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College Roundup
Scattershooting Around the Men's College Game
by Keith Kropp, 24 April 2014

During a dual season in which many schools have negotiated difficult schedules, overcome adversity and tweaked lineups, the men's Division I season has now reached the conference tournaments. Rivalries will be renewed this weekend and a few more questions might be answered, but what we have seen the past three months from all regions of the country tells us there are perhaps ten teams capable of capturing the NCAA championship.

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Who's Hot?
Prince Hot 100 List - April '14
by Amelia Thomas, 22 April 2014

Today we announce the April edition of the Prince Hot 100. The Prince 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.

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Tournament Summary
Tiafoe, Bellis Capture Easter Bowl ITF Titles
by Colette Lewis, 21 April 2014

Francis Tiafoe and CiCi Bellis have similar international junior accomplishments, and they both had great experiences at the Easter Bowl earlier this month. Both the 16-year-old Tiafoe and 15-year-old Bellis left the Indian Wells Tennis Garden, the tournament's new site, with Easter Bowl ITF singles titles.

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Recruiting 101
Spring Signing Week '14: Why NAIA?
by Peter Green, 18 April 2014

Peter Green talks with college tennis coaches at NAIA institutions about the tennis experience at NAIA schools - and what differentiates an NAIA program from NCAA programs.

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16-Apr-2014
Spring Signing Week '14: Primer on NCAA Eligibility
The NCAA Eligibility Center certifies the academic and amateur credentials of all students who want to play sports at an NCAA Division I or II institution as freshmen. In order to practice, play and receive an athletics scholarship, students need to meet certain academic benchmarks and amateurism requirements. Learn about the NCAA Eligibility Center and its resources...

15-Apr-2014
Spring Signing Week '14: How is College Tennis Different?
Junior tennis and college tennis are two very different experiences. Junior tennis players know that they will be competing in a team environment, but they can't really know what else to expect. We put the question to recent graduates: What was an aspect of college tennis that most surprised you coming out of juniors? What did you find most challenging?

15-Apr-2014
Spring Signing Week '14: National Recruiting Roundup
Signing Day Eve kicks off with our national roundup. Take a look at comments from boys and girls who have made verbal commitments to colleges all across the country.

14-Apr-2014
Spring Signing Week '14: Scholarships - Details Matter
If you've been playing junior tournaments for years, the chances are that the subject of college scholarships has come up often in your house. It's only natural that you would like all your hard work to be rewarded. For parents, a scholarship is often seen as the light at the end of the tunnel - the financial gift for spending years paying for lessons, entry fees and travel. Unfortunately, it's not that simple.

14-Apr-2014
Spring Signing Week '14: Signing Week Arrives
The Tennis Recruiting Network kicks off its coverage of Spring Signing Week '14 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.

11-Apr-2014
Nakagawa, Bellis Claim ITF Grade 1 International Spring Championship Titles
Naoki Nakagawa of Japan and CiCi Bellis of the United States took alternate routes to the final, yet both finished with titles last week at the ITF Grade 1 International Spring Championships at the StubHub Center in Carson, California.

9-Apr-2014
Countdown: What Do Players Overlook?
Every year, high school tennis players make their college decisions based on a number of factors - from coaching staff and players on the team to size of school and weather. But are these athletes making rational decisions? We put the question to college coaches: What important factors in the college recruiting process do student athletes often overlook?

7-Apr-2014
Countdown: Your College Choice is a Forty-Year Decision
During these final months before graduation, many of you are anxiously awaiting admissions decisions and pouring through notes from each visit, looking to make a final college choice. Thinking beyond college graduation may seem ludicrous right now, but you should always be mindful about how current decisions shape your future. It is important to decide what you want to do with your time in college and how it pertains to your career.

4-Apr-2014
March Aces
From Kazakhstan to Columbus, last month's achievements knew no boundaries, with teenagers capturing titles, and current and former college players moving up in the ATP rankings. A new NCAA record also made March a month to remember.

2-Apr-2014
Countdown: About College Recruit Videos
Julie and Danny Thiets founded High-Tech Tennis in 2006 recording junior tennis match play, and they quickly got involved with making college recruiting videos. In this article, they share some of the lessons they have learned over the years about making effective videos.

1-Apr-2014
TennisRecruiting.net Branches Out, Adds Wiffle Ball
Since its launch in 2005, the Tennis Recruiting Network has been a valued source of information for the junior tennis community. Today, April 1, 2014, Tennis Recruiting is excited to unveil its plans for the future. Having established its position in the tennis market, the company plans to begin coverage of an additional sport. And after much deliberation, that sport is Wiffle Ball.

31-Mar-2014
Countdown: Previewing the Top 100 Boys
Last Monday, we visited with the girls. Today, the top boys in the senior class talk college recruiting. Find out where the Top 100 boys are leaning, and see who your favorite school is after...

25-Mar-2014
Countdown: Transitioning to College Tennis
Over the winter break, Donovan Tennis Strategies was able to catch up with three freshmen college tennis players - from the Patriot League, Ivy League, and SCIAC. We asked them about the transition to college both academically and athletically, how their expectations of college tennis are being met, and what advice they would already be able to provide to future recruits.

24-Mar-2014
Countdown: Previewing the Top 100 Girls
The Countdown to Signing Day continues with a look at the Top 100 girls in the senior class. The vast majority of these athletes have already made written or verbal commitments, but college coaches are still after these highly-regarded young women. Find out which girls are still open, which have narrowed their lists, and which have made commitments...

21-Mar-2014
First USTA Team Champions Crowned in Mobile
128 boys and 128 girls arrived for competition last week in Mobile, Alabama, and each left with seven new friends - their teammates - when the USTA's first Spring Team Championships were complete. Two 12s, two 14s, two 16s and two 18s division players were placed on each of the 32 teams. The teams had fun but competed fiercely - since a USTA gold ball served as the ultimate prize.

20-Mar-2014
Prince Hot 100 List - March '14
Today we announce the March edition of the Prince Hot 100. The Prince 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.

17-Mar-2014
Countdown to Signing Day
Don't look now, but we are less than a month away from the beginning of the Spring Signing Period. April 16th is the first day in 2014 when high school seniors will be able to sign their National Letters of Intent - making formal commitments to college tennis programs. As always, TennisRecruiting.net brings you a courtside seat to all the action. Take a look as we preview our special coverage... in the Countdown to Signing Day!

14-Mar-2014
Dealing with Injury and Rehabilitation
One of the unsung heroes of any tennis facility is the rehabilitation center. I actually witness athletes come in and in a matter of time, they are back on the playing field. There are two individuals that I have closely associated myself. Read the next part of my article and ask yourself what you would have done if you were either Tommy Haas or Christian Harrison.

13-Mar-2014
Catching Up with Christi Turdo on College Tennis and the Invention of Hop-a-Razzi
Christi Turdo has been involved in tennis for over 30 years, from playing in the juniors, college and pros, to teaching young players. It was in the latter role that she also invented Hop-a-Razzi, a revolutionary basket that modernizes ball retrieval. From her office just outside Chicago, Turdo had a lot to say about choosing the right college, what she learned from the playing experience, and how Hop-a-Razzi came to be.

11-Mar-2014
Conversation with UNLV's Owen Hambrook
UNLV's Owen Hambrook is now in his eleventh season as head coach of the Runnin' Rebels men's tennis program. Hambrook, who led the program to its first-ever Mountain West championship, took the 2012-13 squad to a 17-7 overall record and a final ranking of No. 62. NBC's Harry Cicma caught up with Hambrook to talk tennis, Las Vegas, and recruiting.

7-Mar-2014
Roundtable: Is College Tennis Thriving or Struggling?
It is interesting to look at the state of college tennis. Rising costs in education and athletics present challenges, but tennis remains one of the most popular sports on the college landscape. We put the question to college coaches... Is college tennis thriving or struggling? What changes or improvements are you monitoring?

6-Mar-2014
NCAA Will Allow Use of Snapchat
The landscape of social media is continuously changing, and it seems as though a new form of social media catches on every few months. The popular Snapchat app - which allows users to send photos and video to a controlled list of recipients - has just gotten a serious look from the NCAA. Our friends at NCSA take a look at the NCAA position...

4-Mar-2014
February Aces
February may be short, but it had more than enough days for a baker's dozen of outstanding performances in junior, college and professional tournaments from Delray Beach, Florida to Casablanca, Morocco to Happy Valley, Australia and beyond.

3-Mar-2014
Top Prospects '13-'14 - Spring Edition
Three Star Recruit? Or Four Star? You can find out right now, as The Tennis Recruiting Network proudly presents the Top Prospects for Spring 2014.

28-Feb-2014
What to Know about the Tennis Recruiting Process
College recruiting is something that seems obvious enough, but many junior tennis players and their parents don't know where to start. Our friends at NCSA have a primer with some basic facts and numbers about the process.

26-Feb-2014
Notre Dame Dominates Ball State in College Match Day Contest
Only hours after a grueling and emotional home loss to top-ranked Ohio State Saturday afternoon, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish returned to the Eck Tennis Pavilion courts to sweep Ball State in a nationally streamed USTA College Match Day contest Saturday evening, rebounding quickly from the disappointing loss to the Buckeyes.

21-Feb-2014
ITA Format Experiment Comments: Part Two
In part one of my discussion with college coaches, there was little support for continuing the women's experiment, which featured a match tiebreaker in lieu of a full third set. In part two below, five more coaches provide their perspective on the ITA's format experiment, as does Dustin Taylor, the USTA's National Coach for Collegiate Tennis, and Mitchell Frank, the University of Virginia's No. 1 player, who is leading the student-athlete opposition to any change of format.

19-Feb-2014
Match Tiebreaker for Third Set Not Popular with Top Division I Coaches in Charlottesville
The experimental phase for ITA Division I formats is over, concluding with the men's and women's ITA Team Indoor Championships. The men's experimental format, which employed no-ad, and the women's experimental format, which used a match tiebreaker in lieu of a third set, will now be evaluated for their effectiveness in providing an improved fan experience and shortening match times.

