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Tennis Briefs: National H.S. Chp. Debuts; UWF No. 1

March 27, 2014 11:05 AM
University of West Florida Men’s Tennis Rises to No. 1 Rank

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The University of West Florida men’s tennis team earned the top spot in the latest Intercollegiate Tennis Association Division II tennis rankings released on Wednesday. 

It is the first time in nearly seven years that the Argonauts have earned the No. 1 ranking. West Florida (15-0 win-loss, 4-0 in conference play) remains undefeated this season and has earned wins over 10 teams ranked in the Top 25.

West Florida was the No. 3-ranked team in the preseason national rankings.

Senior Bruno Savi (Santana do Livramento, Brazil) retained his status as the top-ranked singles player in Division II after starting the season undefeated in singles and doubles play. Freshman Alex Peyrot (Castelnaudary, France) is ranked No. 9 in the nation while Tony Rajaobelina (Orleans, France) is ranked No. 12, and Kenny Brasil (Apucarana, Brazil) No. 38.

UWF appeared as the No. 1-ranked team in at least one ITA Division II ranking released from 2003-2007. West Florida last held the No. 1 ranking on May 11, 2007 before the Argonauts fell to Lynn in the NCAA national semifinals. UWF ended the season ranked No. 2 in the final ITA national poll of 2007.

For more info go to http://goargos.com/sport.asp?sportID=21.

National High School Tennis Championship to Debut in July

new_balance_high_school_chps_logoA new event, the New Balance High School Tennis Championship presented by USTA, will debut on July 21-25, 2014 at the Beren Tennis Center at Harvard University in Boston, Mass.

Any individual player who has competed in interscholastic high school tennis during the 2013-14 academic school year is eligible to register for this national-level hardcourt singles tennis tournament.

"The USTA is proud to support this extraordinary event and we recognize that the high school tennis experience leaves a lasting impact for so many," said Dave Haggerty, chairman, CEO and president of the USTA. "These efforts and contributions aim to help raise the profile of high school tennis -- and the sport as a whole."

The primary selection criteria will be based on the respective player rating using the universal tennis rating and a fair geographic distribution among states. USTA results will be considered as determined by the NBHSTC tournament committee. 

The New Balance High School Tennis Championship will feature boys' and girls' singles tournaments in a 64-player draw, with the winners awarded wildcard spots in an international (ITU) event held prior to the 2014 US Open Junior Championships. The entry deadline for the event is June 19, 2014.

The tournament will use a compass draw format, and the scoring format will two out of three sets with tiebreaks and regular scoring.

Throughout the United States, more than 355,000 boys and girls participate in high school tennis. At the collegiate level, approximately 20,000 varsity positions are available for top athletes, with intramural and club-level programs providing an additional 40,000 participants the opportunity to maintain their social and competitive connection to the sport throughout college.

For complete tournament info go to https://m.tennislink.usta.com/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=152606.







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