COLUMBUS, Ohio – Fresh off an NCAA finals appearance, Ohio State Director of Tennis Ty Tucker has setup another top-notch schedule which features some of the country’s top teams making a trip to Columbus.
The fall begins in typical fashion with the Saint Francis Health System All-American Championships in Tulsa. The Buckeyes have traditionally had good runs at this event including an appearance in the singles final by Hugo Di Feo in 2016.
October will feature the ITA Midwest Regional Championship hosted this year by Notre Dame as well as a couple of prominent professional events. The three-week stretch will go from the Harlingen Future to the Las Vegas Challenger and then the Charlottesville Challenger. JJ Wolf is the defending champ at the Harlingen event as he won his first professional title there last year. The Big 10 Singles and Doubles Championships in Ann Arbor finish up the month and leads right into the Oracle Fall Championships, this year in Surprise, Arizona.
The team portion of the schedule kicks off on January 13 as the Buckeyes will host Xavier and Cleveland State in a doubleheader. OSU will be hosting Arkansas, Cornell and VCU in the annual ITA Kickoff Weekend, an event the Buckeyes have won each of the last 10 years. The winner from that weekend will head to the National Indoor Championships in mid-February at the Midtown Athletic Club in Chicago.
In preparation for the National Indoors, the Buckeyes will play a handful of strong opponents. OSU will take on Kentucky, Stanford, Arizona State, Georgia and USC in a two week stretch with all five matches being played at the Varsity Tennis Center in Columbus. Another home match with Notre Dame after the National Indoors will wrap up February and have the Buckeyes primed to open Big Ten play once again against Penn State.
This year’s spring break trip is to the Lone Star State to take on Texas A&M and Texas. The Buckeyes will be looking for a bit of revenge as two years ago they were swept on this same trip. The rest of the regular season schedule well then feature Big 10 opponents. OSU will host Michigan State, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Purdue and Indiana this season. The Big 10 Championship will be the final weekend of April in Ann Arbor.
The NCAA Championship will have a bit of a different format this season. The first two rounds will still be played on campuses but the round of 16 will also be hosted by the top-8 remaining seeds one weekend later. The final eight teams will then head to Orlando for this year’s NCAA Championship. The Buckeyes finished runner-up a season ago, their second runner-up finish under Ty Tucker.