Alabama's Alison Baumgardner Broke SEC Gender Barriers
Roberta Alison Baumgardner became the first woman in Southeastern Conference history to play a varsity sport when she joined the Alabama’s men’s tennis team in 1963. She didn't seek to become a gender trailblazer, though. She just wanted to face good competition.
Kvitova, Tiafoe Among All-Time Great April Aces
With no tennis last month, Colette Lewis decided to continue the 12-year run of her monthly Aces column by featuring 16 teenagers, highlighted in previous Aprils, who went on to reach the ATP and WTA Top 100.
Blue Chip Cooksey Opts For Maize and Blue
Blue chip Will Cooksey grew up as a University of Michigan fan, so his recent verbal commitment to the program is hardly a surprise. The 16-year-old from Grosse Pointe Shores, Michigan will be the third generation in his family to attend Michigan.
Five-Star Derek Hsieh Selects University of Chicago
As a five-star recruit, New Jersey’s Derek Hsieh drew interest from many Division I programs. But the 17-year-old high school senior wanted to emphasize the academic side of the recruiting equation, which led him to verbally commit to Division III’s University of Chicago.
ITA's Tennis For America Aims to Establish Year of Service
The ITA is introducing a new nationwide pilot program, Tennis for America. Based on a Year of Service model, it provides 12 months of paid, full-time community work for young Americans transitioning from college to professional careers.
Short Month of Tennis, But No Shortage of Aces
With tennis coming to an abrupt halt on March 12, an abbreviated version of the monthly Aces column seemed likely. Yet with just two weeks worth of competition, 17 performances stood out, including three ITA National Indoor champions crowned on the first day of the month.
Unexpected Visit Results in Texas Tech Commitment For Evans
Kailey Evans didn't plan to visit Texas Tech during her college recruiting process. But once the blue chip junior did, she realized she wanted to play for the Red Raiders and made a verbal commitment.
Basavareddy Deals With Abrupt End to ITF Caribbean Event
Nishesh Basavareddy and three other U.S. boys experienced an abrupt ending to a USTA-led trip to Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic for Junior ITF events because of the COVID-19 virus pandemic. They all made it home safely.
Blue Chip Montgomery Hits Jackpot in Las Vegas
The odds were against an unranked teenager capturing a $25,000 tournament in just her fourth professional-level event. But 15-year-old blue chip Robin Montgomery rolled the dice and came up a winner last week at the Oracle Pro Series event in Las Vegas.
Pratt's Persistence Leads to Northwestern
When five-star recruit Sydney Pratt was growing up in Chicago, she occasionally participated in tournaments at the Northwestern University campus. But playing for the Wildcats seemed an unattainable dream as she entered high school. That is no longer the case.
February's Top Performing Players Spanned the Ages
The month of February provided a host of highlights, with players aged 13 to 35 winning titles in Australia, North and South America and Europe. In addition, college tennis crowned three new national indoor champions and a trio of former collegiate stars earned ATP Challenger titles.
Texas Tech Opportunity Opens Doors for Talaba
Gabriela Talaba was unsure about her future while playing pro events at age 18. A conversation about college tennis led the Romanian to an opportunity at Texas Tech. It's a decision that gave Talaba a brighter outlook on and off the court.
Blue Chip Coleman Commits To Blue Devils
After taking her official visits last fall, Ellie Coleman was still mulling her college choice. The 16-year-old high school junior believed there was too much at stake to rush her decision, so it wasn’t until last month that blue chip verbally committed to Duke.
From Division III to Pro Tennis: Talking with Eudice Chong
Few Division III graduates pursue careers in professional tennis, but Eudice Chong was an outlier from the very beginning of her career at Wesleyan. The 23-year-old Hong Kong native discusses the improvements she's made, her future goals and Wesleyan's sustaining success.
Current and Former Collegians Highlight Last Month's Standouts
Current and former collegians provide the bulk of a dozen highlights from the first month of the decade, but young competitors from ages 13 to 18 also chalked up notable results last month, including the year’s first junior slam champions.
Nakashima Makes Next Step From Virginia to Pro Tour
After experiencing success in professional events and gaining confidence he could contend at that level, Brandon Nakashima decided to leave the University of Virginia after his freshman season. The San Diego native believes he gained a lot of positives from his one season in college tennis.
Eight Intriguing Questions for 2020
Each year Colette Lewis looks ahead to an assortment of issues facing college and junior tennis, with two of the questions for the 2020 edition focusing on where two crown jewel events will be held. Find out the answers to this year's Eight Intriguing Questions.
Captain Kathy: Talking with USTA's Head of Women's Tennis
Kathy Rinaldi is the head of women's tennis at the USTA and the United States Fed Cup captain. She recently sat down with Colette Lewis to discuss her roles, her thoughts on U.S. tennis and her best piece of advice for parents.
Florida is the Focus for December's Aces
The three major junior tennis tournaments in Florida last month produced a remarkably consistent cast of characters as the year came to a close. Their performances in Eddie Herr, Orange Bowl and Junior Orange Bowl highlight the December Aces.
Yakoff and Basavareddy Capture Junior Orange Bowl 14s Titles
Overcoming rain and a compressed schedule, Americans Stephanie Yakoff and Nishesh Basavareddy took the 14s titles at the 58th edition of Junior Orange Bowl in Coral Gables, Florida. Mirra Andreeva of Russia and Benjamin Gusic Wan of Great Britain claimed the championships in the 12s division.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jachuck Heading to Harvard
Ronan Jachuck did his homework before deciding where to attend college. The blue chip senior found the right fit - athletically and academically - at Harvard. Jachuck verbally committed last February, and received his "likely letter" this month.
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.
Drummy's Journey Leads to Vanderbilt
Georgia Drummy moved from her home in Ireland to Florida to improve her tennis and face better competition. The next step in Drummy's career comes next month when she signs to play at Vanderbilt and then joins the program in January.
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.
Blue Chip Nanda Chooses Bruins
Motivated by a rejection when he began playing competitive tennis, Govind Nanda made a commitment to improving. That determination has now led to another commitment: the blue chip recruit is just months away from becoming a UCLA Bruin.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
McDonald Moves Up After Wimbledon Run
Fresh off his fourth round appearance at Wimbledon, former UCLA star and NCAA champion Mackenzie McDonald sat down with Colette Lewis to discuss his run at the All England Lawn Tennis Club, his future goals on tour, his college memories and more.
Tseng, Swiatek Claim Wimbledon Junior Titles
Taiwan’s Chun Hsin Tseng and Poland’s Iga Swiatek each dropped only one set on their way to capturing the singles titles at the Wimbledon Junior Championships. The only American represenation in the finals came in girls doubles, where Caty McNally and Whitney Osuigwe lost in straight sets.
Korda Measures Next Step of His Career
Coming off his third junior Grand Slam appearance of the year, Sebastian Korda discusses his Australian Open boys title, his father’s advice as he pursues a pro career, his summer schedule and what World Cup team he is supporting in a Q&A with Colette Lewis.
All-US Girls Slam Final Leads June Aces
Before turning the attention to Wimbledon’s second week, here’s a look back at a busy month of June, which included an all-US girls junior slam final and many Pro Circuit titles for current and former collegians
Zhang, Rabjohns Claim Midwest Closed Titles
Top seed Andrew Zhang and No. 2 seed Kiley Rabjohns won their first Midwest Closed singles titles on Thursday at the Barbara Wynne Tennis Center at North Central High School in Indianapolis, taking the 18s championship matches in contrasting fashion.
