xiyu Wang earned their countries’ first boys and girls U.S. Open Junior Championship titles under the roof of the new Louis Armstrong Stadium at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Americans Caty McNally and Coco Gauff won the girls doubles title.
Brown Goes Blue to Prolong Family Legacy
Jaedan Brown will be prolonging a family tradition by attending the University of Michigan. The blue chip junior from Granger, Indiana committed to the Wolverines after taking her official visit last weekend.
Roundtable: Helping Freshmen Transition to College
Making the transition from high school to college can be a big change for incoming freshmen tennis players. How do programs help them acclimate? What resources are available on campus? We asked several coaches from around the country for this month's Coaching Roundtable.
I Practice All The Time, So Why Am I Losing?
Hard work and sacrifice are great attributes, but they don't always lead to the best results. Sometimes natural talent and genetics win out. Dave Mullins realized that during his junior career and once he started coaching.
Spotlight Players of the Week - Nicole Copeland and Charlie Suh
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 Nicole Copeland and Charlie Suh.
Kulikov is the Quarterback of USC Women's Tennis
Angela Kulikov loves playing quarterback in football nearly as much as she loves playing tennis. The USC junior began coaching her brother when she was sidelined with an injury, and has remained a student of the quarterbacking game ever since. She was recently recruited to play in a women's flag football league.
Division III Gets This Year's Hall of Fame Invitation
For the first time in the event's short history, Division III teams have been asked to participate in this year's Hall of Fame ITA Grass Court Invitational on September 14-16 in Newport, Rhode Island. Four men's programs and four women's programs from different colleges will be represented in the field.
Spotlight Players of the Week - Ava McQuillin and Eli Poole
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 Ava McQuillin and Eli Poole.
Team Effort Leads the List of August Standouts
August is arguably the most significant month on the tennis calendar in the United States, with the USTA National Junior Championships at the beginning and the U.S. Open at the end. Find out who were the notable performers from the month in Colette Lewis' latest Aces column.
Tennis Recruiting Welcomes the Class of 2025
Tennis Recruiting Network welcomes the Class of 2025 to the rankings this week. Among the young rising stars are sixth-graders Maximus "Deacon" Dussault, Thalia Smith, Max Exsted and Valerie Glozman. Chartiable, fashionable, creative and brand aware - find out more about them.
Farewell 2018 Class
The Tennis Recruiting Network bids farewell to the high school class of 2018. Last week’s rankings are our final edition of the 2017-18 year - and the final rankings for the outgoing Class of 2018.
Gratitude Helps Pollock Rise to New Butler Men's Coach
Daniel Pollock started playing tennis on a court with caution tape for a net. Having come from a working-class family in the United Kingdom, Pollock was grateful for the opportunity to play college tennis and study in the United States. The new Butler men's head coach is trying to provide the same experience for his players.
Players Must Take Ownership of Their Recruiting Process
One of the most consistent messages Donovan Tennis Strategies hears from college coaches about the recruitment process is that they wish student-athletes would take more ownership of their own recruitment. It suggests the player may possess motivation, confidence and care, which are highly desirable characteristics of a future team member
Volynets and Klier Claim International Hard Court Titles
American Katie Volynets and Brazilian Gilbert Soares Klier Junior both earned their second International Tennis Federation Grade 1 titles last Saturday in College Park, Maryland. However, their last steps on their paths to Prince George’s County International Hard Court titles diverged.
Spotlight Players of the Week - Presley Thieneman, Lizanne Boyer
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 Presley Thieneman and Lizanne Boyer.
Second Visit Makes Lasting Impression on Texas-Bound Woldeab
Siem Woldeab's first visit to Texas was marred by weather delays. The Longhorns lured the blue chip senior back for a longer vsiit and he fell in love. Woldeab committed to Texas on the day he returned home to San Diego.
Oracle Grant Money Paying Dividends for Former College Stars
The financial stress of playing on the pro tour can be a burden for players transitioning from the college ranks. Mackenzie McDonald, Danielle Collins, Chris Eubanks and Francesca Di Lorenzo were given some relief with a $100,000 grant as recipients of the Oracle U.S. Tennis Awards. The former college stars have put the money to good use.
Hot 100 List - August 2018
It's time to unveil the August 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.
ITA Preparing to Launch College Tennis Alumni Network
The ITA is preparing to launch the College Tennis Alumni Network, an initiative designed to connect former college players, keep the fan base engaged and help grow and support college programs. Players and coaches can fill out a survey to provide feedback on how the network can serve their needs.
Spotlight Players of the Week - Marcella Cruz and Camden Lashley
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 Marcella Cruz and Camden Lashley.
Van Emburgh Beats Deadline, Opponents at ITA Championships
Jake Van Emburgh barely beat the deadline to enter the Oracle ITA National Summer Championships. The Oklahoma rising sophomore ended up winning the whole event, not dropping a single set on his run to the men's singles title last week at TCU's Bayard Friedman Tennis Center.
Images from Kalamazoo
All last week, TRN was your online home for Championship Week -
reliving the USTA National Championships that took place all across
the country. We wrap up our Championship Week coverage with a look at
the USTA Boys 16s and 18s Nationals from Kalamazoo - where Martin Damm
and Jenson Brooksby won singles titles. Check out these great photos
from veteran photographer Bill Kallenberg.
