To go or not to go?

By Richard Kent, BASN Staff Reporter
Updated: September 5, 2010
NEW YORK (BASN) — That is the question for junior tennis players.

To go to college or not? John Isner completed four years at Georgia and loved it and is now a star on the Tour. How many teenagers are winning events and Grand Slam events?

None. It has been years since Tracy Austin and Jennifer Capriati popped onto the female scene as teens and won majors. Same with the men. Or boys that is.

Patrick McEnroe, the USTA’s director of talent recommends that boys go to college for at least one or two years. Evan King of Chicago faced that dilemma a couple of years ago.

He decided on college and has never regretted it. King chose Michigan over Illinois and Ohio State. He went on to become Big Ten Freshman of the Year and had a 21-13 singles record and 5-2 at no. 1.

He also played well in doubles. He had been a Northwestern fan as a kid and always wanted to play college tennis.

The 18-year-old won his first juniors match at the Open on Sunday. He has a shot a winning it all based on the maturity he has developed by playing in college.