Fourmidable: Wesleyan's Chong Makes NCAA History
Wesleyan senior Eudice Chong etched her name in NCAA history last month after capturing her fourth Division III singles title. Chong is the only tennis player - man or woman - to win four NCAA singles titles. She will receive the NCAA Division III Honda Award tonight.
New Coaches Welcome O'Dell To Virginia
Despite a coaching change last year, Amber O'Dell remained committed to attending the University of Virginia. The blue chip was welcomed by the new coaching staff with open arms and will be arriving to begin classes this summer.
Collegiate Players Past and Present Highlight May Aces
May is a month packed with college tennis accomplishments, and many of those featured in this month's Aces column are current or former collegians, along with juniors claiming Grade A titles and succeeding on the Pro Circuit.
O’Dell and Benabraham Capture USTA Level 2 Titles
Rain was no obstacle for Amber O’Dell and Daniella Benabraham. Despite having to move indoors to play, the two captured singles titles at the USTA Level 2 National tournament in Grand Rapids, Michigan with straight-set victories in the finals.
From USTA to UTR: Amritraj’s Focus Broadens
Stephen Amritraj recently left his position as the USTA’s Director of Collegiate Tennis to become the Chief Tennis Officer for the Universal Tennis Rating system. The Duke graduate is convinced UTR can have a big impact on the global tennis community. He discussed his new role in a Q&A with Colette Lewis.
Yonex Raises U.S. Tennis Profile
Yonex has made a push to identify and sponsor promising young Americans to get more represenation in the United States tennis market. North American representative Jacek Dabrowski is the man helping put Yonex rackets in the hands of players at prestigious junior tournaments across the country.
Former College Stars Among April Aces
The April Aces features former collegiate players who are moving up the rankings, current juniors who are having success on the ITF Pro Circuit and young Americans who are making their mark on the USTA Pro Circuit. Find out which 15 players made the cut.
Lets Go: ITF Junior Circuit Adopts No Lets on Serves
The ITF has moved to allow service lets to be played during events on the Junior Circuit. During the major Southern California junior tournaments this month, Colette Lewis spoke with competitors, officials and a college coach about the change and its impact.
Black, Nakashima Win ITF International Spring Championships
Although their final steps were very different, Brandon Nakashima and Hurricane Tyra Black both captured their first ITF Grade 1 titles at the International Spring Championships last Sunday. Zachery Lim and Anne Lutkemeyer Obregon won the 16s titles.
Brooksby and Volynets Capture Easter Bowl ITF Titles
Northern Californian's Katie Volynets and Jenson Brooksby both rallied from a set down in their championship matches to defeat the top seeds on Easter Sunday and capture the Easter Bowl ITF singles titles at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.
Chopra and Lee Earn Easter Bowl 16s Titles
Keshav Chopra and Anessa Lee started the 2018 Easter Bowl with contrasting expectations, and navigated different paths to the 16s singles finals. But they both ended the event with gold balls after capturing the titles at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.
Yu, Kuzuhara, Quan and Ngounoue Claim Easter Bowl Titles
Rudy Quan and Clervie Ngounoue captured the 12s singles titles while Eleana Yu and Bruno Kuzuhara reigned victorious in 14s singles at the 51st edition of the Easter Bowl. Ngounoue teamed with singles final opponent, Stephanie Yakoff, to also win the doubles title.
Weather No Obstacle For March Aces
The March weather may be unpredictable, but the 14 players highlighted in this month's Aces had consistently fine results on the ITF Junior Circuit, the USTA Pro Circuit and the WTA Tour. The ITA National Team Indoor Championships season also wrapped up during the month, with another repeat champion in Division III.
Blue Chip Cerdan Bound for Maize and Blue
With 23 offers, Andrea Cerdan could have been overwhelmed by the next step in the recruiting process. But three factors put the blue chip junior on the path toward the University of Michigan: a promising unofficial visit, a love of indoor tennis and her coaches.
Trice Pickens Makes Northwestern His Pick
Trice Pickens is following in the footsteps of a fellow Cary, North Carolina native by signing to play at Northwestern University. The five star believes he can develop his game at Northwestern while receiving a quality education.
Stingrays and Titans Claim USTA Spring Team Titles
New mixed with old to help the Stingrays and Titans capture the titles at the USTA National Spring Team Championships this week at the Mobile Tennis Center in Mobile, Alabama. The Stingrays beat the Diamondbacks in the girls final and the Titans beat the Eagles in the boys final.
College Makes The Grade In February Aces
College tennis is now in full swing, with last month’s achievements including three coveted ITA Indoor Titles for teams from North Carolina and Georgia. Former collegiate stars also distinguished themselves, and juniors made their presence felt with ITF Junior and Pro Circuit titles. They are all featured in the February Aces.
USTA’s Stephen Amritraj Talks Collegiate Tennis
In a Q&A with Colette Lewis, USTA Director of Collegiate Tennis, Stephen Amritraj, discusses college dual matches on the Tennis Channel, the recent success of former collegians on the pro tours, this summer’s second annual All-American College Combine and more.
Hohmann and Crowley Claim USTA Level 2 Titles
Sixteen-year-olds Ron Hohmann and Briana Crowley, who come from colder climes but now train in Florida, captured the singles titles at the USTA National Level 2 18s tournament at the National Campus in Lake Nona, Florida.
Jamie Loeb Is Trusting The Process On The Pro Tour
After leaving the University of North Carolina, early Jamie Loeb is in her third full season on the WTA Tour. Colette Lewis recently caught up with Loeb to discuss her goals for 2018, the financial struggles of being outside the Top 100 and how she plans to stay connected to tennis after her career is finished.
Good Starts Boost January Aces
Another junior slam title for an American boy, more success in Europe for USA’s 14-and-under team and big Challenger titles for a couple of former college standouts lead the list of January’s top performances. Find out which 14 players made the cut for January's Aces.
Talking Player ID and Development With USTA's Kent Kinnear
As the USTA’s Director of Player ID and Development, Kent Kinnear serves as the liaison between the organization and all competitive 14-and-under tennis players in the country. That’s a daunting and wide-ranging responsibility, but Kinnear has prepared for it with decades of experience on all levels of tennis. He recently sat down with Colette Lewis for an expansive Q&A about the player development programs.
Eight Intriguing Questions for 2018
Colette Lewis is back with her annual intriguing questions column, where she takes a short break from tournament coverage to look at the bigger picture in the sport of tennis. This year's column includes ATP's Next Gen format changes, live streaming, UTR, Whitney Osuigwe's future and more.
Blue Chips Zein and Kessler Will Team Up Again at Florida
Blue chip recruits Marlee Zein and McCartney Kessler are both joining the NCAA champion University of Florida Gators, but their paths to Gainesville have been starkly different. The one-time doubles partners are excited to be starting their college tennis journey together, and Florida head coach Roland Thornqvist is thrilled to have them.
Junior Performances Highlight December Aces
With the fall college season ending last month and a diminishing number of professional events in December, this month’s top performances came primarily from the big junior tournaments in Florida. Find out which players earned a spot in the December Aces.
Kalieva Wins, History Made At Junior Orange Bowl
Elvina Kalieva won the Girls 14s title, Japan entered the record book with sweeps of the Boys 12s and 14s crowns and Linda Fruhvirtova added to her December trophy collection at the Junior Orange Bowl. Colette Lewis of Zoo Tennis has it all covered.
Osuigwe Ends Impressive Year with Orange Bowl Title
Having already clinched the title of ITF World Junior Champion, Whitney Osuigwe made collecting a second Orange Bowl title her focus at the last International Tennis Federation Grade A of the year. The 15-year-old put the finishing touches on a strong season with a 6-1, 6-2 win in the final.
