ORLANDO, Fla., June 23, 2022 – The USTA today announced the 10 top American college players named to the 2022 USTA Collegiate Summer Team, the training program designed to help America’s premier college players assimilate to professional tennis in a team-oriented environment via USTA Player &...
Below are listed the US collegians who will receive travel grants, training, and coaching support for this summer's Futures. Per this article, players were selected based on a number of criteria, including rankings, individual collegiate tournament results or Intercollegiate Tennis Association honors. ITA ranking must have been a big factor as the top 4 US players via ITA made the cut (Shelton 1, Dostanic 5, Kingsley 9, Riffice 13). Murphy was the highest ITA ranked US freshmen (ITA 26). However, why only 5 guys? Why not host the top 12-16 US ITA players for 2 weeks at Lake Nona and pick 3 additional players to make a team of 8? Some US guys just missed the cut-Tracy (ITA 21, #5 Us ITA) who beat Kingsley to reach finals of Columbus 25K in Nov and Stice (23, #6 Us ITA) who beat #3 Daniel Rodriguez at SEC tourney.
One criteria not mentioned is success in early summer Futures. Too bad Andres Martin of GT (ITA 37, US ITA #13) is not on this list-he reached the finals of the 1st Future ever he played and today he beat the 1 seed at Tulsa Yu Hsiou 0,3 to reach QFs of his 2nd ever Future. Last week Hsiou beat Mitsui in 3 and lost to Draxl in 3 but AM crushed him today. The problem with choosing team member mainly on ITA rankings is that Futures and college matches play a different format. Maybe there are guys with slightly lower ITA rankings who do better in 3 hours matches. In college, some games are won by luck or an iffy call. Anybody can have an occasional loose ball or DF; with ads, players only lose a game after deuce if they lose 2 points in a row. Would be great if more players were down training at Lake Nona playing practice matches with ads to see which players do best in that format and add a couple of those to the existing collegiate team. The 5 below deserved a shot at some Futures this summer but they may not be the only ones. if USTA started with a larger team, they could reward those with the best results with more $ for travel expenses.
- Murphy Cassone (Freshman, Arizona State; Overland Park, Kansas) Great choice-NCAA rookie of year, won 4 matches at Little Rock Challenger (2Q, 2MD) to reach QFs, beat Riffice 3, 4 in Tulsa this week, only Future loss this summer was to Chidekh who won Wichita
- Stefan Dostanic (Junior, USC; Irvine, California) He is in QFs of Tulsa-his 1st Future of summer.
- Cannon Kingsley (Junior, Ohio State; Northport, New York) Hasnt played a Future yet this summer. Lost to teammate Tracy in SF of Columbus Futures in Nov. Why isnt Tracy on team too?
- Sam Riffice (Senior, Florida; Orlando, Florida) NCAA singles SFist 22, winner 21 However he is 1/3 at Futures this summer. Lost to Cassone in straights.
- Ben Shelton (Sophomore, Florida; Gainesville, Florida) Obvious choice as '22 NCAA finalist, reached SFs of Little Rock Challenger
2021 Collegiate Summer Team: William Blumberg, North Carolina (Sr., Greenwich, Conn.); Cannon Kingsley, Ohio State (Soph., Northport, N.Y.); Aleks Kovacevic, Illinois (Sr., New York); John McNally, Ohio State (Sr., Cincinnati); and Sam Riffice, Florida (Jr., Orlando, Fla.)
- Eryn Cayetano (Junior, USC; Long Beach, California)
- Sarah Hamner (Freshman, South Carolina; Boca Raton, Florida)
- Connie Ma (Freshman, Stanford; Dublin, California)
- Emma Navarro (Sophomore, Virginia; Charleston, South Carolina)
- Peyton Stearns (Sophomore, Texas; Mason, Ohio)