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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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Commitment Profile
Spring Signing Week '14: Bridgham Joins Flyer Family
by Blair Henley, 19 April 2014

The college tennis recruiting process can be difficult to navigate, each school with its own unique set of pros and cons. But a specific academic aim can simplify things, immediately knocking out otherwise attractive options. That was the case for Marlys Bridgham. An aspiring engineer, the Five Star recruit knew just what she was looking for, and an email from Dayton head coach Ryan Meyer showed her a perfect fit.

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18-Apr-2014
Spring Signing Week '14: Why NAIA?
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.

18-Apr-2014
Spring Signing Week '14: Maese Commits to Boise State
After almost a year of international competition and intense tennis training, Daniel Maese decided to return home to Texas. As his senior year was quickly coming to a close, Maese gave up his tennis activities momentarily so he could focus on academics. It was then that his coach suggested he check out Boise State, and three months after the initial contact, the four-star Texan committed to Coach Patton's Broncos.

17-Apr-2014
Spring Signing Week '14: Austin Bates Follows March Madness to FGCU
Each March, the country is transfixed on March Madness, with fans filling out their brackets and rooting for underdogs. Austin Bates was among the millions that followed the run of the Florida Gulf Coast University's men's basketball team to the "Sweet 16" in 2013. Then a light went on. "March Madness is how I heard about the school," admitted Bates. "I got in contact with them, and it went from there."

17-Apr-2014
Spring Signing Week '14: Amanda Atanasson Tigers Up
After taking her fourth official visit, Amanda Atanasson knew where she wanted to go to college. Or, she might say, "geaux." Atanasson, a 5-Star player from the Mid-Atlantic Section, committed to Louisiana State. She selected the Tigers over a host of universities from various areas - none too close to her home in Owings Mills, Md.

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...

16-Apr-2014
Spring Signing Week '14: Wolverines Snag Schalet
Myles Schalet has decided to leave the East Coast for the Midwest, choosing to play for the Bruce Berque and the Michigan Wolverines in the fall of 2015.

16-Apr-2014
Spring Signing Week '14: Mira Ruder-Hook Goes Wolverine Blue
Mira Ruder-Hook has a slight difference in opinion to the popular quote "winning isn't everything. It's the only thing." "Wins are more fun," said the senior from Denver, Colorado. "But it's the losses that have motivated me." That attitude propelled Ruder-Hook to more wins and a lofty ranking - and opened up many college options for the Blue Chip senior. Today, the Blue Chip senior announces her college decision - and it involves Blue.

15-Apr-2014
Spring Signing Week '14: Henry Adams to Abilene Christian
Four-star recruit Henry Adams of the San Antonio area has been a winner at each of the Texas high schools he attended. He played for New Braunfels High School when they won the Class 4A state team championship, and he was on the third-place team at Alamo Heights when he captured the individual doubles title with John King. Adams leveraged his record into a National Letter of Intent with Abilene Christian University in Texas.

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: Gaels Bring in Banner Class
Emma Critser and Kareena Manji formed a successful tandem when they won a National Open Girls 18 doubles title together last summer. The two five-star recruits will be extending their partnership a bit longer as both have signed to play at St. Mary's College in Moraga, Calif.

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.

12-Apr-2014
Countdown: Kaylin Kruseman to St. Mary's
When it came to deciding on where to play college tennis, the decision was easy for Four Star recruit Kaylin Kruseman, who will attend Division II St. Mary's University in San Antonio next fall.

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.

10-Apr-2014
Countdown: Huskies add Homegrown Blue Chip Stewart
Mitch Stewart, a blue-chip recruit from Federal Way, Wash., and owner of five USTA balls, is legendary for his patience, speed, and mental toughness. Those qualities, along with his endurance and thirst for competition, will be tested in the Fall of 2014, when he officially joins Head Coach Matt Anger's University of Washington Huskies. He signed his National Letter of Intent in November 2013.

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?

8-Apr-2014
Countdown: Alice Li to Johns Hopkins
Alice Li began playing tennis in Tianjin, China, at age 8, but she eventually discovered she was expected to put all her efforts into either school or tennis - doing both was discouraged. Three years ago, Li came to America to train, and things have worked out well. Now a 3-star recruit, Li recently committed to play college tennis at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Md., this coming fall.

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.

