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College Tennis Fall Invitationals in October


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.

October 01, 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.

September 17, 2015

College Tennis Fall Invitationals in September


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.

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:

August 06, 2015

Effect on College Tennis Due to Increased Prize Money on the ITF Pro Circuit


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.

July 23, 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.

July 16, 2015

Want To Transfer School?


This is part II of our series on transferring college. What does it take to transfer? What are the key things you need to do in order to be able to change school? And how can you make sure you're permitted to play for your new team? Plenty of technical questions make transferring a challenge on your quest for a new college (team).

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...

July 02, 2015

Top 3 Reasons College Players Transfer School


It's a busy time of the year for college tennis players, trying to find a last-minute scholarship on another team. What are the reasons so many student-athletes have the need to transfer? How do coaches feel about transfers and how can players avoid getting into such a situation in the first place?

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.

June 18, 2015

Smart + Athlete = Ideal College Player


Being "Smart" and "athletic" is a great combination. Not only for college sports, but rather for a young person's life in general. Our Friday Scholarship Guide today is all about why you would wanna "be smart" besides being a great football player, runner, or tennis player. And we explain the making of our name: Smarthlete.

June 11, 2015

8 Things to Consider Before Writing To a College Coach


Are you looking for an athletic scholarship and you're just about to contact college coaches for the first time? Or maybe you have done so already, but your e-mail inquiries didn't turn out as successful as you had hoped? But don't worry about it too much! Read about our 8 useful tips for your messages to college coaches.

June 04, 2015

Top 3 Points in College Tennis 2014-15 Season


The 2014-15 season just ended and we're happy to present our favorite Top 3 doubles points of the year in today's Friday Scholarship Guide.

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?

May 21, 2015

I never thought I was gonna be #1 in the nation!


Sebastian Stiefelmeyer was one of 5 players who was at the top of the ITA NCAA-DI ranking during the 2014/2015 season. Since Sebastian's first appearance as #1 of the nation in January this year, he was consistently within the Top 8 of the ranking. His last appearance as a college player is the NCAA Tennis Singles Championship from May 20 to May 25, 2015. Read our extensive interview with him about his experience as a college tennis player, what he will remember the most, and why he recommends young fellow tennis players to get an education at college and play for a team.