Four Tiger Tennis Players Qualify for All-American Pre-Qualifier
Oct. 3, 2000
Memphis, Tenn. -- - Four members of the University of Memphis men's tennis team will travel back to Georgia to attempt to qualify for the ITA All-American, the second leg of the ITA (Intercollegiate Tennis Association) Grand Slam, at the Stone Mountain Tennis Center, Oct. 6-9.
This tournament will field 256 competitors, 64 of whom will advance to the next qualifying tournament, Oct. 10-11. The final tournament will have 15 of the top 20 men's collegiate players in the country participating in it, Oct. 12-15.
The Tigers participating in this weekend's pre-qualifier will be juniors Richard Magney and Michael Chamberlain and sophomores Joe Schmulian and Ben Stapp. All four will participate in both the singles and doubles competitions, after the team of Chamberlain and Schmulian advanced to the finals of last weekend's Southern Collegiate Championships. Magney also advanced to the finals of the doubles tournament, but with a different doubles partner.
The Stone Mountain Tennis Center is where the tennis competitions for the 1996 Summer Olympics were held.
The ITA Grand Slam consists of the T. Rowe Price National Clay Court Championships, the Rolex National Indoor Championships and the NCAA Championships, in addition to the All-American Championships. The All-American Championships have been contested since 1979 and have been held at the University of Texas for the past nine years. The All-American is considered by collegiate tennis coaches to be the toughest hard court event of the fall collegiate season.