The United States has been offered one of 8 spots into the 3rd Annual International University Challenge of Tennis sponsored by BNP Paribas to be held in Poitiers, France, December 4-7, 2008. The United States Tennis Association (USTA) has been asked to field a team of six American student athletes, three men and three women, who are currently enrolled in college, plus two current sitting collegiate head coaches. These eight will represent the United States in an international team competition against national collegiate teams from Belgium, China, France, Great Britain, Ireland, Russia, and Switzerland.
The USTA is partnering with the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) to select the US team. The goal is to reward six high achieving American college tennis players and two coaches with this special educational, cultural and competitive tennis experience.
Player Selection--Players will be selected utilizing the following criteria:
- The top two American finishers (1 male, 1 female) from the 2008 ITA Men’s and Women’s All-American Championships.
- The top two American ranked players (1 male, 1 female) on the 2008 ITA Preseason Division I Rankings.
- The top two American finishers (1 male, 1 female) from the 2008 ITA Small College Championships.
- Team members must also represent the highest standards of sportsmanship, leadership, and have outstanding ambassadorial qualities.
Coach Selection—The USTA Staff and ITA Board will select one coach for each gender. To be selected, the coach must be a current sitting head coach and represent the ideals and values of the USTA as well as the ITA and its membership.
Travel--The team of eight will fly to France on December 2nd and return to the US no later than December 8th. The USTA will cover the cost of air travel to and from France. USTA Player Development Staff will assist in coordinating team travel. The Tournament Committee in France will cover hotel, food, and transportation costs while in Poitiers. A valid US Passport is required for all selected participants.