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Coaching Roundtable
How Can College Tennis Programs Show Their Worth and Avoid Cuts?
by Rhiannon Potkey, 10 July 2020

As college athletic departments continue slashing budgets as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, tennis programs have taken the biggest brunt of the cuts. In the latest Coaching Roundtable, coaches discuss why college tennis is valuable and what strategies may help programs avoid being disbanded.

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Commitment Profile
Family Ties Provide Comfort For Binder At Pacific University
by Rhiannon Potkey, 9 July 2020

Cassidy Binder had interest from Division I schools, but the coronavirus prevented her from making any official visits. The four-star from Oregon realized the best option was close to home at Division III Pacific University, where her mom is the coach and her sister plays on the team.

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Recruiting 101
Meet The Assistant: Navy's Alessandra Pedergnana
by Rhiannon Potkey, 7 July 2020

Assistant coaches might not get as much attention as head coaches, but they are highly valued by everyone within a college program. They work long hours to help teams try to win matches and help players try to achieve their goals. In this edition of Meet The Assistant, we profile Navy's women's assistant Alessandra Pedergnana.

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Player Spotlight
Spotlight Players of the Week: Hannah Kassaie & Grant Lumkong
by Rhiannon Potkey, 6 July 2020

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 Hannah Kassaie and Grant Lumkong.

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3-Jul-2020
June Aces Rewind: A Look Back at Some Top Players
For the third consecutive month, the Aces column entailed a visit to the archives, with 14 junior and college players highlighted for their performances in past Junes. All 14 of those featured have gone on to reach the ATP and WTA Top 50, and one is a reigning slam singles champion.

2-Jul-2020
Representing Family, UW Hits Home For Five-Star Suko
Nedim Suko is excited about staying home to play for the University of Washington. Not only is he proud to wear the purple and gold, the five-star rising senior is proud to represent his family's success story.

1-Jul-2020
Recruiting Insider: Eastern Washington's Dustin Hinson
Getting more insight into how college coaches recruit can make the process less intimidating for prospets. Our "Recruiting Insider" series features coaches from across the nation providing their recruiting methods. Today, we hear from Eastern Washington women's coach Dustin Hinson.

30-Jun-2020
Princeton-Bound Blue Chip Dale Has A Love For Tennis, Piano
Long before he started playing tennis, blue chip Andrew Dale was studying classical piano. The instrument remains an outlet for him to decompress, even during airport layovers. Dale is heading to Princeton, and plans to make music a part of his college experience.

29-Jun-2020
Spotlight Players of the Week: Daniella Clayborn and Daniel Dunac
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 Daniella Clayborn and Daniel Dunac.

26-Jun-2020
Family, Pandemic Lead Blue Chip Noel to the University of Iowa
Family connections and the Covid-19 pandemic led blue chip Alexa Noel to delay turning pro and commit to play for the University of Iowa for the 2020-21 season. The New Jersey resident began her final year of ITF junior eligibility this year ranked No. 5 in the world.

25-Jun-2020
Donovan Tennis Strategies To Host Virtual Showcase Event
Given the recruiting restrictions in place because of the coronavirus pandemic, Donovan Tennis Strategies is hosting its first-ever virtual recruiting showcase July 8-9. The event will feature a coaches panel, admissions presentation and match videos among other things.

24-Jun-2020
Rajeev Ram Joins Cal As Volunteer Assistant Coach
Rajeev Ram spent one successful semester playing for the University of Illinois before leaving to pursue a full-time career on the pro tour. But he always wanted to return college tennis, and has joined the Cal men's tennis staff as a volunteer assistant for the 2020-21 season.

22-Jun-2020
TRN Rankings Resume
With USTA junior play resuming, the TRN ranking window will resume as well. For the next year, the ranking window will be 66 weeks instead of 52. Details here ...

21-Jun-2020
Father's Day Commitment: Sons Choose To Play For Dad
Ben Shelton, Gavin Young, Frank Thompson and Ashe Ray gave their dads a long-lasting Father's Day gift by committing to play for them in college. As sons of coaches, the four grew up around their dad's programs and see the benefit of joining their teams.