Five Americans Capture Eddie Herr Titles
Five Americans won singles titles at the 31st Eddie Herr International Championships. Whitney Osuigwe won the ITF title, Katrina Scott and Ron Hohmann earned 16s championships and Vivian Ovrootsky and Juncheng “Jerry” Shang took home titles in the 14s and 12s, respectively.
November Aces End Season Strong
Tennis players begin to set goals for 2018 as winter approaches, while striving to end the season on a positive note. The 18 current and former collegians and juniors in this month's Aces had results in November that are sure to keep them motivated during their brief off-season.
Considering Change: ATP's Next Gen Experiments (Part 2)
The ATP experimented with no fewer than nine proposals to streamline the game at the Next Gen Finals in Milan. Part 2 of a two-part series explores playing lets on serve, a reduction in medical timeouts and loosening the restrictions on coaching and fan movement during games
Considering Change: ATP's Next Gen Experiments
The ATP experimented with no fewer than nine proposals to streamline the game at the Next Gen Finals in Milan. In Part 1 of a two-part series, Colette Lewis discussed the changes with players, coaches and tournament personnel last week at the ATP Challenger in Champaign, Illinois.
UNC Grad Schneider Finds Early Success on Pro Circuit
North Carolina graduate Ronnie Schneider has won three Futures doubles titles and one Future singles title in his first year on the Pro Circuit. The 23-year-old Schneider sat down with Colette Lewis to discuss his first few months as a professional, his future goals and the memories of his college career.
October Aces Achieve New Heights
October’s important junior tournaments, collegiate majors, Challengers and Pro Circuit events provided the backdrop for the achievements of the 18 competitors featured below. Whether they are adding new milestones in their junior careers or solidifying their status on the professional level, all 18 will remember the satisfaction of holding the winner’s trophy after an important performance last month.
Countdown: Blue Chip Andrew Fenty Goes Blue
A connection to a former private coach led to Andrew Fenty making an unofficial visit to the University of Michigan. The blue chip senior realized the school was a perfect fit for this athletic and academic ambitions.
Top Seeds Osuigwe, Fenty Win Pan Am Closed
Top-seeded Americans Whitney Osuigwe and Andrew Fenty accomplished important goals by winning singles titles at the International Tennis Federation Grade B1 Pan American Closed at the University of Tulsa.
Countdown: Talking D3 Recruiting With Chicago's Jay Tee
Colette Lewis sat down with Chicago coach Jay Tee to discuss the challenges of recruiting for a top Division III program at one of the country’s most respected academic institutions, how Division III recruiting timetables differ from those of Division I, and many other topics.
Eighteen Aces Usher In Fall
While September is always associated with the last slam of the year in New York, it also marks the beginning of a new college season and provides an opportunity for juniors and former collegians to develop some momentum for the last third of the year. Those featured below were happy to usher in autumn with outstanding performances in tournaments throughout the world.
Q&A: New USTA Head of Men’s Tennis Brian Boland
After 16 years as head coach of the University of Virginia men’s program, Brian Boland left Charlottesville in March to become the USTA’s head of men’s tennis. Boland sat down with Colette Lewis of Zoo Tennis during the U.S. Open to discuss the changes he’s introduced at the USTA, his goals for American men’s tennis, the viability of the college tennis pathway and much more.
OSU’s Di Lorenzo, Stanford’s Fawcett Claim ACI Titles
Ohio State's Francesca Di Lorenzo and Stanford's Tom Fawcett won the titles at the American Collegiate Invitational, an event for top-ranked Division I players from the United States that is now an established part of the final weekend at the U.S. Open
Anisimova, Wu Claim Historic U.S. Open Junior Titles
History was made at the 2017 U.S. Open Junior Championships with Amanda Anisimova becoming the third different American junior slam girls winner in the same year for the first time ever, and Wu Yibing becoming the first junior from China to win a slam singles title just hours after he captured the doubles title.
US, International Players Shine in August
August is the month the USTA crowns its National Champions, with the
eight boys and girls claiming gold balls and unforgettable memories.
Due to Tennis Recruiting Network's extensive coverage of Championship
week, those players are not featured below but a dozen current and
former college stars and top juniors also have accomplishments to
treasure from last month.
Fourlis, Mejia Sweep ITF Grade 1 Titles in College Park
Australian Jaimee Fourlis and Colombian Nicolas Mejia outshined the competition at the ITF Grade 1 Prince George’s County International Hard Court Championships by sweeping both the singles and doubles titles Saturday at the Junior Tennis Champions Center in College Park, Md.
USTA Junior Tennis Looks Ahead
As a busy month of August came to a close, Bill Mountford, USTA Director of Junior Tournaments, sat down for a Q&A with Colette Lewis to discuss new iniatives in junior competition, tournament locations, ranking systems and much more.
Kypson Digs Deep For Second Kalamazoo Title
Patrick Kypson added a second Kalamazoo singles title to his name, capturing the USTA Boys 18 National Hardcourt Championships in five sets over JJ Wolf. The 17-year-old Kypson earned a wild card into the main draw of the U.S. Open.
Nakashima Dominates To Earn Kalamazoo 16s Title
Brandon Nakashima didn't drop a set in capturing the singles title at the USTA Boys 16 National Championships in Kalamazoo. The top seed from San Diego punctuated his run with a 6-0, 6-1 victory over No. 8 Stefan Dostanic.
Riffice, Nakashima No. 1 Seeds at 75th Kalamazoo Nationals
The expansion of the draws and the addition of a new site are among the changes this year as Kalamazoo celebrates 75 years of hosting the USTA Boys 18 and 16 National Championships.
Nineteen Aces in July
July is packed with tennis, from the grass at Wimbledon to the Har-Tru
of the USTA Clay Court Championships, to the kickoff of the North
American summer hard court season. The performances highlighted below
don't include those who won gold balls at the Clays, due to extensive
coverage of those events last week at the Tennis Recruiting Network.
But plenty of young Americans are among the 19 players who shone on
the international stage last month.
Rare Air: American Liu, Spain's Davidovich Fokina Claim Wimbledon Singles Titles
Claire Liu and Alejandro Davidovich Fokina’s titles at last week’s Wimbledon Junior Championships ended long droughts for their countries. When Liu, a 17-year-old from Thousand Oaks California, defeated surprise finalist Ann Li 6-2, 5-7, 6-2 she became the first American since Chanda Rubin in 1992 to capture the girls championship at the All England Lawn Tennis Club. Davidovich’s 7-6(2), 6-3 win over Argentina’s Axel Geller ended 50 years of futility for Spain, whose only other Wimbledon boys champion was Manuel Orantes in 1967.
Liu, Geller Earn Grade 1 Titles at Roehampton
Seventeen-year-old Claire Liu is a veteran of grass court tennis,
having played both major junior events on the surface in Roehampton
and Wimbledon in 2015 and 2016, reaching the singles quarterfinals and
winning the girls doubles title at the All England Lawn Tennis Club
last year. Eighteen-year-old Axel Geller of Argentina had never played
a grass court tournament prior to the Grade 1 in Roehampton last week,
yet both came away from the Bank of England Sports Ground in Southwest
London with the champion's trophy.
Midwest Closed 16s and 18s Champions Draw on Past Titles
Success in the 12s division does not guarantee comparable results in
older age divisions. Yet three of the four champions crowned last
Thursday at the Midwest Closed 16s and 18s Championships had claimed
sectional titles in the 12s age group, suggesting their development
paths have emphasized continued improvement.
