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The Friday Edition
|Welcome to the Friday, December 6th edition of the Tennis Recruiting Network.
Colette Lewis of
checks in with her November Aces.
Also available - new TennisRPI Lists for the girls.|
by Colette Lewis
, 6 December 2013
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The month of November features a collegiate major as well as the last chance for those outside the top 100 to make a push for direct entry into the Australian Open. It also ushers in the brief offseason for the professional tours, allowing youngsters to collect valuable ranking points at Futures and Challenger events around the world, an opportunity many of those cited below did not waste.
| || Jamie Loeb |
The North Carolina Tar Heel continued her domination of college tennis, becoming the first freshman to win both the women's ITA All-American and the ITA Indoor Championships in the same season. The 18-year-old New Yorker didn't drop a set en route to the Indoor title, defeating defending champion Robin Anderson of UCLA 6-3, 6-2 in the final. Loeb, with a 19-1 record in her brief college career, is the first North Carolina woman to win an ITA fall major in singles.
| || Clay Thompson |
The UCLA senior, seeded sixth, surprised himself by rolling to the men's Indoor Intercollegiate singles title in New York last month. Thompson, who played No. 5 for the Bruins at the NCAAs in May, received entry by winning the consolation tournament at the ITA All-American championships, and kept right on rolling after that, capping a 15-match winning streak with the title. Thompson, from Venice Beach, California, beat University of Illinois sophomore Jared Hiltzik 6-4, 7-5 in the championship match.
courtesy, Greg Patton
| Master' U Team |
The United States team captured its third straight title at the Master' U BNP Paribas international collegiate competition at Aix-en-Provence France. Mitchell Frank of Virginia, Marcos Giron of UCLA, Peter Kobelt of Ohio State, Robin Anderson of UCLA, Lauren Herring of Georgia and Sabrina Santamaria of USC proved too much for the other seven teams competing. Cal's Amanda Augustus and Boise State's Greg Patton coached the team to 6-1 wins over Ireland and France before blanking Russia in the championship match.
| || Bradley Klahn |
The 2010 NCAA champion while at Stanford, Klahn made a push into the ATP Top 100 last month, assuring himself direct entry into the Australian Open with a semifinal, final and title in three November Challengers. The 23-year-old from Poway, California won the $35,000 Challenger in Korea, defeating unseeded Taro Daniel of Japan 7-6(5), 6-2 in the final, and with his semifinal appearance the following week in Japan, found himself at a career-high of 97 in his first full year on the ATP tour.
| || Sekou Bangoura Jr. |
Bangoura, who spent two years as a Florida Gator, won his first Futures singles title last month, at the $10,000 tournament in Niceville, Florida. The 22-year-old from Bradenton, Florida, seeded eighth, claimed the title when unseeded Eric Prodon, a 32-year-old from France, retired after losing the first set in a tiebreaker. Bangoura also won his fifth Futures titles in doubles last month in Bradenton, teaming with 15-year-old Stefan Kozlov to beat Devin McCarthy of the US and Tommy Mylnikov of Canada 6-2, 6-4 in the final.
| || Tennys Sandgren |
The former Tennessee Volunteer reached the semifinals of the $50,000 Challenger in Knoxville and went on to claim his first Challenger title the following week at the $50,000 Challenger in Champaign. Unseeded, the 22-year-old from Tennessee reached the final with four straight-set wins, then came back against No. 7 seed Sam Groth of Australia in the championship match, posting a 3-6, 6-3, 7-6(4) victory. Sandgren is now at a career-high ATP ranking of 183.
| || Vicky Duval |
Bursting into the spotlight with her first round upset of Samantha Stosur at the US Open in August, Duval captured her first two titles as a professional last month in Toronto, Canada. The seventh-seeded Duval, who turned 18 a few days ago, defeated No. 2 seed Mandy Minella of Luxembourg in the quarterfinals and No. 4 seed Andrea Hlavackova of the Czech Republic in the semifinals of the $50,000 tournament. In the final, she captured the title when top seed Timea Babos of Hungary retired after losing the first set 7-5. Duval also claimed the doubles title with fellow teenager Francoise Abanda of Canada. Duval's WTA ranking is at a career-high of 168.
| || Katerina Siniakova |
The 17-year-old from the Czech Republic is an ace for the third month in a row, thanks to capturing another $25,000 title at the ITF Women's Circuit event in Poland last month. Siniakova, seeded third, defeated qualifier Nina Zander of Germany 6-1, 6-3 in the final to claim her fourth singles title of the year. A three-time junior slam doubles champion in 2013, Siniakova is now at a career-high of 170 after ending 2012 with a WTA ranking of 1068.
