Zukic Discovers Home Away From Home at Western Michigan
Nejla Zukic could have stayed close to home and gone to Louisville, where her high school campus is located. But she wanted to gain some independence, and found a home away from home at Western Michigan. The four-star senior signed with the Broncos last month.
Spotlight Players of the Week - Joshua Nelson and Tianna Dixon
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 Joshua Nelson and Tianna Dixon.
Montgomery, Krueger Among Orange Bowl Singles Champions
Robin Montgomery, Thiago Tirante, Ashlyn Krueger and Daniel Rincon overcame every challenge to capture singles titles at the 73rd edition of the Orange Bowl in Florida. Tirante's victory secured the year-end No. 1 ITF World Junior ranking.
Hot 100 List - December 2019
It's time to unveil the December 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.
Four-Star Elizabeth Yu Bowed Over By Bowdoin
Elizabeth Yu was impressed when Bowdoin hired Ben Lamanna to take over the women's program. She made a visit to Maine, and realized she loved everything else about the school. The four-star senior from New Jersey is announcing her commitment to Bowdoin.
Bentz Leaves Comfort Zone by Choosing Erskine
Emma Bentz thought about playing it safe and attending college very close to home. But the three-star senior from Georgia decided to expand her horizons a bit by signing to play for Division II Erskine in South Carolina.
Spotllight Players of the Week: Marc Goedemans, Sally Walser
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 Marc Goedemans and Sally Walser.
Images from the Eddie Herr
The weather was perfect all week for this year's Eddie Herr
International Tennis Championships at the IMG Academy. No. 2 seed
Thiago Tirante (ARG) took the boys' title, while qualifier Eva Lys
(GER) surprised the girls' field. ZooTennis provided coverage of
the event - and submitted this gallery of photos.
Argentina's Tirante, Germany's Lys Claim Eddie Herr ITF Titles
The ITF Grade 1 Eddie Herr Championships at the IMG Academy produced expected and unexpected winners, with No. 2 seed Thiago Tirante of Argentina taking the boys title and qualifier Eva Lys of Germany earning the girls title.
Americans Sweep Eddie Herr 16s Titles, Historic 12s India Win
American players swept the 16s division titles at the Eddie Herr International Championships at IMG Academy, with the United States capturing all four championships in that age group. Manas Dhamne made history in the 12s, becoming the first player from India to win an Eddie Herr singles title.
X Marks the Spot for Five-Star Imani Graham
Imani Graham's recruitment to Xavier was unlike anything head coach Doug Matthews had ever experienced. The dream scenario became a reality for the Musketeers when the five-star senior from Florida signed with the program last month.
Spotlight Players of the Week: Alessandra Armour, Patrick Cronin
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 Alessandra Armour and Patrick Cronin.
Alternate Reality: Billups Takes Advantage of Showcase Entry
Leyton Billups arrived for the TRN College Showcase at the ITA Coaches Convention on Sunday as an alternate. After somone pulled out of the draw, the junior took advantage of the opportunity to help get seen by coaches and pursue his dream of playing college tennis.
Cadeau Drawn to Howard and Benefits of HBCUs
Attending an HBCU wasn't a requirment for Justin Cadreau. But once he visited Howard University, the three-star from New Jersey realized how much the school had to offer. Cadreau fulfilled a lifelong goal by signing with Howard this week.
Collegians Past and Present Have November to Remember
Tennis eases into its off-season in November, at least on the Tour level, but the opportunity to start 2020 on a positive note keeps those striving to move up competing throughout the month. Current and former collegians had impressive results to highlight the monthly Aces column.
FGCU Players Run Their Own Free Clinics to Give Back
The Florida Gulf Coast University women's team hosts at least five free clinics each fall as a way to give back to kids in the local community. The players plan and run every clinic while their coach watches from the sidelines.
Coachspeak: Talking Points for Recruits to College Coaches
Communication is paramount in the recruiting process. But what are the most important questions for recruits to ask during their correspondence with college coaches? We provide a list of essential talking points to find out as much as possible about a school, program and coach.
Spotlight Players of the Week: Casey Hishinuma, McKenna Wheatley
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 Casey Hishinuma and McKenna Wheatley.
Action Shots from the Broward Turkey Classic
Happy Thanksgiving! Earlier this month, players converged on the
Tennis Center of Coral Springs for an adiplayer National Showcase
Tournament. Photographer Fritz Moore was onhand to capture action
shots from the event.
