Each November, along with countless other student athletes, the country’s top tennis-playing high school seniors determine their collegiate futures on National Signing Day.
Among the players from the class of 2011 who have committed to colleges include reigning USTA Girls’ 18s National Clay Court Champion Caroline Price, the daughter of former NBA All-Star Mark Price, who has signed with the University of North Carolina.
Reigning USTA Girls’ 18s Winter National Champion Ellen Tsay will attend Stanford, while Caitlyn Williams, the sister of newly crowned USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Champion Rhyne, will join her brother at the University of Tennessee.
A number of blue chip boys have committed today as well, including Mitchell Frank of Annandale, Va. Frank, who at one point this year was ranked No. 5 in the ITF World Junior Standings, will join last year’s No. 1 recruit Alexander Domijan at the University of Virginia.
Additionally, 2009 USTA Boys’ 16s National Champion Gonzales Austin will attend Vanderbilt, while three boys who train full-time at the USTA Training Center-Headquarters in Boca Raton, Fla., -- Hunter Harrington, Spencer Newman and Nathan Pasha – have all signed with schools near their hometowns, choosing Clemson, the University of Florida and the University of Georgia, respectively.
Each year, many top junior players make the decision to attend college as opposed to immediately turning pro.
College varsity competition is a key component of the USTA Player Development "pathway" to professional tennis.
For a complete update on all of the collegiate choices of this year’s graduating class, please go to: www.tennisrecruiting.net