ITA Announces Details of Masters Events
27 Sep, 2019
The Oracle ITA Masters men’s and women’s finals will air live on ESPN3 and be re-broadcast on ESPNU, the Intercollegiate Tennis Association announced.
The Oracle ITA Masters is running from Sept. 26-29 at the Malibu Racquet Club and Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif. The finals will be played Sept. 29 at the Malibu Racquet Club with the women’s final beginning at 11:30 a.m. (PT) and the men’s championship following at 1:30 p.m. (PT).
ESPNU will re-air the finals on Oct. 1 (women) and Oct. 2 (men) beginning at 1 p.m. PT both days. The ESPN family of networks will broadcast the Oracle ITA Masters to a national audience for the second consecutive year.
Now in its fifth year, the Oracle ITA Masters features the country’s top NCAA Division I players in 32-player men’s and women’s singles draws and is the only collegiate event to showcase a mixed-doubles draw. Invitations are sent based on conference affiliation, with each conference having the opportunity to send its top returning player. Mixed doubles are paired based on conference affiliation and at-large selections.
Seven of the Top 25 men’s players in the 2019-20 Oracle ITA Division I Preseason national rankings are scheduled to compete, including USC’s Daniel Cukierman (No. 8), Jack Lin (Columbia; No. 9), Carlos Aguilar (Texas A&M; No. 13), Matias Soto (Baylor; No. 14), Hady Habib (Texas A&M; No. 16), Keegan Smith (UCLA; No. 20) and Alex Brown (Illinois; No. 23).
The tournament will also feature six top 25 women’s players including University of Georgia junior and 2019 ITA National Player of the Year Katarina Jokic (No. 1), Alexa Graham (North Carolina; No. 4), Jada Hart (UCLA; No. 9), Ashley Lahey (Pepperdine; No. 14), Anna Turati (Texas, No. 17) and Asuka Kawaii (Illinois; No. 20).
The men’s and women’s singles champions earn automatic entry into the Oracle ITA National Fall Championships slated for Nov. 6-10 in Newport Beach, Calif.
About the Intercollegiate Tennis Association: The Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) is committed to serving college tennis and returning the leaders of tomorrow. As the governing body of college tennis, the ITA oversees men’s and women’s varsity tennis at NCAA Divisions I, II and III, NAIA and Junior/Community College divisions. The ITA administers a comprehensive awards and rankings program for men’s and women’s varsity players, coaches and teams in all divisions, providing recognition for their accomplishments on and off the court. For more information on the ITA, visit the ITA website at www.itatennis.com, like the ITA on Facebook or follow @ITA_Tennis on Twitter and Instagram.