17-Feb-2014
Prince Hot 100 List - February '14
Today we announce the February edition of the Prince Hot 100. The Prince 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.

14-Feb-2014
Duke Erases UCLA's 3-0 Lead to Earn Second ITA Women's Team Indoor Title
When the seeds were announced last week for the ITA Women's Team Indoor Championships, Duke was a controversial No. 7, despite their preseason ranking of 10. When the Blue Devils defeated No. 4 seed UCLA 4-3 Monday in the final, roaring back from 3-0 down, they had proven they belong at the very top.

10-Feb-2014
Conversation with South Dakota's Malcolm Gilreath
University of South Dakota coach Malcolm Gilreath is in his tenth year at the helm of the USD women's tennis team. Gilreath is one of the most successful coaches in Coyote history - leading the program to 110 dual match victories. His 2012-13 team finished the season at 16-11 and reached the semifinals of the Summit League conference tournament. NBC's Harry Cicma talked with Gilreath about coaching and recruiting at USD.

7-Feb-2014
Finding Your Tennis Zone
After a great match, you often hear players say "I was in the zone!" What is the zone? Although there have been many different definitions, the most commonly accepted definition of the zone is a state of optimum physical and mental performance. Everything appears to be in flow and, in the end, everything appears to be "going their way." In practice, the zone is something that takes a lot of hard work to achieve.

5-Feb-2014
January Aces
For fourteen junior and college tennis players, 2014 is off to an outstanding start. Six of the seven continents - the lone exception being Antarctica - served as hosts for the notable achievements of January.

3-Feb-2014
Top Women's Classes - 2014 Winter Rankings
More than four hundred senior girls - including 85 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. The Tennis Recruiting Network and Solfire are proud to present the Top 25 Women's College Tennis Recruiting Classes of 2014.

30-Jan-2014
Michigan Women Defeat Yale to Return to Team Indoor in Charlottesville
A new format and a key player's injury didn't keep the University of Michigan women from their customary trip to Charlottesville, Virginia in February. On Sunday, the Wolverines defeated Yale 4-0, advancing to the Intercollegiate Tennis Association National Team Indoor Championships for the fifth consecutive year.

27-Jan-2014
Top Men's Classes - 2014 Winter Rankings
The senior class has been busy. More than 850 seniors in the Class of 2014 have made commitments to college tennis programs so far, with dozens more making verbal commitments each and every week. The decision-making will continue, but the end of January is a great time to see where things stand. Today, the Tennis Recruiting Network and Solfire are excited to bring you its poll of the Top 25 Men's College Tennis Recruiting Classes.

25-Jan-2014
Solfire to Sponsor Recruiting Class Rankings
Today, The Tennis Recruiting Network announces that Solfire, a tennis apparel company that combines original artwork with advanced technology and manufacturing techniques, will be the presenting sponsor for the widely acknowledged College Tennis Recruiting Class Rankings at the TennisRecruiting.net website.

24-Jan-2014
Eight Intriguing Questions for 2014
Tennis Recruiting enters its ninth year in 2014, and this January we feature the ninth straight edition of "Intriguing Questions" from columnist Colette Lewis. Lewis asks eight questions about junior and college tennis that should reveal their answers over the next twelve months.

23-Jan-2014
Prince Hot 100 List - January '14
Today we announce the January edition of the Prince Hot 100. The Prince 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.

20-Jan-2014
College Format Changes - The Vote of 21-19
The scoring system in tennis is one of its most sacred heirlooms. When the ITA (Intercollegiate Tennis Association) had its annual convention and coaches meeting in December, the hottest and the most pressing topic was the scoring system. Legendary tennis coach Chuck Kriese reviews highlights of the discussion - with his usual commentary.

18-Jan-2014
Eight New Year's Resolutions for Student-Athletes
Many people believe in New Year's Resolutions - and that a new year means a new start. The New Year is a good time to set goals and hold yourself accountable to achieving those goals. Have you set your New Year's Resolutions yet? If not, maybe this list will help.

17-Jan-2014
Flink, Zverev Seek First Junior Slam Titles in Melbourne
Last year's Australian Open junior champions Ana Konjuh and Nick Kyrgios graduated to the women's and men's main draw this year, leaving all 128 players in the junior championships dreaming of following their path from first junior slam title to professional success in the space of just 12 months.

13-Jan-2014
Previewing Inside College Tennis with Tony Minnis - Part II
A new television series - Inside College Tennis with Tony Minnis - premieres this week, Tuesday, January 14 at 9pm EST / 6pm PST on the Tennis Channel. And the entire tennis community should be very excited about the new program. We got the chance to talk with host and former LSU coach Tony Minnis about what we should expect to see...

11-Jan-2014
January Recruiting Reminders for Seniors
NCSA Athletic Recruiting brings you a monthly look at how to approach college tennis recruiting. Seniors - take a look at what you should be thinking about during the month of January...

11-Jan-2014
Premiere of Inside College Tennis With Tony Minnis Coming Tuesday
The Emmy award winning Bill Rodman Production Shoppe is partnering with Legendary Coach Tony Minnis and The Tennis Channel to bring you Inside College Tennis With Tony Minnis - a half-hour program dedicated to promoting collegiate tennis.

8-Jan-2014
Previewing Inside College Tennis with Tony Minnis
"College tennis is one of the best-kept secrets in college sports." So says Tony Minnis, who knows a thing or two about the sport. Minnis, who competed at a high level collegiately as both a player and coach, is about to pilot a new show on the Tennis Channel - Inside College Tennis with Tony Minnis. Check out what this program has in store...

6-Jan-2014
Top Prospect Spring Ratings Period Starts This Week
Twice a year, TennisRecruiting.net updates its Top Prospect ratings - sometimes known as "The Stars". Our next update to the Top Prospects comes in March - and those ratings will be based on players' highest rankings during the next eight weeks - from the week of January 6 to the week of February 24, 2014. We invite players to review their player records to ensure accurate ratings.

3-Jan-2014
December Aces
Although the focus of the tennis world has now moved to Australia for 2014, it's time to wrap up December with a look back at the junior champions from the Florida majors, as well as two Americans who earned main draw wild cards into the Australian Open.

30-Dec-2013
Liu Takes Second Junior Orange Bowl Title, Black Wins Girls 12s; Argentina Sweeps Boys Championships
Claire Liu knew what to expect. Hurricane Tyra Black, playing in her first Junior Orange Bowl, did not. But both Americans, seeded second, triumphed over the top seeds to claim the girls championships last Monday at the Neil Schiff Tennis Center at the University of Miami, while two competitors from Argentina captured the boys titles.

26-Dec-2013
Meet the Tylers - a College Coaching Family
Donovan Tennis Strategies enjoys taking opportunities to recognize student-athletes and coaches alike, who offer unique contributions to the world of college tennis and recruiting. In this feature, we catch up with Steven, Hilary and Matt Tyler, a collegiate tennis coaching family!

23-Dec-2013
Training Effectively vs. Just Training Hard - 10 Tips for Maximizing Your Training
When it comes to getting the most out of your training, working hard is not enough. In order to see real results, you should focus on training the way you want to compete. Hare are ten key strategies for maximizing the effectiveness of your training.

20-Dec-2013
Tiafoe Makes History as Youngest Orange Bowl Boys Champion; Flink Claims Girls Title
Crowds packed the Frank Veltri Tennis Center in Plantation, Florida for the boys Metropolia Orange Bowl final Sunday, knowing they would see history made. When Francis Tiafoe fired an ace to defeat fellow 15-year-old American Stefan Kozlov 7-6(3), 0-6, 6-3, he became the youngest winner in the history of the boys 18s competition. In the girls final, top seed Varvara Flink of Russia defeated No. 2 seed Ivana Jorovic of Serbia 6-1, 2-6, 6-4.

18-Dec-2013
Former Collegians on College vs. Pro Tennis
The strongest junior tennis players face the decision of playing college tennis or turning professional. More and more highly-ranked boys are choosing the college tennis over the Futures circuit as a development path, but many girls are still turning pro. We put the question to our panel of recent college graduates: What advice would you give to a junior girl who is trying to choose between college and professional tennis?

16-Dec-2013
Prince Hot 100 List - December '13
Today we announce the December edition of the Prince Hot 100. The Prince 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.

15-Dec-2013
DTS College Exposure Series
The 2014 DTS College Exposure Series kicks off with the 9th Annual DTS Southern California Showcase January 4th & 5th at the Claremont Colleges in Claremont, Calif. Events in the series are the longest running of their kind - boasting an impressive list of college coaches. These college exposure events prove to be an invaluable resource for both student-athletes and college coaches.

13-Dec-2013
Majchrzak, Ostapenko Take Eddie Herr ITF Titles; Four Americans Win Championships
Top seeds and surprise winners collected trophies last week at the Eddie Herr International Championships, with four Americans claiming titles at the prestigious event held at the IMG Bollettieri Academy in Bradenton, Florida.

11-Dec-2013
Open Letter to Prospective Student-Athletes
The process of searching for the right college and the right tennis program can be stressful. There are so many choices and variables, and finding the right fit, making campus visits, filling out applications, and taking care of your academics and tennis can be overwhelming. Enjoy the process - but take it seriously.

8-Dec-2013
The Invaluable Experience - New Kindle Book by Lao and Limpert
Reflecting on her successful college tennis career, Danielle Lao, a two-time All-American at USC thought she might have some valuable information to share with others either enrolled at colleges and universities around the country, thinking about playing college sports, or even sports fans wondering what the college experience is like for a elite athlete. With the help of Rick Limpert, Lao has

6-Dec-2013
November Aces
The month of November features a collegiate major as well as the last chance for those outside the top 100 to make a push for direct entry into the Australian Open. It also ushers in the brief offseason for the professional tours, allowing youngsters to collect valuable ranking points at Futures and Challenger events around the world, an opportunity many of those cited below did not waste.

4-Dec-2013
Staying Out of the Way
I started teaching tennis in the mid 1950s. Not a day goes by where my mind doesn't say, "here we go again." My toughest lesson is not with my students - but with their parents. Parents, please read this several times and be honest with yourself, and if the shoe fits, please loosen your laces a bit and just be a mom or dad to your kid. Let the coaches do their jobs.

