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 that the UTRs of the Girls range from a low of 7.69 to a high of 11.99 while those of the Boys range from a low of 10.51 to a high of 14.56. With the way scholarships are set up now – 8 for the Girls and 4.5 for the Boys – the vast majority of these Top 200 Girls will receive significant, even full, funding assistance for their college educations while many of the Top 200 Boys will not.

As with the Boys, at the top of the rankings the two charts are pretty similar. There are a few things that stand out, though. For example, TRN’s #5 ranked player comes in at #15 in terms of UTR rating, and #23 on TRN comes in at #99 on the UTR list.

As I mentioned in the Comments of the Boys article, these rating/ranking tools are much more effective when used together. No one system is perfect. When you add in USTA’s Points Per Round ranking – which, I think we all agree, is the least accurate of the 3 – you get a more well-rounded picture of the player. Not a PERFECT picture but better than relying on any one rating/ranking by itself.

Class of 2015 Girls Ordered by TRN
TRN UTR Name State College
1 11.45 Kaitlyn McCarthy NC Duke
2 11.99 Francesca Dilorenzo OH Ohio State
3 11.35 Katharine Fahey NJ Michigan
4 11.51 Ellyse Hamlin CT Duke
5 10.87 Mia Horvit FL
6 11.67 Melissa Lord CT Stanford
7 11.6 Kennedy Shaffer OH Georgia
8 10.96 Caroline Lampl VA Stanford
9 10.82 Jessie Aney MN North Carolina
10 11.08 Jessica Ho PA Duke
11 10.68 Andie Daniell GA Alabama
12 11.42 Brienne Minor IL Michigan
13 11.24 Gabrielle Andrews CA UCLA
14 10.78 Star Makarome FL Columbia
15 11.61 Kimberly Yee NV Stanford
16 10.65 Amy Yang GA Yale
17 10.87 Jessica Failla CA USC
18 10.84 Elizabeth Profit CA Baylor
19 10.22 Rachel Rohrabacher FL South Carolina
20 10.51 Anna Ulyashchenko NY Wake Forest
21 11.13 Bianca Moldovan MI NC State
22 10.58 Joanna Zalewski NJ
23 9.48 Andrea Kevakian CA Columbia
24 10.39 Nicole Kalhorn CO Princeton
25 10.13 Kenadi Hance CA Washington
26 10.35 Samantha Hampton WA Arizona State
27 10.37 Felicity Maltby CA Texas Tech
28 10.44 Chloe Ouellet-Pizer NC North Carolina
29 10.22 Alexandra Valenstein CA Texas Tech
30 Elena Muller TX Tulane
31 10.33 Jaclyn Switkes FL Illinois
32 10.77 Fernanda Contreras Gomez TX Vanderbilt
33 10.95 Lauren Goodman IN William & Mary
34 9.95 Jessica Golovin NY LSU
35 10.44 Ines Vias MD Illinois
36 10.65 Sabrina Xiong NY Harvard
37 10.4 Gabrielle Schuck CO Tennessee
38 10.69 Arnelle Sullivan NY Maryland
39 10.27 Madison Clarke AZ Santa Clara
40 10.39 Emerald Able TN
41 10.52 Paige Cline CA South Carolina
42 10.73 Alexandra Letzt AZ USC
43 9.36 Clare Raley GA Missouri
44 10.23 Ashley Bongart FL Tennessee
45 10.31 Katie Ta CA Brown
46 10.08 Nevada Apollo NV Gonzaga
47 10.47 Allie Sanford AZ Ole Miss
48 9.87 Summer Dvorak CA Vanderbilt
49 10.05 Kristen Thoms IL Iowa
50 10.26 Sena Suswam AL Louisville
51 10.09 Caroline Turner TX Auburn
52 10.34 Sai Keerthi Rachavelpula GA Columbia
53 9.61 Claudia Wiktorin NC NC State
54 10.1 Nicole Johnston GA Cornell
55 10.66 Emma Davis MA Wake Forest
56 10.22 Camila Wesbrooks TX Arizona
57 9.73 Daniela Nasser FL Oregon
58 9.95 Victoria Yu TX Wesleyan (CT)
59 9.98 Risa Nakagawa CA Georgetown
60 10.1 Taylor Calton UT Utah
61 10.01 Caitlin Bernard MA Indiana
62 9.99 Lauren Proctor SC
63 9.77 Kinga Gartner FL Arizona
64 9.74 Erica Susi FL Virginia
65 9.54 Kenya Williams FL Drake
66 9.93 Brooke Stevens GA Ole Miss
67 9.15 Stephanie Hazell CA
68 10 Bianca Mok ID Denver
69 10.3 Jacqueline Carr AR Marshall
70 9.77 Rachel Chong CA Notre Dame
71 9.66 Christi Woodson FL Oregon
72 9.57 Gabrielle Rodriguez FL Furman
73 9.85 Tai Martin FL Charlotte
74 9.63 Amanda Rebol GA NC State
75 10 Sarah Hu CA Columbia
76 9.72 Remi Ramos FL Boston U
77 9.79 Mariko Iinuma CA Cornell
78 9.87 Cecilia Lynham MD Georgetown
79 9.43 Brianna Turley UT Utah
80 9.5 Suzanne Zenoni GA Elon
81 10.4 Sarah Nuno CA Cal State Fullerton
82 10.07 Amber Park CA Princeton
83 9.52 Jacqueline Urbinati NY Boston College
84 9.77 Diana Colen GA Coll of Charleston
85 9.24 Alexandra Lee FL Charlotte
86 9.39 Anna Dollar PA Liberty
87 9.7 Turner Yates MS Missouri
88 9.52 Madison Appel NY Indiana
89 9.58 Bella Kuse GA Richmond
90 9.92 Rebekah Anderson CA Oregon
91 9.79 Sabrina Faybyshev NJ Boston U
92 9.74 Hannah Templeton NC South Carolina
93 10.27 Emily Metcalf AR Michigan State
94 9.3 Rugile Valiunaite IL Army
95 9.26 Emma Petersen FL James Madison
96 9.2 Claudia Toledo FL Iowa State
97 9.33 Cassidy Hicks OH Wofford
98 9.14 Sofia Kurtz GA Tulane
99 10.03 Davina Nguyen MI Michigan State
100 9.31 Caroline Amos AZ Yale
101 9.42 Annemarie Emme IL Minnesota
102 9.44 Jacquelyn Fitz-Randolph FL Connecticut
103 9.25 Jacqueline Lazaro FL Connecticut
104 9.09 Ashley Ishimura HI Creighton
105 9.31 Emily Struble MI Miami (OH)
106 9.5 Michelle Wang WA Cornell
107 9.86 Natalie Whalen IL Indiana
108 9.59 Taylor Cosme NY Emory
109 9.74 Peyton Gollhofer GA Ball State
110 9.16 Skyla Alcon HI CS Northridge
111 9.72 Allison Chuang CA Dartmouth
112 9.1 Emily Kolbow WI Colorado State
113 9.4 Caitlyn Merzbacher MN Minnesota
114 8.92 Morgan Nix TX Cleveland State
115 9.36 Sonal Shrivastava NJ Yale
116 9.59 Diana Kussainova FL George Washington
117 8.9 Deepa Dhore GA William & Mary
