The USA Tennis Collegiate Team is an elite training program funded by the USTA for the top American collegiate tennis players that began in 1996. This program is designed to provide players with valuable exposure to the USTA professional circuit in a team-oriented environment during these summer months.
Highlighting this year's team is Stanford's Amber Liu of La Mesa, Calif., who won her second straight NCAA women's singles title last month. Joining Liu are the following players: (women) Audra Falk of Vanderbilt (Cincinnati), Johnson of Duke (Bettendorf, Iowa), Raquel Kops-Jones of California (Fresno, Calif.), Jennifer Magley of Florida (Bradenton, Fla.) and Jessica Roland of Texas A&M (Hollywood, Calif.), (men) Lester Cook of Texas A&M (Sherman Oaks, Calif.), Hamid Mirzadeh of Florida (Lake Worth, Fla.), Sam Warburg of Stanford (Sacramento, Calif.), Brian Wilson of Illinois (San Marcos, Calif.), Jesse Witten of Kentucky (Naples, Fla.) and Jeremy Wurtzman of Ohio State (Rochester, N.Y.).
Liu, Kops-Jones, Mirzadeh, Wilson and Witten (who was also on 2002 squad) were all members of last year's USA Tennis Collegiate Team, which turned in perhaps the most successful overall performance in the team's history. Seven different 2003 team members improved their ATP or WTA singles rankings by 100 spots or more. Team members are off to a strong start this summer. Last week Warburg and Mirzadeh reached the singles quarterfinals at USTA Futures events in Chico, Calif., and Buffalo, N.Y., respectively. Warburg also reached the doubles finals.
The women's team will be coached by Paige Yaroshuk-Tews, women's tennis coach at the University of Miami (Fla.) and the men will be coached Ian Duvenhage of USA Tennis High Performance. Yaroshuk-Tews guided Miami into the NCAA quarterfinals last month. Duvenhage led the Florida men to the NCAA semifinals and Miami women to the NCAA final during his college coaching career.
Past USA Tennis Collegiate Team members include current professionals James Blake, Bob and Mike Bryan, Bea Bielik, Ansley Cargill, Amer Delic, Laura Granville, Marissa Irvin, Alex Kim, Jeff Morrison and Brian Vahaly.