19-Jun-2020
2020 Top NCAA D-III Women's Classes
The Tennis Recruiting Network and Mizuno wrap up their recruiting class ranking series with a look at the mid-majors. Today we present the Top 25 NCAA D-III Women's Recruiting Class Rankings for the Class of 2020 - where the Cows are rising.

18-Jun-2020
Move to Division I Helped Stratakos Pick UC San Diego
UC San Diego is officially becoming a Division I program next month and joining the Big West Conference. That helped convince Monica Stratakos to sign with the Tritons. The four-star from Saratoga, California will be a freshman this fall.

17-Jun-2020
American Clay Court Nationals Aim To Fill Competitive Void
After the USTA canceled the National Clay Court Championships last month, the American Clay Court Nationals was created as an alternative. The Boys and Girls 18s are scheduled for June 21-25, and the Boys and Girls 16s for June 28-July 2 at the Greenbrier Resort in West Virginia.

16-Jun-2020
North Carolina Central Men Honored For Community Service
At a time when the nation is roiled in protests over racism and social injustice issues, the North Carolina Central University men's tennis team was honored as the national ITA Community Service Award winner for Division I men. The HBCU program accumulated 556 hours of community service during the 2019-20 season.

15-Jun-2020
USTA 18s and 16s National Championships Remain On Schedule
The 2020 USTA Boys and Girls 18s and 16s National Championships will be held as scheduled August 7-16, while the Boys and Girls 14s and 12s events have been canceled. The 16s events will be moved to another location to help with social distancing.

15-Jun-2020
2020 Top NCAA D-III Men's Classes
TRN and Mizuno continue their recruiting class ranking series this week with a look at the mid-majors. Today we present the Top 25 NCAA D-III Men's Recruiting Class Rankings for the Class of 2020 - where Blue Jays are hovering at the top.

12-Jun-2020
2020 Top Mid-Major Women's Classes
The Tennis Recruiting Network and Mizuno continue their recruiting class ranking series this week with a look at the mid-majors. Today we present the Top 25 Women's Mid-Major Recruiting Class Rankings for the Class of 2020, where the Toreros reign supreme.

11-Jun-2020
Being Black in College Tennis: Players Share Their Stories
In the wake of racial protests being staged across the world, former and current black college tennis players discuss how race factored into their recruiting process, how they were treated in college and gave advice to future generations of black players.

10-Jun-2020
Player Spotlight of the Week: Roshan Morey, Frankee Hendricks
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 Roshan Morey and Frankee Hendricks.

9-Jun-2020
De Luna Stays Local By Committing to Incarnate Word
Noah De Luna loves living in San Antonio, and wanted to play college tennis in front of his family and friends. The four-star Class of 2020 recruit will get the chance after committing to Incarnate Word.

8-Jun-2020
2020 Top Mid-Major Men's Classes
The Tennis Recruiting Network and Mizuno continue their recruiting class ranking series this week with a look at the mid-majors. Today we present the Top 25 Men's Mid-Major Recruiting Class Rankings for the Class of 2020 - with the 'Niners looking strong at the top.

5-Jun-2020
Practice Makes Perfect: Good Habits For Transition to College
Multiple highly-successful Division I men’s and women’s coaches identify the three most important aspects they are looking for from players at practice as well as their program's cell phone policies to avoid distractions.

4-Jun-2020
Rising Juniors Take Note: Time to Update Your Profiles
Rising juniors can expect more activity in the recruiting process in the next few months as coaches can begin corresponding with them. It's a perfect time for players to update their profiles on TRN to ensure coaches have the best information to recruit them.

3-Jun-2020
Tulane Commitment Has a Friendly Benefit For Four-Star Theis
Brooke Theis first learned about Tulane when her close friend was being recruited to the university. The two will become teammates in 2021 when Theis joins the team. The four-star junior from Illinois has committed to the Mean Green.

