ITA Summer Circuit stops in Lawrence
LAWRENCE, Kan. – Week four of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s (ITA) 2017 Summer Circuit is slated to begin this weekend and the Jayhawk Tennis Center at Rock Chalk Park will serve as one of the eight site locations. Matches will begin Saturday, and will run through Monday, July 18. Admission is free, and play is expected to begin at 8 a.m., each day.
The Jayhawks will have five members of the 2017-18 roster competing in the event, including returnees Nina Khmelnitckaia, Janet Koch, Tatiana Nikolaeva and Anastasia Rychagova. In addition, KU newcomer Despoina Vogasari, a transfer from Houston, will also be in the field.
The ITA Summer Circuit is currently made up of 52 events over six consecutive weekends, beginning the last weekend in June and continuing through the last weekend in July. The circuit provides an opportunity for college players, incoming freshmen, recent college graduates and junior players who are ITA members to compete in the summer months.
“This is a great opportunity to once again serve as a host of the ITA Summer Circuit,” Kansas head coach Todd Chapman said. “Our hopes are that people in the community will come out and watch a high level of tennis. With our new facility, we are always looking for new events to host and bring to our community.”
At the conclusion of the entire summer circuit, the top five men and the top five women will receive automatic entry into the ITA National Summer Championships, hosted by TCU, in Fort Worth, Texas.
Singles matches will play 2-out-of-3 sets with a 10-point match tie break in lieu of a third set with no-ad scoring. Doubles will play an 8-game pro-set using no-ad scoring with a 7-point tie break held at 7-all. Men’s draws will use the NCAA Division I collegiate no-let rule.
Draws and results of the 2017 ITA Summer Circuit will be available at KUAthletics.com following each day’s competition.
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