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4 Tips for Making a Great Recruiting Video


No matter where and how coaches get in front of your video, it could be your entry ticket in a college team. On the contrary, a poorly done recruiting video can do a lot of harm to your plans and drive coaches away. Check out to see what makes coaches keep watching and NOT click the "pause" button.

November 03, 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.

September 26, 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?

September 01, 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.

August 13, 2016

The Elimination of Collegiate Tennis Programs: UMBC Tennis


College tennis supporters have to accept - tennis is a sport in constant competition with other collegiate sports programs. While new tennis programs pop up and others are being reinstated, some schools decide to discontinue their tennis programs and tennis legacies die. Today's article by a former collegiate tennis player is about the elimination of the tennis program, which he was part of years ago.

July 31, 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?

July 03, 2016

College Tennis Players in Wimbledon Doubles 2016


Week 1 in Wimbledon is in the books and despite the tournament's tradition of having a game-free "Middle Sunday", weather conditions forced the organisers to schedule matches in order to keep up with the event schedule. With plenty singles matches played, the doubles events have finally also been kicked off. Let's have a look at all the other former student-athletes who are in the race for the most prestigious Grand Slam Title.

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?

June 09, 2016

National Team Championships 2016 in College Tennis


The college season 2015-2016 is in the books and all the various college divisions have determined their national champions. Most may have heard of NCAA Division 1 programs Virginia (M) and Stanford (W) adding yet another title to their collection of Championships. But what about tennis in NCAA D2, D3, and the NAIA? Find out all about it in our recap:

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 ...

May 26, 2016

College Tennis Players in French Open Doubles 2016


Doubles at Grand Slams = former college tennis players have a realistic shot of winning another grand title. Week 2 in Roland Garros is around the corner and of the 18 players who started out, 3 are still in the race ... This article will be about these 18 players; how they have done so far and what tennis programs they competed for.

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 11, 2016

Road Map to NCAA D1 Championship in Women's Tennis


Which teams qualify for the NCAA Division 1 Championship in women's tennis and how do they actually qualify? In Today's Friday Scholarship Guide, we explain all you need to know about the regular college tennis season leading up to the NCAA Tournament in May each year. Naturally, the NCAAs 2016 taking place right now serve as our example!

May 05, 2016

Road Map to NCAA D1 Championship in Men's Tennis


Many junior players and future student athletes really want to know how it all works: the regular college tennis season leading up to the NCAA Tournament in May each year. In Today's Friday Scholarship Guide, we explain how and which teams qualify for the NCAA Division 1 Championship in men's tennis.

April 14, 2016

3 Reasons Why Potential Matters To College Tennis Coaches


Whether your level of tennis allows you to play in the starting 6 of a collegiate tennis program is an important question. And there will be no way around this in the recruiting process. But don't underestimate "soft" factors like you as a person and to what degree coaches look out for positive signals about your personality and motives - indicators which tell a great deal about the potential, you may or may not have inside you.