Giving Thanks: College Coaches Express Holiday Gratitude
Thanksgiving Day is a time to express gratitude for the things and people in your life. In honor of the holiday, we asked college coaches around the country what they are thankful for in our latest edition of the Coaching Roundtable.
Keeping Up: Capital City Classic Debuts at Michigan State
Michigan State saw the trend spreading around the country, so the Spartans decided to host the state's first men’s professional tournament since 1988. The $15,000 USTA Pro Circuit Capital City Tennis Classic debuted last week, providing Michigan State players an opportunity to sample professional tennis.
Spotlight Players of the Week - Yann Zigman and Lily Aranyos
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 Yann Zigman and Lily Aranyos.
Hot 100 List - November 2019
It's time to unveil the November 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.
Nott Begins New Chapter at UT-Rio Grande Valley
After starting his coaching career with a Power Five conference program, West Nott has returned to college tennis with a program more removed from the national spotlight. Nott has taken over as the women's head coach at the University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley.
Ten Things to Know About the USTA Junior Structure Changes
Beginning in January of 2021, the USTA is making changes to its competitive junior structure. There are 10 important things to know about the changes to get everyone prepared and informed.
Columbia Stands Out for Ravichander
Ishaan Ravichander took as many visits as possible during his recruiting process. The blue chip senior from New Jersey didn't want to overlook any options. He found everything he was looking for at Columbia University, and made his commitment in October.
Flach Works to Earn SEC Opportunity at Auburn
Adeline Flach wasn't high on the recruiting radar once her family returned from living France after her sophomore year of high school. But the five-star senior from Georgia worked hard to gain notice from college coaches, including Auburn. Flach is signing with the Tigers.
Middleton Values Family Feel at Arizona
Jett Middleton gained perspective on the importance of family after his sister died of a drug overdose. The five-star senior wanted to find a college program that made him feel at home, and Arizona was the best fit. Middleton will be signing with the Wildcats.
Blue Chip Leustian Gearing Up For UCLA
Blue chip senior Stefan Leustian committed to UCLA last week, and will celebrate Signing Day today by making it official with the Bruins. The blue chip senior just may not have any UCLA gear available to wear in the photo that he sends to head coach Billy Martin.
Smith on the Player-Coach Relationship
Peter Smith has gone through the recruiting process as a player, a coach and a parent. The NCAA title winner says the relationship between the player and head coach is an integral piece in making a decision about where to sign.
Blue Chip Duong Finds Warm Welcoming at Illinois
Katherine Duong thought she wanted to play college tennis on the West Coast. But after a friend joined the team at Illinois, Duong decided to make a visit. The blue chip senior felt right at home, and will be signing to play for the Illini this week.
Fall Signing Week 2019
At long last, welcome to Signing Week! Signing Day is this Wednesday, November 13, and we are ready to rock. TRN and CrampsAway kick things off with a look at the schedule and an update on the Blue Chip boys and girls.
South Carolina ITF Photo Gallery
Rain hampered the South Carolina ITF in Lexington, S.C., causing short
scoring to be utilized to complete the tournament that took place at
the end of last month. Freshman Elena Yu of Mason, Ohio, won the
girls' singles title, while Canadian Samuel Paquette took the boys'
championship. Check out images from photographer Bill Kallenberg.
Blue Chip Tracy Bound for Buckeyes
Having grown up an Ohio State fan, J.J. Tracy didn't want his affinity for the school to cloud his judgment in selecting a college. The blue chip senior realized the Buckeyes were the perfect fit for many more reasons after making his official visit.
Han Finds a Great Tennis Home in Oklahoma
Nathan Han lived only three minutes away from a tennis academy when his family moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma. He decided to begin taking lessons, and discovered his love for the sport. The senior will be staying close to home for college by signing with Oklahoma.
Pierce Ready to Make it Official with Western Michigan
Brogan Pierce committed to Western Michigan during his junior year. The three star from Illinois never doubted his chioce, and his eager to sign his letter of itent to play for the Broncos once the signing period opens next week.
Pet Project: Campanella's Heart Set on Rhode Island
Grace Campanella had her heart set on attending Rhode Island to study to be a vet and play Division I tennis. A coaching change nearly disrupted her plans, but things worked out in the end. The four-star senior from Maine is signing with Rhode Island.