2-Jun-2020
May Aces Rewind: A Look Back at Some Top Players
May was the second consecutive month with no tennis results, so Colette Lewis is going back in the archives to feature 16 star players highlighted in previous years of her Aces column. All the players went on to reach the ATP and WTA Top 100.

1-Jun-2020
Top Women's Classes - 2020 Rankings
Our recruiting class rankings continue with a look at the top women. TRN and Mizuno have worked with a panel of junior tennis experts to produce the Top 25 Women's Recruiting Classes of 2020 - with a Hook at the very top of our list.

29-May-2020
ITA's Summer Circuit Stays On Schedule
Despite the Covid-19 pandemic, the ITA still plans to hold its Summer Circuit events in the coming months. Health and safety guidelines will be enforced and other changes will be made to help more matches get played.

28-May-2020
After Virtual Visits and Research, Chakladar Chooses MIT
Sundeep Chakladar wasn't able to take any official visits once the coronavirus pandemic shut down all travel. The four-star senior from Redondo Beach, California still did his homework on multiple colleges and decided going across the country to MIT was the right option.

26-May-2020
ECU Cuts Programs, Leaves Recruit Searching For New Options
Christopher Johns was excited about starting his college tennis career at East Carolina University in the fall. But after ECU cut both tennis programs last week, Johns is now scrambling to find a new college option in a tight window.

25-May-2020
Top Men's Classes - 2020 Rankings
As we move into summer and towards reopening, the Class of 2020 has been moving forward. As of today, over 1,600 seniors have reported commitments to college tennis programs, and more are making verbal commitments each and every week. The decision-making will continue, but now is a good time to check in on where where things stand. Today, TRN and Mizuno are excited to bring you their poll of the Top 25 Men's College Tennis Recruiting Classes.

22-May-2020
Crawfishing and Tennis Are a Way of Life For LSU-Bound Koch
Ben Koch grew up on his grandfather's crawfish and rice farm in Louisiana. His mother, Emily, a former college tennis player, is a crawfish farmer. Koch is staying close to the family farm for college. The blue chip senior has signed with LSU.

21-May-2020
Meet The Assistant: Texas' Brandon Wagner
Assistant coaches might not get as much attention as head coaches, but they are highly valued by everyone within a college program. They work long hours to help teams try to win matches and help players try to achieve their goals. In this edition of Meet The Assistant, we profile Texas men's assistant Brandon Wagner.

20-May-2020
Spotlight Players of the Week: Sylvia Eklund and Andrew Zabelo
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 Sylvia Eklund and Andrew Zabelo.

19-May-2020
Asokumar Recovers From Illness to Reach College Tennis Goals
Arjun Asokumar was told he may never play competitive tennis again after suffering from a brain illness at age 13. Not only did he recover, he made the long climb back to five-star status. The Chicago native has committed to Johns Hopkins.

17-May-2020
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.

15-May-2020
USTA Cancels 2020 National Clay Court Championships
The USTA announced Friday it has canceled the 2020 National Clay Court Championships due to the continuing fallout from the coronavirus pandemic. The events were scheduled to take place July 12-19 at seven different cities across three states.

14-May-2020
Determination Helps Five-Star Collins Reach Fresno State
Karl Collins was willing to travel nearly an hour on public transportation to get to training every day. The dedication was rewarded when the five-star senior from Richmond, California signed with Fresno State.

13-May-2020
Recruiting Insider: UC Irvine's Elizabeth Ferris
Getting more insight into how college coaches recruit can make the process less intimidating for prospets. Our "Recruiting Insider" series features coaches from across the nation providing their recruiting methods. Today, we hear from UC Irvine women's head coach Elizabeth Ferris.

12-May-2020
Spotlight Players of the Week: Ethan Nguyen, Beavin Twins
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 Ethan Nguyen and twins Katie and Emma Beavin.

11-May-2020
Llona Is The "Brick" That Launched Saint Michael's Rebuild
Ivan Llona was recruited from a high school match to help change the fortunes of the Saint Michael's men's program. After thinking he would never play college tennis, the Vermont native has become the "brick" of the rebuild.

