Amidst the current financial crisis, students talented in sports, such as tennis, apply for college athletic scholarships. Many talented high school tennis players are hoping to get noticed during college tennis recruiting. In the U.S., a collegiate circuit which oversees the processes involved in college athletic scholarships is organized by the National Collegiate Athletics Association.
The first of the four Grand Slam tennis tournaments held each year is the Australian Open. The tournament is scheduled in January at Melbourne Park. The championship was played for the first time in 1905, and was fought on grass from 1905 through 1987. However, the tournament has been held on hard courts beginning in 1988, at Melbourne Park. Mats Wilander remains the only male player to have won the Grand Slam on both grass and hard courts.
There are men's and women's singles competitions in the Australian Open, just like all other Grand Slam tournaments. These are men's tournament, the women's, and the mixed doubles; as well as junior's and master's competitions.
The two primary courts in the Australian Open are Rod Laver Arena and Hisense Arena. These feature retractable roofs, which can be shut during rain or in days of extreme heat. Since it is held in the middle of the Australian summer, the Australian Open is well-known for its notoriously hot days. An extreme-heat policy is put into play when temperatures (and humidity) reach dangerous levels. This is also the only Grand Slam tournament that features indoor play at present, although Wimbledon's Centre Court in London is scheduled to have a retractable roof in 2009.
The Internet has proven to be a useful venue for both students and coaches involved in the applying for college athletic scholarships. There are many websites and online forums wherein students and scouts can come together and interact. D1Athletes is an online community wherein students and coaches alike can share and exchange information they need during college tennis recruiting. D1Athletes offers them a place to build an online presence and gain important public exposure.