Young tennis players hope to find their college match

Scholar athletes and college tennis coaches will converge on the United States Tennis Association (USTA) Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing on Sunday, November 11 for a day of competition and information.
The 22nd annual USTA Eastern College Showcase Day, which kicks off at 9 a.m., will provide high school juniors and seniors with the opportunity to show off their skills in front of an audience of over 25 college coaches.
Additionally, they will be able to get tennis tips and learn from experts about the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and dozens of college tennis programs across the country.
The event can be viewed as an athletic networking opportunity for those interested in pursuing a collegiate tennis career. The USTA Eastern Tournament for High School Seniors, a round-robin competition with tie-breaking matches, runs from 9 a.m. to noon on the outer courts of the National Tennis Center.
Meanwhile, the USTA Eastern Tennis Showcase for High School Juniors, which takes place from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Players Lounge of Arthur Ashe Stadium, will provide prospective athletes with a collegiate tennis marketplace consisting of information booths about college tennis programs, a seminar with a former college coach, as well as networking opportunities with former college players.
A Showcase for high school seniors will immediately follow the Showcase for juniors.
College tennis coaches from Division 1 schools like Seton Hall and Columbia to Division 2 programs like Queens College and Palm Beach Atlantic to Division 3 colleges and universities like Brandeis and SUNY New Paltz will attend to answer questions and potentially spot their next top recruit.
Coaches from hundreds of other schools have been invited to leave sign-up sheets and brochures detailing their schools’ tennis opportunities. All coaches will be given Player Profiles for each student at the day’s events.
Entrance fees include admission for one guest and are $95 for high school seniors and $65 for juniors. All players who attend will be given a membership to College Tennis Connect, the only searchable online directory of all college tennis programs in the U.S.
For more information or to register for the 2007 USTA Eastern College Showcase Day visit www.eastern.usta.com and look for a link to the event at the top of the page.

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