118 9.19 Danielle Wolf OH Indiana
119 8.65 Katie Sidor FL Mercer
120 8.87 Karly Hammond FL
121 8.6 Jennifer Lu CA Quinnipiac
122 9.36 Sydney Patton SC Chattanooga
123 9.18 Yuki Asami CA Pacific
124 9.3 Sydney Goodson VA Georgetown
125 8.8 Sarah Swiderski FL UNC Greensboro
126 8.89 Caroline Williams MD Maryland
127 9.31 Chantal Martinez-Blanco PR Buffalo
128 8.55 Courtney Hebard FL Marquette
129 9.35 Madeline Hill KS SIU Edwardsville
130 9.13 Kendall Kirsch IL Wisconsin
131 9.66 Elizabeth Barnickel KS Air Force
132 10.26 Julianne Herman PA Duquesne
133 8.74 Grace Lin CA Lehigh
134 8.38 Micheline Aubuchon CA
135 9.24 Tatijana Sheikhan NV Loyola Marymount
136 8.55 Laura Gomez FL UNC Wilmington
137 9.32 Sophia Whittle CA Gonzaga
138 8.87 Audrey Berger OH
139 8.81 Haley Winton TX
140 8.81 Katie Fries KS Southern Illinois
141 9.03 Kelly Zhu TX
142 8.56 Alahna Reto TX Florida Tech
143 9.63 Montana Moore FL
144 9 Domonique Garley TX
145 8.93 Sophia Abelson MI Xavier
146 8.77 Isabelle Dohanics PA Ball State
147 8.77 Annie Jaskulski DE Delaware
148 9.06 Rachel Kim CA Chicago
149 8.89 Alexis Zobeideh FL Fordham
150 8.69 Alexandra Burak SC Bucknell
151 8.74 Vanina Iordanova FL Rutgers
152 8.4 Denise Azcui IN Western Michigan
153 8.3 Sydney Harlow NE
154 8.98 Hannah Francisco GA UNC Asheville
155 8.42 Andrea Ballinger OH
156 8.93 Tracy Johnson GA Presbyterian
157 9.13 Arianna Spirtos MD Army
158 8.22 Celine Gruaz CA Cal Poly
159 8 Ilana Oleynik CA Cal Poly
160 8.84 Kelsey Chen CA Amherst
161 8.62 Isabella vonEbbe CA UC Davis
162 8.4 Daniela Lopez FL Emory
163 9.35 Shelby King GA Arkansas State
164 8.73 Grace Schaffer KS
165 8.76 Lindsey Evans CT Villanova
166 8.42 Natalia Barbery FL
167 8.82 Caroline Casper CA
168 8.47 Korina Neveux FL Williams
169 9.22 Kirby Einck IL Army
170 8.35 Jordan Henry OK Abilene Christian
171 8.72 Sabrina Barisano NY
172 8.71 Lauren Hidalgo-Smith FL Stephen F. Austin
173 8.75 Elizabeth Yao CA Stanford
174 8.78 Joy Kim CA Pomona-Pitzer
175 8.43 Arianna Chen CA Pomona-Pitzer
176 8.63 Gabrielle Centenari MD Davidson
177 8.51 Delaney Edwards FL
178 8.71 Mckenzie Barco FL Chattanooga
179 8.47 Morgan Steffes KS
180 8.6 Zoe Manion IL Xavier
181 8.66 Michaela Henne MO Creighton
182 8.43 Kaela Bynoe FL Chicago
183 7.69 Shannon Wagner FL Georgia Southern
184 8.03 Shanna Dos Santos FL
185 8.78 Caroline Hall GA
186 8.44 Alexandria Maciel TX St. Mary’s (TX)
187 8.75 Raven Bennett TX UTEP
188 8.71 Josie Rogers TN Navy
189 9.69 Mia Vecchio NY
190 8.53 Mattea Kilstofte CA Dayton
191 8.22 Ashley Chao CA UCSD
192 8.17 Samantha Schuster SC Concordia-Irvine
193 8.22 Katsiaryna Semashka CA
194 8.76 Ekim Buyuk NY
195 8.48 Melanie Allen FL Army
196 8.82 Lidia Luca Dukic CA Montana
197 8.36 Lyndell Giffenig CT
198 8.71 Genevieve McCormick PA Army
199 8.85 Thandiwe Kangwa FL Seton Hall
200 8.41 Taylor Tamblyn IL
Class of 2015 Girls Ordered by UTR
UTR TRN Name State College
1 11.99 2 Francesca Dilorenzo OH Ohio State
2 11.67 6 Melissa Lord CT Stanford
3 11.61 15 Kimberly Yee NV Stanford
4 11.6 7 Kennedy Shaffer OH Georgia
5 11.51 4 Ellyse Hamlin CT Duke
6 11.45 1 Kaitlyn McCarthy NC Duke
7 11.42 12 Brienne Minor IL Michigan
8 11.35 3 Katharine Fahey NJ Michigan
9 11.24 13 Gabrielle Andrews CA UCLA
10 11.13 21 Bianca Moldovan MI NC State
11 11.08 10 Jessica Ho PA Duke
12 10.96 8 Caroline Lampl VA Stanford
13 10.95 33 Lauren Goodman IN William & Mary
14 10.92 30 Elena Muller TX Tulane
15 10.87 5 Mia Horvit FL
16 10.87 17 Jessica Failla CA USC
17 10.84 18 Elizabeth Profit CA Baylor
18 10.82 9 Jessie Aney MN North Carolina
19 10.78 14 Star Makarome FL Columbia
20 10.77 32 Fernanda Contreras Gomez TX Vanderbilt
21 10.73 42 Alexandra Letzt AZ USC
22 10.69 38 Arnelle Sullivan NY Maryland
23 10.68 11 Andie Daniell GA Alabama
24 10.66 55 Emma Davis MA Wake Forest
25 10.65 16 Amy Yang GA Yale
26 10.65 36 Sabrina Xiong NY Harvard
27 10.58 22 Joanna Zalewski NJ
28 10.52 41 Paige Cline CA South Carolina
29 10.51 20 Anna Ulyashchenko NY Wake Forest
30 10.47 47 Allie Sanford AZ Ole Miss
31 10.44 28 Chloe Ouellet-Pizer NC North Carolina
32 10.44 35 Ines Vias MD Illinois
33 10.4 37 Gabrielle Schuck CO Tennessee
34 10.4 81 Sarah Nuno CA Cal State Fullerton
35 10.39 24 Nicole Kalhorn CO Princeton
36 10.39 40 Emerald Able TN
37 10.37 27 Felicity Maltby CA Texas Tech
38 10.35 26 Samantha Hampton WA Arizona State
39 10.34 52 Sai Keerthi Rachavelpula GA Columbia
40 10.33 31 Jaclyn Switkes FL Illinois
41 10.31 45 Katie Ta CA Brown
42 10.3 69 Jacqueline Carr AR Marshall
43 10.27 39 Madison Clarke AZ Santa Clara
44 10.27 93 Emily Metcalf AR Michigan State
45 10.26 50 Sena Suswam AL Louisville
46 10.26 132 Julianne Herman PA Duquesne
47 10.23 44 Ashley Bongart FL Tennessee
48 10.22 19 Rachel Rohrabacher FL South Carolina
49 10.22 29 Alexandra Valenstein CA Texas Tech
50 10.22 56 Camila Wesbrooks TX Arizona
51 10.13 25 Kenadi Hance CA Washington
52 10.1 54 Nicole Johnston GA Cornell
53 10.1 60 Taylor Calton UT Utah
54 10.09 51 Caroline Turner TX Auburn
55 10.08 46 Nevada Apollo NV Gonzaga
56 10.07 82 Amber Park CA Princeton
57 10.05 49 Kristen Thoms IL Iowa
58 10.03 99 Davina Nguyen MI Michigan State
59 10.01 61 Caitlin Bernard MA Indiana
60 10 68 Bianca Mok ID Denver
61 10 75 Sarah Hu CA Columbia
62 9.99 62 Lauren Proctor SC
63 9.98 59 Risa Nakagawa CA Georgetown
