TEMPE, Ariz. – Oracle and the Intercollegiate Tennis Association are committed to growing tennis across all levels, and the results of those efforts can be seen this week at Pepperdine University and Malibu Racquet Club, as the 2016 Oracle ITA Masters and inaugural Oracle ITA Junior Masters – powered by UTR, get underway Thursday and Friday, respectively.
“Oracle is committed to helping grow the game and interest of tennis in America,” said Oracle CEO Mark Hurd back in May, when Oracle and the ITA announces its partnership extension. “We’re proud to continue our support of the ITA in competitive intercollegiate tennis and now expanding the program to reach junior players.”
Following the success of last year’s inaugural Oracle ITA Masters, the event returns in 2016 with an expanded field in men’s and women’s singles, allowing for players from all across Division I to participate.
Invitations were sent out to one man and one woman from each Division I Conference to participate, with criteria similar to the NCAA Tournament being used. The invites caused the draw size to increase from 16 to 32. A 32-team mixed-doubles event will also take place at the 2016 Oracle ITA Masters, with players from the same conference partnered up wherever possible.
You can view the complete draws, schedule of events, daily recaps, photo gallery link and other information on the Oracle ITA Masters event page. Live scoring will be available for all Junior Masters and Masters matches, while FloTennis will provide live streaming coverage from both Pepperdine University and Malibu Racquet Club, showcasing up to four courts at Pepperdine and two at Malibu Racquet Club. Click here to sign up for the subscription-based service and view the matches.
Seeding for the Oracle ITA Masters was based on a players’ UTR. Yuya Ito of Texas is the No. 1 seed in the men’s singles draw, while Luisa Stefani of Pepperdine is the top seed in the women’s singles draw. Mississippi State’s Jasmine Lee and Texas A&M’s Arthur Rinderknech are the No. 1 seed in the mixed doubles draw.
UCLA’s Ena Shibahara, who went from pre-qualifying to the main draw final at the 2016 Riviera/ITA Women’s All-American Championships, is the No. 2 seed in Malibu, while top-ranked and Riviera/ITA Women’s All-American Doubles Champion, Hayley Carter, is the No. 5 seed. Carter won the doubles title in Riviera with teammate Jessie Aney.
On the men’s side, notable names in the draw include Rinderknech at No. 3, USC’s Nick Crystal at No. 5, and Georgia Tech’s Chris Eubanks at No. 6.
The Oracle ITA Junior Masters – Powered by UTR, features 16 boys and 16 girls from across the country. Players earned their trips to Malibu, California, by competing in Oracle ITA Junior Masters regional events, or were offered a wildcard invitation. Oracle ITA Junior Masters matches get underway on Friday and conclude on Sunday morning at Malibu Racquet Club with the boys and girls final. No-ad scoring will be utilized during the tournament. You can view the list of competitors on the Oracle ITA Masters event page.
“For college tennis to thrive, American junior tennis must grow and thrive,” said ITA CEO Timothy Russell. “As the ITA continues to serve college tennis, we must expand our reach in the junior competition arena even more, building on the success of the ITA Summer Circuit. In doing so we will continue to return the leaders of tomorrow.”