Two days of the USTA Collegiate Clay Court Invitational presented by Visit Florida – the largest clay court event in college tennis, featuring many of the country’s top college teams and players – will be delivered live on ESPN3 and the WatchESPN app this week.
Coverage of the tournament, held at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World near Orlando, will begin at 8 a.m. ET Thursday, October 30, the first day of play, and 9 a.m. ET Sunday, November 2, featuring the men’s and women’s singles and doubles finals.
Kevin Corke will host both days’ coverage on ESPN3, with USTA Player Development General Manager and ESPN commentator Patrick McEnroe joining him for Sunday’s finals. The Invitational is being delivered by ESPN3 for the second consecutive year, and will be accessible on computers, smartphones, tablets, Xbox, Apple TV and Roku devices.
The third annual event, hosted by Florida State University, will feature men’s and women’s singles and doubles competitions comprised of players from 30 different teams.
The women’s teams participating are: Auburn, Central Florida, Clemson, Columbia, Florida State, Illinois, Miami, North Carolina, Northwestern, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, South Florida, Stetson, Texas Tech, Virginia Tech and Youngstown State.
The men’s teams include: Auburn, Central Florida, Clemson, Columbia, Florida, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Miami, Penn State, Princeton, South Alabama, Stetson, USC and Virginia Tech.
The tennis complex at ESPN Wide World of Sports includes 10 world-class clay courts, including a stadium court which can seat up to 1,100 spectators. The ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex has hosted a variety of major tennis events over the years featuring global tennis stars such as Venus and Serena Williams, Andre Agassi, Pete Sampras, Billie Jean King, Monica Seles, Jim Courier and Andy Roddick.
The tournament will be televised from the Broadcast Center at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. The Broadcast Center regularly televises a variety of elite and recreational youth events on ESPN3, including Pop Warner Super Bowl, AAU Volleyball Classic and Disney Soccer events. In all, the Broadcast Center produces more than 780 hours of programming a year. Draws, results and schedule information can be found by visiting the Florida State men’s tennis home page on www.seminoles.com and by following @2014_CCI on Twitter.
The USTA is the national governing body for the sport of tennis in the U.S. and the leader in promoting and developing the growth of tennis at every level -- from local communities to the highest level of the professional game. A not-for-profit organization with more than 720,000 members, it invests 100% of its proceeds in growing the game. It owns and operates the US Open, the highest-attended annual sporting event in the world, and launched the Emirates Airline US Open Series, linking eight summer tournaments to the US Open. In addition, it owns approximately 90 Pro Circuit events throughout the U.S. and selects the teams for the Davis Cup, Fed Cup, Olympic and Paralympic Games. The USTA’s philanthropic entity, the USTA Foundation, provides grants and scholarships and helps underresourced youth and individuals with disabilities, and supports wounded, ill and injured service members, veterans and their families. For more information on the USTA, log on to usta.com, “like” the official Facebook page,facebook.com/usta, or follow @usta on Twitter.
About ESPN Wide World of Sports: ESPN Wide World of Sports, located at the Walt Disney World Resort inFlorida is the premier site for amateur sports in the nation. The complex hosts more than 100 events a year and hasaccommodated more than 70 different sports and athletes from around the world. Designed to provide youth athleteswith an experience synonymous with the names Disney and ESPN, the 230-acre facility features multiple competitionvenues, including 16 baseball/softball fields, plus the 10,000 seat Champion Stadium, 18 multi-purpose outdoor fieldsfor soccer, football and lacrosse, two field houses for basketball, volleyball, and other indoor sports, the New BalanceTrack & Field facility and cross country course, and a tennis court complex with 10 courts. In addition, ESPNproduction teams are on site, capturing game footage and event highlights which guests can view in Disney Resortrooms, on the ESPN Wide World of Sports YouTube Channel and online at www.ESPNWWOS.com. ESPN WideWorld of Sports also provides coaches and teams with a variety of Disney Sports Solutions, such as fundraisingprograms, discounted travel packages, special dining options, photography services, customized event merchandise,and post-game celebrations in the Disney Parks. For more information, visit www.disneysportsnews.com for news releases, photos and videos. Follow us on Twitter at @DisneySports and on Facebook.
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