64 9.95 34 Jessica Golovin NY LSU
65 9.95 58 Victoria Yu TX Wesleyan (CT)
66 9.93 66 Brooke Stevens GA Ole Miss
67 9.92 90 Rebekah Anderson CA Oregon
68 9.87 48 Summer Dvorak CA Vanderbilt
69 9.87 78 Cecilia Lynham MD Georgetown
70 9.86 107 Natalie Whalen IL Indiana
71 9.85 73 Tai Martin FL Charlotte
72 9.79 77 Mariko Iinuma CA Cornell
73 9.79 91 Sabrina Faybyshev NJ Boston U
74 9.77 63 Kinga Gartner FL Arizona
75 9.77 70 Rachel Chong CA Notre Dame
76 9.77 84 Diana Colen GA Coll of Charleston
77 9.74 64 Erica Susi FL Virginia
78 9.74 92 Hannah Templeton NC South Carolina
79 9.74 109 Peyton Gollhofer GA Ball State
80 9.73 57 Daniela Nasser FL Oregon
81 9.72 76 Remi Ramos FL Boston U
82 9.72 111 Allison Chuang CA Dartmouth
83 9.7 87 Turner Yates MS Missouri
84 9.69 189 Mia Vecchio NY
85 9.66 71 Christi Woodson FL Oregon
86 9.66 131 Elizabeth Barnickel KS Air Force
87 9.63 74 Amanda Rebol GA NC State
88 9.63 143 Montana Moore FL
89 9.61 53 Claudia Wiktorin NC NC State
90 9.59 108 Taylor Cosme NY Emory
91 9.59 116 Diana Kussainova FL George Washington
92 9.58 89 Bella Kuse GA Richmond
93 9.57 72 Gabrielle Rodriguez FL Furman
94 9.54 65 Kenya Williams FL Drake
95 9.52 83 Jacqueline Urbinati NY Boston College
96 9.52 88 Madison Appel NY Indiana
97 9.5 80 Suzanne Zenoni GA Elon
98 9.5 106 Michelle Wang WA Cornell
99 9.48 23 Andrea Kevakian CA Columbia
100 9.44 102 Jacquelyn Fitz-Randolph FL Connecticut
101 9.43 79 Brianna Turley UT Utah
102 9.42 101 Annemarie Emme IL Minnesota
103 9.4 113 Caitlyn Merzbacher MN Minnesota
104 9.39 86 Anna Dollar PA Liberty
105 9.36 43 Clare Raley GA Missouri
106 9.36 115 Sonal Shrivastava NJ Yale
107 9.36 122 Sydney Patton SC Chattanooga
108 9.35 129 Madeline Hill KS SIU Edwardsville
109 9.35 163 Shelby King GA Arkansas State
110 9.33 97 Cassidy Hicks OH Wofford
111 9.32 137 Sophia Whittle CA Gonzaga
112 9.31 100 Caroline Amos AZ Yale
113 9.31 105 Emily Struble MI Miami (OH)
114 9.31 127 Chantal Martinez-Blanco PR Buffalo
115 9.3 94 Rugile Valiunaite IL Army
116 9.3 124 Sydney Goodson VA Georgetown
117 9.26 95 Emma Petersen FL James Madison
118 9.25 103 Jacqueline Lazaro FL Connecticut
119 9.24 85 Alexandra Lee FL Charlotte
120 9.24 135 Tatijana Sheikhan NV Loyola Marymount
121 9.22 169 Kirby Einck IL Army
122 9.2 96 Claudia Toledo FL Iowa State
123 9.19 118 Danielle Wolf OH Indiana
124 9.18 123 Yuki Asami CA Pacific
125 9.16 110 Skyla Alcon HI CS Northridge
126 9.15 67 Stephanie Hazell CA
127 9.14 98 Sofia Kurtz GA Tulane
128 9.13 130 Kendall Kirsch IL Wisconsin
129 9.13 157 Arianna Spirtos MD Army
130 9.1 112 Emily Kolbow WI Colorado State
131 9.09 104 Ashley Ishimura HI Creighton
132 9.06 148 Rachel Kim CA Chicago
133 9.03 141 Kelly Zhu TX
134 9 144 Domonique Garley TX
135 8.98 154 Hannah Francisco GA UNC Asheville
136 8.93 145 Sophia Abelson MI Xavier
137 8.93 156 Tracy Johnson GA Presbyterian
138 8.92 114 Morgan Nix TX Cleveland State
139 8.9 117 Deepa Dhore GA William & Mary
140 8.89 126 Caroline Williams MD Maryland
141 8.89 149 Alexis Zobeideh FL Fordham
142 8.87 120 Karly Hammond FL
143 8.87 138 Audrey Berger OH
144 8.85 199 Thandiwe Kangwa FL Seton Hall
145 8.84 160 Kelsey Chen CA Amherst
146 8.82 167 Caroline Casper CA
147 8.82 196 Lidia Luca Dukic CA Montana
148 8.81 139 Haley Winton TX
149 8.81 140 Katie Fries KS Southern Illinois
150 8.8 125 Sarah Swiderski FL UNC Greensboro
151 8.78 174 Joy Kim CA Pomona-Pitzer
152 8.78 185 Caroline Hall GA
153 8.77 146 Isabelle Dohanics PA Ball State
154 8.77 147 Annie Jaskulski DE Delaware
155 8.76 165 Lindsey Evans CT Villanova
156 8.76 194 Ekim Buyuk NY
157 8.75 173 Elizabeth Yao CA Stanford
158 8.75 187 Raven Bennett TX UTEP
159 8.74 133 Grace Lin CA Lehigh
160 8.74 151 Vanina Iordanova FL Rutgers
161 8.73 164 Grace Schaffer KS
162 8.72 171 Sabrina Barisano NY
163 8.71 172 Lauren Hidalgo-Smith FL Stephen F. Austin
164 8.71 178 Mckenzie Barco FL Chattanooga
165 8.71 188 Josie Rogers TN Navy
166 8.71 198 Genevieve McCormick PA Army
167 8.69 150 Alexandra Burak SC Bucknell
168 8.66 181 Michaela Henne MO Creighton
169 8.65 119 Katie Sidor FL Mercer
170 8.63 176 Gabrielle Centenari MD Davidson
171 8.62 161 Isabella vonEbbe CA UC Davis
172 8.6 121 Jennifer Lu CA Quinnipiac
173 8.6 180 Zoe Manion IL Xavier
174 8.56 142 Alahna Reto TX Florida Tech
175 8.55 128 Courtney Hebard FL Marquette
176 8.55 136 Laura Gomez FL UNC Wilmington
177 8.53 190 Mattea Kilstofte CA Dayton
178 8.51 177 Delaney Edwards FL
179 8.48 195 Melanie Allen FL Army
180 8.47 168 Korina Neveux FL Williams
181 8.47 179 Morgan Steffes KS
182 8.44 186 Alexandria Maciel TX St. Mary’s (TX)
183 8.43 175 Arianna Chen CA Pomona-Pitzer
184 8.43 182 Kaela Bynoe FL Chicago
185 8.42 155 Andrea Ballinger OH
186 8.42 166 Natalia Barbery FL
187 8.41 200 Taylor Tamblyn IL
188 8.4 152 Denise Azcui IN Western Michigan
189 8.4 162 Daniela Lopez FL Emory
190 8.38 134 Micheline Aubuchon CA
191 8.36 197 Lyndell Giffenig CT
192 8.35 170 Jordan Henry OK Abilene Christian
193 8.3 153 Sydney Harlow NE
194 8.22 158 Celine Gruaz CA Cal Poly
195 8.22 191 Ashley Chao CA UCSD
196 8.22 193 Katsiaryna Semashka CA
197 8.17 192 Samantha Schuster SC Concordia-Irvine
198 8.03 184 Shanna Dos Santos FL
199 8 159 Ilana Oleynik CA Cal Poly
200 7.69 183 Shannon Wagner FL Georgia Southern

