USTA Announces 2021 Collegiate Summer Team
USTA – ORLANDO, Fla., June 23, 2021 – The USTA today announced the 10 top American college players named to the 2021 USTA Collegiate Summer Team, the training program designed to help America’s premier college players assimilate to professional tennis in a team-oriented environment via the USTA Pro Circuit:
2021 USTA Collegiate Summer Team
William Blumberg, North Carolina (Sr., Greenwich, Conn.)
Cannon Kingsley, Ohio State (Soph., Northport, N.Y.)
Aleks Kovacevic, Illinois (Sr., New York)
John McNally, Ohio State (Sr., Cincinnati)
Sam Riffice, Florida (Jr., Orlando, Fla.)
Sara Daavettila, UNC (Sr., Williamston, Mich.)
Abbey Forbes, UCLA (Soph., Raleigh, N.C.)
Emma Navarro, Virginia (Fr., Charleston, S.C.)
Alexa Noel, Iowa (Fr., Summit, N.J.)
Peyton Stearns, Texas (Fr., Mason, Ohio)
Each of the players was selected based on their ATP or WTA singles ranking or a combination of their pro and ITA singles rankings and their Universal Tennis Rating. Players on the team are eligible to receive a grant for travel to USTA Pro Circuit events and coaching support over four weeks this summer. Virginia sophomore Natasha Subhash was eligible to compete on the team but will be unable to due to injury.
Tulane head coach Mark Booras and North Carolina State assistant coach Cris James will accompany the men during those weeks, while Texas associate head coach Taylor Fogelman and Minnesota assistant coach Meghan Kelly will accompany the women. The full tournament schedule began last week in Tulsa, Okla., and Sumter, S.C., and will continue with each of the events below. Notably, all four coaches will provide assistance to any American collegians playing at any of the following events:
“The USTA continues to recognize and support collegiate tennis as a viable part of the professional player pathway and is committed to providing the top American collegiate players with developmental and competitive opportunities,” said Martin Blackman, GM, USTA Player and Coach Development.