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Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Names 2013 ITA Men’s Collegiate Tennis Hall of Fame Inductees

876The Class of 2013 to be inducted on May 22 in Champaign, IL


SKILLMAN, NJ (Mar. 1) — The Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) announced today the 2013 inductees for the ITA Men’s Collegiate Tennis Hall of Fame. The 2013 class consists of seven inductees: Coaches – Bobby Bayliss (University of Notre Dame), Dennis Emery (University of Kentucky), and John Peterson (Tyler Junior College); Players – Paul Goldstein (Stanford University), Kelly Jones (Pepperdine University), and Harold Solomon (Rice University); and Contributor – Alan Schwartz (Yale University). The 2013 honorees will be inducted at the 2013 ITA Men’s Collegiate Hall of Fame Enshrinement Banquet, which will be held on May 22 during the NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Tennis Championships at the University of Illinois in Champaign, IL.


Bobby Bayliss, head men’s coach at the University of Notre Dame, will be retiring at the end of this season, ending a 26 season stint at the helm of the Fighting Irish men’s tennis program.  Entering his 43rd season as a Division I head coach, Bayliss owns 746 career victories, the most by any active tennis coach in the nation which also places him sixth among all-time tennis coaches.   He is a three-time ITA Midwest Region Coach of the Year and was honored in 1992 as the Wilson/ITA National Coach of the Year after guiding the Fighting Irish to the NCAA finals. Bayliss also helped the United States win a gold medal at the World University Games in Sheffield, England in 1991.

Dennis Emery was a men’s head coach at two institutions during his 35 year career, spending 30 of those years at the University of Kentucky.  He finished his coaching career with 655 wins, 568 of those during his time with the Wildcats.  Emery guided Kentucky to two SEC championships (1992, 2012), finished in the Top 25 of the final ITA National Men’s Rankings 23 times, and led the Wildcats to 11 Sweet 16 and four Elite Eight appearances.  He was also honored as the SEC Coach of the Year on three occasions, the last coming in 2012.

John Peterson coached the men’s and women’s teams at Tyler Junior College from 1987 to 2011, finishing with an unprecedented 25 National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) tennis championships.  With 828 career wins, Peterson is already a member of both the NJCAA Men’s and Women’s Tennis Hall of Fame, the Texas Tennis Coaches Hall of Fame, and was named the Wilson/ITA Junior College National Coach of the Decade.


Paul Goldstein, a 1998 graduate of Stanford University, helped guide the Cardinal to the NCAA Team Championship each of his four seasons from 1995-98.  He was a four-time ITA All-American in doubles and an ITA All-American in singles.  In 1998, Goldstein reached the NCAA singles final and was named the Pac-10 Player of the Year.  He finished his collegiate career with 84 singles victories, fifth most in Stanford history, and three All-Pac-10 selections.  Goldstein is an ITA/Rafael Osuna Sportsmanship Award winner and is a two-time recipient of the ITA/Arthur Ashe Jr. Award for Sportsmanship and Leadership.

Kelly Jones, a 1986 graduate of Pepperdine University, played for the Waves from 1983-86.  Jones was a three-time ITA All-American in doubles, an ITA All-American singles, and claimed two NCAA Doubles Championships in 1984 and 1985.  He also helped guide the Waves to an NCAA finals appearance in 1986.  Jones went on to have an outstanding professional career, reaching the mixed doubles final of Wimbledon in 1988, the men’s doubles final of both the Australian and US Open in 1992, and reached the No. 1 spot in the ATP Doubles Rankings.

Harold Solomon played at Rice University from 1971-72, earning ITA All-American honors before turning pro.  During his time at Rice, Solomon led the Owls to back-to-back Southwest Conference team championships, while also claiming the 1971 Southwest Conference singles title. In his professional career, Solomon was ranked as high as No. 5 in the world, won a total of 22 singles titles, and reached the finals of the 1976 French Open as well as the semifinals of the 1977 US Open. He was also a member of two winning U.S. Davis Cup teams in 1972 and 1978.  He would eventually go on to coach champion players Mary Jo Fernandez, Jim Courier, Jennifer Capriati, Monica Seles and Anna Kournikova, among others.