8-May-2020
How Coaches Are Recruiting During The Shutdown
The coronavirus pandemic has prevented college coaches from their normal recruiting practices. They can't have any in-person contact, meaning no hosting visits to campus or watching matches at tournaments. How have they adjusted to still get to know recruits? They let us know in the latest Coaching Roundtable.

7-May-2020
Spotlight Players of the Week: Kirstin Hailey and Daniel Haley
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 Kirstin Hailey and Daniel Haley.

6-May-2020
Blue Chip Rapolu Makes An Early Jump to Join Texas
Malaika Rapolu is graduating a year early to join the Texas program in the fall. The blue chip from Cedar Park, Texas wants to take advantage of the better training available with the Longhorns as she pursues her goal of playing professionally.

4-May-2020
Impact of COVID-19 on TRN Rankings
COVID-19 has had broad impact across all walks of life - including junior tennis. Tennis governing bodies like the USTA and ITF have announced delays to junior tennis competition that may stretch out for a while. TRN rankings and ratings use USTA and ITF results, and today we are announcing changes to our rankings going forward.

1-May-2020
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.

30-Apr-2020
Five-Star Heuser Changes Direction, Picks Hometown Illinois
Megan Heuser thought she wanted to leave home to attend college outside of the Big Ten Conference footprint. But after the five-star junior visited Illinois, she realized staying in state to play for the Illini was the best option.

29-Apr-2020
Four-Star Phillips Gets GameDay Treatment At Dayton
Davis Phillips made his official visit to Dayton when ESPN's GameDay crew was on campus for a Flyers men's basketball game. The support he saw helped the four-star junior from South Carolina determine Dayton was the right place to commit for college.

28-Apr-2020
Hot 100 List - April 2020
It's time to unveil the April 2020 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.

27-Apr-2020
Gillinov Extends Family Tradition By Committing to Yale
Nicole Gillinov is set to become teammates with her big sister once again after committing to Yale. The five-star senior from Ohio is extending a family tradition by attending the Ivy League school. Her father is also a graduate.

24-Apr-2020
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.

23-Apr-2020
Spotlight Players of the Week: Cydney Rogers and Broc Fletcher
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 Cydney Rogers and Broc Fletcher.

21-Apr-2020
Blue Chip Broadus Rides Early Wave with Pepperdine Commitment
Savannah Broadus was already leaning towards committing to Pepperdine, but her decision was expedited because of the coronavirus pandemic. The blue chip junior wanted to ensure she had scholarship money and a roster spot for 2021.

20-Apr-2020
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.

16-Apr-2020
USTA To Provide Relief Fund, Status of U.S. Open Undetermined
The USTA unveiled a plan on Thursday to oversee a commitment of more than $50 million to help tennis deal with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic at the grassroots level. The status of whether the U.S. Open, a major revenue generator, will be canceled or postponed is expected to be determined by June.

16-Apr-2020
Robotic Tennis: McCandless Ready for all Caltech Has to Offer
Kyle McCandless had good options close to home to puruse his love of engineering and tennis. But the four-star senior from Massachusetts wanted to find a sunnier location for college and chose to commit to Caltech.

15-Apr-2020
Four-Star Landreth Gets Surprise Offer From Ragin' Cajuns
Grant Landreth wasn't sure what to expect when he met Louisiana head coach Mark Jeffrey for coffee. The four-star senior from Lafayette got an early Christmas gift and a chance to fulfill a childhood dream with the Ragin' Cajuns.

13-Apr-2020
USTA Prolongs COVID-19 Suspension, Cancels Some Events
After discussions with its Medical Advisory Committee, the USTA is extending the suspension of USTA sanctioned events and products through May 31 and has canceled some events due to the global coronavirus pandemic.

13-Apr-2020
Spotlight Players of the Week: Gray Voelzke, Divya Venkatarama
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 Gray Voelzke and Divya Venkatarama.

