Oracle/ITA Masters Field to Feature Oklahoma’s Alvarez Llamas, Virginia’s Elbaba
National collegiate championship slated for Sept. 18-20 at Malibu Racquet Club
The inaugural Oracle/ITA Masters, the first national collegiate championship of the 2015-16 season, will feature Axel Alvarez Llamas of Oklahoma, year-end No. 1 in the Oracle/ITA Collegiate Tennis Rankings and ITA National College Player of the Year, and Julia Elbaba of Virginia, the 2014 USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Singles Champion.
Notable players also committed to the field are 2015 NCAA Singles Champion Ryan Shane (Virginia), 2014 USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Singles Champion Brayden Schnur (North Carolina), 2014 NCAA Singles Champion Danielle Collins of (Virginia) and Alabama’s back-to-back NCAA Doubles champion duo of Maya Jansen and Erin Routliffe.
From Sept. 18-20, the renowned Malibu Racquet Club in Malibu, CA, will host 16 elite men’s and women’s singles players, along with eight of the most outstanding men’s and women’s doubles teams, with consolation action for each of the four events. Pepperdine University will help to facilitate the championships as an official event partner.
Fourteen singles and two doubles spots have been determined, with wild card selections and doubles at-large selections still upcoming. The full field and draw will be announced by the ITA closer to the event. Winners of the singles titles will earn automatic berths into the 2015 USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championship.
Alvarez Llamas went 39-6 in singles during his junior campaign, won his second consecutive USTA/ITA Central Regional Singles Championship and led his team to its first ever ITA Division I National Men’s Team Indoor Championship and second straight runner-up finish at the NCAA Team Championship.
Upon winning the singles title in Flushing, Elbaba became the first ever Cavalier women’s tennis player to claim the No. 1 spot in the Oracle/ITA Collegiate Tennis Rankings. She posted a 30-7 singles record, marking her third straight 30-win season and will spend her third consecutive summer with the USTA Collegiate National Team.