TJC's Adrien Berkowicz defeated Harrison Richmond from the University of Virginia today in the first round of the USTA/ITA national Indoors 6-3,7-6(2). He advances to play fourth seeded Henrique Cunha from Duke on Friday.
As the only tournament on the ITA calendar to showcase elite players from every level of college tennis, the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships serves as the culmination of the fall season. Hosted by Columbia University, this prestigious event features a 32-player singles draw and a 20-team doubles draw for men and women.
Gaining automatic entry into the tournament are champions from the USTA/ITA Division I Regional Championships held across the country in October, winners of the USTA/ITA National Small College Super Bowl, and the consolation champions, doubles finalists, men's singles quarterfinalists and women's singles semifinalists from the ITA Men's and Riviera/ITA Women's All-American Championships.
In many cases, the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships has served as a springboard to success for players at the US Open, which is also played at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. In the past two US Opens alone, 1992 National Indoor singles champion Lisa Raymond (Florida) won the women's doubles title, 2006 National Indoor doubles champion John Isner (Georgia) reached the singles quarterfinals, 2007 National Indoor doubles champions Somdev Devvarman and Treat Conrad Huey (Virginia) reunited to win two rounds in doubles, and 2009 National Indoor singles champion Steve Johnson (USC) reached the third round.