American French Open Champion is a June Ace
June marks the end of clay season and the beginning of grass
season, but it's also the month college players flood the USTA Pro
Circuit in search of precious ATP and WTA ranking points. Five current
college players won titles this month in the US, while former Division
I stars also excelled. Add to that the first American French Open
girls champion since Jennifer Capriati, bringing the number of top
performers in June to 17.
Duo Decides on Princeton
Bored with the standard playground options at a public park near
his Portage Michigan home, blue chip Bill Duo, then five years old,
decided to join his parents and older sister on the tennis court. A
dozen years later, that curiosity has resulted in an opportunity to
play for one of the country's top schools, with Duo recently
announcing his verbal commitment to Princeton for 2018.
Whitney Osuigwe Reflects on French Open Title
Last weekend at Roland Garros, fifteen-year-old Whitney Osuigwe
achieved a number of firsts on her way to becoming the first American
to win the French Open girls title since Jennifer Capriati in 1989.
Colette Lewis of ZooTennis spoke to her recently by phone about her
win in Paris, her love of red clay, her goals and her plans for this
Getting to Know NCAA Champion Brienne Minor
Unseeded Brienne Minor of the University of Michigan achieved
All-America status for the second straight year by winning her first
two matches in the NCAA singles tournament. She she went on to win four
more matches - eventually defeating No. 6 seed Belinda Woolcock of
Florida 6-3, 6-3 in the final to become the first Michigan woman and
the first African-American woman to claim the most prestigious title
in Division I Tennis.
May Aces Feature College, Clay Court Champions
The month that features the NCAA championships and the start of the
French Open is always a busy one, and this May 18 different players,
ages 14 through 25 are in the spotlight, thanks to their performances
on red clay, green clay and hard courts.
Hall of Famer Tracy Austin's Two Roles: Tennis Mom and Tennis Commentator
Tracy Austin was the definition of a tennis prodigy, with the former
WTA No. 1 still holding records as both the youngest US Open women’s
champion (16) and youngest inductee into the International Tennis Hall
of Fame. Today, Austin stays involved with tennis professionally as a
commentator - and also as the parent of three boys who have all played
tennis. Colette Lewis had the chance to talk with Austin at the Ojai
in April on a wide range of topics.
Denver Graduate Henry Craig Begins Pro Career
Unlike most Southern California juniors, Henry Craig went east to play
college tennis, landing at the University of Denver after an excellent
junior career. A blue chip recruit ranked as high as No. 7 in the
class of 2012, Craig played at line 1 from his sophomore through his
senior years for the Pioneers. After graduating in December, Craig
decided to pursue professional tennis. Colette Lewis spoke with Craig
in Ojai where they talked about college tennis, the transition to the
pros, and beyond.
What makes The Ojai special? Ask that question of any Southern
California tennis player, past or present, and you will get a variety
of answers, all of which can be traced back to the tournament's
117-year history of hospitality.
College Stars Lead April Aces
Former college stars lead the review of last month's top
performances with championships at ATP, Challenger and Futures events.
Teens excelled too, with a former ITF junior No. 1 snagging a WTA
Liu Earns Second Easter Bowl ITF Title, Ayeni Breaks Through to Claim Boys Championship
As a former champion and top seed, expectations were high for Claire
Liu at the adidas Easter Bowl Championships, and she met them,
defeating Ellie Douglas 6-1, 6-2 to claim her second title. Boys
champion Alafia Ayeni was in unchartered territory once he advanced to
the semifinals, but he emerged with his first Grade 1 title, beating
Sebastian Korda 6-4, 0-6, 7-5 in a tense and entertaining championship
Gold Balls Return at 50th Easter Bowl
The adidas Easter Bowl returned to its previous status as a USTA gold
ball event in 2017, after three years of reduced status for one of the
top tournaments in junior tennis. Taking home the USTA's coveted token
of excellence in the California tournament's 50th year were Priya
Nelson and Kyle Kang in the 12s division, Charlotte Owensby and
Alexander Bernard in the 14s division, and Emma Navarro and Brandon
Nakashima in the 16s division.
Spring Signing Week '17: Commodores Land Meyer
Amanda Meyer wasn't sure tennis was the sport for her. The blue chip
recruit took her first lesson to please her parents and until last
year, playing at a top Division I school wasn't a certainty. But as
her results improved and her confidence grew, the 17-year-old
Floridian now marvels at what the sport has given her, including an
opportunity to play and study at Vanderbilt University.
Movement up the Pro Rankings for March Aces
Last month's notable performances led to big moves in the WTA and ATP
rankings for top international juniors, while former college stars
wrapped up titles on the USTA Pro Circuit. And the quartet who took
home singles titles at the ITF International Spring Championships in
California executed the transition from winter to spring with
Branstine, Rotsaert Capture Titles at ITF Grade 1 International Spring Championships
Carson Branstine and Alexandre Rotsaert each earned a first ITF Grade
1 singles title last week at the International Spring Championships in
Carson, California. No. 2 seed Branstine defeated top seed Taylor
Johnson 6-4, 6-3 in the girls final, while No. 10 seed Rotsaert downed
No. 3 seed Gianni Ross 6-3, 6-3.
Countdown: Fitting In Doubles Proves Challenging
Doubles is fun, helps players to improve their games, key in college
tennis, and a scheduling nightmare. For these reasons, settling on one
scoring format for the four-person version of the game has proven
Countdown: Amritraj Oversees USTA's College Commitment
As the Director of Collegiate Tennis for the USTA, Stephen Amritraj
is committed to raising the profile of and appreciation for college
tennis in this country. His focus is not just on juniors who aspire to
play at the next level, but on creating community connections and fan
bases for the hundreds of collegiate teams, from junior colleges to
Division I. Colette Lewis of ZooTennis.com talks with Amritraj about
many topics around college tennis.
Bengals and Broncos Claim Titles at USTA National Spring Team Championships
The USTA National Spring Team Championships were in their fourth year
at the Mobile Tennis Center, yet it was two first-time coaches who led
the Bengals and the Broncos to victory. Bryan Minton's Broncos won
the boys title with a 5-2 victory over the Patriots, while Seth
Walrath's Bengals came from behind to defeat the Stingrays 4-3 to earn
the girls team championship.
College Champions Headline February Aces
February's spotlight always falls on the Team Indoor champions in
college tennis, with three top seeds collecting National Championships
last month. But a dozen juniors and former college players also
deserve recognition for their achievements, which include plenty of
titles for US teens on the red clay of South America.
USTA's Blackman Settles in at Player Development
Martin Blackman completed his first full calendar year as USTA General
Manager of Player Development in December, undoubtedly relieved that
his department's transition to the USTA's National Campus was in its
final stages. Colette Lewis visited the recently-opened Lake Nona
facility earlier this month and got the chance to catch up with
Blackman regarding a wide array of topics.
Sanford's Options: North Carolina or Pro Tennis
Blue Chip Alexandra Sanford decided long ago the school she wants
to attend, committing to the University of North Carolina in the fall
of her sophomore year. Now the 18-year-old from Westerville Ohio has
another choice to make - joining the Tar Heels this fall or pursuing
Catching up with Virginia's Julia Elbaba
Julia Elbaba was well decorated during her career at the University of
Virginia, earning National Rookie of the Year honors in 2013 and
winning national singles titles. By the end of her senior year, the
22-year-old New Yorker was a four-time All-American and the recipient
of the ITA's prestigious Cissie Leary Sportsmanship award. Colette
Lewis got the chance to speak with Elbaba - now on the WTA circuit -
at a tournament earlier this month in Michigan.
