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.
In essence, coaches screen athletes for three things in great detail: 1) Athletic strength, 2) Academic strength, and 3) Personality. This week, we will focus on the academic profiles coaches are on the lookout for, and how athletes can make use of their achievements in high school to increase their range of options.
The first highlight of the collegiate tennis year 2016 is set to begin on Friday: the ITA National Men's Team Indoor Championships. Defending champion Oklahoma, last year's runner-up USC, and NCAA champion Virginia all find themselves in the upper half of the draw. Top tennis with close matches is scheduled to happen...Today's Friday Scholarship Guide will offer our personal preview of the upcoming tournament.
The next 4 days will see a selection of the strongest players of women's college tennis when 16 teams meet in Wisconsin to crown the Indoor Team Champion of 2016. In today's Friday Scholarship Guide we are looking at the event itself and we are offering you our very personal interactive draw! Read on to find out more.
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.
2015 College Tennis saw Vanderbilt win the first national championship title ever, Oracle and ITA partnering up, and finally changes in the way D-I tennis will be played going forward. Enjoy a review with some highlight videos and get in the right mood for the upcoming 2016 college tennis season!
College coaches are active on YouTube and many prospective student-athletes make use of YouTube to show what they've got. A Smarthlete profile helps get your video in front of even more coaches on this platform. But how so? By featuring your skills on our Smarthlete YouTube Channel.
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.
It's the NLI early signing period right now. Make sure you understand what it's all about in this week's Friday Scholarship Guide. Around 43,000 students sign an NLI each year - if you are to be one of them, it might be a good idea to get a little wiser about it.
The USTA/ITA Regionals 2015 are concluded. Some of the prospective student-athletes on Smarthlete have approached us and wanted to know a bit more about how it all works. How many ITA regions (and Regionals) are there within NCAA and NAIA? And what's the reward for those winning?
Mid-October and college tennis 2015-16 sees exciting action these days with Fall Invitationals getting players come together to engage in preparation tournaments. At the same time, Regional Championships in all college divisions are currently underway. Just like our first edition on the Fall Invitationals 4 weeks ago, our Friday Scholarship Guide today will provide you with a visual overview of all the events in October.
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.
The college season 2015-16 has finally arrived and is already in full swing. How's that even possible with college tennis being a spring sport and the real season not to be kicked off until 2016? "Fall Invitationals"; a large number of tournaments, which are being held these days across the country. Today's Friday Scholarship Guide will provide you with a visual overview of all the Invitationals college tennis has seen and continues to see in September.
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:
The ITF raised the prize money on the men's and women's tour for the years to come. This also has an impact on college tennis players; it does so on those in a college squad who consider giving it a try professionally. But also on those junior players who picture their future in a college team on an athletic scholarship.