| By Long Island Tennis Magazine Staff

 

The men’s and women’s tennis programs at USC and South Carolina will travel to Australia to play in exhibition and regular-season matches during the 2019 Australian Open, the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) and Tennis Australia announced on Tuesday.

Programs from the two schools will play singles and doubles exhibition matches against players from the Tennis Australia National Academy, and then play against one another in dual matches that count towards the Oracle/ITA Collegiate Tennis Rankings and overall record.

“The Intercollegiate Tennis Association is thrilled to work alongside Tennis Australia to provide a truly memorable and unique experience to two deserving programs in USC and South Carolina,” said ITA Chief Executive Officer, Timothy Russell. “Being able to take our dual match product on the road and to another country is special, and we also look forward to showcasing the dynamic talent on the four rosters to those in attendance at the Australian Open 2019. This is truly an instance where we collectively raise the profile of college tennis, and I can’t wait to be in Australia to witness these matches take place.”

The matches will be the first collegiate matches held on location during one of the four Grand Slam events. Click Here to read more about this groundbreaking event.