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Sunday, December 27, 2015

USA 14U Teams for Next Month's Bolton and Les Petits As Tournaments; Tennis Europe Names 14s and 16s Players of the Year; Men's D-I Season Previews

I'm finally back home in Kalamazoo after my five weeks in North Carolina and Florida, finishing the last leg of the journey today.

The USTA's selections for the big 14-and-under tournaments in Great Britain and France are always made while I'm in Florida and the names of the four girls and four boys are listed below, with links to their Tennis Recruiting Network profiles.

This year both the girls and the boys had playoffs in Boca Raton, with eight players invited to play in a round robin competition, with the top four finishers receiving spots. The girls have not always had a playoff, but they did this year, and in a surprise to nearly everyone, Naomi Cheong, the Junior Orange Bowl finalist, didn't win a match in her round robin group. My understanding is that only way Cheong can play the Nike International in Bolton and Les Petits As in Tarbes next month is if she receives a wild card or is accepted into to qualifying.

The acceptances for Bolton, which begins with qualifying on January 15th, should be available tomorrow at the Tennis Europe tournament website.

Entries close on Tuesday for Les Petits As, which begins with qualifying on January 23rd.


Coach: Eric Nunez

Coach: Jean Desdunes

Tennis Europe has announced its Junior Tour singles Players of the Year for 2015. In the 14s, Timofey Skatov and Taisya Pachkaleva of Russia were the top players; in the 16s, the POY awards went to Marina Bassols Ribera of Spain and Leonid Sheyngezikht of Bulgaria.

College tennis is still several weeks from resuming, but Bobby Knight at College Tennis Today is providing in-depth previews of the top men's Division I teams. So far he has looked at Virginia, Ohio State, TCU, UCLA, USC and Stanford and with all the information he presents, you can't help but be better informed by reading these posts. He has also posted a schedule for when he'll be posting previews of other top D-I men's programs.