The majority of the world does not distinguish athletes as professional or amateur. That is not the case in the United States. The USTA and the NCAA have very specific guidelines. The hardest part is keeping up with who's turning pro and who's going (or not going) to which college. While we can't answer all the questions, here is what we do know:
Texas A&M-Cameron Fenner, one of the top players in Australia, will join the Aggies in January.
Tanner Cochran-After a successful run on the USTA Professional Circuit this Summer, Tanner has turned professional at the US Open.
Illinois-Pramod Dabir is now a member of the Fighting Illini. Rajeev Ram, on the other hand, will be playing Futures this Fall and joining the team in January.
Bea Bielik-On Friday, August 23rd, Bea declared herself a professional and has since won two rounds at the US Open.
Duke-Jonathan Stokke, who recently won the USTA Super National Hard Courts doubles title for the second year in a row, will be joining the team this Fall.
Brendan Evans-There has been much speculation as to the status of this talented teen. Here's what his manager, Max Eisenbud of IMG, has to say, "He is a professional according to the USTA. In our minds, he has not turned professional. He is playing ITF Junior events and some Futures. He is still just 16." Brendan will be participating in the US Open Junior Championships, the Eddie Herr Internationals and the Orange Bowl.
Nicole Pitts-The fifteen year old, who has been winning ITF Junior events since she was twelve, has turned professional.
Matias Boeker-After a very successful run at the University of Georgia that included a NCAA doubles title and two NCAA singles titles, Matias has left the school and his amateur status.
Ally Baker-The sixteen year old, who was the youngest player to win ever win a title on the USTA Professional Circuit when she did it last year, has turned professional.
College And Junior