Brooksby Breezes to Kalamazoo 18s Title
Jensen Brooksby made it 2 for 2 in winning prestigious junior tournament titles this year. A few months after winning Easter Bowl, the TCU commit captured the Boys 18s singles title at the USTA National Championships in Kalamazoo.
Osuigwe Sweeps Girls 18s Titles, U.S. Open Wild Cards
Whitney Osuigwe captured the Girls 18s singles and doubles titles at the USTA Billie Jean King National Hard Court Championships in San Diego. Fighting back from an early deficit in singles, Osuigwe received wild cards into the main draw of the U.S. Open women's singles and doubles.
Damm Makes History with Kalamazoo 16s Title
Martin Damm became the youngest Boys 16s singles champion at the USTA National Championships in Kalamazoo since the age divison changed from 15 to 16 in 1963. The 14-year-old wild card defeated Zane Khan in straight sets in the final.
New Outfit, Lucky Penny Boost Crawley's Championship Outlook
A new outfit and a lucky penny provided Fiona Crawley peace of mind before she took the court for the Girls 16s singles final at the USTA Billie Jean King Hard Court National Championships. The blue chip captured the title in straight sets to earn a gold ball and a wild card into the U.S. Open Junior Championships.
Shang Powers Way to Boys 14s Title
Juncheng Shang added to his collection of titles at the USTA Boys 14s National Hard Court Championships. The Beijing native and Florida resident won the gold ball with a straight set victory over Nicholas Heng in the final in Mobile, Alabama
From Brink of Defeat to Girls 14s Champion, Yu Claws Back
Feeling the pressure as the top seed, Eleana Yu went from the brink of elimination to winning the singles title at the USTA Girls 14s National Hard Court Championships in Rome, Georgia. It marked the second straight national hard court title for Yu after winning the Girls 12s event last year.
Rudy Quan Continues To Roll in Alabama
Top-seeded Rudy Quan won his fifth straight national singles title by defeating Dylan Charlap in straight sets at the USTA Boys 12s National Hard Court Championships in Mobile, Alabama. Quan has yet to lose a set in his five title runs.
Puerto Rico's Perez Nets Two Gold Balls
Puerto Rico's Natalia Perez captured two gold balls at the USTA Girls 12s National Hard Court Championships in Alpharetta, Georgia. Perez outlasted doubles partner Brooklyn Olson in three sets in the singles final.
The USTA National Championships have now concluded - and gold balls have been awarded to your latest national champions. All week long, TRN celebrates these winners - from the East Coast to the West Coast - with coverage of the Nationals. Enjoy the 2018 edition of Championship Week.
Why College Coaches Like Recruiting Hard Court Nationals
It's a Who's Who of college tennis coaches this week at the USTA 16s and 18s National Hard Court Championships in Kalamazoo and San Diego. Coaches from all levels have flocked to the cities to scout potential players. In this month's Coaching Roundtable, we asked how valauble the event was in recruiting.
Gauff Gets Wins and Hugs From Little Brother in San Diego
Cori "Coco" Gauff has received hugs from her little brother Cameron, 5, after every match at the USTA Girls 18s National Hard Court Championships this week in San Diego. It's only the second tournament outside of their home state of Florida Cameron has been able to attend to watch his sister play.
Silverio Finds Spiritual Coaching Connection at Notre Dame
Alison Silverio grew up in the Midwest watching the movie Rudy and imagining herself playing at Notre Dame. She didn't play for the Fighting Irish, but she was just hired as the program's new head coach. The Ohio native spent the last four seasons in the same role at Oregon.
Things To Consider Before You Get To College
LSU men's co-head coach Andy Brandi offers his advice on what players should prepare for before arriving in college as freshmen. Will you have a car? Do you like your roommate? Are you eating healthy? There are a lot of things to consider beyond tennis.
King Enjoys Going to "Cool Places To Hit a Tennis Ball"
Professional tennis has its ups and downs, but Evan King keeps things in perspective. The Michigan graduate realizes how fortunate he is to play tournaments for a living, and has been having fun climbing the rankings over the years.
Kypson Set To Defend 18s Title; Chopra Top Seed in 16s
Patrick Kypson is returning to Kalamazoo this year to seek a third singles title at the USTA National Championships, a rare accomplishment in the tournament’s 75 years. Kypson is the top seed in the Boys 18s while Keshav Chopra is the No. 1 seed in the Boys 16s.
Spotlight Players of the Week - Stella Ribaudo and Blake Brown
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 Stella Ribaudo and Blake Brown.
Current and Former College Stars Shine in July
From the grass of Wimbledon to the U.S. hard courts, the top performances of the month of July include titles by current juniors and nearly a dozen current and former collegians.
Injuries Didn't Dampen Lipman's Love for Tennis
Chronic hip injuries ended any hope of a professional playing career for Ryan Lipman. But the Vanderbilt All-American has remained involved in the sport as an assistant coach at his alma mater and through a new website, Tennis Takes, he started with his brothers.
Rollins Finds His Potential Match at Texas A&M
Having endured a string of injury setbacks early in his career, Pierce Rollins has worked his way back into competitive form. The rising senior blue chip from Tulsa, Oklahoma recently committed to Texas A&M.
