The ITA Summer 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.
CHECK OUT THE DAILY VIDEO RECAPS OF THE 2017 ITA NATIONAL SUMMER CHAMPIONSHIPS
The 2017 ITA National Summer Championships began on Saturday, August 12, with first round action in men’s and women’s singles. Here’s a look at some of the sights and sounds from a full day of competition.
For the second consecutive year, the ITA Summer Circuit featured a Points Race, 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.
Hear from Miranda Ramirez (Syracuse), Anastasia Rychagova (Kansas), Sam Tullis (BYU) and Humberto Lopez (UC Irvine) on their experiences playing in the ITA Summer Circuit Powered by UTR and competing in the Points Race.
Day 3 of the National Summer Championships saw action move through the quarterfinal round. Lauren Proctor (Winthrop), Kaitlyn McCarthy (Duke), Jessie Aney (North Carolina) and Donika Bashota (TCU) advancing to the women’s singles semifinals.
In the men’s quarterfinals, Tyler Schick (Tulane), Alexandru Grigorescu (Omaha), Eric Rutledge (Rice) and Dylan Bednarczyk (Nebraska) outlasted the competition to earn a spot in the semifinals.
Lauren Proctor (Winthrop) defeated Donika Bashota (TCU) 6-2, 6-3 to win the ITA National Summer Championship women’s singles title and earn a wildcard entry into the 2017 Riviera ITA Women’s All-American Championship.
In the men’s singles final, Alex Lebedev (Notre Dame) turned back Alex Grigorescu (Omaha) in straight sets 6-3, 6-2 to book his spot in the 2017 Saint Francis Health System ITA Men’s All-American Championship.