Home Boys' Lists Girls' Lists Men's Teams Women's Teams News Photos Contributors Links Help Sign-UpOnline Store
Latest News | Categories | Authors | News Archives
 
 

News & Features

Special Feature
Interview with USTA National Collegiate Coach Stephen Amritraj
Share:    

Stephen Amritraj joined the USTA as a National Coach in January of this year and was recently named its National Collegiate coach, succeeding Dustin Taylor, now the men's assistant at the University of Virginia.

USTA National Collegiate Coach Stephen Amritraj
© ZooTennis.com
Amritraj played at Duke from 2002-2006, and after a brief stint on the tour, began coaching ATP professionals in Southern California, where he grew up. In 2013, Amritraj served as a volunteer assistant at Duke before returning to the Los Angeles area to begin his USTA career at the Player Development Center in Carson.

Under Taylor, the USTA Collegiate Team was formalized as a year-round program dedicated to assisting American college players with grants and prioritized coaching as they transition to professional careers. Amritraj has already made several changes to the program, which we discussed last month.

 

Questions and Answers

Colette Lewis (CL): When and how does an American college player earn his or her place on the team?

Stephen Amritraj (SA):

We moved it a year earlier, so that way the Collegiate National Team will now include incoming freshmen to rising seniors for both men and women. As far as titles and achievements, it's the same: NCAA winner, All-American winner, Indoor winner, ITA Player of the Year, ITA Rookie of the Year.

But the one change I did want to make to promote the opportunity to play more ATP and WTA events was that any [American college player] who at any point was ranked inside 600 on the ATP computer or 400 on the WTA computer will automatically be a part of the Collegiate National Team.

For example, [Wake Forest freshman] Noah Rubin has qualified to be a part of the 2015 Collegiate National Team based on the fact that he's inside the ATP 600.

 

CL: So that means, unlike previously, there's no limit to the number of players on the team?

SA: Yes. It used to be six, but honestly, I hope that it's 50 people, as many as we possibly can get who are reaching these requirements, which I feel are pretty good benchmarks for kids that age.

This Article Is Available Only to Recruiting Advantage members
 
Please log in to access premium TennisRecruiting.net content.
LOG IN
NOT REGISTERED?
Register Now For Free!
  • Content Updated Daily
  • Complete Rank Lists
  • Exclusive Articles
  • Recruit Interviews
It's Quick, Easy, and Free!
 

 
 TENNIS WAREHOUSE PRODUCT REVIEW
 
Head Gravity Tennis Backpack
 
To purchase this product or for a much more detailed written review, Click Here!
 
RECENT COMMITMENTS
7/22 Alexander Muehr chooses USC Upstate
7/22 Ally Kesner chooses Ohio Northern
7/22 Samantha Riordan chooses Colby
7/21 Ana Geller chooses Stanford
7/20 Blair Drought-Villarreal chooses Schreiner
7/20 Alex Sodre chooses King (TN)
7/20 Anna Mincey chooses King (TN)
7/19 Ryan Mouakket chooses Midwestern State
7/18 Kendall Schrader chooses Butler
7/18 Jane Bockman chooses Marist

Full Listings: Boys' Commits & Girls' Commits

 
 ATP GEAR - STRING
  Roberto Bautista Agut
 
Luxilon Big Banger Original 16 String
Sale: $44.97
Review, Feedback, Video
 
  Fernando Verdasco
 
Luxilon Big Banger Original 16 String
Sale: $44.97
Review, Feedback, Video
 
  Ryan Harrison
 
Babolat Pro Hurricane Tour 17 String
Sale: $99.95
Review, Feedback, Video
 
  Diego Schwartzman
 
Babolat VS Touch Natural Gut 16 String
Sale: $34.97
Review, Feedback, Video
 
 
 

Page updated on Monday, March 11, 2019
Contact our web team with any corrections