Rake Transitions From Tennis to Lucrative Career in Finance
Former junior star Rodolfo Rake has transitioned from tennis to a lucrative career in the finance industry. The two-time Kalamazoo champion is a managing director at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney LLC. How he got there featured some interesting twists and turns.
Spotlight Players of the Week - Laurel Utterback, Andrew Koessler
TRN regularly shines the spotlight on a boy and girl player randomly selected from our class ranking lists. Beyond match scores and tournament results, the players reveal more about their interests and personalities. Get to know Laurel Utterback and Andrew Koessler.
Tennis Recruiting Welcomes the Class of 2026
Tennis Recruiting Network welcomes the Class of 2026 to the rankings this week. Among the young rising stars are sixth-graders Gray Kelley, Bella Payne, Francisco Salmain and Thea Latak.
Farewell 2019 Class
The Tennis Recruiting Network bids farewell to the high school class of 2019. Last week’s rankings are our final edition of the 2018-19 year - and the final rankings for the outgoing Class of 2019.
Aces Shine During Big Events in August
August is one of the most important months of the year for young tennis players, whether they are competing internationally, in the USTA Nationals or at the U.S. Open. This month's aces column is packed with great performances from the last 30 days.
Focusing On Process, Not Outcome Can Help Improve Results
Players often ask what is the best way to improve their rankings or ratings to get recruited by more colleges. Former college coach David Donn of Donovan Tennis Strategies says focusing on the process rather than the end result is the best place to start.
Latvians Sweep ITF International Hard Court Titles
Amid heat and thunderstorms, Kamilla Bartone and Karlis Ozolins of Latvia captured the singles titles with three-set victories in the final of the International Tennis Federation Grade 1 tournament in College Park, Maryland.
Gold Balls and New Cars Bring Joy to National Doubles Champs
Partnerships took center stage on Sunday during the USTA National Doubles Championship at the USTA National Campus in Orlando. Many players captured their first gold ball, and Kelsey Mize will be receiving a new car after winning a longstanding bet with her father.
Hot 100 List - August 2019
It's time to unveil the August 2019 edition of the Hot 100. The Hot 100 features 100 boys and 100 girls who have been playing outstanding tennis. These players have substantially improved their rankings over the past month.
Querrey Reflects on Junior Career, Offers Advice
Sam Querrey navigated his own path to a professional career, attending regular high school and not traveling across the world as a junior. The ATP veteran offers some advice for today's juniors and gives some insight into his life on tour.
Anghelescu Empowered to Become Penn State's Head Coach
Alexandra Anghelescu attended a WeCOACH conference in Denver right before she interviewed for the Penn State women's head coaching job this summer. The experience gave her confidence she was ready to lead a program.
Sheehy, Rogers Capture ITA National Summer Titles
Seniors Jonathan Sheehy of Abilene Christian University and Anna Rogers of N.C. State captured the singles titles at the ITA National Summer Championships in Fort Worth, Texas. Sheehy also teamed with Texas Tech's Parker Wynn to win the doubles title.
Gorzny on the Road to Recovery Following Major Health Scare
Sebastian Gorzny suffered a serious health scare during the USTA Boys 16s National Championships in Kalamazoo. The 15-year-old was hospitalized for seven days after his father found him unconcious and having seizures in his hotel room bed at 2 a.m.
Volynets Experiences 'Surge of Energy and Joy' After 18s Title Win
Katie Volynets was filled with emotion after capturing the Girls 18s singles title at the USTA Billie Jean King National Championships in San Diego. The No. 2 seed defeated No. 3 Emma Navarro to secure a wild card into the U.S. Open women's singles main draw. Abigail Forbes and Alexa Noel secured the doubles title and a U.S. Open wild card in their debut as a team.
Svajda Captures 18s Singles Title in Kalamazoo Debut
Zachary Svajda was a quick study in his first appearance at the USTA Boys 18s and 16s National Championships in Kalamazoo, with the 16-year-old capturing his first gold ball and a U.S. Open main draw wild card with a 6-7(3) 7-5, 6-3, 6-1 victory over Govind Nanda in the 18s singles final.
Brantmeier Breaks Through To Secure First Gold Ball
Reese Brantmeier notched a decisive upset win over top-seeded Valencia Xu in the Girls 16s singles final at the USTA Billie Jean King National Championships to capture the first gold ball of her career. The 14-year-old became only the second player from Wisconsin to win the title in the event's history.
Bernard Stages Comeback to Capture Boys 16s Title
Top seeded Alex Bernard rallied from a 4-1 deficit in the third set and saved a match point to capture the Boys 16s singles title at the USTA National Championships with a 5-7, 6-1, 7-5 win over No. 4 Aidan Mayo at Kalamazoo College's Stowe Stadium.
Rabman Overcomes Nerves to Secure Girls 14s Title
Theadora Rabman overcame nerves to capture the USTA National Championships Girls 14s singles title with a 6-7(1), 6-1, 6-1 victory in the final over Brooklyn Olson in Rome, Georgia.
Williams Goes The Distance To Win Boys 14s Title
Cooper Williams won four three-set matches on his way to capturing the first USTA singles gold ball of his career. The fourth-seeded Williams defeated No. 3 Nicholas Godsick 6-1, 7-5 in the final of the Boys 14s National Championships in Mobile, Alabama.
Consistency Is Key To Claire An Winning Girls 12s Title
Claire An committed just nine unforced errors in winning the USTA National Championships Girls 12s singles title in Alpharetta, Georgia. The New York native defeated Bella Payne of Taylors, South Carolina, 6-2, 6-2 at the Windward Lake Club.
Exsted Digs Deep in Final to Capture Gold in Boys 12s
Max Exsted battled back from a large first-set deficit in the final to capture the singles title at the USTA Boys 12s National Championship in Mobile, Alabama. The No. 3 seed beat No. 2 Abhinav Chunduru 7-6 (5), 6-0 to capture his first singles gold ball.
The USTA National Championships have now concluded, and gold balls have been awarded to the latest national champions. All week, TRN celebrates these winners - from the East Coast to the West Coast - with coverage of the Nationals. Enjoy the 2019 edition of Championship Week.
Spizzirri Brothers Reach International Heights in Tennis, Squash
Twins Eliot and Nicholas Spizzirri are both experiencing international success with racquets, only in different sports. Eliot is one of the top rising senior tennis players in the world while Nicholas is charting his own path in squash.
Coaches See Great Value in Playing Back Draw Matches
Juniors pulling out of the back draw at tournaments raises a red flag for college recruiters. Unless there is a legitimate reason, coaches want to see players compete until the end. They discuss why in this month's Coaching Roundtable.
Centenari Returns to Alma Mater Dartmouth as Head Coach
Xander Centenari didn't waste any time changing green shirts to recruit. The former team captain has returned to his alma mater to become the head men's coach at Dartmouth. Centenari spent the last two seasons as an assistant at South Florida.
Nakashima, Damm, Bernard Head Kalamazoo Fields
The top two 18s seeds for the 2019 USTA Boys National Championships have already experienced the satisfaction of addressing Kalamazoo’s Stowe Stadium crowd after claiming a winner’s trophy. Top seed Brandon Nakashima earned the 16s title in 2017 and No. 2 seed Martin Damm won it last year.
New Job, New Baby: DePaul's Arce Juggles Major Life Changes
Marisa Arce was worried how DePaul would react when she applied for the women's head coaching job while seven months pregnant. Administrators quickly put her mind at ease, and hired Arce to take over the program. The Illinois native is moving closer to home with her growing family.
Top Performers Find Success on All Surfaces
From clay to grass to hard courts, the top performers in July found success on all surfaces. Along with some familiar names, a few new faces with ties to the collegiate ranks are included.
Allen Grateful She Accepted the Challenge at Navy
Stefanie Allen spent four years playing at Navy, and has continued to serve the country as a Marine Corps officer. She was a platoon commander in Okinawa, Japan and currently works as a defense systems analyst. Find out more in "Where Are They Now?"
Architecture and Outdoor Adventures for RPI's Lubin
Tess Lubin is taking advantage of her time at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute by filling her summer with career opportunities and adventure. The rising senior is interning at an architecture firm in Chicago and will be going off the grid in August to install a project for an island community in Maine.
