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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.

March 08, 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.

February 25, 2016

Do Academic Results Matter for College Coaches?


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.

February 11, 2016

ITA National Team Indoor 2016 - Elite Men's College Tennis


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.

February 04, 2016

ITA National Team Indoor 2016 - Elite Women's College Tennis


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.

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.

December 24, 2015

What Happened in College Tennis in 2015?


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!

December 10, 2015

How to Promote Your Recruiting Video On YouTube


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.

November 26, 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.

November 10, 2015

5 Things You Need to Know Before Signing


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.

October 29, 2015

Best Tennis Programs at USTA/ITA Regionals 2015


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?