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Hi everyone!

I've started helping Bobby Knight at College Tennis Today since he didn't have anybody helping with the women's side of things. I wrote Friday and Saturday ITA Kickoff recaps for his site, but then life happened

I was wondering what you guys would be interested in reading. I want to talk about everything, from season to players in the pros and really unique stories that would be interesting to read. When I was working at the WTA, I got to write this piece on Christian and Santamaria. I'd love to continue on pieces like that too.

Would love any input!
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I think Bobby does a great job with the blog and giving top D1 men's tennis a spotlight. If you can mirror it in any shape or form it would give some much needed exposure to top D1 women's tennis. When will it start being included on his blog? Look forward to reading it
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I previewed the ITA Kick Off College Tennis Today: Women's Kick-Off Weekend Regional Previews

I also did a recap of Friday: College Tennis Today: ITA Women: Top Seeds Cruise In Friday's ITA Kickoff

I have a weekend wrapup coming soon with all of the upsets happening.

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I spoke with Catherine Isip, a blue chip recruit and 4-time All-WCC honoree, about her time in college tennis and how it's helped today College Tennis Today: Catherine Isip's Lucky Gamble Pays Off
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For me, its about authenicity. I mean kudos for the girls to make it at the top D1 schools.
i just want to hear what their collegiate experience is like once they accept that they took it to the highest collegiate level, as they come to acceptance of that and look towards their life past college tennis.

The reason I mention this is that I notice a drop off of in the drive of various college freshman and sophomores, as they approach their junior and senior years. I know they're not expecting to turn pro, but that's nothing to be ashamed of but recognize that they must move on and how are they are adjusting to that and what that realization is for them, any regrets as they reach that stage.
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For me, its about authenicity. I mean kudos for the girls to make it at the top D1 schools.
i just want to hear what their collegiate experience is like once they accept that they took it to the highest collegiate level, as they come to acceptance of that and look towards their life past college tennis.

The reason I mention this is that I notice a drop off of in the drive of various college freshman and sophomores, as they approach their junior and senior years. I know they're not expecting to turn pro, but that's nothing to be ashamed of but recognize that they must move on and how are they are adjusting to that and what that realization is for them, any regrets as they reach that stage.
Apologies for just seeing this. I'll definitely think of some players that would be good for that kind of feature. Is there anyone that comes to mind? I could imagine somebody like a Hardebeck or someone else? I'd love suggestions on individuals anyone would like to see. I'm totally open.


Here's my piece on the Ohio State women's program. We were doomed to have one, no? :P

College Tennis Today: Ohio State Women Marking Their Own Territory
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Apologies for just seeing this. I'll definitely think of some players that would be good for that kind of feature. Is there anyone that comes to mind? I could imagine somebody like a Hardebeck or someone else? I'd love suggestions on individuals anyone would like to see. I'm totally open.


Here's my piece on the Ohio State women's program. We were doomed to have one, no? :P

College Tennis Today: Ohio State Women Marking Their Own Territory



Very good post.

Re which player to see, the one that immediately comes to mind is Rochester, Minnesota's Jessica Aney who is enrolled at Univ North Carolina. As a high school senior she was captain of the boys team and went undefeated during the regular season. Several players were interviewed and asked about their experience of playing with her - all said she was a great leader and role model and they all looked up to her. In the scholastic playoffs she was beaten by the state's # 3 male player when they played on a hard surface which accelerated his serves - had they played on clay, the outcome would have been very different. We had a very enthused discussions about her here in the Gopher state when that happened. The fact that a woman can be the leader in any sport shows what remarkable merits that sport has because skill, not power, is the key to success in it. There are other schools where the captain of the boys team was a woman, including South St Paul, MN - she is the grand daughter of a friend of mine and made the transition from soccer to tennis quite readily. An amazing accomplishment which illustrates how the sport attracts such gifted athletes.


Here is an article on Miss Aney:


Women's tennis player Jessie Aney hits stride against NC Central :: The Daily Tar Heel


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Over the years that I have been on this great forum, I have never been shy about admitting my love for beauty. And tennis sure attracts its share of beautiful athletes such as tOSU:








This brings to mind a story told to me by an online pal of mine: his son went to college for one year in Florida when he was studying to be a team trainer (what the British call a "physio") in the school's tennis team. While he was taping the ankles of the athletes, be became far too distracted by the player's beauty and he transferred from the school back home to a local school in the NYC Metro area. My friend sent me a photo of his former team mates and they were stunningly beautiful. Heck, I know I couldn't work with all that beauty as I, too, would be far too distracted.

Beauty, brains, and talent = that's what women's tennis is all about!

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Just thought I would share this article on Kyle McPhillips and Catherine Harrison of UCLA:

Seniors and longtime friends? doubles partnership continues to blossom | Daily Bruin
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Yes I saw this. The UCLA paper does a fantastic job with their coverage and features.
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St Cloud State University of Minnesota (an outstanding Division II program) will drop womens tennis and other sports to save money:


St. Cloud State drops 2 athletic programs - StarTribune.com



Sheer nonsense I say as the state currently enjoys a record financial surplus and can readily subsidize womens tennis.

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For me, its about authenicity. I mean kudos for the girls to make it at the top D1 schools.
i just want to hear what their collegiate experience is like once they accept that they took it to the highest collegiate level, as they come to acceptance of that and look towards their life past college tennis.

The reason I mention this is that I notice a drop off of in the drive of various college freshman and sophomores, as they approach their junior and senior years. I know they're not expecting to turn pro, but that's nothing to be ashamed of but recognize that they must move on and how are they are adjusting to that and what that realization is for them, any regrets as they reach that stage.



