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Monday, January 12, 2009

Do Great Juniors Become Great College Players? Tomic, other Aussie Teens Get Australian Open Wild Cards

My colleague Marc Lucero has crunched some numbers in an attempt to determine if there is a correlation between the top girls from the recruiting class of 2007 and the top collegiate performers of 2008. His findings, which appear today on The Tennis Recruiting Network, are well researched and full of interesting numbers that should be useful to any college coach who utilizes rankings to make judgments about recruits (and I would guess that would mean all of them). I hope he'll make this a regular feature, but I certainly recognize that it involves a lot of heavy lifting on his part.

Tennis Australia announced the last of its main draw wild cards today, and juniors Bernard Tomic, Monika Wejnert and Olivia Rogowska are among the recipients. For the complete list, which includes Isabella Holland, who was announced earlier, scroll to the bottom of this story from the Australian Open website.

As of the latest acceptance list for the Australian Open Junior Championships, Harry Fowler is the only U.S. boy playing in the main or qualifying draw. The girls draw, which is notably stronger, is showing that Lauren Embree, Beatrice Capra, Ester Goldfeld and Christina McHale are still entered in the main, and Alexandra Cercone, Noel Scott and Monica Yajima are in the qualifying. For the most recent list, click here.

And a final note, we are attempting to get out of Michigan for Miami before a blizzard, so if there's no post on Tuesday, you'll know I'm snowed in somewhere!


tennisjunky said...


will fowler be seeded in the main draw?

Safinator said...

Why Britton withdrew?
I hope that Britton will be a PRO this year and don't go to college.

TechGirl said...

Its about time someone juggled those recruiting numbers but it isn't enough to chart a player's success in their first college year. Lots of kids come in with high energy, the benefit of individual coaching and no limit to their court time. So they flourish in the first year. Second year is when the rot sets in and you get to see exactly which are the top recruits. They're the ones who can navigate school, average coaching and lots of other distractions to still get results on court. Remember Sarah Fansler and Amanda Fink. Both were recruits of the year and both bombed in their second year. Fink made a comeback in her junior year but the jury is still out on Fansler. Same with Lyndsay Burdette. Big freshman year, sucked as a sophomore.