TEAM USA IN SEARCH OF
SEVENTH STRAIGHT MASTER'U TITLE
Ashley Marshall | October 30, 2017
Team USA will look to win its seventh consecutive Master’U title when the top collegiate players across the world compete at the BNP Paribas International Collegiate Team Competition next month.
The tournament, to be held in Marcq-en-Baroeul, France, Nov. 30-Dec. 3, will see the U.S. collegians facing competition from Belgium, China, France, Germany, Great Britain, Ireland and Russia.
Team USA has won every Master’U title since 2011, and seven of the last eight.
Leading Team USA in France at the 12th annual competition will be the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s (ITA) No. 1-ranked women’s singles player and UCLA sophomore Ena Shibahara. She will be joined by third-ranked Pepperdine sophomore Ashley Lahey and University of North Carolina freshman Alle Sanford.
On the men’s side, the ITA’s No. ADVERTISEMENT 7 men's player, Florida junior Alfredo Perez, 2017 Oracle ITA Masters men’s singles champion and University of Southern California sophomore Brandon Holt and UCLA senior Martin Redlicki complete the six-player team.
Boise State men’s coach Greg Patton and Ohio State women’s coach Melissa Schaub will travel with and coach the team.
"Master'U is the Davis Cup and Fed Cup of college tennis, and we are excited to have another strong group of student-athletes and coaches to represent Team USA,” said USTA Collegiate Tennis Director Stephen Amritraj. “Being part of Team USA has evolved into a rite of passage for the best American collegiate players, along with the goals of winning an NCAA team and individual title.”
Each team match consists of two men’s and two women’s singles matches, one women’s and one men’s doubles match and a mixed doubles match. Complete results from all three days can be found by visiting the Master’U BNP Paribas website.
Past U.S. representatives in the Master’U competition include Steve Johnson, Irina Falconi, Austin Krajicek, Maria Sanchez, Mackenzie McDonald, Danielle Collins and Chris Eubanks.