2013 USTA/ITA Regional Championships kick off Thursday
Over 8,000 student-athletes from NCAA Division I, II, III, NAIA, Junior and Community Colleges are set to compete in 84 USTA/ITA Regional Championships held across the country.
Featuring some of the top men's and women's tennis players, the USTA/ITA Small College (Division II, Division II, NAIA and Junior/Community College) regionals take place from September 12-30, while the Division I regionals are held from October 9-23.
The USTA/ITA Regional Championships date back to 1981 and for nearly two decades were also known as the Rolex Regional Championships. The USTA/ITA Regional Championships feature the top men's and women's players from each of the ITA's regions.
The Small College singles and doubles champions from the USTA/ITA Regional Championships will advance to the USTA/ITA National Small College Championships, held October 10-13 at the Three Oaks Tennis Center in Fort Myers, Florida. The USTA/ITA National Small College Championships is comprised of the eight regional champions (and/or at-large selections) from NCAA Divisions II and III, NAIA and Junior/Community Colleges.
The USTA/ITA National Small College Championship is the only national championship event for singles and doubles at the NCAA Division II and NAIA levels. It is also the only tournament that combines all levels of Junior/Community College (NJCAA Divisions I and III and the California division). The singles and doubles champions at each divisional level will then compete to become the overall “Super Bowl” champions. The "Super Bowl" champions earn wild cards into the USTA/ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships with the opportunity to win the culminating event held at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.
The singles and doubles champions from the NCAA Division I USTA/ITA Regional Championships will advance to the 2013 USTA/ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships, taking place November 7-10, at the indoor facilities at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, located in Flushing, New York. Columbia University will serve as the tournament host.
The most unique element of the USTA/ITA Intercollegiate Championships program is the fact that all levels of varsity college tennis (NCAA Divisions I, II and III, NAIA and Junior/Community College) compete in one comprehensive event, and any ITA varsity student-athlete has the opportunity to play and win at the prestigious USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.
For a full look at the 2013 USTA/ITA Regional Championships schedule, please visit the ITA website here.