Honfleur, France – For the fifth consecutive championship, the United States and Great Britain will be battling it out in the finals of the Master’U BNP Paribas Championships.
As two of the most dominant nations in the tournament’s history, Team USA has won a record ten Master’U Championships over the past 12 events, while Team Great Britain was the last team to take down the Americans at this event in 2017 when they went home with the title.
In 2023, both of these final two teams are comprised of primarily active NCAA student-athletes as 11 of the 12 players competing in tomorrow’s finals are currently enrolled in the US collegiate system.
For the United States, their path to the finals has been one of relative ease. The three-time defending champions entered the competition as the top seed, and cruised past Ireland 7-0 in the opening round before taking down France 6-1 in today’s semifinals.
Comprised of several top-ranked American players in the ITA Collegiate Tennis Rankings, the Americans have only dropped one of their eight singles matches played and are currently unbeaten in men’s doubles, women’s doubles, and mixed doubles.
In today’s other semifinal, Great Britain was given all they could handle from Australia, narrowly escaping the Aussie’s with a 4-3 victory.
After taking down Germany 4-2 in the opening round, Great Britain needed all seven matches to reach the decisive four points in today’s semifinal with mixed doubles deciding the winner. Splitting the singles points, Great Britain would earn their remaining two points from women’s doubles and mixed doubles to secure their spot in the finals.
Teams to be represented in tomorrow’s finals include; Alabama, Arizona State, Baylor, Florida State, Michigan, Mississippi State, NC State, North Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Texas A&M, and Washington.
The Championship match will be held tomorrow, December 3rd, in Honfleur, France. Be sure to follow the ITA on social media (@ITA_Tennis) as we provide coverage and exclusive behind-the-scenes looks into the 2023 Master’U BNP Paribas Championships.