Collegiate Players Ready for 2012 Master’U BNP Paribas
Seventh annual Master’U BNP Paribas set to begin December 5th
SKILLMAN, NJ (Dec. 3) -- The field for the 2012 Master’U BNP Paribas has been announced, with several ITA standouts participating in the five day international collegiate team competition from Dec. 5-9 in Aix-en-Provence, France.
The seventh annual Master’U BNP Paribas features a unique format that combines men’s and women’s matches to determine a winner in a best-of-seven format. Two men’s and two women’s singles matches will be played along with one men’s and women’s doubles match in addition to a mixed doubles match. Eight nations, consisting of Belgium, China, France, Germany, Great Britain, Ireland, Russia and the United States, with college and university players from around the world, will be competing for the title.
The USTA announced the United States’ field of players, highlighted by 2012 USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships men’s singles champion Jarmere Jenkins of Virginia, and, 2012 ITA/Riviera Women’s All-American singles champion Lauren Embree of Florida.
Joining Jenkins on the men’s side will be a pair of two time ITA All-Americans; Evan King of Michigan and Ray Sarmiento of USC. Representing the American women along with Embree will be two time ITA All-American Jacqueline Cako of Arizona State as well as ITA All-American and ITA National Player to Watch Zoë Scandalis of USC.
Jenkins, Embree and Cako are the only returning players from last year’s United States Master’U championship team that defeated France, 4-3 in the final. The United States has won two of the last three Master’U BNP Paribas titles.
Greg Patton of Boise State returns to coach the United States team and will be joined by Cal head women’s tennis coach Amanda Augustus.
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