Friday Scholarship Guide

Top 4 Reasons College Tennis is the Best Choice for Aspiring Professionals

College tennis has long been an attractive option for American tennis players. Yet, not all choose college, but instead try to turn pro right away. That's even more the case for international tennis players, who bet all on their sport after high school graduation or sometimes even before that, neglecting their education. In this week's Friday's Scholarship Guide we will take a closer look at why and how college tennis is probably the best choice you can make!

January 15, 2015

14 (Former) College Tennis Players in the Australian Open Qualifying

Following up on the Friday Scholarship Guide article last week, it's time for the first Grand Slam tournament of the year: The Australian Open. The qualifying events are in its final rounds and 14 college tennis players had a high enough ATP ranking for a spot in the draw. See below who's been playing, what college they play(ed) for and who still has a chance of making it to the main draw.

January 29, 2015

22 College Players in the Australian Open '15 Doubles Competition

With the first Grand Slam tournament of the year in its final rounds, let's have another look at the players in the draw. This time we'll provide exciting information about the former college players in the men's doubles event. With 22 out of 128 players having had some sort of college experience, 17% of the total doubles draw are made up of former collegiate players. We will also relate their doubles strength to an interesting ranking phenomenon, some great players have displayed on their way up.

March 12, 2015

College Tennis Players - Now Davis Cup Heroes

The Davis Cup ties last weekend were as usual characterized by excitement and drama, with epic wins and painful losses. Kazakhastan's 3-2 win over Italy is one of the most remarkable ones. Even more so as the third point was pulled off by a former college player who was ITA National Player of the Year and #1 in the nation during his time at Oklahoma State University: Aleksandr Nedovyesov. In this edition of Friday Scholarship Guide, we will take a look at some of the 36 (!) tennis players with a background in college tennis, who represented their countries past weekend.

May 28, 2015

How many professionals from college tennis play in the French Open 2015?

It's the time of the year to get your white tennis socks all dirty: the French Open 2015 is in full swing! Today's Friday Scholarship Guide will be all about the former college players who have turned pro and who now attempt to make an impact on the red clay in Paris. Plenty of male professionals, but not that many female pro: why is that? At what college did they spend their college time? And what college conference have most of them competed in?

June 25, 2015

2 Former College Players Qualified - Total 9 in Wimbledon Main Draws

White shirts, white trousers, white skirts, white caps, and white socks. The third Grand Slam of the year in the All England Club, Wimbledon. Among the 128 men and women trying to qualify for the singles main draw were also 13 male and 2 female professionals with a background in college tennis. 2 won the qualifying and they will join the pre-qualified 5 men and 2 women in the singles main draws.

July 09, 2015

Another College Player First Time Wimbledon Champ...

The third Grand Slam of the year, Wimbledon 2015, is in its final stages, and 2 players keep the "College tennis" flag flying. Unlike the usual case, it is not the "Bryan Brothers", Mike and Bob. Instead two players, who have been among the world's best doubles players for some time, will battle it out in this year's grand doubles final...

September 03, 2015

The US Open - A Home Game for College Players

It's loud, it's wild, and it's hot; a unique atmosphere. The final Grand Slam of the year has just started in New York. Among the 128 men and women trying to qualify for the singles main draws were also 13 male and 5 female professionals with a past in college tennis. One of them got through the qualifying and joined the pre-qualified 8 men and 3 women in the singles main draws of the US Open. Today's Friday Scholarship Guide features a look at this year's college tennis involvement:

January 21, 2016

Pros with College Background at Australian Open 2016

Chances are that you are one of the millions of tennis fans who currently spend hours in front of the TV and online streams to see your favorite tennis players live at the Australian Open. If you also have an interest in US college tennis, you might want to read up on who is playing and what tennis program they competed for back in their college days.

May 20, 2016

College Tennis Players at French Open 2016

The grand clay season highlight on the ATP and WTA tour has finally arrived: The French Open 2016 in Roland Garros, Paris. While the supporters of tennis all around the globe are mainly interested in the big names, hottest newcomers, and trending topics on the tour, we naturally take a slightly different approach: What does college tennis have to do with the French Open? And how many players with a past on the college tour are competing for ranking points, prestige, and prize money during 2.5 weeks?

May 31, 2016

Regret and the NCAAs

Eric Butorac is the ATP Player Council President and a doubles specialist on the ATP Tour. Playing college tennis has helped Eric get to where he is today and he shares his experience from college life as a writer on the Blog of Universal Tennis Rating. This article is about his experience at the D-III Championships: losing the final match for the team to fall 3-4 in the semifinals, but learning a lesson for life ...

June 23, 2016

College Tennis Players at Wimbledon 2016

Having left the main clay season on the ATP and WTA tour behind, the attention is once again on the most prestigious of all Grand Slam tournaments: Wimbledon 2016 in London. Many exciting days filled with tennis ahead of us & we from Smarthlete look at the draw again from the perspective of college tennis: How many former collegiate players are set to compete for points, prestige, and prize money during the upcoming weeks?

January 19, 2017

College Tennis in Australian Open 2017

The much-awaited first Grand Slam of the year sees the first season appearance of a huge number of players, who have sharpened their skills at college in the early years of their career. Find out what schools the players attended and in which conference they competed!

February 02, 2017

Should I Play College Tennis?

Over and over again, we are faced with the same questions and concerns of good players who are not sure whether college tennis really is the right decision for them. Today's Friday Scholarship Guide is a collection of these typical questions, based on a phone call with a potential future recruit.

June 01, 2017

College Tennis at French Open 2017

Week 1 of the French Open 2017 is in the books and it's time to recap the achievements of former collegiate athletes on the clay courts of Paris. How have they been doing in the qualifying events, as well as in the main draws of singles and doubles events?