July 27, 2012
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana University will host a leg of the 2012 Intercollegiate Tennis Association's (ITA) Summer Circuit this weekend with play beginning on Saturday, July 28, at 8 a.m. ET and running through Monday.
Five Hoosiers are expected to compete in the event. On the women's side, IU will be represented by sophomores Alecia Kauss and Katie Klyczek as well as incoming transfers Jithmie Jayawickreme and Gabrielle Rubenstein. For the men, incoming Hoosier freshman and Fishers, Ind., native Chris Essick will be competing.
Doubles draws have not yet been determined. Singles competition is set for an 8 a.m. start on Saturday with two rounds being played. Doubles action will not begin until Sunday afternoon.
IUHoosiers.com will be the home for complete results at the end of each day. Play is expected to last until approximately 9 p.m. Saturday evening.
Nearly 30,000 men and women have competed in ITA Summer Circuit events since it began in 1993. The circuit provides college (and junior and alumni) players the opportunity to compete in organized events virtually year round. Although the primary focus of the circuit is to provide incoming freshman and collegiate players the chance to compete in the summer months, for NCAA compliance purposes, the events within the ITA Summer Circuit are categorized as "open"; therefore anyone is eligible to compete in these events as long as he/she is a current ITA member.
New in 2010 is the addition of the Mid-Atlantic Circuit as well as a fourth site (New Mexico) in the Mountain Circuit. The ITA Summer Circuit is currently made up of eight regional circuits (East, Mid-Atlantic, Southeast, Midwest, Central, Mountain, Southwest and West) and all eight regions consist of four consecutive open tournaments played during the month of July, leading up to the August 7-11 ITA National Summer Championships in Bloomington, Indiana.
The 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.