Allen Finds His Footing to Win Boys 18s Gold Ball
Despite spraining his ankle before the tournament, Leighton Allen lived up to his No. 1 seed billing by capturing the singles title at the USTA Boys 18 National Clay Court Championships in Delray Beach, Florida. Singles finalist Logan Zapp teamed with Aryan Chaudhary to win the doubles title.
Price Secures Gold Ball, Junior U.S. Open Wild Card
Gabriella Price needed match play after recovering from an ankle injury. She went the distance at the USTA Girls 18 National Clay Court Championshps, capturing the singles title and a Junior U.S. Open main draw wild card. Lauren Stein and Reilly Tran captured the doubles titles at the LTP Tennis Club.
Nisbet Makes 'Totally Unexpected' Golden Run in Girls 16s
Playing "up" a division proved beneficial for Aubrey Nisbet. The 14-year-old captured her first singles gold ball at the USTA Girls 16 National Clay Court Championships at the Athletic Club Alabama. Sonia Maheshwari and Lina Mohamed won the doubles title.
Casper Digs Deep to Secure Another Gold Ball in Boys 16s
Luke Casper saved seven championship points to outlast Samir Banerjee 3-6, 7-6(1), 7-6(6) and capture the singles gold ball at the USTA Boys 16 National Clay Court Championships in Delray Beach. Ben Shelton and Maxwell Smith also needed three close sets to win the doubles title.
Smejkal Goes the Distance To Capture 14s Singles Gold Ball
Lara Smejkal lost the second set in each of her final three matches at the USTA Girls 14s National Clay Court Championships, but still prevailed to win her first gold ball in singles. Alexis Blokhina and Natalia Perez won the doubles title in Plantation, Florida.
Basavareddy Cruises to Boys 14s Clays Singles Title
Unseeded Nishesh Basavareddy dropped only one game in the final to capture the Boys 14s singles title at the USTA National Clay Court Championships in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Nicholas Godsick won the gold ball in doubles with partner Joseph Phillips and the bronze ball in singles.
Payne Captures First Gold Ball By Winning Girls 12s
Bella Payne captured her first gold ball by winning the singles title at the USTA Girls 12 National Clay Court Championships in Boca Raton, Florida. Claire An and Caitlin Bui were the doubles champions at the Polo Club in Boca Raton.
Boys 12s Winners Add to Their Gold Ball Collections
Repeat gold ball winners were abundant in the USTA Boys 12s National Clay Court Championships at the USTA National Campus in Orlando. Abhishek Thorat captured the singles crown while Max Exsted and Cooper Woestendick were the doubles champions.
Clay Court Championship Week
The USTA Clay Court Championships have concluded around the country. This week, TRN has wrap-up stories of all the action, from the Boys' 12s to the Girls' 18s. Check out the latest gold ball winners of all ages during our coverage of Clay Court Championship Week.
Mochizuki Makes History, Americans Win Doubles Title at Junior Wimbledon
History was made during this year's Junior Wimbledon Championships when Shintaro Mochizuki became the first Japanese boy to win a junior slam singles title. Unseeded Daria Snigur captured the girls singles title, and Americans Abigail Forbes and Savannah Broadus won the girls doubles crown at the All England Lawn Tennis Club.
Fall Star Ratings Period Starts Next Week
Twice a year, TennisRecruiting.net updates its Star Ratings - sometimes known as "The Stars." Our next update to the Star Ratings comes in late September - and those ratings will be based on players' highest rankings during the next eight weeks - from the week of July 22 to the week of September 9, 2019. We invite players to review their player records to ensure accurate ratings.
Nevolo, Folland Ready to Lead SMU Women to New Heights
Jeff Nevolo always viewed the SMU women's program as a sleeping giant. The former South Carolina assistant jumped at the chance to interview once the job came open. Nevolo was named the head coach this month, and hired former USC player Brigit Folland as his assistant.
The Things Coaches Wish All Recruits Knew
What are the things college coaches wish all recruits knew? From NCAA rules to program philosophies to academic requirements, this month's Coaching Roundtable provides a few examples from around the country.
Hot 100 List - July 2019
It's time to unveil the July 2019 edition of the Hot 100. The Hot 100 features 100 boys and 100 girls who have been playing outstanding tennis. These players have substantially improved their rankings over the past month.
Juniors, College, Pros: Nanda Thrives on Three Levels
Govind Nanda is juggling multiple levels by competing in junior, college and professional events. Nanda just finished his freshman season at UCLA and plans to return in January to compete for the Bruins again. Colette Lewis caught up with Nanda at Wimbledon for a Q&A.
Weiss Embraces Long-Awaited Opportunity at Clemson
Robbie Weiss wasn't sure if he would ever get a chance to return to college coaching. But a cold call started the wheels in motion, and the former NCAA singles champion was recently hired as the new head coach for the Clemson men.
USTA Pro Circuit Event Returns to Iowa
The University of Iowa Hawkeye Tennis and Recreation Complex is hosting a United States Tennis Association Pro Circuit event on July 15th. The Old Capitol Tennis Championships, a men’s professional tournament, will return for a second consecutive year in Iowa City.
Recruiting Terms and Calendar for 2019-20
Knowing the important dates and terms is a crucial part of the recruiting process. If you need a quick guide to help navigate the path to college, we've got you covered with our recruiting calendar. There are some key date changes at the Division I level this year.
No Shortage of Star Performances in June
June always produces a surplus of top performances, with the French Open Championships providing the big stage for juniors, while college players flood the ITF World Tennis Tour with school out for the summer. A grand total of 19 players are featured in the latest Aces column as summer tennis season gets underway.
Lilley Makes the Climb to Auburn Head Coach
Caroline Lilley was scaling Mount Rainier when she got the call asking her to come for an in-person interview at Auburn for the vacant women's head coach opening. The Kansas assistant was ready to make the climb up the coaching ranks, and was hired in June.
Saint Francis Men's Program in Urgent Need of Recruits
The Saint Francis men's program was reinstated on June 14 after being suspended for the 2018-19 season. New head coach Lisa Swope is in a mad dash to fill the entire Division I roster before the upcoming fall season begins.
How Do Division III Coaches Identify and Recruit Players?
Their recruiting budgets are usually smaller and they don't have athletic scholarships to offer. How do Division III coaches identify and recruits players to their schools? We asked a few in this month's "Coaching Roundtable."
Egoroff's Post-College Tennis Career Takes Flight
Former Florida Tech player Erin Egoroff is training to become an air traffic controller. Egoroff majored in aeronautical science at Florida Tech, which decided to cut its tennis programs. Egoroff and other alumni attended one of the final matches this past season to say goodbye.
Coastal Carolina is 'Dream Job' For Hometown Coach
Catherine Hewitt had never coached in college tennis before applying to become the head coach at Coastal Carolina in 2011. The job had a special meaning for Hewitt. It was her hometown school. She is a Conway, South Carolina native. Find out more about Hewitt in this month's "Meet The Coach."
2019 Top NCAA D-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 2019. This year, a new program has Engineered its way to the top of the rankings for the first time ever.
Hot 100 List - June 2019
It's time to unveil the June 2019 edition of the Hot 100. The Hot 100 features 100 boys and 100 girls who have been playing outstanding tennis. These players have substantially improved their rankings over the past month.
Want To Get Recruited? Fill Out Your Free TRN Profile
More than 2,000 college coaches research recruits through the Tennis Recruiting Network database. But they need help. They need more players to fill out their recruiting profiles thoroughly and provide updated contact information. Find out how to make it easier to get recruited for free.
Wesleyan's Double Yus Make a Great Team
Sisters Victoria and Kristina helped Wesleyan capture the program's first NESCAC title and NCAA Division III Team title this season. Victoria, a senior, and Kristina, a freshman, played doubles together for the Cardinals, winning pivotal matches in the NCAA semifinal and championship matches.
2019 Top NCAA D-III Men's Classes
The Tennis Recruiting Network is excited to present its recruiting class rankings for NCAA Division III conferences. Today we unveil our Top 25 D-III men's recruiting classes for 2019. For the fourth time in five years, our top-rated class comes from the Windy City.
2019 Top Mid-Major Women's Classes
TennisRecruiting.net is back today with more rankings of mid-major recruiting classes. Today we present the Top 25 mid-major women's recruiting classes for 2019. Check out the top of the rankings - where the Waves are cresting.
