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UF Players, USTA Jrs. Compete at Round Robin Tournament

September 23, 2010 08:59 AM
Bob van Overbeek
Bob van Overbeek
The USTA announced that US Open boys' champion Jack Sock will join seven of the nation's top juniors in a unique tournament format playing against some of the country's top collegiate players in the Land Rover Napa Valley Tennis Classic, Sept. 24-26, 2010.
 
The round-robin event, which will take place at Meadowood Napa Valley in St. Helena, Calif., features four players from six NCAA Division I schools including the University of California, Berkeley, the University of Florida, the University of Illinois, the University of Kentucky, the University of Texas and the University of Southern California.
 
University of Florida players participating are Sekou Bangoura (SO, Bradenton, Fla.), Alexandre Lacroix (SR, France), Nassim Slilam (JR, France), and Bob van Overbeek (SO, Boca Raton, Fla.).
 
"I'm very pleased that juniors are now being incorporated into this event and will be competing against some of the country's top collegians," said Patrick McEnroe, general manager, USTA Player Development. "Collegiate competition is a key component of the pathway from junior tennis to professional tennis, and letting our juniors compete with college veterans will help with their physical and mental development."
 
Each school will send four players to compete alongside the eight juniors, and the 32-man field will be split into eight pools featuring three collegians and a junior. Following three matches in pool play, the eight pool winners will compete in a single-elimination, 10-point tiebreak tournament. The winner of the tournament will receive a USTA-sponsored wildcard into a USTA Pro Circuit event that is yet to be determined. 
 
The event, which was founded 10 years ago by Cal coach Peter Wright and Meadowood Tennis Director Doug King, will feature junior players for the first time after being held exclusively for collegians the first nine. The juniors were selected by USTA Player Development based on ATP rankings (if applicable), national rankings and results, and a selection of younger players for developmental purposes.
 
 

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