USTA to debut top college tennis rankings
January 24, 2017
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. – The USTA today announced that it will debut the inaugural USTA College Tennis Top 25 team rankings on February 8, its latest initiative to promote the college game. The weekly rankings will rate the Top 25 men’s and women’s teams in NCAA Division I and will be released each Wednesday on USTA.com.
The voters participating in the rankings are Casey Angle (former ITA championships director), Virgil Christian (USTA College Tennis), Granger Huntress (Texas College Tennis), Bobby Knight (College Tennis Today), Dallas Oliver (Tennis Recruiting Network), Erica Perkins Jasper (Intercollegiate Tennis Association), Mike Patrick (former University of Tennessee women’s coach), Lisa Stone (Parenting Aces) and Bruce Walchuk (Universal Tennis Rating).
The debut of the rankings is the latest in a number of ways the USTA is elevating its support and promotion of college tennis. The 2017 College MatchDay series – nine team matches streamed live on ESPN3 through WatchESPN and the ESPN app – kicked off on Saturday at the USTA National Campus at Lake Nona in Orlando. USTA Player Development also began offering guaranteed wild card entries into USTA Pro Circuit events for Americans who win or reach the final at several major collegiate singles tournaments this season.
The USTA is the national governing body for the sport of tennis in the U.S. and the leader in promoting and developing the growth of tennis at every level — from local communities to the highest level of the professional game. A not-for-profit organization with more than 715,000 members, it invests 100% of its proceeds in growing the game. It owns and operates the US Open, the highest-attended annual sporting event in the world, and launched the Emirates Airline US Open Series, linking seven summer WTA and ATP World Tour tournaments to the US Open. In addition, it owns approximately 90 Pro Circuit events throughout the U.S. and selects the teams for the Davis Cup, Fed Cup, Olympic and Paralympic Games. The USTA’s philanthropic entity, the USTA Foundation, provides grants and scholarships and helps under-resourced youth and individuals with disabilities, and supports wounded, ill and injured service members, veterans and their families. For more information on the USTA, log on to usta.com, “like” the official Facebook page, facebook.com/usta, or follow @usta on Twitter.