Patton to Coach USA Collegiate Team
Nov. 28, 2017

BOISE, Idaho – Boise State’s head men’s tennis coach Greg Patton will once again help guide the American Collegiate Team at the 2017 Master’U BNP Paribas International Collegiate Team Championship Nov. 30-Dec. 3 in Marcq-en-Baroeul (Lille), France. This is Patton’s ninth year as co-head coach of the USA Collegiate Team. Ohio State’s women’s head coach Melissa Schaub joins Patton as co-head coach. 

In the previous eight years with Patton as one of the co-head coaches the American’s have won seven championships, including six straight heading into the 2017 edition. 

The 2017 tournament is the 12th in the history of this competition. The 2009 tournament marked the first year for the USA and Patton to participate in this event. The American’s won the 2009 title, then finished second in 2010. They followed that minor setback by winning the last six (2011-16) championships. 

The Master’U BNP Paribas International Collegiate Team Championship is considered by some to be the Davis Cup and Federation Cup of college tennis. 

The format for each match consists of two men’s and two women’s singles matches, in addition to one women’s and one men’s doubles match, as well as a mixed doubles match. The team winning four of the seven team points wins the match and advances into the next round.  

In addition to the United States, this year’s field includes teams from Belgium, China, France, Germany, Great Britain, Ireland and Russia. Past U.S. representatives in the Master’U competition include Steve Johnson, Irina Falconi, Austin Krajicek, Maria Sanchez, Mackenzie McDonald, Danielle Collins and Chris Eubanks.

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