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, the two charts are pretty similar. There are a few things that stand out, though. For example, TRN’s #31 ranked player comes in at #7 in terms of UTR rating, and #34 on TRN comes in at #9. Also interesting to note is that TRN’s #70 player, Tyler Schick, is at 16 on the UTR list.

We have to be careful to avoid drawing too many conclusions from one chart over the other, but the more information coaches can get on these young players, the better in terms of their recruiting efforts. What do you see here and what do you make of it?

My report on the Girls of 2015 is here.

Class of 2015 Boys Ordered by TRN
TRN Ranking UTR Name State College
1 14.27 Reilly Opelka FL
2 14.56 Tommy Paul NJ
3 13.95 Alfredo Perez FL Florida
4 14.19 Alex Rybakov FL
5 13.56 Walker Duncan GA Georgia
6 13.41 Kalman Boyd CA USC
7 13.37 Sameer Kumar IN Stanford
8 13.49 Michael Genender CA Stanford
9 12.84 McClain Kessler GA Florida
10 13.41 Vincent Lin IL Duke
11 13.07 Emil Reinberg GA Georgia
12 13.66 Victor Pham CA Columbia
13 13.64 Liam Caruana TX Texas
14 12.89 Yancy Dennis MD South Carolina
15 13.29 Catalin Mateas MA Duke
16 12.92 Adrian Chamdani CA Duke
17 13.38 Cameron Klinger CA Vanderbilt
18 13.42 Eric Rutledge TX Wake Forest
19 12.94 Kyle Seelig PA Ohio State
20 12.46 Ezequiel Cerrini FL
21 12.69 Myles Schalet NJ Michigan
22 12.81 Jacob Hansen TX Rice
23 13.04 Andy Zhou CA Harvard
24 12.94 Dennis Wang MD Yale
25 13.3 Dan Stefan FL Vanderbilt
26 12.96 Jordan Benjamin NY Dayton
27 12.44 Mark Epshteyn-Losev FL
28 13.32 Anudeep Kodali NC North Carolina
29 12.94 Robert Seby AZ Santa Clara
30 12.74 Asher Hirsch OH Illinois
31 13.57 Kyle Mautner CT Penn
32 12.7 James Wasserman NY Princeton
33 13 Reese Stalder CA TCU
34 13.51 Martin Joyce IL Ohio State
35 12.9 Blaine Boyden NC North Carolina
36 12.81 Henry Gordon TX Texas A&M
37 12.87 Max Cressy CA UCLA
38 12.61 Christian Haushammer FL Louisville
39 12.8 Eddie Grabill IL Dartmouth
40 12.64 Ryan Shen CA Cal Berkeley
41 12.72 Jimmy Bendeck FL
42 13.01 Andrew Gu CA Santa Clara
43 12.57 Daniel Gealer CA UCLA
44 12.61 Hunter Tubert WV Ohio State
45 12.68 Spencer Richey TN Alabama
46 12.32 Rafael Lenhard CA Cal Poly
47 12.47 Grey Hamilton NC Ole Miss
48 12.79 Nicholas Borchenko CA LMU
49 12.3 Afonso Salgado FL
50 12.87 Oliver Sec NY UC Santa Barbara
51 12.51 Timothy Wang MI Columbia
52 12.77 Joshua Sheehy TX Abilene Christian
53 12.51 Aron Pierce TX
54 12.82 Joshua Ortlip CA Cal Poly
55 12.76 Maverick Lin NJ Cornell
56 12.29 Zachary Lieb PA Penn State
57 12.75 Alex Ross IL Vanderbilt
58 12.91 Toby Boyer MN Nebraska
59 12.71 Connor Garnett WA Santa Clara
60 12.32 Daniel Rayl IN Notre Dame
61 12.76 Gabe Tishman NY Michigan
62 12.77 Lubomir Cuba NY Michigan
63 12.47 John Karlawish NC Penn
64 12.51 Chad Kissell PA Valparaiso
65 12.15 Sean Ko CA
66 12.65 Grayson Broadus TX Notre Dame
67 12.17 Jonathan Deautriell FL North Florida
68 13 Brandon Lancaster KY Louisville
69 12.78 Benjamin Lieb PA Penn State
70 13.33 Tyler Schick NJ Tulane
71 12.42 William Shisler FL Michigan State
72 12.55 Trevor Foshey FL Mississippi State
73 12.25 Jake Gabay FL Cornell
74 12.36 Charles Tan TX Brown
75 12.4 Alexander Lebedev NY Notre Dame
76 12.42 Michael Chen NJ Georgetown
77 12.01 Emanuel Llamas TX Rice
78 12.42 Ethan Young-Smith CA Oregon
79 12.48 David Mitchell CO Army
80 12.61 Matthew Galush NC Penn State
81 11.85 Charles Pei CA Chicago
82 12.76 Ryan Dickerson NJ Duke
83 12.44 Ben Vandixhorn IL Northwestern
84 12.38 Michael Lorenzini IL Northwestern
85 12.09 Kenneth Boykin OK
86 12.38 Cameron Andry LA LSU
87 12 Nathan Griffin OH Notre Dame
88 12.47 Jack Turchetta NY Columbia
89 12.35 Oliver Otero FL Penn State
90 11.81 Tillman Haynes TX Boise State
91 12.22 Sreyas Kolachalam CA Cal Poly
92 11.99 Colin Markes TX
93 12.65 Christian Garay GA
94 12.13 Max Liu CA Chicago
95 12.21 Gregory Anderson AZ TCU
96 12.23 Ryan Marker CA San Francisco
97 12.4 Jason Seidman CT Northwestern
98 12.1 Jason Kros VA Virginia Tech
99 12.23 Nathan Brown TX Yale
100 12.25 Jayanth Chintham GA
101 12.44 Austin Hussey KY Kentucky
102 12.17 Michael Quang MD Louisville
103 12.06 Kevin Lam CA Washington
104 12.6 Fredrick Zaretsky NJ Quinnipac
105 12.31 Jonathan Jemison GA Emory
106 11.85 Joseph Haig MA Dartmouth
107 11.91 Eric Wagner NY Tulane
108 11.66 Felipe Osses-Konig NY Elon
109 11.76 Charlie Adams MN Yale
110 12.61 Arash Hafezi CA
111 11.91 Jesse Levitin NY Amherst
112 11 John Goodwin KS Texas
113 11.63 Deepak Indrakanti OH Williams
114 12.03 Alex Cauneac MD
115 11.82 Konrad Kozlowski CA
116 10.99 Roberto Busato FL
117 11.55 Artur Jakubowski TX Bryant
118 11.45 Ninan Kumar FL Army
119 12.7 Razvan Grigorescu FL
120 11.19 Cole Lawson TX Abilene Christian
121 11.79 Brian Tsao MD Louisville
122 12.21 Riley Scott CA UC Santa Barbara
123 11.7 Kamran Khan TX Santa Clara
124 12.16 Daniel Belsito NC Presbyterian
125 11.97 Raul DeLaTorre CA
126 11.91 Spencer Lang CO Butler
127 11.77 Bryant Born NY Lehigh
128 11.45 Gianni Mancini TX TCU
129 12.03 Lorenzo Rollhauser TN Dayton
130 12.09 Samuel Giammalva TX
131 11.55 Tony Leto IL Iowa
132 11.31 Joseph Gray TX
133 12.24 Jonathan Heidenberg FL
134 11.75 Nicholas Werner IN Xavier
135 11.7 Ethan Nittolo NY Buffalo
136 12.47 Morgan Stone GA Santa Clara
137 11.72 Andrew Sinai PA Drexel
138 11.77 Daniel Levine IL Carnegie-Mellon
139 11.75 Radhakrishna Vishnubhotla IN Wash U – St. Louis
140 11.59 Drew (Andrew) Akins GA Duquesne
141 11.51 Michael Peters MO Harvard
142 11.42 Brice Polender IL Richmond
143 11.88 Julian Gordy CA CMS
144 11.19 Alan Sweet FL Wisconsin
145 12.05 Adam Rudowski TN
146 11.58 Kyle Barr SC Wofford
147 11.57 Andre Johnson FL Georgia Southern
148 11.85 Christopher Auteri NY Lehigh
149 11.86 Zachary Bessette FL Amherst
150 11.46 Tadhg Collins TX Air Force
151 11.86 Humberto Lopez CA
152 11.88 Jonathan Li CA Chicago
153 12.02 Emilio Moreno CA Gonzaga
154 11.46 Aiku Shintani CA Cal Poly
155 11.51 Michael Plutt FL Bryant
156 11.42 Eshan Dave TX Johns Hopkins
157 11.58 Kawika Lam HI Texas A&M
158 11.49 Sebastian Langdon TX Abilene Christian
159 11.74 Marcus Smith NY Hofstra
160 11.76 William Sharton MA Georgetown
161 11.22 Jacob Tullis UT BYU
162 11.79 Yangeng Jiang NJ Bowdoin
163 11.52 Micah Klousia MO Nebraska
164 11.31 Jerod Mah CA San Francisco
165 11.91 Gunther Matta CA Cal Berkeley
166 11.16 Mason Dragos OH Butler
167 12.21 Taylor Duffy FL
168 11.78 Neel Bedekar CA
169 11.14 Ivan Rakic MI Michigan State
170 11.72 Marshall Sullivan TN Tennessee
171 11.35 Justin Hall FL
172 10.9 Edward Ayers TX
173 11 George Cooper CA Lehigh
174 11.33 Scott Plutt FL Bryant
175 11.57 Michael Ogden NC
176 11.07 Kyle McCann CA UC Riverside
177 11.01 Clayton Alenik NV
178 11.51 Vincent Anzalone OH Toledo
179 11.57 Eddie Gutierrez CA Liberty
180 11.59 Vayum Arora CA Carnegie-Mellon
181 11.07 Carlos Moreno FL Marist
182 11.59 Kevin Wan VA
183 11.6 Felix Hollaway TX St. Mary’s (TX)
184 11.59 Jack La Plante CA Pacific
185 11.33 Adrien Bouchet VA Emory
186 11.16 Josiah Collins GA
187 11.4 James Spaulding IL Emory
188 11.52 Patrick Wyeth MA
189 10.99 Conor O’Meara TX
190 11.23 Colin Harvey IL
191 11.23 Isaac Perez TX Air Force
192 11.35 Sam Brazil NC Charlotte
193 11.93 Vince Tabotabo CA
194 10.51 Rajul Chikkalingaiah OR
195 10.99 William Szokol IL Chicago
196 11.26 Christopher Anders LA
197 11.88 Sayer Paige CT Boston College
198 11.08 John Milstead TX Oklahoma
199 11.43 Matthew Brumbaugh OH
200 11.72 Alexander Poynter TX
Class of 2015 Boys Ordered by UTR