2-Dec-2013
Why Division I?
If you talk to most people about college athletics they think of Division I sports. Even people who do not follow sports know about March Madness and the BCS Championships. Top juniors dream of playing Division I college tennis. So what do Division I college coaches have to say about Division I tennis?

30-Nov-2013
Talking with Columbia's Howard Endelman
NBC's Harry Cicma was one of the announcers at the USTA/ITA National Indoor Championships held last month. One of the big stories was the doubles championship earned by the hometown Columbia Lions. Cicma chatted with Associate Head Coach Howard Endelman about tennis and recruiting at Columbia.

27-Nov-2013
Black, Kozlov Among Favorites at Eddie Herr International ITF
Since 2012, when the tournament moved to the Har-Tru courts at the IMG Bollettieri Academy, an American has yet to reach the finals of the Eddie Herr International. Fifteen-year-olds Stefan Kozlov and Tornado Alicia Black, both former Eddie Herr champions, lead the US field attempting to end that streak this year.

24-Nov-2013
WAM Sports College Showcase to be held December 5-6
The WAM Sports College Tennis Camp and Showcase is a great way to get exposed to and recruited by 40+ U.S. college tennis coaches. College coaches from all divisions across country will be in attendance to educate you about the college tennis recruiting process and spend time with you on court.

22-Nov-2013
College Tennis Camps and Showcases - A Must for College-Bound Prospects
What are College Tennis Camps and Showcases? Who are they for? What can they do for me? Junior tennis players, parents and coaches alike often do not know much about either type of event. Therefore, they are hesitant and unsure of the benefits. But the chance to talk to a college coach, to be scouted and educated by them, to even be recruited by college coaches is always a valuable experience for any student athlete, regardless of who you are.

21-Nov-2013
Sandgren Prevails at JSM Illinois Challenger
After a three year absence, the trophy at the University of Illinois JSM Champaign Challenger returned to a player with college roots. Former Tennessee Volunteer Tennys Sandgren won this year's event that followed the elimination of three top seeds.

20-Nov-2013
Prince Hot 100 List - November '13
Today we announce the November edition of the Prince Hot 100. The Prince 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.

18-Nov-2013
Loeb and Thompson Claim USTA/ITA Indoor Titles
The freshman's title was no surprise, while the senior's run to the championship caught everyone off guard at the USTA/ITA Indoor Intercollegiate Championships earlier this month. Eighteen-year-old All-American champion Jamie Loeb of North Carolina dethroned defending champion Robin Anderson of UCLA 6-3 6-2 in the final, but the Bruins got their title when Clay Thompson defeated Jared Hiltzik of Illinois 6-4, 7-5 in the men's championship match.

17-Nov-2013
Talking with UCLA's Robin Anderson
NBC's Harry Cicma was one of the announcers at the USTA/ITA National Indoors last week in New York. Cicma chatted with defending champion Robin Anderson of UCLA, who reached the final before dropping the championship match 6-3, 6-2 to UNC freshman phenom Jamie Loeb. Check out what the UCLA junior had to say...

15-Nov-2013
Fall Signing Week '13: Fall Scheduling in College - Part 2
In college tennis, fall competition normally focuses on player development. Last month, we asked college coaches about their goals and philosophies for the fall season, and we published answers from a half-dozen coaches. Today we hear comments from more coaches on the topic.

12-Nov-2013
Fall Signing Week '13: Role of the Parent in Recruiting
As a parent, you want to be a part of all of your child's decisions, and which college your child will attend is one of the most important that will ever be made. The decision becomes even more complicated when your child is trying to pick a school to attend with a tennis team that's also a perfect fit. But how involved should a parent be in the tennis recruiting process? You might not like the answer...

12-Nov-2013
Fall Signing Week '13: National Recruiting Roundup
Yesterday, we looked at the Blue Chips. Today, we hear from seniors around the country who plan to sign NLIs during Signing Week - which officially begins tomorrow. Take a look at what they had to say... in our National Recruiting Roundup.

11-Nov-2013
Fall Signing Week '13: Blue Chip Update
The time has come. The time is now. Today, The Tennis Recruiting Network kicks off its coverage of Signing Week 2013, and our slate of articles is ready to go. Lots of articles, and lots of commitment announcements. Lots of what you want. We kick things off today with one final look at the Blue Chip boys and girls.

8-Nov-2013
Countdown: Talking with BC Alum Justin Slattery
Justin Slattery played for Boston College from 2000 to 2004, playing No. 1 singles and doubles throughout his career and serving as team captain. Harry Cicma of NBC News caught up with Slattery, who reflects on his time at BC and what the college experience means to him.

7-Nov-2013
Countdown: Thomson on Player Expectations
Coach Paul Thomson addresses questions from our community... How many hours per week are expected from the players? How many players will be used for varsity matches in the course of a given year? How many non-varsity, walk-on players do teams carry, and what is expected of them?

4-Nov-2013
Countdown: There's Life After November
November is here, and the early signing period is around the corner. Each year, student athletes scramble to find a college to sign with, while coaches look to lock down recruits. Most families begin to feel nervous around this time, and some even go as far as "freaking out". The general feeling is there will be no roster spots available if student athletes do not sign during the early signing period. Don't worry - there is life after November.

3-Nov-2013
Newks College Showcase to be held November 23-24
Newks College Showcase gives coaches the perfect opportunity to meet and watch potential recruits compete. Exposure between college coaches and players can be challenging, and this is the time of year most high school juniors begin looking into colleges tennis programs.

1-Nov-2013
October Aces
Both college and junior tennis feature important tournaments during the month, while the many post-US Open tournaments present aspiring professionals with an opportunity to boost their ATP and WTA rankings. Throw in a memorable Davis Cup debut and the result is a multitude of October aces, 17 in all.

31-Oct-2013
Countdown: Fall Scheduling in College
In college tennis, there are two distinct competition seasons - fall and spring - that are very different. Fall competition is usually more oriented around tournaments for individuals, and there is a huge stress on player development. We put the question to college coaches: "What are your goals for the fall season, and what is your philosophy when structuring the fall schedule?"

28-Oct-2013
Countdown: Coaches and Cheerleaders
One big question during the recruiting process is which college coach best suits you. Great coaches feel strongly about their own styles, their coaching identities, and most importantly their players. Many things are important, but you want a coach that you feel is going to have your back when you are tight as a brick down 4-5 in the 3rd set of the deciding match.

27-Oct-2013
Eastern College Showcase Day to be held November 10
Join presenters Eric Butorac and Dr. James Gladstone at the USTA Eastern Section's College Showcase Day on November 10 in Mt. Kisco, N.Y. The event is designed to help players learn more about the college tennis process and connect better with college coaches. College coaches have the opportunity to recruit and get exposure for their tennis programs.

25-Oct-2013
Countdown: Blue Chip Boys
Last Friday, we visited with the senior Blue Chip girls to find out how they are doing in the college recruiting process. Today, the boys get their turn. How many have decided? Which players are still wide open? And are any of them leaning towards your favorite school? Find out now...

21-Oct-2013
Countdown: NCAA Stance on Prize Money
Over the past year, the NCAA has made concerted efforts to simplify many of its rules. Two of these changes impact amateurism rules for junior and college tennis players. Moving forward, junior and college tennis players can keep prize money from tournaments to cover "actual and necessary expenses." Our friends at Donovan Tennis Strategies comment on the recent rule changes.

18-Oct-2013
Countdown: Blue Chip Girls
We wrap up our first week of the Countdown to Signing Day with a look at the top girls 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...

17-Oct-2013
Black and Tiafoe Claim ITF Pan American Titles in Tulsa
The field for the International Tennis Federation's Grade B1 Pan American Closed can draw competitors from as far north as Canada and as far south as Argentina. But this year, all four titles belonged to Americans, with Tornado Alicia Black beating compatriot Kaitlyn McCarthy 6-0, 6-0 for the girls singles championship, and Francis Tiafoe downing Californian Taylor Fritz 6-3, 6-0 to capture one of his two titles last weekend at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center at the University of Tulsa.

16-Oct-2013
Prince Hot 100 List - October '13
Today we announce the October edition of the Prince Hot 100. The Prince 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.

11-Oct-2013
Countdown to Signing Day
We are now just a little over a month away from Signing Day. November 13th is the first day of the one-week fall signing period, the only opportunity this calendar year for seniors to sign a National Letter of Intent with a Division I or Division II school. As always, The Tennis Recruiting Network is here to keep you up to date on all the happenings.

10-Oct-2013
Virginia's Frank Takes Second All-American Championship in Tulsa
For all the upsets and unexpected results at the St Francis Health System ITA Men's All American Championships in Tulsa last week, the winner was hardly a surprise. Mitchell Frank of the University of Virginia collected his second ITA All-American singles championship, running his winning streak at the event to 12, after recording a 6-3, 6-0 victory over Oklahoma's Guillermo Alcorta.

7-Oct-2013
Catching Up with Megan Moulton-Levy
Megan Moulton-Levy is one of the most successful players to come out of William and Mary. She was a six-time All American, four-time CAA Player of the Year, and won the most singles and doubles (combined) matches in the school's history. She was also well-known for her demeanor on the court, and it was recognized twice with ITA National Arthur Ashe Awards for Leadership and Sportsmanship. She now plays doubles on the pro tour.

4-Oct-2013
September Aces
The month began with the last junior slam of the season and ended with several teens claiming their first professional titles, while current and former college stars continued to climb the ATP rankings in both singles and doubles.

2-Oct-2013
Talking with Wisconsin Assistant Coach Matt Manasse
Matt Manasse finished his college tennis career at Purdue in 2011, where he served as team captain during his senior year. After a two-year stint with Babolat in charge of their Competition Team, Manasse is back in the Big 10, having accepted a position as assistant coach for the women's tennis program at Wisconsin. Harry Cicma of NBC News talked coaching and recruiting with Manasse.

30-Sep-2013
Media Tips for Young Tennis Players
Many junior tennis players pattern their games and on-court attitudes after professional players, but juniors rarely see their favorite players interact with the media. Although it may not have the same importance as developing a reliable kick serve or a slice backhand, learning to handle media requests and inquiries is part of the education of a developing player. The USTA recognizes that, annually conducting media training sessions.