Luehrman Takes Initiative to Connect with Quinnipiac
Alexandra Luehrman believed she was better than her results showed on paper, and hoped Quinnipiac would feel the same. The two-star senior reached out before a showcase event, and was eventually offered a spot in the program.
Images from the Open
It's been almost two months since the US Open Junior Tennis
Championships took place in New York, where both singles events were
won by No. 4 seeds - Jonas Forejtek of the Czech Republic and Maria
Camila Osorio Serrano of Colombia. Photographer Bill Kallenberg was on
hand for the entire event, and it took us a while to process the photos
of 118 players who competed in this event. Check them out ...
No Tricking: October Filled With Ace-Worthy Performances
In a month chock full of highlights, no fewer than seven juniors claimed their first Pro Circuit titles, and one earned her first WTA title. In Asia, the ITF’s Junior Finals and WTA Futures Stars provided showcases for young players, while two seniors claimed the first ITA Division I collegiate major of the season.
Roundtable: Post-Signing Communication Strategy
Talking with coaches frequently is common during the recruiting process. But what happens once players sign their National Letter of Intent? How much communication should players still expect? We address that topic in the latest Coaching Roundtable.
From Hawaii to Idaho, Kunimoto Feels at Home with Bengals
Hawaii's Keilyn Kunimoto never expected to attend Idaho State. But once the four-star senior took an official visit to the school with her parents, she fell in love. Kunitomo will trade in beaches for colder winters when she signs with the Bengals.
Duke's Loyalty Stands Out For Blue Chip Vallabhaneni
After he injured his wrist, Niroop Vallabhaneni noticed the interest of some schools waning. But Duke coach Ramsey Smith never wavered in his support, and Vallabhaneni noticed. The blue chip senior plans to sign with the Blue Devils once the signing period opens in November.
Countdown: Blue Chip Girls
Signing Day will be here before you know it, and recruiting is heating to a boiling point. Last week we looked at the boys ... today we check in on the Blue Chip Girls. Take a look at the status of some of the top girls in the Class of 2020.
Action Shots from Columbus Day
Earlier this month, strong players converged on Delray Beach for the
Columbus Day Open, a USTA Level 2. Third-seeded Ben Shelton won the
Boys' 18 Singles Title, while No. 8 seed Abigail Rencheli took home
the Girls' 18 Championship. Take a look at photographer Fritz Moore's
action photos from the event ...
Last Minute Visit Leads Blue Chip Braswell to Longhorns
Blue chip senior Micah Braswell initially committed to Florida State. But after some changes to coaching staffs, Braswell decided to visit the University of Texas and realized it was a better fit. He will be signing to play for the defending national champions.
Keeping An Open Mind Leads Four-Star Falcon to Emory
Samantha Falcon didn't think she wanted to attend college in the South. But after taking a visit to Emory, the four-star senior realized she was wrong. Falcon loved everything about the school, and is excited about a new adventure in Atlanta.
Hot 100 List - October 2019
It's time to unveil the October 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.
Rademacher Finds Everything She Wants at Wichita State
Bianca Rademacher wanted to find a Division I program relatively close to home in Lincoln, Nebraska, where she grew up playing tennis and helps teach young children the sport. The four-star senior found the perfect fit at Wichita State, and has committed to the Shockers.
Countdown: Blue Chip Boys
Signing Week is just a few weeks away, when high school tennis players begin to formally commit to college tennis programs. We have been talking with many tennis players about their decision process, and today we check in with the Blue Chips in the Class of 2020. Take a look at where things stand ...
Montgomery and Hotard Earn Pan American Closed Titles
Robin Montgomery and Welsh Hotard put together impressive runs last week to win their first International Tennis Federation Grade 1 titles at the Pan American Closed in Nicholasville, Kentucky. Montgomery and Hotard secured their titles with straight-set victories in the final.
Blue Chip Alex Lee Sees Great Potential at Stanford
Alex Lee sees an example of college to pro success nearly every day while training with Dominik Koepfer. The blue chip senior from Illinois is hoping to chart a similar course at Stanford. Lee will sign with the Cardinal once the signing period begins in mid-November.
Jarvis Sees Opportunity at Division II Mississippi College
Joe Jarvis could have joined a Division I program to fulfill a childhood goal. But the four-star from Texas saw a better opportunity for playing time at Division II Mississippi College. Jarvis will be signing with the program, and joining his older brother on the roster.