UTR TRN Ranking Name State College
1 14.56 2 Tommy Paul NJ
2 14.27 1 Reilly Opelka FL
3 14.19 4 Alex Rybakov FL
4 13.95 3 Alfredo Perez FL Florida
5 13.66 12 Victor Pham CA Columbia
6 13.64 13 Liam Caruana TX Texas
7 13.57 31 Kyle Mautner CT Penn
8 13.56 5 Walker Duncan GA Georgia
9 13.51 34 Martin Joyce IL Ohio State
10 13.49 8 Michael Genender CA Stanford
11 13.42 18 Eric Rutledge TX Wake Forest
12 13.41 6 Kalman Boyd CA USC
13 13.41 10 Vincent Lin IL Duke
14 13.38 17 Cameron Klinger CA Vanderbilt
15 13.37 7 Sameer Kumar IN Stanford
16 13.33 70 Tyler Schick NJ Tulane
17 13.32 28 Anudeep Kodali NC North Carolina
18 13.3 25 Dan Stefan FL Vanderbilt
19 13.29 15 Catalin Mateas MA Duke
20 13.07 11 Emil Reinberg GA Georgia
21 13.04 23 Andy Zhou CA Harvard
22 13.01 42 Andrew Gu CA Santa Clara
23 13 33 Reese Stalder CA TCU
24 13 68 Brandon Lancaster KY Louisville
25 12.96 26 Jordan Benjamin NY Dayton
26 12.94 19 Kyle Seelig PA Ohio State
27 12.94 24 Dennis Wang MD Yale
28 12.94 29 Robert Seby AZ Santa Clara
29 12.92 16 Adrian Chamdani CA Duke
30 12.91 58 Toby Boyer MN Nebraska
31 12.9 35 Blaine Boyden NC North Carolina
32 12.89 14 Yancy Dennis MD South Carolina
33 12.87 37 Max Cressy CA UCLA
34 12.87 50 Oliver Sec NY UC Santa Barbara
35 12.84 9 McClain Kessler GA Florida
36 12.82 54 Joshua Ortlip CA Cal Poly
37 12.81 22 Jacob Hansen TX Rice
38 12.81 36 Henry Gordon TX Texas A&M
39 12.8 39 Eddie Grabill IL Dartmouth
40 12.79 48 Nicholas Borchenko CA LMU
41 12.78 69 Benjamin Lieb PA Penn State
42 12.77 52 Joshua Sheehy TX Abilene Christian
43 12.77 62 Lubomir Cuba NY Michigan
44 12.76 55 Maverick Lin NJ Cornell
45 12.76 61 Gabe Tishman NY Michigan
46 12.76 82 Ryan Dickerson NJ Duke
47 12.75 57 Alex Ross IL Vanderbilt
48 12.74 30 Asher Hirsch OH Illinois
49 12.72 41 Jimmy Bendeck FL
50 12.71 59 Connor Garnett WA Santa Clara
51 12.7 32 James Wasserman NY Princeton
52 12.7 119 Razvan Grigorescu FL
53 12.69 21 Myles Schalet NJ Michigan
54 12.68 45 Spencer Richey TN Alabama
55 12.65 66 Grayson Broadus TX Notre Dame
56 12.65 93 Christian Garay GA
57 12.64 40 Ryan Shen CA Cal Berkeley
58 12.61 38 Christian Haushammer FL Louisville
59 12.61 44 Hunter Tubert WV Ohio State
60 12.61 80 Matthew Galush NC Penn State
61 12.61 110 Arash Hafezi CA
62 12.6 104 Fredrick Zaretsky NJ Quinnipac
63 12.57 43 Daniel Gealer CA UCLA
64 12.55 72 Trevor Foshey FL Mississippi State
65 12.51 51 Timothy Wang MI Columbia
66 12.51 53 Aron Pierce TX
67 12.51 64 Chad Kissell PA Valparaiso
68 12.48 79 David Mitchell CO Army
69 12.47 47 Grey Hamilton NC Ole Miss
70 12.47 63 John Karlawish NC Penn
71 12.47 88 Jack Turchetta NY Columbia
72 12.47 136 Morgan Stone GA Santa Clara
73 12.46 20 Ezequiel Cerrini FL
74 12.44 27 Mark Epshteyn-Losev FL
75 12.44 83 Ben Vandixhorn IL Northwestern
76 12.44 101 Austin Hussey KY Kentucky
77 12.42 71 William Shisler FL Michigan State
78 12.42 76 Michael Chen NJ Georgetown
79 12.42 78 Ethan Young-Smith CA Oregon
80 12.4 75 Alexander Lebedev NY Notre Dame
81 12.4 97 Jason Seidman CT Northwestern
82 12.38 84 Michael Lorenzini IL Northwestern
83 12.38 86 Cameron Andry LA LSU
84 12.36 74 Charles Tan TX Brown
85 12.35 89 Oliver Otero FL Penn State
86 12.32 46 Rafael Lenhard CA Cal Poly
87 12.32 60 Daniel Rayl IN Notre Dame
88 12.31 105 Jonathan Jemison GA Emory
89 12.3 49 Afonso Salgado FL
90 12.29 56 Zachary Lieb PA Penn State
91 12.25 73 Jake Gabay FL Cornell
92 12.25 100 Jayanth Chintham GA
93 12.24 133 Jonathan Heidenberg FL
94 12.23 96 Ryan Marker CA San Francisco
95 12.23 99 Nathan Brown TX Yale
96 12.22 91 Sreyas Kolachalam CA Cal Poly
97 12.21 95 Gregory Anderson AZ TCU
98 12.21 122 Riley Scott CA UC Santa Barbara
99 12.21 167 Taylor Duffy FL
100 12.17 67 Jonathan Deautriell FL North Florida
101 12.17 102 Michael Quang MD Louisville
102 12.16 124 Daniel Belsito NC Presbyterian
103 12.15 65 Sean Ko CA
104 12.13 94 Max Liu CA Chicago
105 12.1 98 Jason Kros VA Virginia Tech
106 12.09 85 Kenneth Boykin OK
107 12.09 130 Samuel Giammalva TX
108 12.06 103 Kevin Lam CA Washington
109 12.05 145 Adam Rudowski TN
110 12.03 114 Alex Cauneac MD
111 12.03 129 Lorenzo Rollhauser TN Dayton
112 12.02 153 Emilio Moreno CA Gonzaga
113 12.01 77 Emanuel Llamas TX Rice
114 12 87 Nathan Griffin OH Notre Dame
115 11.99 92 Colin Markes TX
116 11.97 125 Raul DeLaTorre CA
117 11.93 193 Vince Tabotabo CA
118 11.91 107 Eric Wagner NY Tulane
119 11.91 111 Jesse Levitin NY Amherst
120 11.91 126 Spencer Lang CO Butler
121 11.91 165 Gunther Matta CA Cal Berkeley
122 11.88 143 Julian Gordy CA CMS
123 11.88 152 Jonathan Li CA Chicago
124 11.88 197 Sayer Paige CT Boston College
125 11.86 149 Zachary Bessette FL Amherst
126 11.86 151 Humberto Lopez CA
127 11.85 81 Charles Pei CA Chicago
128 11.85 106 Joseph Haig MA Dartmouth
129 11.85 148 Christopher Auteri NY Lehigh
130 11.82 115 Konrad Kozlowski CA
131 11.81 90 Tillman Haynes TX Boise State
132 11.79 121 Brian Tsao MD Louisville
133 11.79 162 Yangeng Jiang NJ Bowdoin
134 11.78 168 Neel Bedekar CA
135 11.77 127 Bryant Born NY Lehigh
136 11.77 138 Daniel Levine IL Carnegie-Mellon
137 11.76 109 Charlie Adams MN Yale
138 11.76 160 William Sharton MA Georgetown
139 11.75 134 Nicholas Werner IN Xavier
140 11.75 139 Radhakrishna Vishnubhotla IN Wash U – St. Louis
141 11.74 159 Marcus Smith NY Hofstra
142 11.72 137 Andrew Sinai PA Drexel
143 11.72 170 Marshall Sullivan TN Tennessee
144 11.72 200 Alexander Poynter TX
145 11.7 123 Kamran Khan TX Santa Clara
146 11.7 135 Ethan Nittolo NY Buffalo
147 11.66 108 Felipe Osses-Konig NY Elon
148 11.63 113 Deepak Indrakanti OH Williams
149 11.6 183 Felix Hollaway TX St. Mary’s (TX)
150 11.59 140 Drew (Andrew) Akins GA Duquesne
151 11.59 180 Vayum Arora CA Carnegie-Mellon
152 11.59 182 Kevin Wan VA
153 11.59 184 Jack La Plante CA Pacific
154 11.58 146 Kyle Barr SC Wofford
155 11.58 157 Kawika Lam HI Texas A&M
156 11.57 147 Andre Johnson FL Georgia Southern
157 11.57 175 Michael Ogden NC
158 11.57 179 Eddie Gutierrez CA Liberty
159 11.55 117 Artur Jakubowski TX Bryant
160 11.55 131 Tony Leto IL Iowa
161 11.52 163 Micah Klousia MO Nebraska
162 11.52 188 Patrick Wyeth MA
163 11.51 141 Michael Peters MO Harvard
164 11.51 155 Michael Plutt FL Bryant
165 11.51 178 Vincent Anzalone OH Toledo
166 11.49 158 Sebastian Langdon TX Abilene Christian
167 11.46 150 Tadhg Collins TX Air Force
168 11.46 154 Aiku Shintani CA Cal Poly
169 11.45 118 Ninan Kumar FL Army
170 11.45 128 Gianni Mancini TX TCU
171 11.43 199 Matthew Brumbaugh OH
172 11.42 142 Brice Polender IL Richmond
173 11.42 156 Eshan Dave TX Johns Hopkins
174 11.4 187 James Spaulding IL Emory
175 11.35 171 Justin Hall FL
176 11.35 192 Sam Brazil NC Charlotte
177 11.33 174 Scott Plutt FL Bryant
178 11.33 185 Adrien Bouchet VA Emory
179 11.31 132 Joseph Gray TX
180 11.31 164 Jerod Mah CA San Francisco
181 11.26 196 Christopher Anders LA
182 11.23 190 Colin Harvey IL
183 11.23 191 Isaac Perez TX Air Force
184 11.22 161 Jacob Tullis UT BYU
185 11.19 120 Cole Lawson TX Abilene Christian
186 11.19 144 Alan Sweet FL Wisconsin
187 11.16 166 Mason Dragos OH Butler
188 11.16 186 Josiah Collins GA
189 11.14 169 Ivan Rakic MI Michigan State
190 11.08 198 John Milstead TX Oklahoma
191 11.07 176 Kyle McCann CA UC Riverside
192 11.07 181 Carlos Moreno FL Marist
193 11.01 177 Clayton Alenik NV
194 11 112 John Goodwin KS Texas
195 11 173 George Cooper CA Lehigh
196 10.99 116 Roberto Busato FL
197 10.99 189 Conor O’Meara TX
198 10.99 195 William Szokol IL Chicago
199 10.9 172 Edward Ayers TX
200 10.51 194 Rajul Chikkalingaiah OR

