2014 ITA Summer Circuit Set to Start
SKILLMAN, NJ (June 26) - Three schools will host action this weekend to kick off the 2014 ITA Summer Circuit, presented by the USTA. The tournaments at Mary Washington, New Mexico and UMKC set the stage for an exciting summer of high-quality tennis, with Pittsburgh's tournament starting on .
In all, 36 events are played leading up to the 2014 ITA/USTA National Summer Championships, which will be hosted by Indiana University from - . The Universal Tennis Rating (UTR) system will be used to seed players at these events, as part of UTR's expanded partnership with the ITA. The UTR system rates players independent of age, gender, section, level of education or country. Weekly results from the ATP, WTA, ITF, ITA and USTA are fed into the UTR system, which already includes ratings of more than 120,000 players around the world.
Last summer, five players earned automatic bids into ITA All-American Tournaments by capturing the summer crowns.
Drew Lied of Michigan State battled past Chris Diaz of Ohio State in a Big Ten battle for the men's singles title. Chip Cox and Kyle Koch of South Carolina surrendered just one game in the men's doubles final and Georgia Tech's Kendal Woodard and Megan Kurey claimed the women's doubles championship.
Cox and Koch ended 2014 ranked No. 77 in the ITA Division I National Men's Doubles Rankings, with Cox also ranked at No. 33 with another partner. Lied nailed down All-Big Ten First Team honors and knocked off two nationally ranked opponents.
The duo of Woodard and Kurey were impressive in 2013-14, utilizing their bid to the Riviera/ITA Women's All-American Tournament and advancing to the consolation finals. The pair then won the USTA/ITA Southeast Regional Championship to earn a bid into the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championship, where they captured the national title in a tight, exciting final over Louisville, 4-6, 6-3, 7-5. Kurey and Woodard ended the year ranked No. 7 in the ITA Division I National Women's Doubles Rankings.
The circuit is played through , then players are given over a week to rest before the ITA/USTA National Summer Championships.
Upcoming Tournament Schedule:
: Laguna Niguel, San Jose State, Wichita State, Abilene Christian
July 6-8: Virginia Tech, Florida State: Purdue, Minnesota
As the circuit begins, so does the 2014 ITA Summer Circuit "Shot of the Week" contest. In order to participate, you must submit your favorite photos and videos from the week's play to the ITA Twitter or by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org. For more details about the contest, click here.
For complete coverage of the 2014 ITA Summer Circuit, presented by the USTA, including access to draws, live scores and more, please visit the official ITA event page. Follow the ITA on Twitter, @ITAtennis, or like the ITA Facebook page for updates and news. Use the hashtag #ITASummerCircuit for all tweets in regards to the event, or search the term "ITASummerCircuit" to find others who are tweeting about the circuit.
About the ITA Summer Circuit
Since its inception in 1993, nearly 30,000 men and women have competed in the ITA Summer Circuit, presented by the USTA. Providing college and junior athletes (along with alumni) the opportunity to compete in organized events year round, the Circuit remains open to anyone as long as he/she is a current ITA member. There are nine regional circuits that span across the United States, which include 36 different tournaments.