Eight Intriguing Questions for College and Junior Tennis in 2012; British Boys Raise Hopes for ATP Success
This is the time of year I look ahead, eager to find out how the college and junior tennis world may change in the months to come. And although 90 percent of my work for the Tennis Recruiting Network is tournament recaps and previews, recruiting profiles and coaching interviews, they have always welcomed this speculative and subjective piece. And if anyone has any other evidence to suggest that Beth Herr is not the last junior slam winner to go to college before turning pro, please let me know. There is no place to go for that kind of information, so I spent a lot of time putting names into google to come up with that particular tidbit. Beth Herr is still very much involved in tennis, as she is married to Steve Bellamy, the founder of the Tennis Channel, and is a dedicated tennis mom to their four boys.
With all their success recently on the international junior tennis stage, the British are hopeful it will translate into success on the professional tour, so Andy Murray isn't their sole ATP Top 100 player (James Ward is their only other Top 200 player).
This article from The Telegraph gives the rundown on eight boys, settling on US Open boys semifinalist Kyle Edmund as the most promising. I'm sure Greg Rusedski has much to add in helping prepare these boys for what's ahead, but I do wish their lifelong coaches were given more recognition for their development work.
Laura Robson, who has gotten this sort of media scrutiny for years, beat Melanie Oudin 6-3, 6-4 in the first round of women's qualifying at the Australian Open Thursday, but as this New York Times Straight Sets blogpost reveals, it was far from the routine win the score would suggest.