3-Apr-2014
Countdown: Sandberg Moves East to Ivy League
When Aaron Sandberg began his college search early on in his junior year, he set his sights high on a collegiate team. He looked at Ivy League schools and other prestigious institutions. With a second look at what Brown had to offer, the Hudson, Ohio, 5-Star Recruit knew he had found the college for him. After an official visit, Sandberg decided to commit to the Brown University Bears team this fall.

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...

28-Mar-2014
Two-Sport Star Aney Chooses Tennis and Tar Heels
Leading Minnesota's high school hockey league in scoring is no small achievement, but 2014 scoring champion Jessie Aney will be hanging up her skates in 2015 and heading south to join the North Carolina Tar Heels tennis program.

27-Mar-2014
Countdown: Katelyn Jackson Signs With Texas Tech
Katelyn Jackson a Five-star recruit from Roland, Ark., will add to the luster of the Texas Tech University women's tennis team next fall on the Lubbock campus. Katelyn, the top-ranked player in Arkansas, signed the National Letter of Intent with Lady Raiders head coach Todd Petty in November.

26-Mar-2014
Countdown: Eric Tseng to UCSD
Eric Tseng had realistic expectations for his future when it came to tennis. The Irvine resident knew the sport could only take him so far. But he also knew it would be far enough to make a huge impact on his life. "But I wanted to use tennis to get into a good academic college that I might not be able to get into otherwise," said Tseng. The four-star recruit accomplished his goal - signing to play at UC San Diego during the early signing period last November.

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...

23-Mar-2014
2014 Icy Hot Gallery
Just a couple of weeks ago, players from throughout the Southeast flocked to the Icy Hot Southern Level 2 Championships in Norcross, Georgia. Tennis Recruiting photographers were onhand to capture images from the event...

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.

19-Mar-2014
Countdown: Dunn Decides on the Tide
Blue Chip senior Bennett Dunn committed to Alabama over a year ago, all without attending a single official visit. Dunn saw all she needed to see on a 2012 road trip with her mother, Pam.

18-Mar-2014
Countdown: Lamar Remy Commits to Wisconsin
For Lamar Remy, it's time for a cool change. After spending about five years training and occasionally basking in the warmth of Bradenton, Fla., the 3-Star prospect has elected to play tennis for the University of Wisconsin.

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.

10-Mar-2014
Blue Chip Junior Katharine Fahey Commits
Blue Chip junior Katharine Fahey says that her favorite junior tennis experience was playing in the Junior Fed Cup in California last summer. She truly enjoyed the camaraderie of being on a team. Finding that camaraderie won't be a problem in her future - she is ready to announce her early college choice for Fall 2015.

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.

24-Feb-2014
Jess Jones Commits to Being a Volunteer
Top-20 national recruit Jess Jones let out a sigh of relief once the recruiting process was over. But the 6'1" Blue Chip from Warner Robins, Ga., was excited that he had made the right choice. Jones recently made his commitment to Coach Sam Winterbotham and the University of Tennessee Volunteers.

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.

12-Feb-2014
Renaud Cooks Up Victories, Commits to Georgia Tech
Johnisse Renaud is a self-proclaimed "chef on the rise." Her culinary talents take a back seat to her tennis expertise on the courts, however she has quite the recipe for success. Renaud, 17, is headed to Georgia Tech on a full scholarship to hopefully lead the Yellow Jackets back to a national tennis championship.

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.

31-Jan-2014
Princeton Perfect for Steffensen
She has been described as a pit bull on the court, but when she sets foot on the Princeton campus this fall, she'll officially be a Tiger. Blue Chip senior Katrine Steffensen is ready to use her trademark fighting spirit to make an immediate impact on the Princeton team.

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.

28-Jan-2014
Makarova Joins Blue Devils
Blue Chip senior Christina Makarova searched near and far to find a school that was the perfect fit for her tennis and academics. In the end, the seventeen-year-old standout decided to sign with Duke University.

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.

21-Jan-2014
McClain Kessler commits to "Dream School" in Florida
When Blue Chip junior McClain Kessler looked at his options for playing college tennis, one voice helped him make an early commitment - his grandfather, Andrew "Pat" Driggers. With his grandfather's advice, Kessler was excited to make an early commitment to the University of Florida.

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.