From No Interest To An Offer, Parks Is A Combine Success Story
Lane Parks arrived at the All-American College Combine in 2017 without any ranking or recruiting rating. He left with interest from three college coaches, including Paul Brower at Nichols College. Parks just completed his freshman season for the Division III program.
2019 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 2019 - which will crash over you like a Wave.
NCAA Champions Rise to the Top of May Aces
Although the NCAA tournaments and the European junior circuit grabbed most of the attention last month, there were plenty of personal milestones for the juniors and collegians competing in the smaller events on ITF World Tennis Tour. Find out who made the cut for May Aces.
Mullins: Don't Think You're The Very Best or The Very Worst
Some players think they are immune from any type of criticism, while others are too self-critical. How they should really feel probably falls somwhere in the middle, writes columnist Dave Mullins
USTA Pushing to Increase Combines, Showcases Nationwide
USTA wants to increase the number of showcases and combines taking place across the country to help more American juniors play college tennis. Section representatives have been invited to this month's USTA All-American Combine to learn more about running events.
Top Women's Classes - 2019 Spring Rankings
Last week, we ranked the men's recruiting classes. Today, we take a look at the women. TRN and Mizuno are proud to present its spring rankings of the Top 25 Women's Recruiting Classes. Four new faces have popped into the Top Ten over the past few months, and there is a new face at the top - with the Gamecocks' first appearance at No. 1.
Emory Sweeps NCAA Division III Singles Titles
Emory's Jonathan Jemison and Ysabel Gonzalez-Rico won the NCAA Division III men's and women's singles titles at Kalamazoo College’s Stowe Stadium. Bowdoin's Grant Urken and Yangeng (Jerry) Jiang won the men's doubles title while Catherine Allen and Caroline Cox of CMS were the women's doubles champions.
UVA Support System Remains Strong for Vahaly
Brian Vahaly built a strong support system while attending the University of Virginia. The All-American solicited life advice from the network once his tennis career ended. He's now the chief financial officer for Solidcore, an expanding fitness boutique studio.
Division I Coaches Assess New NCAA Super Regional Format
The NCAA Division I Championships debuted a new Super Regional round this year with Round of 16 matches taking place on campuses instead of at the final site like in years past. How did coaches like the change? We asked a few that participated in our latest Coaching Roundtable.
Jubb, Perez-Somarriba Capture NCAA Division I Titles
South Carolina junior Paul Jubb became the first player in program history - and the first British player in NCAA history - to capture the NCAA Division I men's singles title on Saturday at the USTA National Tennis Center in Florida. Miami junior Estela Perez-Somarriba won the women's singles title while UCLA swept the doubles titles.
Top Men's Classes - 2019 Spring Rankings
Today we release our spring rankings of the Top 25 Men's Recruiting Classes. Recent commitments have moved a number of programs up the list - including five previously unranked classes. There is even a change at the top - where the newly-crowned national champions stand tall.
Wesleyan Women, Emory Men Claim NCAA Division III Championships
The NCAA Division III champions crowned Wednesday at Kalamazoo
College's Stowe Stadium featured a new face and a perennial contender,
with the Wesleyan women earning the program's first NCAA team title
with a 5-4 win over defending champion Claremont-Mudd-Scripps and the
Emory men defeating top seed Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 5-3 for their
fifth team title and second in three years.
Hot 100 List - May 2019
It's time to unveil the May 2019 edition of the Hot 100. The Hot 100 features 100 boys and 100 girls who have been playing outstanding tennis. These players have substantially improved their rankings over the past month.
Spotlight Players of the Week - Rilee White and Alex Gordon
TRN regularly shines the spotlight on a boy and girl player randomly selected from our class ranking lists. Beyond match scores and tournament results, the players reveal more about their interests and personalities. Get to know Rilee White and Alex Gordon.
Texas Men Brush Aside Distractions, Capture First NCAA Title
The Texas men completed a title run straight out of a movie script by defeating Wake Forest on Sunday to capture the program's first NCAA team championship at the USTA National Tennis Center in Lake Nona, Florida. The Stanford women defended their team title with a win over Georgia.
A Day In The Life: CMS Freshman Nic Meister
Ever wonder what a typical day is like for a college tennis player? We've got you covered. Through their own words, we take you inside the schedule of a college player. Welcome to A Day In The Life of CMS freshman Nic Meister.
Gore's Begging Nets Role on Tennis Channel's NCAA Coverage
Tennis Channel is providing the most televised coverage of the NCAA Division I Men's and Women's Championships in the event's history. Play-by-play announcer Sam Gore did everything possible to ensure he was part of the broadcast crew.
CMS Programs Take Aim at NCAA Division III Titles
The Claremont-Mudd-Scripps men’s and women’s teams arrive in Kalamazoo next Monday for the NCAA Division III quarterfinals as the top seeds, with each having just one loss on the season. But the teams that delivered those losses have also earned their way the Elite Eight.
Failure and Suffering Help South Carolina Reach Elite Eight
The South Carolina women have used past failures to achieve present success. The Gamecocks captured the SEC Tournament title for the first time in program history this year, and play Duke in the NCAA Division I quarterfinals on Friday.
A Day In The Life: MIT Sophomore Megan Guenther
Ever wonder what a typical day is like for a college tennis player? We've got you covered. Through their own words, we take you inside the schedule of a college player. Welcome to A Day In The Life of MIT sophomore Megan Guenther.
Mentors Available Through College Tennis Alumni Network
The College Tennis Alumni Network launched last week, with more than 900 members joining in the first 36 hours. The network includes a mentorship program, which pairs former players with college seniors and recent graduates to help guide them through their transition into the working world.
Spotlight Players of the Week - Victoria Vasquez and Joe Mairs
TRN regularly shines the spotlight on a boy and girl player randomly selected from our class ranking lists. Beyond match scores and tournament results, the players reveal more about their interests and personalities. Get to know Victoria Vasquez and Joe Mairs.
Happy Mother's Day: Sweet 16 Players Honor Mom with Tributes
They spent years driving them to practice and tournaments. They paid for entry fees, food and travel. They sacrified personal time to watch matches at all hours. They are tennis moms, and we are honoring them this weekend with tributes from players still remaining in the NCAA Division I Sweet 16. Happy Mother's Day!
Super Regionals: What to Know About the Sweet 16
All eight top seeds advanced to the Sweet 16 in both the men's and women's bracket of the NCAA Division I Championships. They will be hosting matches on Friday or Saturday as part of the new Super Regional format. The winners will earn a ticket to the USTA National Tennis Center in Orlando to play for the national title.
A Day In The Life: Cal Senior Maria Smith
Ever wonder what a typical day is like for a college tennis player? We've got you covered. Through their own words, we take you inside the schedule of a college player. Welcome to A Day In The Life of Cal senior Maria Smith.
Spotlight Players of the Week - Terry McGrath and Issa Sullivan
TRN regularly shines the spotlight on a boy and girl player randomly selected from our class ranking lists. Beyond match scores and tournament results, the players reveal more about their interests and personalities. Get to know Terry McGrath and Issa Sullivan.
NCAA Tournament: Dark Horses, Upsets and Overall Champions
It's finally time. The NCAA Tournament begins today on campuses across the country. Which teams are the dark horses? Who might spring an upset? What programs will be holding the trophy at the very end? We answer those questions in Part 2 of our NCAA Roundtable.
NCAA Tournament: Storylines and Super Regional Debut
The NCAA Tournament draws have been released and the first-round matches begin on Friday at campuses across the country. What were the best storylines from the regular season? How will the new Super Regional format pan out? We answer those questions in Part 1 of our annual NCAA Roundtable.
Players Winning First Titles Highlight April's Accomplishments
From a first title on the WTA level to first titles at ITF Junior Circuit Grade 5s, the accomplishments of April span an impressive range of competitive tennis. The monthly Aces column includes former college stars and teenagers from around the world.
Gupta Captures Prestigious Boys CIF Title at The Ojai
Junior champions were crowned over the weekend at the prestigious 119th Ojai Tennis Tournament in Ojai, California. The winners and finalists will add their faces to the photo boards at Libbey Park that include many legends of the sport.
Now Open ... May Madness Bracket Challenge
Nothing beats the excitement of the NCAA tournament! For college tennis fans, May is the time for Madness, and this is your chance to step up. With the right combination of skill and luck, you can earn bragging rights - and prizes - by making your picks for the Big Dance!