25-Sep-2013
My Take on College Tennis
I want to start this piece by making one thing very clear so that there is no doubt about where I stand: I love college tennis. I have had a great experience as a player, coach, and now as a fan. That said, I think we need to be open to a change in the format in order to preserve the future of the sport in the changing landscape of college athletics.

24-Sep-2013
Why Division II?
Many people overlook NCAA Division II athletics programs - but they shouldn't. The Division II emphasis is on balance, with the objective of providing student-athletes a comprehensive program of learning and development. Student-athletes are encouraged to achieve excellence in their sport, in the classroom and in their community. Take a look at some of the best-kept secrets in college tennis.

20-Sep-2013
Former Cavaliers Huey and Inglot Reach ATP Doubles Heights
While teammates at the University of Virginia, Dom Inglot and Treat Huey never played doubles together. But several years later, their friendship led them to join forces on the ATP tour, where they are currently ranked 14th in world.

19-Sep-2013
US Open '13 Main Draw Showcases College and Junior World
The U.S. Open main draws once again showed what the country could offer from the college and junior tennis worlds. This was especially true in doubles events, which was filled with former college players.

18-Sep-2013
Prince Hot 100 List - September '13
Today we announce the September edition of the Prince Hot 100. The Prince 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.

13-Sep-2013
Croatia's Coric and Konjuh Sweep US Open Junior Singles Titles
Competitors from 37 countries began a quest for the US Open boys and girls singles titles, yet when the final point of the tournament was played last Sunday, one country, Croatia, had captured them both. No. 2 seed Ana Konjuh and No. 4 seed Borna Coric both staged comebacks to defeat unseeded opponents in the finals, with Konjuh squeezing past wild card Tornado Alicia Black of the United States 3-6, 6-4, 7-6(6) and Coric downing Australian Thanasi Kokkinakis 3-6, 6-3, 6-1.

10-Sep-2013
Thomson on Scholarship Questions
Coach Paul Thomson addresses questions from our community... How do coaches generally distribute their scholarship money? Is a player's scholarship likely to go up or down over the course of four years? On average, what is the players' cost per year?

9-Sep-2013
"Little Mo" Internationals Celebrate Maureen Connolly's Grand Slam
Sixty years ago, 18-year-old Maureen Connolly became the first woman to capture the Grand Slam of tennis. Connolly, also known as "Little Mo," would end her playing career one year later due to a horseback-riding accident. Since then, the "Little Mo" series of tennis tournaments has been very popular among young players. This year, in celebration of the 60th anniversary, the Maureen Connolly Brinker foundation has created a spectacular event of its own.

6-Sep-2013
Writing Your Own Story
Choosing the right university is a complicated and stressful process. As you struggle with the pros and cons of each college, you look forward to the relief of making your final decision. When you make that phone call and commit, you feel the weight lifted from your shoulders and an end to your burdens. But life always brings new challenges - and your next challenge is to find your own path to success in college and in college tennis.

3-Sep-2013
August Aces
Even without highlighting most of the eight USTA National Champions, who were covered thoroughly last month by the Tennis Recruiting Network, there is barely room for the large number of outstanding performances by college and junior players. The bar was so high winning one ITF Pro Circuit event in August wasn't sufficient to earn a mention, as the stars of tomorrow begin to raise their rankings and profiles.

2-Sep-2013
Welcome, Class of 2020!
Happy Labor Day! The unofficial end of summer means the official beginning of another year at the Tennis Recruiting Network. Last week we bade farewell to the Class of 2013, and this week we officially welcome the Class of 2020. The new sixth graders join our rankings starting tomorrow.

30-Aug-2013
Bencic, Zverev Lead US Open Junior Fields
The summer of 2013 has belonged to Switzerland's Belinda Bencic, who aims for her third consecutive junior slam title at the US Open Junior Championships next week. Bencic will be tested by a deep and accomplished field that features every member of the ITF junior Top 10. On the boys' side, the draw is missing four of the current ITF Top 10, including No. 1 Nick Kyrgios of Australia.

29-Aug-2013
Best Wishes, Class of 2013
Every year, people congratulate their graduating seniors, wishing them well as they move on from their high school days to bigger and better things. Saying goodbye to the Class of 2013 at TennisRecruiting.net is no different. This week's rankings are the last listings for the 2012-13 year - and they are also our final rankings for the outgoing Class of 2013.

27-Aug-2013
Roundtable: How to Choose a College
For many teenagers, choosing a college is the first big decision they make in their lives. Adding athletics to the equation can make the decision more challenging. How do you go about approaching the process? What factors should be important? We put this question to a number of young women who recently finished up their college tennis careers at top schools. See what they had to say...

26-Aug-2013
College and Junior Players at Open '13 Qualifying
The qualifying draws at the U.S. Open were filled with young players and those with college ties again this year. In the end, not many were left standing.

22-Aug-2013
Videos in the Recruiting Process
The college recruiting video in an important part of the recruiting process. It's not always feasible for college coaches to see players compete in person. Despite the importance of the video, more often than not we see videos that are ineffective and inadequate. We talked with college coaches to get their insights on college recruiting videos.

20-Aug-2013
Prince Hot 100 List - August '13
Today we announce the August edition of the Prince Hot 100. The Prince 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.

16-Aug-2013
Altamirano Makes History in Kalamazoo 18s
When seventeen-year-old Collin Altamirano returns to defend the USTA Boys 18s Nationals he won Sunday afternoon at Kalamazoo College's Stowe Stadium, he won't be an underdog. After defeating No. 14 seed Jared Donaldson 6-1, 6-2, 6-4 in a best-of-five match, Altamirano is now in the record books as the only unseeded player ever to win a singles title in the 71-year history of the Kalamazoo National Championships.

16-Aug-2013
Sachia Vickery Shines at Nationals in San Diego
From the moment she first picked up a tennis racket, Sachia Vickery has wanted to play in the US Open. That fantasy will soon become a reality. The top-seeded Miami resident defeated second-seeded Alexandra Kiick of Plantation, Fla., 4-6, 6-2, 6-0 to capture the singles title at the USTA Girls 18s National Championships at the Barnes Tennis Center in San Diego.

15-Aug-2013
Tommy Paul Takes Second National 16s Title
Tommy Paul arrived in Kalamazoo as the 16s Clay Court champion in singles and doubles, and when the wet week was over, Paul left the USTA National Championships with a third gold ball, winning the 16s singles championship with a 6-3, 6-1 victory over his friend and roommate Jake DeVine.

15-Aug-2013
Katerina Stewart Streaks to 16s Title
Katerina Stewart walked on to Stadium Court at the Barnes Center on Saturday afternoon having won 12 of her last 13 matches at the USTA Girls 16s Nationals. The only thing the Miami resident had yet to do was earn a championship. Presented with a second opportunity, Stewart rose to the occasion and captured the 16s singles championship with a 6-4, 6-1 victory over top-seeded Ena Shibahara.

14-Aug-2013
Brian Cernoch Wins USTA Boys 14 Nationals
Brian Cernoch of North Bethesda, Md., dropped his first set in singles of the USTA Boys 14 National Championships in the championship match against second-seeded Maxwell Mendelsohn of Little Rock, Ark. But that would be the only set he would lose, as Cernoch went on to win his first USTA gold ball with a 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 victory after a 2-hour, 22-minute battle.

14-Aug-2013
Day Outlasts Lahey in Girls' 14s
Kayla Day and Ashley Lahey train together back home in California, and they hit together last week in Georgia before every match at the USTA Girls 14 National Championships. That included the singles final, when the two friends met for the championship. Day, of Santa Barbara, survived four match points and won 1-6, 6-3, 7-5 in Peachtree City.

13-Aug-2013
Brooksby Claims First Gold in North Little Rock
Jenson "JT" Brooksby first qualified for Level-1 tournaments as a precocious nine-year-old Californian. Now, three years and thousands of practice balls later, the blue chip athlete finally owns his first gold ball in singles. On the second Saturday of August 2013 in North Little Rock, Arkansas, Brooksby defeated the fourth-seeded surprise finalist Thomas Yu, 6-3, 6-1 in the USTA Boys' 12 Nationals.

13-Aug-2013
Hurricane Tyra Black Duplicates Sister's Victory
Mild temperatures, with a few drops of rain thrown in to make things interesting, greeted the players this week at the USTA Girls 12s Nationals in Alpharetta, Ga. But it was a hurricane that had everyone talking at week's end. Not a hurricane with swirling winds and dangerous lightning, but 12-year old Hurricane Tyra Black, with a dominating serve, quick hands, and a punishing forehand.

12-Aug-2013
Hard Court Championship Week
The USTA National Championships have now concluded - and gold balls have been awarded to your latest national champions. All week long, TennisRecruiting.net celebrates these winners - from the East Coast to the West Coast - with coverage of the Nationals. Enjoy the 2013 edition of Championship Week.

9-Aug-2013
Becoming a Mental Tennis Warrior
A warrior is defined as a brave or experienced soldier or fighter. As competitive tennis players know, every match is a battle, with the intensity of this battle increasing the higher ones level of play. At any level of tennis, this battle is not simply physical, but mental as well.

7-Aug-2013
Freshman Year: Four Players Tell About Their First Year Playing College Tennis
Anticipation is often as clear as fear when you enter a university for your freshman year. This can even be more difficult when you are playing college tennis. You are joining a group whom you will be with most of your waking hours. You will also be adjusting to the new "parent" figures in your life - your coaches. I talked with four players who just finished up their freshman years about the good, the bad, and the surprising.

6-Aug-2013
Midwest Reigns on Home Court at USTA National Boys' 18 Team Championship
Unseasonably cool temperatures for July at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign translated into perfect tennis conditions for the Midwest team to take the title at the USTA National Boys' 18 Team Championships.

5-Aug-2013
July Aces
Aces from April, May and June continued to shine in July, whether on European clay, Wimbledon grass or US hard courts. Several current and former college players used the summer to earn ATP or WTA points, while the World University Games provided lifelong memories for members of the University of Southern California's men's and women's teams.

