TEMPE, Ariz. –
Now in its third year of existence, the Hall of Fame ITA Grass Court Invitational, a collaboration between the International Tennis Hall of Fame and Intercollegiate Tennis Association, provides student-athletes the unique opportunity of competing on grass courts.
For the 2018 event, which takes place September 14-16, International Tennis Hall of Fame CEO Todd Martin extended his eight invitations to Division III teams, marking the first time teams outside of Division I will compete in the Grass Court Invitational.
Read: Division III Gets This Year's Hall Of Fame Invitation
Four men’s teams (Bowdoin, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, Trinity (TX) and Washington University in St. Louis) and four women’s teams (Carnegie Mellon, Chicago, Emory and Washington & Lee) will take part in the three-day event, held on the historic Bill Talbert Stadium Court and additional grass courts at the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, Rhode Island.
Each participating team will take part in flighted singles play on Friday and Saturday, with doubles action slated for Sunday. Match results will count towards a player’s overall record and are Oracle ITA Collegiate Tennis Rankings-eligible.
Below is a look at where all eight participating teams ended the 2018 season in the Oracle ITA Division III National Team Rankings.
Bowdoin (No. 2)
Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (No. 6)
Trinity (TX) (No. 17)
Washington University in St. Louis (No. 9)
Carnegie Mellon (No. 11)
Chicago (No. 10)
Emory (No. 2)
Washington & Lee (No. 18)
The Hall of Fame ITA Grass Court Invitational is free of charge and open to the public, providing a great opportunity for fans to see high caliber competitive tennis. During the event days, admission to the museum at the International Tennis Hall of Fame will be reduced to $8 from the standard $15, making it a great time for tennis fans to visit. Admission to the museum for kids ages 16 & under is always free.
For additional information, please visit www.tennisfame.com
About the International Tennis Hall of Fame
Established in 1954, the International Tennis Hall of Fame is a non-profit institution that preserves and promotes the history of tennis and celebrates its champions, thereby serving as a vital partner in the growth of tennis globally. The Hall of Fame is located in Newport, Rhode Island, USA, on a seven-acre property that features an extensive museum that showcases the history of the sport and honors the 252 Hall of Famers; 13 grass tennis courts and an indoor tennis facility; and a rare Court Tennis facility. Annually in July, the venue hosts the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships for the Van Alen Cup, an ATP World Tour event. For information on the International Tennis Hall of Fame and its programs, visit www.tennisfame.com
About the Intercollegiate Tennis Association
The Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA), is committed to serving college tennis and returning the leaders of tomorrow. As the governing body of college tennis, the ITA oversees men’s and women’s varsity tennis at NCAA Divisions I, II and II, NAIA and Junior/Community College divisions. The ITA administers a comprehensive awards and rankings program for men’s and women’s varsity players, coaches and teams in all divisions, providing recognition for their accomplishments on and off the court. For more information on the ITA, visit the ITA website at www.itatennis.com
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