Junior and College Stars Shine as January Aces
Juniors age 12 and up and many former collegians started 2017 with
memorable performances in Australia and Europe, Central and South
America, Florida and California.
Key Changes in Junior Tennis for 2017
A new year always brings new rules and regulations in the junior
tennis world. Earlier this week I spoke with USTA Director of National
Tournaments Lew Brewer about changes the International Tennis
Federation and USTA have implemented for 2017.
Rebeka Masarova Aims for Second Major Title at Australian Open
As is typical for the Australian Open Junior Championships, many of
the top juniors have skipped the trip to Melbourne this year. But one
major winner has made the long plane ride, with 2016 French Open girls
champion Rebeka Masarova of Switzerland, No. 4 in the current ITF
junior rankings, looking for a second title.
Eight Intriguing Questions for 2017
Covering junior tennis tournaments and reporting on individual matches
is the bread and butter of what I do at ZooTennis.com. But every
January, the Tennis Recruiting Network encourages me to step back and
contemplate some of the structural and procedural changes that
surround the always evolving sport of tennis. Here are the eight
questions that I look forward to seeing answered in 2017 ...
Welcome to the USTA National Campus
While in Florida last month for the big junior tennis tournaments,
I took a few hours to tour the USTA's vast new 64-acre National
Campus in Lake Nona. The scale of the project is difficult to grasp
even when visiting in person, but here are 18 photos to provide a
glimpse into what is available at the public facility.
Junior Tennis Stars Highlight December Aces
December may contain little in the way of college and professional
tennis, but junior tennis fills that gap with the Eddie Herr,
Metropolia Orange Bowl and Junior Orange Bowl events. The 14 different
champions crowned in those prestigious events are below, as well as
two teens who are excelling on the ITF Pro Circuit.
Americans Lilov, Gauff Sweep Junior Orange Bowl 12s Titles, Noel Wins 14s Championship
After a sweep of the 16s singles titles earlier this month at the
Metropolia Orange Bowl, Americans continued their success this week at
the Junior Orange Bowl, with Victor Lilov, Cori Gauff and Alexa Noel
claiming the biggest silver bowls of oranges on offer at 12s and 14s
event in Coral Gables, Florida.
Unseeded Volynets and Sun Capture Metropolia Orange Bowl 16s Titles
A rainy day didn't keep Katie Volynets from making history at the
Metropolia Orange Bowl last Saturday, while Steven Sun won a dramatic
final to take the boys title, giving the United States a sweep of the
16s singles championships at the Veltri Tennis Center in Plantation
Kecmanovic Defends Title, Juvan Claims Girls Championship at Metropolia Orange Bowl
Serbia's Miomir Kecmanovic completed two of the toughest tasks in
tennis last weekend, adding a second straight Metropolia Orange Bowl
title to his International Tennis Federation Grade 1 Eddie Herr
championship the previous week. Kaja Juvan of Slovenia ousted
top-ranked junior Anastasia Potapova of Russia to capture girls title
at the ITF Grade A tournament, held on the Har-Tru courts of the
Veltri Tennis Center in Plantation, Florida.
Kecmanovic, Carle Claim Eddie Herr ITF Titles
After a week of excellent weather and hundreds of matches played
across the sprawling IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, the Eddie Herr
International Championships concluded Sunday with the crowning of
eight singles champions in four age divisions.
November Aces Shine Abroad and at Home
New York, London and Mexico City were the locales for several
memorable performances last month, but Knoxville, Columbus and
Birmingham also enjoyed time in the spotlight in November as teenagers
showcased their games and moved up the professional rankings to enter
the brief off-season on a positive note.
World Junior No. 1 Kecmanovic Leads Eddie Herr ITF Boys Field; China's Wang Heads Girls Draw
When Miomir Kecmanovic returns to Bradenton's IMG Academy for next
week's ITF Grade 1 Eddie Herr, he'll do so as the No. 1 junior in the
world. The only Top 10 player in the girls draw is China's Xiyu Wang,
who has a recent win over current ITF No. 1 and Wimbledon girls
champion Anastasia Potapova of Russia. Kecmanovic and Wang are
favorites at the Eddie Herr, but there are a number of other
Quick Restart: Bradley Klahn Returns to ATP Tour
During his 21 months away from the game because of injury, 2010 NCAA
singles champion Bradley Klahn was forced to consider a career that
did not include tennis. But the thought of walking away proved more
painful than undertaking a long rehabilitation - and this week Klahn
saw that determination rewarded at an ATP Challenger. Colette Lewis of
ZooTennis.com spoke with the Californian about his return to
competition, his mindset, and a myriad of other topics.
Fall Signing Week '16: Well-Traveled Gordon Returns Home
Seventeen-year-old Michaela Gordon has traveled the world for tennis
competition, playing all four junior slams as well as major events in
Europe, Asia and Central America. Yet when it came time to select a
college for the next step in her development, the blue chip from Los
Altos Hills California found what she needed in her backyard, at
October Aces Highlight Fall
October may bring changes in foliage, temperature and length of day,
but there's no sign of the off-season in the college and junior tennis
world. Collegiate major champions were crowned, and many juniors and
former collegians earned memorable titles during the month.
Countdown: Q&A with WFU Coach Tony Bresky
Tony Bresky wasn't anticipating a career in tennis, but that's how
things have worked out for the Wake Forest head coach, now in his
sixth year. After assistant and associate head coaching stints at
Indiana State and Virginia, Bresky has brought the Demon Deacons to
new heights in men's tennis. Colette Lewis of ZooTennis.com caught up
with Bresky in Tulsa at the ITA All-American Championships - where the
two discussed many tennis topics.
Countdown: Bruins Beckon Bolton
Elysia Bolton has nearly two years of junior tennis remaining, but the
16-year-old blue chip already knows the location of the next stage of
her career: the UCLA campus in Westwood.
Day Repeats, Brown Ascends at ITF Grade B1 Pan American Closed
The champions at last week's International Tennis Federation Grade B1
Pan American Closed in Tulsa, Oklahoma, were on opposite ends of the
world junior rankings spectrum. World No. 1 Kayla Day defended her
title with a 6-1, 6-4 victory over Ellie Douglas in the girls final,
while No. 732 Alex Brown edged wild card Lukas Greif 6-4, 7-6(4) to
win his first ITF junior title.
September Aces Feature Memorable Wins
From junior slams titles for North Americans, to Challenger wins for
Europeans to a Davis Cup clinch for a South American, September
featured memorable wins by teenagers and current collegians. Former
collegians, including the reigning NCAA champions, also grabbed the
spotlight last month as summer turned to fall.
What an Agent Does: Interview with Topnotch Management's Sam Duvall
Sam Duvall played high-level tennis as a junior outside of Louisville,
Ky., and he played college tennis at Bates College. As a senior,
Duvall had an internship at Octagon, a sports management firm. After
several years at SFX, Duvall started his own firm,
Topnotch Management. Colette Lewis of ZooTennis.com spoke with Duvall
about many issues around sports management - and what advice he would
give top juniors and their families.
Virginia's Collins and Kwiatkowski Earn Titles at American Collegiate Invitational
The University of Virginia picked up where UCLA left off last year at
the third annual American Collegiate Invitational, played at the end
of the second week of the US Open. After Bruins Mackenzie McDonald and
Robin Anderson had swept the titles in 2015, the Cavaliers dominated
the proceedings this year, with recent graduate Danielle Collins
taking the women's title and senior Thai Kwiatkowski capturing the
Day, Auger-Aliassime Win US Open Singles Titles; Shibahara and Hart Capture Doubles
After American boys dominated the 2015 US Open Junior Championships,
US girls were the story of the 2016 tournament, with two championship
performances providing a fitting ending. Kayla Day defeated Viktoria
Kuzmova of Slovakia 6-3, 6-2 in the singles final, and wild cards Ena
Shibahara and Jada Hart won the girls doubles championship, beating
Day and Caroline Dolehide in a dramatic all-American final.
