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College stars set for American Collegiate Invitational

Marcos Giron plays in his first round match on Day 2 of the US Open.
By Sally Milano
Thursday, September 4, 2014

The world's best tennis players have been battling it out at the US Open for more than a week, and now the top players in college tennis will join in the action, as the American Collegiate Invitational competition kicks off at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y.

NCAA champions Marcos Giron of UCLA and Danielle Collins of Virginia will lead the field at the inaugural event, which will take place from Sept. 4-6 on new West Stadium Courts 5 and 6.

The winners of the invitational will receive main-draw wild cards into the 2015 US Open, if the men’s champion is ranked No. 250 or better and the women’s champion is at No. 150 or better. Otherwise, the winners will receive 2015 US Open qualifying wild cards. The champions will also get wild cards into two USTA Pro Circuit events, while each runner-up will get one.

“College tennis plays such a significant role in the vitality of American tennis, and it’s important that we are able to highlight some of America’s best college players on a worldwide stage at the US Open,” said USTA Chairman, CEO and President Dave Haggerty.

“We are excited to make college tennis a bigger part of the US Open,” said US Open Tournament Director David Brewer. “Many collegians continue on to successful pro careers, so we look forward to showcasing some very talented players.”

The full, eight-player fields are as follows:

Men’s Field:
Greg Andrews (Notre Dame, Richland, Mich.)
Marcos Giron (UCLA, Thousand Oaks, Calif.)
Jared Hiltzik (Illinois, Wilmette, Ill.)
Peter Kobelt (Ohio State, New Albany, Ohio)
Mackenzie McDonald (UCLA, Piedmont, Calif.)
Alex Sarkissian (Pepperdine, Glendale, Calif.)
Ray Sarmiento (USC, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.)
Clay Thompson, (UCLA, Venice Beach, Calif.)

Women’s Field:
Kristie Ahn (Stanford, Upper Saddle River, N.J.)
Jennifer Brady (UCLA, Boca Raton, Fla.)
Hayley Carter (North Carolina, Hilton Head, S.C.)
Alex Cercone (Florida, Seminole, Fla.)
Danielle Collins (Virginia, St. Petersburg, Fla.)
Julia Elbaba (Virginia, Oyster Bay, N.Y.)
Olivia Janowicz (Florida, Palm Bay, Fla.)
Jamie Loeb (North Carolina, Ossining, N.Y.)