Stone, Recht to Play ITA Event at IU
Bloomington, Ind. - Indiana tennis player's senior Ryan Recht and junior John Stone will compete in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) National Summer Championships Open this Saturday, August 21 at the Varsity Tennis Center. This is the fourth year that Indiana has hosted the event that will run through Tuesday, August 17.
Recht advanced to the finals of the singles draw last summer before falling, 6-1, 6-1, to Illinois' Chris Martin. Stone and Recht finished last season as the 13th ranked team in the Midwest Region.
The tournament will feature 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 ITA Collegiate Summer Circuit is the brainchild of Indiana head women's tennis coach Lin Loring and provides 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, leading up to the ITA National Summer Championships. The ITA Collegiate Summer Circuit had a record 2,005 player participate in last year's events.
The ITA National Summer Championships, presented by the United States Tennis Association (USTA), are the pinnacle of the ITA Collegiate Summer Circuit, which was played at 20 regional sites throughout the country last month. Over 15,000 men and women have competed in circuit events since it began in 1993. This is the 10th anniversary of the national championships, which were added to the circuit in '94.
The singles and doubles champions from the ITA National Summer Championships earn wild cards into the first national tournaments of the 2004-05 collegiate tennis season - the Icy Hot/ITA Men's and Riviera/ITA Women's All-American Championships in October (the finalists earn wild cards into the qualifying tournaments).
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