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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 >

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 >

What Is Going On In College Tennis?

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There is so much happening on the College Tennis Front these days – some good, some not so good – that I wanted to do a quick update for those of you who are, like me, on the brink of getting your junior player ready for this next step. Please feel free to discuss any or all of the following points in the Comments section.

  • The Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) recently published its pre-season individual ranking list for both men and women (see below) as well as its ranking list for More >

We Must #SaveCollegeTennis

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I’d be willing to bet that, for most of our kids, college tennis is the goal. Maybe not The Dream, but definitely The Goal. But what will college tennis look like by the time our kids get there? For my kid, that’s only one year from now. Let’s take a look at what’s there as of today and what’s coming down the pike . . .

  • Right now, as a result of Title IX, a fully-funded Division I women’s tennis team has 8 scholarships to distribute; a fully-funded men’s team has 4 1/2. That means, if you’re More >

Interview with Stanford’s Taylor Davidson

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This afternoon, I had the thrill of watching 2 amazing women’s tennis matches at the NCAA Championships. Luckily for me, it was raining in Athens early in the day, so 2 of the Round of 16 matches were moved to the indoor courts at Georgia Tech which is way closer to my house than UGA. And, by the way, big kudos to the folks at Georgia Tech for stepping in to help out on what could’ve been a really complicated scheduling challenge for the tournament organizers!

The first match was between UNC More >

College Tennis: What’s the Problem?

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Every few months, it seems, we hear of another proposed tweak to our college tennis format, whether it’s a new scoring system, a recruiting contact rule, or an eligibility change. Lately, these proposals have been met with an outcry via social media, and, luckily, so far, those crying loudest have come out on top. But how long and how loudly can we cry before The Powers That Be become inured to our outrage?

I understand that coaches – and athletic directors (ADs) – are concerned about budgets More >

It’s Signing Week

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This is the week when high school tennis players (and all high school athletes for that matter) can first sign on the proverbial dotted line to commit to playing their sport at the collegiate level.  There are press conferences, lots of picture-taking, and lots of hype surrounding the top players – TennisRecruiting devotes a ton of bandwidth to Signing Week and where the Blue Chips and 5-Stars are headed next Fall.  It’s a pretty big deal!

We are still two years away from Signing Week in our More >

Complain, Complain, Complain . . . Do!

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There is a lot of complaining going on in the Tennis World – from players, from coaches, from parents, from tournament directors, from journalists – I hear it all the time!  And blame – WOW! – every organization is getting blamed for the demise of American tennis, from USTA to ITF to USPTA to NCAA . . . the list goes on and on.

This blog was born out of complaints that I had myself and that I heard from other tennis parents, so I get it – I’m not innocent in the Blame Game; in fact, far from More >

College Players Soar at US Open

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With all the proposed changes NCAA is trying to make, you would think there was a problem with US college tennis.  This first week of the US Open is proving otherwise.

We have seen some incredible wins by our young guns in Flushing.  Stanford’s Mallory Burdette took out Timea Bacsinszky of Switzerland in her first round match in straight sets then did similar work against Lucie Hradecka (you may recognize this name as one of the silver medal doubles winners at last month’s London Olympics) of More >

We’re in Good Hands!

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Each generation imagines itself to be more intelligent than the one that went before it, and wiser than the one that comes after it. – George Orwell

Last week was quite a whirlwind in the tennis world.  I spent an inordinate amount of time scrolling through Facebook posts and Twitter tweets trying to keep up with all the conversations involving the NCAA changes to college tennis and the USTA changes to junior tennis.  One very positive thing that came out of all this craziness was the creation More >

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