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.
Hot 100 List - November 2018
It's time to unveil the November 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 - Megan Heuser and Joe O'Brien
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 Megan Heuser and Joe O'Brien.
Defending Champ Andreev, World No. 1 Burel Return to Eddie Herr
The ITF Grade 1 Eddie Herr Championships welcome back two of the top juniors in the ITF World Junior rankings, with 2017 boys champion Adrian Andreev of Bulgaria and 2017 girls finalist Clara Burel of France returning to the Har-Tru courts at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida.
Perez Takes Surgical Approach to Winning Title
Fabiola Perez, an aspiring surgeon, won the Girls 18s singles title at the TennisRecruiting.net National Junior Level 7 tournament last week in Miami. Perez didn't drop a set in three matches.
College of Charleston Honored for Community Service
The College of Charleston women's team won a $1,000 ITA grant for performing the most hours of community service in October. The Cougars made blankets for babies, visited pet shelters, raised money for St. Jude's and worked with Special Olympians among their many activities.
Salute To Service: Four Star Jose Pledges to Army
Joel Nathan Jose takes great pride in representing his country, and wants to serve in the military. The four-star senior from New Albany, Ohio has committed to play for Army. His mid-match salute last spring gave spectators chills.
Hopper Ready For More Fun at Case Western Reserve
James Hopper needs to be having fun to be successful in tennis. Hopper's game improved once he embraced that philosophy. The four-star senior wants to keep the fun going in college at Case Western Reserve University.
Georgia Tech-Bound Cohen Was Raised To Compete
As the older sister to four brothers, Gia Cohen doesn't back down from competition. The blue chip from Florida is bringing that drive to Georgia Tech. Cohen signed with the Yellow Jackets this week, and is arriving in January.
Blue Chip Wolfberg Signs with Oklahoma State
Blue chip Alana Wolfberg didn't think she wanted to attend college far from home. But the Oklahoma State coaching staff made a lasting impression on the Orlando native. She signed her National Letter of Intent with Oklahoma State this afternoon during a ceremony at her high school.
Hohmann Finds a Coaching Connection at LSU
If you want to know why Ronald Hohmann is signing with LSU, it's fairly simple. The blue chip senior wants to play for Andy Brandi. Hohmann believes Brandi can help him reach is goal of playing professionally.
Self-Motivated Shugar Elevates Game, Commits to Alabama
Avi Shugar didn't think playing high-level Division I tennis was a possibility two years ago. But the four-star senior from Oregon worked hard to improve his game and will be signing with the University of Alabama this week.
Signing Week 2018
With the Countdown now behind us, it's time for the main event. Tennis Recruiting and GAMMA are ready to kick off our coverage of Signing Week 2018 with a final look at the Blue Chip boys and girls.
South Carolina ITF Gallery
A stark contrast from the previous week's rainy conditions, blue skies
and sunshine welcomed players to Lexington, S.C., for the South
Carolina ITF. Bill Kallenberg was on site at the Lexington County
Tennis Complex for this event - check out the action shots he captured.
Chinese Coaches Study College Tennis at Arizona State
The Federation of University Sports of China— the Chinese equivalent of the NCAA—has sent 25 coaches to Arizona State’s campus in Tempe this semester to learn what it takes to develop players at the Division I level.
Junmoke James Stays in the Game at Lehigh
Junmoke James wasn't sure if she would find a place to play Division I tennis until receiving an email from Lehigh. The four-star senior from Georgia with a passion for writing short stories will be signing with the Mountain Hawks this month.
Fresno State-Bound Baturyn Makes all the Right Moves
A former competitive chess player, Daniel Baturyn is tactical about the moves he makes on and off the tennis court. The five-star senior left California for South Carolina to train at an academy, and his game greatly improved. He is signing with Fresno State next week.
Blue Chip Angelica Blake Chooses Stanford
Blue chip senior Angelica Blake is announcing her commitment to Stanford. Blake discovered her love for tennis by grabbing a stranger's racket at age 4 and begging to go hit balls while living in the UK.
