It's a good thing the action at the Grass Courts was limited to four doubles matches today, because there is a lot of other news in the college and junior tennis world to report. The long-awaited announcement from the USTA on this year's summer collegiate team came out today, and I've gone through my NCAA photos for this slideshow of the 24 men and women.
One of them, Blake Strode of Arkansas is the subject of my Tennis Recruiting Network weekly article. I had the opportunity to sit down with Strode in College Station to learn about his future plans, and this Q. and A. is the result.
As I mentioned this morning in a tweet, the Knoxville News Sentinel is reporting today that Rhyne Williams has decided upon, probably to the surprise of very few, Tennessee for his collegiate tennis career, which he will begin this fall. With his grandfather's past position as Tennessee's men's head coach, and his mother and uncle former collegiate stars there, the announcement isn't unexpected, although he was considering a year off when I spoke to him at a Futures in January for a profile on The Tennis Recruting Network.
Former Kalamazoo finalist Scott Oudsema passed on college and signed a professional contract back in 2004, but he will be starting his education at the University of Michigan, while serving as volunteer assistant for the Wolverines, according to this release. Oudsema will be 23 next month.