2-Aug-2013
Top Seeds Brymer, Kumar Take Aim at Kalamazoo Championships
Gage Brymer and Sameer Kumar are looking to add Kalamazoo championships to the Asics Easter Bowl titles they won this spring as the USTA Boys 16 and 18 Nationals begin this weekend in Kalamazoo.

29-Jul-2013
Why Division III?
Dan Greenberg, coach of the national champion Williams College men's tennis team, says, "'When someone asks me, 'Why D-III?,' I honestly say, 'Why not?'" With lots of need- and merit-based financial aid available and an increasing level of play, it seems that Division III tennis is a great option for the majority of high-school athletes looking to take their games - and their lives - to the next level.

26-Jul-2013
Ouellet-Pizer Claims First Gold Ball at Clays
The July weather in Memphis is predictable - hot and humid - but the results of the Girls 18s Clay Courts last week at the Racquet Club of Memphis definitely were not. A week of upsets ended with 15-year-old Chloe Ouellet-Pizer defeating unseeded Terri Fleming 6-3, 6-7(4), 6-1 to claim her first gold ball in USTA competition.

26-Jul-2013
Kerznerman Prevails in Boys 18s Clays
Danny Kerznerman entered the recent USTA Boys' 18 National Clay Court Championships brimming with confidence. The Brooklyn native then found himself down 6-2; 4-2 in the semifinals against second-seeded Henrik Wiersholm before rallying for a 2-6; 7-5; 6-0 victory to advance to the final. Kerznerman went on to capture the second gold ball of his career with a 6-4; 6-3 victory over Mitch Stewart of Washington in the final.

25-Jul-2013
CiCi Bellis Wins Title at Girls 16s Clays
CiCi Bellis seemed so fresh in the second set, one of her post-match comments seemed incredible. "I've never done any off-court conditioning," the wispy Northern Californian said after wearing down Katerina Stewart of Miami 7-5, 6-1 to win the USTA Girls 16 Clay Court Championships' singles crown at Virginia Beach Tennis and Country Club. "That's because my on-court drilling is so taxing and intense."

25-Jul-2013
Paul Pulls Out Win in Boys 16s
Tommy Paul won more than national bragging rights with his 6-2; 6-4 victory over Reilly Opelka in the finals of the recent USTA Boys' 16 National Clay Court Championships at the Delray Beach Tennis Center. Paul, 16, also gets bragging rights with his three roommates from the USTA Training Center who took all four spots in the semifinals.

24-Jul-2013
First Singles Gold Ball for Claire Liu
Claire Liu gained fame nearly two years ago when she won the Junior Orange Bowl as an unseeded 11-year-old. While she has won other big tournaments, a singles title at a USTA national championship has evaded her. The young teenager from Thousand Oaks, Calif., took care of some unfinished business last week in Plantation, Fla., earning a gold ball at the USTA Girls 14 Super National Clay Court Championships.

24-Jul-2013
Makarome Wins USTA Boys 14 National Clay Courts
Fifth-seeded Noah Makarome overcame heavy rain, match delays, muscle cramps and 5-1 blown leads to capture the USTA Boys 14 National Clay Court singles championship. Makarome, from Wesley Chapel, Fla., defeated No. 6 seed Sam Riffice of Roseville, Calif., 6-0, 7-6 (7-3) on July 20 at the Jimmy Evert Tennis Center to take home the gold ball.

23-Jul-2013
Branstine Battles Foes and Weather in Girls' 12s
The old cliché says that patience is a virtue, but in tennis, patience is a necessity. It's also a lesson junior tennis player and new USTA Girls' 12 Clay Courts champ Carson Branstine learned from her late coach.

23-Jul-2013
New York's Steven Sun shines in Winston-Salem
Steven Sun, affectionately known as "The Machine" at his club, started a bit off-kilter and got down 5-3 in the first set, and again 2-0 in the second of the 2013 National Clay Court Championship finals. Just as an engine sometimes sputters, Sun momentarily stalled, but a quick reboot allowed him to prevail over Blue Chip Brandon Nakashima 7-6(3), 6-2.

22-Jul-2013
Clay Court Championship Week
Last week, the USTA Clay Court Championships took place throughout the Southeast - in Florida, Tennessee, North Carolina, and Virginia. This week at TennisRecruiting.net is all about the Clay Courts. We have roundups of all eight age divisions - from the Boys' 12s to the Girls' 18s. Meet the latest gold ball winners... in Clay Court Championship Week.

18-Jul-2013
What Coaches Look For at a Tournament
Now that the July 1 contact date for rising seniors is past, the college recruiting season is peaking. While attending the USTA Girls 18s Clay Courts this week in Memphis, Tennessee, I spoke to several college coaches to find out what they are looking for when they attend a major National tournament, particularly on a surface that very few collegians compete on as student-athletes.

15-Jul-2013
Prince Hot 100 List - July '13
Today we announce the July edition of the Prince Hot 100. The Prince 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.

12-Jul-2013
Catching Up with Rising Pro Star Ryan Harrison
In 2007, when Ryan Harrison and his younger brother Christian turned professional, there were many who criticized the move as too soon, but five years later there's no doubt that he's in the place he's supposed to be.

10-Jul-2013
Day, McNally Take 16s National Open Titles; Shaffer Claims 18s Championship
Thirteen-year-old Kayla Day came a long way from her Santa Barbara California home last week to compete in the 16s National Open in Kalamazoo, but her first trip to Michigan proved a successful one as she claimed the title in her first national tournament in that division. John McNally and Kennedy Shaffer took the boys 16s and girls 18s titles, respectively, on a warm and sunny day at the legendary Stowe Stadium courts at Kalamazoo College.

5-Jul-2013
June Aces
The month began with two new junior slam winners, while some of their young competition in Paris raised winners' trophies at professional events around the world. Not to be outdone, both NCAA men's singles finalists and three other college stars won Futures titles to start the summer on a positive note.

1-Jul-2013
Recruiting Terms and Calendar for 2013-14
July marks the beginning of another recruiting year. Recruiting expert Dede Allen is back to review important dates on the calendar for all ages - and she also has a primer on basic recruiting terms.

28-Jun-2013
Top-Ranked Juniors Kyrgios and Bencic Aim to Conquer Wimbledon Junior Championships
Last year the Wimbledon Junior Championships belonged to Canada, with Eugenie Bouchard and Filip Peliwo claiming the country's first two junior slam singles titles. Bouchard and Peliwo have now moved on to professional careers, but another 128 competitors are eager to raise their profiles in the tennis world with similar performances at the All England Club.

26-Jun-2013
2003 Illini Men's Team Returns to Celebrate Magical Season
The University of Illinois was host to their first NCAA Division I Tennis Championships in May, and it was fitting that the tournament took place exactly 10 years after the Illini men had a perfect season. In 2003, after winning the National Indoors and Big Ten Championship, the team won the NCAA team title. To cap off the month, Amer Delic took the singles, followed by a doubles crown by teammates Rajeev Ram and Brian Wilson.

24-Jun-2013
2013 Top NCAA Division 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 2013. Get ready to soar like an Eagle.

21-Jun-2013
Ohio State's Home Winning Streak at Ten Years and Counting
Few would argue that a streak of any significance owes something to luck. But as the Ohio State men's tennis team looks to extend their stretch of home victories past the current number of 172, what stands out is how few close calls the Buckeyes have had in that 10-year span.

19-Jun-2013
2013 Top NCAA Division III Men's Classes
The Tennis Recruiting Network presents its recruiting class rankings for NCAA Division III conferences. Today we present our Top 25 D-III men's recruiting classes for 2013. The Lord Jeffs of Amherst stand proudly at the top of our list.

17-Jun-2013
Prince Hot 100 List - June '13
Today we announce the June edition of the Prince Hot 100. The Prince 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.

14-Jun-2013
An Interview with USTA's Collegiate Team National Coach Dustin Taylor
The United States Tennis Association's Collegiate Team has been a part of the USTA's commitment to college tennis since 1996, but beginning this spring, it's taking a new direction. USTA Player Development National Coach Dustin Taylor was selected to take over responsibility for the program, and he began formulating his strategies for assisting college players in February. Colette Lewis of ZooTennis.com talked with Taylor about his new position and his goals.

12-Jun-2013
2013 Top Mid-Major Women's Classes
The recruiting class rankings just keep on coming. Today, The Tennis Recruiting Network is proud to present the Top 25 mid-major women's recruiting classes for 2013. Topping our list is the Houston Cougars.

10-Jun-2013
2013 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 2013... so get ready to run with the Bulls.

7-Jun-2013
May Aces
May usually has its share of college aces, with the NCAAs always producing impressive performances. But the month's accomplishments extend to former collegians as well, with so many success stories I had to confine the list to those who had won at least two pro titles during May.

6-Jun-2013
Talking with James Blake
Former Harvard standout and ATP pro James Blake is one of the most prominent American tennis professionals. NBC's Harry Cicma got the chance to talk with Blake about college tennis, American tennis, and his charitable works.

5-Jun-2013
In the SPC, It's Books Over Backhands
As teenage athletes across the country turn away from the traditional brick-and-mortar education to tack on more training hours, the Southwest Preparatory Conference (SPC), the nation's largest geographical private school athletic conference with schools in Texas and Oklahoma, embraces its old-school ethic: academics before athletics.

3-Jun-2013
Top Women's Classes - 2013 Spring Rankings
Last week, TennisRecruiting.net ranked the men's recruiting classes. Today, we take a look at the women. TennisRecruiting.net is proud to present its spring rankings of the Top 25 Women's Recruiting Classes. The 2013 NCAA Team Champion Stanford Cardinal added another Blue Chip athlete to its recruiting haul this spring - which was enough to knock the Tar Heels out of the top spot. Take a look at where things stand...

