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Two SoCal Sons Doing Great at Jr US Open


I received the following via press release and wanted to share it with y’all. I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know both of these well-known Tennis Parents and couldn’t be happier for them! Be sure to check out my podcast with Tracy Austin here.

Two-time U.S. Open champion Tracy Austin and five-time NCAA champion winning USC men’s coach Peter Smith both watched as their sons upset the No. 6-seeded team to advance to the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open Junior Doubles Championships on More >

The Elephant in the Room


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Today’s guest post is by coach, author, and radio host Bill Patton. His latest book, How to End Cheating in Junior Tennis, is available online at this link: Enjoy!

“It’s alarming to note that 38% of junior tennis players play only one tournament prior to dropping out of tournament play. We need to do all we can together to create a fair tournament experience as the main feature to help encourage our new competitors to More >

Winter Nats So Far


What an amazing couple of days it has been so far in Scottsdale!

My son flew from Atlanta to Phoenix by himself on Christmas day (the rest of us were still celebrating with our extended family down in New Orleans). He got himself to the airport in Atlanta, arrived in Phoenix, took a cab to our hotel in Scottsdale, then met up with one of his Southern Section buddies to hit. The next morning, he connected with two of his future Santa Clara University teammates, Kamran and Connor, to hit and More >

My Wish List for Junior Tournaments


It’s the Friday morning before a Saturday-Monday junior tournament, and my son’s first match times still haven’t been posted. He can’t plan his morning warm-up because he doesn’t know what time he’ll play tomorrow, and the tournament site will only have 2 available warm-up courts after 8am, likely necessitating an alternative practice site if he plays later than 8. Hence, this Wish List for Junior Tournaments . . .

Dear Tournament Directors,

Given that we Tennis Parents are typically spending More >

New Email Subscription Service



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Oh, Senior Year!


It’s Senior Year. The last year of high school. The year where many decisions will be made. What college will my child attend? Will he play tennis there? Division 1 or 2 or 3 or something else altogether? A school where he is likely to play high up in the lineup or one in which he’ll have to work hard to prove himself before having a shot to be an impact player on the team? So many decisions . . .

Those of you who have been following my journey with my son know that he is now focusing his More >

Regarding USTA PD


Earlier this week, I received the following letter from a coach based in California. He stated in his intro to me that he was sending the letter to several people in hopes that it would help all of us formulate our thoughts on where USTA Player Development should go from here. The letter has already appeared on ZooTennis as well.

4 September 2014

An open letter from a private tennis coach regarding USTA Player Development

Yesterday, it was announced that Patrick McEnroe will leave his position More >

How to Walk Forward on the Tightrope of Player Development


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By Craig Cignarelli

The following article originally appeared on

After a quarter century of questionably-successful exploits, the USTA Player Development (PD) division is, once again, making a change.  Patrick McEnroe no longer sports the PD crown, and the National Board has begun the search for a successor.  Having spent the last two decades watching regime after regime take the PD division’s reigns – only to drop them a few years later after effecting More >

USTA Junior Tournaments Survey


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To all Tennis Parents, junior coaches, and junior players: USTA has posted an online survey on junior tournaments, the current structure, and what changes (if any) people would like to see. It is crucial that as many of us as possible take the time to answer the survey questions, giving thought and care to our answers, as I suspect the Junior Competition & Sportsmanship Committee will rely heavily on the responses to formulate a junior competition structure and schedule More >

We Must #SaveCollegeTennis


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 >
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