A very interesting comment. Indeed, I would love to see far more media coverage of college womens tennis. Be even nicer if it was presented on tv or online so that everyone can enjoy it.

A thought occurred to me and that is with regard to high school girls tennis. This is a rather under rated sport which I have enjoyed whenever possible. I mentioned Jessica Aney above as an example. Just yesterday I had a chat with a lady who had not been an athlete but whose 2 daughters are very athletic. Because of her daughter's successes she was inspired to watch a great deal of high school sports and found that girls tennis is much more enjoyable than boys tennis. She finds that girls are more skillful and play the game with more savvy. I have found that this is often true.

A few years back there was the story of Hannah Berner from Brooklyn, NY (my origin home town). Evidently she was so good at the game that some opposing coaches and players felt they were overmatched by her and that her presence was intimidating:

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/01/ny.../01tennis.html

She went on to have good success and ultimately became captain at Wisconsin. Today she works in NYC in sports marketing.

I don't quite understand how a girl playing on a team can be intimidating but see from this photo that it can be true:


http://www.post-gazette.com/image/20...Sports06-5.jpg


Notice how she is right at the net with a look of great confidence, her posture is perfect, she is clearly relaxed, she looks directly at his eyes, her racquet is straight up, and her smile genuine. By contrast, his smile appears to be forced, he extends his arm as if to keep her at a safe distance, his posture uncomfortable, his racquet points downward, and he looks tense. Too bad we do not have a video of the match so that we could seen how it unfolded. But I would venture to guess he did not approach it with the type of confidence needed to win.




Senior girl makes impact on North Allegheny boys tennis team | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette



Be nice if we could have mixed gender tennis at the scholastic level as I'm sure it would improve the game for many players. Who knows - perhaps such success may inspire them to seek greater achievements in life.

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St Cloud State womens tennis players file suit seeking injunction to bar elimination of their sport:


SCSU tennis players sue over Title IX


Five members of the St. Cloud State University women's tennis team have sued the university, alleging that the university for years has offered more athletic opportunities for men than for women.

The lawsuit comes two months after the university announced that it was cutting six of its athletics programs from 23 to 17 at the end of this academic year. The budget-cutting move also saw reductions in rosters for seven sports, while rosters of six sports will increase.

In addition to alleging violations of Title IX, the lawsuit also asks a federal judge to issue an injunction preventing the university from eliminating the women's tennis team or any other athletic opportunities for women at St. Cloud State until the lawsuit is resolved.

Women's tennis is one of the six programs scheduled for elimination. The tennis players who sued, five of the six underclassmen on the team, are asking for class action status and the ability to represent "all current, prospective and future female students" who want to play tennis or other sports eliminated or not offered at St. Cloud State.

The cuts announced in March, along with roster management, will get the university into Title IX compliance, President Earl H. Potter III said at a news conference where the budget reductions were announced. He stressed that the cuts were for financial reasons, not to achieve Title IX compliance.



The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court accuses the university of having at least 116 more athletic opportunities for men than for women during each of the last 12 years, based on data that St. Cloud State reported to the U.S. Department of Education. It says St. Cloud State had 124 more athletic opportunities for men than for women last academic year even though the undergraduate student enrollment showed male and female enrollment was nearly identical 4,492 male students to 4,488 female students.

The gap between male and female athletic opportunities has swelled to as high as 179 during the last 12 years, the lawsuit alleges. It accuses St. Cloud State during that period of denying 1,759 women athletic opportunities because of their gender.

St. Cloud State declined to comment on pending litigation, said university spokesman Adam Hammer. The university will be filing a response to the lawsuit in the coming days, Hammer said.

The lawsuit also names a second defendant, the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system.

The players who sued are Alexie Portz, Jill Kedrowski, Abigail Kantor, Marilla Roque Diversi and Fernanda Quintino Dos Santos.

The university also plans to eliminate men's tennis, women's Nordic skiing, men's cross country and both indoor and outdoor men's track and field.

The sports reductions are designed to save about $250,000 for the fiscal year, or about 5 percent of the general fund allocation for athletics. The department anticipates a $500,000 shortfall this fiscal year.

The cuts were in response to a $9 million overall university budget shortfall.

The lawsuit said the university needs to cut men's sports opportunities or add opportunities for women, but shouldn't cut athletics for women. It also accuses St. Cloud State of over-reporting the number of women participating in athletics and under-reporting the number of men participating.

"Thus, both the current and historic gaps in athletic participation opportunities offered to male students versus female students are higher than" the numbers reported to the Department of Education, the lawsuit alleges.





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The school could easily have refrained from giving 11 more scholarships to the womens track team while retaining the tennis squad. Five scholarships would get the job done, the balance saved would be used to pay the coach.

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Apologies for just seeing this. I'll definitely think of some players that would be good for that kind of feature. Is there anyone that comes to mind? I could imagine somebody like a Hardebeck or someone else? I'd love suggestions on individuals anyone would like to see. I'm totally open.


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College Tennis Today: Ohio State Women Marking Their Own Territory
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Yeah, I saw and just, wow. Wouldn't wish that on anyone. Glad she's stayed positive, which is more important than any win. I'll reach out and see what I am do possibly. I'm sure she's busy lol

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Yeah, I saw and just, wow. Wouldn't wish that on anyone. Glad she's stayed positive, which is more important than any win. I'll reach out and see what I am do possibly. I'm sure she's busy lol
Wow, that's a lot. I'm glad she's able to put all of that aside and do so well this season. I also hope that something happens to the guy who did that to her. I'm surprised there isn't much news about that. I did a google search but couldn't find anything.
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