At historic 2023 NCAA Championships, USTA National Campus gets rave reviews

Victoria Chiesa | May 20, 2023

No matter what team colors they've been wearing as players on court, or who they've been supporting as fans in the stands, there's been one thing in common for everyone who's come through the gates of the USTA National Campus so far for a historic, combined 2023 NCAA Men's and Women's Tennis Championships: The Orlando facility is everyone's winner.


Dignitaries from all the major players in these championships were on hand Friday, near the event's overall halfway mark, to celebrate the successes achieved so far and look forward towards the final days of competition—and beyond. They included Lew Sherr, USTA CEO and executive director; Joni Comstock, the senior vice president of championships for the NCAA; Buddy Dyer, mayor of the city of Orlando; and Jason Siegel, CEO of the Greater Orlando Sports Commission.


They all were singing the same refrain.


“College serves not only as an aspirational vehicle for youth players, but as we're seeing more and more, college is a springboard to incredible professional success,” Sherr said. "It's also an opportunity to develop the next generation of teaching professionals.


“This really is the intersection of everything we're trying to do from a mission standpoint to to grow the game, and we couldn't be more excited than to have it here in Orlando and to give collegiate tennis the platform it so richly deserves.”

While the teamwork of hundreds of student-athletes working towards a common goal are the focal point of these historic championships—the first time that all three NCAA divisions are competing for men's and women's titles together in the same sport at the same site—teamwork also helped make them happen via a partnership between the USTA; the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA), the national governing body for college tennis; the Greater Orlando Sports Commission, which has also helped bring March Madness to down for basketball, and currently has a bid to be a host city for North America's joint 2026 FIFA World Cup; and local schools including the University of Central Florida and Rollins College.


But to make 'May Madness' happen, these groups also needed the support and buy-in of the national governing body of collegiate sports.

They got it in spades, and as the NCAA representative, Comstock said her organization couldn't have been more thrilled by the results.


"The NCAA takes a lot of pride in the fact that the heart of what we do, of course, is our student-athletes and providing experiences for them," Comstock said. "The absolute, where all of that starts and all of that finishes, are our championships, and so, we work together ... to make every championship memorable. Orlando, the USTA, the ITA and everybody involved here have done exactly that."


Having only been in Orlando for a few hours before delivering remarks to the media, Comstock added that she had already been inundated with positive feedback from competitiors and coaches in all divisions—and of all genders—as she praised the event's commitment to equity in the student-athletes' experiences. Student-athletes from more than 100 colleges and universities are competing in Orlando, representing more than 10% of the NCAA's entire membership rolodex of schools.    

"We worked very hard with all of our championships to make sure that all the men and the women equally are celebrated, and you've worked hard, you've committed to that, and it's very, very obvious that everybody is so pleased," she added. "Down to the last student-athlete and coach, they feel honored, respected and celebrated here."


There are eight days left in the championships, with some of the hardware still to be awarded and matches, including the entirety of the Division I singles and doubles championships, to still be played. But Sherr says the USTA, the ITA and the NCAA are all already looking forwards towards possibilities to bring this event to Orlando again in the future.


Doing so, he said, will allow for the USTA to continue to use its resources to not only promote the event itself and college tennis on the whole, but to continue to leverage them as a vehicle for the surge in participation that tennis is currently experiencing. Over the last three years, tennis participation is up 33%, with the majority of that growth among youth and communities of color.


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"We built this facility to be a showcase for our incredible sport, and we're here in Orlando, a city that thinks big," he said. "We would like nothing better than to have the opportunity to use this facility to be a showcase for tennis going forward on an annual basis. We couldn't be more excited for all of our partners here who've contributed from the community to be a part of this event.


"We've been able to extend awareness of collegiate tennis and this event throughout the country and, in some cases, even throughout the world. ... We'd love to be the ultimate destination. We'd also love to be the ultimate showcase for collegiate champions and make an impact in the local community here by inspiring people to be healthy and be active."

For more information, including tickets, draws and schedule, visit the USTA's NCAA Championships homepage. For all the latest news from the Division I, II and III tournaments, visit's news landing page for the event.

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