Cypers Commitment Announcement; International Spring Championships Wild Cards; Roland Garros Jrs. Fact Sheet
I tend to concentrate on Division I tennis in my coverage, but being from Kalamazoo, I do get some exposure to Division III tennis, and I try to follow, at the very least, the major tournaments. Thankfully, there's the Division III tennis blog to provide the extensive coverage (although that's only men's tennis) I'm not capable of delivering. I have now done my first commitment announcement for a Division III player however, speaking with Jonathan Cypers about his decision to attend Amherst this fall. Amherst coach Chris Garner, an assistant at Colorado and then Ohio State, has done a terrific job there in his three plus years, taking the team to consecutive NCAA title games. With that immediate success his excellent reputation has only grown, and he has been able to draw four- and five-star recruits to the school.
But he is not the only Division III coach who has been successful in recruiting highly ranked players. Tomorrow, Tennis Recruiting will feature Rhiannon Potkey's profile of Warren Wood, the five-star recruit ranked 58th in his class, who will be attending Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, coached by Paul Settles. My article on Cypers is available today at the Tennis Recruiting Network. They have begun their spring signing coverage, leading up to signing day on April 13th, and I'll have another announcement article that week.
The wild cards for the ITF Grade 1 International Spring Championships have been released, although with late withdrawals, all of the wild cards may not need to be used. Because the Claremont tournament this week is a Grade 4, there is no special exempt for those finalists according to ITF regulations, so the tournament likes to reserve wild cards for them.
Girls: Rhianna Valdes
Boys: (had entry problems)
Luis Patino of Mexico
Edward Nguyen of Canada
Updated acceptance lists can be found at the ITF junior website.
The 16s wild cards are:
Elizabeth Profit Elizabeth
The updated 16s acceptance lists appear on the tournament website at usta.com.
And finally, the fact sheet for the Roland Garros Junior Championships is now out at the ITF junior website. The tournament begins the same week the NCAA individual championship ends, so I will not be able to follow the early stages quite as closely as I would like. Entries close on May 3rd.