ITA Names Tournament Sites for Next Season
11 Jul, 2017
The Intercollegiate Tennis Association announced host sites for the 2017 ITA Oracle Cup and the 2018 ITA Division III National Team Indoor Championships.
The Rome Tennis Center in Rome, Georgia, will serve as the host site for the 2017 ITA Oracle Cup, which takes place October 11-15, 2017. Gustavus Adolphus College, in coordination with the Swanson Tennis Center and one additional facility in St. Peter, Minnesota, will house the 2018 ITA Division III Men's National Team Indoor Championship. Sewanee: The University of the South, in partnership with the city of Chattanooga, the McCallie School and the Baylor School, are the locations for the 2018 ITA Division III Women's National Team Indoor Championship. The men's tournament runs February 23-25, 2018, with the women's scheduled for March 2-4, 2018.
An event unique to college tennis, the ITA Oracle Cup is the only collegiate sporting event that features student-athletes from multiple divisions competing for a national title. The ITA Oracle Cup will showcase many of the top players from Divisions II and III, along with Junior/Community Colleges and NAIA representatives.
Formerly known as the Small College Nationals, the ITA Oracle Cup has history dating back to 1986, and it is the only singles and doubles national championship event for the Division II and NAIA levels. Last year, more than 8,000 players took part in a total of 60 regional tournaments to gain entry into the ITA Oracle Cup field.
Each division represented will feature eight singles players and eight doubles teams, competing in their respective draws. The four divisional champions (men and women) will receive wild cards into the 2017 Oracle ITA National Fall Championships, while the four divisional doubles champions advance to the Oracle Cup semifinals and finals draws, with those champions (one men, one women) moving on to the Oracle ITA National Fall Championships.
The 2017 Oracle ITA National Fall Championships will be held November 1-5 at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, California, and the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa in Palm Desert, California.
The ITA Division III Men's National Team Indoor Championship dates back to 2001, with the women's tournament having started in 2009. Each National Team Indoor Championship event features eight of the top Division III teams competing in a three-day tournament to crown an indoor ITA national champion. Emory claimed both the men's and women's National Team Indoor Championship titles in 2017.