15-Jan-2014
Blue Chip Lebedev a Fighting Irish in 2015
Alexander Lebedev impressed college coaches with his focus, discipline, patience, skill and determination at the Boys' 16 Nationals in Kalamazoo, Mich. Among those who expressed interest in Lebedev, who is still a high school junior, was Notre Dame. A few months later, the blue chip junior from Island Park, New York, verbally committed to play for the Fighting Irish in 2015.

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.

10-Jan-2014
What Does It Take to Be No. 1?
I have known Kimberly Yee since she was seven years old. Being number one is a reoccurring theme in her life - having won the national championships and reaching the No. 1 ranking in the girls 12s, 14s, and 16s, often times in both singles and doubles. But from what her coaches, friends and family say, her greatest strengths are off the court - as a student and most importantly as a person.

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.

1-Jan-2014
Fallia and Letzt Are Women of Troy
In 2015, the Women of Troy will have two more Blue Chip tennis players who will carry on a proud tradition. Jessica Failla of Ramona, Calif., and Alexandra Letzt of Scottsdale, Ariz., will don the Cardinal and Gold as new members of the USC women's tennis team. The two girls are both juniors in high school and cannot sign the National Letter of Intent until next year. But both future collegiate stars are definitely headed to the City of the Angels.

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.

9-Dec-2013
Aron Hiltzik Will Join His Brother on Illini Team
Five star recruit Aron Hiltzik officially signed his National Letter of Intent with Illinois Coach Brad Dancer. While the news that he's joining brother Jared on the team isn't overly surprising to many, 17 year old Hiltzik put a lot of thought into the decision.

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.

5-Dec-2013
2013 Georgia Thanksgiving Open
Thanksgiving Weekend is a great time for spending time with family - and it also offers a great weekend to get away and play tennis. One such tournament was the Georgia Thanksgiving Open in Norcross, Ga. - a Tennis Recruiting National Showcase. The tournament was a success, drawing players from eight states as well as Puerto Rico. Check out great action shots from the event.

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.

25-Nov-2013
Cassandra Vazquez Joins Tar Heels' Elite Team
Cassandra Vazquez was born around the time her soccer-playing father got obsessed with playing tennis. She tagged along to the tennis courts with him, and almost 15 years later, her own passion for the sport has not only continued, it has only intensified - leading her to travel internationally playing ITF events. In the Fall of 2014, however, the 5-foot-9 righty will stay put in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, to play for Coach Brian Kalbas' stellar Tar Heels squad.

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...

16-Nov-2013
Fall Signing Week '13: South Carolina Gains Momentum with 2014 Class
If there is a magic formula when it comes to college tennis recruiting, University of South Carolina head coach Josh Goffi may have found it. In less than four years at the helm of the Gamecock program, Goffi has put together ranked recruiting classes three times, including a stellar 2014 haul. Next fall the team will add a pair of Blue Chips, Thomas Mayronne and Harrison O'Keefe, plus Five-Star recruit Wood Benton.

16-Nov-2013
Fall Signing Week '13: Thai Thompson to College of Charleston
During her freshman year, Thai Thompson joined her high school tennis team just so she could keep fit for soccer, her primary sport. Two weeks after joining in, she was hooked. Soccer became a distant memory, and four years into tennis, the righty has made a verbal commitment to play for the College of Charleston.

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.

15-Nov-2013
Fall Signing Week '13: Texan John Mee Stays In-State
John Mee is no stranger to Longhorn country, having grown up in Dallas and spending many tournament weekends in Austin. After a college search that took him to Illinois, Ohio State, Oklahoma and Arkansas, he has decided that Austin is where he wants to be for the next four years. Mee has committed to play for the University of Texas in 2014.

14-Nov-2013
Fall Signing Week '13: No 'Quit' in Johnson as He Heads to TCU
Playing college tennis was nowhere on the mind of a 12-year old, Trevor Johnson, who was burned out. "I quit," said Johnson. "I quit from the age of 12 to 13. Then my parents saw me doing basically nothing; so they said I would have to play tennis again." Johnson immediately began putting in seven-hour days, training on and off the court, and for that, TCU Men's Head Coach David Roditi and the rest of the Horned Frogs are grateful.

14-Nov-2013
Fall Signing Week '13: Hodge Chooses Rice After 'Tough Decision'
It's not unusual for teenage girls to take their time when they face a hard decision, but it can get more confusing when you are a top junior tennis player and college is staring you right in the face. Georgia's Lindsey Hodge took the time to ask many questions, but she was still flat-out confused. In the end, she liked what many schools had to offer, but one school stood out from the rest - Rice University.

