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National Summer Championships Preview-2017-08-11

TEMPE, Ariz. –
Fresh on the heels of a successful 2017 ITA Summer Circuit Powered by UTR, the 2017 ITA National Summer Championships get underway on Saturday, August 12th, with TCU serving as the event host.

The 2017 ITA National Summer Championships Powered by UTR, which conclude on Tuesday, August 15th, feature men’s and women’s singles draws of 128, while doubles draws will showcase 64 men’s and women’s participants. For draw updates, daily video recaps and photos, head to the official event page.

For the second consecutive year, a Points Race was held during the ITA Summer Circuit, with the top 5 men and women receiving automatic entry into the National Summer Championships. Players received a $600 travel reimbursement to be used towards the expense of traveling to the tournament.

Vivienne Kulicke, a senior at SMU, and Sam Tullis, a sophomore at BYU, claimed the top spot in the women’s and men’s Points Race, respectively. Miranda Ramirez (Syracuse), Anastasia Rychagova (Kansas), Anna Bright (California) and Natalie Whalen (Indiana) round out the top 5 in the women’s standings. Humberto Lopez (UC Irvine), Chase Wood (Florida State), Vincent Rettke (Gonzaga), Austin Abbrat (High School senior) and Matthew Gamble (Notre Dame) hold the No.’s 2-5 positions in the men’s Points Race.

The ITA Summer Circuit circuit provides college (and junior and alumni) players the opportunity to compete in organized events virtually year-round. Although the primary focus of the circuit is to provide incoming freshmen and collegiate players the chance to compete in the summer months, for NCAA compliance purposes, the events within the ITA Summer Circuit are categorized as "open"; therefore, anyone is eligible to compete in these events as long as he/she is a current ITA member.

The ITA and UTR partnership targeted the Summer Circuit to be a model for level-based play. All tournaments were required to seed 50 percent of their draw according to player UTRs, while the remaining 50 percent were randomly placed in the draw. This helped decrease the number of non-competitive matches in the latter rounds of the tournament and ultimately improved the overall experience of the tournament participants.

All events were housed on the UTR Events platform, which created a central location for players, coaches and parents to register for events and browse results. It also enabled UTR to import scores from ITA Summer Circuit events into the UTR system within one week of tournament competition.