Tennis on Campus, the college and university club program that provides year-round competition between non-NCAA club teams, will see six tournaments in Florida during the 2014-15 school year, leading to the Florida championships and a chance to qualify for the USTA Tennis on Campus National Championships.
Coordinated by the USTA Florida Section, the 2014-15 schedule of events will consist of:
- Sept. 13-14 — USF Bull Run, Tampa [RAINED OUT]
- Sept. 27-28 — FSU Capital Challenge, Tallahassee
- Oct. 25-26 — UF Gatorbowl, Gainesville
- Nov. 8-9 — UCF Knitro Cup, Orlando
- Jan. 24-25 — UM Ibis Open, Miami
- Feb. 7-8 — FGCU Dirty Bird Classic, Ft. Myers
- Feb. 21-22 — USTA Florida ‘Tennis on Campus’ Championships, Altamonte Springs
- March TBA — Spring Break Invitational
The Florida State University tournament date on Sept. 27-28 will also kick off the “Where Do “U” Tennis on Campus?” contest. Teams can win cash and/or boxes of tennis balls for their clubs at posting a short video online showing the most interesting place they “Tennis on Campus” and posting it to Facebook with the hashtag #UTOC. For more information contact Desirae McLaughlin at email@example.com.
“With a larger-than-ever commitment to promoting Tennis on Campus in Florida, I am excited to see how many schools and students we will be able to reach this season,” said USTA Florida Tennis on Campus Coordinator Desirae McLaughlin on the 2014-15 season.
Participating schools in 2014-15 will be fighting to keep up with traditional powerhouses University of Florida (2013, ’11-08 state champions) and University of Central Florida (2012, ’08-07 state champions).
“Our goal was to really recruit for girls, and now we have more girls than guys going to the first tournament which is super exciting,” said Florida Gulf Coast University club team member Courtney Miles. “Also my hope is to make my team better and closer as a whole.”
About USTA Tennis On Campus
The USTA’s Tennis On Campus program is designed to provide college students with opportunities for team camaraderie, social networking, and rivaled competition through tennis without the rigors of a varsity program via college/university “club” tennis teams. Perfect for athletes who have chosen not to make the jump from high school to college varsity, Tennis On Campus offers co-ed team-based play (using the World TeamTennis scoring format), regional and national championship competition, and helps students maintain active and healthy lifestyles through their college years. Currently, the program is offered on over 500 college campuses.
The USTA “Tennis on Campus” team format features men’s and women’s singles, men’s and women’s doubles and mixed doubles, with a minimum of two men and two women per team. The format uses World TeamTennis (WTT) scoring, where the first up to five games wins the match, with a 12-point supertiebreak if the match is tied at four games all. Total cumulative games determine the overall winning team of each match. The WTT scoring format also features no-ad scoring, player substitutions, and player on-court coaching is allowed.
USTA Florida “Tennis on Campus” Year-end Championship Winners:
2013 — University of Florida
2012 — University of Central Florida
2011 — University of Florida
2000 — University of Florida
2009 — University of Florida
2008 — University of Central Florida
2007 — University of Central Florida
* Prior to 2007, all Florida teams advanced directly to the USTA Tennis on Campus National Championships