The Road to Indoors will begin on Friday for 56 Division I tennis teams. The 13th annual ITA Kickoff Weekend will feature 28 men’s tennis programs and 28 women’s tennis programs competing at 10 different host sites for a spot in the 2021 ITA Division I National Team Indoor Championships.
The 2021 Kickoff Weekend will be conducted in accordance with safe play guidelines along with recommendations from the CDC and local authorities. The field was cut in half this year to accommodate for increased social distancing and safety precautions at the National Team Indoor Championships.
Last month during the ITA Kickoff Weekend Draft, programs selected their Kickoff Weekend destination. The Draft order was determined by an unpublished run of the Oracle ITA Rankings on March 17th, 2020.
The Kickoff Weekend sites span the country with UCLA, UNC, Texas, NC State, Ohio State, Pepperdine, and Georgia Tech hosting for the women and UNC, TCU, Ohio State, NC State, Texas, USC, and Michigan serving as host for the men.
Reigning Division I Men’s National Team Indoor Champions USC and Division I Women’s National Team Indoor Champions UNC will play host this weekend and look to advance to defend their titles.
The Road to Indoors for the reigning champions will not be without challenge. Eighteen of the top 25 teams in the Oracle ITA Division I Men’s Preseason Team Rankings will compete this weekend, while 17 teams from Women’s Preseason Top 25 Rankings will participate as well.
- The ACC placed the most teams in the women’s side of Kickoff Weekend with seven. They were followed closely behind by the SEC with five.
- The SEC edged out the ACC on the men’s side of Kickoff Weekend for the most teams participating. The SEC has six teams competing while the ACC has five.
- Seeing Double. In two in-state matchups, the men’s and women’s UCLA and California programs will face each other in the first round of Kickoff Weekend.
- Iowa Men’s Tennis will suit up for the Road to Indoors after their program was cut this summer. The Hawkeyes will face No. 22 Virginia in the opening round of play.