Spotlight Players of the Week: Ryan Rajakar and Hope Moulin
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 Rajakar and Hope Moulin.
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.
The Next Big Stage for Four-Star French is RPI
Tennis isn't the only passion for John French. The four-star senior from Raleigh, North Carolina also performs in school plays and sings in the choir. He found a college program that supported his diversity. French has committed to RPI.
Transitioning From The Tennis Court To The Emergency Room
After finishing her college tennis career at the University of Evansville, Ashton Schwerin Ramirez attended medical school and is now an emergency medicine physician. Playing tennis helped prepare Schwerin Ramirez for some of the stressful situations she encounters.
Blue Chip Neal Works Hard to Earn Opportunity at Yale
Mature beyond his years, it was no surprise to his coaches that Luke Neal committed to Yale early. The blue chip junior from Northern California has become an example to other players at local clinics for his hard work and dedication.
Spring Star Ratings Period Begins
Twice a year, TennisRecruiting.net updates its Star Ratings - sometimes known as "The Stars". Our next update to the Star Ratings comes in mid-March - and those ratings will be based on players' highest rankings during the first eight full weeks of the year - from the week of January 6 to the week of February 24, 2020. We invite players to review their player records to ensure accurate ratings.
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.
Zapp Plays Big Points Well, Captures Boys 18s Title
Logan Zapp was prepared for a challenging final against a familiar opponent and came through when it mattered most. The UNC signee beat fellow Floridian Ben Shelton in three sets in the Boys 18s singles final at the USTA Winter Nationals to win his fourth career gold ball.
Shelton Gains Confidence During 18s Title Run
Emma Shelton wanted to get some match play under her belt and boost her confidence. The University of South Carolina freshman got just that during her run to the Girls 18 singles title at the USTA Winter National Championships in Lake Nona, Florida. Shelton beat future USC teammate Sarah Hamner in the final.
Validating Performance for Codd in 16s Championship Run
Katie Codd thought her hard work was paying off. But winning a gold ball in singles and a silver ball in doubles at the USTA Girls 16s Winter Nationals validated her feeling. The Carlsbad, California native had never won a ball before arriving in Lake Nona.
Proof is in the Pudding: Quinn Captures Boys 16s Title
Ethan Quinn ate bread pudding every night for dessert at the USTA Winter National Championships in Lake Nona, Florida. The sweet superstition worked as Quinn captured the Boys 16s singles title without losing a set. Lucas Brown and Aidan Kim won the doubles title.
Warming Trend: Kong Breaks Through to Win Boys 14s Title
Daniel Kong captured his first gold ball by winning the Boys 14s singles title at the USTA Winter National Championships. The New York native beat Humza Noor in three sets in the final. Carson Baker and Lucas Coriaty were the doubles champions.
Maltby Captures Two Gold Balls at Girls 14s Winter Nationals
Susanna Maltby captured the singles and doubles titles at the USTA Girls 14s Winter Nationals in Arizona. The blue chip from Illinois, seeded third, defeated No. 10 Ava Bruno in the singles final and teamed with Sage Loudon to capture the doubles crown.
Zhao and Kelley Capture 12s Singles Titles, First Gold Balls
The singles and doubles champions at the USTA Boys and Girls 12s Winter Nationals all captured the first gold balls of their careers. Elena Zhao won the girls singles title and Gray Kelley captured the boys singles title.
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.
Moss Receives Friendly Welcome at Washington and Lee
Gabriela Moss was interested in Washington and Lee University for its strong academics and tennis program. But once she got on campus, she discovered a few traditions that made her feel even more welcome. The four-star from Arizona has committed to the Division III program.
Spotlight Players of the Week: Sifa Butcher, Eliyahu Pinkney
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 Sifa Butcher and Eliyahu Pinkney.
A Day In The Life: Georgia Gwinnett's Valentino Caratini
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 juggling practices, matches and classes. Welcome to A Day In The Life of Georgia Gwinnett's Valentino Caratini.
Recruiting Insight From a Mother, Coach and Player
Courtney Hance has witnessed the recruiting process from many different angles. She's a former Division I player, a mother of four tennis-playing children and a coach to many junior players. Hance reveals what she's learned along the way.
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.
Essential Campus Visit Tips from USTA
A campus visit is the best way to evaluate whether a college is the best fit for any player. The USTA provides a few tips on what to consider during an unofficial or official visit, and the best questions to ask about every college on each trip.
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.
Go West Young Man: Opaciuch Chooses UC Riverside
Eric Opaciuch made his final three visits within a few days of each other to get a more accurate comparison. The four-star senior from Florida chose the only West Coast school on the list, committing to UC Riverside. His father also attended a UC school.
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.
Mortera Navigates First Recruiting Period for Ute Women
Ric Mortera was hired to lead the Utah women’s program on June 28th. Like nearly all first-year coaches, he knew some patience would be required for his first signing class. The Utes haven't signed anyone for 2020 yet, but are hoping two players can become the perfect fits.
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.
USTA Making Changes to Junior Competitive Structure
The USTA will be making changes to its junior competitive structure. Beginning in January of 2021, the USTA is adopting a simplified nationwide structure, which will create a standardized system and greater consistency for players, parents, coaches, tournament directors and officials.
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.
Coaching Collegiality Leads Semenovski to Wisconsin
Nastasya Semenovski didn't have Wisconsin on her radar until CMS coach Dave Schwarz introduced her to Wisconsin coach Kelcy McKenna this summer at hard courts. The recruiting goodwill resulted in Semenovski committing to the Badgers. The five-star senior from Massachusetts will be signing with Wisconsin this week.
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.
Corley Doubles the Sooners Family Connection
Carmen Corley isn't signing with Oklahoma just because her sister is a member of the team. But the sibling connection played a big part in her decision. The blue chip senior from New Mexico will be joining the program early by enrolling in January.
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.
Inside Look at Official Visits From a Coaching Perspective
Making official visits are a key part of the recruiting process. The campus trips allow recruits to learn more about the school, meet the team and explore the surrounding area. What should recruits expect during the visits? Coaches from around the country provide their insight.
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.
Star Ratings Fall 2019 Edition
Now that the rating period is over, here they are... the Fall Star Ratings. Find out right now how many stars you have - as The Tennis Recruiting Network proudly presents the Fall Star Ratings for 2019.
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.
Farewell 2019 Class
The Tennis Recruiting Network bids farewell to the high school class of 2019. Last week’s rankings are our final edition of the 2018-19 year - and the final rankings for the outgoing Class of 2019.
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.