College Combine set for June at National Campus
For the second straight year, U.S. junior players who are looking to play college tennis will have a chance to show off their skills in front of college coaches in the USTA All-American College Combine presented by adidas.
The second annual Combine will take place June 18-21 at the USTA National Campus at Lake Nona in Orlando, Fla. This year's event will feature an expanded, level-based singles tournament and reduced-cost registration.
The Combine began last year as a venue for American juniors to showcase their skills to collegiate coaches on a national stage. A total of 120 high-school aged prospects participated, performing in front of coaches from nearly 40 programs across the country.
This year's event will once again feature fitness and agility testing, off-the-court programming and a singles ‘Shootout’ tournament that will award its boys’ and girls’ champion a main-draw wild card into a future USTA Pro Circuit $15,000 event. American prospective student-athletes (boys and girls) who are USTA members with high school graduation years from 2018-21 are eligible to participate.
The singles tournament will this year start with group play, with players being grouped based on their Universal Tennis Rating (UTR), and will finish with a knockout bracket. All matches played during the Combine will count toward each player’s UTR. Doubles matches may be played in addition to singles, if time and weather permit.
In addition to the tournament, players will perform a number of speed, agility and strength tests, led by Dr. Mark Kovacs, and take part in sessions on racquet education, led by renowned stringer Roman Prokes, and life skills as part of former Top 20 player Leslie Allen’s ‘Win4Life’ program.
The registration fee for this year’s Combine iS $349, and the deadline is June 4.