Alan Schwartz, the former Chairman of the Board & President of the USTA, has played an integral role in developing the growth of tennis throughout the years, and has always been highly supportive of collegiate tennis and the ITA.  He served two terms as the president of the National Indoor Tennis Association (NITA), from 1973-74 and again from 1978-79. Schwartz also co-founded the Midtown Tennis Club in Chicago, which is the largest indoor tennis club in the world.  Since 2003, Schwartz has represented the USTA internationally through the International Tennis Federation (ITF) and is credited as the co-author of the National Tennis Ratings program.  A three-year letterman of his varsity team at Yale, Schwartz served as the captain of the team during his senior year.

About the ITA Men’s Collegiate Tennis Hall of Fame 

The ITA Men’s Collegiate Tennis Hall of Fame, housed at the University of Georgia’s Dan Magill Tennis Complex, was inaugurated in 1983 and has inducted more than 200 players, coaches and contributors. The ITA Hall of Fame museum displays over 2,000 rare photos and memorabilia.  Its members include the late Arthur Ashe (UCLA), Jimmy Connors (UCLA), John McEnroe (Stanford) and Coach Dick Gould (Stanford). The ITA Women’s Collegiate Tennis Hall of Fame is located at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Va. For a complete list of the Hall of Fame Inductees, please visit www.itatennis.com

ITF to bring in biological passports to beat doping

The fall-out from Lance Armstrong’s drugs confessions has reached the other side of the world. Leading players here at the Australian Open have been united in their condemnation of the American cyclist and several have backed the calls, first made by Andy Murray at the end of last year, for more blood tests. Most importantly, the International Tennis Federation is to increase its budget for drug testing and is set to introduce biological passports, along the lines of those used in cycling.

Novak Djokovic revealed here that he had not been blood-tested for “six or seven months”. In 2011 only 21 tennis players worldwide – 18 men and three women – were blood-tested out of competition by the ITF, which administers the sport’s anti-doping programme, and by the World Anti-Doping Agency. Murray, who had a maximum of three such tests in 2011 and none at all in 2010, says he would welcome more.

Read more – HERE

Who’s Up and Coming in U.S. Tennis

USTA Announces Travel Teams for Aegon Teen Tennis and Les Petits As 14-and-under Trip This Month

Colette Lewis (Zoo Tennis)
The USTA announced today the names of the four girls and four boys selected to travel to Europe for the Aegon Teen Tennis tournament in Bolton, England and Les Petits As tournament in Tarbes, France.

Noah Makarome Vs. Sam Riffice – both selected to the team

USTA National Indoor Open

The Billie Jean King National Tennis Center just hosted a National Indoor Open Tournament that attracts many top college players as well as top juniors and teaching pro’s.  This is a gold ball event and it was fun seeing so many familiar names in the finals.  Some of these players I know from tournaments, some from coaching them at zonals.  It was fun to see that Cameron Silverman, who I had on my team for 14’s zonals, win the Men’s Open with 256 players entered.  Cameron currently plays for Elon.  Amada Muliawan, Women’s Open Finalist,  has been up for many tournaments and I coached her brother James at 16 zonals in St. Louis.  Amanda goes to Princeton.  Julia Elbaba has also been up for many tournaments at our club and in our area.  She teamed with Nicole Stracar to win the Women’s Doubles.  Through the years I have visited Sportime on Long Island and Eastern Excel Tennis Camps.  Nicole was often there since  her dad Lawrence Kleger was co-owner of Eastern Excel and Executive Director of Tennis for the Sportime Clubs.  Lawrence is also Noah Rubin’s personal coach.  At 16 years old, Noah is currently the #6 Junior Player in the World (ITF).  Read all about this great tournament at Zoo Tennis (CLICK HERE).

In the past few days we have been highlighting “The Changeover” tennis blogs year end article on the best written tennis stories of 2012 and 10 blogs the author always reads.  Zoo Tennis was featured in the article, and rightly so.  Zoo Tennis is the best source for information about the National Junior tennis tournament scene and about college tennis.

