MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (September 15, 2020) – West Virginia University Director of Athletics Shane Lyons unveiled the 2020 fall tennis schedule on Tuesday.
West Virginia is scheduled to take part in the 2020 Fall Circuit, presented by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) and Universal Tennis.
“It’s exciting to be under way with our fall semester and have the opportunity to compete and train when so many other college teams may not have the same chance this fall,” WVU coach Miha Lisac said. “Our administration and health professionals have done a fabulous job, and we thank them for their support and for helping us make this happen.”
The Mountaineers begin fall competition at The Greenbrier site in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, from Oct. 16-18. The team then returns to Morgantown to play at the Summit Tennis Academy site, from Oct. 23-25, to conclude its fall season.
The new tour consists of a 10-week circuit this fall, giving players the opportunity to participate in competition and have their scores count towards the Universal Tennis Rating (UTR). When match scores count for UTR, players can continue to play locally and have their matches count for a global rating, allowing them to track their progress and showcase their game.
The circuit will follow strict health, safety, and social distancing guidelines, and is a continuation of the joint effort by the ITA and Universal Tennis to provide opportunities for high-level competition for junior, collegiate, and professional players. As many tennis seasons have been reduced or canceled, the Tour will give college coaches the opportunity to provide local matchplay for their players and increase engagement with their broader regional tennis community.
The ITA Tour: Fall Circuit by UTR kicks off on Friday, Sept. 18, and runs through November 22. This fresh model will feature singles play only, with events running for two-to-three days each weekend. Events will be limited to flights of 16 or 32 players and selections into the event will be based on UTR. Some events may have multiple flights based on court availability.