My daughter is a rising junior in high school. She is currently a 3 star recruit on tennisrecruiting.net and has held a consistent top 20 state ranking and top 75 southern ranking throughout her junior career. She plays 3 hours a day, 5 days a week and spends 2 to 3 weekends a month playing tournaments. Most of her hitting partners outside of academy are current or former collegiate players and she is very competitive (if not dominant at times). College tennis has been her dream since she was 11 years old and she has worked hard to achieve this goal. Her GPA is currently 4.11 and she has already determined that med-school is in her future. She is beginning to narrow her choices of potential schools down to those that offer a good pre-med program and a competitive tennis team where she feels she can go in and play (not just make the roster). Thus, she has started sending introductory letters, with a tennis resume and letters of recommendation to 25 or 30 colleges or universities that fit the profile in order to let the coach(es) know of her interest and to gauge their interest in her. To make a long story short.... She submitted an e-mail this morning at 10:35 a.m. to a coach at a D1 / Big South Conference school (that shall remain nameless). She received a response at 11:04 a.m. stating, "Thanks for the message. I not have any scholarships available to offer you. Good luck!" She found this a bit discouraging. I can understand why. The response itself is somewhat cold (not to mention grammatically incorrect), but that's OK. It's the fact that in 29 minutes, a coach evaluated her entire body of work as an athlete and scholar and shot her down. OR perhaps there was no evaluation at all. You see, the current roster at this school (that shall remain nameless) is made up of 100% foreign players. She had no chance!!! I have done my research and have read many threads posted on these message boards related to this issue and I have mixed feelings about it. I know that 29 of the top 30 (tennisrecruiting.net) kids graduating this year from this state have received offers and are going on to play college tennis. So my confidence level is high that my daughter will earn a scholarship at a good school, will play tennis and have the time of her life there. It's the fact that she never had a shot at playing at this particular school. And I DO NOT believe that it's because she is not ranked high enough. This is not an ACC, SEC, PAC-12 tennis powerhouse. There are those people on these message boards that are very "pro foreign players in college tennis" and will defend the system as it stands. I would tend to doubt that any of them have kids that are competing for these scholarships. I have no problem with foreign kids getting an education in the states or even playing tennis on a scholarship...but there should be a limit to this. My daughter has done all the right things....she deserves a shot. By the way, she was actually born in Central America. So technically, she is a foreigner too.