Tallahassee, Fla. – Florida State's men's and women's tennis teams are slated to host the first round of the ITA Summer College Circuit Tournament. The tournament will take place on the Seminoles' home turf, The Scott Speicher Tennis Center, starting next Monday, July 9 and running through Thursday, July 12.
“We are excited to be hosting an event that showcases some very good college talent and gives our players a chance to play on their home court,” says tournament director and Florida State women’s tennis head coach Jennifer Hyde.
Chris Cloer, Bradley Mixson, Michael O'Shea, Andrew Bailey and Jason Hood will participate in the tournament for the Florida State men while Ania Rynarzewska will compete for the women. Members of both teams will participate in singles and doubles matches along with junior players, college players and college graduates from around the southeast.
Florida State men's tennis head coach Dwayne Hultquist says that the ITA Summer Circuit can impact a player's collegiate ranking for the upcoming season, "If you do really well at Nationals it can help your college preseason ranking which influences what tournaments you get into in the fall."
From Tallahassee, the tournament will continue in the southeast region with stops at the University of Florida, UNC-Chapel Hill and UNC-Greensboro. All six regions from around the country will lead up to the ITA National Summer Championships to take place in Bloomington, Ind. August 11-15 at the University of Indiana.
The tournament is open to all age groups. Entry forms are available at the ITA Tennis website. All entry forms must include an entry fee check for $50 made out to tournament director Jennifer Hyde.
Current Seminoles Jonathas Sucupira and Sam Chang are both former winners of the event.
Since its inception in 1993, more than 20,000 men and women have competed in ITA circuit events. College players from all over the country participate in the four day tournament each year during the summer offseason.
Stay tuned to Seminoles.com for tournament updates next week!