Georgia Junior Open Photos
One of the most popular adiplayer National Showcase events is the
Georgia Junior Open. Over 500 competitors took to the courts at the
beautiful 51-court facility in Rome, Ga., to compete for titles at the
2018 edition. Photographer Bill Kallenberg was onhand to take in the
event - check out the great shots he captured.
McDonald Moves Up After Wimbledon Run
Fresh off his fourth round appearance at Wimbledon, former UCLA star and NCAA champion Mackenzie McDonald sat down with Colette Lewis to discuss his run at the All England Lawn Tennis Club, his future goals on tour, his college memories and more.
Rajesh Showcases His Very Best In Boys 18s Title Run
Neel Rajesh, a four-star rising senior, earned his first USTA gold ball in scintillating fashion. Seeded in the group from 33rd to 64th, he won all eight of his singles matches in Delray Beach, Florida, capped by a 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 upset of defending champion Axel Nefve in the championship match of the USTA Boys 18 National Clay Court Championships.
Hometown Support Boosts Navarro to Girls 18s Titles
Playing at her home club in front of family, friends and even her dog, Emma Navarro captured the singles and doubles titles at the USTA Girls 18s National Clay Court Championships. The blue chip rising junior provided a special ending for the event's debut at LTP Tennis Club in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina.
Present-Minded Approach Helps Zapp Win Boys 16s Titles
Staying focused on the task at hand helped Logan Zapp capture the singles and doubles titles at the USTA Boys 16s National Clay Court Championships. The five-star recruit dropped only two games in the singles final in his home state of Florida.
From Frazzled to Champion, Zamarripa Captures Girls 16s Title
After misreading her match time early at the USTA Girls 16s National Clay Court Championships and taking the court unexpectedly, Allura Zamarripa managed to stay composed and walk away with her first gold ball in singles. The rising sophomore blue chip defeated No. 1 Valencia Xu in the final, while Xu teamed with Elise Wagle to win the doubles title in Memphis.
Heng Rises to the Challenge to Capture Boys 14s Title
Nicholas Heng used the experience gained in the last year to emerge as the champion of the USTA Boys 14s National Clay Court Championships. The blue chip rising eighth grader rallied to beat John Kim in three sets in the final.
Ngounoue Caps Birthday Week With Girls 14s Title
Clervie Ngounoue celebrated her 12th birthday week in style, capturing the singles title at the USTA Girls 14 National Clay Court Championships at Veltri Tennis Center in Plantation, Florida. The blue chip rising seventh grader defeated top-seeded Vivian Ovrootsky in the final in three sets.
Boca Raton's Slama Wins Hometown Championship
Blue Chip Mia Slama took the lessons learned from last year's USTA Girls 12 National Clay Court Championship to grow into this year's champion. The Boca Raton native defeated Alexia Harmon in three sets in the final last Saturday.
Quan Prolongs Successful Run at Boys 12s Clays
Rudy Quan continued his sensational play this year by capturing the singles and doubles title at the USTA Boys 12 National Clay Court Championships at the National Campus in Lake Nona, Florida. The blue chip rising eighth grader also won singles titles at Winter Nationals and Easter Bowl.
Clay Court Championship Week
The USTA Clay Court Championships have concluded around the country. This week, TRN has wrap-up stories of all the action, from the Boys' 12s to the Girls' 18s, from Tennessee to Florida. Meet the latest gold ball winners of all ages during our coverage of Clay Court Championship Week.
Fall 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 late September - and those ratings will be based on players' highest rankings during the next eight weeks - from the week of July 23 to the week of September 10, 2018. We invite players to review their player records to ensure accurate ratings.
Tseng, Swiatek Claim Wimbledon Junior Titles
Taiwan’s Chun Hsin Tseng and Poland’s Iga Swiatek each dropped only one set on their way to capturing the singles titles at the Wimbledon Junior Championships. The only American represenation in the finals came in girls doubles, where Caty McNally and Whitney Osuigwe lost in straight sets.
TCU Welcomes Chance to Host ITA National Summer Championships
Texas Christian University is hosting the ITA National Summer Championships for the second straight year with hopes of becoming the permanent home. This year's event will feature $20,000 in prize money along with usual wildcards into the ITA All-American Championships.
Tiebreak Shootout Offers Chance to Play in Necker Cup
Premier Live is hosting the Tiebreak Shootout in the Atlanta area on July 26, with a chance for any high-level player to earn a free trip to the Necker Cup to compete with the top pros. It's one of two events the company is organizing along with the One World Players' Party and ping pong tournament in New York City.
Coaches Offer Their Best Piece of Advice to Recruits
What is the one piece of advice college coaches wish every recruit knew? From how to research a school to learning how to live on their own, coaches at all levels of college tennis provided their guidance in this month's Coaching Roundtable.
Spotlight Players of the Week - Brandon Bartos and Sylvia Gray
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 Brandon Bartos and Sylvia Gray.
Macon USTA Level 3 Nationals Photo Gallery
The July USTA Level 3 Nationals took place last weekend - with
talented American junior players competing at more than a dozen
sites around the country. Photographer Bill Kallenberg was in Macon,
Ga., to capture action photos of the event ...
Family Helped Prepare Campana For Vanderbilt
Carolyn Campana grew up in a tennis-playing family and was motivated to challenge her older brothers. The sibling support helped Campana develop into a blue chip prospect preparing to begin her freshman year at Vanderbilt.
