Aug. 23, 2016

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Former Virginia women’s tennis player and two-time NCAA Women’s Singles Champion Danielle Collins (St. Petersburg, Fla.) will compete in the third annual American Collegiate Invitational (ACI) at the US Open in September.

Collins is part of an eight-player women’s field for the tournament designed to highlight collegiate tennis on one of the most high profile stages in professional tennis. The ACI began in 2014 as a way to spotlight college tennis at the US Open and will be played at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center from Sept. 8-10.

The fields are comprised of the top two players in the ATP and WTA rankings as of July 18 and the top five players in the year-end Intercollegiate Tennis Association singles rankings, excluding those selected by pro ranking. At least two graduating seniors or players who have turned pro or exhausted their collegiate eligibility are also among the players in the draw.

The winners of the event on both the men’s and women’s side receive a wild card into the 2017 US Open main draw or qualifying round depending on their ranking next summer. If the player is ranked in the top 120 by the US Open entry deadline next summer, they will receive a wild card entry into the main draw of the 2017 US Open. If ranked below 120, they will receive a wild card into the qualifying tournament.

2016 ACI Women’s Draw
*Breaunna Addison (Sr., Texas; Boca Raton, Fla.)
Brooke Austin (Soph., Florida; Indianapolis)
Hayley Carter (Jr., UNC; Hilton Head Island, S.C.)
*Danielle Collins (Sr., Virginia; St. Petersburg, Fla.)
Francesca Di Lorenzo (Fr., Ohio State; New Albany, Ohio)
Maegan Manasse (Jr., Cal; Redondo Beach, Calif.)
*RonitYurovsky (Sr., Michigan; New Kensington, Pa.)
**Kennedy Shaffer (Soph., Georgia; Rossford, Ohio)

*Indicates player is a graduating senior and/or has turned pro/exhausted collegiate eligibility;
** USTA Wild Card Selection