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.
New ITF Heat Rule Scorches US Open Juniors
The ITF Junior Circuit's new extreme heat rule became a storyline at the recent U.S. Open Junior Championships. Several matches were delayed or suspended as temperatures soared in New York. Find out more about the rule and how it may impact tournaments in the future.
Five-Star Redelijk Announces His Commitment to SMU
Five-star senior Jordi Redelijk is announcing his commitment to SMU. The Florida native made his decision on Tuesday night, having formed a close relationship with new head coach Grant Chen during the recruiting process.
Hot 100 List - September 2018
It's time to unveil the September 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.
Garay is Getting a Second Chance to Pursue His College Dream
Former five-star Christian Garay didn't make academics a priority during his junior career and couldn't fulfill his dream of playing college tennis. But the 22-year-old has worked to earn a second chance as a 22-year-old freshman this season on the Point University men's team.
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.
US Open Photo Gallery
Things were hot in New York for the US Open Championships. Extreme
heat adjusted the schedule of play - but it didn't stop Caty McNally
and Coco Gauff from winning an All-American doubles final. Take a look
at Bill Kallenberg's photos of the event ...
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.