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A typical day of a college tennis player


This week's Scholarship Guide will give you some insights into the daily routine of a student athlete. To be more specific - of a college tennis player. Having been a college tennis player myself at one of the United States' top universities for four years, I will show you what it's like, being a student athlete.

March 26, 2015

UTR Applied in Match Box Scores


College tennis does not enjoy the same popularity and media coverage as football or basketball. Especially not when it's "March Madness" and the focus shifts entirely towards basketball. That's why we should all be grateful for any additional coverage our wonderful sport receives, be it in print or online. "College Tennis Today" does exactly that, driven by the general lack of information on college tennis. The web site has also adopted the UTR, a new level of play rating we're very excited about.

March 19, 2015

College Dual Matches Part of the ATP & WTA Event in Indian Wells


As part of the BNP Paribas Open, 8 men's teams (NCAA D-I) convene on the final weekend of the event to play the "Collegiate Challenge". Ticket holders will be able to see some of the nation's best ranked tennis players including top 10 players #4 Julian Lenz, #7 Axel Alvarez Llamas, and #8 Yannick Hanfmann. The Collegiate Challenge offers an excellent platform for college tennis to gain wider popularity and is reason enough to dedicate this week's Friday Scholarship Guide to the action in Indian Wells.

March 12, 2015

College Tennis Players - Now Davis Cup Heroes


The Davis Cup ties last weekend were as usual characterized by excitement and drama, with epic wins and painful losses. Kazakhastan's 3-2 win over Italy is one of the most remarkable ones. Even more so as the third point was pulled off by a former college player who was ITA National Player of the Year and #1 in the nation during his time at Oklahoma State University: Aleksandr Nedovyesov. In this edition of Friday Scholarship Guide, we will take a look at some of the 36 (!) tennis players with a background in college tennis, who represented their countries past weekend.

March 05, 2015

Why College Coaches (Tennis) Care Where an Athlete is From


Where are you (the athlete) from, where do you live and why does it matter? Coaches of men's and women's tennis teams care for several reasons, but foremost because coaches need to identify how strong you are in reality. Find out more about how your residency is an excellent starting point for exactly that.

February 26, 2015

ITA #5 Sebastian Stiefelmeyer: 5 Things I Love About College Tennis


We're extremely happy to have one of the currently best college tennis players give us his personal Top 5 reasons why he loves college tennis in today's Friday Scholarship Guide. You'll see that the team spirit and the mere fact of being part of a team in an individual sport like tennis have played a major role for Sebastian.

February 19, 2015

Why Leave the College Tennis Program Before Graduating?


In Today's Friday Scholarship Guide we will take a look at a pattern, which often occurs once recruited tennis players start taking their bachelor's degree at college: leaving the college and thus the tennis program before graduation. In other words, some players stay less than 4 years at the university, where they received an athletic scholarship.

February 05, 2015

Brand New Explainer Video - Friday's Scholarship Guide


Today's blog article is about a small milestone for us working with Smarthlete. We are finally uploading our first promotion video, explaining to you guys with visuals and voice what it is we're doing.

We're hoping most of you will be fully aware of what it is we at Smarthlete stand for. We're hoping many of you know exactly what we offer. And we're hoping most will understand that we're not just creating articles on college sports topics each Friday. But to be entirely sure, we figured it might be a great idea to get a video up and running, for those of you who prefer to watch than read :).

January 29, 2015

22 College Players in the Australian Open '15 Doubles Competition


With the first Grand Slam tournament of the year in its final rounds, let's have another look at the players in the draw. This time we'll provide exciting information about the former college players in the men's doubles event. With 22 out of 128 players having had some sort of college experience, 17% of the total doubles draw are made up of former collegiate players. We will also relate their doubles strength to an interesting ranking phenomenon, some great players have displayed on their way up.

January 22, 2015

4 Reasons a Good High School GPA Has an Impact on Your Athletic Scholarship - Friday's Scholarship Guide


Athletic abilities matter for aspiring student-athletes; and yes, it is the #1 criterion to sell for most of you. But, don't underestimate what your academic achievements at high school can do for you and read more on how a good GPA can open doors and options for you...

January 15, 2015

14 (Former) College Tennis Players in the Australian Open Qualifying


Following up on the Friday Scholarship Guide article last week, it's time for the first Grand Slam tournament of the year: The Australian Open. The qualifying events are in its final rounds and 14 college tennis players had a high enough ATP ranking for a spot in the draw. See below who's been playing, what college they play(ed) for and who still has a chance of making it to the main draw.

January 08, 2015

Top 4 Reasons College Tennis is the Best Choice for Aspiring Professionals


College tennis has long been an attractive option for American tennis players. Yet, not all choose college, but instead try to turn pro right away. That's even more the case for international tennis players, who bet all on their sport after high school graduation or sometimes even before that, neglecting their education. In this week's Friday's Scholarship Guide we will take a closer look at why and how college tennis is probably the best choice you can make!

January 01, 2015

Why Doing Research About Colleges Increases Your College Experience - Friday's Scholarship Guide


Doing research about colleges gives you an important idea about where you could see yourself taking your bachelor's degree. This week's Friday's Scholarship Guide will be about why and how to best compare colleges, including two website suggestions, which will make your search a fun and entertaining activity.

December 25, 2014

What Being Eligible Means for NCAA-D1 Schools - Friday's Scholarship Guide


In order to be declared eligible by the NCAA Eligibility Center all athletes undergo a screening process on the basis of athletic and academic criteria. This week's Friday Scholarship Guide is about NCAA eligibility criteria for entering freshmen in Division 1 teams. We'll cover NCAA Division 2 and NAIA in separate blog articles at a later stage.

December 18, 2014

How Many Scholarships Tennis College Coaches Can Offer to Their Players


If you're a tennis player on the lookout for a sports scholarship at a U.S. college, chances are you're wondering how high a scholarship you can actually receive. Today's Friday Scholarship Guide is about understanding the regulations in order to get you in shape for your upcoming bargaining sessions with college coaches.