Five-Star Gupta Ready To Help Penn Ascend
Aditya Gupta wanted to find the best mix of academics and tennis for college. The five-star senior from Southern California didn't limit his options to only Ivy League schools, but discovered Penn provided everything he wanted.
Action Shots from the ITF Pan Am
The ITF Pan American Championships moved from Tulsa to Charlotte this
year, with UNC Charlotte hosting the event. Rain marred the
tournament daily, forcing tournament officials to get creative with
the schedule to complete the matches. TRN photographer Bill
Kallenberg was on site to get these great photos.
Scary Good Performances in October Aces
Major tournaments in college and junior tennis along with the usual Pro and Pro Circuit events made for a busy month of October, with 19 different competitors earning time in the spotlight last month.
Strong Technical Foundation Should Start Young
It would make more sense to provide young players with the best technical foundation we can, according to columnist Dave Mullins. If they have high aspirational goals for their tennis after that, then the emphasis should probably switch to the tactical, mental and physical aspects of the game.
From Tennis to Rugby, Pheil Discovers A New Passion
Christiane Pheil was burned out from tennis after playing two years at the University of Colorado. She left the team to pursue different passions, and discovered rugby. Pheil is now a member of the USA Rugby women's national team and recently participated in the World Cup in Ireland.
Kuckelman Twins Were a Package Deal for Nebraska
Chloe and Ellie Kuckelman are not only twin sisters, they are best friends. They wanted to stay together in college, and Nebraska showed interest from the very start. The four-star seniors from Kansas will both be signing with the Huskers next month.
Countdown: Blue Chip Girls
Last week we visited with the senior Blue Chip boys to find out how they are doing in the college recruiting process. Today, the girls get their turn. How many have decided? Which players are still wide open? And are any of them leaning towards your favorite school?
Jachuck Heading to Harvard
Ronan Jachuck did his homework before deciding where to attend college. The blue chip senior found the right fit - athletically and academically - at Harvard. Jachuck verbally committed last February, and received his "likely letter" this month.
Coaches Weigh In On New Signing Window
The recruiting calendar has changed this year, with the signing period no longer broken into two separate windows. This year's seniors can now sign anytime from November 14, 2018 through August 1, 2019. How will this impact recruiting? We asked several coaches for this month's Roundtable.
Hot 100 List - October 2018
It's time to unveil the October 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.
Mossmer Follows Family History at Stanford
Nicole Mossmer was an elite level youth soccer player until deciding to pursue tennis at age 14. Although many questioned the change, Mossmer followed her heart and developed into a blue chip. She will be signing with Stanford, where both her parents played sports.
Countdown: Blue Chip Boys
We kick off the second week of the Countdown to Signing Day with a look at the top boys in the senior class. This year's Blue Chip recruits talked with us about their decision process. Some have made verbal commitments, most have confirmed or taken their official visits, and some are still wide open. Take a look and see where things stand with the Class of 2019 ...
Nanda, Mandlik Earn First Grade 1 Titles
In a tournament greatly marred by weather delays, Govind Nanda and Elli Mandlik survived to capture their first ITF Grade 1 singles titles by winning the Pan American Closed last week at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte.
Mercer, Cash Make Double Commitment for Ohio State
They didn't make a promise to attend the same school, but doubles partners J.J. Mercer and Robert Cash both found the right fit at Ohio State. The blue chip seniors are signing with the Buckeyes next month and hoping to continue their partnership in college.
Drummy's Journey Leads to Vanderbilt
Georgia Drummy moved from her home in Ireland to Florida to improve her tennis and face better competition. The next step in Drummy's career comes next month when she signs to play at Vanderbilt and then joins the program in January.
Competitive Spirit Drives Blue Chip Zhang to Duke
Andrew Zhang's competitive drive has been evident from the moment he started playing tennis. Attracted to Duke's athletic spirit and tradition, the blue chip recruit from Michigan is signing with the Blue Devils next month.
Dodd Heading West To Play For Sacramento State
Three-star Grace Dodd knew during her official visit she wanted to attend Sacramento State. The Farmers Branch, Texas native is a strong doubles player and hopes to contribute to the Hornets in any way needed.
