The fourth annual American Collegiate Invitational will be a chance for Collegiate players to experience the vibe of the big tennis scene, as they headed towards the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York.
16 stars of Collegiate tennis will fight for the prestige title but also for the place in the next year's US Open draw, depending on how well they are ranked. 5 players from the list graduated or turned pro this year but the other 11 will compete in the 2017-18 season as the leading stars of their teams. In addition, this event will serve as a nice test base for some invitations, like a 25-second serve clock between points and eliminating coaching violations, allowing players to communicate with their coaches between the points.
The winners will receive the main draw wild card for the next year's US Open if they are ranked inside the Top 120 on the ATP and WTA ranking list, and also 3 wild cards for the USTA Pro Circuit events. Men's draw is led by defending champion Thai-Son Kwiatkowski, who graduated from Virginia, joined by another Cavalier, JC Aragone.
North Carolina sophomore William Blumberg and Georgia Tech senior Chris Eubanks (he received the US Open wild card as well) will also be among the favorites, and the other players are Tom Fawcett, Alfredo Perez, Michael Redlicki and Alex Rybakov.
North Carolina leads the women's field with 3 players, Hayley Carter, Sara Daavettila, and Alexa Graham. Francesca Di Lorenzo will try to spoil their plans, together with Sydney Campbell, Brienne Minor, Ingrid Neel and Ena Shibahara. Full entry list: