The ITA Collegiate Summer Circuit is made up of seven regional circuits (East, Southeast, Midwest, Central, Mountain Southwest and West) for collegiate players (events are also open to junior players and the general public). Each region consists of four consecutive tournaments played during the month of July. The ITA Collegiate Summer Circuit began in 1993 and over 22,000 players have competed in circuit events since its inception. Indiana University women's coach Lin Loring came up with the concept to begin the circuit and serves as its overall director.
New features to the circuit this summer include Online registration through the ITA website for participants as well as expansion with two extra events in a new Mountain Region at the University of Denver and the U.S. Air Force Academy. This is the first expansion for the circuit since three years ago when a Central Region was added with events in the Missouri Valley. Also this summer, itatennis.com will feature contributing reporters filing daily stories throughout the month from some of the sites.
Each tournament on the circuit includes men's and women's singles and doubles.
The first event opens on July 1 in Pittsburgh is also known as the National Collegiate Clay Court Championships. This event actually began 120 years ago in 1889, long before the Summer Circuit was established. Bill Tilden, Peter Fleming, Vitas Gerulaitis, Kathy Jordan and JoAnne Russell are among this tournament's past champions.
The ITA National Summer Championships presented by the USTA are the pinnacle of the ITA Collegiate Summer Circuit. This year's tournament takes place Aug. 11-15 at Indiana University. Champions from this tournament gain wild cards into the D'Novo/ITA Men's and Riviera/ITA Women's All-American Championships in October, the first national tournaments of the 2008-09 collegiate tennis season. Last year William and Mary's Ragini Acharya and Tennessee's Chris Racz captured the singles titles and Duke's Melissa Mang and Tory Zawacki and Harvard's Sasha Ermakov and Ashwin Kumar claimed the doubles titles.
2008 ITA Summer Circuit Presented by the USTA:
Week 1 Mt. Lebanon Tennis Center (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) - July 1-5
Week 2 Dartmouth College (Hanover, New Hampshire) - July 12-15
Week 3 Penn State Univ. (University Park, Pennsylvania) - July 19-22
Week 4 Cornell Univ. (Ithaca, New York) - July 26-29
Week 1 Florida State Univ. (Tallahassee, Florida) - July 8-10
Week 2 University of Florida (Gainesville, Florida) - July 12-14
Week 3 Univ. of North Carolina (Chapel Hill, NC) - July 19-21
Week 4 UNC Greensboro (Greensboro, NC) - July 25-28
Week 1 Univ. of Michigan (Ann Arbor, Michigan) - July 5-8
Week 2 Ohio State (Columbus, Ohio) - July 12-15
Week 3 Western Michigan Univ. (Kalamazoo, Michigan) - July 19-22
Week 4 Indiana Univ. (Bloomington, Indiana) - July 26-29
Week 1 McMurry Univ./Abilene Christian Univ. (Abilene, Texas) July 5-7
Week 2 Collin County Comm. College (Plano, Texas) July 11-14
Week 3 UT-Arlington (Arlington, Texas) July 19-22
Week 4 Texas A&M Univ. (College Station, Texas) July 26-29
Week 1 Wichita State (Wichita, Kansas) July 5-7
Week 2 Kansas State (Manhattan, Kansas) July 12-14
Week 3 Univ. of Kansas (Lawrence, Kansas) July 18-20
Week 4 Washington Univ. (St. Louis, Missouri) July 26-29
Week 1 No events
Week 2 Univ. of Denver (Denver, Colorado) July 12-14
Week 3 U.S. Air Force Academy (Colorado Springs, Colorado) – July 19-21
Week 4 No events
Week 1 Balboa Racquet Club (Newport Beach, California) - July 5-7
Week 2 Ventura Comm. College (Ventura, California) - July 12-14
Week 3 Riviera Tennis Club (Pacific Palisades, California) - July 19-21
Week 4 Cal Poly Pomona (Pomona, California) - July 26-28
ITA National Summer Championships at Indiana University August 11-15