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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.

May 14, 2015

National Team, Singles & Doubles Championships 2015 in College Tennis


College tennis sees its final highlight of the 2014/2015 season these days. The final rounds of the team championship tournaments are being played as we speak in all divisions across the country: NCAA Division I-III, NAIA, and NJCAA are about to determine their team champions of the season before the singles and doubles tournaments will serve to do the same. Friday Scholarship Guide explains the different events, and recommends you to take a look at some live college action online.

May 07, 2015

No-Ad Scoring Rules in College Tennis Here to Stay?


Will no-ad scoring be the future of collegiate tennis? There is a clear move in that direction, and this week's Friday Scholarship Guide will take a look at what coaches and players think about the scoring format, which had in fact been college tennis standard decades ago. Does no-ad scoring really offer the potential to shorten dual matches and make it more attractive to watch...?

April 30, 2015

5 Variants of Dual Match Play


Tennis rules equal tennis rules no matter what and where in the world, right? You gotta win 2 out of 3 sets and you'll leave the court victoriously. Well, not exactly! What might be a surprise or maybe even a shock for people new to college tennis, actually makes a lot of sense and is common routine during plenty of matches in spring time across the nation: college tennis is different, and we will explain to what extent the rules differ from traditional tennis, seen on the ATP and WTA tour day in, day out.

April 23, 2015

College Tennis Videos


In the last edition of our weekly Friday Scholarship Guide we highlighted the wonderful opportunity of watching college tennis action online. This week we'd like to give you some suggestions of another type of college tennis video impressions.

April 15, 2015

What's happening in college tennis


Two interesting headlines have appeared in the college tennis world recently, which we'd love to share with our readership! Firstly, there are excellent opportunities to watch first-class NCAA D-1 tennis either on national TV or online right now, from April 16 - April 26, 2015. And secondly, the Big 12 conference, featuring some of the strongest of all college athletes, changed its rules about fan behavior quite a bit. You should read on, as they create an atmosphere on the court, which you simply do not know from pro tennis matches.