POITIERS, France - Boise State men's tennis coach Greg Patton helped guide the United States to a world championship this past weekend (Dec. 11-13) as the U.S. captured the team title at the 2009 Master'U BNP Paribas tournament in Poitiers, France.
The Master'U BNP Paribas is an eight team international collegiate tournament that consists of the top men and women's college tennis players from around the world. This year's field was made up of teams from the U.S., Switzerland, Great Britain, China, Belgium, Germany, Ireland and France. Coach Patton teamed up with University of Illinois women's tennis coach, Michelle Dasso, to lead the U.S.
The U.S. team, which was made up of players from Southern California, Texas A&M, Kentucky, Georgia Tech, Notre Dame and Tennessee, opened the tournament against Switzerland. Each dual was played in a best-of-seven format with two men's and two women's singles matches, one men's and one women's doubles match and a mixed doubles match. The U.S. cruised to their first round win with a 7-0 sweep of Switzerland.
In the second round the U.S. made quick work of Great Britain, winning the semifinals dual 5-1. The win earned the U.S. a spot in the title round, where they would face France for the world championship. The U.S. would need all seven matches to earn the victory, but managed to hold off France for a 4-3 win.