Oct. 30, 2014
THE FLATS – Georgia Tech will send four players this weekend to college tennis’ largest clay court event, the 2014 USTA Collegiate Clay Court Invitational presented by VISIT FLORIDA this weekend at the ESPN Wide World of Sports in Orlando.
The third annual event, hosted by Florida State University at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex at Disney World in Orlando, Fla., will feature men’s and women’s singles and doubles competitions comprised of players from 39 different schools. The men will compete in two singles draws and two doubles draws.
Head coach Kenny Thorne will send two players with a wealth of experience in European clay court tennis, senior Eduardo Segura and sophomore Carlos Benito of Madrid, Spain, and as well as sophomore Cole Fiegel of Alachua, Fla., and freshman Michael Kay of Atlanta.
“This is the only clay court tournament we play all year,” said Thorne. “Eddie and Carlos are used to playing on clay in Spain and Mike and Cole have played well on it in the past. Disney hosts a great tournament and ESPN 3 is covering the finals. This is the last fall tournament for these four guys and it is a good opportunity for each of them.”
Segura has enjoyed the most productive fall of his career, building an 11-3 singles record and owner of the Division II title at the Southern Intercollegiate Championships in September in Athens. He is seeded 8th in the singles A draw and will face Clemeon’s Daniel Grunberger at 11 a.m. Thursday in the opening round.
Also in the A singles draw, Benito plays UCF’s Francesc Aulina at 12 noon, Kay will take on Florida State’s Jake Albo at 2 p.m., and Fiegel will meet Princeton’s top-16 seed Tom Colautti at 3 p.m.
Sites: Three sites are being used for men’s and women’s competition for the weekend: Grand Cypress, Isleworth, and the Wide World of Sports Complex.
Schedule of play for men:
Thursday GC: Doubles (A&B)/Singles A – First Round
Thursday Isle: Singles B – First Round
Friday WWOS: Doubles A&B – Second Round; Singles A – Second/Round of 16/Conso; Singles B – Quarterfinals/Conso
Saturday WWOS: Doubles A – Quarterfinals; Doubles B – Semifinals; Singles A – QF/SF; Singles B – Semifinals
Saturday GC: Consolations
Sunday WWOS: Doubles A – SF/Finals; Doubles B – Finals; Singles A/B – Finals
Schools participating in the men’s draws: Florida State, Auburn, UCF, Clemson, Columbia, Florida, Georgia Tech, Miami, Penn State, Princeton, South Alabama, USC, Stetson, and Virginia Tech
Format: No-ad scoring will be in place for both singles and doubles. In doubles competition, matches prior to the finals will consist of an 8-game pro set (tiebreak at 7-all), with the finals doubles matches consisting of two out of three sets (to 6) with a match tiebreak in lieu of the third set.
Live online video coverage: Two days of the USTA Collegiate Clay Court Invitational – the largest clay court event in college tennis, featuring many of the country’s top college teams and players – will be delivered live on ESPN3 and the WatchESPN app this week. Coverage will begin at 8 a.m. ET Thursday, October 30, the first day of play, and 9 a.m. ET Sunday, November 2, featuring the men’s and women’s singles and doubles finals. Coverage is accessible on computers, smartphones, tablets, Xbox, Apple TV and Roku devices.
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