10-Apr-2020
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.

8-Apr-2020
How an Extra Year of Eligibility Impacts College Teams, Recruits
The NCAA granted an extra year of eligibilty to spring sport athletes that had their season abruptly canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic. How will that impact college rosters and recruiting in the next few seasons? Our Coaching Roundtable attempts to address those issues.

7-Apr-2020
Spencer Ready for New Experiences at Saint Louis University
Mya Spencer wanted to get away from home and sign with a program that could offer her a great financial package. She found both at Saint Louis University. The four-star senior has signed with the Billikens.

6-Apr-2020
Meet The Assistant: Washington & Lee's Hailey Barrett
Assistant coaches might not get as much attention as head coaches, but they are highly valued by everyone within a college program. They work long hours to help teams try to win matches and help players try to achieve their goals. In this edition of Meet The Assistant, we profile Washington and Lee's Hailey Barrett.

3-Apr-2020
Persistence Helped Loudermilk Finally Connect with UConn
Nicholas Loudermilk decided to take another shot and email UConn again after hearing there were changes on the coaching staff. He finally got a response and arranged an official visit. The four-star senior from Anderson, South Carolina loved the school, and has committed.

2-Apr-2020
CMS Senior Organizes Donations to Help Medical Facilities
Claremont-Mudd-Scripps senior Anastasia Bryan-Ajania initiated a donation drive among athletic programs and science departments to collect personal protective equipment for medical facilities. She is encouraging other colleges to do the same to help during the COVID-19 pandemic.

31-Mar-2020
Want To Get Recruited? It's The Perfect Time to Use TRN
The first priority right now is health and safety. But with no chance to play tennis, it's a good time for players to update their profiles and upgrade to a subscription to enhance their chances of getting recruited. Coaches are on our site now more than ever.

30-Mar-2020
NCAA Grants Waiver For All Spring Sport Athletes To Return
The NCAA Division I Council has approved a blanket waiver to give all spring sport athletes, which includes tennis players, whose season was abruptly canceled by the COVID-19 pandemic an additional season of competition and an extension of their period of eligibility.

29-Mar-2020
NCAA Takes Major Financial Hit and More Could Be Coming
The NCAA has suffered big financial losses in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic resulting in the NCAA basketball tournament being canceled. There could be much harder hits coming if the football season is impacted.

27-Mar-2020
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.

26-Mar-2020
Spotlight Players of the Week: Sam Goidel and Alyssa Getty
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 Sam Goidel and Alyssa Getty.

25-Mar-2020
Barrow Finds The Right Fit Is Close To Home At Mercer
There is no tournament Samuel Barrow doesn't look forward to playing. He plans months in advanced and counts down the days. His weekends will soon be filled with college matches as the four-star senior is staying close to home to attend Mercer.

24-Mar-2020
Emory's Spring Break Trip Ends in Uncertainty For All
The Emory women's tennis team was on a spring break trip to Florida when the Eagles found out their season was canceled because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Head coach Amy Bryant is still trying to come to grips with the new reality and uncertain future.

23-Mar-2020
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.

20-Mar-2020
Hot 100 List - March 2020
It's time to unveil the March 2020 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.

19-Mar-2020
The Season-Ending Meeting Coaches Weren't Expecting
College coaches around the country had to break the news to their players that the season was over much earlier than expected because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The meetings weren't easy, and the reality is still sinking in for many.

18-Mar-2020
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.

16-Mar-2020
How the Coronavirus Is Impacting Junior Tennis
Many junior tournaments and events have been cancelled or suspended as a result of the heightened concerns surrounding the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Find out how organizations are reacting and what the next steps might be.

13-Mar-2020
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.

12-Mar-2020
Sacrifices Makes Iowa Commitment Even Sweeter for Weiss
Her family would drive 20 hours to tournaments, sleep in their caravan and work multiple jobs to help Oliva Weiss achieve her goals in tennis. The four-star junior from Michigan saw one reward come through earlier this year when she committed to Iowa.

