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Zoo Tennis article on the new ITF system. Stanford’s Gellar is an example


Of why NOT to go to college now.

“They have potentially put in place a structural impediment to getting college players into the system. They have these five dedicated spots for top 100 ITF juniors and there’s no guaranteed spots for college players, even though they are potentially stronger players.”

While advocating for college tennis with the ITF, Russell and the ITA staff prepared research comparing the top ITF juniors to the top college players, with one example in particular illustrating the level of Division I college tennis.

“Axel Geller, for example, No. 1 ranked in the ITF Juniors, and last year he was playing at Stanford,” Russell said. “He was playing No. 2, not even No. 1. He ended the year something like 50 or 60 in college tennis. If he stayed as an ITF junior, he automatically gets into these events, and as the No. 2 guy at Stanford, he doesn’t get in.”


Link: Colette Lewis article on the new ITF system


Posted: 01/12/2019 at 06:26AM



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