ZOO TENNIS – http://tenniskalamazoo.blogspot.com/


The Rankings – What do College Coaches Want?

USTA or ITF or Tennis Recruiting or Universal Tennis Rating

Two go by your age, one goes by your high school graduation year and one lumps everyone together on the same list regardless of age, gender or academic/professional status.  Two are based on head to head, either direct or indirect and two are based mostly on points.  Two of them only look at American players and the other two look at every player in the world playing tournaments.  Some include doubles, some do not.  So what do college coaches look at?  Well just like the players have different playing styles, the coaches have different recruiting styles and different colleges have different needs.  I asked several respected coaches from around the Northeast what they use in deciding who they want on their teams.  Here is what they had to say.

Andreas P. Christodoulou
Head Coach – Women’s Tennis
SIENA COLLEGE (Division 1)

SienaEventImageWe use the USTA and the Tennis Recruiting (tennisrecruiting.net) rankings and statistics as a starting point, they are both great resources and can be used to gather a lot of useful information.   But after that, we dive right into the “intangibles”.  Denisa Hluchova (my assistant) and I start comparing results between players we know and the players we are evaluating for our program.  We look at results to find prospects that is willing to fight tooth and nail to the very last point.  We talk and ask the, teaching professionals, and tournament directors about the prospective student athlete’s character, court disposition and coach-ability.  We also communicate with high school counselors. All this enables us to build a “comprehensive picture” about the individual.

My philosophy is that I am trying to find the right fit for our program. I don’t necessarily take the highest ranked or the best player. I look for a player that shows dedication and a desire to get better; someone who will help our program keep improving on the courts and in the classroom. Someone that brings a little extra, other than tennis, to the table.

As a coach, I am trying to figure out whether a player will fit into our program. I tell our recruits all the time that we consider many variables when placing them on our recruiting list.  We recruit student-athletes who have the ability to communicate consistently, win tight matches, form good relationships among other junior players, and have a strong desire to improve.

Once the recruiting process starts and I have contacted the prospective student athlete, I already know all about her wins, stars, and rankings. What I want to know now is what kind of person she is on and off the court.  How she will be when we go on the road on a long weekend tournament or for dual matches (Saturday and Sunday)?  We are together on the courts and on the road for a long time riding on a lot of emotional lows and highs.   I want to know that we have recruited a genuine, solid individual/player willing to put the team first.

Gary Glassman
Head Coach – Men’s & Women’s Tennis

Stony Brook
It’s been several years since I’ve looked at the USTA rankings. TennisRecruiting is much more accessible and more convenient. Most of the coaches I speak with are of the same mindset.
Right away TR.net gives you an overall profile. The results are up to date and it’s easy to see how the kids stack up with their competitors.

Gordon Graham
Head Coach – Women’s Tennis
UAlbanyIn my recruiting process, I use the following things to evaluate talent:
  • the Universal Tennis Rating system;
  • TennisRecruiting.net
  • ITF and/or USTA rankings
  • results vs. specific opponents
  • video
  • watching players in live action
  • talking with references and others who may know them
  • meeting and talking with them on the phone and in person.
Of the first three, I don’t really favor one over another.  Instead I consider all three and use that info to put together the pieces of the puzzle.  I do like the Universal system which compares players to everyone in the world, not just in the USA.

David Hagymas
Head Coach – Men’s Tennis
M.I.T.  (Division 3)
mit-logoI only use the Tennis Recruiting Rankings, period.  I find it is SO easy to look at what there level is very quickly. It shows different rankings , state, national, etc… It also shows who they played and the scores , what their opponents where ranked and so on.   There simply is not a easier or better tool out there right now.  The USTA rankings may different slightly but generally are in the ball park and the emphasis on the actual ranking is not the most important consideration but acts as a general ability level.  By going to tennis recruiting I can tell if i am interested in a kid in less that 30 seconds. Thats great.  Most coaches I talk to use the site almost exclusively.  Now a universal Ranking system, that would be the best way to go to include international players. One worldwide ranking system.  The USTA system is flawed in my opinion and hurts the development of our players.

