Indiana to Host 2006 ITA Summer National Championships Aug. 12-16
Aug. 8, 2006
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana University will host the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's (ITA) Summer National Championships for the sixth consecutive year, Aug. 12-16 at the IU Varsity Tennis Courts.
The ITA National Summer Championship, presented by the U.S. Tennis Association (USTA), is the pinnacle of the ITA Collegiate Summer Circuit, which was played at 23 regional sites throughout the country last month. More than 17,000 men and women have competed in circuit events since it began in 1993 (the national championships were added to the circuit in 1994).
The ITA National Summer Championships include men's and women's singles and doubles and mixed doubles. Last season, former Hoosier Sarah Batty and rising senior Laura McGaffigan claimed the Summer Championships' doubles title with an 8-3 win over North Carolina's Meg Fanjoy and Austin Smith, becoming the first Hoosier doubles team to earn a bid to the ITA All-American Tournament since Deborah Edelman and Rachel Epstein accomplished the feat in 1992.
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 six regional circuits (East, Southeast, Midwest, Central, 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 in Bloomington.
The singles and doubles champions from the ITA National Summer Championships earn wild card bids into the first national tournaments of the collegiate tennis season - the Polo Ralph Lauren Men's All-American Championships in Tulsa, Okla., and the Riviera/ITA Women's All-American Championships in Pacific Palisades, Calif., in October (the finalists earn wild cards into the qualifying tournaments).
Indiana associate head coach Ramiro Azcui will serve as tournament director. At the end of each day, results will be available in PDF format on IUHOOSIERS.com. Admission is free.
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