College Tennis in the United States

Would you like to combine tennis and study in the United States, and do you have questions about this? They are answered here! Is your question not listed? Search for more questions or contact us!

What is college tennis in the USA?

More than 2,000 universities in America offer scholarships for men or women who want to combine tennis and studying in America. You can then follow an HBO or Master education while playing tennis for the university team. Often this is in combination with a scholarship and so your education is (partly) paid for by the university. Playing college tennis in America is the ideal way to get better at your sport, get stronger both physically and mentally, and make friends with other student-athletes from all over the world! All of this serves as a good start and preparation for your future career: whether on or off the tennis court!

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How does college tennis work?

College tennis is a bit different than the ‘normal’ tennis that you are used to here in the Netherlands: both in organization and in atmosphere. You don’t just play for yourself, but mainly you play for the team and the university.

Each team typically consists of 8-12 guys or girls, who train with each other almost every day. With your team, you compete against other universities in league matches and tournaments. All teams try to qualify for the national tournament, which includes the country’s top 64 teams.

A typical match day in college tennis consists of two rounds of matches: three doubles, followed by 6 singles. Thus, with 9 matches, there is always a winner.

The rules in college tennis are a bit different: on-court coaching is allowed; the no-ad rule is maintained; and net serves are played.

Another big difference is the atmosphere. Team members and fans are very loud, support each other and often shout encouraging chants while the matches are going on – the energy level is high.

To get a better idea of college tennis, former colleague Ilya Kneppelhout has written a super fun article that will give you more insight into college tennis. You can read the article here!

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How do scholarships for college tennis work?

Studying at an American university can cost as much as $65,000 a year! An amount that is unrealistic for almost all students. That is why almost all universities with college tennis teams offer the opportunity to obtain both a athletic and academic scholarschips.

Slamstox helps you find scholarships so that your college tennis experience will be financially affordable. Some Slamstox tennis players receive full scholarships, which means they do not have to pay anything for four years of college tennis and studies. Others receive partial scholarships that cover part of the total cost of attendance.

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If you have any questions about about scholarships or would like to know what is possible? Feel free to contact us, and we will see what is possible for you.

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What are the requirements for an athletic scholarship?

Yhe college tennis system is divided in different divisions in which a total of more than 2,000 teams play! As a result, the level of tennis varies enormously: you will find top 500 ATP and WTA players in Division 1 but also regional club tennis players in the lower divisions.

Slamstox has already guided many different tennis players in the process to a scholarship in recent years. This level varies from Dutch youth champions, tennis players with international experience to players active at the regional level.

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What are the academic requirements for a scholarship?

To play college tennis you need to have at least a diploma in High School. Their are also other options: – You have a completed HAVO or VWO diploma; – You have a completed (two-year) MBO education; – You are pursuing a bachelor’s degree; – You have a completed bachelor’s degree.

Here you will find more information about the different options. American universities offer a wide range of courses at many different levels. So as long as you meet the requirements, we will make sure the perfect match with a university is made for you!

Would you like to know about the possibilities with your academic background? Then fill out the form on this page!

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Where can I see current college tennis players?

Slamstox has placed over 150 college tennis players from over 7 countries at many different universities! The tennis players are all unique and different from each other. For example, we have placed (inter)national top players in youth, such as Lodewijk Weststrate and Isolde de Jong. And also players active at regional/national level, such as Jasper Koning and Dominique Yeo.

Slamstox players are part of universities spread across all states, from California to Florida to New York City! Check out the full list of Slamstox tennis players.

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College Tennis - Fun facts

Did you know that…

  • If college tennis was a country, it would have the most players in the ATP top 300 in the world.
  • Every NCAA singles champion in the past 10 years has made it to the ATP top 500.
  • Each year the NCAA-singles winner (with U.S. citizenship) receives a Wildcard for the first subsequent US Open? Englishman Paul Jubb won it in 2019, even receiving a Wildcard to Wimbledon!
  • The University of Gerogia’s Tennis Complex seats over 5,000 people.
  • The average age of a pro tennis player reaching the top 100 is 28 (male) and 26 (female) – that is one of the reasons why playing college tennis between the age of 18 and 22 is the perfect way to continue improving after your junior career.
  • In addition to college matches and tournaments, college tennis players get the opportunity to play between 15 and 20 ATP/WTA tournaments per year.
  • Slamstox has an exclusive partnership with Universal Tennis Ratings (UTR)? UTR is one of the most commonly used recruiting standards in college tennis and the best way to compare tennis players all over the world.
  • Slamstox even a UTR-tournement and other college tennis events organizes? These events are often attended by American coaches to scout players.
  • Slamstox will help set up a close collaboration between your junior coach in your country and your college coach to develop the ultimate program to improve your tennis skills while in the US and during your school holidays back home.
  • Slamstox team member Peter Lucassen (University of Southern California) is one of the most successful college tennis players ever? He has won the NCAA Division 1 championships four times in a row!
  • Slamstox founder Pedro Mol also played college tennis? Pedro played for the University of North Carolina Wilmington and won three conference titles in four years!

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Career opportunities after college tennis

After you finish your four years of college tennis, there are many different opportunities for you to pursue, either on or off the court. Some of the best college players, like John Isner and Danielle Collins, choose a professional tennis career, while others focus on a career in their field of study (business, healthcare, technology, politics, etc).

Are you ready to start working? Slamstox would like to help you kickstart your career. We do this with the Slamstox After College service, open to all Slamstox student-athletes as well as non-Llamstox student-athletes. Learn more about the Slamstox After College service? Check the page here!

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