Indiana University Hosts ITA National Summer Championships
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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The 2003 Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) National Summer Championships will return to Indiana University for the third straight year starting this Saturday, August 9th.
It will feature amateur (mainly collegiate) players from throughout the country and consists of 64-player men's and women's singles draws as well as doubles and mixed doubles. The tournament concludes Wednesday, August 13th. Draws and seeding will be announced later this week.
The ITA Collegiate Summer Circuit is celebrating its 10th year, and more than 14,000 men and women have competed in circuit events since it began in 1993. It is the brainchild of Indiana head women's tennis coach Lin Loring to provide college tennis players the opportunity to compete in organized events virtually year round. It is made up of five regional circuits (East, Southeast, Midwest, Southwest and West) and each region consists of four consecutive tournaments played during the month of July.
"It is a great honor for Indiana University to host such a prestigious event. Some of the most talented collegiate athletes are able to display their talents and work on their game during the months of the summer circuit all the way up to the highlighted national championships," said Azcui. "Bloomington will see some terrific tennis over this next weekend."
This year's draw is expected to feature several players from the IU men's and women's tennis teams. Seniors Martina Grimm, Karie Schlukebir, and Linda Tran, sophomores Sarah Batty and Dora Vastag, and freshman Laura McGaffigan will compete among the women's 64. For the men, junior Ryan Recht and sophomore John Stone will compete.
The singles and doubles champions from the ITA National Summer Championships earn wild cards into the first national tournaments of the 2003-04 collegiate tennis season - the Icy Hot/ITA Men's and Riviera/ITA Women's All-American Championships in October.
The tournament is at Indiana's Varsity Tennis Courts and admission is free.