Rencheli Makes Emotional Commitment to N.C. State
Abigail Rencheli was flooded with emotion after her whirlwind recruitment by N.C. State led a commitment to play for the Wolfpack. The blue chip senior came to the United States with her family from Moldova when she was young and worked hard to get an opportunity to play in college.
Countdown to Signing Day 2019
College Signing Day is just a little under a month away. November 13 is the first day of the college signing period, the first opportunity for this year's seniors to sign National Letters of Intent with Division I or Division II schools. As always, The Tennis Recruiting Network and CrampsAway are here to keep you up to date on all the happenings.
Pan American Open ITF Photo Gallery
Colette Lewis of ZooTennis provided excellent coverage of the ITF Pan
American Open from its new home at Top Seed Tennis Club in
Nicholasville, Ky. She also submitted this photo gallery with action
shots of many of the participants ...
Gator Grad Cercone Transitions from Player to USTA Administrator
Tennis has been the focus of former University of Florida Gator Alex Cercone throughout most of her life. In her position at the USTA’s National Campus, Cercone looks at tennis from a different perspective: as an administrator of the organization’s national junior tournaments.
Dartmouth Offered Everything Five-Star Andy Ilie Wanted
Andy Ilie had a good feeling about Dartmouth on his visit last January. A coaching change in the summer didn't sway his opinion. It actually solidified it. The five-star senior from Connecticut has committed to play for the Big Green.
Fliegner Commitment to Michigan Hits Close to Home
Julia Fliegner grew up wanting to play for Michigan and stay close to home. Once she got the offer on her official visit to campus, the five-star junior didn't hesistate to commit. She will be joining a team filled with close friends.
Wyoming's Clower Hasn't Let MS Impact His Coaching Climb
Wyoming women's coach Dean Clower was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis at age 23. But Clower never let it hinder his dreams. He credits two coaches for saving his life and keeping him motivated to excel in the profession.
Spotlight Players of the Week - Daniel Antov, Jordan Schildcrout
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 Daniel Antov and Jordan Schildcrout.
Top Juniors, Current Collegians Excel in September
September was another busy month for top juniors, beginning with the U.S. Open in New York and ending with the Junior Fed Cup and Junior Davis Cup competitions in Lake Nona, Florida. Current collegians also stepped into the spotlight, with four of them capturing titles on the USTA Pro Circuit last month.
Team USA Wins Unprecedented 3rd Straight Junior Fed Cup Title
The United States won an unprecedented third straight Junior Fed Cup title, and was able to celebrate on home soil at the USTA's National Campus in Lake Nona, Florida. Japan captured the Junior Davis Cup title with a victory over the U.S. in the final.
ITA/TRN Showcase Tournament Returns to Coaches Convention
TennisRecruiting.net will again conduct the ITA/TRN Showcase Tournament in conjunction with the ITA Coaches Convention on Sunday, December 8th at the Naples Grande Beach Resort in Naples, Florida.
Support System Guides Chervinsky to Virginia Commitment
Elaine Chervinsky only needed to make one visit before knowing she wanted to commit to the University of Virginia. The blue chip junior has received a lot of support from family and coaches to give her the opportunity to play high-level tennis. She doesn't take it for granted.
Need a Checklist to Stay on Track for College? Check This Out
Staying on track to be eligible to play in college can be an extensive undertaking. The USTA has created a checklist for prospective student-athletes that is broken down by high school grade levels.
Hiryur Helps Honor Coach with Commitment to Dayton
Ronit Hiryur called his first coach after he committed to Dayton. The five-star senior from Ohio wanted to share the news with the person who inspired him to play. Alan Aure died a few days later, and Hiryur hopes to honor him through his performance on the court in college.
Bailey Finds Another Head Coaching Opportunity at Charlotte
Kyle Bailey was waiting for another chance to become a head coach. He saw a great opportunity for growth at Charlotte, and took over the men's program earlier this month. The former South Carolina assistant has relied on key mentors to help him reach his goals.
Cohen Had a Good Feeling About Richmond From the Start
Carly Cohen had a good feeling about the University of Richmond from the very start. But the four-star senior from Ohio wanted to consider every option before making a decision. Nothing compared as favorably, and Cohen has committed to the Spiders.