Countdown to Signing Day 2018
It's that time of year. We are less than a month away from the most important day on the college tennis recruiting calendar - Signing Day. November 14th is the opening of the signing period, when seniors can begin signing a National Letter of Intent with Division I and Division II schools. As always, the Tennis Recruiting Network is here to keep you up to date on everything.
Texas Tech's Masi Inspired By Wife's Cancer Battle
Texas Tech men's head coach Brett Masi can point to his wife as an example of resiliency for his players. She battled cancer twice and is now in remission. Learn more about Masi and his background in this month's "Meet The Coach."
USTA Player Development Announces New Coaching Leadership
USTA Player Development announced today that Ola Malmqvist has been promoted to Director of Coaching while Kathy Rinaldi and Kent Kinnear will take over as Head of Women’s and Men’s Tennis, respectively. Rinaldi will continue in her role as U.S. Fed Cup Captain.
Five-Star Senior Spencer Gray Chooses Auburn
Believing it's a place where he can thrive, Spencer Gray has committed to Auburn. The five-star recruit from Boca Raton, Florida made his decision on Monday night after taking his official visit to the school in early September.
Gonzaga's Whittle Completes Historic Run at ITA All-American
Gonzaga senior Sophie Whittle made a historic run to the singles title at the ITA All-American Championships. Despite badly spraining her ankle in the final, the qualifier and former four-star recruit became the first player in Gonzaga history to win an ITA National title.
Player Spotlight of the Week - Kida Ferrari and Will Ulrich
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 Kida Ferrari and Will Ulrich.
Epilepsy Doesn't Sideline Four-Star Gabby Dellacono
Gabby Dellacono was diagnosed with epilepsy at age 10. Instead of holding her back, the condition motivated Dellacono to work even harder in tennis and become an advocate for other children. The four-star from Connecticut will be signing with Brown next month.
Evacuated UNCW Programs Give Back to Community
The University of North Carolina Wilmington tennis programs were forced to evacuate when Hurricane Florence hit. They spent more than three weeks away from campus before returning to practice on Monday. During their evacuation, they volunteered through the Red Cross to try and give back to the community and help residents.
Junior Fed Cup Leads Off September Stars
The final month of summer was another busy one. The last two junior slam champions of the year, were crowned, the Junior Davis and Junior Fed Cup championships were held and former college stars collected multiple titles. They are all featured in the Septembers Aces.
Spotlight Players of the Week - Lindsey Hofflander and Philip Bosman
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 Lindsey Hofflander and Philip Bosman.
Bickford Hits the Ground Running at William & Mary
Toni Bickford was hired last week as the women's head coach at William & Mary. Although the late start is not ideal, Bickford is using the late start as motivation to work even harder. The former Iowa star wants to prolong the Tribe's legacy of success.
Blue Chip Nanda Chooses Bruins
Motivated by a rejection when he began playing competitive tennis, Govind Nanda made a commitment to improving. That determination has now led to another commitment: the blue chip recruit is just months away from becoming a UCLA Bruin.
From Coveted Recruit to Assistant Coach at Georgia Tech
Christy (Striplin) Lynch graduated from Georgia Tech with a degree in marketing. The former Jackets standout didn't plan on a career in coaching, but entered the field thanks to her husband's encouragement. She's back at her alma mater as an assistant coach trying to help the next generation of players.
Blue Chip Hadigian Ready to Work for Gonzaga
Intrigued by the vision of the new coaching staff, blue chip senior Eric Hadigian has committed to Gonzaga. Hadigian has the option of enrolling early to play this spring or waiting until next fall to play for the Zags.
Miller Finds Perfect Fit in Her Own Backyard at Michigan
Karina Miller didn't have to search far to find the perfect fit for college. The blue chip junior from Ann Arbor committed to the University of Michigan last week, and will represent the school located in her backyard.
Spotlight Players of the Week: Jenasis Yarrell, Fernando Bauermeister
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 Jenasis Yarrell and Fernando Bauermeister.