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Almost exactly two years ago, my son played in his very first Junior ITF tournament in Waco, Texas. While it was an excellent learning experience for him to understand what he needed to do to reach the next level, it was also a very quick experience in that he lost his first qualifying match pretty handily. A couple of weeks later, he played in his second Junior ITF tournament near our home in Atlanta. That time, he got through the first round of qualies but More >
Jared Donaldson is a 17-year-old tennis player who has followed his own pathway to professional tennis. Yes, it included some USTA tournaments along the way, like the very prestigious Kalamazoo, but, mostly, Jared has played the ITF circuit around the world. At an age when most junior players are thinking about which college they might like to attend, Jared is focusing solely on how to keep competing with the “Big Boys” on the pro tour. Just a few days ago, he was playing his first main draw More >
You may have noticed the recent addition of both USTA and ITF rankings on your child’s TennisRecruiting.net (TRN) profile. I asked TRN’s Dallas Oliver why they decided to add this information, especially given all the confusion over USTA rankings and point tables in 2014. Here is his response:
“Don’t read anything into the timing. Coaches (and others) have asked for us to show USTA and ITF rankings on our profile pages for years. We think this will be good for Tennis Recruiting. Since it is More >
[The following article was originally published on the website 10sBalls.com – I saw the link posted in a Facebook group frequented by tennis coaches and former players and felt it would be appropriate to repost it in its original form here. Please take some time to read through the author’s words and share your thoughts in the Comments box below. Although the author chose to remain anonymous, there are some very viable suggestions contained in the article that could help all of us parents More >
I was having a phone conversation with another tennis parent yesterday – we were discussing all the stuff going on with USTA (2014 changes, 10-and-under mandate, cost of competition, issues with wildcards, cheating, etc.) and what we could do as parents of junior players to get away from it all. We both agreed that our goal as Tennis Parents is to keep our kids playing as long as possible while maintaining their love of the game (and not going broke in the process!) – a huge challenge, to be More >
The tennis community is truly something special. If you haven’t experienced it yet, just wait . . . you will. Whether it’s a coach inviting your child to join his academy’s warmup at a tournament or a parent offering a protein bar to your child when he forgot to pack one or a child comforting your child after a tough loss, the community is there and it’s there en force.
And, when a challenge or a tragedy strikes our tennis community, we rally. We speak out. We show up. We stand together More >
Day 1 of Qualies, ITF Tournament 1, Waco, Texas
Coach Julius (via text message to me): Game on!
Me: What’s that mean????
Coach: He just started.
Me: Ah, thanks! Keep me posted!
Coach: Very rough start. Nerves. Lots of unforced errors. 0-4.
Me: Uh oh
Coach: 0-6. Playing scared. Poor shot selection and too many short balls off his forehand and backhand.
Me: Hmmm . . . hope he can pull it together for the 2nd . . .
Coach: 1-1 in 2nd
Me: Calming down?
Coach: Not yet
Coach: More >
A huge thank you to everyone who took the time to comment here or via Twitter or via Facebook or via email – I knew y’all would have some great suggestions for me! I love hearing about your experiences with these different tournaments and how you weigh cost vs. value. As I keep saying, it’s not just about the tennis here – sometimes it’s about the Life Lessons learned.
Here’s what we finally decided to do regarding next week’s ITF tournament in Waco . . .
I sat down and figured out what the More >
My son has been asking to play an ITF tournament for over a year. Since there are very few even played in the US these days, it wasn’t hard to deter him. However, a friend’s mom told me I should sign him up for the one in Waco, Texas, because it’s a lower-grade tournament and might be a good first experience for my son. I went on the ITF website, registered him for an iPin (ITF’s version of a USTA number, I guess), and signed him up for the tournament. Then, we waited. And waited. And More >