ITA Summer Nationals Begin Saturday at IU
Aug. 10, 2012
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The ITA/USTA National Summer Championships begin this Saturday, August 11th at the Indiana University Varsity Tennis Courts. The ITA/USTA National Summer Championships are the pinnacle of the ITA Collegiate Summer Circuit, which was played at 32 regional sites throughout the country last month.
Indiana University will be well represented as nine student-athletes from IU will participating. Representing the Hoosiers on the men's side are Dimitrije Tasic, Chris Essick, Stratton Gilmore, Elliott Yee and Samuel Monette. On the women's side, Gabrielle Rubenstein, Alecia Kauss, Katie Klyczek and Shannon Murdy will be playing.
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. It is made up of seven regional circuits (East, Southeast, Midwest, Central, Mountain, Southwest and West) and each region consists of four consecutive tournaments played during the month of July, leading up to the ITA/USTA National Summer Championships, August 11-14.
The singles and doubles champions from the ITA/USTA National Summer Championships earn wild cards into the first national tournaments of the 2011-12 collegiate tennis season - the D'Novo Men's and Riviera/ITA Women's All-American Championships in early October. This is the ninth straight year IU is serving as tournament host (admission is free). IU associate head women's tennis coach Ramiro Azcui is serving as tournament director.
Over 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.
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