Hot Aces in Packed August
August is the month of the USTA National Championships, but due to
extensive coverage of the finals during Championship Week, just one of
those eight gold ball winners is featured below. While most of those
highlighted are young pros, including a quartet of Russian girls,
current and former collegians also had tournaments to remember last
Liu Sweeps Girls Titles at ITF International Hard Courts, Kecmanovic Wins Boys Singles
The ITF Grade 1 International Hard Court Tournament last week at the
Junior Tennis Champions Center in College Park, Maryland was left
without a boys final when Oliver Crawford, who injured his ankle in
the doubles semifinals the day before, was unable to take the court
against Serbia’s Miomir Kecmanovic. But the girls final nearly filled
the void, with Claire Liu defeating Xiyu Wang of China 6-3, 4-6, 6-3
in a match that took just under three hours to complete.
Mmoh Masters Kalamazoo 18s
With his professional experience and an ATP ranking inside the Top
400, Michael Mmoh was a heavy favorite this year at Kalamazoo's USTA
Boys 18 National Championships. Despite the considerable pressure
that comes with a No. 1 seeding, Mmoh delivered, winning the title
and a US Open main draw wild card with a 6-1, 6-2, 6-3 victory over
No. 7 seed Vasil Kirkov.
Greif Gains Gold Again
The summer of 2016 will be remembered as a golden one for US Olympians
like Michael Phelps and Simone Biles. Although Kalamazoo is not Rio,
Lukas Greif will share in their fond memories of the past few weeks,
after defeating Jenson Brooksby 6-0, 6-3 to win the USTA Boys 16s
National Championships, adding a second gold ball after claiming the
16s Clay Courts title three weeks earlier.
Mmoh Heads 18s Field, Greif Tops 16s Draw at Kalamazoo
The USTA Boys 16 and 18 Nationals have always drawn the cream of the
US junior crop, with the 18s champions offered wild cards into the US
Open main draws and the 16s champions receiving wild cards into the US
Open Juniors. New this year are an array of new enticements: wild
cards into USTA Pro Circuit events - as well as additional US Open
Junior wild cards - are being offered tor those who finish in the Top
5 in each division. Colette Lewis of ZooTennis.com takes a look at the
Wimbledon's Junior Champions Lead Aces
Wimbledon's junior champions lead last month's list of top
performances, with eight current and former college players among
those posting impressive results in the USTA Pro Circuit and beyond.
Due to the extensive Clay Week coverage here at the Tennis Recruiting
Network, the USTA Clay Court winners are not included, but here's
another round of congratulations to those who collected gold balls
Li Captures Girls 18s Clay Title in Steamy Memphis
Memphis in July is no place for the faint of heart. Temperatures in
the high 90s and a heat index often in the 110s, compounded by five
rain or lightning delays, presented one physical and mental challenge
after another as the USTA Girls 18s Clay Court Championships wore on.
For Ann Li, no obstacle proved insurmountable, as she earned her first
singles gold ball with a 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 victory over Amanda Meyer.
Top-Ranked Blumberg Chooses Carolina Blue
As he considered his options for college, Blue Chip William Blumberg
encountered a problem - every school he visited went to the top of his
list. Blumberg considered Duke, USC, Wake Forest, Stanford, Virginia
and North Carolina before finally paring his choice down to the
Cavaliers and Tar Heels. In the end, the nation's top-ranked senior
liked what he saw to UNC, and he plans to graduate early and join the
Tar Heels in January for the 2017 spring season.
Shapovalov, Potapova Claim Wimbledon Junior Titles; Liu and Arconada Win Girls Doubles
The brief junior grass season ended perfectly for Anastasia Potapova
of Russia and Denis Shapovalov of Canada, with the pair celebrating
Wimbledon Junior Championships in front of large, enthusiastic crowds.
Potapova defeated Dayana Yastremska of Ukraine 6-4, 6-3 in Saturday's
girls final, while Shapovalov overcame Alex De Minaur of Australia
4-6, 6-1, 6-3 in Sunday's boys championship match.
Junior and Collegian Aces Shine Brightly in June
From clay to grass and spring to summer, June's transitions produced
aces from a variety of circumstances. The French Open gave us two
unexpected junior champions, while the Pro Circuit was fertile ground
for other teens and NCAA stars both in the United States and in many
other countries across the globe.
Zhu Heads to UCLA
A program with the history and reputation of UCLA doesn't need a sales
force, yet Evan Zhu, who will join the Bruins this fall, found himself
surrounded by advocates for the school while in Southern California.
A trio of former UCLA stars - Nick Meister, Dan Kosakowski and Haythem
Abid - had practiced with, coached or competed against the
17-year-old, five-star recruit and were eager to see him in True Blue
Joyce, Daavettila Repeat as Champions at US Open Midwest Playoffs
The location had changed, but the results were the same as teenagers
Martin Joyce and Sara Daavettila defended their titles at the US Open
Midwest Playoffs at the University of Notre Dame Monday.
Talking with Division III Men's Singles Champion Skyler Butts
Skyler Butts of Claremont-Mudd-Scripps ended his career on a high note
last month in Kalamazoo, claiming the Division III men's singles title
after reaching the final in 2015, the same year the Stags claimed
their first team championship since 1981. Colette Lewis of
ZooTennis.com talked with the 22-year-old Californian about his tennis
background, postgraduate plans, one-handed backhand, hobbies and why
Division III was the right choice for him.
May Aces Spotlight College Tennis
College tennis takes the spotlight in May with the NCAA championships,
while junior tennis features the Grade A Italian Open in Milan as its
showcase event. Former college players, particularly those from the
PAC-12, had a slew of notable results, and several juniors earned
titles on the ITF Pro Circuit.
Eudice Chong, Skyler Butts Claim Division III Singles Titles in Kalamazoo
Claremont-Mudd-Scripps senior Skyler Butts had to deal with hundreds
of his opponent's fans roaring on every point. Wesleyan sophomore
Eudice Chong had to face the only player who had beaten her in
Division III competition. But both took advantage of their experience
in the big moment to claim the 2016 NCAA Division III singles titles
last Saturday at Kalamazoo College's Stowe Stadium.
Bowdoin Men and Emory Women Claim NCAA Team Titles
The NCAA Division III team championships at Kalamazoo College
displayed two sides of college tennis, producing an improbable
champion in the Bowdoin men and a favored champion in the Emory women.
Asics Easter Bowl ITF Tournament Pioneers Travel Grants
In its nearly fifty years on the United States junior tennis scene,
the Easter Bowl has developed a reputation for innovation. This year
saw a new initiative emerge for those participating in the
International Tennis Federation's Grade B1 event at the Indian Wells
Tennis Garden: travel vouchers for boys and girls who reached the
round of 16 in their respective 64-player draws.
McNally's Path Leads Straight to Columbus
Born and raised an Ohio State football fan, John McNally always
expected to join the Buckeyes once it became clear his level of play
would allow him to compete for one of the nation's top programs.
Dismissing a brief temptation to look elsewhere, the 17-year-old blue
chip from Cincinnati has announced his commitment to Ohio State for
the fall of 2017.