11-Mar-2020
Spotlight Players of the Week: Daniel Haley and Evelyn Safar
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 Evelyn Safar and Daniel Haley.

10-Mar-2020
Friendly Recommendation Leads Brady to Marquette
Ian Brady listened to his trainer's advice and decided to learn more about Marquette and head coach Steve Rodecap. The four-star senior from Indianapolis liked what he learned, and has committed to the Golden Eagles.

9-Mar-2020
Diaz Reaches Record-Breaking Milestone at Georgia
Georgia's Manny Diaz became the all-time winningest men's head coach in Southeastern Conference history on March 1st when Georgia defeated Ohio State. Diaz passed his former coach and mentor, Dan Magill, with win No. 707 and has already added more. He reflects on the milestone's meaning.

6-Mar-2020
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.

5-Mar-2020
Recruiting Corner: Middlebury Men's Coach Bob Hansen
Recruiting is not an exact science. Different programs have different needs and methods to finding players. In this month's Recruiting Corner, Middelbury men's coach Bob Hansen reveals his approach to recruiting and what he looks for in players.

4-Mar-2020
Columbia Hits All the Right Notes For Five-Star Ruger
Henry Ruger is more than just a tennis player. The five-star from Philadelphia also sings in the Keystone State Boychoir and has traveled around the world to perform. Ruger is taking his diverse interests to Columbia, where he will play in the fall.

3-Mar-2020
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.

2-Mar-2020
Star Ratings Spring 2020 Edition
After months of waiting, here they are... the Star Ratings. Find out right now how many stars you have - as The Tennis Recruiting Network proudly presents the Spring Star Ratings for 2020.

1-Mar-2020
Action Shots from the Southern Level 2
The older half of the USTA Southern L2 Championships were held in Rome, Georgia, at the new 51-court tennis center on the Berry College campus. The weather was cold all weekend - and rain cut the championships short. But photographer Bill Kallenberg was on hand for TennisRecruiting.net and captured these images.

28-Feb-2020
Meet the Assistant: North Carolina State's Cris James
Assistant coaches might not get as much attention as head coaches, but they are highly valued by everyone within a college program. They work long hours to help teams try to win matches and help players try to achieve their goals. In this edition of Meet The Assistant, we profile North Carolina State's Cris James.

26-Feb-2020
A Day In The Life: Howard's Dominique Jackson
Ever wonder what a typical day is like for a college tennis player? We've got you covered. Through their own words, we take you inside the schedule of a college player. Welcome to A Day In The Life of Howard's Dominique Jackson.

25-Feb-2020
Holcomb-Jones Striving for Excellence with NJTL Leadership
Former college player and college coach Sean Holcomb-Jones is now the manager of USTA Foundation Excellence Program & Corporate Activations. As TRN celebreates Black History Month, Holcomb-Jones details his story and his future goals in this edition of "Where Are They Now?"

24-Feb-2020
Spotlight Players of the Week: Jolie Taty and Gabriel Sardo
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 Jolie Taty and Gabriel Sardo.

21-Feb-2020
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.

20-Feb-2020
Roundtable: What Makes Playing for HBCU Programs Special
What makes playing for Historically Black Colleges and Universities special or unique? In honor of Black History Month, our Coaching Roundtable panel provides some insight into what attracts their recruits to their schools.

19-Feb-2020
Chaudhary Achieves Goal of Signing with Stanford
Aryan Chaudhary's top choice for college was always Stanford. The blue chip Bay Area native wanted to stay close to home and represent the Cardinal. He'll get his chance next fall after signing with Stanford.

18-Feb-2020
Hot 100 List - February 2020
It's time to unveil the February 2020 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.

17-Feb-2020
Player Spotlight of the Week: Ainsley Heidbreder, Alex Bigsby
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 Ainsley Heidbreder and Alex Bigsby.

14-Feb-2020
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.