31-May-2013
Gibbs Defends NCAA Singles Title, Rola Thwarts Jenkins' Bid for Triple Crown
NCAA titles in 2012 didn't satisfy Stanford's Nicole Gibbs and Ohio State's Blaz Rola, who returned to the Division I Individual Championships at the University of Illinois hungry for more. Gibbs defeated Nebraska's Mary Weatherholt to earn a second straight singles title to go with her 2012 doubles championship and the 2013 team title, while Rola downed Virginia's Jarmere Jenkins to add a singles title to the doubles championship he won last year.

29-May-2013
Talking with UVa's Mitchell Frank
It didn't take long for Virginia sophomore Mitchell Frank to drop his first set at No. 3 singles in the NCAA Team Championship match by a 6-0 score. But Frank regrouped to win the second set 6-4. Then, after UCLA's Adrien Puget accidentally stepped on the net on championship point to keep UVa's hopes alive, Frank came back from 3-5 to clinch the title for the Cavaliers with a 0-6, 6-4, 7-5 victory. NBC's Harry Cicma caught up with Frank after the match.

27-May-2013
Top Men's Classes - 2013 Spring Rankings
Today we release our spring rankings of the Top 25 Men's Recruiting Classes. New commitments - including a number of Blue Chip and international players - have moved a number of teams up and down. The Virginia Cavaliers still sit at the top of the rankings, but there are a number of new teams in both the Top 10 and Top 25. Take a look at the results of our most recent poll.

24-May-2013
Virginia Men Claim First, Stanford Women Collect Seventeenth NCAA Team Championship
For the Virginia men, it was a long delayed first title; for the Stanford women, it was title 17, but the only numbers that mattered Tuesday in the finals of NCAA Division I Team Championships at the Khan Outdoor Tennis Center at the University of Illinois was 4-3, the score of Virginia's win over UCLA and Stanford's win over Texas A&M.

22-May-2013
College Tennis in the Ivy League
At Scholarship For Athletes, we get asked a lot of questions regarding the Ivy League schools, how they work, how they recruit, and what the coaches are looking for. We asked some questions to a few Ivy League men's coaches and here is what we found.

20-May-2013
Prince Hot 100 List - May '13
Today we announce the May edition of the Prince Hot 100. The Prince 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.

17-May-2013
NCAA Division III Men's Tennis Preview
The NCAA Division III Championship is down to the Elite Eight, and those eight teams will compete next week in Kalamazoo, Michigan, at historic Stowe Stadium. Today, one of the principals of Division3Tennis.com stops by with a preview of the Men's Championships that get underway on Monday.

15-May-2013
Sanford, Oosterbaan Capture National Open Titles
Unseasonably cold temperatures didn't stop Midwesterners Anna Sanford and Paul Oosterbaan from capturing the singles titles at the USTA 18s National Open at the Canepa Tennis Center in East Grand Rapids, Michigan. Sanford defeated Alexis Nelson 1-6, 6-1, 6-2, while Oosterbaan edged Tom Fawcett 6-3, 4-6, 7-6(4).

13-May-2013
Don Johnson Brings Experience to Vstrator
Donald Johnson turned a successful college tennis career at North Carolina into a professional stint that brought him to the No. 1 doubles ranking in the world. Today, Johnson works at Vstrator, a company he helped found that provides video analysis tools for athletes and has great application to tennis.

10-May-2013
NCAA Tournament Roundtable - Part II
The NCAA Division I Tennis Championships start today. The top men's and women's college tennis programs face off in first-round action across the country, with all teams competing for tickets to Champaign-Urbana, Ill. and a spot in the Sweet 16. Check out insights from our college tennis contributors - and see who they picked as champions.

9-May-2013
Ramp It Up - New Academy Opens in Southern California
The Home Depot Center in Carson, California, site of the USTA Training Center-West, has a new source of activity this spring with the opening of the RAMP Tennis Academy.

8-May-2013
College Championships at the Ojai
About the only thing missing from the 113th Ojai Valley Tennis Tournament were strains of the Eight Clap echoing through the towering oak trees at Libbey Park. UCLA fans had plenty of reason to cheer this year as current, future and former Bruins experienced great success in all divisions.

7-May-2013
Catching Up with Steve Johnson
A year ago, Steve Johnson was wrapping up his senior year at USC as arguably the most decorated player in NCAA history with his second second straight NCAA singles title and fourth straight NCAA team title. Fast forward a year, and Johnson has made a strong start to his professional career, working his ATP singles ranking up to No. 128 in the world. Harry Cicma recently chatted with Johnson about his future - as well as his college tennis memories.

6-May-2013
NCAA Tournament Roundtable - Part I
May Madness might not be a household term, but the name fits for college tennis. May is tournament time. This weekend, 64 men's and women's teams will see first- and second-round action in the NCAA Division I Tennis Championships. The winners head to the Khan Outdoor Tennis Complex in Champaign-Urbana, Ill., to compete for the team title. Today, our college tennis contributors talk about college tennis' Big Dance.

3-May-2013
April Aces
April's aces are centered on the two major Southern California junior events, with the ITF Grade 1 International Spring Championships and the Easter Bowl responsible for nine of the juniors featured here. Yet juniors from around the world also made their mark on the ITF professional circuit, with four of them picking up their first titles at that level.

2-May-2013
Brymer Takes Boys CIF championships at The Ojai
Having captured the last two Boys CIF championships at the Ojai Valley Tennis Tournament, Gage Brymer really didn't have much to prove heading into the 113th Ojai. But with a chance to join an exclusive club, the University (Irvine, Calif.) High senior saw things differently.

30-Apr-2013
University of Illinois Readies for First NCAA Tennis Championship
It seems as if Stanford and Georgia (with a little Tulsa and College Station) have served as hosts of the NCAA Division I Tennis Championships over and over during the last decade. That's about to change as the tournament makes its way to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. It's the first time the school is hosting - and the first time the tournament has been in the Midwest since 1998.

29-Apr-2013
SFA Interviews UCSB Head Coach Simon Thibodeau
Simon Thibodeau, head women's tennis coach at UC Santa Barbara sits down with Scholarship for Athletes to talk recruiting and coaching.

26-Apr-2013
Hance and Daniel Take 14s Easter Bowl Titles; Bellis and Kumar Earn 16s Championships
Connor Hance and Jaeda Daniel both came from behind to collect USTA Spring Nationals Easter Bowl 14s gold balls, while 16s champions CiCi Bellis and Sameer Kumar posted straightforward wins in the finals, as the historic tournament's 46th year came to a close earlier this month in Rancho Mirage, Calif.

24-Apr-2013
Talking with Jay Goldman
Jay Goldman was a standout tennis player for the Arizona Wildcats between 2007 and 2011. At Arizona, Goldman competed primarily at the top of the lineup. Goldman traveled to Tucson following a storied junior career out of Worceser, Mass., and the IMG Academy Tennis Program. Harry Cicma got the opportunity to catch up with Goldman and discuss college tennis.

22-Apr-2013
Brymer and Hibi Earn Impressive Doubles at Easter Bowl ITF
Irvine, California can call itself the city of Easter Bowl champions after residents Mayo Hibi and Gage Brymer claimed titles at the International Tennis Federation Grade B1 tournament at the Sunrise Country Club in Rancho Mirage.

21-Apr-2013
Prince Hot 100 List - April '13
Today we announce the April edition of the Prince Hot 100. The Prince 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.

18-Apr-2013
Spring Signing Week '13: NCAA Changes
The NCAA voted earlier this year to do away with many regulations on recruitment of prospective student-athletes. Some of these changes will go into effect this year, but many of the approved proposals are up for reconsideration and possible modification at the Division I Board of Directors meeting in Indianapolis on May 2.

16-Apr-2013
Spring Signing Week '13: National Roundup
Signing Week is now underway, and tomorrow seniors can start signing their National Letters of Intent. Today, we check in with boys and girls from across the country who are heading to a variety of schools. Find out how they came to their decisions... in our National Roundup.

15-Apr-2013
Spring Signing Week '13: Academic Alert
Whether you are signing to join a team in the fall or are just starting to think about doing it in the future, you need to make sure your academics have a high level of priority. Regardless of how great your tennis is, you still need good grades to get into college.

15-Apr-2013
Spring Signing Week '13: Signing Week Arrives
The second week of April is here - and Signing Week has finally arrived! We start our coverage of Spring Signing Week '13 with a look at the uncommitted boys and girls from the top 100. We update you on a few developments from the past few weeks, and we note that some of these top recruits plan to announce their college choices this week in our coverage.

12-Apr-2013
Hibi, Kozlov Claim ITF Grade 1 Titles at International Spring Championships
Mayo Hibi and Stefan Kozlov survived tough opening round matches at the ITF Grade 1 International Spring Championships in Carson, Calif. last week, using those wins as springboards for their first Grade 1 titles.

8-Apr-2013
Countdown: Double Coaching Duties
Recruits should consider many factors when determining what college and college tennis program best suits them. One important factor is the coach. Donovan Tennis Strategies delves into a somewhat common situation at programs in all three NCAA Divisions and in the NAIA - coaches who are the head coach for both the men's and women's programs. DTS asks coaches with dual responsibilities to outline the positive features of such an arrangement.

5-Apr-2013
March Aces
The first month of spring was packed with head-turning performances, from the clay courts of South America to the hard courts of Mobile, Miami and beyond.

2-Apr-2013
Countdown: Division III Tennis on the Rise
More and more top-tier players are signing to Division III schools, a trend which is quickly increasing the quality of that division. Scholarship for Athletes talks with Middlebury head coach Bob Hansen to better understand how competitive Division III tennis has become.

1-Apr-2013
Countdown: Previewing the Top 100 Boys
Last week, we checked in with the girls. Today, the top boys in the senior class update us on their college recruiting. Find out where the Top 100 boys are leaning, and how many of them have already made their decisions.

27-Mar-2013
Countdown: Hinsdale Central Claims First Championship
Twenty-four of the nation's top boys high school tennis teams competed in the prestigious Boys DecoTurf High School Tennis Team Championships this past weekend in Louisville, Ky. The finals saw Hinsdale Central (Hinsdale, Ill.) put on a dominating performance to defeat Barron Collier (Naples, Fla.) and win the title.

25-Mar-2013
Countdown: Previewing the Top 100 Girls
Many of the top girls 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.

