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Sept. 30, 2010

TULSA, Okla. - The greatest collegiate tennis players from around the country descend upon Tulsa once a year to embark on a nine-day quest to become a national champion. The time has come for the 2010 D'Novo/ITA Men's Tennis All-American Championships, which will begin Oct. 2 and run through Oct. 10.

The nation's top male collegiate tennis players are slated to compete in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's (ITA) first national event of the 2010-11 season. The tournament will include six rounds of prequalifying and qualifying matches beginning October 2 for both singles and doubles.

The University of Tulsa will be hosting the tournament for the fourth-straight year and for the sixth year overall. The event will take place at Case Tennis Center on the TU campus.

"Tulsa is one of the cities in the country that really embraces this event," University of Tulsa Head Men's Tennis Coach Vince Westbrook said. "It's located in the middle of the country, and it's easy to get in and out of. We have plenty of hotel space, and we have a nice, midsized city with an international airport."

Highlighting this year's men's singles field is top seed John-Patrick Smith of the University of Tennessee, who last year became only the third player in history and the first since 1998 to win both the singles and doubles titles at the ITA All-American Championships.

Smith is the No. 1-ranked player in the country, according to the recently released 2010 Campbell/ITA Preseason Singles Rankings. He held the top spot for nearly half of last season.

Also highlighting this year's field and rounding out the top 10 men's singles Campbell/ITA Preseason rankings are (in order): Henrique Cunha of Duke, Bradley Klahn of Stanford, Guillermo Gomez of Georgia Tech, Chase Buchanan of Ohio State, Michael Shabaz of Virginia, Steve Johnson of Southern California, Eric Quigley of Kentucky, Alex Lacroix of Florida and Austen Childs of Louisville.



The doubles field includes Duke's top-ranked duo of Cunha and Reid Carleton, who were named the 2010 Campbell/ITA Men's Doubles Team of the Year.

"This is the biggest event of all the men's tournaments during the year," Westbrook said. "Everyone has access to get into this event from the prequalifying all the way through to the main draw. Everybody has a chance to get in, and you can go from the prequalifying rounds to winning a national title all in the same tournament. That's one of the reasons these nine days are so special."

Past ITA All-American champions include current professionals Benjamin Becker (Baylor), James Blake (Harvard), Arnau Brugues (Tulsa), Bob and Mike Bryan (Stanford), John Isner (Georgia), and Kevin Kim (UCLA).

Competing in the Main Draw for the University of Tulsa are junior Ashley Watling and sophomores Marcelo Arevalo and Clifford Marsland. Arevalo was ranked No. 34 in the nation in the preseason polls, and Watling, a quarterfinalist from a year ago, was tabbed No. 39.

The three members of the Golden Hurricane who will begin competition in the qualifying stage are sophomores Alastair Barnes, Grant Ive and wildcard Tristan Jackson. Juniors Patrick Collins and Rusty Turpin are slated to begin play in the prequalifying rounds.

Barnes and Ive are entered in the Main Draw of the doubles competition as a wildcard. Watling and Marsland, the No. 38-ranked doubles team in the nation, will begin competition in the qualifying stage, and Turpin and Arevalo will be a wildcard in the same stage.

"Hopefully we'll have the weather that we've come to know and love in Tulsa," Westbrook said. "The overall expectations for the TU kids is we want them to perform to their abilities and use this event to get themselves into the national rankings. For those already in the national rankings like Marcelo and Ashley, we want them to use this event to improve on those rankings."

Complete Campbell/ITA College Rankings and men's and women's ITA All-American Championship information can be found at www.itatennis.com. Complete coverage of this year's event, along with all information for the University of Tulsa can be found on www.TulsaHurricane.com.

(information courtesy of Intercollegiate Tennis Association)