ITA Singles Rankings by Country

Fall rankings

Yesterday, the ITA released its first rankings of the 2018-19 academic year. Given all the conversation about how many international versus American players are playing college tennis, I thought it would be interesting to look at the country of record for the top incoming Division I freshmen as well as the Top 25 overall Division I players. Here you go:

Women’s Newcomers
RankPlayerSchoolCountry
1Maria MateasDukeUSA
2Emmanuelle SalasFlorida StateFrance
3Elysia BoltonUCLAUSA
4Maria Lourdes CarleGeorgiaArgentina
5Salma EwingUSCUSA
6Cameron MorraNorth CarolinaUSA
7Anastasia IamachkinePepperdinePeru
8Martina Capurro TabordaOklahomaArgentina
9Tijana SpasojevicTexasSerbia
10Emmanouela AntonakisMississippi StateGreece
Men’s Newcomers
RankPlayerSchoolCountry
1Sam RifficeFloridaUSA
2Matej VocelOklahoma StateCzech Republic
3Juan Pablo Grassi MazzuchiUCFArgentina
4Trent BrydeGeorgiaUSA
5Finn BassBaylorGreat Britain
6Dominik KellovskyArizona StateCzech Republic
7Brian CernochNorth CarolinaUSA
8Yuta KikuchiCaliforniaJapan
9Sander JongTCUNetherlands
10Francisco BastiasMiamiArgentina
Women’s Top 25
RankPlayerSchoolCountry
1Bianca TuratiTexasItaly
2Makenna JonesNorth CarolinaUSA
3Estela Perez-SomarribaMiamiSpain
4Ashley LaheyPepperdineUSA
5Gabriela KnutsonSyracuseCzech Republic
6Anastasia RychagovaKansasRussia
7Fernanda ContrerasVanderbiltUSA
8Katarina JokicGeorgiaBosnia
9Stacey FungWashingtonCanada
10Michaela GordonStanfordUSA
11Carla ToulyFlorida StateFrance
12Kelly ChenDukeUSA
13Melissa LordStanfordUSA
14Marie-Alexandre LeducClemsonCanada
15Jada HartUCLAUSA
16Emma DavisWake ForestUSA
17Michaela BayerlovaWashington StateGermany
18Kate FaheyMichiganUSA
19Alle SanfordNorth CarolinaUSA
20Marianna PetreiIdahoItaly
21Anna TuratiTexasItaly
22Rosie JohansonVirginiaCanada
23Veronica MiroshnichenkoLoyola MarymountRussia
24Emily ArbuthnottStanfordEngland
25Vanessa WongWashingtonCanada
Men’s Top 25
RankPlayerSchoolCountry
1Petros ChrysochosWake ForestCyprus
2Nuno BorgesMississippi StatePortugal
3Mazen OsamaAlabamaEgypt
4Brandon HoltUSCUSA
5Giovanni OradiniMississippi StateItaly
6Timo StodderTennesseeGermany
7Cameron KlingerVanderbiltUSA
8Thomas LaurentOregonFrance
9Carl SoderlundVirginiaSweden
10Alex RybakovTCUUSA
11Johannes IngildsenFloridaDenmark
12Mitch HarperVirginia TechAustralia
13Victor PhamColumbiaUSA
14Tim SandkaulenOle MissGermany
15Aziz DougazFlorida StateTunisia
16Aleksandre BakshiOklahomaGeorgia
17JJ WolfOhio StateUSA
18Lucas PoullainFlorida StateFrance
19Alex LebedevNotre DameUSA
20Oliver CrawfordFloridaUSA
21Benjamin SigouinNorth CarolinaCanada
22Jan ZielinskiGeorgiaPoland
23Aswin LizenVirginiaGreat Britain
24Alexis GalarneauNC StateCanada
25Valentin VacherotTexas A&MFrance

Four out of the 10 female newcomers (40%) are American with just 3 out of 10 (30%) men coming from the US. Out of the Top 25, 40% of the women and 28% of the men are from the US. You can see the complete lists of rankings on the ITA website here. I also encourage you to read the Cracked Racquets series titled “Where in the World” to get more details on the Division I breakdown. You can find Part 1 here, Part 2 here, Part 3 here, and Part 4 here.

Colette discusses not only who is IN these first ranking lists but also who is NOT in her latest ZooTennis post here.

The ITA has only released rankings for Division I so far. Once they release them for the other divisions, I will do a similar breakdown so stay tuned.

3 Comments on “ITA Singles Rankings by Country”

  1. A general rule of thumb that juniors and their parents should follow (for women’s tennis) is that each D1 school will have two scholarships per year and that one of those scholarships is going to a foreign player. That still leaves a lot of opportunities for US players in D1. The problem is that too many players, and their parents, are not being realistic with their preferences. There are many D1 schools who are absolutely not going to look at you if you are not a blue-chip. If you are not a 5-star then you are not going to get a scholarship at a D1 Power-5 conference school (yes, there may be one or two exceptions to the rule). When you add in the Ivies and some of the mid-majors, who grab some of the 5-stars, that means the Power 5 schools have a choice: take a 4-star or add another foreign player. Look at the team rosters and then tell me which way they end up choosing.

  2. The ITA just released the list of seeds for the upcoming ITA All-American (men’s) tournament in Tulsa. Here is the list with country of origin:

    1. Nuno Borges, Mississippi State – Portugal
    2. Mazen Osama, Alabama – Egypt
    3. Giovanni Oradini, Mississippi State – Italy
    4. Timo Stodder, Tennessee – Germany
    5. Cameron Klinger, Vanderbilt – USA
    6. Thomas Laurent, Oregon – France
    7. Johannes Ingildsen, Florida – Denmark
    8. Mitch Harper, Virginia Tech – Australia
    9-16. Tim Sandkaulen, Ole Miss – Germany
    9-16. Jan Zielinski, Georgia – Poland
    9-16. Aswin Lizen, Virginia – Great Britain
    9-16. Lucas Poullain, Florida State – France
    9-16. Aleksander Bakshi, Oklahoma – Georgia
    9-16. JJ Wolf, Ohio State – USA
    9-16. Oliver Crawford, Florida – USA
    9-16. Alex Lebedev, Notre Dame – USA

    Out of the top 8, there is only one American. Out of the next 8, there are 3 Americans. Is it just me or is it time to change the term “All-American” to something a bit more descriptive of the actual field of players?

  3. And here are the women’s All-American seeds with country of origin:

    1. Makenna Jones, North Carolina – USA
    2. Estela Perez-Somarriba, Miami – Spain
    3. Gabriela Knutson, Syracuse – Czech Republic
    4. Anastasia Rychagova, Kansas – Russia
    5. Fernanda Contreras, Vanderbilt – USA
    6. Katarina Jokic, Georgia – Bosnia
    7. Stacey Fung, Washington – Canada
    8. Michaela Gordon, Stanford – USA

    As you can see, 3 out of the 8 seeds are American.

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