Images from the Sunshine State Open
Abhishek Thorat and Isabella Rojas Rigoris won the 14s singles titles
at the Sunshine State Open in Delray Beach, Fla., both winning their
championship matches in straight sets. Frequent contributer Fritz
Moore was onhand and photographed the event ...
Family Plan: Geller Joins Brother at Stanford
Ana Geller was interested in attending Stanford because of the school's success in tennis and strong academic reputation. Having her older brother, Axel, playing for the men's team was an added perk. The siblings will reconnect on The Farm, with Ana having committed to Stanford earlier this summer.
Hot 100 List - September 2019
It's time to unveil the September 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.
Gratitude is the Hallmark of Aprill's Tennis Journey
From positive role models to an emotional outlet to a college opportunity, Brandon Aprill appreciates everything tennis has provided him. The four-star senior from Mountain View, California has committed to continue his career at Carnegie Mellon University.
SMU Tops the List: Five-Star Krall Commits to Mustangs
Liam Krall is announcing his commitment to SMU. The five-star senior from Bronxville, New York likes the school's location, smaller size and opportunity to grow as a player and person.
Action Shots from the Florida Summer Smash Sectionals
Two Florida Summer Smash Sectional events traditionally take place in
late August on different weekends in Delray Beach. The girls' event
was disrupted by Hurricane Dorian and has been postponed until late
October. Photographer Fritz Moore was on site at the Boy's Summer
Smash - check out those images here ...
Osorio Serrano and Forejtek Capture U.S. Open Titles
Colombia’s Maria Camila Osorio Serrano and Czech Republic’s Jonas Forejtek captured the U.S. Open Junior singles titles and took over the top spot in the ITF world junior rankings with victories over Americans in the finals.
From Three-Star to All-American, Touliatos Thrives in College
Preston Touliatos was a three-star recruit with hardly any offers out of high school. After playing one year at Eastern Illinois, he transferred to Tennessee as a walk-on and developed into a doubles All-American for the Vols. Touliatos is now pursuing a pro career before entering med school.
Dickson Puts in the Work to Earn Division I Opportunity
Jonah Dickson realized he had ground to make up if he wanted an opportunity to play Division I tennis. The Southern California native worked to improve his game and the results followed. The four-star senior has committed to Boston University.
Backed By Players, Whitlinger Promoted to Furman Head Coach
The Furman men's players wrote emails and met with administrators championing the promotion of J.J. Whitlinger to head coach of the program. The support helped boost Whitlinger's spirits during the long coaching search process, which ended with him getting his first chance to be a head coach.
Spotlight Players of the Week - Ryan Day and Madeline Monroy
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 Ryan Day and Madeline Monroy.
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.
Coaching a Major Influence in Snyder Committing to UCF
Coaching helped Quinn Snyder grow more confident in himself. He's hoping coaching at the college level can improve his development even more. The five-star senior from New Jersey has committed to the University of Central Florida.
Pomona Makes a Friendly Impression on Moore-Thomson
Samantha Moore-Thomson received a warm welcome on her recruiting visit to Pomona College. The four-star senior from Denver realized she wanted to play for a Division III program and Pomona-Pitzer checked all the boxes.
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.
International Hard Courts Photo Gallery
Check out photos of all singles quarterfinalists of the International
Hard Court Championships held last month at The Junior Tennis
Champions Center in College Park, Md. ZooTennis was on hand the entire
week to cover the event.
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.
Andreach's Search Starts and Ends with Notre Dame
Julia Andreach fell in love with the idea of playing for Notre Dame at a young age. She just needed to make sure she chose it for the right reasons. After a thorough search process, the five-star rising senior committed to the Fighting Irish.
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.
Images from Kalamazoo
For the 77th consecutive year, Kalamazoo hosted the USTA Boys' 18 and
16 National Tennis Championships. As usual, Director Mark Riley and
his dedicated staff put on a first-class event. Photographer Bill
Kallenbeg was on hand to take photos for TRN.
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.
Injury Helps UCLA-Bound Ong Realize Benefits of College
Vanessa Ong was focused on a pro career until suffering an injury that sidelined her for a prolonged period. It opened her eyes to the benefits of college, and the blue-chip rising senior from Oklahoma has committed to play for UCLA.
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.
Hawaii's Brilhante Gets Discovered By Pacific
Maile Brilhante knew it would be hard to get recruited to play Division I college tennis while living in Hawaii. But the four-star rising senior never gave up on her dream, and received an offer from the University of the Pacific. She committed last month.
