Tulsa, Okla.- College tennis resumes this fall as the nation’s top players are set to compete for the first men’s national title of the fall season at the 2012 ITA Men’s All-American Championships. For the eighth straight year, the University of Tulsa’s Michael D. Case Tennis Center will be the site for the ITA Men’s All-American Championships.
The Oregon Ducks look to continue their success from last year, finishing the season 17-7. Head coach Nils Schllander and associate head coach Jonas Piiber look make this season their best of the four years they have coached together. Coach Schyllander says that “to have the opportunity to compete in one of the grand slam events of college tennis is a great opportunity for Jeff [Mullen] and Robin [Cambier] and hopefully one that they will capitalize on."
A strong and experienced group of four upperclassmen looks to welcome newcomers Daan Massland and Brent Chin who aim to continue the success that Oregon has been able achieve over the past few years. Chin, a native of Portland, Ore., and Massland, coming from the Netherlands, look to play a vital role in the team’s success.
matches are set to begin on Sept. 29 with qualifying matches following on Oct.
1. A field of 64 singles players and 32 doubles teams will then compete in the
main draw on Oct. 4.
Singles quarterfinalists, doubles finalists and consolation champions will receive an automatic entry into the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships on Nov. 8-11, held at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, NY.
A number of former ITA Men’s All-American champions have gone on to professional success, including John Isner (Georgia), who reached his first Grand Slam quarterfinal at the US Open in 2011; Bob and Mike Bryan (Stanford), whose 12 Grand Slam titles surpassed the record for most Grand Slam doubles titles in the Open era; James Blake (Harvard), who peaked at No. 4 in the world in 2006; MaliVai Washington (Michigan), who was the 1996 Wimbledon men’s singles runner-up; and Mikael Pernfors (Georgia), who was the 1986 French Open men’s singles runner-up.