GREENVILLE, S.C. - Furman senior Katarina Kozarov will compete this week at the Oracle ITA Masters tournament, which opens Thursday at the Malibu Racquet Club and Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif.
Now in its fifth year, the Oracle ITA Masters has established itself as one of the premier events of the collegiate tennis season. The tournament features singles draws of 32 men and 32 women, and a mixed doubles event with a 32-player draw. Players are chosen based upon conference representation, similar to the NCAA Tournament, with Kozarov representing the Southern Conference.
"We are honored to represent the Southern Conference at the Oracle Masters," said Furman head coach Adam Herendeen. "Katarina played at a very high level this past weekend at the Debbie Southern Fall Classic, and it is really exciting to have the opportunity to take on more of the nation's top ranked players this week."
Play begins on Thursday with two rounds of mixed doubles and one round of singles. Friday's action will feature mixed doubles quarterfinals followed by the second round of singles competition. The singles quarterfinal round will also be played on Friday, followed by the mixed doubles semifinals. Singles matches will continue on Saturday, along with the mixed doubles championship. The singles championship and consolation finals will be held on Sunday.
The men's and women's singles champions will earn automatic entry into the Oracle ITA National Fall Championships scheduled for Nov. 6-10 in Newport Beach, Calif.
ESPNU will re-air the finals on Oct. 1 (women) and Oct. 2 (men) beginning at 1 p.m. (PT) both days. The ESPN family of networks will broadcast the Oracle ITA Masters to a national audience for the second consecutive year.