Busy Month Leads to 18 April Aces
April is always a busy month with the two big ITF tournaments in
California boosting the summer slam chances of US juniors. Although
it's a couple of days before month's end, it's already time to look
back at all the junior and Pro Circuit champions as well as the two
former collegians who made the first full month of spring a memorable
Ross, Sanford Earn Asics Easter Bowl ITF Titles
Both Gianni Ross and Alexandra Sanford made their first appearances in
International Tennis Federation Grade 1 finals at the Asics Easter
Bowl earlier this month. They succeeded in making that new experience
to a winning one, coming away with the trophies at the ITF Grade B1
event. The unseeded Ross defeated No. 4 seed John McNally 6-4, 7-6(3)
in the boys championship match, with No. 8 seed Sanford overcoming No.
13 seed Ellie Douglas 6-4, 1-6, 6-1 in the girls final.
Asics Easter Bowl Champions Crowned in 12s, 14s and 16s Divisions
Staggered completion dates for the Asics Easter Bowl meant the 12s and
14s finals were played on the hottest day of the nine-day tournament,
while the 16s were required to deal with an unusual threat of rain in
the desert. Players from across the country had converged on the
Indian Wells Tennis Garden for the prestigious tournament, with the
champions coming from Florida, Illinois, Missouri, Georgia and
Spring Signing Week '16: Battaglia Joins the Bulldogs
After a stellar summer in 2015, Madison Battaglia's college recruiting
search got more complicated. Always interested in the academic
advantages of the Ivies, the 18-year-old from Cold Spring Harbor, New
York, considered the other offers she received, but when the time came
to make a decision, the blue chip relied on the experiences from her
official visit to New Haven to select Yale.
Caruana and Day Claim Titles
The week started seasonably windy and unseasonably cold for the ITF
Grade 1 International Spring Championships last week in Carson,
California, but when it was over, No. 11 seed Liam Caruana and No. 2
seed Kayla Day were basking in warm sunshine as they held their
crystal championship trophies.
Juniors, Collegians Winning Futures Titles Highlight March Aces
No April fools today, but rather a look back on the lions of March,
including juniors succeeding on both the ITF Pro Circuit and Junior
Circuit, and two former collegiate stars earning Futures titles
outside the United States.
Countdown: Ambrozy Joins Lions' Lair
Adam Ambrozy took his fifth official recruiting visit last fall to
ensure he had left no stone unturned. Both Columbia and the blue chip
recruit benefitted from that decision, when, just days after his trip
to the New York City campus, Ambrozy committed to the Lions.
Stingrays, Rams Claim USTA National Spring Team Championships
The USTA National Spring Team Championships at the Mobile Tennis
Center had been plagued by rain in the first two years of its
existence, but last week, with an adjustment to the schedule, every
match in the 32-team tournament was played to completion, with the
Stingrays capturing the girls title and the Rams collecting the boys
Ten Questions with Les Petits As Champion Stefan Leustian
Fourteen-year-old Stefan Leustian reached the third round of the
Junior Orange Bowl in December, one of the few times he had competed
against international players. In the six weeks that followed, the
Northern California resident began to post increasingly impressive
results, both in the United States and in Europe. Colette Lewis caught
up with Leustian at the USTA National Spring Team Championships - talking
with him about his recent performance, his titles, and more ...
Three of the four ITA Team Indoor Champions were first-time winners,
but they were not the only new faces among those excelling last month.
Two juniors claimed their first titles on the Pro Circuit, while two
NCAA champions, in their first full year as professionals, added to
their trophy collections.
Reviewing His First Months Leading USTA Player Development with Martin Blackman
Since last April, when the USTA announced his hiring as the new
General Manager of Player Development, Martin Blackman has been a busy
man. We recently discussed the reorganization of USTA Player
Development, changes to junior competition, a new player council, his
social media presence, and many other player development
Surrounded by Tennis, Jones Blossoms
Tennis takes hold early in Midland, the longtime home of February's
Dow Corning Tennis Classic. Known for its community outreach and the
local schoolchildren who arrive by the busload for early round
matches, the tournament has been an integral part of the small
Michigan city's sports scene for nearly three decades. Colette Lewis
of ZooTennis.com talks with fifteen-year-old Alyvia Jones, a blue chip
recruit who lives in Midland, about her game as well as her experiences
growing up in a tennis town.
A Conversation with Raveena Kingsley
Seventeen-year-old Raveena Kingsley made several important decisions
last fall. The No. 1 recruit in the Tennis Recruiting Network's Class
of 2016 decided to stop playing junior tennis after the US Open, and
selected LSU for her collegiate career. Colette Lewis of ZooTennis.com
talked with Kingsley about her recent results, her college decision,
her introduction to the game, her preparation when facing a new
opponent and the pro players she admires.
Fifteen Champions Emerge as January Aces
Whether tournaments were won in South America or Central America,
Australia or Europe, or the East or West Coast of the United States,
the location was less significant for the fifteen young players below
than the fact they’ve kicked off 2016 in the best way possible: as
Andy Brandi on Junior Tennis
When Andy Brandi joined the United States Tennis Association's Player
Development staff as a National Coach five years ago, he brought with
him nearly every conceivable tennis experience: college tennis player,
college coach, WTA touring coach, and tennis academy coach. Colette
Lewis of ZooTennis.com got the chance to talk with him last month at
the Junior Orange Bowl in Coral Gables, Fla.
Defending Champion, World No. 1 Target Australian Open Junior Titles
After winning the Australian Open girls title last year unseeded,
Tereza Mihalikova returns to Melbourne to defend her title, a rare
occurrence in junior tennis. The 17-year-old Slovakian, the only
junior slam champion in either of this year's boys and girls fields,
has had mixed results since her title last year, winning only four
matches in the three junior slams since.
Eight Intriguing Questions for 2016
Another year... and another edition of "Intriguing Questions" from
columnist Colette Lewis. Today, Colette poses eight queries about
junior and college tennis for 2016.
Learning from Lendl
During his Hall of Fame career, eight-time slam champion Ivan Lendl
was known for his lethal forehand, his fitness, his preparation, and
his single-minded pursuit of tennis excellence. With a stern and often
forbidding presence on the court, Lendl, now 55, has made a markedly
different impression on the seven junior boys he is working with as a
USTA coaching consultant.
Florida Champions Dominate Final Aces of 2015
The final month of the year may be short on professional tennis, but
it's long on the junior variety, with three major events in Florida
for 12s, 14s, 16s and 18s age divisions. With one exception, all of
last month's aces are the champions of the Eddie Herr International,
the Metropolia Orange Bowl and the Junior Orange Bowl.
Ukrainian Girls Sweep Junior Orange Bowl Titles; Tirante, Wang Win Boys Championships
The 2015 junior tennis season wrapped up last week at the 54th annual
Junior Orange Bowl in Miami, with historic firsts for three of the
four champions. When Marta Kostyuk won the Girls 14s title and Dasha
Lopatetska won the Girls 12s title, they entered the tournament's
record books as the first champions from Ukraine, while Boys 12s
champion Xiaofei Wang is the first champion from China at the
prestigious international event.
Second Orange Bowl Title for Andreescu, Kecmanovic Claims Boys Championship
Rain early in the tournament and on the final day made the 2015
Metropolia Orange Bowl tough on players and officials alike, but when
the final point was played after dark last Sunday, No. 9 seeds Bianca
Andreescu of Canada and Miomir Kecmanovic of Serbia had claimed their
first Grade A titles.