What Coaches Want to See in Emails From Recruits
Sending emails to coaches is often the first step in the recruiting process. But what should recruits include in the emails? Do they send grades? Video? Tournament schedules? Coaches provide those answers in our latest Coaching Roundtable.
A Day In The Life: Ohio State's JJ Wolf
Ever wonder what a typical day is like for a college tennis player? We've got you covered. Through their own words, we take you inside the schedule of a college player. Welcome to A Day In The Life of Ohio State's JJ Wolf.
Former Blue Chip Featherston Joins MLB's Legal Team
Former blue chip recruit Shinann Featherston has moved into another athletic arena. The University of North Carolina graduate works as a legal coordinator for Major League Baseball. Find out more in this month's "Where Are They Now?"
Players Shouldn't Settle for Status Quo When More is Possible
If players want to achieve their goals, they can't just settle for status quo once they hit a plateau. Columnist Dave Mullins recommends keeping standards high if you want extraordinary results and avoid doing what everyone else does.
Spotlight Players of the Week: Cameron Agapito, Naeem Saleem
TRN regularly shines the spotlight on a boy and girl player randomly selected from our class ranking lists. Beyond match scores and tournament results, the players reveal more about their interests and personalities. Get to know Cameron Agapito and Naeem Saleem.
NCAA Shifts Recruiting Communication Period, Official Visits
The NCAA Division I Council announced on Friday it has adopted new rules in a continued effort to curb early recruiting. The changes will alter the start of the communication period and official visits.
NJCU Adding Division III Men's and Women's Programs
New Jersey City University is adding men's and women's tennis programs, beginning at the club level in 2019-20 and elevating to full varsity status for the fall of 2020. The programs will join the New Jersey Athletic Conference.
Hot 100 List - April 2019
It's time to unveil the April 2019 edition of the Hot 100. The Hot 100 features 100 boys and 100 girls who have been playing outstanding tennis. These players have substantially improved their rankings over the past month.
Spotlight Players of the Week - Will Page and Natalie Hamill
TRN regularly shines the spotlight on a boy and girl player randomly selected from our class ranking lists. Beyond match scores and tournament results, the players reveal more about their interests and personalities. Get to know Will Page and Natalie Hamill.
Top Seeds Black, Draxl Earn ITF Grade 1 Titles
Top seeds Hurricane Tyra Black and Liam Draxl both held off the challenges of young Californian wild cards to claim the singles crowns at the ITF Grade 1 International Spring Championships at the Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California.
Chang and Woldeab Claim ISC 16s Titles in Carson
Two unseeded 15-year-old Californians earned titles in the 16s division at the International Spring Championships, with Berkeley’s Alexander Chang and La Mesa’s Winta Woldeab claiming the crowns by identical 6-3, 6-4 scores in the finals.
Letters of Support Surprise, Hearten K-State's Smith
Members of the Kansas State women's team wrote letters of support for Jordan Smith when he was in the running for a promotion to become the head coach. It was a happy surprise for Smith, who sprung his own surprise on the players. Find out more in this month's "Meet The Coach."
Parents: Don't Let Your Children Relax After Committing
Former All-American and current private coach Todd Widom provides some advice to parents. Just because your child has committed to college that doesn't mean it's time to take a break. Recruits need to be ready to play once they step on campus.
Titles and Streaks Highlight the Ace Performances in March
The notable performances in March include the final ITA Team Indoor title of the season, an amazing streak by the International Tennis Federation World Junior No. 1, and the first ITF World Tennis Tour titles for two of the top American juniors
American College Placement Brings Showcase to Dallas
American College Placement is holding the inaugural College Tennis Showcase at SMU in Dallas. ACP was started by former Baylor men's head coach Matt Knoll. The event will take place June 22 and 23 and is open to all high school players.
Hohmann and Navarro Crowned Easter Bowl ITF Champions
Ron Hohmann and Emma Navarro captured the ITF Easter Bowl singles titles last week in Indian Wells. Hohmann became the first qualifier to win a title and Navarro was a repeat champion after capturing the 16s title in 2017.
Banerjee, Ovrootsky Claim Easter Bowl 16s Titles
Samir Banerjee and Vivian Ovrootsky recorded straight set victories in their respective finals to capture the boys and girls singles titles at the Easter Bowl National Championships in Indian Wells.
Past Results Motivate Easter Bowl 12s and 14s Champions
Three of the four champions in the 12s and 14s divisions at last week’s Easter Bowl Championships arrived in Indian Wells determined to improve on their previous appearances at the prestigious USTA Level 1 National event.
Assistant Coaches Bring Great Value to College Programs
Assistant coaches are a critical part of every college tennis program across the nation. They juggle multiple roles to help players perform at their best. Why do they love their jobs? We asked a few longtime assistants in this month's Coaching Roundtable.
Columbia Players Create FAST to Support Female Athletes
Columbia women's tennis players Paulina Ferrari and Caitie Sullivan wanted to find a way to support and empower female athletes on campus. They started FAST - Female Athletes Standing Together. The organization has expanded quickly and attracted female athletes from a wide array of sports.
Spotlight Players of the Week - Sujit Chepuri and Rebekah Rest
TRN regularly shines the spotlight on a boy and girl player randomly selected from our class ranking lists. Beyond match scores and tournament results, the players reveal more about their interests and personalities. Get to know Sujit Chepuri and Rebekah Rest.
Schofield Finds a Passion For Coaching Juniors
After an injury ended her professional aspirations, Gira Schofield began looking for a way to remain close to the sport. The University South Carolina graduate discovered a passion for coaching junior players, particularly girls. Schofield sat down with Colette Lewis recently for a Q&A.
Hot 100 List - March 2019
It's time to unveil the March 2019 edition of the Hot 100. The Hot 100 features 100 boys and 100 girls who have been playing outstanding tennis. These players have substantially improved their rankings over the past month.
NCAA Eligibility Center is a Great Resource For All Recruits
The college recruiting process can be confusing and overwhelming for players and parents. The NCAA Eligbility Center is a great resource to help answer many questions and keep high school players on track for NCAA participation.
Texas Dismisses Center Amid Bribing Scheme Fallout
Texas men's coach Michael Center was dismissed from his position on Wednesday after 18 seasons at the helm following his alleged involvement in a widespread college admissions bribing scheme. Texas' 2019 recruits are still trying to process the news like everyone else.
High School Team Championships Ready For 12th Annual Event
The 2019 edition of the DecoTurf High School Tennis Team Championships presented by Icy Hot will take place on Friday and Saturday in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The 12th annual event will feature 68 teams from 13 states.
Oracle's Hurd Places a High Value On College Tennis
Mark Hurd is a passionate advocate of college tennis, having benefitted from his own playing experience at Baylor. The Oracle CEO is now helping lead the charge for his company's investment in the sport through sponsorships and grants.
Spotlight Players of the Week - Nejla Zukic and Will Blevins
TRN regularly shines the spotlight on a boy and girl player randomly selected from our class ranking lists. Beyond match scores and tournament results, the players reveal more about their interests and personalities. Get to know Nejla Zukic and Will Blevins.
Firecrackers and Patriots Capture USTA Spring Team Titles
Dealing with a variance in weather and opponents, the Patriots and Firecrackers walked away with titles at the USTA National Spring Team Championships in Mobile, Alabama earlier this week.
Mullins: Pulling Out of Tournaments is a Sign of Weakness
Why are so many players pulling out of tournaments? Are they really injured? Are they more afraid? Do they just not care enough? Dave Mullins can't stand the trend, and argues that players are losing more than matches. They are losing a chance to develop mental toughness.
Star Ratings Spring 2019 Edition
After months of waiting, here they are... the Star Ratings. Find out right now how many stars you have - as The Tennis Recruiting Network proudly presents the Spring Star Ratings for 2019.
Emory Women Capture Third Straight ITA Indoor Title
The second-seeded Emory women captured their third straight ITA Division III National Team Indoor championship on Sunday afternoon with a 5-3 victory over top-seeded Claremont-Mudd-Scripps. Emory has won five Indoor titles overall in six appearances.
Fewer Days, But No Shortage of Accomplishments
February may be short on days, but it was long on accomplishments, with three college indoor team champions crowned and six recent collegians earning ITF World Tennis Tour titles among the highlights in this month's Aces column.
