The 30th edition of the ITA Tennis-Point Summer Circuit powered by WTN is right around the corner. As the most storied summer championship on the collegiate schedule, numerous top players have taken part in this Championship, using it as a kick start to their upcoming fall seasons.
Hosting 64 men’s and women’s players in the singles draws and 32 players in the men’s and women’s doubles draws, the National Summer Championships have served host to several players who have gone on to play in Grand Slams once turning pro, including three players who have reached the Quarterfinals or better at a Grand Slam.
In recent history names such as Christopher Eubanks (Georgia Tech), Emina Bektas (Michigan), Jackson Withrow (Texas A&M), Astra Sharma (Vanderbilt), and Rob Galloway (Wofford) have taken part in the Summer Championships.
As an open championship, this tournament has attracted many top collegians and high-level juniors over the years. Hosted at Florida State once again in 2023, registration is open now for the next wave of players who will look to gain valuable experience over the summer months.
Play will be held at the Scott Speicher Memorial Tennis Center in Tallahassee, FL and the Singles & Doubles Champions will receive a wildcard into the main draw of the ITA Men’s & Women’s All-American Championships*, while the Men’s & Women’s Singles and Men’s Doubles Finalists will receive a wildcard into the qualifying round of the ITA Men’s & Women’s All-American Championships*.
Read below for more information about some of the current ATP and WTA standouts who played in the ITA Tennis-Point Summer Circuit during their time at the collegiate level:
Former Summer Championship Participants
Christopher Eubanks | Georgia Tech | 2014 Participant
College Career: Fifth player in program history to be named a two-time All-American … First Yellow Jacket and fifth conference player ever to earn ACC Player of the Year twice … Became fifth student-athlete to be a three-time All-ACC honoree … earned USTA/ITA Sportsmanship Award in 2016 and 2017 ITA Arthur Ashe, Jr. Leadership and Sportsmanship Award
Professional Career: Reached the Quarterfinals of the 2023 Wimbledon Championships … Career high ATP Singles Ranking of No. 43 … Won the 2023 Mallorca ATP 250 Tournament … Holds the record for most winners hit by a player in one Wimbledon Championship … Has played in the main draw of every Grand Slam
Emina Bektas | Michigan | 2011 Participant
College Career: Graduated as Michigan’s all-time leader in singles wins (129) and combined wins (258) … Two-time Big Ten Player of the Year … Three-Time ITA All-American in Singles … First Wolverine in school history to play in both individual tournaments in each of her four seasons … Was a unanimous First Team All-Big Ten selection all four years at Michigan
Professional Career: Has reached the Singles Main Draw at both the Australian Open and Wimbledon … Has a career-high WTA Singles Ranking of No. 139 … Has won numerous ITF Titles over her career and has recently made the Quarterfinals and Round of Sixteen at two WTA 250 events
Jackson Withrow | Texas A&M | 2012 Participant
College Career: Was a two-time ITA All-American in doubles … Named a seeded doubles player in the NCAA Tournament in both his Sophomore and Junior seasons … Became just the third Texas A&M doubles team to be ranked No. 1 by the ITA … Reached the Round of Sixteen in the 2013 NCAA Doubles Championship
Professional Career: Has taken part in the Men’s Doubles Main Draw at every Grand Slam … Has reached the Quarterfinals at both the US Open and the Wimbledon Championships … Reached the finals of seven ATP Tour events, winning two titles … Withrow currently ranks No. 39 in the ATP Doubles Rankings and has a career-high ranking of No. 31 earlier this year
Astra Sharma | Vanderbilt | 2014 Participant
College Career: Was a three-time ITA All-American … Named the 2017 SEC Player of the Year … Ranked as high as No. 2 in Singles and No. 1 in Doubles during the 2017 season … Earned the No. 1 seed into the NCAA Doubles Championship … Was named the 2015 SEC Tournament MVP and the 2015 NCAA Tournament MVP
Professional Career: Has played in eight Grand Slam singles main draws, including each of the four Grand Slams … Ranked as high as No. 84 in the WTA Singles Rankings and No. 91 in the WTA Doubles Rankings … Reached the 2019 Australian Open Mixed Doubles Final … Has one career WTA Singles Title and three career WTA Doubles Titles
Rob Galloway | Wofford | 2014 Participant
College Career: Was a two-time Second Team All-Southern Conference selection … Became the first Wofford player to earn all-conference honors since 2009 … Was named to the Southern Conference All-Freshman team in 2012
Professional Career: Has played in five Grand Slam doubles main draws, including reaching the third round at Wimbledon in 2023 … Has a career-high doubles ranking of No. 76 in the ATP Doubles Rankings … Galloway has won 12 titles on the ATP Challenger Tour
* Only returning NCAA Division I players are eligible to receive the wildcards. Doubles teams must consist of two players from the same school.