Georgia Tennis Opens Spring Play in Athens With ITA Kick-Off


The men’s and women’s Georgia tennis teams host ITA Kick-Off tournaments this weekend at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex.

The collegiate juggernaut known as University of Georgia Tennis launches the spring season this weekend.

January 23-25 is the annual ITA Kick-Off Weekend. Sixty men’s and sixty women’s teams compete nationwide hoping to qualify for the February ITA National Team Indoor Championships hosted by Illinois in Chicago on the men’s side and at UVA on the women’s side.

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Fifteen men’s and women’s tennis teams are hosting ITA Kick-Off Weekend events. The host sites are designated based on year-end 2014 ITA team ranking. Three visiting schools will travel to each host site for a four-team tournament. The host school will meet the No. 4 seed, the No. 2 seed will play the No. 3 seed, and the winners will come back to play for a berth at the ITA National Team Indoor Championships.

The Georgia men and women both earned a number one seed and the host opportunity for the opening round because of their year-end 2014 ITA ranking.

The Men’s schedule is Elon vs. Utah at 9:00AM Friday January 23 followed by Georgia vs. Michigan State at 1:00. The consolation match is Saturday January 24 at 5:00 and the Championship match Sunday January 25  at 1:00.

For the women, Auburn vs. Wake Forest is at 9:00 AM Saturday January 24 followed by Georgia vs. Samford at 1:00. The consolation match is Sunday January 25 at 9:00AM and the Championship match is at 5:00PM.

All matches are at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex.

Both Men’s and Women’s champions earn a berth at the national tournament.

The Georgia women’s and men’s tennis teams open the 2015 season in the top 10 of the 2015 ITA preseason rankings. This is the fourth consecutive season the women and men are ranked preseason top 10.

A year after finishing No. 4 in the final rankings, the women’s tennis team is ranked 5. The 2014 NCAA quarter finalists won the SEC tournament title last spring. The men’s team, who won the 2014 regular season SEC title is ranked 8 in the preseason rankings.

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