Statement from Beatrice Capra on her Dismissal from Duke; ITA Men's Team Indoor Begins in Seattle Friday
I received the following statement via email from Duke All-American Beatrice Capra regarding her dismissal from the university last month for violation of school policy. The school's announcement is here. In addition to asking Capra about her dismissal, (I had sent her an email with several questions, requesting a response from her, shortly after the school's announcement), I also inquired about her health, as she did not compete regularly in the summer and fall.
"I have been suspended for an academic code violation. The violation consisted of handing in an incomplete final paper, lacking proper finalized citations to research sources. My actions were not intentional but I take full responsibility for my mistakes. As a student/athlete, I’ve worked hard to maintain close to a 3.0 GPA and complete extra academic credit requirements. I feel terrible that I disappointed my family -- as well as my teachers, coaches and teammates – but I am committed to learning and moving forward. Currently, I have resumed training with my coaches at the Evert Tennis Academy. I also continue to take college courses and look forward to returning to school in the fall.
Towards the end of last season and through the NCAA’s, I played with a stress fracture in my left foot. After rehabbing for two months, I probably came back too soon and ended up tearing the patella in my left knee – which led to tendonitis in my right knee. I only played one doubles tournament in the fall, due to the combination of these injuries. I am doing strength and conditioning training but am still limited to practicing only about an hour a day on clay.
I want to thank all the people who reached out to me and supported me during this difficult period."
In addition to losing Capra for this season, Rachel Kahan recently had Tommy John surgery and will not play for the Blue Devils for the remainder of the season.
The ITA Men's Team Indoor begins Friday morning in Seattle, with No. 6 seed Georgia facing No. 12 Ole Miss and No. 14 Tennessee squaring off against No. 3 UCLA at 8 a.m(Pacific). The 11 a.m. matches are No. 10 Mississippi State vs. No. 7 Kentucky, another all-SEC battle, and No. 15 Texas A&M vs. No. 2 USC. After Texas A&M's 4-3 win over Ohio State on Sunday in College Station, the Aggies instantly became a dangerous first round opponent, and the defending champion Trojans will not have the luxury of working their way into the tournament.
The 2:30 matches are No. 4 Ohio State versus No. 13 California and No. 5 Pepperdine against No. 11 Florida. The 5:30 matches feature No. 8 Oklahoma versus No. 9 Duke and top seed Virginia against No. 16 seed and host Washington.
The ITA page for live scoring and video, as well as results, is here. The ITA tournament preview can be found here.
From conversations I had in Charlottesville, I can confirm the rumor that champion North Carolina is unlikely to play in the Women's Team Indoor next year, joining Stanford and Florida in electing not to compete in this national team championship. I will have a complete post about this topic in the next few days.