Barry Schoonmaker
Head Coach – Men’s & Women’s Tennis
Colby Sawyer College  (Division 3)

Colby SawyerAs a coach, I always use both rankings.

 Tennis recruiting is great because the players are ranked just within their class.  Plus, on that site, you can see other information – who their coach is, where they play, address, SAT scores/high school grades.

However, I use the USTA ranking also.  They incorporate doubles into the rankings.  I’m sure there are some people that don’t like that, but as a college coach, I do.  In division III doubles is worth three of nine points in a match – that’s 1/3 of the points Based on an 8 game pro set!  So, I like to see kids who play doubles and their results in doubles competition.

 Although I like both, I tend to use tennis recruiting more, simply because of all The other information provided.

Tim Smith
Head Coach – Men’s Tennis
Marist College  (Division 1)

Marist logoI think this is a very good article to write.  I am really amazed at the disparity even with in Tennis Recruiting rankings.

What I look at, is how competitive players I am recruiting, have been against higher ranked players.  I am also interested how they have done in back draws of major tournaments.   I tend to stay away from four star players that have a losing record against other four star players, unless they have some very good wins.

I don’t go by Sectional Rankings because the sections range in depth.   A player ranked fifth in Northern California, frequently can not compete with the fortieth ranked player ranked from Southern California.

Also, I like players that have played two sports in high school, especially soccer, hockey, basketball or football. The rankings are only a starting point to start looking at a player and I would much rather recruit a player with upside than a player who has been playing since he was six but has not developed any weapons and really does not have a solid serving motion.

Developing a top tennis player – The ITF guidelines


If you go to the International tennis federation‘s web site you will find ”

By Habtu Afework (Ethiopia)


6-8 years old
· Main objective to develop interest
· Introduce the general idea and rules of tennis. Install sport discipline.
· Practice On a mini tennis court.
· 3-4 sessions a week, each session not longer tan 45 minutes. Group lessons.
· Introduce group / team competition. Different drills with points and games.
· 50% tennis – 50% other sport. Soccer, handball, basketball, swimming, etc.
· Note: Ah ball games must be in mini courts using plastic junior balls.

9-11 years old
· Main objective to develop technique and tactical skills
· Use proper tennis courts.
· All strokes should be learnt. Execute all spins.
· Develop basic court movement.
· 1 hour 3-4 times a week.
· Singles and doubles strategies and match practice.
· Tournament rules and regulations.
· Competition singles and doubles.
· 70% tennis 30% other sport

12-14 years old
· Main objective to technique and tactical interpretation and to develop physical
fitness and mental toughness
· Develop style of play.
· Video analysis of all strokes & Review

· Play on different court surfaces (hard, clay, etc.)
· On and off court conditioning. Introduce proper warm-up and cool down.
· Introduce sport psychology (mental efficiency) play to win.
· 2-3 hours a day, 4-5 times a week group lesson.
· Competition singles and doubles.
· 85% tennis 15% other sport
· Note: Based on the standard of fitness, testing methods need to be applied 2-3
times a year in order to assess the weaknesses.
· Before the beginning of the training term (or year) the coach should obtain a
medical certificate from each player e.g. Certification from General
15-16 year old (intermediate level)
· Further development of all basic strokes
· Specific training methods to measure the fitness level
· On and off court fitness programme
· Preparation for high performance level
· Special emphasis on match situation practise
· Practise on different court surfaces
· Group and tailor made – training session
· Mental toughness training
· 3-4 hours training a day 4-5 times a week
· Competition singles and doubles

16-18 year old (advanced level)

· Development of individuals best level
· Specific training methods to measure the strokes and fitness level
· On and off court fitness programme
· Increase the training volume and intensity progressively
· Stabilise the strokes technique and improve the best result for a longer time
· Special emphasis on serve, return and match practise
· Mental toughness training
· 3-4hours a day 5-6 times a week
· Competition singles and doubles

