By Sally Milano, USTA.com
Many of the country's top collegiate players will be in action this weekend, competing in the largest clay-court event in college tennis -- and you can follow all the action live on ESPN3.
The USTA Collegiate Clay Court Invitational will be hosted by Florida State University from Thursday, Oct. 24, through Sunday, Oct. 27, at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex at Disney World in Orlando, Fla. Play will be streamed live online on ESPN3.com this Sunday, starting at 10 a.m. ET.
Sunday’s live stream will include the men’s and women’s singles and doubles finals and the men’s singles semifinals.
The event will feature eight of the Top 100 men in the ITA’s preseason singles rankings and five of the Top 100 women in the ITA’s preseason singles rankings. Overall, the event will feature 113 players, with 11 colleges represented: Central Florida, Florida, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Illinois, North Florida, Notre Dame, Pepperdine, South Alabama, Tennessee, Tulsa and USC on the men’s side, and Auburn, Central Florida, Florida, New Mexico, Oklahoma State, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Tulsa and Vanderbilt on the women’s side.
USTA Player Development General Manager Patrick McEnroe will help kick off the event at Thursday night’s player reception.
The Invitational, sponsored by Visit Florida and Florida Hospital, will also include a group of select junior boys and girls competing alongside the college players. The event is one of a series of three fall events the USTA stages combing juniors and collegians, with each singles champion winning a wild-card entry into a future USTA Pro Circuit event. The series wraps up with the USTA Collegiate Invitational, a hard-court, women’s event in Portland, Ore., Nov. 1-3.
Draws, results and schedule information can be found by visiting the Florida State men’s tennis home page and by following @ustacollege10s and @FSU_MTennis on Twitter.