Rybakov Selected for Invitational at US Open
Aug. 18, 2017
FORT WORTH, Texas – TCU men’s tennis junior Alex Rybakov was one of eight current or recently graduated collegiate men’s tennis players selected to play in the fourth annual American Collegiate Invitational at the 2017 US Open from September 7-9 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y.
The American Collegiate Invitational, open only to American college players, began in 2014 as a way to spotlight college tennis during the US Open. Eight men and eight women play single-elimination singles tournaments Thursday to Saturday during the second week of the US Open, with the winners receiving a wild card into the 2018 US Open, main draw or qualifying, depending on their ranking next summer.
For the second straight year, the American Collegiate Invitational will also serve as a testing ground for several innovations, including utilizing a 25-second serve clock between points and eliminating coaching violations, allowing players to communicate with coaches between points.
Rybakov had an impressive sophomore season by posting a 23-2 overall mark in singles on his way to All-America honors. After dropping the first match of the season, the Coral Springs, Fla., native went on a 23-match winning streak with wins over 14 ranked opponents. After helping TCU to win the Big 12 regular season and tournament titles for the second straight season, Rybakov was honored with a spot on the All-Big 12 singles and doubles teams. The junior was also ranked in both singles and doubles during the entire spring and finished the year ranked No. 19 in singles and No. 65 in doubles with Guillermo Nuñez.
The men’s/women’s American Collegiate Invitational champions will receive main draw wild card entries into the 2018 US Open if either is ranked No. 120 or better by the US Open entry deadline next summer. Otherwise, the winners will receive qualifying wild cards. The champions will also get wild cards into three USTA Pro Circuit events, while each runner-up will get one.
Twenty years ago, the US Open was transformed by the introduction of Arthur Ashe Stadium. The centerpiece of the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, Arthur Ashe Stadium provided the game’s greats – and its greatest fans – with a stage unmatched in the sport. Boasting a capacity of more than 23,000, Arthur Ashe Stadium is the largest tennis-only stadium in the world, allowing the Open to welcome more than half a million more fans annually than when its namesake won the men’s singles championship in 1968. Best of all, the stadium has grown with the times. In 2016, it added a retractable roof, banishing rain delays to the historical record and ensuring that US Open attendees could continue to experience the excitement of US Open tennis – regardless of the weather. Today, Arthur Ashe Stadium provides the ultimate showcase for the world’s finest players to complete the toughest two weeks in tennis.
*Indicates player is a graduating senior and/or has turned pro/exhausted collegiate eligibility.
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