3 Tips every Tennis Athlete Needs to Know To Be Recruited
- As a Tennis student athlete you need to attend as many USTA and OFT tournaments that you can. Large tournaments are a great place for college coaches to see you play and gain the maximum amount of exposure. However it is important to remember that you cannot just show up to these tournaments with no prior relationships and expect to be discovered. While an athlete being discovered at random does happen occasionally, most coaches attend these tournaments with a list of student athletes that they have had prior communication with. Send an email to a coach before your tournament and let them know what time and the court number they can find you, send your highlight video to get them interested in you before the tournament starts!
- A large part of the tennis recruiting process is rankings. College coaches use rankings in tennis to determine who they are going to recruit. As a player even if you aren’t ranked high you can still use the rankings to your advantage. Make sure to research rankings before your tennis matches, if you beat players who are ranked higher than you, use that as leverage during your recruiting process. Let coaches know that you can play against strong competition and win; it makes you a more appealing recruit and help earn you more scholarship interest.
- The two most important things for a tennis college coach in your recruiting video is the athlete’s footwork/ court movement and the athlete’s stroke. Do not send raw match footage to coaches initially, it’s too much footage for them to use to evaluate you the first time they watch you play. Create a highlight video that use rallying footage with someone who is a high level player, some match footage against a quality opponent and skills footage with a coach feeding. All three types of footage will help create a winning highlight video that show off your best tennis abilities Your tennis highlight video needs to include:
- 10 forehand and 10 backhand strokes
- 10 forehand volleys and 10 backhand volleys
- 5 overheads
- 20 serves, 10 from each side of the court
- 10 Serve Returns, 5 from each side of the court
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