USTA International Spring Championships To Showcase Some of World’s Top Juniors In Carson

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From USTA’s Press Office: Thousand Oaks’s 14-year-old Claire Liu, Connecticut’s William Blumberg To Vie For Girls’ and Boys’ 18s Titles at Prestigious ITF Junior Event  

Just two weeks after capturing her first USTA Pro Circuit $10,000 Futures title in Florida, Thousand Oaks’ Claire Liu is back home and ready to take on a strong field in the Girls’ 18s singles at the 11th annual USTA International Spring Championships starting this weekend at StubHub Center.

The 14-year-old Liu trains with More >

Selection Process for 2015 Nationals & Other Stuff

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So much has been going on these past couple of weeks, and I’ve been remiss in posting – for that, I apologize!

The first thing you need to know is that the selection process for the 2015 National Clay Court and National Hard Court Championships has been posted. For the 16s and 18s, draw size has been increased back to 2013 numbers, 192 for singles and 96 for doubles. For the 14s and 16s, draw sizes are 128 for singles and 64 for doubles. Players will be chosen based on the criteria in the More >

Desert Bound

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Bright and early tomorrow morning, I will be headed from Atlanta to LAX for several days of incredible tennis experiences at the 2015 BNP Paribas Open.

I’ve only been to this tournament one other time: in 2012 just a few months after starting ParentingAces. I was there as a fan, pure and simple, and had an absolute blast! I did very little work that time, focusing mainly on meeting some of my cyber-connections face-to-face and trying to stay warm and dry during what was an uncharacteristically More >

Expectations for Parent, Coach, & Player

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For years, I have been practically begging junior tennis coaches to create a written set of guidelines for the families who hire them. I have posted various suggestions for what to include. I’ve even emailed coaches directly with ideas and examples of Agreements and Evaluations that my son has received. And, while I’ve heard of a few coaches who have adopted the practice of using this type of written “contract,” the majority still leave things totally up More >

Parents & Players vs Mass Confusion & Misinformation

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I’m going crazy choosing a racquet & string for my kid!

Today’s Guest Post is written by Tim Strawn, Executive Director of the International Alliance of Racquet Technicians, and has been reposted with permission from the IART website. To learn more about Tim and IART, visit their website at www.gssalliance.com and listen to my interview with Tim on the ParentingAces YouTube channel (click here).

If there’s one thing I’ve learned over my long career as a racquet technician it’s that the odds are More >

Why My Kid is Playing High School Tennis

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Three years ago at this time, my son was in the midst of his high school tennis season. It was his freshman year, and he had made the Varsity squad. He was so excited to have the opportunity to train with his teammates, one of whom had already committed to play college tennis the following year, and compete against the Big Boys from schools all around the state. While there were a few snags along the way, it was a great season for him and for his team. They won the Regional competition and made More >

A Grassroots Approach to Reducing the Number of Foreign Roster Spots in US College Tennis

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The Men’s ITA Indoor Tournament just ended. A public university, Oklahoma (6/11 US players), beat a private university, University of Southern California (8/12 US players), in the final. Why is that pertinent? Today’s Guest Post looks at the prevalence of international students on public university tennis teams (click here to read another recent article on this topic). The article is brought to you by a Fellow Tennis Parent who prefers to remain anonymous as More >

Does the Answer Lie in the Big East?

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As I reflect on and re-read my last post on the NCAA’s decision to stick with the 2014 scoring and format this year, I keep trying to figure out what we can do, besides bastardizing the scoring and cutting out games, to fit college tennis into that 3 1/2 hour tv window. Because, if nothing else, at least we now know that’s the thought process behind all these scoring “experiments” over the past couple of years.

I’ve heard all sorts of interesting suggestions More >

No-Ad a No-Go

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Yesterday, Colette Lewis of ZooTennis tweeted a link to her article announcing the NCAA had decided against using the ITA’s new scoring formats for the 2015 NCAA Team and Individual Championships to be held at Baylor University this May. Though very little information has come out from the ITA or NCAA, Colette did include the verbiage from NCAA’s email to all college tennis coaches:

Men’s and Women’s Head Tennis Coaches,

Normally, we would prepare a formal memorandum but realize time is of the More >

USTA Florida Taking the Lead

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Somehow, even though I live in the Southern Section, I got on an email list for USTA Florida. I’m glad I did! The section sends out great information each week on the various tournaments going on within the section, registration deadlines, and industry news. It’s very informative!

But, this week, I got a new email from them. This one, called the USTA Florida Junior Competigram, was focused solely around junior tennis. Here’s what it contained:

Dear Junior Tournament Player and Tournament More >

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