USTA & ITF Rankings on TennisRecruiting.net

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 easy to find players on our site, we thought our site would be more valuable as a jumping-off place for people to find all information about a player – not just Tennis Recruiting information. We hope to add Universal Tennis to the list at some point in the near future as well. Hopefully, people will use Tennis Recruiting as their starting point for all junior tennis information – the more information, the better.”

It is now more important than ever for your child to check his/her TRN profile on a regular basis to be sure the information is up to date. College coaches are using TRN as a first-stop, so you want to be sure your child is putting his/her best face forward!

 

 

It’s That Time Again

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I just received notice from TennisRecruitingNetwork that its 2014 Winter Star Rating Period will begin the week of January 6 and run through the week of February 24. That means that your child’s rating for the next 6 months will be based on his/her results over this 8-week period.

For a refresher on how TennisRecruiting calculates rankings and star ratings, I’ve copy-and-pasted my previous piece from June 2012 below. Please read and share with your child and his/her coach. Good luck to all our junior players!

By now, most of my readers are probably very familiar with the TennisRecruiting.net website.  Well, I recently discovered that the creators of the site, Julie and Doug Wrege, live about a mile and half from my house (!), so I figured I would pick their brains a bit about how the site came into existence as well as the way parents and players should be using the information available on the site to their best advantage.

The first thing to note is that Julie and Doug are not now, nor have they ever been, Tennis Parents; that is to say, none of their children played tournament tennis.  However, Julie is a very accomplished player and college coach in her own right – she started the very successful women’s tennis program at Georgia Tech – and Doug is an internet technology guru – he wrote the very first tennis-related software, Tournament Management System, in the 1980s and was the first to put tournament draws on the Web.  As a result of Julie’s extensive college coaching experience, she knew what the coaches needed to see in terms of player records and rankings, and she wanted to create something better for them to use.  In 2004, with Doug’s help, TennisRecruiting.net was born!

Now, the basics of TRN and its Star Rating System . . .

The TRN ratings, done by graduating class, go from Blue Chip (highest) to 1 star (lowest) as follows:

Blue Chip:  top 25 players in the class

5-Star:  players ranked 26-75

4-Star:  players ranked 76-200

3-Star:  players ranked 201-400

2-Star:  players ranked 401 up to a number based on a percentage of the size of that class

1-Star:  a player with any qualifying ranking

TRN looks at 6th graders through 12th graders and ranks 16,000 boys each year out of the approximately 34,000 male junior players currently playing and competing.  They rank about the same number of girls.  Therefore, even a 1-Star player is better than more than half the juniors currently playing tournaments.  Ratings are based solely upon a player’s position within his own high school graduating class year; for example, a 14-year-old high school freshman would be rated independently of a 14-year-old 8th grader even though they are both eligible to play in the 14-and-under age division.

In order to be ranked on TRN, a junior must play in a minimum of 3 TRN-eligible tournaments and win a minimum of 3 matches (2 of which must be over other eligible players). Ratings happen twice a year – at the end of February and the Tuesday after Labor Day in September. Ratings are preceded by an 8-week rating period. The player’s highest ranking during the 8-week rating period will determine that player’s Star Rating per the chart above.

All matches from TRN-eligible events in a one year window are used to compute a player’s ranking, independent of age division or class of the players. In addition, TRN looks at a player’s 8 best wins during that period, averages them, then uses that as one of several complicated (understatement of the year!) mathematical components to determine the final ranking. Ratings, age, and graduation year of a player’s opponents are not used in the calculation. Previous rankings are not used to determine current rankings – TRN starts from scratch for each week’s ranking. It is important to note that wins never hurt a player’s ranking and losses never help it.  Also, “retirement” of a match counts as a loss but a “walkover” does not.

Matches are weighed according to when they were played.  A win today counts more than a win against the same opponent six months ago.  This is one way that TRN makes it very difficult to “play” their rating system or “buy” rankings.  For your player to improve his ranking on TRN, he should be sure to enter tournaments where he can win some matches but NOT where he is, by far, the best player in the draw.  As Doug says, “Winning makes you feel good.  Losing makes you learn something.”  Because of the extensive analysis that goes into the TRN rankings, college coaches consider them to be a better predictor of player quality and who’s going to beat whom in head-to-head competition.

How should players and parents use TRN?  During the Middle School years, TRN is just another tool at players’ fingertips to track their progress and that of their peers.  Parents should check their child’s profile using the Free Account option and make sure all the information is correct – if it’s not, then you can either make the corrections yourself or contact TRN if you have any questions or problems.  There are also some very useful articles on the TRN site written by experts in the junior tennis world – take advantage of this free tool to educate yourself and your child during these important developmental years.

Once a player enters High School, you might want to consider buying a TRN Recruiting Advantage membership so you can see which college coaches are looking at your child’s Player Profile.  The membership also allows you to upload gallery photos, videos, and article references mentioning your child.  It is well worth the $49.95 annual fee!  But, here’s a great tip from Doug:  if you have multiple tennis players in your family or are on a limited budget, pay only for a membership for your oldest child then use that account to do everything on the website for all of your children except see the coach visits and upload the photos, videos, and articles.  Once the oldest graduates high school, cancel the account and get one for the next child.  Another great tip from Doug is that you can buy a monthly membership (which renews automatically), load all the information you want during that first month, then cancel the account.  The information will stay on your child’s profile, but you will no longer be paying the monthly membership fee.  To cancel the account, simply click on the Member Services link at the top of the page then un-check the “Auto Renew” option.  Voila!

Given that Doug is giving away these money-saving tips, let me share how TennisRecruiting.net generates its revenue.  Initially, TRN’s biggest source of income came from players signing up for an enriched profile with the Recruiting Advantage membership.  On top of that, the college coaches pay TRN to have access to the player information.  Very recently, however, TRN started selling advertising on its website, which has now become its largest source of revenue.  If you’re a user of TRN, please consider using the advertiser links on the site in order to help TRN continue to offer its free services!

I want to emphasize that TRN is about much more than player rankings.  Doug and Julie are working tirelessly in the junior tennis community to ensure that more kids have the opportunity for cross-sectional play and that they have the opportunity to play college tennis if that’s their goal.  With the recent changes in the USTA National Tournament Schedule and smaller draw sizes, the Wreges have their work cut out for them.  They are currently working with tournament directors around the US to encourage more open events, even if it won’t impact the player’s USTA ranking, by designating tournaments as “Historically Strong” so that the players have an opportunity to improve their TRN ranking and become a TRN “National Player” (one who has won a match in a USTA National Level 1-3 event or other event that counts toward a USTA national ranking).  The upcoming Georgia State Junior Open will be the first of these tournaments – information on that tourney is online here.

This is a lot of information to digest – I know! – but please do yourself and your child a favor and do some poking around on the TRN site.  Familiarize yourself with their ratings and rankings.  Read the articles, especially the Q&As with the different college coaches if that’s your child’s goal.  Make sure your child’s information and player record are correct.  If your child is in high school, upgrade to the paid membership, at least for a period of time.  It will be time and money well-spent.

My Son Said the “F” Word

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Tennis is a game. Games are supposed to be fun. Ergo, tennis is supposed to be fun. However, as many of us Tennis Parents know, junior tournaments by their very nature can suck the fun right out of things. So, imagine my surprise and delight when my son said the “F” word in relation to a junior tennis event this past week!

We left very cold and very windy weather in Atlanta Thursday afternoon to travel to Naples, Florida for the ITA Coaches Convention Junior Showcase, a one-day event being held at the Naples Waldorf-Astoria for high school players to strut their stuff in front of a wide variety of college coaches. The event was co-sponsored by USTA’s Collegiate Tennis department which offered a one-hour parent information session on the college recruiting process. For those juniors who play mostly within their own section and don’t get a chance to play in front of coaches from other parts of the country (like my son), this was a fantastic opportunity!

