Nov. 1, 2011
New Mexico Men's Tennis - At The 2011 USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships
FLUSHING MEADOWS, N.Y. -- On a big-time court, in a big-time city, Lobos Phil Anderson and Jadon Phillips have a chance to play some big-time collegiate players and maybe prove that they are big time, too.
Actually, if you get invited to the 2011 USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships in the USTA-Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, you probably already are big time.
This prestigious collegiate tournament does draw in any hackers. Remember, this is where they play the U.S. Open! The two Lobos earned their trip to New York City by reaching an ITA Regional final.
"This is a tremendous honor for these two Lobos," said Alan Dils, New Mexico's men's tennis coach. "They worked hard on their game all summer and earned the right to play with the best in the nation by playing so well at the regional level.
"This also is a special time for the program. Phil and Jadon will have the chance to play against some of the top collegiate players around and that will only benefit them in the spring."
Anderson and Phillips are only two wins away from possibly playing the No. 1 doubles seed in the tourney's draw: Kevin King and Juan Spir of Georgia Tech. The two Lobos open the tourney Thursday vs. Billy Federhofer and Nassim Slilam of Florida.
If Phillips and Anderson win their first-round match, they have to get past Chris Aumueller and Benedikt Lindheim of Nebraska, who received a first-round bye.
The Lobos were drawn into the tournament on the strength of their runner-up finish at an ITA Regional played in Las Vegas, Nev. The Lobos lost 8-5 to Marius Cirstea and Andrew Dobbs of Idaho. The two Idaho players were placed in the lower bracket and could only meet the Lobos in the bracket finals set for Sunday.
The doubles' draw for the 2011 USTA/ITA National Indoor has 20 teams, including invites to the 12 ITA Regional champions. To be considered for an at-large selection in doubles, a team must have reached at least the semifinals of an USTA/ITA Regional tourney - which Anderson and Phillips did.
The tournament has singles and doubles for both men and women collegiate. There are 126 players from 54 schools and 30 countries competing for the 2011 titles. This tourney is the only one on the ITA calendar to showcase players from every level of college tennis and is considered to be the culmination of the fall season.
In a way, this tourney represents unofficial fall championships as the top individuals and teams from fall play gather for a final battle.
The event is hosted by Columbia University.