12-Feb-2020
Krug Twins Double Their Commitment to Duke
Connor and Jake Krug knew they wanted to attend college together and prolong their successful doubles career. The blue chip juniors had visited Duke many times to watch college basketball games, and fell in love with what the tennis program had to offer. They committed to Duke in December.

11-Feb-2020
Spotlight Players of the Week: Elizabeth Vollmin, Anderson Smith
TRN regularly shines the spotlight on a boy and girl player randomly selected from our class ranking lists. Beyond match scores and tournament results, the players reveal more about their interests and personalities. Get to know Elizabeth Vollmin and Anderson Smith.

10-Feb-2020
Heart Awareness Match Has Personal Meaning at Colgate
Colgate tennis is holding its fourth annual Heart Awareness Match on Feb. 23 to raise money for the Golisano Children's Hospital. The match means a lot to head coach Bobby Pennington, whose son, Clifford, underwent lifesaving heart surgery as a newborn.

7-Feb-2020
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.

5-Feb-2020
Longhorns, Likely Short Stay: Blue Chip Stearns Picks Texas
Peyton Stearns intends to play college tennis for one year before pursuing a full-time professional career. The blue chip senior from Mason, Ohio felt Texas provided the best package to fit her needs. She has committed to the Longhorns.

4-Feb-2020
Spotlight Players of the Week: Noah Van Dyke, Kylin Sadler
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 Noah Van Dyke and Kylin Sadler.

3-Feb-2020
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.

2-Feb-2020
Orange Bowl Photo Gallery
Florida hosts many big tournaments at the end of the year, and the Orange Bowl Interational Tennis Championships is a big one. Hosted at the Frank Veltri Tennis Center in Plantation, Fla., the event attracts players from across the world. Robin Montgomery and Thiago Tirante won the 18s singles championships - while Ashlyn Krueger and Daniel Rincon took home the 16s titles. Check out action shots from the event ...

31-Jan-2020
Smith: Tennis Needs to Start Fun to Remain Fun
When kids are starting to play tennis, it has to be fun and that has to stay with them forever. Because once you reach the pro level and it becomes a business, you have to find ways to enjoy it. Former USC coach Peter Smith addresses junior tennis in his latest column.

29-Jan-2020
Hernandez Set to Become First in Her Family to Attend College
Sayda Hernandez used tennis to achieve her educational dreams. Once the five-star senior arrives at Indiana in the fall, she will become the first in her family to attend college. Hernandez wants to be a role model for her siblings.

28-Jan-2020
How Much Does On-Court Body Language Factor Into Recruiting?
How much do college coaches pay attention to a player's body language on the court when they are recruiting? We asked several coaches from around the nation to provide their thoughts for this month's Coaching Roundtable.

27-Jan-2020
Spotlight Players of the Week: Derek Distelrath, Isabella Pescatore
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 Derek Distelrath and Isabella Pescatore.

24-Jan-2020
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.

23-Jan-2020
Five-Star Mikeal Carpenter Could Be Program-Changing Recruit
Rather than sign with a bigger program, Mikeael Carpenter decided to stay close home at Morgan State. The five-star senior from Maryland has known Morgan State head coach Matt Townes his entire life and feels comfortable at the HBCU in Baltimore.

22-Jan-2020
Hot 100 List - January 2020
It's time to unveil the January 2020 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.

21-Jan-2020
Selby's College Goals Take a New Direction with CMS
Sena Selby grew up dreaming about playing pro tennis or joining a Division I program. But as she began looking at colleges, she realized Division III was a better fit for her aspirations. The four-star from New York has committed to play for Claremont-Mudd-Scripps.

20-Jan-2020
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.

17-Jan-2020
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.

16-Jan-2020
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.

15-Jan-2020
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.

14-Jan-2020
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.

10-Jan-2020
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.

9-Jan-2020
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.

9-Jan-2020
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.

8-Jan-2020
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.

8-Jan-2020
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.

7-Jan-2020
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.

7-Jan-2020
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.

6-Jan-2020
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.

3-Jan-2020
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.

2-Jan-2020
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.

1-Jan-2020
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.


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