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Florida vs. Stanford will Kick Off the USTA Series on February 24 at 11 am

Monday February 18, 2013USTA Launches COLLEGE MATCHDAY Series to Highlight College Tennis

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y.

Florida vs. Stanford will Kick Off the USTA Series on February 24 at 11 am

The USTA today announced that it will spotlight men’s and women’s college tennis with its new “College MatchDay” series beginning this season and the first College MatchDay will feature the University of Florida women hosting Stanford University on Sunday, Feb. 24, in Gainesville, Fla.

 

The match is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. ET at Linder Stadium at the Ring Tennis Complex, where admission to all regular-season matches is free.

 

The USTA is giving out hats to the first 200 kids in attendance, while the UAA will be providing free “BEAT STANFORD” t-shirts to the first 500 fans. Prior to the match, kids can participate in the Kid’s Korner for poster making, coloring, meet Alberta and receive Gator head tattoos from the Dazzlers. There also will be a post-match meet and greet with the Gator team.

 

The College MatchDay series will highlight a number of premier men’s and women’s college tennis team matches each season, organizing activities and local outreach surrounding the host team’s campus. Additionally, Ken Thomas will broadcast each College MatchDay on RadioTennis.com.

 

This season, College MatchDay will also come to Charlottesville, Va., when the University of Virginia men host Duke University on March 22. College MatchDay will feature a team match every week beginning in 2014.

 

“There is so much great competition in college tennis, and we’re thrilled to be able to spotlight some of the game’s finest teams, players and coaches with College MatchDay,” said Virgil Christian, USTA Director, Collegiate Tennis and Market Development. “We’ve got four of America’s finest college tennis programs launching College MatchDay this season, and we’re looking forward to growing the series in the years to come.”

 

Florida, the two-time defending NCAA women’s team champion, is currently the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s No. 2-ranked women’s team and features two of the ITA’s top-ranked singles players: No. 4 Lauren Embree (Marco Island, Fla.) and No. 9 Sofie Oyen. Stanford, which won the NCAA title in 2010 with a 4-3 win against the Gators, is ranked No. 7 and features the reigning NCAA singles champion Nicole Gibbs (Santa Monica, Calif.) as well as the ITA’s No. 10-ranked player, Krista Hardebeck (Santa Ana, Calif.).

 

“Stanford at Florida is the ’granddaddy’ of them all,” Florida coach Roland Thornqvist said. “It doesn't matter who won what or where, when we get together – both teams fight until the end, and it’s always so intense.”

 

Two of the last three NCAA Team Championship finals have pitted the Gators against the Cardinal, with Stanford capturing the 4-3 decision for the 2010 title in Athens, Ga., and Florida winning the 4-3 thriller for the 2011 championship in Palo Alto, Calif.

 

Last year, the two elite women’s tennis programs opted to schedule a regular-season meeting against each other for the first time in 19 years, when Stanford traveled to Gainesville on March 24, 1993. The teams had met 28 prior times before the Feb. 12, 2012, match and it was just the third planned opportunity between the two national powers. The Cardinal won last year’s match 5-2 in Palo Alto.

 

The USTA has partnered with college tennis by serving as the title sponsor of the USTA/ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships, held at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center’s indoor tennis center, the USTA/ITA National Small College Championships, the USTA/ITA National Collegiate Wheelchair Championships and more than 85 USTA/ITA Regional Tournaments. The USTA also names and funds its annual Collegiate Team, a high-level training program for top American collegiate tennis players designed to provide them with exposure to the USTA Pro Circuit in a team-oriented environment.

 

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The USTA is the national governing body for the sport of tennis in the U.S. and the leader in promoting and developing the growth of tennis at every level -- from local communities to the highest level of the professional game.  A not-for-profit organization with more than 770,000 members, it invests 100% of its proceeds in growing the game. It owns and operates the US Open, the highest attended annual sporting event in the world, and launched the Emirates Airline US Open Series linking 10 summer tournaments to the US Open. In addition, it owns approximately 90 Pro Circuit events throughout the U.S, and selects the teams for the Davis Cup, Fed Cup, Olympic and Paralympic Games. The USTA philanthropic entity, USTA Serves, provides grants and scholarships and helps underserved youth and people with disabilities. For more information on the USTA, log on to usta.com, “like” the official Facebook page facebook.com/usta or follow @usta on Twitter.

 

 

 

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