University of Virginia junior Mitchell Frank is among the players who will represent the United States in France.
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By Sally Milano, USTA.com
Six of the country's top college tennis players have been named to represent the United States in the eighth annual Master’U BNP Paribas, an international collegiate team competition scheduled for Nov. 29-Dec. 1 in Aix-en-Provence, France.
Leading Team USA are University of Virginia junior Mitchell Frank, the 2013 Intercollegiate Tennis Association All-American champion and former top-ranked college singles player, and UCLA junior Robin Anderson, ranked No. 2 by the ITA in the preseason rankings and a finalist in both this year’s Riviera/ITA All-American Championships and USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships.
Joining Frank on the men's team are UCLA junior Marcos Giron, who is currently ranked No. 553 on the ATP World Tour, and 6-foot-7 Ohio State senior Peter Kobelt, a 135-mph server ranked third in the ITA’s preseason rankings.
USC junior Sabrina Santamaria, the ITA’s top-ranked preseason women’s singles player, and Georgia junior Lauren Herring, ranked No. 3, join Anderson on the women's team.
Boise State men’s coach Greg Patton and California women’s coach Amanda Augustus will coach the Master’U team together for the second straight year. Patton has led the Master’U team for five of the six consecutive years the U.S. has competed in the event.
The U.S. will play against teams from Belgium, China, France, Germany, Great Britain, Ireland and Russia in a bracket-style team competition, with each match consisting of two men’s and two women’s singles matches, one women’s and one men’s doubles match and a mixed doubles match.
Last year, the U.S. won its third Master’U title, the others coming in 2009 and 2011. Previous Master’U team members include Steve Johnson, Irina Falconi and Maria Sanchez.
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