The Intercollegiate Tennis Association is pleased to announce that the 2020 Oracle ITA National Fall Championships will be held the first weekend of November at the USTA National Campus in Lake Nona, Florida.
“Since the onset of the Coronavirus pandemic, the ITA has been working hard and smart to provide safe competitive opportunities for collegiate athletes, including our highly successful Oracle ITA Summer Circuit and the new ITA Tour: Fall Circuit by UTR,” ITA CEO Timothy Russell said. “We are excited to continue the tradition of offering events of distinction with our partners at Oracle, to work closely with our friends at the USTA, and, once again, to promote our sport on national TV.”
The first round of play will be held Thursday, November 5th. The Championships will conclude on Sunday, November 8th with the finals to be aired on ESPNU. All 64 players will receive a cash payout from the $20,000 purse. The 2020 Fall Championships will include men’s and women’s draws of 32 and be limited to singles only in accordance with safe play guidelines.
This year’s Championships will be an “open” event with priority given to players with outstanding collegiate results or rankings. Champions of the Oracle ITA National Summer Championships, Oracle ITA Masters by UTR, ITA Cup and ITA Division I Regional Championships will receive automatic qualification. Additional selections will be made based on the following ranking criteria:
- Top Division II player to enter according to the November 22 Oracle ITA Singles Rankings (Top 10 only)
- Top Division III player to enter according to the April 24 Oracle ITA Singles Rankings (Top 10 only)
- Top NAIA player to enter according to the April 16 Oracle ITA Singles Rankings (Top 10 only)
- Top JUCO player to enter according to the April 21 Oracle ITA Singles Rankings (Top 10 only)
- Top 16 DI players to enter according to the March 3 Oracle ITA Singles Rankings (Top 125 only)
The remaining spots will include both at-large and wild card selections. At-large selections will be made according to UTR and are open to both collegiate and non-collegiate players. There is no fee required to apply for entry. For further selection details visit the National Fall Championships page.
Registration for the event will open on October 7th and close on October 27th with selections announced the following day.
From November 9th – 15th the United States Tennis Association will offer another similar event, providing players with the opportunity to train and compete at the “Home of American Tennis” for consecutive weeks.
“We are thrilled to be partnering with the ITA on these events,” Tim Cass, the General Manager of the USTA National Campus and College Tennis, commented. “At such an unprecedented time, the ability to offer play opportunities to these student-athletes is critical. We are excited to continue to see play resuming, and we look forward to hosting these events in Orlando in November.”
About the Intercollegiate Tennis Association
The Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) is the governing body of college tennis, overseeing men’s and women’s varsity tennis at all levels – NCAA Divisions I, II and III, NAIA, and Junior/Community College. Serving college tennis and higher education for over six decades, the ITA continues to develop championship human beings on and off of the court, returning leaders of tomorrow. Like the ITA on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn. Visit itatennis.com to learn more and sign up for our newsletter.
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About the USTA National Campus
The USTA is a progressive and diverse not-for-profit organization whose volunteers, professional staff and financial resources support a single mission: to promote and develop the growth of tennis. Located at Lake Nona in Orlando, Fla., the USTA National Campus serves as the “Home of American Tennis.” The groundbreaking facility is designed to enhance the sport at every level and create an unparalleled playing, training, coaching and educational experience for recreational players, competitive players, coaches and spectators.