WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., January 24, 2017 – The USTA today announced that it will debut the inaugural USTA College Tennis Top 25 team rankings on February 8, its latest initiative to promote the college game. The weekly rankings will rate the Top 25 men’s and women’s teams in NCAA Division I and will be released each Wednesday on USTA.com.
The voters participating in the rankings are Casey Angle (former ITA championships director), Virgil Christian (USTA College Tennis), Granger Huntress (Texas College Tennis), Bobby Knight (College Tennis Today), Dallas Oliver (Tennis Recruiting Network), Erica Perkins Jasper (Intercollegiate Tennis Association), Mike Patrick (former University of Tennessee women’s coach), Lisa Stone (Parenting Aces) and Bruce Walchuk (Universal Tennis Rating).
The debut of the rankings is the latest in a number of ways the USTA is elevating its support and promotion of college tennis. The 2017 College MatchDay series – nine team matches streamed live on ESPN3 through WatchESPN and the ESPN app – kicked off on Saturday at the USTA National Campus at Lake Nona in Orlando. USTA Player Development also began offering guaranteed wild card entries into USTA Pro Circuit events for Americans who win or reach the final at several major collegiate singles tournaments this season.