We arrived in Florida around 5pm on Thursday, drove from the Ft. Meyers airport with the sunroof and windows open in our rented Chevy Impala, and arrived at the hotel about 45 minutes later. My son changed into his tennis gear, and we headed over to Pelican Bay Community Park for him to get in a hit with one of the local boys who would also be at the next day’s Showcase (a huge thank-you to coach Chuck Breger for setting it up). IMG_1917The boys played while I sat nearby and watched. Even though the kids were working hard, they seemed to be having a great time knocking the ball around and getting to know each other a bit during their water breaks.

The next morning, we walked over to the Waldorf courts for check-in. FYI, the cost to participate in the Showcase was $20, quite a bargain. My son didn’t know anyone there other than Alan (the boy he hit with the night before), but he walked out to the practice courts and found some guys to warm up with while I headed back to the lobby for a meeting. After about an hour, he texted me letting me know he was all set and would meet me back in the lobby to pick up some water and Powerade before the matches started.

My meeting happened to be with another Naples-area coach named Brett Hobden – we were discussing Brett’s coaching philosophy and his ideas for developing players. Once my son came in, Brett gave him some excellent advice. Brett told my son that the college coaches wouldn’t be concerned with wins and losses in this event; in fact, if they were watching a match, they probably wouldn’t even look at the score. The coaches would be looking for attitude, for technique, and for fight. They wanted to see players with a love for the game who could be coached and who wouldn’t be high-maintenance, behavior-wise. He advised my son to “play big,” to go for his shots even if he missed them, to brush off errors and move onto the next point with determination and positive focus. My son shook Brett’s hand, thanked him for the advice, and we walked back out to the courts.

After a brief players meeting, the 32 participating boys walked across the parking lot to “their side” of the facility to get their court assignments. At check-in, the kids had been asked to create a cardboard sign with their last name and the color of their clothing which they would attach to the fence during their matches so the coaches could identify them.IMG_1921 Each player would play 3 matches against 3 different opponents – the matches themselves consisted of one set to 6 with a tiebreaker played at 5-all. They would have 30-45 minutes between matches to rest and refuel with all matches expected to finish by 4pm (plenty of time for us to get back to the Ft. Myers airport for our 6:30 flight!).

I can’t speak to what went on on the girls’ side, but the boys’ matches all seemed to go off without a hitch. There were no loud “C’mons” or thrown racquets or arguments. The feeling I had as an observer was that these kids were all there to help each other shine in front of the coaches. I only saw a couple of questioned calls, but even those were resolved without any yelling or accusations. It was as if all the players took an unspoken oath at the beginning of the day to be on their best behavior.

Throughout the day, my son kept checking in with the boys he had met to see how their matches were going. I kept my distance, giving my son the space he needed in this new environment. I wandered around the courts, talking to other parents and to some of the college coaches, learning as much as I could about the various schools represented there. For the most part, the parents stayed calm and quiet. Again, a nice change from the typical junior tournament atmosphere.

After he came off the court from his final match, and after a 45-minute impromptu Life Lessons session with former NCAA champion Peter Rennert in the parking lot, I asked my son what he thought about the Showcase. He replied, “Mom, this was really great! Thank you for bringing me. It was fun!”

Fun? FUN? I hadn’t heard him use that word in relation to his tennis in a very long time. I asked him what – specifically – was fun about it. Was it the format? Was it getting to play in the warm weather in the middle of December? Was it simply coming to a new place?

He answered that it was nice not having to think about how many ranking points he would get for a win or who his next opponent would be or being out of the tournament early due to a loss. He liked playing all new guys. He liked that the tournament was over for everyone at the same time. He liked the experience of playing in front of college coaches and seeing them watch him in action. He liked the supportive atmosphere, the feeling that they were all in this together.

If your child is in high school and playing college tennis is a goal, please consider taking him or her to a future Showcase event. You can get dates and other information from the USTA’s College Tennis page and on TennisRecruiting.net. There are several private companies that host college showcases as well, such as Donovan Tennis Strategies and Ed Krass College Tennis Academy. And, Ross Greenstein of Scholarship for Athletes is another a great resource for getting exposure to a variety of college coaches.

My son and I both came away from this experience feeling good, feeling excited, feeling hopeful. On the flight home, my son thanked me several more times for taking him down to Naples. He spent much of the flight talking tennis with me, discussing his thoughts on college and how he could get himself where he wants to be. He asked me tennis-related questions and was genuinely interested in my answers. Please understand this is NOT how we typically spend the ride home from a tournament!

That day, I saw a new maturity in my son, both on the tennis court and off. He was composed yet energized, outgoing and polite, inquisitive and receptive. I know he didn’t just wake up that morning a changed young man, that this maturity was a result of all the work he has put in over his 17 years on this planet, but it all seemed to come together on Friday the 13th. And in big part because of the “F” word.

Summer 2013 Version: The Ins & Outs of TennisRecruiting.Net

Below is a re-print of my June 13, 2012, article on TennisRecruiting.net.  Twice a year, TennisRecruiting.net updates its Top Prospect ratings – sometimes known as “The Stars”. The next update to the Top Prospects comes in September 2013.  This week, TRN announced a change to their ratings process – starting with this rating period, ratings will be based on a player’s second-highest rankings during the eight-week period from July 23 through September 11.  Why is TRN making this change?  According to their most recent newsletter, it is so they can avoid errors due to mis-reported scores or results.  Be sure to take a look at TRN’s new National Showcase Series of tournaments – these events may not count toward a player’s USTA ranking but will count toward his/her TRN ranking and rating.

By now, most of my readers are probably very familiar with the TennisRecruiting.net website.  Well, I recently discovered that the creators of the site, Julie and Doug Wrege, live about a mile and half from my house (!), so I figured I would pick their brains a bit about how the site came into existence as well as the way parents and players should be using the information available on the site to their best advantage.

The first thing to note is that Julie and Doug are not now, nor have they ever been, Tennis Parents; that is to say, none of their children played tournament tennis.  However, Julie is a very accomplished player and college coach in her own right – she started the very successful women’s tennis program at Georgia Tech – and Doug is an internet technology guru – he wrote the very first tennis-related software, Tournament Management System, in the 1980s and was the first to put tournament draws on the Web.  As a result of Julie’s extensive college coaching experience, she knew what the coaches needed to see in terms of player records and rankings, and she wanted to create something better for them to use.  In 2004, with Doug’s help, TennisRecruiting.net was born!

Now, the basics of TRN and its Star Rating System . . .

The TRN ratings, done by graduating class, go from Blue Chip (highest) to 1 star (lowest) as follows:

Blue Chip:  top 25 players in the class

5-Star:  players ranked 26-75

4-Star:  players ranked 76-200

3-Star:  players ranked 201-400

2-Star:  players ranked 401 up to a number based on a percentage of the size of that class

1-Star:  a player with any qualifying ranking

TRN looks at 6th graders through 12th graders and ranks 16,000 boys each year out of the approximately 34,000 male junior players currently playing and competing.  They rank about the same number of girls.  Therefore, even a 1-Star player is better than more than half the juniors currently playing tournaments.  Ratings are based solely upon a player’s position within his own high school graduating class year; for example, a 14-year-old high school freshman would be rated independently of a 14-year-old 8th grader even though they are both eligible to play in the 14-and-under age division.

In order to be ranked on TRN, a junior must play in a minimum of 3 TRN-eligible tournaments and win a minimum of 3 matches (2 of which must be over other eligible players). Ratings happen twice a year – at the end of February and the Tuesday after Labor Day in September. Ratings are preceded by an 8-week rating period. The player’s highest ranking during the 8-week rating period will determine that player’s Star Rating per the chart above*.

All matches from TRN-eligible events in a one year window are used to compute a player’s ranking, independent of age division or class of the players. In addition, TRN looks at a player’s 8 best wins during that period, averages them, then uses that as one of several complicated (understatement of the year!) mathematical components to determine the final ranking. Ratings, age, and graduation year of a player’s opponents are not used in the calculation. Previous rankings are not used to determine current rankings – TRN starts from scratch for each week’s ranking. It is important to note that wins never hurt a player’s ranking and losses never help it.  Also, “retirement” of a match counts as a loss but a “walkover” does not.

Matches are weighed according to when they were played.  A win today counts more than a win against the same opponent six months ago.  This is one way that TRN makes it very difficult to “play” their rating system or “buy” rankings.  For your player to improve his ranking on TRN, he should be sure to enter tournaments where he can win some matches but NOT where he is, by far, the best player in the draw.  As Doug says, “Winning makes you feel good.  Losing makes you learn something.”  Because of the extensive analysis that goes into the TRN rankings, college coaches consider them to be a better predictor of player quality and who’s going to beat whom in head-to-head competition.

How should players and parents use TRN?  During the Middle School years, TRN is just another tool at players’ fingertips to track their progress and that of their peers.  Parents should check their child’s profile using the Free Account option and make sure all the information is correct – if it’s not, then you can either make the corrections yourself or contact TRN if you have any questions or problems.  There are also some very useful articles on the TRN site written by experts in the junior tennis world – take advantage of this free tool to educate yourself and your child during these important developmental years.

