On Tuesday afternoon the NCAA announced the host sites for the 2019-2022 NCAA Championships with the National Tennis Center in Lake Nona the big winner. The new "Home of American Tennis" was awarded the 2019 and 2021 NCAA Division I Championships plus the 2022 NCAA Division III Championships. The full release from the USTA is available here. Oklahoma State University was awarded the 2020 NCAA D1 Championships, which will be the first time Stillwater has hosted, while the University of Illinois was chosen as host of the 2022 NCAA D1 Championships. Illinois previously hosted four years ago in 2013 when Virginia won its first national championship on the infamous net touch by Puget on championship point for UCLA. Below in the table are the sites for the next five years with 2018 sites announced several years ago.
The ITA released its latest team, singles, and doubles rankings today with the Wake Forest men and Florida women remaining in the top spots. In the men's team rankings Stanford made the biggest jump inside the top 25 with the Cardinal coming up four spots to No. 15 after defeating USC last week. Notre Dame made the biggest overall leap in the top 50 with the Irish rising 11 spots after winning at Florida State.
In the women's top 25, Mississippi State was the only team to move more than two spots with the Bulldogs falling four spots to No. 20 after losses to Florida and South Carolina. Arizona State, Oklahoma, and Wichita State each rose seven spots last week to No. 29, No. 34, and No. 43 respectively.
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The latest USTA Top 25 is out with the Wake Forest men taking over the top spot while the Florida women remain at No. 1. Wake Forest moved up to the top spot after defeating Virginia last Friday which dropped Virginia down to No. 2. Ohio State and North Carolina remain at No. 3 and No. 4 while USC moved up one spot to No. 5. TCU made the biggest jump rising 10 spots from No. 16 to No. 6 while Florida took the biggest tumble falling four spots from No. 13 to No. 17.
On the women's side Ohio State and Stanford moved up one spot each to No. 2 and No. 3 while North Carolina fell two spots from No. 2 to No. 4 after losing to Georgia Tech last Saturday. Mississippi State made the biggest jump coming up three spots to No. 19 while LSU dropped the most at four spots to No. 25.
The ITA released its latest team, singles, and doubles rankings today with the Wake Forest men and Florida women remaining in the top spots. In the men's team rankings, Ohio State stayed at No. 2, Baylor moved up one spot to No. 3, Virginia dropped one spot to No. 4, and USC remained at No. 5. TCU was the only team to enter the top 10 after picking up wins last week over #7 Texas A&M, #8 Oklahoma State, and #16 Oklahoma. On the women's side, Georgia moved up one spot to No. 2, Ohio State fell one spot to No. 3, North Carolina fell two spots to No. 4, and Texas Tech moved up one spot to No. 5. Georgia Tech made a nice jump up to No. 6 after picking up a win over North Carolina in Chapel Hill last Saturday.
These team rankings were comprised of each team's eight best wins and all losses but next week it moves to each team's nine best wins and it'll stay at nine up through the selection of the NCAA field.
The ITA released its latest team rankings today with the Wake Forest men and Florida women remaining in the top spots. In the men's team rankings, Ohio State moved back up to No. 2 while Virginia dropped down to No. 3 while Baylor and USC stayed at No. 4 and No. 5. On the women's side, Ohio State, Georgia, and North Carolina remained at No. 2, No. 3, and No. 4 while Vanderbilt came up three spots No. 5.
These team rankings were comprised of each team's seven best wins and all losses but next week it moves to each team's eight best wins. The following week it goes up to nine and will stay at nine up through the selection of the NCAA field and then they go to ten for the final rankings after the NCAA Championships.
The latest USTA Top 25 is out with both the Virginia men and Florida women remaining at No. 1. Surprisingly, Florida is no longer a unanimous No. 1 despite having wins over everyone else in the top 10 except for California and Georgia Tech which it hasn't played. North Carolina is only two votes behind Florida at No. 2 while Ohio State holds firm at No. 3. Georgia moved up two spots to No. 4 after the win at Florida last Friday and Stanford drops one spot to No. 5.
The Wake Forest men moved up one spot to No. 2 after a win over Georgia coupled with Ohio State losing twice which dropped the Buckeyes one spot to No. 3. North Carolina remains at No. 4 and Texas moves up two spots to No. 5 after defeating Ohio State.
Texas A&M was the biggest upward mover on the men's side coming up four spots to No. 10. The Aggies extended their winning streak to 11 with a win over Ohio State on Sunday. Tulane was the only team to fall out after losing to Oregon in the finals of the San Diego Spring Break Tournament while South Carolina entered at No. 25 after picking up road wins at Arkansas and Ole Miss. The only team to drop more than two spots was Oklahoma who dropped three and fell to No. 12 after going 1-2 in Indian Wells with a 4-3 win over Tulsa and losses to USC and Cal.
Last Friday night Mackenzie McDonald and Danielle Collins were selected by a panel of six as the two inaugural winners of the Oracle US Tennis Awards. Both McDonald and Collins, who were the 2016 NCAA singles champions, won a $100,000 grant to help with their transition from college to professional tennis. Collins, who was actually a two-time NCAA singles champion, currently has a career-high WTA ranking of 237 after having no ranking when she graduated from Virginia last May. McDonald, who left UCLA after his junior year, currently has a career-high ATP ranking of 245 after having a ranking of 427 when he officially turned pro. The full release is available on the ITA's site at this link.
Oracle announced on Tuesday the creation of the Oracle US Tennis Awards which will award one male and one female American player, with college tennis ties, a grant for $100,000 each to help with their transition from college to professional tennis. The two individuals will be chosen by the six-member Oracle US Tennis Awards Advisory Council with the six members being Chris Evert, Ilana Kloss, Peggy Michel, Tim Russell, Martin Blackman, and Todd Martin. The two individuals chosen must have demonstrated exemplary sportsmanship as well as shown that they are ready for the pro tour (i.e results on the ITF Pro Circuit). Playing on the pro tour is extremely expensive with estimates ranging from $80K to $160K per year so this $100K will be huge for those chosen. The release didn't say when the first awards will be presented but I should be able to find out that information in the next few days. The full release from Oracle is available here.
The latest Oracle/ITA women's singles and doubles rankings came out on Tuesday and I've got your full breakdown down below. Ohio State sophomore Francesca Di Lorenzo remains at the top spot in the singles rankings while North Carolina senior Hayley Carter and UCLA freshman Ena Shibahara swapped spots at No. 2 and No. 3 with Carter at No. 2. North Carolina freshman Sara Daavettila and Vanderbilt junior Astra Sharma remain at No. 4 to No. 5.
There is a new doubles No. 1 with North Carolina's Hayley Carter and Jessie Aney rising two spots from No. 3 to No. 1 while Michigan's Kate Fahey and Alex Najarian who were last week's No. 1 dropped down to No. 2. Pepperdine's Christine Maddox and Mayar Sherif Ahmed dropped one spot to No. 3, UCLA's Jada Hart and Ena Shibahara remain at No. 4, and Kentucky's Aldila Sutjiadi and Mami Adachi remain at No. 5.