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USTA names 2022 Collegiate Summer Team

Dan Levinsohn | June 23, 2022
Ben Shelton and Sam Riffice. Photo by Manuela Davies/USTA.

It may officially be summer, but class is still in session for the country’s brightest college tennis stars: The USTA has announced its 10-player strong roster for the 2022 USTA Collegiate Summer Team, led by the organization’s Player & Coach Development division.

 

Five talented young men and five women will undergo intense, team-oriented training in the coming weeks as the sport’s national governing body helps them transition from student-athletes in intercollegiate athletics to the professional tennis circuit. 

 

This year’s team – listed in full below – includes both 2022 NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s singles champions, sophomores Ben Shelton of the University of Florida and Peyton Stearns of the University of Texas at Austin. 

Shelton and Stearns ended their seasons ranked No. 1 in the final International Tennis Association's singles standings, and were named the ITA’s National Players of the Year. What’s more, Stearns led Texas to its second straight team title.  

 

2022 USTA Collegiate Summer Team

Men

 

Women

Peyton Stearns. Photo by Manuela Davies/USTA

Florida and USC are the only schools represented twice: Florida’s senior Sam Riffice, who won the Division I singles championship last year, will join Shelton for his second straight summer team. This season, Shelton and Riffice finished as the No. 5 doubles pair. Meanwhile, the University of Southern California’s juniors Stefan Dostanic and Eryn Cayetano finished No. 5 and No. 3 in the singles rankings, respectively.

Connie Ma. Photo courtesy of Stanford Athletics.

On the women’s side, Stearns, Navarro, Cayetano and Hamner finished in the Top 4 of the year-end ITA singles rankings. Stanford’s Connie Ma, the only female freshman to make the team, ranked No. 12, but also finished runner-up in the singles championship this May.   

 

The men will be guided by USC assistant coach Rich Bonfiglio and Louisville assistant coach Mario Rincon. Vanderbilt assistant coach Hayley Carter will accompany the women. All three coaches will also provide assistance to any American collegians playing at tournaments throughout the summer.

 

Rankings, collegiate tournament results, and Intercollegiate Tennis Association honors all contributed to which individuals made the cut. In addition to the rigorous training and regular coaching provided, team members are eligible for a travel grant to USTA Pro Circuit events.

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