Texas A&M senior All-American Austin Krajicek (pronounced CRY-check) is among a very select group of American collegiate tennis players who have been named to represent the United States in the fifth annual Master’U BNP Paribas, an international collegiate competition held Dec. 9-12 in Rouen, France. The event features eight teams composed of college and university players from around the world.
“Austin was part of the American championship team last year and this is his second time to represent the USA squad,” Texas A&M men’s tennis coach Steve Denton said. “Austin has had a terrific fall and has only improved his overall game. He is poised for a great senior spring season. This event is quite an honor and a great world competition.”
Krajicek, a lefthander from Brandon, Florida, most recently teamed with his senior teammate Jeff Dadamo of Tampa, Florida, to win the 2010 USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championship. Krajicek is ranked No. 12 in the ITA preseason Division I singles rankings and is No. 4 in the doubles rankings. Krajicek is a three-time All-American and three-time All-Big 12 selection.
The United States, which defeated France to win the title in 2009, will be competing for the third consecutive year against teams from Belgium, China, France, Germany, Great Britain, Ireland and Switzerland. The teams 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, along with one mixed doubles match.
“I am honored to represent the USA and Texas A&M in this international tournament,” Krajicek said. “Playing against some of the best and brightest college players in the world will only help me become a better tennis player. I am proud to be part of the American team.”
The United States team will be coached by Greg Patton, the head coach of the Boise State University men’s tennis team, and Mark Guilbeau, the head women’s tennis coach at the University of Virginia. Patton helped lead the Americans to the 2009 crown. The roster spots were selected by a committee of USTA Player Development and coaches and staff from the Intercollegiate Tennis Association.
The other members of the team include Sekou Bangoura from Florida and Reid Carleton of Duke. On the women’s side, Kristy Frilling of Notre Dame, Maria Sanchez of USC and Allie Will of Florida are on the USA squad.