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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Boys Team USA Camp Begins Friday in Lake Nona; UCLA Men and Pepperdine Women Lead USTA Rankings; Win Trip to Wimbledon with John Isner by Supporting UNC Lineberger Cancer Center

The annual Team USA camp for boys begins Friday at the USTA's National Campus with all eight positions on the National Junior Team to be decided during round robin and playoff competition, which ends next Wednesday.  The players, born in either 2002 or 2003, were invited based on ITF or USTA rankings.

The participants:
2002
1. Alex Lee*
2. Marcus McDaniel*
3. Hunter Heck
4. Maxwell McKennon
5. Spencer Brachman
6. Goli Saiprakash
7. Ishaan Ravichander
8. Niroop Vallabhaneni
9. JC Roddick
10. JJ Tracy

2003
11. Jack Anthrop
12. Alexander Bernard
13. Martin Damm
14. Toby Kodat
15. Aidan Mayo
16. Max Fardanesh
*on 2017 team

USTA Player Development provides those on the team with training opportunities, coaching and travel assistance to select USTA National and ITF junior tournaments throughout the summer.

The USTA Division I college tennis poll this week continues to differ from that of the ITA, with the Pepperdine women and the UCLA men staying No. 1, while the ITA's No. 1s, the North Carolina women and Wake Forest men, are No. 2.

USTA Top 10 Division I Men's Rankings, April 11, 2018 (April 4 rankings in parentheses):

1. UCLA(1)
2. Wake Forest (2)
3. Ohio State (3)
4. Stanford (4)
5. Texas A&M (5)
6. North Carolina (6)
7. TCU (9)
8. Illinois (10)
9. USC (8)
10. Mississippi State (11)


USTA Top 10 Division I Women's Rankings, April 11, 2018 (April 4 rankings in parentheses):
1. Pepperdine(1)
2. North Carolina(3)
3. Vanderbilt(4)
4. Duke(2)
5. Texas(6)
6. Georgia Tech(8)
7. South Carolina(7)
T8. Oklahoma State(9)
T8. Florida(11)
10. Stanford(10)

The full Top 25 and other schools receiving votes can be found at the USTA's college tennis page.


Former Wake Forest star Cory Parr is behind a new organization, Give2Gain, an online resource for athletic and entertainment stars to connect with fans through charitable endeavors. John Isner is currently providing tickets to this year's Wimbledon via a raffle, with proceeds going to the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, where John's mother received treatment.  The complete release is below:

WINSTON-SALEM, April 1, 2018 – On the heels of the biggest victory in his illustrious 11-year professional career, winning his first ATP Masters 1000 title, John Isner is not only gearing up for Davis Cup and the rigorous clay court season, but something that hits a little closer to home.

Today, the top-ranked American tennis star and world No. 9 singles player has teamed up with Give2Gain, a sports and entertainment-focused online giving platform, to launch a global fundraising campaign to support his charity, The UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center. The 70-day campaign kicks off today – April 1, 2018 – and will help raise funds and awareness for the only public comprehensive cancer center serving the state of North Carolina by raffling off a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Wimbledon. The center is very important to Isner as it is where his mother, Karen, was treated successfully in her battle with colon cancer. The campaign concludes on June 10, 2018, at which time a grand prize winner will be randomly chosen from the entries to join Isner in London, England for this year’s 2018 Championships, Wimbledon.

"I want to invite you all to donate to win a trip to join me in London and support a very personal cause," said Isner. "Please join me in supporting UNC Lineberger by making a donation. The doctors at UNC Lineberger saved my mother’s life, and they’ve saved countless other lives as well. My family is forever in debt to UNC Lineberger."

UNC Lineberger is one of only 49 National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers and was rated as exceptional - the highest category - following its most recent NCI review. The center brings together some of the most exceptional physicians and scientists in the country to focus on advancing the prevention, early detection, and treatment of cancer.

Through the Give2Gain platform, fans will be helping Isner’s charitable efforts for as little as a $10 donation while also receiving entries to win the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to bring a friend to get flown to London for the ultimate tennis trip for two. Donors can also purchase items such as FILA match shirts, Prince tennis rackets, and Isner action pictures. 

The bigger the donation, the more chances you have to win the grand prize.

One grand prize winner will receive two-round trip tickets to London to meet John Isner, stay for 3 nights in a 4-star Hotel, sit on Centre Court, receive special access to the most prestigious grass court event of the year, and more.

Proceeds from the campaign will benefit UNC Lineberger.

Visit Give2Gain.com/isner to learn more and enter for your chance to win and support
UNC Lineberger.

About UNC Lineberger

The UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center is a cancer research and treatment center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. UNC Lineberger's clinical base is the N.C. Cancer Hospital, the only public National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center in North Carolina. More information can be found at www.unclineberger.org.

About Give2Gain
Give2Gain is a sports and entertainment-focused fundraising platform where the value is in the giving. Launched in 2017, Give2Gain began on the premise that as a community, we can all collectively make a difference through the exciting worlds of sports and entertainment. Give2Gain’s campaigns feature athletes and leaders in the entertainment world who want to engage with their loyal followers in order to support charitable initiatives that resonate on a personal level. Give2Gain’s mission is to show that athletes and celebrities have the power to raise significant funds and awareness for incredible causes while touching the lives of fans around the world. For more information, visit Give2Gain.com.

1 comments:

Skeptic said...

What are the USTA college rankings and why should anyone care about them? Hilarious to see schools post them when they are more highly ranked there than the ITA ranking, but disregard them otherwise. Seems silly, why is USTA acting like they care about college now? Just more USTA hooey.