In addition to the Age Specific Goals, there is other useful information in the report.  See the whole article – HERE


Perfect Blend

This past week, Copeland Paving added blended lines for 10 & under tennis to the back courts at Capital Region with Court 1 soon to follow.  The blended lines will allow the courts to be used as 36 foot courts and 60 foot courts for 10 & under lessons and play (see diagrams to the right) and as a normal size tennis court (78 feet).  The United States Tennis Association (USTA) and the International Tennis Federation (ITF) both recommend different balls and different court sizes for training beginning players in the younger age groups.  The blended lines will help facilitate that training.  They also recommend smaller size racquets for younger players.Drive through almost any suburban neighborhood and you will find a a Little Tikes basketball net in one of the driveways.  The USTA and the ITF are applying that same principle to tennis.  Where the approach of the USTA and ITF has been different is that they are requiring the smaller balls and courts for tournaments that they sanction for the younger age groups.  As far as I know AAU and other sanctioning bodies do not.  The idea is to use a ball that won’t keep bouncing over the players heads so that they will be learning to hit proper strokes instead of hitting overheads on almost every ball.

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Pablo Carreno-Busta – Another One to Watch

We are coming to the end of the Challenger Tennis Players to Watch list. Today’s featured player: Right hander Pablo Carreno-Busta of Spain has made a substantial move this year.  He was ranked #344 when the article was published, he is currently ranked #136.  His career win/loss record is 96/38 and he plays most of his matches on clay where he has a 68/30 record.  If you do the math, you realize he actually does better on hard courts where he is 28/8.  For his career he has 5 titles, all of them in ITF Futures events.  In February of 2009 he was 6th on the ITF Junior Rankings.

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HERE are some postings from the “MENS TENNIS FORUM”

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Is this the new Nadal?
19 years old and 22-3 on the year. Won 2 futures and reached 2 finals. Last week got to the QF of Rabat, winning against Korolev and Di Mauro.Anyone knows him better?
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I’ve been following Pablito since he took a set from Filip in 2008 and I’m his fan since spring 2009.Saw him playing once – Meknes Challenger last year QF match against Lamine(? IIRC). I liked his game and I think he played first set really, really well. Till today I can’t figure out what happened in the second, but it was like some other player stepped on court.Highest ITF rank 6. Some junior highlights (singles titles only):
2007 U18 G5 1st Torneo ITF Junior Benicarlo (Clay)
2007 U16 Champion of Spain (Hard)
2007 U16 Eddie Herr Winner (Hard)
2008 U18 G3 6th SFAX ITF Junior Tournament (Hard)
2008 U18 G1 International Junior Tournament of Offenbach/Main (Clay)
2009 U18 G1 Optus Nottinghill International (Hard)In 2009 improved from unranked to 515. Currently at career high – 272.

Is he the new Nadal? No.

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Since December last year according to this article or since January according to Pablo’s profile pageon the same site.Pablo spent three years in CAR in Barcelona (from September 2006) and was coached by Moisés Pozo Casals, who had coached Tommy Robredo and David Ferrer during their junior years.
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MTF’s attention is seldom drawn to good guys ,who’re nice to kids:

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by Kait O’Callahan

Dear Andy Murray,

We’re pretty different, you and I. But we both feel overworked, so I guess we have something in common. Only I don’t play tennis for a living; I work in public health care 47 weeks of the year, at least 40 hours a week. It isn’t exactly a dream job, but I’ve got to admit, there’s some pretty good perks. Like free milk in the tearoom most mornings, and the occasional pack of biscuits due to expire. We get leftover apples from patients, (it used to be bananas before the floods hit), and if you’re in dire need of tampons, well, there’s plenty of them in the store room. So it isn’t bad. I don’t want to do it until I’m 65 though, (that’s the age I’m supposed to retire). So in the weekends I write, because that’s my real passion. And I’m sure you know all about passion, as you play tennis. My understanding is that tennis players play for the love of the sport, not the money. For the feeling of winning, of improving, of having masses of people supporting you through thick and thin. So you must understand that even though I don’t get paid much for my writing yet, I love doing it anyway and nothing can stop me trying to make it professionally. I imagine you can relate.