Action Shots from the Broward Summer Championships
Last month photographer Fritz Moore took photos at the Broward Summer
Level 6 Championships in Coral Springs, Fla. Matches were played at
the Cypress Hammock Park Tennis Center.
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.
Boys 18 and 16 Clay Courts Nationals Photo Gallery
The USTA Boys 18 and 16 Clay Court Championships took place in the
beautiful seaside city of Delray Beach, Fla., in mid-July. This
prestigious event consists of over 440 of the top-ranked boys in the
16s and 18s age divisions from across the United States. Fritz
Moore was on site to capture this event in photos.
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.
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.
Baylor Provides Panic Relief for Blue Chip Boch-Collins
Audrey Boch-Collins started to worry when college coaches didn't respond to her emails right away. Baylor helped relieve her stress by showing interest. The blue chip rising senior from Las Vegas committed to the Lady Bears last month.
Rome USTA Level 2 Photo Gallery
The beautiful 51-court Rome Tennis Center at Berry College was home to
a USTA National L2 last weekend featuring both boys and girls in the
16s and 18s divisions. Singles champions were McHaley Ho (Frisco,
Texas) and Sarah Hamner (Fort Collins, Colo.) in the girls 16s and
18s, respectively - while Herrick Thomas Legaspi (Sacramento, Calif.)
and Anuj Watane (Orlando, Fla.) won the 16s and 18s singles titles for
the boys. Photographer Bill Kallenberg was onhand to capture the
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.
Images from the Delray Beach National Showcase
The adiplayer National Showcase Series features open tournaments
across the country. Photographer Fritz Moore was onhand to take
photos at the event in Delray Beach, Fla., in mid-June. Check out
these action shots from the beautiful ProWorld facility.
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.
Fishback Bucks Stereotypes to Become High-Level Recruit
Ryan Fishback is not your typical blue chip recruit. He doesn't attend an academy. He plays multiple sports in high school. But it didn't prevent the New York native from fulfilling his college dreams. Fishback has verbally committed to Virginia Tech.
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."
Schneider Makes It Official After One Visit to Ohio State
Lara Schneider only made one college visit during her recruiting process. That was all she needed to realize Ohio State was the right fit. The five-star rising senior from South Carolina has verbally committed to the Buckeyes.
Blue Chip Gawande Leaps at the Chance to Attend Harvard
Sanyukta Gawande may be a star on the tennis court, but she continues to attend gymnastics practice for nine hours each week. The blue chip rising senior embraces high-level challenges, and has committed to play at Harvard.
Action Shots from the Plantation ITF
Rising junior Gianna Pielet and rising sophomore Alexander Bernard won
the Plantation ITF in May. Director Lowell Coffman ran this event at
the Frank Veltri Tennis Center - and photographer Fritz Moore of Avos
Studios was onhand to capture the competition.
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.
Blue Chip McKennon Feels Wanted By ASU
Max McKennon noticed how invested the Arizona State coaches were in his recruitment process. The blue chip rising senior from Newport Beach, California appreciated their commitment, and returned the favor by committing to the Sun Devils.
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.
Creath Ready to Write Her Next Chapter at Tennessee
Callie Creath enjoys reading a good book whenever possible. The five-star recruit from Texas is ready to open a new chapter in her life this fall when she arrives at Tennessee to join the Lady Vols. Creath signed with the program in December.
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
Five-Star Lovett Ready for New Experiences at Tulane
Henry Lovett wanted to leave California for a new experience in college. The five-star senior from Los Angeles signed with Tulane, a revived program built on recruits like Lovett looking for unique challenges.
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.
Delray Beach National Open Photo Gallery
The City of Delray Beach is host to many tournaments - including the
2nd Annual USTA National Open L3 PIM Open. Photographer Fritz Moore
was onhand to capture images from the event that featured Boys and
Girls 18s divisions.
Images from the NCAA D-III Championships
When the NCAA Men's and Women's Division III Championships are in
Kalamazoo, you know that Colette Lewis and ZooTennis are going to be
all over it. Check out images of all 16 quarterfinalists from the
singles tournament ...
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.
Action Shots from the Delray Beach ITF
In late April the 9th Annual Delray Beach ITF was played at two clay
court sites in Delray Beach. Tournament Director Ivan Baron directed
this event with over 225 players competing. Photographer Fritz Moore
was on-site to take photos for TRN.