Images from the GCC Grizzlies TRN Showcase
The adiplayer TRN National Showcases take place all over the country -
providing opportunities for junior tennis players to compete outside
of their sections. Check out images from the GCC Grizzlies Showcase
that took place earlier this month ...
Maymi Brings Diverse Coaching Background to Nebraska
New Nebraska men's head coach Sean Maymi has been on staffs at nearly every level of college tennis and coached players from the juniors to the pros. He hopes the wide-ranging background serves him well in his first chance running his own program.
Korda Measures Next Step of His Career
Coming off his third junior Grand Slam appearance of the year, Sebastian Korda discusses his Australian Open boys title, his father’s advice as he pursues a pro career, his summer schedule and what World Cup team he is supporting in a Q&A with Colette Lewis.
College Tennis Finds a Home at USTA National Campus
Tim Cass has been involved in college tennis as a player, head coach, administrator and now as the general manager for the USTA National Campus in Lake Nona, Florida. Cass has helped bring several college events to the 18-month-old facility with plans for even more in the future.
Recruiting Terms and Calendar for 2018-19
There were some big changes made to the recruiting calendar at the NCAA Division I level this year. In coordination with National Scouting Report, we have updated our files to bring you the key dates and recruiting terms to know.
All-US Girls Slam Final Leads June Aces
Before turning the attention to Wimbledon’s second week, here’s a look back at a busy month of June, which included an all-US girls junior slam final and many Pro Circuit titles for current and former collegians
Dolehide Makes Swift Ascent to Head Coach at Georgetown
Courtney Dolehide was named the head men's and women's coach at Georgetown University this week. The former UCLA team captain was promoted after one year as an assitant for both programs. She's only 26 and is pursuing her MBA while coaching.
Diversity on Display at the USTA All-American College Combine
They came from different racial and personal backgrounds, but tennis brought them together at the USTA All-American College Combine. Sophia Edwards, Amber Fuller and Paula Cerda formed a friendship while taking part in the event at the National Campus, showcasing the power of sports as a unifier.
Spotlight Players of the Week - Luke Stoffel and Eva Kresovic
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 Luke Stoffel and Eva Kresovic.
Images from the Summer Super L6
Earlier this month in Boca Raton, the Rick Macci Tennis Academy hosted
a USTA Level 6 tournament on clay. Check this photo gallery from
photographer Fritz Moore who captured the event on film ...
Zhang, Rabjohns Claim Midwest Closed Titles
Top seed Andrew Zhang and No. 2 seed Kiley Rabjohns won their first Midwest Closed singles titles on Thursday at the Barbara Wynne Tennis Center at North Central High School in Indianapolis, taking the 18s championship matches in contrasting fashion.
Things My Mom and Dad Did Right and Wrong As Tennis Parents
Columnist Dave Mullins, a former college coach, explains what his parents got right and got wrong during his junior tennis career. He hopes their example can influence some tennis parents and the actions they take to help support their children
Why Coaches Attend the USTA All-American College Combine
More than 60 college coaches from all divisions attended the 2nd annual USTA All-American College Combine last week at the USTA National Campus in Lake Nona, Florida. What is the value of the combine and what do they enjoy most? Find out in this month's Coaching Roundtable.
Penn Grad Julia Koulbitskaya Means Business For L'Oréal
Julia Koulbitskaya relies on character traits gained from tennis in her job as the director of e-commerce for luxury hair care brands Kérastase & Shu Uemura at L'Oréal. The University of Pennsylvania graduate knew her education would be important for her future once her tennis career ended.
Fourmidable: Wesleyan's Chong Makes NCAA History
Wesleyan senior Eudice Chong etched her name in NCAA history last month after capturing her fourth Division III singles title. Chong is the only tennis player - man or woman - to win four NCAA singles titles. She will receive the NCAA Division III Honda Award tonight.
2018 Top NCAA D-III Women's Classes
The Tennis Recruiting Network wraps up its spring recruiting class rankings with a look at the D-III women. Today we present our list of the Top 25 NCAA D-III women's recruiting classes for 2018. This year, a new program has Engineered its way to the top of the rankings for the first time ever.
Deers, Raccoons and Tennis: Madison Tattini Loves Them All
Five-star senior Madison Tattini is not the prototypical country club tennis kid. The Utah signee lives on 50 acres of land in Illinois and has raised more than 50 animals, including raccoons and deer. Tattini wants to be a veterinarian once she finishes her playing career.
Hot 100 List - June '18
Today we announce the June 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.
Get To Know Charli Delmonico, Andrew Otzenberger
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 Charli Delmonico and Andrew Otzenberger.
2018 Top NCAA D-III Men's Classes
The Tennis Recruiting Network is excited to present its recruiting class rankings for NCAA Division III conferences. Today we unveil our Top 25 D-III men's recruiting classes for 2018. For the fourth time in five years, our top-rated class comes from the Windy City.
Rollins Will Have a Strong Presence at USTA Combine
The Rollins women's program will have a strong presence at the USTA All-American College Combine with head coach Beverly Buckley and two of her former players taking part. More than the wins, Buckley considers mentoring players to be the most rewarding part of her job at her alma mater.