Once a player enters High School, you might want to consider buying a TRN Recruiting Advantage membership so you can see which college coaches are looking at your child’s Player Profile.  The membership also allows you to upload gallery photos, videos, and article references mentioning your child.  It is well worth the $49.95 annual fee!  But, here’s a great tip from Doug:  if you have multiple tennis players in your family or are on a limited budget, pay only for a membership for your oldest child then use that account to do everything on the website for all of your children except see the coach visits and upload the photos, videos, and articles.  Once the oldest graduates high school, cancel the account and get one for the next child.  Another great tip from Doug is that you can buy a monthly membership (which renews automatically), load all the information you want during that first month, then cancel the account.  The information will stay on your child’s profile, but you will no longer be paying the monthly membership fee.  To cancel the account, simply click on the Member Services link at the top of the page then un-check the “Auto Renew” option.  Voila!

Given that Doug is giving away these money-saving tips, let me share how TennisRecruiting.net generates its revenue.  Initially, TRN’s biggest source of income came from players signing up for an enriched profile with the Recruiting Advantage membership.  On top of that, the college coaches pay TRN to have access to the player information.  Very recently, however, TRN started selling advertising on its website, which has now become its largest source of revenue.  If you’re a user of TRN, please consider using the advertiser links on the site in order to help TRN continue to offer its free services!

I want to emphasize that TRN is about much more than player rankings.  Doug and Julie are working tirelessly in the junior tennis community to ensure that more kids have the opportunity for cross-sectional play and that they have the opportunity to play college tennis if that’s their goal.  With the recent changes in the USTA National Tournament Schedule and smaller draw sizes, the Wreges have their work cut out for them.  They are currently working with tournament directors around the US to encourage more open events, even if it won’t impact the player’s USTA ranking, by designating tournaments as “Historically Strong” so that the players have an opportunity to improve their TRN ranking and become a TRN “National Player” (one who has won a match in a USTA National Level 1-3 event or other event that counts toward a USTA national ranking).  The upcoming Georgia State Junior Open will be the first of these tournaments – information on that tourney is online here.

This is a lot of information to digest – I know! – but please do yourself and your child a favor and do some poking around on the TRN site.  Familiarize yourself with their ratings and rankings.  Read the articles, especially the Q&As with the different college coaches if that’s your child’s goal.  Make sure your child’s information and player record are correct.  If your child is in high school, upgrade to the paid membership, at least for a period of time.  It will be time and money well-spent.

*UPDATE September 2014: TRN now takes a player’s top two weekly rankings during the bi-annual rating periods in order to determine Star Rating.

TRN’s National Showcase Series

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As I’ve been posting on Facebook and Tweeting this week, TennisRecruiting.net recently announced its National Showcase Series for 2013.

Per the email I received yesterday from TRN, the National Showcase Tournaments are designed to give players a chance to compete outside of their districts and sections.  They are seeking to fill the gap left by USTA’s 2013 and 2014 junior competition calendar changes, some of which limit players to competing within their own section or region.  While the TRN events will NOT count toward USTA national rankings, they WILL count toward USTA sectional or district ranking (if the player is competing in one of these events held in his/her own section or district of residence) as well as a player’s ranking and star rating on TennisRecruiting.net.  It’s important to note that players who choose to compete in National Showcase events held OUTSIDE their section or district of residence will not receive USTA ranking points but will still get credit toward their TRN ranking and star rating.

TRN’s Dallas Oliver says, “The idea of these National Showcase tournaments is to provide meaningful cross-play between different areas that will provide more data for meaningful national rankings. We have gotten a lot of positive feedback so far – players and parents appreciate having more choices. And the tournament directors we have on board so far have great reputations for running quality tournaments.  We think that this tournament series has a lot of positive qualities. These are USTA-sanctioned events, so players and their families will get a familiar experience. But the tournaments will not be on the USTA national schedule, which obviates the concerns many had about ‘point-chasing’. At the same time, these tournaments will count for Tennis Recruiting rankings, and so there are rewards for players to compete in them.”

Tournaments in the National Showcase are “open” tournaments. Entries for these tournaments will be open to all USTA players, regardless of residence. The bulk of these tournaments are scheduled during the summer or on long holiday weekends to accommodate travel and reduce missed school days.  Players and parents need to look at their section’s 2013 tournament schedule to find out the level of those Showcase events held within their section. In the Southern section, for example, some of the Showcases are Southern Level 3s and some are Southern Level 4s, and USTA ranking points will be awarded accordingly.

I asked TRN’s founder, Julie Wrege, why they decided to get USTA sanctioning for the Showcases.  She told me that a USTA sanction insures that the rules of tennis will be followed, certified officials will be used at the tournament, scheduling will be done according to the rules, and results will be published on TennisLink.  I expressed my concern that USTA would see the Showcases as filling in the gap left by the elimination of several national events and use them to justify the 2013 and 2014 changes.  Julie feels that the Showcases will not take the place of anything that is proposed or is going on now.  These tournaments carry no USTA points at the national level – and only at the section level if sanctioned by a section – and only at a district level if sanctioned by a district.  She went on to say that the sections need to have a lot more sectional play – and these few events scattered across the country will not fill that gap.

It is important to note:

  • All events in a National Showcase tournaments will count for Tennis Recruiting national rankings.
  • A player who competes in one of these events and has a win – in the main draw or a consolation event – will become a Tennis Recruiting National Player.
  • Entry into these events is open to all USTA players, regardless of residence.
  • Acceptance will start with the USTA National Rankings – followed by the USTA sectional and district rankings.

Here is the current schedule of National Showcase tournaments. Several more tournaments will be added to this 2013 schedule as their USTA sanctions are finalized:

Starts Tournament Events Contact
12/26 COSTA MESA OPEN CLASSIC
Costa Mesa, CA
BG18 H. Lloyd
3/30 GEORGIA/ALABAMA OPEN
Dothan, AL
BG18-16 D. Bryan
3/30 GEORGIA/ALABAMA OPEN
Bainbridge, GA
BG14-12 T. Thompson
4/06 BLUEGRASS SPRING JR. OPEN
Louisville, KY
BG18-12 C. Mather
4/26 OJAI JR. TENNIS TOURNAMENT
Ojai, CA
G18, BG16-14 C. Fugle
5/25 NORTH GEORGIA OPEN
Rome, GA
BG18-12 R. Sasseville
6/25 NEWPORT NEWS OPEN
Newport News, VA
BG18-12 S. Dearth
6/24 LA JOLLA JR. CHAMPIONSHIPS
La Jolla, CA
BG18-12 B. Davis
6/29 JACKSONVILLE OPEN
Jacksonville, FL
BG18-12 R. Jenks
7/01 WILBUR FOLSON MEMORIAL OPEN
San Diego, CA
BG18-12 A. Podney
7/13 GEORGIA JUNIOR OPEN
Rome, GA
BG18-12 R. Sasseville
7/15 COSTA MESA SUMMER CLASSIC
Costa Mesa, CA
BG18-12 H. Lloyd
8/03 HUDLOW JR. OPEN
Norcross, GA
BG18-14 C. Chapin
8/04 SANTA CLARA BRONCO OPEN
Santa Clara, CA
BG18-16 J. Scalese
8/11 SANTA CLARA BRONCO OPEN
Santa Clara, CA
BG14-12 J. Scalese
8/16 ST. LOUIS JR. SUMMER OPEN
St. Louis, MO
BG18-12 J. Dippold
9/21 BLUEGRASS FALL JR. OPEN
Louisville, KY
BG18-12 C. Mather
9/28 ST. LOUIS JR. FALL OPEN
St. Louis, MO
B18-12 J. Dippold
11/22 ATLANTA THANKSGIVING OPEN
Norcross, GA
BG18-16 C. Chapin
11/22 ATLANTA THANKSGIVING OPEN
Norcross, GA
BG14-12 T. Berne
11/29 WESTERN STATES JR. OPEN
Tucson, AZ
BG18-12 M. Houk

Again, according to Dallas Oliver, “We are excited to have 20 tournaments on the schedule so far, and we are reasonably pleased with how they are spread around the country. There are clearly some areas – like New England and the mid-Atlantic region – where we need to do better. Hopefully players and parents can talk to their favorite tournament directors about running a National Showcase tournament – we would love to hear from them!”

As you can see above, the first Showcase Tournament is the Costa Mesa Open – an 18s event that takes place the week before New Year’s in Costa Mesa, Calif. If you are interested in that one, register now at their tournament page on TennisLink or contact Hank Lloyd at hltcm@sbcglobal.net. But hurry – entries close next Thursday, December 20!  For TRN’s FAQ on the National Showcase Series, click here.

One last note from the folks at TRN: “At the end of the day, we feel that the more choices there are, the better. These National Showcase tournaments should provide more of these choices without interfering with the goals that the USTA has put forward for earned advancement.”