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.
Prinyarux Finds a Division I Match in Rutgers
Alisa Prinyarux didn't think her game was good enough to play Division I. But once she stopped worrying and started having fun, Prinyarux improved and received Division I interest. The five-star junior from Kansas has committed to Rutgers.
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.
ISC Spring Championships Gallery
The USTA International Spring Championships took place early last
month at the USTA Training Center in Carson, Calif. Top seeds won both
18s events - as Liam Draxl and Hurricane Tyra Black won titles. In the
16s, unseeded players carried the week with Alexander Chang and
Winta Woldeab emerging victorious. Take a look at action shots captured
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 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.
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.
Images from the Easter Bowl
The USTA National Championships - Easter Bowl was held at the
beautiful Indian Wells Tennis Garden in California late last month.
David Kenas was there - and he captured these fantastic photos for
Childhood Friendship Leads Dostanic to USC
Stefan Dostanic's childhood friendship with Colter Smith helped lead the blue chip senior to signing with USC. Smith is the son of USC head coach Peter Smith, and the families became close over the years.
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.
Nick Forester Taking Unique Playing Style to Bates
Nick Forester and his ambidextrous playing style will be gracing the courts at Bates College in the fall. The three-star senior from Maine plays with two forehands, having adopted the approach when he was 9.
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."
Timing Was Right for Giddens and Auburn
Blue chip junior Maxwell Giddens didn't know he was going to commit to Auburn during his visit last weekend. But once he sensed the moment was right, Giddens decided to tell his parents and futures coaches he wanted to be a Tiger.
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.
Action Shots from the Georgia Bowl
Last weekend, the 52-court tennis center in Rome, Ga., was home to the
Georgia Bowl - a USTA National Level 3 Tournament. Great spring
weather cooperated until the last day when some of the finals had to
be cancelled due to rain. Benjamin Koch took home the Boys' 18 singles
title, while Jenna Thompson and Ava Hrastar were not able to get their
Girls' 18s singles title match in. Photographer Bill Kallenberg was on
site to get some great photos.
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.
South African Connection Helps Texas Land Ryngler
South African tennis connections helped kickstart the recruiting process that led Lexi Ryngler to sign with the University of Texas women's team. Ryngler is completing high school a year early to be eligible to play for the Longhorns next fall.
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.
Neighborhood Chores Help Lead Martin to Georgia Tech
Andres Martin did neighborhood chores to help pay for his tournament entry fees when he was younger. The work paid off as the blue chip senior has signed to play with Georgia Tech and will be staying close to home for college.
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.
Unofficial Family Visit Leads DeSpain to Clemson
Ali DeSpain didn't think she would end up attending Clemson. But once she walked on campus and met the coaches, she couldn't envision herself anywhere else. The blue chip senior has signed to stay close to home with the Tigers
USTA Spring Team Championships Photo Gallery
The Mobile Area Tennis Association hosted the USTA National Spring
Team Championships for the 14s, 16s, and 18s divisions during the
first weekend in March. The players had to contend with rain, wind and
cool weather, but the Firecrakers and Patriots came away with
championships. ZooTennis was on site and submitted this gallery.
Gibbons Goes Green By Committing to Dartmouth
Anders Gibbons will be attending college three time zones away from his Seattle home. The four-star senior has committed to play at Dartmouth in New Hampshire. He made his decision after his final unofficial visit.
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.
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.
Crowley Comes Full Circle By Signing with Northwestern
Briana Crowley first attended tennis camp at Northwestern when she was 8 years old. The blue chip senior will be returning to the courts, only this time as a member of the team. The blue chip senior has signed with the Wildcats.
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.
Bickersteth Gets "Dream" Offer From Michigan
Jacob Bickersteth grew up dreaming about staying close to home and having his family watch him play for Michigan. Once he received an offer from the Wolverines, the five-star junior didn't hesistate to commit.
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.
Images from Smith Stearns Championships
Late January saw icy weather across the country, and even beautiful
Hilton Head Island in South Carolina saw lower-than-average
temperatures. Smith Stearns Tennis Academy hosted one of many USTA
National Level 3 tournaments that weekend, attracting close to 200
players from across the country to compete in the 18s, 16s, and 14s
divisions. Check out photographer Bill Kallenberg's action shots
from the event ...
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.