2018 Top Mid-Major Women's Classes
TennisRecruiting.net is back today with more rankings of mid-major recruiting classes. Today we present the Top 25 mid-major women's recruiting classes for 2016. Check out the top of the rankings - where the Panthers are on the prowl.
Steinberg Ready To Elevate Colorado's Program
Former Kansas State women's head coach Danielle Steinberg was hired to the same position at the University of Colorado on Tuesday. Colorado was on Steinberg's "short list" of jobs she coveted because of the program's potential and Pac-12 Conference affiliation.
Georgia Southern Joins ITA Summer Circuit Calendar
Georgia Southern University is hosting an ITA Summer Circuit event for the first time this year at the Wallis Tennis Center. The circuit consists of 49 events spanning six consecutive weekends from mid-June through July. The points winners earn automatic entry into the ITA Summer National Championships at TCU.
From Student Manager to Head Coach, Chen Completes Climb
Having started as a student manager at UCLA in 2001, Grant Chen gradually worked his way up the coaching ladder through his passion and dedication. The 36-year-old received his first head coaching job last week when SMU hired Chen to run the men's program.
2018 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 2018, which you can check out long into the Knight.
Images from the NCAA Tennis Championships
The Wake Forest men's program won its first-ever NCAA Team
Championship last month, while the Stanford Cardinal women won their
19th. TRN contributor Bill Kallenberg has photo contracts with more
than half of the participating schools, so he was in Winston-Salem to
take action shots of the event. Relive the team, singles, and doubles
championships with these images ...
New Coaches Welcome O'Dell To Virginia
Despite a coaching change last year, Amber O'Dell remained committed to attending the University of Virginia. The blue chip was welcomed by the new coaching staff with open arms and will be arriving to begin classes this summer.
Hayley Carter Reignites Her Passion For Playing
After a year spent coaching at Oklahoma State, Hayley Carter has decided to return to playing and pursue a professional career. The former University of North Carolina star was worn down by physical and emotional stress once she graduated. But coaching helped Carter rediscover her love for tennis.
Improvements Made For 2nd Annual USTA College Combine
Using feedback from the inaugural event, organizers are hoping for an even better experience this year at the 2nd annual USTA All-American College Combine. The event is a showcase for American juniors to expose them to college coaches and learn more about the recruiting process.
Teams Are On The Clock For ITA Kick-Off Weekend Draft
The ITA Kick-Off Weekend Draft will be held this week in a Facebook Live format with an upgraded draft board. The men's draft will be held on Wednesday followed by the women's draft on Thursday. Teams will be selecting where they want to start the dual-match season in January.
Spotlight Players of the Week - Franny Shea and Aaron Thompson
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 Franny Shea and Aaron Thompson.
Top Women's Classes - 2018 Spring Rankings
This week, the Class of 2018 takes center stage, as TRN and YTEX Strings present the spring rankings of the Top 25 Women's Recruiting Classes for 2018. There are four new teams in Top 10 - including a powerhouse team staking its first claim to the No. 1 position.
Grand Rapids Level 2 Action Shots
USTA National Opens took place across the country last month -
including an event in Grand Rapids, Mich., for the 16s and 18s
divisions. There was plenty of coverage at ZooTennis.com - and
photographer Paul Ballard took lots of great action photos at
Images from the PIM Open in Delray Beach
Players from around the country were in Delray Beach last month for
the Player's International Management National Open. The inaugural event -
hosted at the site of the USTA Clay Court Nationals - was a USTA
National Level 3 tournament that attracted competitors from around the
country. Photographer Fritz Moore was onhand to capture the event.
Collegiate Players Past and Present Highlight May Aces
May is a month packed with college tennis accomplishments, and many of those featured in this month's Aces column are current or former collegians, along with juniors claiming Grade A titles and succeeding on the Pro Circuit.
Able and Robinson Help Georgia Gwinnett Extend Dominance
As the only two Americans in the program, Emerald Able and Gabrielle Robinson played key roles in helping the Georgia Gwinnett women capture the NAIA national title for the third straight season. The Grizzlies swept the titles yet again, with the men winning their fifth straight.
Blue Chip Zink Mindful of Commitment to Georgia
Tyler Zink practices meditation to help achieve a state of mindfulness and improve his performance on the court. The blue chip junior spent the last few months contemplating his college decision and recently committed to Georgia.
Spotlight Players of the Week - Layton Wille and Lexi Kubas
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 Layton Wille and Lexi Kubas.
Top Men's Classes - 2018 Spring Rankings
The Tennis Recruiting Network and YTEX Strings are excited to present their spring ranking of the Top 25 Men's Recruiting Classes for 2018. New commitments have lifted four new teams into the Top 10 and three formerly unranked teams into the rankings. But there is continuity at the top ... the Gators still reign supreme as the overwhelming choice for No. 1.
Delray Beach ITF Photo Gallery
The 8th annual Delray Beach ITF was organized by Players
International Management, the staff that hosts the Delray Beach
Open, the world’s only combined 10-day ATP World Tour Event and ATP
Champions Tour Event. Ivan Baron, Tournament Director, and Mark
Baron, Tournament Chairman, also run the USTA Boys' 18 and 16 National
Clays in July.
