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Florida's Krajicek, Falconi Picked for Int. U.S. Collegiate Team

October 20, 2009 07:00 PM

 Irina Falconi of Jupiter

Two Florida collegiate players will represent the U.S. at the fourth annual Master'U BNP Paribas, an international collegiate competition to be held Dec. 9-14, 2009, in Poitiers, France.

The U.S. will be competing for the second consecutive year against a field that includes teams from Belgium, China, France, Germany, Great Britain, Ireland and Mexico. The teams will compete in a best-of-seven format consisting of two men's and two women's singles matches, one men's and one women's doubles match, and one mixed doubles match.  

The men's team will be comprised of Steve Johnson of the Univ. of Southern California, Austin Krajicek of Texas A&M, and Eric Quigley of the Univ. of Kentucky.

Krajicek, a junior from Brandon, Fla., is No. 30 in the ITA Preseason Division I Rankings and reached the doubles final at two USTA Pro Circuit events this summer, capturing the title at the $15,000 Futures in Loomis, Calif. Both Johnson and Krajicek were members of the 2009 USTA Summer Collegiate Team, an elite training program funded by the USTA to provide top American collegians with valuable exposure to the USTA Pro Circuit in a team-oriented environment.

The women's team will be comprised of Irina Falconi of Georgia Tech, Kristy Frilling of Notre Dame, and Caitlin Whoriskey of the Univ. of Tennessee.

Falconi, a sophomore from Jupiter, Fla., won the 2009 Riviera/ITA All-American Championships and captured USTA Pro Circuit titles at $10,000 events in Atlanta and St. Joseph, Mo. Falconi and Whoriskey were both members of the 2009 USTA Summer Collegiate Team.
The U.S. team will be coached by Michelle Dasso, the head women's tennis coach at the University of Illinois who also served as coach for the U.S. at the 2008 Master'U BNP Paribas, and Greg Patton, the head coach of the Boise State University men's tennis team. 

The U.S. team was selected through a joint partnership between the USTA and the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) using the following criteria: the top American male and female finishers at the 2009 ITA All-American Championships, the top male and female American applicants in the 2009 Men's and Women's ITA Preseason Division I Singles Rankings, and remaining roster spots were selected by a committee of USTA Player Development and ITA coaches and staff.





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