14-Nov-2013
Fall Signing Week '13: Catanzariti Heads South to College Station
Blue Chip A.J. Catanzariti made his official visit to Texas A&M during one of the biggest football games of the year - with the Aggies and 2012 Heisman winner Johnny Manziel hosting the national champion Alabama Crimson Tide. But by that time, the 18-year-old from Pittsburgh had already decided Texas A&M was the right choice for his path to professional tennis.

13-Nov-2013
Fall Signing Week '13: Kallenberg Headed to Harvard
Nikki Kallenberg has been playing tennis since the age of five, when her mother brought her out to a local park and started feeding her tennis balls. Kallenberg has worked hard at the sport ever since, and that hard work has paid off for the Naples, Florida teenager, who recently gave her verbal commitment to attend Harvard University.

13-Nov-2013
Fall Signing Week '13: Wahoos Welcome Wiersholm
On his official visit to the University of Virginia last month, Henrik Wiersholm met not only the dean of the McIntire School of Commerce but head basketball coach Tony Bennett and star guard Joe Harris. That combination typifies what the 16-year-old from Kirkland, Wash. is looking for in the college experience, as he has committed to play for the Cavaliers while preparing for a professional tennis career.

13-Nov-2013
Fall Signing Week '13: Austin is Third Gator Blue Chip
It's a tough call for super-achieving USTA juniors: College tennis or the professional tour? For Brooke Austin, a 17-year-old from Indianapolis, Indiana, it was hardly a stretch to see herself as a fulltime WTA competitor. But after weighing the decision from all angles, Austin concluded that college tennis - and two-time NCAA champion Florida - would be the logical steppingstone to her dream of a professional tennis career.

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: Miller and Broda Pick Notre Dame
Life is much more fun when you can do things with friends - even going to college. That is the case for Blue Chip recruits Allison Miller and Brooke Broda - two friends who decided to become members of the University of Notre Dame women's tennis team. Miller, from Norcross, Ga., and Broda, who hails from West Chester, Ohio, will sign their National Letters of Intent later this month, as they will become members of the Fighting Irish program next year.

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?

6-Nov-2013
Countdown: Rodriguez Excited to Head to Louisville
The allure of Louisville and the ACC was strong enough that Ariana Rodriguez didn't even need an official visit to decide her college destination. Rodriguez, a homeschooling 5-Star recruit from the Bronx, N.Y., committed this fall to the Cardinals after one unofficial trip to Bluegrass country.

5-Nov-2013
Countdown: Karim Arem to the Big Red
Karim Arem's college plans have always been anchored on academics more than athletics, and he has always thought the Ivies represented the best education anywhere in the world. Cornell, however, had an unfair advantage: Arem's older brother, Mansour, is currently a junior there. Arem's brother encouraged him to contact Big Red coach Silviu Tanasoiu, and that suggestion proved to be the best advice given by one sibling to another.

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.

2-Nov-2013
Countdown: Maize and Blue for Najarian
In spring 2012, Blue Chip senior Alexandria Najarian was hospitalized with a condition that left her unable to eat, drink, or walk for several days. Once she was back home, returning to a high level of tennis was her first priority, and she earned a sixth-place finish at the USTA Hardcourt Nationals. The commitment, discipline, and positive attitude she displayed in her comeback are the qualities that earned her a spot on the Michigan women's tennis team.

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?"

30-Oct-2013
Countdown: Josie Kuhlman Stays In-State at UF
Josie Kuhlman is like most young tennis players; she thought she would be a professional tennis player from the moment she first picked up a racket. Being one of the top junior players in the country and already showing promise in professional events, Kuhlman is closer to her dream than most other players. College tennis in Gainesville may bring her even closer to her goal.

29-Oct-2013
Countdown: Logan Staggs Joins the 'Cats
As a small player from a small city, Logan Staggs knew he needed to employ unconventional methods to experience success in tennis. The 5-foot-7, 135-pound left-hander would need to be resourceful, persistent and extremely dedicated to overcome opponents with more physical and geographical advantages. Staggs recently celebrated another milestone along his journey when he verbally committed to play for Northwestern.

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.


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