The Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) National Tennis Championships are back following a pause in 2020 due to COVID-19, and are celebrating the 20th year of the tournament in 2021.

The 2021 HBCU National Tennis Championships begin Thursday, September 16 and conclude Sunday, September 19, with action over the four days taking place at the South Fulton Tennis Center in Atlanta, Georgia. The HBCU National Tennis Championships provide HBCU tennis programs an opportunity to compete for team, singles, and doubles national championships, and enjoy building camaraderie off the court. Historically, the HBCU National Tennis Championships sees participation from over 250 student-athletes representing 15-plus colleges and universities.

Singles matches at the HBCU National Tennis Championships will be best-of-3 sets with no ad scoring, and a 10-point tiebreaker in the third set. Championship singles matches will feature a full third set, also with no ad scoring. Doubles matches will be played as a 6-game regular set with a tiebreaker at 6-6, and no ad scoring.

For updated results and draws during the tournament, head to the HBCU National Tennis Championships website.

Women’s singles and doubles feature competitors from:

  • Alabama A&M University
  • Albany State University
  • Alcorn State University
  • Benedict College
  • Bethune-Cookman University
  • Clark Atlanta University
  • Florida A&M University
  • Grambling State University
  • Jackson State University
  • Morgan State University
  • Shaw University
  • Southern University
  • Tuskegee University
  • Xavier University of Louisiana

Florida A&M took home the women’s team championship in 2019. Angela Charles-Alfred of XULA garnered top accolades in singles and doubles, where she partnered with Lailaa Bashir.

Participating schools in men’s singles and doubles include:

  • Alabama A&M University
  • Alcorn State University
  • Benedict College
  • Jackson State University
  • Morgan State University
  • North Carolina Central University
  • Shaw University
  • Tuskegee University
  • Xavier University of Louisiana

Morgan State won the men’s team national title in 2019. Santiago Perez of XULA was crowned men’s singles champion, and Mark Amaefule and Sebastian Lopez of Morgan State earned the men’s doubles title.

Read more on the history of HBCU Tennis here.

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