Note: I forgot to add this story, although I tweeted about it the day it happened
Texas A&M men’s tennis All-American Austin Krajicek (pronounced CRY-check) was one of the top American collegians selected to represent the United States in the fourth annual Master’U BNP Paribas, an international collegiate competition to be held on Dec. 9-14 in Poitiers, France.
Krajicek, a junior left-hander from Brandon, Fla., is currently ranked No. 30 in the preseason Campbell/ITA Division I men’s singles rankings and reached the doubles final at two USTA Pro Circuit events this past summer, capturing the title in Loomis, Calif.
The two-time All-Big 12 Conference selection and All-American was the youngest player and lone collegian to compete in the 2008 U.S. Open men’s singles main draw and was selected by Patrick McEnroe to serve as a practice player for the 2008 U.S. Davis Cup Team in Madrid, Spain.
The men’s team will be coached by Boise State head coach Greg Patton and will also feature Steve Johnson of defending national champion USC and Eric Quigley of Kentucky. Both Krajicek and Johnson were members of the 2009 USTA Summer Collegiate Team, an elite training program funded by the USTA to provide top American collegians with valuable exposure to the USTA Pro Circuit in a team-oriented environment.
The event will feature eight teams composed of college and university players from around the world. The U.S. will be competing for the second consecutive year against a talented field that includes teams from Belgium, China, France, Germany, Great Britain, Ireland and Mexico. The teams will compete in a best-of-seven format consisting of two men’s and two women’s singles matches, one men’s and one women’s doubles match, and one mixed doubles match.
The U.S. team was selected through a joint partnership between the USTA and the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) using the following criteria: (1) the top American male and female finishers at the 2009 ITA All-American Championships, (2) the top male and female American applicants in the 2009 Men’s and Women’s ITA Preseason Division I Singles Rankings and (3) remaining roster spots were selected by a committee of USTA Player Development and ITA coaches and staff.