USTA National Campus to host
NCAA Tennis Championships
Sally Milano | April 18, 2017
The USTA National Campus at Lake Nona in Orlando, Fla., officially opened its doors to the public in January 2017, and already it has hosted USTA Pro Circuit tournaments, College MatchDays and several other tennis events.
Now, the new Home of American Tennis is adding another major national tournament to the list: The NCAA Championships.
The USTA National Campus will be the site of the premier collegiate sports tournament in the country – the NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Tennis Championships in 2019 and 2021 and the NCAA Division III Men’s and Women’s Tennis Championships in 2022.
Both the NCAA team and individual championships will be held at the USTA National Campus. The NCAA team championship features the nation’s top eight men’s and women’s collegiate programs competing for the prestigious team title, while the individual tournament will feature the top 64 men's and women's singles players and the top 32 men's and women's doubles teams vying for the NCAA individual singles and doubles crowns.
“We are honored that the NCAA has selected the USTA National Campus as a host for the Division I and Division III Men’s and Women’s Tennis Championships,” said USTA National Campus General Manager Tim Cass. “Collegiate tennis is one of the pillars on which the USTA National Campus was built. We are excited to bring the pinnacle of collegiate tennis to the Orlando community and look forward to creating a truly special experience for all of those in attendance.”
The NCAA Championships are the latest in a list of collegiate tennis platforms supported by the USTA. Within the first 100 days of operation, the USTA National Campus hosted six College MatchDay events, attracting more than 5,300 fans to watch some of the nation’s top men’s and women’s college tennis programs in action. And already, more than 300 NCAA Division I, II, III, NAIA and Junior College tennis teams have also played matches at the facility, which serves as the home for the University of Central Florida men’s and women’s tennis programs.
The bid process was completed in conjunction with the Central Florida Sports Commission, university partners the University of Central Florida and Oglethorpe University (Ga.), and community partners the City of Orlando and Orange County.
“We are so pleased that the NCAA has selected the USTA National Campus to host the Division I and Division III Men’s and Women’s Tennis Championships,” said Jason Siegel, Interim President & CEO of the Central Florida Sports Commission. “We believe that we have the finest tennis facility in the world right here in our backyard, and we can’t wait to welcome the top teams and individuals in Division I and Division III tennis to Orlando and Lake Nona to compete for NCAA championships.”
The USTA National Campus, which opened its doors on Jan. 5, features 100 courts of varying surfaces spread across 64 acres. Home to the USTA's Community Tennis and Player Development divisions, the facility offers a variety of playing, training and educational experiences for recreational players, competitive players, coaches and spectators.
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