I'm a HS coach in Kansas, and while I've been reading tt for some time, this is my first post. Although I've been involved with the game of tennis for much of my life, I really think I've only recently become aware of just how many really good tennis players there are in the HS and College ranks--and just how distinct the gaps are between the good, the really good, and the elite. We just finished up our State tournaments a few weeks ago, and I got to watch the 149th ranked HS senior in the nation (according to tennisrecruiting.net) win his third state title. He crushes his groundstrokes with impunity, he places the ball with precision, and he serves bombs. So I went and looked at his USTA record, and found this interesting: he's 14-0 against 3 star recruits and lower, he's 10-9 against other 4 star recruits, and he's 1-8 against five star recruits and "blue chips." So he's maybe the best player in the state (there is one other HS player in KS ranked higher), but there are clearly HS players out there who are better. Then you consider that while he'll play D1 tennis, the school he'll play for didn't win it's conference. And the team that did win the conference lost in the first round of the NCAAs. So there are presumably a bunch of 20 somethings out there in college who are better. And then of course, there's the fact that the truly elite don't go to college at all--they're already testing themselves as pros. Anyway, a very long first post to say something very simple: there are a lot of really good young tennis players out there.