| || Victoria Kan |
The 18-year-old Kan has not played a junior tournament since March, preferring to concentrate instead on building her WTA ranking. The young Russian gave that a huge boost last month, winning the $75,000 Challenger in Egypt. The unseeded Kan took advantage of the tournament's many upsets, beating qualifier Nastja Kolar of Slovenia 6-4, 6-4 in the final. Adding that title to the $25,000 tournaments she won in October and July has brought Kan's WTA ranking all the way up to 153.
| || Ivana Jorovic |
An October ace for her ITF Grade A title at the Osaka Mayor's Cup, the 16-year-old from Serbia has kept right on winning, taking two consecutive $10,000 tournaments in Egypt last month. In the first, the unseeded Jorovic beat No. 4 seed Janina Toljan of Austria 6-0, 6-2 in the final; in the second tournament final, again unseeded, Jorovic defeated top seed Arabela Fernandez Rabener of Spain 6-2, 6-4. With the six wins in Japan in October, Jorovic is now 16-0 the past two months.
| || Johan Sebastien Tatlot |
The 17-year-old from France won his first Futures title last month, at a $10,000 tournament in Greece. Unseeded, Tatlot beat top seed Victor Baluda of Russia in the second round, and in the final, outlasted No. 4 seed Yann Marti of Switzerland 5-7, 6-4, 7-6(5). Tatlot, No. 7 in the ITF junior rankings, was a quarterfinalist at the US Open Junior championships in September.
| || Andrey Rublev |
The 16-year-old Russian won his first Futures title last month at the $10,000 event at the IMG Bollettieri Academy in Bradenton, Florida. Rublev, who is the reigning Orange Bowl and European 16s champion, was the No. 8 seed in Bradenton. He downed No. 3 seed Romain Arneodo of Monaco in the quarterfinals, No. 7 seed Noah Rubin of the US in the semifinals and No. 6 seed Martins Podzus of Latvia 3-6, 7-6(6), 6-3 in the final. Rublev is now 14-3 in Futures play in his career and has an ATP ranking of 645.
| || Sameer Kumar |
The 16-year-old from Indiana played his first two ITF Grade 4 tournaments last month and won them both, losing only one set in each title run. In Atlanta, the unseeded Kumar beat top seed Anudeep Kodali of the United States 6-1, 6-4 in the final. The following week in Lexington, South Carolina, Kumar defeated unseeded Emil Reinberg of the US 6-4, 6-2 in the championship match. The reigning Easter Bowl 16s champion has seen his ITF junior ranking rise nearly 800 points as a result of the two titles.
Editors Note: Except where otherwise noted, all photos are courtesy of ZooTennis.com.
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2013 Georgia Thanksgiving Open
by TennisRecruiting.net, 5 December 2013
Thanksgiving Weekend is a great time for spending time with family - and it also offers a great weekend to get away and play tennis. One such tournament was the Georgia Thanksgiving Open in Norcross, Ga. - a Tennis Recruiting National Showcase. The tournament was a success, drawing players from eight states as well as Puerto Rico. Check out great action shots from the event.
| Special Feature |
Staying Out of the Way
by Nick Bollettieri, 4 December 2013
I started teaching tennis in the mid 1950s. Not a day goes by where my mind doesn't say, "here we go again." My toughest lesson is not with my students - but with their parents. Parents, please read this several times and be honest with yourself, and if the shoe fits, please loosen your laces a bit and just be a mom or dad to your kid. Let the coaches do their jobs.
| Recruiting 101 |
Why Division I?
by Peter Green, 2 December 2013
If you talk to most people about college athletics they think of Division I sports. Even people who do not follow sports know about March Madness and the BCS Championships. Top juniors dream of playing Division I college tennis. So what do Division I college coaches have to say about Division I tennis?
|College Feature |
Talking with Columbia's Howard Endelman
by Harry Cicma, 30 November 2013
NBC's Harry Cicma was one of the announcers at the USTA/ITA National Indoor Championships held last month. One of the big stories was the doubles championship earned by the hometown Columbia Lions. Cicma chatted with Associate Head Coach Howard Endelman about tennis and recruiting at Columbia.
| Tournament Preview |
Black, Kozlov Among Favorites at Eddie Herr International ITF
by Colette Lewis, 27 November 2013
Since 2012, when the tournament moved to the Har-Tru courts at the IMG Bollettieri Academy, an American has yet to reach the finals of the Eddie Herr International. Fifteen-year-olds Stefan Kozlov and Tornado Alicia Black, both former Eddie Herr champions, lead the US field attempting to end that streak this year.
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