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Monday, April 16, 2012

Cal Wins Tennis On Campus; ITA Announces 2012 Men's Hall of Fame Class; Easter Bowl Blogs; Useful Tennis Recruiting Info

I've got a lot to catch up on in the next few weeks (including my laundry and my sleep), what with college conference play winding down, junior tennis continuing around the globe, and the Pro Circuit clay season in full swing here in the US, with a French Open wild card on the line.

I'll be compiling the International Spring Championships and Easter Bowl videos and slideshows as well, so bear with me for delays in getting to other more topical junior and college tennis news.

The Tennis on Campus initiative by the USTA has been very popular for those interesting in continuing to play tennis in college but not at a varsity level. The National Championships were held over the weekend in Cary, North Carolina, with Cal taking the coed event over Virginia. For more on the tournament, see this article from usta.com, and for information on the program, which has been going strong since 2000, see the tennisoncampus.com website.

The ITA announced its 2012 Men's Hall of Fame members last week. To be inducted this year from the coaching profession are former Clemson coach Chuck Kriese, former Furman coach Paul Scarpa, and Rice coach Ron Smarr, who is retiring after this season.

The former players being inducted are Patrick Dupre of Stanford and David Wheaton, also of Stanford. The ITA bio says Wheaton is a 1988 graduate of Stanford, but that wouldn't be possible, as he only played one year for the Cardinal, 1987-88, before turning pro.

Jon Vegosen, current USTA Chairman of the Board and President, will be inducted in the contributor category.

The induction ceremony will be May 23, 2012 in Athens, during the NCAA Individual Championships. Dan Magill will also be given a special tribute for his contributions to college tennis.

For the complete release, see the ITA website.

If you missed them earlier, here are the Easter Bowl blogs from quarterfinalist Ronnie Schneider and semifinalist Allie Kiick. She won't get me to like Nutella, but I am definitely going to try out those chocolate-dipped coconut Luna bars she recommends.

In conjunction with signing week, Tennis Recruiting Network has posted several articles about college recruiting. The NCAA rules and regulations are complicated, but Tim Donovan of Donovan Tennis Strategies lays out the timelines and ramifications of the new six-month rule there. There is a coaches' forum on recruiting, and Marcia Frost discusses the social media do's and don't's.