22-Mar-2013
McCarthy Sweeps Titles, Orkin Claims First Gold Ball at USTA 18s National Spring Championships
A year after the Midwest section swept the boys and girls 18s National Spring Championships' singles titles, the Southern section did the same, with Elliott Orkin of Marietta, Georgia and Kaitlyn McCarthy of Cary, North Carolina taking home what is likely the last gold balls awarded by the tournament, in its ninth year at the Mobile Tennis Center.

21-Mar-2013
Prince Hot 100 List - March '13
Today we announce the March edition of the Prince Hot 100. The Prince 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.

20-Mar-2013
Countdown: DecoTurf Girls' HS Championship Wrapup
This past Saturday, the DecoTurf Girls' High School Tennis Team Championships drew to a close in Louisville, Ky. The Baylor Red Raiders (Chattanooga, Tenn.), who were two-time defending champions, came back from a 3-4 deficit to defeat the Jenks Trojans (Jenks, Okl.) and win the title for a third straight year.

18-Mar-2013
Countdown to Signing Day
It's that time of year... Signing Day is approaching. April 17 is the first day of the Spring Signing Period - when seniors from around the nation can sign on to play college tennis at Division I or Division II schools. And once again, The Tennis Recruiting Network is ready with its Countdown to Signing Day.

14-Mar-2013
Canadian Levine Remains a Gator
Jesse Levine was a top U.S. junior who was on the cusp of turning professional when he decided to give college tennis a whirl. He brought his talent to Florida, where he was named ITA National Rookie of the Year before turning pro after his freshman year. Now ranked No. 97 in the world, Levine will compete for Canada in their Davis Cup quarterfinal tie against Italy next month.

13-Mar-2013
DecoTurf High School Tennis Team Championships Gets Underway Friday
The field of 40 is set for the 2013 DecoTurf High School Tennis Team Championships. The event will be hosted in Louisville, Kentucky for the seventh year with E.P. Sawyer State Park and Top Gun Academy hosting the championships for the third straight year. The girls will open tournament play on March 15-16 with the boys completing the 2013 event on March 22-23.

8-Mar-2013
Mobile Ready for Ninth USTA 18s National Spring Championships
When the Easter Bowl 18s went from a USTA tournament to an International Tennis Federation Grade 1 back in 2005, a new event was necessary to provide a fourth gold ball opportunity for that age group. The Mobile Tennis Center filled that gap, and has been hosting the 128-draw National Spring Championships for boys and girls ever since, with the ninth edition scheduled to begin Sunday and run through Saturday March 16th.

4-Mar-2013
Dividing Coaching Responsibilities
College tennis teams vary in their coaching structure. Some schools have a single coach for both the men's and women's teams, while others have two or three coaches for each program. We put the question to college coaches - how are responsibilities divided among coaches on your staff?

1-Mar-2013
February Aces
February may be a short month, but it was long on excitement, with blockbuster finishes to the three ITA National Team Indoor Championships. In addition to the college stars stepping up, young players from the United States, Europe and South America had an impact on the professional scene, including the ATP and WTA tours.

27-Feb-2013
Talking with Andrew Chmura
After success as a junior and college tennis player, Andrew Chmura has built an adult career around the game. Chmura competed on the satellite tour, has taught and encouraged tennis play, and he is currently the president of Grand Slam Tennis Tours. Harry Cicma caught up with Chmura to talk tennis - past and present.

25-Feb-2013
Quality Provides Quantity
Over the years, I have developed a system for my players that stresses simplicity - as well as quality over quantity. Keeping things simple, knowing what shot you are going to hit before you get to the ball, and hitting good shots at a single good target usually leads to fewer errors, more victories, and fewer defeats.

22-Feb-2013
Weatherholt Leads Nebraska to New Heights
Kansas City's Mary Weatherholt was not quite five years old when Lindsay Davenport's Olympic gold medal in Atlanta inspired her to take up the sport. Despite setbacks along the way, the Nebraska Cornhusker senior has nurtured that initial love of the game, leading her team to new heights while establishing herself as one of the nation's top collegians.

20-Feb-2013
Conversation with Notre Dame Coach Bobby Bayliss
After 44 years coaching college tennis - the past 26 of those as head men's coach at Notre Dame - Bobby Bayliss plans to retire after the 2012-13 season. Bayliss, currently the winningest active coach in NCAA Division I tennis with 751 dual-match victories, has built the Irish into an NCAA contender with 21 appearances in the NCAA Championships over the past 22 seasons. Harry Cicma talked with Bayliss about his career.

18-Feb-2013
Prince Hot 100 List - February '13
Today we announce the February edition of the Prince Hot 100. The Prince 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.

15-Feb-2013
North Carolina Claims First National Team Title at ITA Women's Indoor Championships
The University of North Carolina Tar Heels arrived in Charlottesville, Virginia last week for the ITA Women's Team Indoor ranked eighth in the country. They left the Boar's Head Sports Club with wins over No. 4 Southern California, No. 3 Duke, and No. 2 UCLA in successive matches, claiming the program's first national team championship and the No. 1 ranking with a heart-pounding 4-3 victory over the defending champion Bruins.

13-Feb-2013
SFA Interviews TCU Head Coach David Roditi
David Roditi, head men's tennis coach at Texas Christian University sits down with Scholarship for Athletes to explain what he expects from prospective student athletes during the recruiting process. He reveals the dos and donts of visiting schools and shares his personal coaching philosophies.

11-Feb-2013
Previewing the DecoTurf High School Tennis Team Championships
DecoTurf High School Tennis Team Championships Tournament Director, Brandon Feusner, has been involved in high school tennis for nearly a decade gradually building one of the nation's top high school tennis tournaments. The seventh annual event will begin on March 15th in Louisville, Kentucky. In this Q&A we check in with Feusner to discuss what goes into hosting the tournament, as well as some of the challenges and his best memories.

8-Feb-2013
Indoor Tennis Moves South
Indoor tennis in the south? Yes, you heard me right. Universities in places like Florida and Georgia have sparkling new indoor tennis facilities that are being used not only for getting out of the elements to practice and matches, but they are dangling these new indoor courts in front of possible recruits and it's bound to make a difference.

6-Feb-2013
Teah Flynn Organizes Groundbreaking Tennis Relay
For a 15 year old, Teah Flynn has done more community service than most adults, logging hundreds of volunteer hours raising funds for charities, walking dogs owned by disabled people, and producing PSAs. On February 9, Flynn, a two-star sophomore from Farmington, Arkansas, will host her most ambitious volunteer project so far - a Tennis Relay to raise money for genomic cancer research.

4-Feb-2013
January Aces
From the USTA Winter National champions to the outstanding performances of young women like Madison Keys and Sloane Stephens at the Australian Open, January provided many new players to watch in 2013. The thirteen aces below may not have been quite as visible, yet their accomplishments are worth acknowledging too.

1-Feb-2013
Top Seeds Langmo, Kirkov, Mateas Take Tennis Plaza Cup Titles
The weather was outstanding and so were the top seeds at the USTA Regional Level 3 tournament in Coral Gables, Florida, with six of the eight No. 1 seeds winning titles in the three-day, 32-draw events held at five sites in the Miami area.

30-Jan-2013
Miami Women Earn Trip to ITA Team Indoor
University of Miami's head coach Paige Yaroshuk-Tews knows her team landed on the right side of a thin line Saturday, winning a tense and unpredictable dual match with Arizona State 4-3 to earn a trip to the ITA Team Indoor in Charlottesville, Virginia next month.

28-Jan-2013
Top Women's Classes - 2013 Winter Rankings
Spring Signing Day is a little over two months away, and coaches are busy locking up their recruits. A number of highly-ranked seniors have already made their college choices - they have made verbal commitments or signed during the Fall Signing Period. Find out which women's teams are on top at this point - as The Tennis Recruiting Network proudly presents its Top 25 Women's College Tennis Recruiting Classes of 2013.

21-Jan-2013
Top Men's Classes - 2013 Winter Rankings
The end of January is right at the midway point between the fall and spring signing periods. High school seniors across the country made formal commitments in November, and dozens more make verbal commitments every week. With more than 750 commitments in the books, this is a great time to take stock of how programs are doing. Today, the Tennis Recruiting Network is proud to bring you the Top 25 Men's College Tennis Recruiting Classes.

17-Jan-2013
Eight Intriguing Questions for 2013
Another year... and another edition of "Intriguing Questions" from columnist Colette Lewis. Today, Colette poses eight questions about junior and college tennis.

14-Jan-2013
Prince Hot 100 List - January '13
Today we announce the January edition of the Prince Hot 100. The Prince 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.

9-Jan-2013
On Leadership
The role of leader carries a great honor and responsibility. Successful leaders embrace the power of teamwork and tap into the strength that each member of the team brings to the table. A leader must be the one that accepts success or failure - and never shifts their role of being a leader.

3-Jan-2013
December Aces
The end of the 2012 junior tennis season and the beginning of 2013's mean a crowded December calendar when the rest of the tennis world is mostly dormant. Last month began with the ITF Grade 1 Eddie Herr championships in Florida and ended in Mexico City, where the first Grade A champions of 2013 got an early start to the year.

31-Dec-2012
Kennesaw State Tennis Looks Ahead to Football
There is excitement in the air with the Kennesaw State University women's tennis team and it has nothing to do with aces, straight set wins or beating a top-20 team. "Right now we are looking to improve individually and as a program, but we can compete with anybody," said Women's Head Coach Jeff Kutac. Compete is what they will be able to do more of in the coming years, as the sport of football is coming to KSU.

28-Dec-2012
Americans Mmoh and Desiatnikov Capture Junior Orange Bowl Titles; Lumsden, Oliel Post Historic Wins
Seven days of beautiful South Florida weather at the 51st Junior Orange Bowl provided a perfect backdrop for three new champions and one champion collecting a second title. Michael Mmoh of the United States, the 2010 12s champion, added the 14s title to his resume, while Abigail Desiatnikov of the US, Maia Lumsden of Great Britain and Yshai Oliel of Israel received their first winner's bowl of oranges last Sunday in Coral Gables, Florida.