Why Recruits Choose to Play at HBCUs
In honor of Black History Month, we asked several coaches from Historically Black Colleges and Universities why players want to attend HBCU schools and what makes them unique. Find out the answers in this month's Coaching Roundtable.
Spotlight Players of the Week - Alexa Griffith and Sam Feldman
TRN regularly shines the spotlight on a boy and girl player randomly selected from our class ranking lists. Beyond match scores and tournament results, the players reveal more about their interests and personalities. Get to know Alexa Griffith and Sam Feldman.
Getting To Know UCLA's Maxime Cressy
Maxime Cressy doesn't lack confidence. The UCLA senior has risen to No. 1 in the singles lineup for the Bruins, and expects a similar trajectory on the professional tour. Cressy sat down at ITA Indoors for Q&A to discuss his style of play and his future goals.
UChicago Men Break Through To Win Historic Title
The University of Chicago men captured the first ITA Division III National Team Indoor title in program history on Sunday, defeating three-time defending champion Emory 5-3 in Cleveland, Ohio. Emory had eliminated UChicago the previous three years.
Wingate Sets the Expectation for Sexual Assault Awareness
The Wingate tennis program is hosting an event on Saturday when it plays Mars Hill to edcuate high school kids about sexual assault and domestic abuse. The men's players were inspired to help after hearing activist Brenda Tracy speak on campus last October.
Hot 100 List - February 2019
It's time to unveil the February 2019 edition of the Hot 100. The Hot 100 features 100 boys and 100 girls who have been playing outstanding tennis. These players have substantially improved their rankings over the past month.
Cepeda Uses Wilderness Therapy to Improve Coaching
Williams College women's head coach Anik Cepeda spent two years away from tennis working as a senior field instructor at Evoke Wilderness Therapy. The experience helped Cepeda gain a different perspective that is benefitting her players.
Top-Seeded Ohio State Captures Title
Top-seeded Ohio State clinched the ITA National Men's Team Indoor title with a 4-2 victory over defending champion Wake Forest on Monday in Chicago. The Buckeyes avenged last year's loss to Wake Forest in the NCAA final.
Seeing Double: Chunduru Twins Share Big Dreams
Abhinav and Prathinav Chunduru captured the first gold balls of their careers last month by capturing the Boys 12s doubles title at the USTA Winter Nationals. The identical twins have big dreams for their tennis careers, and yes, they hear the comparisons to Bob and Mike Bryan.
Stepping Up: Di Lorenzo Returns After Foot Injury
Francesca Di Lorenzo has returned to the court after being sidelined with plantar fasciitis. The former Ohio State star sat down with Colette Lewis to talk about her comeback, her collegiate experience, her first year as a pro and much more.
Georgia Weathers Several Storms to Capture ITA Indoor Title
The Georgia women's team staged several impressive rallies to capture the program's fourth ITA National Indoor Championship title, capped by a 4-3 win over defending champion North Carolina on Tuesday afternoon in Seattle.
Spotlight Players of the Week - Yasmine Humbert and Drew Campbell
TRN regularly shines the spotlight on a boy and girl player randomly selected from our class ranking lists. Beyond match scores and tournament results, the players reveal more about their interests and personalities. Get to know Yasmine Humbert and Drew Campbell.
From the Same Inner City Program to College Head Coaches
They were molded by the same inner city program in Chicago, learning how to play tennis and give back to others. Autumn Williams, Tayo Bailey-Duvall and Gabrielle Moore are now college head coaches and role models for other young black girls.
Leaving Juniors Behind, Gauff Eyes Pro Progress
Cori "Coco" Gauff is putting nearly all junior tournaments in the past, and focusing on her professional prospects. Gauff, who turns 15 next month, spoke with Colette Lewis about what is next in her tennis career and team she has behind her.
Spotlight Players of the Week - Elizabeth Isayev and Parker Bradbary
TRN regularly shines the spotlight on a boy and girl player randomly selected from our class ranking lists. Beyond match scores and tournament results, the players reveal more about their interests and personalities. Get to know Elizabeth Isayev and Parker Bradbary.
MIT-Bound Fernandez Is Engineered for Academic Excellence
Sara Fernandez skipped her quinceanera to watch a Division III college tournament. The future valedictorian knew she wanted to attend a strong academic school, and found the right match at MIT. Read more about Fernandez in this month's Making the Grade feature.
Top Women's Classes - 2019 Winter Rankings
As the number of commitments from senior girls approaches five hundred, this is a great time to check in on how schools are doing on the recruiting trail. Today, the Tennis Recruiting Network is proud to present the Top 25 Women's College Tennis Recruiting Classes of 2019.
Spanning The Globe to Spotlight January's Best Performers
January always produces aces from far-flung places, with action in Australia, North America, Central America, South America and Europe all in the spotlight. American men had success in the U.S., while collegiate tennis was the big winner in Australia and New Zealand.
Kentucky's Canadian Class Carries on a Memory
The Kentucky men have signed three Canadian recruits in their 2019 class. They are all connected by a photo and a former Kentucky All-American who left his mark on the program and the players before his tragic death.
Playing Pro Events During the College Season
Should players participate in pro tournaments during the college season? It's a question college coaches must answer, and a topic recruits often ask about. Find out how some coaches approach the issue in this month's Coaching Roundtable.
Spotlight Players of the Week - William Kaiser and Riya Ravi
TRN regularly shines the spotlight on a boy and girl player randomly selected from our class ranking lists. Beyond match scores and tournament results, the players reveal more about their interests and personalities. Get to know William Kaiser and Riya Ravi.
Top Men's Classes - 2019 Winter Rankings
Late January is a great time to take a look at college recruiting. More than 700 seniors have made their college choices, and recruiting classes are really shaping up. How is your favorite team doing? Let's find out ... as Tennis Recruiting and Mizuno bring you the Top 25 Men's College Tennis Recruiting Classes for 2019.
Bolton Sisters Inspire Each Other to Achieve Athletic Dreams
UCLA freshman Elysia Bolton credits her younger sister for inspiring her to become a better tennis player. Sarah Bolton has been in a wheelchair her entire life, but hasn't let it slow her down. She has represented the United States in track and wants to compete in the Paralympics.
Authenticity Is Important to Missouri Western's Shawn Becker
Missouri Western women's coach Shawn Becker is gay. He's never tried to hide his sexual orientation, and encourages his players to be comfortable in their own skin. Becker discusses his career path and LGBTQ issues in college tennis in this month's "Meet The Coach."
College Tennis Takes Center Stage at the Australian Open
College tennis took center stage on Tuesday at the Australian Open, with the University of Southern California and South Carolina meeting in historic dual matches while Virginia graduate Danielle Collins advanced to the semifinals of women's singles.
Martin Gets Down to Business after Illinois Career Ends
Christopher Martin helped Illinois capture the program's first national title by clinching the deciding set in the 2003 NCAA final. After graduating, the finance major went right into the working world and started his own investment fund company 2 1/2 years ago. He remains in close contact with all of his college teammates.
Jenkins Sees Growth Potential in New USTA Coaching Role
Jermaine Jenkins was recently named as a national coach for women's tennis by USTA Player Development. The former hitting partner of Venus Williams grew up in a family that took in foster children, and learned the importance of helping others from an early age.
Eight Intriguing Questions for 2019
What are the most compelling issues heading into the 2019 tennis year? Will heat rule junior tournaments? Will the Wold Tennis Tour be good or bad for juniors and college players? Colette Lewis provides some potential answers in her annual Intriguing Questions column.
Mullins: Be Negative, Angry and Stop Setting Goals
It may seem counterintuitive, but being negative, getting angry and not setting goals could be a strategy of success for some players. Columnist and former college coach Dave Mullins explains why.
Hot 100 List - January 2019
It's time to unveil the January 2019 edition of the Hot 100. The Hot 100 features 100 boys and 100 girls who have been playing outstanding tennis. These players have substantially improved their rankings over the past month.
Spotlight Players of the Week - Amy Delman and Axel Botticelli
TRN regularly shines the spotlight on a boy and girl player randomly selected from our class ranking lists. Beyond match scores and tournament results, the players reveal more about their interests and personalities. Get to know Amy Delman and Axel Botticelli.
College Bypassed in ITF World Tennis Tour Pathway
Conspicuously absent from the International Tennis Federation’s World Tennis Tour was any reference to college tennis's place in the new system. What does that mean for college players? How will that impact college programs? Colette Lewis explores the issues.
