TEMPE, Ariz. – The ninth annual ITA Kick-Off Weekend takes place Jan. 27-29, 2017, at 23 different Division I tennis facilities across the country. In all, there are 60 teams competing per gender in Kick-Off Weekend events.
There are 15 “regionals” played on both the men’s and women’s side, with four teams competing in each regional. The winners of the single-elimination event advance to next month’s ITA Division I National Team Indoor Championships. Yale (women’s) and Virginia (men’s) will serve as hosts for the National Team Indoors and received automatic invitations to the event, and are exempt from competing in the Kick-Off Weekend.
Host sites for Kick-Off Weekend were determined using the final 2015-16 Oracle/ITA Collegiate Tennis Rankings. A draft was held to fill the No.’s 2-4 seeds at all locations, again using the final national team rankings as a guide to determine draft order.
Opening round contests at each location pits the No. 1 seed versus the No. 4 seed, and the No. 2 seed against the No. 3 seed. The two winners advance to the following day’s championship match, while the two losing teams will square off in a consolation match.
To view Kick-Off Weekend matchups for both men and women, visit the official event page here. Results for each site will be updated throughout the weekend.
FloTennis will be on-site in Stillwater, Oklahoma, providing live stream coverage of both the men’s and women’s ITA Kick-Off Weekend events, hosted by Oklahoma State University. To view the coverage (FloTennis is a subscription-based service with monthly and annual price options), click here.
Last year, 13 of the 15 men’s No. 1 seeds and 12 of the 15 women’s No. 1 seeds advanced to National Team Indoors. North Carolina (men) and Cal (women) went on to win the 2016 ITA Division I National Team Indoor Championships, respectively.