McKenzie, Auger-Aliassime Make Dramatic Runs to Eddie Herr ITF Titles
Both Kylie McKenzie and Felix Auger Aliassime were a point from being
eliminated from the Eddie Herr Grade 1 ITF tournament in the third
round, but when the warm and sunny week at the IMG Academy came to a
close, the winners' trophies belonged to them.
Former College Stars Make Noise
Former college stars made some noise on the professional circuit in
November, with one winning an Australian Open main draw wild card,
while US girls swept titles at the big ITF junior events in Mexico.
With the final major of the ITA fall season, along with professional
success for juniors, a total of 14 players added to their career
highlights last month.
Defending champion Galfi, Ruud Lead Eddie Herr ITF Fields
Since winning last year's Eddie Herr title as a 16-year-old, Dalma
Galfi of Hungary has reached the semifinals of the Australian Open
Junior Championships, won the Wimbledon girls doubles title, the US
Open girls championship and two ITF Women's Circuit titles in
Australia. All that success has given her a shot at ending 2015 as the
ITF Junior World Champion, so she will return to defend her title next
week in Bradenton, Florida.
There's been nothing meteoric about Austin Krajicek's climb into the
ATP Top 100. The 25-year-old Floridian has methodically advanced in
the rankings since 2011, when he embarked on a pro career after his
final season of eligibility at Texas A&M, reaching the elite level
of professional tennis for the first time last month. Colette Lewis
of ZooTennis.com caught up with Krajicek last week in Illinois.
Matching Up: A New Way to Think About College Tennis Lineups
I have been a sports fan ever since I can remember, and a tennis fan
since my teens, but my interest in college tennis is much more recent.
With that in mind, I have never shared the outrage directed at coaches
who "stack" their lineups. Since time devoted to lineup
challenges and protest hearings is better spent elsewhere, here is my
proposal for a radical change in how lineups are set in college
US Boys Dominate October Aces
American boys have been the talk of tennis over the summer, with
three of the 17-year-olds capturing titles last month on the ATP
Challenger and ITF Men's Pro Circuit. Adding in the ITA All-American
winners, as well as other juniors taking pro titles, puts the number
of top performers in October at 14.
Countdown: Fighting Illini Claim Clark
Zeke Clark's competitive fire made the Oklahoma resident one of the
nation's top recruits. Although several Big 12 schools closer to home
were in the picture, the Big Ten's University of Illinois won the
battle for the 17-year-old from Tulsa, who will join the Fighting
Illini in the fall of 2016.
Wild Card Holt Sweeps Boys Titles, Day Wins Girls Singles Championship at ITF Pan American Closed
Southern Californians Brandon Holt and Kayla Day undoubtedly felt at
home with the weather for the ITF Grade B1 Pan American last week in
Tulsa. With cloudless skies and warm temperatures providing an ideal
backdrop, Holt and Day rolled into the final weekend. The weather
cooled, but the pair stayed hot, with Holt defeating unseeded JJ Wolf
6-1, 6-7(5), 6-0 and No. 2 seed Day downing No. 9 seed Kelly Chen 6-4,
6-1, securing the first ITF Grade 1 titles for both.
USTA Adds Brad Stine to National Collegiate Coaching Staff
Brad Stine has coached tennis for 30 years, and he was recently
appointed as the newest member of the USTA Player
Development's collegiate division. Colette Lewis of ZooTennis.com
recently talked with Stine about many topics - including the reasons
he decided to pursue coaching, the five requirements for success as a
pro, the value of the college pathway and the ITF's push for more
prize money at the lower levels.
September Aces Feature in US Open and Other Pro Tournaments
School is back in session and several of last month's aces returned to
college with hardware to add to their trophy cases. Juniors also
excelled, both at the US Open and in smaller professional events
around the world.
UCLA Sweeps Titles at American Collegiate Invitational
The second annual American Collegiate Invitational, held in the final
days of the US Open Championships, had more than its share of weather
issues and UCLA Bruins. The women's final, with Robin Anderson
defeating Chanelle Van Nguyen 6-4, 6-4, was an all-UCLA contest
finished indoors, while Mackenzie McDonald managed a 6-2, 7-5 victory
in the final over Vanderbilt's Gonzales Austin, the only non-Bruin to
reach either final.
Fritz Tops Paul to Earn US Open Boys Title
Top seed Taylor Fritz came through in his last opportunity to win a
junior slam in yet another boys major dominated by Americans, while
No. 2 seed Dalma Galfi of Hungary became the first from her country to
take home the winner's trophy at the US Open Junior Championships last
week at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.
Former College Players Headline August Aces
With one exception, the dozen aces below don't include the USTA
National Champions, who had articles devoted to their titles during
Championship Week here at the Tennis Recruiting Network. Let's
take a look at the achievements of other junior and college players
from the last month.
Kalinskaya Sweeps International Hard Courts Titles Again; Auger Aliassime Takes Boys Championship
A veteran and a newcomer were the stars of last week's ITF Grade 1
International Hard Court Championships, with top seed Anna Kalinskaya
of Russia defending her title with a 6-4, 7-6(3) win over No. 2 seed
Tereza Mihalikova of Slovakia, and No. 7 seed Felix Auger Aliassime
defeating No. 15 seed Denis Shapovalov 6-2, 7-6(6) in an all-Canadian
final at the Junior Tennis Champions Center in College Park, Maryland.
Alex Rybakov Chooses TCU
Blue chip Alex Rybakov, the No. 1 recruit in the class of 2015, had
expected to bypass college and jump directly to the pro tour. But this
summer, the 18-year-old Floridian decided to investigate the college
route, which led to his selection of TCU as the program best suited to
help him prepare for a professional career.
Bobby Reynolds Starts New Chapter at Oklahoma
A stellar playing career at Vanderbilt prepared Bobby Reynolds for a
successful decade on the ATP tour. Now he is returning to college
tennis - this time as a coach. Reynolds is joining men's head coach
John Roddick as his assistant at the University of Oklahoma.
Tiafoe Outlasts Kozlov to Claim 18s Title
Upsets were as rare as rain drops during the ten days of the USTA Boys
18s Nationals at Kalamazoo College's Stowe Stadium, with seven of the
top eight seeds reaching the quarterfinals. After nine days of mostly
expected results, the final delivered more than four hours of
excitement and drama with top seed Frances Tiafoe defeating No. 3 seed
Stefan Kozlov 6-2, 6-4, 4-6, 4-6, 6-4 to claim the championship and
the US Open main draw wild card that accompanies it.
Kypson Rebounds from Surgery to Claim 16s Title
A ruptured appendix just two months ago isn't exactly ideal
preparation for the major national summer tournaments, but Patrick
Kypson's rapid recovery was in evidence when he sailed through the
draw without dropping a set to capture the USTA Boys 16 National
Championship at Kalamazoo College's Stowe Stadium. The 15-year-old
from Greenville, North Carolina, seeded third, defeated No. 4 seed
Alexandre Rotsaert 6-3, 6-3 in the championship match.
July Aces Take Center Stage at Wimbledon, Davis Cup
From Wimbledon and Davis Cup to Evansville, Indiana and Godfrey,
Illinois, the hard work of winning takes place on tennis stages big
and small, as these 14 competitors demonstrated last month.
Junior Slam Champions, World No. 1 Junior Headline Kalamazoo Field
French Open boys champion Tommy Paul, Wimbledon boys champion Reilly
Opelka and Taylor Fritz, the International Tennis Federation's No. 1
junior, are competing this year in the 73rd edition of the USTA Boys
Nationals in Kalamazoo, but the strength of the field is such that
none of the three will be the top seed in the 18s division.