Ravichander Wins Boys 18s Title for Gold Ball Breakthrough
With motivational words written on his arm, Ishaan Ravichander captured the first gold ball of his career by winning the Boys 18s singles title at the USTA Winter National Championships in Lake Nona, Florida. Jeremie Casabon and Henry Ruger won the doubles crown.
Ma Joins Exclusive Company by Capturing Girls 18s Titles
Connie Ma became only the third player in the event's history to capture the Girls 18s singles and doubles titles at the USTA Winter National Championships in Lake Nona, Florida. The 15-year-old blue chip paired with Anna Campana to take home the doubles crown.
Maslova Rallies From a Set Down to Win Girls 16s Title
Nadejda Maslova rallied to capture the Girls 16s singles title at the USTA Winter Nationals in Lake Nona, Florida with a three-set victory over Leyden Games. Top seeds Ava Catanzarite and Avery Durham were crowned the doubles champions.
Ankle Injury Doesn't Slow Casper's Run to Boys 16s Title
Luke Casper's ankle injury didn't hinder his performance at the USTA Winter National Championships in Florida. The blue chip sophomore captured his first career gold ball by winning the Boys 16s singles title. Samir Banerjee and Louis Cloud won the doubles crown.
Bhakta Earns 14s Gold Ball for Birthday Celebration
Ria Bhakta celebrated her 14th birthday by capturing the Girls 14s singles title at Winter Nationals in Tucson, Arizona. Bhakta didn't drop a game in the final, beating Kinaa Graham 6-0, 6-0. Tsehay Driscoll and Emma Roeck won the doubles crown.
Gorzny Rallies in Final to Win Boys 14s Title
Sebastian Gorzny of Irvine, California rallied from a set down in the final to capture the Boys 14s singles title at the Winter Nationals in Tucson, Arizona. Lucas Brown and Aidan Kim won the doubles crown.
Nguyen, Yin Capture 12s Titles, First Gold Balls
Mason Nguyen and Amber Yin captured their first gold balls by winning the Boys 12s and Girls 12s singles titles, respectively, at Winter Nationals in Tucson, Arizona. Yin also won the doubles title.
USTA Debuts New Wild Card Linkage System for Americans
In response to the new ITF World Tennis Tour, the USTA has created an expanded wild card linkage system to help provide American players with opportunities to participate in professional events. Juniors and college players can earn merit-based wild cards at several major events in 2019.
Orange Bowl and Eddie Herr Winners Highlight Busy Month
Eddie Herr, Orange Bowl and Junior Orange Bowl champions produced some of the best performances in a busy month of junior tennis in the state of Florida. They span all ages and all divisions in this month's Aces.
Q&A with USTA's New Head of Men's Tennis Kent Kinnear
Kent Kinnear, the USTA's new Head of Men's Tennis, sat down with Colette Lewis at the Orange Bowl to discuss his new role, his future goals for player development and his thoughts on the new ITF World Tennis Tour.
College Coaches Reveal Their Favorite Christmas Gifts
From sports equipment to musical devices to trust funds, college coaches always remember their favorite Christmas gifts. Find out which gifts made the cut in a festive edition of our Coaching Roundtable.
Americans Sweep 12s Titles at Junior Orange Bowl
The top seeds in the 12s divisions dominated the competition in the 57th edition of the Junior Orange Bowl, with Americans Clervie Ngounoue and Rudy Quan claiming titles. Coleman Wong of Hong Kong and Melisa Ercan of Turkey made history for their countries in the 14s.
Rybakov, Gordon Capture Blizzard Wild Card Challenge Titles
TCU senior Alex Rybakov and Stanford sophomore Michaela Gordon won the Blizzard Wild Card Challenge titles at the USTA National Campus in Orlando. The All-Americans received wild cards into a professional event and spots on the 2019 USTA Collegiate National Team.
Hot 100 List - December 2018
It's time to unveil the December 2018 edition of the Hot 100. The Hot 100 features 100 boys and 100 girls who have been playing outstanding tennis. These players have substantially improved their rankings over the past month.
Nguyen's Own Blind Side Story Helped Him Reach USC
Daniel Nguyen had fallen so far behind academically in high school that being eligible for college seemed like a longshot. But a family helped get him back on track, setting the stage for a dynastical run at USC that saw him capture four NCAA team titles in four years.
Going the Distance to be Seen by College Coaches
Jasmine Caballero traveled from Phoenix, Arizona to Naples, Florida to participate in the Tennis Recruiting Network Showcase held in conjunction with the ITA Coaches Convention. The three-star junior stayed for only a day, but got exposure and experience.
Gauff and Virtanen Claim ITF Orange Bowl Titles
Americans Coco Gauff and Madison Sieg swept the girls singles titles at the Orange Bowl, and Otto Virtanen made history by becoming the first player from Finland to win a singles title at the prestigious event in Florida.
A Holistic View of Funding Junior Development
Following the pack isn't always the best way to develop a junior tennis player. Former college coach Dave Mullins believes parents may want to take a more holistic approach in spending money to help their children reach their potential.
EMU Starts Rebuilding Process After Program Reinstated
The Eastern Michigan University women's tennis team is scrambling to find players and matches for the spring season after the program was reinstated two weeks ago following a lawsuit. Jayson Wiseman was re-hired as the head coach, providing a steady paycheck again for the father of nine.
2018 Eddie Herr Champions Are Crowned
The United States had at least one finalist in six of the eight divisions in last week’s Eddie Herr International Tennis Championships, with two emerging as champions while local fans were treated to outstanding tennis in all eight finals.
Team USA Captures Master'U BNP Paribas Title
The United States captured its eighth title in 10 years at the Master'U BNP Paribas International Collegiate Team Competition last weekend. Florida's Oliver Crawford and Pepperdine's Ashley Leahy each won three singles matches in three days to help the Americans.
Brain Tumor Doesn't Keep Oberg From Playing at Portland
Days after signing his National Letter of Intent last year to play for the University of Portland, Nicklas Oberg received jarring news. Doctors found a tumor in his brain. The Texas native spent the next few months in a battle far greater than a tennis match.
Young Americans Net First Pro Singles Titles
The ATP and WTA professionals put away their racquets this month, but the ITF Pro Circuit and ITF Junior Circuit continue to produce notable performances. Find out which players made the cut for this month's Aces.
How Coaches Help Signed Recruits Stay Ready for College
Signing a National Letter of Intent can be a huge relief for recruits. But how do college coaches ensure players stay engaged in tennis and keep improving before they arrive on campus as freshman? Several gave their advice in this month's Coaching Roundtable.
Spotlight Players of the Week - Origen Grear & Deanna Lasorda
Each week, TRN shines the spotlight on a boy and girl player randomly selected from our class ranking lists. Beyond match scores and tournament results, the players reveal more about their interests and personalities. Get to know Origen Grear and Deanna Lasorda.
A Teacher at Hart: Get To Know Washington State's Coach
Washington State women's head coach Lisa Hart wanted to be an elementary school teacher. But after being offered an assistant coaching job at her alma mater, she fell in love with the profession. Hart combines both passions in guiding her programs.
Volynets Targets Continued Pro Circuit Success
Katie Volynets, 16, is making the transition from junior to pro tennis at the same time the ITF is radically changing its pathway for young players seeking a professional career. Volynets discusses her recent sucess, her best tennis memories and her love for music in a Q&A with Colette Lewis.
Hot 100 List - November 2018
It's time to unveil the November 2018 edition of the Hot 100. The Hot 100 features 100 boys and 100 girls who have been playing outstanding tennis. These players have substantially improved their rankings over the past month.
Spotlight Players of the Week - Megan Heuser and Joe O'Brien
Each week, TRN shines the spotlight on a boy and girl player randomly selected from our class ranking lists. Beyond match scores and tournament results, the players reveal more about their interests and personalities. Get to know Megan Heuser and Joe O'Brien.
Defending Champ Andreev, World No. 1 Burel Return to Eddie Herr
The ITF Grade 1 Eddie Herr Championships welcome back two of the top juniors in the ITF World Junior rankings, with 2017 boys champion Adrian Andreev of Bulgaria and 2017 girls finalist Clara Burel of France returning to the Har-Tru courts at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida.