When you said that comment about the US Open needing to pay you more if they want to extend the tournament to 15 days, I knew you were joking. I mean you already earn more in one day of the US Open than the average person does in a year. If it’s the right day, you can make as much money as most people do in decades. So clearly you must have been kidding, because that sounds rather greedy, and I know it isn’t about the money for you. But you were clearly serious with your comments about the schedule. I have to admit I moan too sometimes when I get sick of working weekends and late shifts. But I’ve got to admit, I’ve got it pretty good. And so do you, from what I can tell. 20 weeks a year and a say in your working schedule? That doesn’t sound too bad to me. And they’re giving you more holidays next year too, so maybe you should see how that goes before you start threatening radical strike action. After all, you don’t really want to strike do you? Because that means you won’t be able to play tennis. And tennis is what you love, right?

Thanks for clearing that up, Andy.

All the best,

The Physics of Grass, Clay, and Cement

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The following excerpts are from a great article on

how the ball actually reacts to different court surfaces:

From ESPN’s “Grantland”    By Jonah Lehrer (see the author on Colbert Report below)

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There are more than 160 different types of tennis surfaces.

An investigation into how they impact play on the court.

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The official rule book of tennis is 35 pages long. For the most part, the document is a case study in compulsive precision. Here are a few of the exacting guidelines:

  • If a tournament is played above 4,000 feet, pressureless tennis balls must be “acclimatized” for at least 60 days at the local altitude.
  • The cord holding up the net cannot be thicker than ⅓-inch in diameter, and must be covered by a white band between 2 and 2.5 inches wide.
  • The frame of the racket cannot exceed 29 inches in total length.
  • The organizers of tennis tournaments must announce in advance their ball-change policy.

Amid all this punctiliousness, however, the rulebook contains one glaring omission: There are no rules about the surface of the court. While the boundaries of the space are carefully specified — it must be a rectangle, 78 feet by 27 feet, with a one-inch-wide center service line — there are zero references to the different materials on which the game can be played. It’s as if clay, grass, and hard court don’t exist, as if the composition of the playing field doesn’t matter.

This oversight has profoundly shaped the development of the sport. Because there are no rules about court surfaces, modern tennis is played on a stunning variety of materials, from the crushed brick of Roland Garros to the manicured lawns of Wimbledon. In fact, the International Tennis Federation (ITF), the regulatory body overseeing the sport, currently recognizes more than 160 different kinds of tennis courts, including surfaces made of carpet, clay, gravel, concrete, wood, asphalt, and fake grass.

“No other sport is played on so many different materials,” says Jamie Capel-Davies, a senior project technologist at the ITF who oversees the assessment of court performance. “Furthermore, these surfaces really change the game. The same style of play that might work on clay won’t work on grass or acrylic,1 because the ball will behave very differently. As a result, athletes must constantly think about the type of court they are playing on. It’s a variable that can never be taken for granted.”

The most important factor is the “coefficient of friction,” a measurement of the abrasive force between the ground and the tennis ball. Courts with high frictional coefficients interfere with the movement of the ball, disrupting its forward momentum. Think of a sluggish clay court. According to experiments performed by the ITF, a shot hit without spin and traveling at 67 mph will lose about 43 percent of its ground speed after contact with the clay surface, slowing down to a leisurely 38 mph. (The reason clay steals momentum is rooted in the friction of all that loose brick, which clumps around the ball. Each clump is like a little speed bump.) As a result, players have a few extra milliseconds to hit a return.

But friction isn’t just about pure speed: It also influences the angle of the bounce. When a ball impacts a high-friction surface it undergoes a sudden increase in spin, as the bottom of the ball slows down more than the top. This burst of topspin redirects the momentum of the ball, transferring some of that horizontal velocity in a vertical direction. As a result, the ball seems to bounce straight upwards, hanging in the air.

For the complete article – CLICK HERE


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