24-Dec-2012
Talking with Endicott Coach Jeremy Howard
Jeremy Howard, former standout for the University of Richmond tennis team, has recently taken over as the head coach of men's and women's tennis at Endicott College in Mass. Contributor Harry Cicma talked with Coach Howard about how he will approach his first college coaching assignment - and the challenges of heading up both the men's and women's programs.

21-Dec-2012
Magnus Norman Seeks to Boost Swedish Tennis at Good to Great Academy
When Magnus Norman retired from the ATP tour in 2004, he didn't pick up a tennis racquet for three years. When he began to miss tennis, Norman began coaching Sweden's Robin Soderling, who went from 37 to 5 in the ATP rankings while working with Norman. With his girl friend expecting twins, Norman wanted to travel less, so he decided to concentrate on developing a private high performance academy.

19-Dec-2012
Developing Positive Self Esteem
Self esteem boils down to one thing: what you think about yourself! No matter where I go or who I talk to, your chances of any success starts with you. You have two simple options. You can either be positive or negative.

17-Dec-2012
Prince Hot 100 List - December '12
Today we announce the December edition of the Prince Hot 100. The Prince 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.

14-Dec-2012
Konjuh, Djere Cap Two Tough Weeks with Orange Bowl Titles; Rublev, Liang Take 16s
Croatia's Ana Konjuh and Serbia's Laslo Djere finished the ITF 2012 Junior Circuit with two weeks worth of outstanding tennis, following their success at the Eddie Herr International with Grade A Orange Bowl titles last week on the Har-Tru courts of the Frank Veltri Tennis Center in Plantation, Florida.

11-Dec-2012
Tennis Recruiting National Showcase Series
The Tennis Recruiting Network is excited to announce the first tournaments in our National Showcase Series - a series of USTA-sanctioned junior tournaments open to players from all sections. These tournaments are designed to give players a chance to compete outside of their districts and sections - and these tournaments will count towards Tennis Recruiting rankings.

10-Dec-2012
Familiar Faces at JSM Champaign Challenger
Lots of familiar faces returned to the JSM Champaign Challenger at the University of Illinois' Atkins Tennis Center as the USTA Pro Circuit event welcomed players that had seen these courts during both college and junior events.

9-Dec-2012
USTA Hints at Compromise When it Comes to Junior Tennis Changes
Tennis Recruiting contributor Rick Limpert was granted unique access over the past few days to talk with Jon Vegosen, Chairman of the Board and President of the USTA and Kurt Kampermann, USTA Chief Executive of Community Tennis, who have been front and center when it comes to the USTA's proposed changes in competitive junior tennis.

7-Dec-2012
Konjuh, Garin Win ITF Eddie Herr Titles; Douglas, Norris Give US Girls Championships in 12s and 16s
At the end of a week of flawless tennis weather at the Eddie Herr International Tennis Championships at the IMG Bollettieri Academy in Bradenton, Fla., eight players from seven countries took home not just the winners' trophies, but the knowledge that they can compete with and beat the world's best.

5-Dec-2012
SFA Interviews Columbia Sophomore Ashok Narayana
Ashok Narayana is a sophomore at Columbia University who recently won the ITA Northeast Regional Doubles Title in New Haven, Conn. Narayana played No. 1 doubles for the Lions last season. Ross Greenstein of Scholarship for Athletes talked with Narayana about the transition from junior to college tennis - and the recruiting process.

3-Dec-2012
Q & A with Former Brown Standout James Cerretani
Contributor Harry Cicma recently caught up with ATP doubles player and former Brown standout James Cerretani. They talked about life on the ATP tour and his children's foundation.

30-Nov-2012
November Aces
The WTA and ATP may be in the midst of their brief off-seasons, but November still provided performances worth noting on the junior, collegiate and pro circuits, including the 14 young players below.

29-Nov-2012
Catching up with Audra Cohen
Former NCAA singles champion and WTA professional Audra Cohen has now taken the reins as head coach at the University of North Florida. Cohen, now in her second year at UNF, is excited about building her program, and she draws on her own experience as a college player, as a transfer, and as a professional in her coaching. Contributor Rick Limpert caught up with Cohen earlier this fall at a tournament.

27-Nov-2012
Schedule of USTA Town Hall Meetings for Junior Competition Changes
Last month, the USTA announced that it would conduct a series of town hall meetings to discuss proposed changes to USTA Junior Competition. This "listening tour" is supposed to give players, parents, and concerned parties a chance to discuss these changes. A number of these meetings have now been scheduled - find one in your area.

25-Nov-2012
Smaller Fields for 12s and 14s at 2012 Eddie Herr
For those starting out in international junior tennis, Florida's Eddie Herr tournament is often their first look at the United States. This year, with IMG taking over management of the tournament, the 12s and 14s main draws are smaller, going from 128 in the 12s and 112 in the 14s to 64, with the qualifying draws also limited to 64 players.

23-Nov-2012
Townsend, Rubin Aim for Eddie Herr ITF Titles
As in 2011, when the surface used for the 18s ITF Grade 1 tournament went from hard courts to clay courts, the 2012 version of the Eddie Herr International at the IMG Bollettieri Tennis Academy has some changes in store.

21-Nov-2012
Prince Hot 100 List - November '12
Today we announce the November edition of the Prince Hot 100. The Prince 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.

19-Nov-2012
Jenkins and Anderson Impress with USTA/ITA Indoor Titles
Jarmere Jenkins of Virginia and Robin Anderson of UCLA were hardly prohibitive favorites at the start of the USTA/ITA Indoor Intercollegiate Championships, held earlier this month at the USTA Billie Jean King Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, NY. But both competitors brought their "A" games to New York - both won titles without losing a set.

13-Nov-2012
Fall Signing Week '12: How Important is the Coach in your Decision?
How many times have you heard players say they signed with schools because they love the coach? It happens all the time, and there is nothing wrong with it. You should love the coach of the team you want to join. On the other hand, loving a coach should never be your sole decision maker when it comes to college tennis.

13-Nov-2012
Fall Signing Week '12: National Boys Roundup
Signing Week continues with our second roundup article - documenting the decision processes of several highly-ranked boys. Take a look at our second National Roundup of the day.

13-Nov-2012
Fall Signing Week '12: National Girls Roundup
Signing Week is now underway, and tomorrow seniors can start signing their National Letters of Intent. Today, we check in with boys and girls from across the country who are heading to a variety of schools. Check out how several highly-ranked girls came to their decisions... in our National Girls' Roundup.

12-Nov-2012
Fall Signing Week '12: Where Do Top Recruits Play in the Lineup?
Most recruits are seeking a competitive team where they can also be part of the starting lineup. Scholarship for Athletes conducted an analysis comparing top level recruiting to see what percentage of recruits made the starting lineups of their respective teams.

12-Nov-2012
Fall Signing Week '12: Blue Chip Update
With the "Countdown" behind us, on to the main event! We kick off our coverage of Fall Signing Week '12 with a final look at the Blue Chip boys and girls. We update you on several commitments over the past few weeks, and we note that ten highly-ranked recruits plan to announce their college choices this week - right here at TennisRecruiting.net.

9-Nov-2012
Juniors Shine at First USTA Collegiate Invitational for Women
Last year, the Napa Valley Classic featured eight USTA junior boys and players from six men's college teams competing in a round robin competition. Grant Chen, then Director of Tennis at UCLA, loved the idea, and he wanted to organize a similar event for women. His efforts came to fruition last weekend in Oregon, where college and junior players participated in the USTA Collegiate Invitational, presented by Adidas.

7-Nov-2012
Countdown: Playing Tennis at the U.S. Military Academies
The experience of playing tennis at one of the military academies can be a unique experience, and so there are some unique factors to consider before a tennis recruit decides on a service academy. Our friends at Donovan Tennis Strategies talked with current players and coaches at three service academies to get insight on what it's like to be a student-athlete at one of the United States Military Academies.

2-Nov-2012
October Aces
The winners of last month's first collegiate majors and an important ITF Junior event always appear on the list of October's top performances, but teenage success on the many Pro Circuit events across the globe also grabs the spotlight, as the fight for year-end rankings adds urgency to every tournament result.

31-Oct-2012
Countdown: Dividing Men's Scholarships
NCAA Division I Men's Tennis is an equivalency sport, meaning that for a given program, scholarship money can be divided among many different players. With the need to play six singles and three doubles - and given a maximum of 4.5 scholarships - coaches can rarely award full scholarships to recruits. We put the question to NCAA women's coaches: What is your strategy when planning out your scholarships?

26-Oct-2012
Countdown: Blue Chip Boys
Today we visit with the senior Blue Chip boys to find out where they are in the college recruiting process. How many have decided? Which players are still wide open? And are any of them leaning towards your favorite school? Find out now...

25-Oct-2012
Countdown: King, van Overbeek Mobilize Community
Michigan's Evan King and Florida's Bob van Overbeek thought that proposed format changes to NCAA Division I tennis - including super-tiebreaks in singles competition - were jokes. Once they confirmed the proposed changes were real, the two started a Facebook group. That group mobilized the community and led to a Twitter event, online petition, and mainstream media coverage. The NCAA has since rescinded the changes.

24-Oct-2012
Countdown: SFA Interviews Cal Poly Coach Nick Carless
Scholarship for Athletes talks with head coach Nick Carless from Cal Poly University, who explains how to navigate the college recruiting process. He offers advice to student athletes and their parents on when to start, how to proceed, and what to expect.

22-Oct-2012
USTA to Pause 2013 Junior Competition Changes
After a series of weekend meetings with a tennis industry group, the USTA has decided to take the following steps with respect to junior competition: (1) leave the 2013 changes alone and continue the same schedule as 2012, (2) conduct a series of Town Hall Listening Meetings between now and mid-March, and (3) use the information gleaned from that Listening Tour to help determine refinements for 2014 and beyond.

19-Oct-2012
Countdown: Blue Chip Girls
We wrap up our first week of the Countdown to Signing Day with a look at the top girls in the senior class. This year's Blue Chip recruits talked with us about where they are in their decision processes. It's still early, but many of the girls are starting to narrow in. Take a look and see where things stand...


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