December 7, 2020

Ohio State to Host ITA Kickoff Weekend


COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Intercollegiate Tennis Association held the draft for 2021 ITA Kickoff Weekend Monday. The 13th edition of the event will be held Jan. 22-25, 2021, with Ohio State, the No. 5 seed for both men and women, serving as a host for a men’s and a women’s pod.

ITA Kickoff Weekend matches in Columbus are slated to be played in the new Ty Tucker Tennis Center. In Columbus, the men’s matches will be Jan. 22-23 and the women’s matches will be Jan. 23-24.

In all, seven men’s and women’s sites will serve as hosts, with each site winner advancing to the ITA National Team Indoor Championship, where they will be joined by the respective host site school to fill out the eight-team field. Oklahoma State will host the women’s event, with the men’s at Illinois.

For the No. 5 women, No. 10 Virginia, No. 27 Tennessee and No. 29 Washington will travel to Columbus. On the men’s side, No. 23 Iowa, No. 24 Texas Tech and No. 33 Virginia fill out the pod. The first day will feature matches between the No. 1 and No. 4 and No. 2 and No. 3 seeds, with the winners and losers facing off on day two.

The men’s program won the 2014 and ’19 ITA National Team Indoor championships.