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A New Way to Get Into B&G18s National Hardcourts

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USTA recently announced it is holding a Wildcard Playoff tournament for a spot in the Boys (Kalamazoo) and Girls (San Diego) 18s Hardcourt Championships. When I first heard about the event, I thought it was something being held in each USTA section, but that is not the case. There is one site – Arlington, Texas – for this 64-draw tournament (click here for the TennisLink page).

Per a recent communication from USTA:

One boys’ wild card and one girls’ wild card will be awarded to the winners of More >

Great News for an Up-and-Coming US Player

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The following is from a press release provided by USTA Public Relations. This week’s ParentingAces radio show will focus on another young US player, Reilly Opelka, who recently turned pro with an inside look at his development through the juniors and his decision to forego college for the Tour. Reilly’s dad, George, will be my guest so be sure to tune in Tuesday at 11am ET!

Teenager Frances Tiafoe Claims USTA French Open Wild Card and Reaches First USTA Pro Circuit More >

Father/Daughter Mother/Son National Tournament

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Tonight at 11:59pm Pacific Time is the deadline to enter the USTA National Father/Daughter-Mother/Son Hard Court Championships being held May 8-10 at Springs Country Club in Rancho Mirage, California. Click here for the TennisLink entry page.

The tournament is one of the four USTA Father/Daughter-Mother/Son National (Gold Ball) tournaments held each year: one on hard courts (this one!), one on grass, one on clay, and one indoors. The Father/Daughter category has four divisions: Open, Senior More >

Cici Bellis Headlines US Nominations for World Junior Team Competition Qualies  

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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 >

Asics Easter Bowl, Martin Blackman, & TRN Profile

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As y’all know, I’m back in the Coachella Valley at the Asics Easter Bowl this week, helping out with some of the media stuff, doing a little commentating for the livestream (you can watch at EasterBowl.com), and just helping out wherever I’m needed. If you’d like to keep up with results throughout the day, I suggest you follow @zootennis on Twitter – Colette is doing her usual amazing job of following all the action and reporting it quickly! It’s a bit bizarre to be at a junior tournament More >

New Head of PD Named

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Click here to read Tom Perrotta’s piece on USTA’s new head of Player Development, Martin Blackman.

Click here to read Colette Lewis’s piece on the appointment.

As Colette mentioned, there will be a conference call today hosted by USTA. I plan to participate and will let you know if I hear anything else of importance regarding the future of Player Development.

And please pardon any typos or formatting errors – I originally posted this from my iPhone on the plane!

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UTR Gaining A Foothold

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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

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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

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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 >

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 >

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