Perez Takes Surgical Approach to Winning Title
Fabiola Perez, an aspiring surgeon, won the Girls 18s singles title at the TennisRecruiting.net National Junior Level 7 tournament last week in Miami. Perez didn't drop a set in three matches.
College of Charleston Honored for Community Service
The College of Charleston women's team won a $1,000 ITA grant for performing the most hours of community service in October. The Cougars made blankets for babies, visited pet shelters, raised money for St. Jude's and worked with Special Olympians among their many activities.
Signing Week 2018
With the Countdown now behind us, it's time for the main event. Tennis Recruiting and GAMMA are ready to kick off our coverage of Signing Week 2018 with a final look at the Blue Chip boys and girls.
Chinese Coaches Study College Tennis at Arizona State
The Federation of University Sports of China— the Chinese equivalent of the NCAA—has sent 25 coaches to Arizona State’s campus in Tempe this semester to learn what it takes to develop players at the Division I level.
Scary Good Performances in October Aces
Major tournaments in college and junior tennis along with the usual Pro and Pro Circuit events made for a busy month of October, with 19 different competitors earning time in the spotlight last month.
Strong Technical Foundation Should Start Young
It would make more sense to provide young players with the best technical foundation we can, according to columnist Dave Mullins. If they have high aspirational goals for their tennis after that, then the emphasis should probably switch to the tactical, mental and physical aspects of the game.
From Tennis to Rugby, Pheil Discovers A New Passion
Christiane Pheil was burned out from tennis after playing two years at the University of Colorado. She left the team to pursue different passions, and discovered rugby. Pheil is now a member of the USA Rugby women's national team and recently participated in the World Cup in Ireland.
Countdown: Blue Chip Girls
Last week we visited with the senior Blue Chip boys to find out how they are doing in the college recruiting process. Today, the girls get their turn. How many have decided? Which players are still wide open? And are any of them leaning towards your favorite school?
Coaches Weigh In On New Signing Window
The recruiting calendar has changed this year, with the signing period no longer broken into two separate windows. This year's seniors can now sign anytime from November 14, 2018 through August 1, 2019. How will this impact recruiting? We asked several coaches for this month's Roundtable.
Hot 100 List - October 2018
It's time to unveil the October 2018 edition of the Hot 100. The Hot 100 features 100 boys and 100 girls who have been playing outstanding tennis. These players have substantially improved their rankings over the past month.
Countdown: Blue Chip Boys
We kick off the second week of the Countdown to Signing Day with a look at the top boys in the senior class. This year's Blue Chip recruits talked with us about their decision process. Some have made verbal commitments, most have confirmed or taken their official visits, and some are still wide open. Take a look and see where things stand with the Class of 2019 ...
Nanda, Mandlik Earn First Grade 1 Titles
In a tournament greatly marred by weather delays, Govind Nanda and Elli Mandlik survived to capture their first ITF Grade 1 singles titles by winning the Pan American Closed last week at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte.
Countdown to Signing Day 2018
It's that time of year. We are less than a month away from the most important day on the college tennis recruiting calendar - Signing Day. November 14th is the opening of the signing period, when seniors can begin signing a National Letter of Intent with Division I and Division II schools. As always, the Tennis Recruiting Network is here to keep you up to date on everything.
Texas Tech's Masi Inspired By Wife's Cancer Battle
Texas Tech men's head coach Brett Masi can point to his wife as an example of resiliency for his players. She battled cancer twice and is now in remission. Learn more about Masi and his background in this month's "Meet The Coach."
USTA Player Development Announces New Coaching Leadership
USTA Player Development announced today that Ola Malmqvist has been promoted to Director of Coaching while Kathy Rinaldi and Kent Kinnear will take over as Head of Women’s and Men’s Tennis, respectively. Rinaldi will continue in her role as U.S. Fed Cup Captain.
Gonzaga's Whittle Completes Historic Run at ITA All-American
Gonzaga senior Sophie Whittle made a historic run to the singles title at the ITA All-American Championships. Despite badly spraining her ankle in the final, the qualifier and former four-star recruit became the first player in Gonzaga history to win an ITA National title.
Player Spotlight of the Week - Kida Ferrari and Will Ulrich
Each week, TRN shines the spotlight on a boy and girl player randomly selected from our class ranking lists. Beyond match scores and tournament results, the players reveal more about their interests and personalities. Get to know Kida Ferrari and Will Ulrich.
Evacuated UNCW Programs Give Back to Community
The University of North Carolina Wilmington tennis programs were forced to evacuate when Hurricane Florence hit. They spent more than three weeks away from campus before returning to practice on Monday. During their evacuation, they volunteered through the Red Cross to try and give back to the community and help residents.
Junior Fed Cup Leads Off September Stars
The final month of summer was another busy one. The last two junior slam champions of the year, were crowned, the Junior Davis and Junior Fed Cup championships were held and former college stars collected multiple titles. They are all featured in the Septembers Aces.
Spotlight Players of the Week - Lindsey Hofflander and Philip Bosman
Each week, TRN shines the spotlight on a boy and girl player randomly selected from our class ranking lists. Beyond match scores and tournament results, the players reveal more about their interests and personalities. Get to know Lindsey Hofflander and Philip Bosman.
Bickford Hits the Ground Running at William & Mary
Toni Bickford was hired last week as the women's head coach at William & Mary. Although the late start is not ideal, Bickford is using the late start as motivation to work even harder. The former Iowa star wants to prolong the Tribe's legacy of success.
From Coveted Recruit to Assistant Coach at Georgia Tech
Christy (Striplin) Lynch graduated from Georgia Tech with a degree in marketing. The former Jackets standout didn't plan on a career in coaching, but entered the field thanks to her husband's encouragement. She's back at her alma mater as an assistant coach trying to help the next generation of players.
Spotlight Players of the Week: Jenasis Yarrell, Fernando Bauermeister
Each week, TRN shines the spotlight on a boy and girl player randomly selected from our class ranking lists. Beyond match scores and tournament results, the players reveal more about their interests and personalities. Get to know Jenasis Yarrell and Fernando Bauermeister.
New ITF Heat Rule Scorches US Open Juniors
The ITF Junior Circuit's new extreme heat rule became a storyline at the recent U.S. Open Junior Championships. Several matches were delayed or suspended as temperatures soared in New York. Find out more about the rule and how it may impact tournaments in the future.
Hot 100 List - September 2018
It's time to unveil the September 2018 edition of the Hot 100. The Hot 100 features 100 boys and 100 girls who have been playing outstanding tennis. These players have substantially improved their rankings over the past month.
Garay is Getting a Second Chance to Pursue His College Dream
Former five-star Christian Garay didn't make academics a priority during his junior career and couldn't fulfill his dream of playing college tennis. But the 22-year-old has worked to earn a second chance as a 22-year-old freshman this season on the Point University men's team.
The Heat Was on Junior U.S. Open Champions
Brazil’s Thiago Seyboth Wild and China’s Xiyu Wang earned their countries’ first boys and girls U.S. Open Junior Championship titles under the roof of the new Louis Armstrong Stadium at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Americans Caty McNally and Coco Gauff won the girls doubles title.
Roundtable: Helping Freshmen Transition to College
Making the transition from high school to college can be a big change for incoming freshmen tennis players. How do programs help them acclimate? What resources are available on campus? We asked several coaches from around the country for this month's Coaching Roundtable.
I Practice All The Time, So Why Am I Losing?
Hard work and sacrifice are great attributes, but they don't always lead to the best results. Sometimes natural talent and genetics win out. Dave Mullins realized that during his junior career and once he started coaching.
Spotlight Players of the Week - Nicole Copeland and Charlie Suh
Each week, TRN shines the spotlight on a boy and girl player randomly selected from our class ranking lists. Beyond match scores and tournament results, the players reveal more about their interests and personalities. Get to know Nicole Copeland and Charlie Suh.
Kulikov is the Quarterback of USC Women's Tennis
Angela Kulikov loves playing quarterback in football nearly as much as she loves playing tennis. The USC junior began coaching her brother when she was sidelined with an injury, and has remained a student of the quarterbacking game ever since. She was recently recruited to play in a women's flag football league.
Division III Gets This Year's Hall of Fame Invitation
For the first time in the event's short history, Division III teams have been asked to participate in this year's Hall of Fame ITA Grass Court Invitational on September 14-16 in Newport, Rhode Island. Four men's programs and four women's programs from different colleges will be represented in the field.
