By Steve Pratt
Creating more opportunities for competitive play is what the Oracle ITA Summer Circuit Powered by UTR is all about.
The ITA Summer Circuit kicks off Saturday with nine three-day events across the country. The six-week circuit is currently made up of 49 events that will be played over six consecutive weekends, ending the last weekend in July.
The United States Tennis Association National Campus in Lake Nona, Florida, outside of Orlando and the University of Central Florida, will host its first ITA Summer Circuit event this weekend.
“We host more than 400 college tennis matches at the National Campus and we are just really happy to be adding this content to our schedule in Florida,” said tournament director Scott Treibly, who works for the USTA in the Collegiate Tennis Division. “It’s a level-based event and we have some in the men’s draw with a 13-plus UTR.”
Treibly said one of the unique aspects of the tournament is you have a mix of high school, college and even adult players entering. All a player must do is become a member of the ITA ($30) to be eligible to play. “The players get a bunch of matches,” he said. “The great part is it’s all over the country and it’s six weeks long. For the kids who may not be able to get into [ITF Pro Circuit] Futures events, this is a good offering for them.”
He added: “With the [ITF] Transition Tour coming, we are going to be losing some spots on the Futures level, so we think that this a circuit that can continue to grow.”
In an effort with UTR to promote level-based play and decrease the number of non-competitive matches in the circuit, once registration is complete, competitor fields will be divided into draws no larger than 32 participants and based on player UTRs. Tournament directors will seed 25 percent of each draw based on player UTRs.
There are eight other ITA Summer Circuit events taking place this Saturday-Monday during Week 1. The tournament director and hosts school include: John Walker, Abilene Christian University (Texas); Will Marino, Chapman University (Calif.); Jennifer Lutgert, Northwestern University (Ill.); Meg Peavy, University of Louisville; Mason Hemmer, University of Minnesota; Mike Erwin, University of the Pacific (Calif.); Jeff Wyshner, Wake Forest University; Colin Foster, Wichita State University.
Treibly has more than 20 years of experience in college recruiting circles as a player, coach and administrator. For 15 years he was responsible for college tennis placement at IMG Academy and acted as a Recruiting Coordinator for all eight sports at IMG Academy, helping to build the College Planning and Placement Office, according to his bio.
Treibly has worked with Nick Bollettieri coaching some of the best pro and collegiate players in the world. He also coached Texas A&M men's program to three conference championships and a top 5 ranking. Treibly played his college tennis at the University of New Mexico and the University of Kentucky and won more than 100 matches in singles and doubles combined.
“The ITA Summer Circuit is something we look forward to hosting and we look forward to being a part of it for many years.” Treibly said.