COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Incoming Texas A&M freshman Austin Klores (Franklin, Texas) will compete in the USTA Texas Summer Grand Slam Tournament held on June 6-15 at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center in College Station. Klores is among a field of 950 boys and girls ages 18-12 entered in the 10-day tournament. One of the top junior tennis players in the Lone Star State, Klores recently graduated from Franklin High School and signed with the Aggies last fall. He was rated as high as No. 46 overall in the Class of 2008 by the Tennis Recruiting Network.
The Texas A&M men’s tennis team will compete in the expanded 2009 Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) National Team Indoor Championships and awaits live draft site selections to be held on Thursday, June 5 at www.itatennis.com.
The Aggies are among 60 participating teams in the tournament field and will select ninth between 10-11 a.m. (CT) on Thursday. Four teams will compete at 15 different host sites on Jan. 30-Feb. 1, 2009. First round winners and losers face each other in the second round. The 15 teams that win both matches advance to the ITA National Team Indoor Championships to be held on Feb. 13-16 at the Midtown Tennis Club in Chicago.
Host sites include defending national champion Georgia (Athens, Ga.), UCLA (Los Angeles), Tennessee (Knoxville, Tenn.), North Carolina (Chapel Hill, N.C.), Virginia (Charlottesville, Va.), Mississippi (Oxford, Miss.), Florida (Gainesville, Fla.), Boise State (Boise, Idaho), Ohio State (Columbus, Ohio), USC (Los Angeles), Tulsa (Tulsa, Okla.), Penn State (State College, Pa.), Texas (Austin, Texas), Baylor (Waco, Texas) and Pepperdine (Malibu, Calif.). Two matches are guaranteed at each site.
A&M closed out the 2008 season ranked No. 23 nationally in the final ITA rankings with one of the nation’s toughest schedules. As a team, the Aggies advanced to the NCAA Second Round, while the ninth-ranked doubles combination of Conor Pollock (San Antonio, Texas) and Austin Krajicek (Brandon, Fla.) reached the NCAA Doubles Championships semifinals for the first time in school history this past season. A&M will host the upcoming 2009 NCAA Men’s and Women’s Tennis Championships on May 14-25, 2009, at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center.