Spotlight Players of the Week - Ava McQuillin and Eli Poole
Each week, TRN shines the spotlight on a boy and girl player randomly selected from our class ranking lists. Beyond match scores and tournament results, the players reveal more about their interests and personalities. Get to know Ava McQuillin and Eli Poole.
Team Effort Leads the List of August Standouts
August is arguably the most significant month on the tennis calendar in the United States, with the USTA National Junior Championships at the beginning and the U.S. Open at the end. Find out who were the notable performers from the month in Colette Lewis' latest Aces column.
Tennis Recruiting Welcomes the Class of 2025
Tennis Recruiting Network welcomes the Class of 2025 to the rankings this week. Among the young rising stars are sixth-graders Maximus "Deacon" Dussault, Thalia Smith, Max Exsted and Valerie Glozman. Chartiable, fashionable, creative and brand aware - find out more about them.
Gratitude Helps Pollock Rise to New Butler Men's Coach
Daniel Pollock started playing tennis on a court with caution tape for a net. Having come from a working-class family in the United Kingdom, Pollock was grateful for the opportunity to play college tennis and study in the United States. The new Butler men's head coach is trying to provide the same experience for his players.
Players Must Take Ownership of Their Recruiting Process
One of the most consistent messages Donovan Tennis Strategies hears from college coaches about the recruitment process is that they wish student-athletes would take more ownership of their own recruitment. It suggests the player may possess motivation, confidence and care, which are highly desirable characteristics of a future team member
Volynets and Klier Claim International Hard Court Titles
American Katie Volynets and Brazilian Gilbert Soares Klier Junior both earned their second International Tennis Federation Grade 1 titles last Saturday in College Park, Maryland. However, their last steps on their paths to Prince George’s County International Hard Court titles diverged.
Spotlight Players of the Week - Presley Thieneman, Lizanne Boyer
Each week, TRN shines the spotlight on a boy and girl player randomly selected from our class ranking lists. Beyond match scores and tournament results, the players reveal more about their interests and personalities. Get to know Presley Thieneman and Lizanne Boyer.
Oracle Grant Money Paying Dividends for Former College Stars
The financial stress of playing on the pro tour can be a burden for players transitioning from the college ranks. Mackenzie McDonald, Danielle Collins, Chris Eubanks and Francesca Di Lorenzo were given some relief with a $100,000 grant as recipients of the Oracle U.S. Tennis Awards. The former college stars have put the money to good use.
Hot 100 List - August 2018
It's time to unveil the August 2018 edition of the Hot 100. The Hot 100 features 100 boys and 100 girls who have been playing outstanding tennis. These players have substantially improved their rankings over the past month.
ITA Preparing to Launch College Tennis Alumni Network
The ITA is preparing to launch the College Tennis Alumni Network, an initiative designed to connect former college players, keep the fan base engaged and help grow and support college programs. Players and coaches can fill out a survey to provide feedback on how the network can serve their needs.
Spotlight Players of the Week - Marcella Cruz and Camden Lashley
Each week, TRN shines the spotlight on a boy and girl player randomly selected from our class ranking lists. Beyond match scores and tournament results, the players reveal more about their interests and personalities. Get to know Marcella Cruz and Camden Lashley.
Van Emburgh Beats Deadline, Opponents at ITA Championships
Jake Van Emburgh barely beat the deadline to enter the Oracle ITA National Summer Championships. The Oklahoma rising sophomore ended up winning the whole event, not dropping a single set on his run to the men's singles title last week at TCU's Bayard Friedman Tennis Center.
Brooksby Breezes to Kalamazoo 18s Title
Jensen Brooksby made it 2 for 2 in winning prestigious junior tournament titles this year. A few months after winning Easter Bowl, the TCU commit captured the Boys 18s singles title at the USTA National Championships in Kalamazoo.
Osuigwe Sweeps Girls 18s Titles, U.S. Open Wild Cards
Whitney Osuigwe captured the Girls 18s singles and doubles titles at the USTA Billie Jean King National Hard Court Championships in San Diego. Fighting back from an early deficit in singles, Osuigwe received wild cards into the main draw of the U.S. Open women's singles and doubles.
Damm Makes History with Kalamazoo 16s Title
Martin Damm became the youngest Boys 16s singles champion at the USTA National Championships in Kalamazoo since the age divison changed from 15 to 16 in 1963. The 14-year-old wild card defeated Zane Khan in straight sets in the final.
New Outfit, Lucky Penny Boost Crawley's Championship Outlook
A new outfit and a lucky penny provided Fiona Crawley peace of mind before she took the court for the Girls 16s singles final at the USTA Billie Jean King Hard Court National Championships. The blue chip captured the title in straight sets to earn a gold ball and a wild card into the U.S. Open Junior Championships.
Shang Powers Way to Boys 14s Title
Juncheng Shang added to his collection of titles at the USTA Boys 14s National Hard Court Championships. The Beijing native and Florida resident won the gold ball with a straight set victory over Nicholas Heng in the final in Mobile, Alabama
From Brink of Defeat to Girls 14s Champion, Yu Claws Back
Feeling the pressure as the top seed, Eleana Yu went from the brink of elimination to winning the singles title at the USTA Girls 14s National Hard Court Championships in Rome, Georgia. It marked the second straight national hard court title for Yu after winning the Girls 12s event last year.
Rudy Quan Continues To Roll in Alabama
Top-seeded Rudy Quan won his fifth straight national singles title by defeating Dylan Charlap in straight sets at the USTA Boys 12s National Hard Court Championships in Mobile, Alabama. Quan has yet to lose a set in his five title runs.
Puerto Rico's Perez Nets Two Gold Balls
Puerto Rico's Natalia Perez captured two gold balls at the USTA Girls 12s National Hard Court Championships in Alpharetta, Georgia. Perez outlasted doubles partner Brooklyn Olson in three sets in the singles final.
The USTA National Championships have now concluded - and gold balls have been awarded to your latest national champions. All week long, TRN celebrates these winners - from the East Coast to the West Coast - with coverage of the Nationals. Enjoy the 2018 edition of Championship Week.
Why College Coaches Like Recruiting Hard Court Nationals
It's a Who's Who of college tennis coaches this week at the USTA 16s and 18s National Hard Court Championships in Kalamazoo and San Diego. Coaches from all levels have flocked to the cities to scout potential players. In this month's Coaching Roundtable, we asked how valauble the event was in recruiting.
Gauff Gets Wins and Hugs From Little Brother in San Diego
Cori "Coco" Gauff has received hugs from her little brother Cameron, 5, after every match at the USTA Girls 18s National Hard Court Championships this week in San Diego. It's only the second tournament outside of their home state of Florida Cameron has been able to attend to watch his sister play.
Silverio Finds Spiritual Coaching Connection at Notre Dame
Alison Silverio grew up in the Midwest watching the movie Rudy and imagining herself playing at Notre Dame. She didn't play for the Fighting Irish, but she was just hired as the program's new head coach. The Ohio native spent the last four seasons in the same role at Oregon.
Things To Consider Before You Get To College
LSU men's co-head coach Andy Brandi offers his advice on what players should prepare for before arriving in college as freshmen. Will you have a car? Do you like your roommate? Are you eating healthy? There are a lot of things to consider beyond tennis.
King Enjoys Going to "Cool Places To Hit a Tennis Ball"
Professional tennis has its ups and downs, but Evan King keeps things in perspective. The Michigan graduate realizes how fortunate he is to play tournaments for a living, and has been having fun climbing the rankings over the years.
Kypson Set To Defend 18s Title; Chopra Top Seed in 16s
Patrick Kypson is returning to Kalamazoo this year to seek a third singles title at the USTA National Championships, a rare accomplishment in the tournament’s 75 years. Kypson is the top seed in the Boys 18s while Keshav Chopra is the No. 1 seed in the Boys 16s.
Spotlight Players of the Week - Stella Ribaudo and Blake Brown
Each week TRN shines the spotlight on a boy and girl player randomly selected from our class ranking lists. Beyond match scores and tournament results, the players reveal more about their interests and personalities. Get to know Stella Ribaudo and Blake Brown.
Current and Former College Stars Shine in July
From the grass of Wimbledon to the U.S. hard courts, the top performances of the month of July include titles by current juniors and nearly a dozen current and former collegians.