O’Dell and Benabraham Capture USTA Level 2 Titles
Rain was no obstacle for Amber O’Dell and Daniella Benabraham. Despite having to move indoors to play, the two captured singles titles at the USTA Level 2 National tournament in Grand Rapids, Michigan with straight-set victories in the finals.
CMS Women Make History With NCAA Division III Title
The No. 3 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps women won their first NCAA Division III title in program history on Wednesday with a 5-4 victory over No. 1 Emory at the Biszantz Family Tennis Center in Claremont, California. The Athenas are the first Division III women's program to win the title on their home courts.
Middlebury Men Capture NCAA Division III Team Title
Senior Kyle Schlanger came through with clutch wins to help the Middlebury College men's tennis team capture the NCAA Division III title on Wednesday afternoon with a thrilling 5-3 victory over Bowdoin in Claremont, California.
Stanford Women, Wake Forest Men Capture NCAA Titles
The Stanford women and Wake Forest men captured the NCAA Division I team titles on Tuesday at the Wake Forest Tennis Complex. No. 15-seeded Stanford defeated No. 1 Vanderbilt 4-3 for the program's 19th NCAA title while No. 1 Wake Forest captured its first NCAA title with a 4-2 win over No. 3 Ohio State.
Vanderbilt and Stanford Meet For NCAA Women's Title
Top-seeded Vanderbilt and No. 15 Stanford will play for the NCAA Division I women's title on Tuesday afternoon while top-seeded Wake Forest and No. 3 Ohio State will play at night in a meeting of programs both searching for their first NCAA men's title.
Spotlight Players of the Week - Madeline Suk and Corey Marley
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 Madeline Suk and Corey Marley.
From USTA to UTR: Amritraj’s Focus Broadens
Stephen Amritraj recently left his position as the USTA’s Director of Collegiate Tennis to become the Chief Tennis Officer for the Universal Tennis Rating system. The Duke graduate is convinced UTR can have a big impact on the global tennis community. He discussed his new role in a Q&A with Colette Lewis.
After Army Stint, Botzer Grateful for Opportunity at Wake Forest
Bar Botzer spent three years serving in the Israeli Army before arriving at Wake Forest this season. The 24-year-old freshman is hoping to help the host and top-seeded Demon Deacons capture the first NCAA Division I Championship in program history.
UNC's Makenna Jones Bounces Back With Big Season
One year after being taken out of the lineup, University of North Carolina sophomore Makenna Jones is playing No. 1 singles for the Tar Heels and ranked No. 2 in the nation. No. 2 seed UNC plays No. 15 Stanford in a blockbuster Round of 16 match at the NCAA Championships on Thursday at the Wake Forest Tennis Complex.
Hot 100 List - May '18
Today we announce the May 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.
Parr Partners With John Isner For Chartiable Project
Former Wake Forest star Cory Parr has started a chartiable organization, Give2Gain, to help support non-profits. He's partnered with John Isner to raise money for the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center with a trip to Wimbledon as a prize.
Adidas Elite 32 Photo Gallery
Last weekend, 16 USTA National Level 3 tournaments took place across
the country. One of those was the Adidas Elite 32 at the scenic
Peachtree City Tennis Center a half hour south of Atlanta. Check out
the great action shots that Photographer Bill Kallenberg has
NCAA Roundtable: Upsets and Predictions
The NCAA Division I men's and women's tournaments get underway today at campuses across the nation. In Part 2 of our Roundtable, our panel provides a look at some potential dark horses and predicts which teams will be holding the trophy in the end.
Yonex Raises U.S. Tennis Profile
Yonex has made a push to identify and sponsor promising young Americans to get more represenation in the United States tennis market. North American representative Jacek Dabrowski is the man helping put Yonex rackets in the hands of players at prestigious junior tournaments across the country.
Division III Experiments With Speeding Up Matches
Teams experimented with rule changes this year at the NCAA Division III Team Indoors to help speed up the pace of matches. Among the tweaks were no warm-ups, no lineup announcements and tiebreaks at 7-7 in doubles. Coaches provided their thoughts on the experience in this month's Coaching Roundtable.
Blue Chip Brooksby Sees Growth Potential At TCU
Jenson Brooksby wanted to find a program at a smaller school that could help develop his game. The blue chip junior from Carmichael, California found what he was looking for at TCU. He verbally commited right after the Horned Frogs clinched the Big 12 Conference regular-season title.
Spotlight Players of the Week - Ty Cohen and Isabella Leano
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 Ty Cohen and Isabella Leano.
NCAA Roundtable: Major Storylines and Best NCAA Venues
The NCAA Division I men's and women's tournament brackets have been released, and now it's time to dig deeper and find out what are the best matchups, the best venues and the best storylines. We are providing a comprehensive breakdown with some of the top college contributors from around the country. Find out what they have to say in Part 1 of our NCAA Roundtable.
Former College Stars Among April Aces
The April Aces features former collegiate players who are moving up the rankings, current juniors who are having success on the ITF Pro Circuit and young Americans who are making their mark on the USTA Pro Circuit. Find out which 15 players made the cut.
UCLA-Bound Forbes Finds Perspective Through Her Autistic Brother
Abigail Forbes has gained perspective beyond wins and losses through her younger brother, Luke, who is autistic. The blue chip junior from Raleigh, North Carolina recently committed to UCLA, where she plans to study pre-med and focus on pediatric research to help try and find a cure for autism.
