Junior Tournaments & Rankings

Cici Bellis Headlines US Nominations for World Junior Team Competition Qualies  

The following was sent to me by USTA’s Press Office: U.S. to Host Junior Davis and Fed Cup by BNP Paribas, World Junior Tennis North/Central American and Caribbean Final Qualifying at the USTA Training Center – Headquarters in Boca Raton, Fla. The USTA today announced that reigning ITF World Junior Champion CiCi Bellis leads the 12 top juniors nominated to represent the U.S. in the qualifying rounds of Junior Davis and Fed Cup by BNP Paribas (16-and-under) and World Junior Tennis More >

Comparing TRN to UTR for Class of 2015 Girls


Today marks the beginning of Spring Signing Week, so here is my report on where the Top 200 players according to TennisRecruiting.net are headed (a blank next to the player’s name means she hasn’t announced a commitment yet) and a comparison of their TRN ranking to their UTR rating. The charts below are for the Class of 2015 Girls. Click here to see the Class of 2015 Boys.

The first chart you see is ordered by TRN Ranking. The second chart is ordered by UTR Rating. It is interesting to note More >

Comparing TRN to UTR for Class of 2015 Boys


With Spring Signing Week almost upon us, I thought I would do a little report on where the Top 200 players according to TennisRecruiting.net are headed (a blank next to the player’s name means he hasn’t announced a commitment yet) and compare their TRN ranking to their UTR rating. We’ll take a peek at the Class of 2015 Boys first.

The first chart you see below is ordered by TRN Ranking. The second chart is ordered by UTR Rating. It is interesting to compare the two.

At the top of the rankings, More >

Asics Easter Bowl Underway


The article below was written by Steve Pratt and originally posted on the USTA Southern California website. I will be at the Easter Bowl today through Thursday and would love to connect with any of you who are there. Please look for me – I’ll be wearing my ParentingAces shirt – so we can chat (and take a selfie)! Also, be sure to follow @ParentingAces on Twitter for some fun photo and interview opps at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.

The future of American tennis will once again be on display More >

UTR Gaining A Foothold


I first heard about Universal Tennis Ratings a couple of years ago when I was asked to have one of its founders, Dave Howell, on my radio show. At the time, UTR was just starting to gather steam. The professional players were in the system, but UTR still had spotty data on junior and college players. Dave and his team were making every effort to build a following by engaging parents and coaches and others to report dual match and tournament results so that UTR could be a reliable tool for More >

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


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


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 >

USTA Florida Taking the Lead


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 >

Drumroll Please! Best Tournament Director Award Goes To . . .


This past Fall, I announced that ParentingAces would be giving out a Best Tournament Director Award to shine a light on those men and women who go above and beyond for the benefit of our junior players. I opened up the nominations back in October and received 21 unique names. Those of you who submitted nominations really took the time to describe the why behind your nomination, and each of the nominees deserves to be recognized for his/her great work. For a while, I considered giving the award More >

Winter Nats Final Analysis


As I mentioned in my previous post, the folks at Universal Tennis Ratings did some extensive pre- and post-event analysis of this year’s Boys and Girls 16s and 18s Winter Nationals draws and outcomes (click here for their online work).

In addition to the numbers, UTR co-creator Dave Howell provided the following in-depth analysis:

Upsets abound . . . or maybe not so much!

Scrutinizing the main draw of the Winter Nationals B18s, you can find 17 matches which went against the seedings. Seems like More >

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