Field Announced for ITA National Team Indoor Championships
Nov. 28, 2007
SEATTLE - The field for the elite ITA National Team Indoor Championships hosted by the University of Washington was recently unveiled, and includes 15 of the very best college men's tennis teams, with one entrant to be decided.
The National Team Indoors is the most prestigious team tournament in college tennis outside of the NCAA Championships, and this year brings another loaded field to the Nordstrom Tennis Center for the four-day tournament, taking place Feb. 15-18, 2008.
The entire Top-12 teams based on the final 2007 Fila Rankings will be on-hand, including defending NCAA Champion Georgia, and runner-up Virginia. The Georgia Bulldogs won the 2007 ITA National Team Indoor Championships in Chicago, Ill. on their way to an undefeated season and NCAA title.
Additional participants, ordered by their final ranking in 2007 are No. 3 Ohio State, No. 4 Baylor, No. 5 Illinois, No. 6 Notre Dame, No. 7 Mississippi, No. 8 UCLA, No. 9 USC, No. 10 North Carolina, No. 11 Oklahoma State, No. 12 Texas, No. 14 Alabama, No. 35 Washington, and No. 43 Penn State. The representative from the Mountain Region will be decided in a playoff.
The Huskies will be hosting the event for the fifth time, having done so previously in 1999, 2001, 2004, and 2006. Georgia took the title in Seattle in 2006, led by 6'9' John Isner, who made a splash on the pro tour earlier this summer, reaching the U.S. Open third round before losing to Roger Federer.
Top individuals appearing at this year's event will include Virginia's Somdev Devvarman, the defending NCAA Singles Champion and the preseason No. 1. Second-ranked Steven Moneke of Ohio State should also be on hand. All told, 12 of the preseason Top-20 singles players are slated to serve it up in Seattle.
The tournament draw will be decided in early February. Check back with GoHuskies.com for updates.
ITA National Team Indoor Championship Selections:
(Mountain Region representative TBD in January)