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!
In Sickness and In Health, Texas-Bound McDonald Loves Tennis
Evin McDonald discovered his love for tennis while spendng a month in a hospital being treated for a serious illness. The blue chip junior from Bethesda, Maryland has taking advantage of every opportunity the sport has offered, and recently committed to play at Texas.
Spotlight Players of the Week - Ashley Hess and Cal Hunter
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 Ashley Hess and Cal Hunter.
Lets Go: ITF Junior Circuit Adopts No Lets on Serves
The ITF has moved to allow service lets to be played during events on the Junior Circuit. During the major Southern California junior tournaments this month, Colette Lewis spoke with competitors, officials and a college coach about the change and its impact.
Orban Gained Sense of Adventure at Maryland
Andrew Orban had never traveled outside of the United States before arriving to play for the University of Maryland in 2005. Inspired by his foregin teammates, Orban began navigating the world after graduation.
Legendary Mentorship Guides UCLA-Bound Taylor Johnson
Taylor Johnson has been mentored by Billie Jean King since she was 10 after a chance meeting at a YMCA brought them together. King recently helped Johnson make her college decision, with the blue chip junior committing to UCLA. Johnson will be an early arrival for the Bruins.
Division I Coaches Weigh in on New NCAA Recruiting Rules
College coaches from around the country provided their thoughts on the new recruiting legislation adopted by the NCAA Division I Council last week. Do they think it's a good thing? What are their concerns? How much will things change? Find out in the latest Coaching Roundtable.
Spotlight Players of the Week - Parker Law and Emily Untermeyer
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 Parker Law and Emily Untermeyer.
Vanderbilt Repeats as SEC Tournament Champions
The Vanderbilt women's tennis team defeated Florida 4-0 on Sunday afternoon to capture its second straight SEC tournament title. The final was televised live on the SEC Network for the first time in history.
College Tennis Programs Make a Positive IMPACT With Sick Kids
College tennis programs across the nation have been matched with children with life-threatening illnesses through Team IMPACT. The teams provide a support network for the kids and give them a reason to smile. The players hold signing day ceremonies for them, give them lockers and even invite them to their wedding.
NCAA Adopts New Legislation To Help Stem Early Recruiting
In an effort to stem early recruiting, the NCAA Division I Council adopted legislation on Wednesday that more resembles the schedule regular students follow when choosing a college. Many major steps in the recruiting process will now begin September 1 of a recruit's junior year in high school.
Grant Is Fully Committed to Tennis, Florida
Will Grant is hard to keep off the court. The blue chip junior often needs to be told to take a break by his family because his passion to improve his so strong. Having recently committed to Florida, Grant will likely test the NCAA hours limit once he arrives in Gainesville.
Hot 100 List - April '18
Today we announce the April 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.
Signing Day Is Over: Now Get Ready For College Tennis
Now that Signing Day has come and gone, it’s time for players to begin preparing for college tennis. Former college player, assistant coach and current WTA/ITF touring coach Mark Gellard provides three factors that are essential in every player's preparation.
Black, Nakashima Win ITF International Spring Championships
Although their final steps were very different, Brandon Nakashima and Hurricane Tyra Black both captured their first ITF Grade 1 titles at the International Spring Championships last Sunday. Zachery Lim and Anne Lutkemeyer Obregon won the 16s titles.
Hey Parents, Let Your Kids Be Adults in College
What happens now that your child has signed and is ready to leave home? Former college coach Dave Mullins has some honest advice on how involved parents should be when their children are playing in college. What is best for their long-term development may require some letting go on your side.
James Madison Reels In Karpinski For Signing Class
Maryland native William Karpinski is signing to play for James Madison University. Outside of playing tennis, the three-star recruit enjoys deep-sea fishing and caught a barracuda several years ago on a family trip.
Furman Was Worth The Wait For Taylor Melville
Taylor Melville didn't want to be pressured into making a college decision. The five-star Georgia resident wanted time to learn more about schools. Furman allowed Melville to do her research, and she rewarded the program's patience by committing to the Paladins.
Kush Learns The True Value of Academics
Adam Kush's tennis thrived at an academy, but his grades suffered with online schooling. Kush moved back home, improved his grades again and began exploring colleges. He is signing with Division II Anderson University, with most of the scholarship money coming from his academic success.
Zimmermann Finds the Right Fit at Georgetown
Lindsay Zimmermann wanted to attend a smaller private school that was near a big city. The five star from Hilton Head Island, South Carolina found the right fit at Georgetown. Zimmermann will be signing to play for the Hoyas during the Spring Signing Period that begins this week.
Persistence Pays Off For Khalafallah
Shaddy Khalafallah didn't think playing Division I college tennis might work out for him. But through hard work and constant emails, the three-star senior from Moline, Illinois will be signing his letter of intent to play for Marquette University.
Five-Star Amber Shen Is Committed To Helping Others Heal
Watching her mother battle colon cancer inspired Amber Shen to pursue a career in medicine. The five-star from Boulder, Colorado has committed to MIT, where she wants to study biological engineering and take advantage of research opportunities.
