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Illinois has been selected to host the 2013 NCAA men's and women's tennis championships, the NCAA announced today. The championships will be held from May 16-27 at the Khan Outdoor Tennis Complex and the Atkins Tennis Center, marking the first time the UI campus will host to the event.
Sixteen men's and women's teams will compete for the first six days of the tournament to claim the team titles, while a 64-singles player bracket and a 32-doubles team bracket will be played out in the final six days of competition for both men and women.
The Illini men's tennis program has reached the NCAA Championships 15 seasons in a row, which includes 10 trips of advancing to at least the Round of 16. The Illini also have hosted first and second round action of the tournament 12 times since 1997, including the past two seasons at the Khan Outdoor Tennis Complex.
"This is a terrific honor for the University of Illinois and our men's and women's tennis programs," men's coach Brad Dancer said in a release.
The Illinois women's program has made 10 trips to the NCAA Championships since 1996, including three consecutive appearances in the national tournament. The Illini hosted first and second round action at the Atkins Tennis Center in 1996 and at the Khan Outdoor Tennis Complex in 2009.
"The players and coaches, along with the fans, should be very excited to host the championships here in Champaign-Urbana," women's coach Michelle Dasso said. "We have a great tennis community and I know the support will be wonderful. We have knocked on the door of the championships and I know our players will use this as motivation to advance and compete for an NCAA title."
Look for more on Illinois' selection in Saturday's News-Gazette.