ITA: In the Spotlight features an interview from the ITA Summer Intern, Paul Mairet. Mairet was awarded the 2009 ITA/USTWA Student Writing Contest winner. He is a current college tennis player at Macalester College and will be working with the ITA this summer cover the 2009 ITA Summer Circuit. He spent time with Colorado Women's Head Coach, Nicole Kenneally, to get her thoughts on the inaugural year for the University of Colorado as they host their first ITA Summer Circuit event for the Mountain Region.
Nicole Kenneally has been the head coach of the women’s tennis team at University of Colorado for ten years. She is currently the winningest coach at the school with 115 career wins and was named Big 12 Conference Coach of the Year in 2007. Kenneally hosted her first ever ITA Summer Circuit tournament on July 11 and shared some of her thoughts about it before it got underway.
What made you want to host a Summer Circuit tournament?
This is the 2nd year for the Rocky Mountain region and I think it is a great opportunity for all college players to participate during the summer.
How many participants do you expect to have?
Our tournament starts on Saturday (July 11) and we will have 20 women and over 20 men so we are happy with the turn out as it is our first year and we came in with no real expectations.
How are you preparing? What are your responsibilities?
Like any tournament we want to provide a great experience. There are the off court things for organization - arranging umpires, trainers, stringers etc and then being organized with equipment - balls etc. There is also paperwork with the draws and then membership and sign up forms.
What do you think makes the Summer Circuit different from other tournaments?
It is a great opportunity for all players - future, current and past college players - to spar against each other during the summer months. It offers the incoming freshmen a different experience as they prepare to enter college in the fall and gives them the opportunity to see the level that is ahead of them.
What do you expect from this tournament? Any players to look for?
I believe we will have a lot of solid tennis at our CU South Campus Courts and I am looking forward to watching a lot of great tennis. We have a lot of great Colorado and surrounding state players entered in the tournament.