Spring Signing Week '18: Signing Week Arrives
The Tennis Recruiting Network and GAMMA kick off our coverage of Spring Signing Week '18 with a look at the Top 100. We preview our weekly coverage, and we update you on the status of all the top 100 boys and girls who were uncommitted when we checked in with them in March. A few of these kids plan to announce their decisions this week.
Brooksby and Volynets Capture Easter Bowl ITF Titles
Northern Californian's Katie Volynets and Jenson Brooksby both rallied from a set down in their championship matches to defeat the top seeds on Easter Sunday and capture the Easter Bowl ITF singles titles at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.
Chopra and Lee Earn Easter Bowl 16s Titles
Keshav Chopra and Anessa Lee started the 2018 Easter Bowl with contrasting expectations, and navigated different paths to the 16s singles finals. But they both ended the event with gold balls after capturing the titles at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.
Yu, Kuzuhara, Quan and Ngounoue Claim Easter Bowl Titles
Rudy Quan and Clervie Ngounoue captured the 12s singles titles while Eleana Yu and Bruno Kuzuhara reigned victorious in 14s singles at the 51st edition of the Easter Bowl. Ngounoue teamed with singles final opponent, Stephanie Yakoff, to also win the doubles title.
Important Tips in the Recruiting Timeline
In order to take control and be successful in the recruiting process, there are some important tips every student-athlete should know. Tarek Merchant, Founder and CEO of IMRecruitable, shares what players and parents should be tracking on the recruiting timeline to ensure success in finding the right school.
Keep An Open Mind When Choosing A Division
Prospective student-athletes too often get hung up on the “No. 1” college division and forget about all the opportunities outside of it. The experience, the degree, and your future occupation is not dependent on the athletic division of the team you join.
Some Pain, All Gain for USC-Bound Willson
Danielle Willson got her start in tennis by being whacked in the face with a water balloon. It led to a love for the sport that remains strong. The five-star senior from Newport Beach, California is staying close to home to play for USC.
Four-Star Anukornchaikul Selects Johns Hopkins
Naevin Anukornchaikul wanted to attend a strong research university with a quality tennis program. The four-star recruit from Irvine, California found a school that will give him that and more by committing to Johns Hopkins.
Late Blooming Eugenia Lee Overcomes Doubters
After receiving an email telling her about the JV team in college, Eugenia Lee was motivated to get an offer to play varsity. The three star from Allison Park, Pennsylvania rapidly improved and the coaches at the University of Chicago took notice. Lee has committed to play for the Maroon women.
Images from the Georgia Bowl
The Georgia Bowl - A USTA National Level 3 Championship - took place
at the 52-court The Rome Tennis Center at Berry College March 24-26.
Photographer Bill Kallenberg was onhand to take photos of the event.
Weather No Obstacle For March Aces
The March weather may be unpredictable, but the 14 players highlighted in this month's Aces had consistently fine results on the ITF Junior Circuit, the USTA Pro Circuit and the WTA Tour. The ITA National Team Indoor Championships season also wrapped up during the month, with another repeat champion in Division III.
College Tennis Helps Druss Grossfeld Ace Interviews
Playing college tennis is something Marisa Druss Grossfeld was frequently asked about during job interviews. The Texas A&M graduate credits the life skills she gained as a student-athlete for helping her rise to a senior vice president at GLG.
Tennis Keeps Smiths Close Together at USC
USC men's coach Peter Smith wanted his three boys to play tennis so he could be more involved in their lives. He never imagined they might play for him in college one day. Tanner and Riley are members of the USC team while Colter, a junior in high school, will likely end up at USC.
College Coaches Recall Their First Signing Classes
They were the foundational classes that launched coaching careers. The players that trusted them and committed to their vision will remain special. In this month's Coaching Roundtable, college coaches recall the very first signing class of their head coaching careers and what it meant to them.
Countdown: Top 100 Girls
Last Monday, we visited with the boys. Today, the top girls in the senior class talk college recruiting. Find out where the Top 100 boys are leaning, and see who your favorite school is after ...
Blue Chip Cerdan Bound for Maize and Blue
With 23 offers, Andrea Cerdan could have been overwhelmed by the next step in the recruiting process. But three factors put the blue chip junior on the path toward the University of Michigan: a promising unofficial visit, a love of indoor tennis and her coaches.
Four-Star Daniel Krulig Heading To Denver
Daniel Krulig's dream was to play college tennis at an American university. The dream will soon become a reality for the four-star senior from Florida. He will be joining the University of Denver men's program in the fall.
Family Helps Bacalla Achieve College Tennis Goal
Michelle Bacalla's family had a major influence in her tennis career and her college recruiting process. Her two older brothers played college tennis, giving her a blueprint to follow when it came time for her to make a decision. The five-star from Skokie, Illinois has signed to play for the University of Iowa.
Hot 100 List - March '18
Today we announce the March 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.
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.
College Makes The Grade In February Aces
College tennis is now in full swing, with last month’s achievements including three coveted ITA Indoor Titles for teams from North Carolina and Georgia. Former collegiate stars also distinguished themselves, and juniors made their presence felt with ITF Junior and Pro Circuit titles. They are all featured in the February Aces.
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.
Good Starts Boost January Aces
Another junior slam title for an American boy, more success in Europe for USA’s 14-and-under team and big Challenger titles for a couple of former college standouts lead the list of January’s top performances. Find out which 14 players made the cut for January's Aces.
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.
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.