The USTA Men's Collegiate Team camp was this week in Flushing Meadows, with the following players participating:
Andre Dome (Cal Poly)
Jeremy Efferding (Texas A&M)
Marcos Giron (UCLA)
Jared Hiltzik (Illinois)
Evan King (Michigan)
Peter Kobelt (Ohio State)
Kyle McMorrow (Washington)
Michael Redlicki (Duke)
Mitchell Frank of Virginia was invited to the camp, but declined the invitation.
The players already on the team are Jarmere Jenkins of Virginia, Dennis Novikov of UCLA and Jason Tahir of Duke. Tahir, a rising junior, recently earned his place on the team by accumulating the most points during the Pro Circuit events the past three weeks, making the semifinals in Amelia Island, the quarterfinals in Rochester and the final last week in Pittsburgh.
The camp in Flushing was to have been a four-player round robin with the two winners getting spots on the team, but a third spot opened, with Virginia's Alex Domijan's decision not to accept the place he earned by winning the ITA All-American in Tulsa last fall, complicating the situation. Rain then caused problems for the scheduled round robin tournament, so USTA National Collegiate Coach Dustin Taylor decided the best way to determine the final three team members was the way Tahir earned his place. The three players who earn the most points in the next four weeks of Futures and Challengers will be added to the team and receive help throughout the next 12 months. The points accumulation method will probably be used for team selection for those not qualifying automatically in the future.
In news from the women's team, Nebraska's Mary Weatherholt has been added as the seventh member of that team. Julia Elbaba of Virginia, the ITA Rookie of the Year, and Krista Hardebeck of Stanford, ranked inside the WTA Top 500, were automatic qualifiers, but did not play the Sacramento Pro Circuit tournament with the rest of the team because they were recovering from illness and injury.