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How to Identify Whether You Are Good Enough to Play College Tennis in the United States


This edition of Friday's Scholarship Guide will introduce you to a tool, which will revolutionize college tennis recruiting. A new ranking system created by Universal Tennis Rating lets you compare the level of tennis in college to yours. That way you'll see within a minute whether you are good enough for a certain team or not.

March 27, 2015

UTR Applied in Match Box Scores


College tennis does not enjoy the same popularity and media coverage as football or basketball. Especially not when it's "March Madness" and the focus shifts entirely towards basketball. That's why we should all be grateful for any additional coverage our wonderful sport receives, be it in print or online. "College Tennis Today" does exactly that, driven by the general lack of information on college tennis. The web site has also adopted the UTR, a new level of play rating we're very excited about.

July 24, 2015

NCAA Division II or NAIA Tennis


Everybody interested in college tennis knows about D-I tennis pretty well. But what about NCAA D-II tennis? And NAIA? Sure, there are athletic scholarships, but how strong are the divisions in reality? Time to find out once and forever whether the NCAA D-II or the NAIA is stronger, and how they stack up compared to the elite NCAA D-I.

October 02, 2015

Top 4 Things on a College Coach Recruiting Checklist


It's recruiting season in college tennis and coaches are currently evaluating a big number of potential recruits they come across. But how do they assess the players? What's their #1 priority when looking at a prospect? In other words, what is their checklist of things a tennis recruit needs to fulfill? In today's Friday Scholarship Guide we offer you our take on it.

November 27, 2015

Team Line-up: Matching Up & UTR


We were inspired by the recent proposal of ZooTennis to allow college coaches "match up" their line-ups in dual matches; and we offer an additional suggestion ourselves in order to keep college tennis what it is: an attractive development path for top juniors.

March 09, 2016

Collegiate Tennis in Davis Cup '16


The first Davis Cup Weekend of the year was completed just some days ago. While the media attention was mainly focused on the World Group matches with all the headlines (and scandals) on the ATP stars, the lower levels of Davis Cup came nothing short of drama and excitement. Exciting for us from Smarthlete because former, current and future college players had a say in the final outcome of the ties as well. In today's blog, we take a look at some of the achievements of the 42 (!) tennis players who represented their countries over the past weekend and for who college tennis played some sort of role to make the national team.

June 01, 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 ...

August 01, 2016

Which College Tennis Division Is Better: NCAA D-II or NAIA?


One of the most important questions early on in the tennis recruiting process is which coaches to reach out to.
More often than not, junior players consider one division and one division only as preferred option: NCAA D-I - the highest and most competitive division in American college tennis. But which division (4-year colleges & athletic scholarships) is the second strongest? NCAA D-II or the NAIA?

September 02, 2016

3 Tips How to Find Out if You Could Play College Tennis


There are three good ways to find out if you have what it takes to get a scholarship at college before even contacting a head or assistant coach for the first time! Today's Scholarship Guide will be about these three options you have as a junior tennis player, dreaming to play collegiate tennis.

September 27, 2016

How Strong is NCAA D-III Tennis Really?


Playing tennis in NCAA Division 3 schools is often dismissed due to the non-availability of athletic scholarships for student-athletes. But how strong is the division compared to its counterparts NCAA Division 2 and NAIA?

November 04, 2016

The Reliability of the UTR System


The Universal Tennis Rating is getting more and more relevant in the world of tennis. In the college tennis universe, it has already been established as an everyday tool used by tournament organisers, college coaches and prospective student athletes. Today's Friday Scholarship Guide is a guest blog by Tennis Coach Alex Slezak, who looked into the reliability of the UTR himself.

April 27, 2018

Top 3 Reasons to Attend a Tennis Showcase


Should you or should you not attend a Tennis Showcase? Why is it a good idea to do so and are there any reasons which speak against it? Today's Smarthlete Friday Scholarship Guide will give you our Top 3 Reasons.