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From Juniors to NCAA Tennis

So you've done well in junior tennis, and you want to turn pro. Don't quit your day job! The chances of you winning the lottery are better than you making it on the pro circuit. Not to say that it's impossible, but make sure you have a fallback plan, like an education.

Juniors who excel in school and at tennis are ideal candidates for collegiate tennis. This is a great place to meet new people, advance your tennis game and get an education. If you win the NCAA championship your freshman year, then you might consider playing satellite events and see how far you can go, otherwise use your college years to have fun with your tennis, meet new friends and plan for your future.

For juniors and parents contemplating that next step to collegiate tennis, the time to start planning is now. The freshman year in high school is not too early to start the process. The USTA suggests that you begin thinking about college goals in the first two years of high school, and have provided the following as a checklist.

Freshman/Sophomore/Junior Year

Junior/Senior Year

Senior Year (September to January)

Senior Year (Mid-November)

Senior Year (January to Mid- April)

National Letters of Intent (NCAA)

The above timeline is a guide through the collegiate tennis acceptance process. Early planning is the key to successful submission and possible acceptance. If you are a junior considering tennis at the NCAA level, make sure you understand what is expected and required of you.

Portions adapted from the USTA Junior Guide to Collegiate Tennis. You can review the entire handbook online at the JuniorTennis.com website.

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