TCU to Host ITA South Central Men's Regional Championships
Oct. 23, 2003
FORT WORTH, Texas
TCU will host the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) South Central Men's Regional Championships Oct. 24-27. A total of 17 ITA Regional Championships for NCAA Division I men's and women's tennis programs have been or will be contested during the last two weeks of October. The singles finalists and doubles champion from the event will earn spots in the Nov. 6-9 ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships at the University of Michigan.
The 2003 ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships, the nation's premier collegiate indoor tennis tournament, is the second of three national championship events for college tennis this season. The first events-the Riviera/ITA Women's and Icy Hot/ITA Men's All-American Championships-were held two weeks ago, and the third event is the season-ending NCAA Championships in May. The Indoors feature a 32-player singles draw and 16-team doubles field for men and women, including: qualifiers from the ITA Regional Championships, the ITA National Small College champions, the winners of the ITA All-American Championships and at-large and wild card selections made by the ITA National Tournament Committee. Overall, more than 10,000 players from nearly 600 schools participate annually in the ITA Regional and National Intercollegiate Championships.
The ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships were inaugurated in 1978. Recent participants include current professionals James Blake, Bob and Mike Bryan and Laura Granville. Veteran pros Todd Martin and Lisa Raymond are also among past champions.
The Horned Frogs' entire roster is entered in this weekend's draw. Representing the Purple and White in the main draw of the singles is Rafael Abreu, Robert Gallman, Collin Hart, Jacob Martin, Alex Menichini, Daniel Scholten, Fabrizio Sestini, Craig Stopa, Jacopo Tezza and Andrew Ulrich. The doubles will feature the teams of Abreu/Sestini, Menichini/Scholten, Martin/Tezza, Gallman/Ulrich and Hart/Stopa. The singles is a 128-player draw, while the doubles is a 64-team field. Consolation matches will be held for each event as well.
Other teams with players competing in the regional include Baylor, Lamar, Louisiana-Lafayette, Prairie View A&M, Rice, SMU, Texas, Texas A&M, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Texas-Arlington, Texas-Pan American, Texas-San Antonio and Texas Tech.
Admission to the tournament, which is being hosted at the Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center, is free of charge. The center is located at 3609 Bellaire Drive North. Fans may also track all the action as it unfolds with up-to-date results on the World Wide Web at www.tennisinformation.com. The tournament ID is 5145170.