Rome, Georgia Ready to Host Tennis on Campus Southern Championship
25 Feb, 2021
Regional Tournament Estimated to Bring up to 600 College Athletes
The Greater Rome (Ga.) Convention & Visitors Bureau has been selected as the host of the 2021-2023 USTA Tennis On Campus Southern Championship, USTA Southern Manager and Tournament Director Jeff Smith announced.
The multi-day tournament brings together at least 72 club tennis teams from 35-40 colleges and universities from Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. More than 550 players are expected to play. Typically, each team has approximately eight players who travel to the tournament, with some teams bringing as many as 10 individuals. The tournament expects to use 150-200 hotel rooms. Larger universities often bring multiple teams, with “A,” “B,” “C” and “D” teams.
The 63-court Rome Tennis Center at Berry College will be the tournament site. Based on the number of courts, it is one of the largest tennis facilities in the country.
The dates of the championships are set for Feb. 26-27, 2021, with Feb. 28 set aside as a rain day. The 2022 event will probably be played at approximately the same time of year.
“Tennis On Campus is perfect for those athletes who do not make the jump from high school to college varsity tennis,” said Smith. “We offer dual match play, state, sectional and national championships, while helping students maintain an active and healthy lifestyle throughout their college years.”
The USTA Tennis On Campus program features more than 35,000 college students competing nationwide in intramural and intercollegiate coed club play. Since its inception in 2000, Tennis On Campus has grown significantly and today is played on more than 600 college campuses across the country.
Developed by the USTA in partnership with NIRSA, World TeamTennis and the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, the Tennis On Campus program gives college students the opportunity to build leadership skills, network in a coed sports environment and compete on a college team without the rigors of playing in a varsity program. With year-round match play, and regional and national championship competition, students maintain active and healthy lifestyles through their college years. For more information visit TennisOnCampus.com.
Click here for the USTA Southern website, Facebook Instagram Twitter #USTASouthernThe 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. It owns and operates the US Open, the largest annually attended sporting event in the world, and launched the US Open Series linking six summer tournaments to the US Open. In addition, it owns about 90 Pro Circuit events throughout the U.S., and selects the teams for the Davis Cup, Fed Cup, Olympic and Paralympic games. A not-for-profit organization with more than 519,000+ members, it invests 100 percent of its proceeds in growing the game. It is divided into 17 sections, of which USTA Southern is the largest. The 131,000+ USTA members living in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee make up USTA Southern, and account for 25 percent of the total USTA membership. A professional staff housed in Peachtree Corners, Ga., carries out USTA Southern’s daily operations, but policy is formed and much of the organization’s work is executed via a board and committee structure of more than 200 volunteers. For more information about the types of programs and services offered by USTA Southern, visit www.SouthernTennis.comandwww.USTA.com/Southern.