My Interview with Wilson's Adam Schaechterle; Ohio St, Princeton Features; ITA Regional Awards Announced; Clay Courts at USTABJK Tennis Center
My article this week for Tennis Recruiting Network takes a look at the career of Adam Schaechterle of Wilson Racquet Sports. I met him several years ago and have always enjoyed talking with him on the junior and college circuit, yet it wasn't until recently that it occurred to me that I didn't really know what his job entailed. At last month's Easter Bowl, we sat down to talk about his job, his background in tennis and his thoughts about the state of U.S. tennis. Any junior interested in knowing the criteria for sponsorships, any college player contemplating a career in the tennis industry or any tennis fan eager to identify the next great player can learn from what he has to say.
After yesterday's feature on the Tennessee men's team, it's appropriate that another NCAA contender would merit similar treatment. Although this Columbus Dispatch story is more about Ty Tucker's role in building the program than about the individual players, it provides a glimpse into the personality of one of college tennis's best coaches and most colorful characters. To the surprise of no one who knows Tucker, the sweatpants figure prominently in the article.
The new women's coach at Princeton, Megan Bradley, is the subject of this story in the weekly newspaper Town Topics. Bradley, an outstanding collegiate player at Miami just a few years ago, took over the head coaching job when Kathy Sell left last year. Despite her lack of experience, Bradley hasn't missed a beat, leading the Tigers to a second straight conference title. They play host Virginia in the first round of the NCAAs tomorrow in Charlottesville.
The ITA has announced the regional winners of the major national awards, which will be presented during the NCAA tournament. It's too bad there wasn't a place for Florida freshman Allie Will, who is 23-0 in dual matches this year. If there's a wild card in the nominations for the national award, I would have her at the top of the list.
I not in the habit of linking to Bloomberg stories, but this one is about the installation of four clay courts at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York. Carson and Boca already have clay courts, but the third National Training Center did not. I've seen this statistic before but it never ceases to amaze me:
Statistics show that a foundation on clay can help the top pros. Of the 103 men who have reached the top 10 since the ATP rankings were created, 91 of them grew up on clay, according to playtheclay.com.
Not the clay part, but the fact that there are only 103 men who have been in the top 10 since the creation of ATP rankings. That's an exclusive club.
I will not be providing as much information on the NCAA regionals as I would like over the weekend because I am attending a family member's graduation out of town. I will try to do a recap each evening. Please check out the Tennis Recruiting Network site first thing Friday morning for Part II of the NCAA roundtable, where I make my picks for the team finalists.