Rybakov selected to play in the American Collegiate Invitational

Rybakov selected to play in the American Collegiate Invitational

By Carolina Olivares

Men’s tennis junior Alex Rybakov is one of the eight collegiate men’s tennis players to be competing at the American Collegiate Invitational at the 2017 U.S. Open from Sept. 7-9.

The tournament brings together some of the best college tennis athletes as they compete under the big lights of the U.S. open for a chance to win a wild card spot into the U.S. Open itself.

Rybakov had a strong sophomore season moving up in the singles rankings from No. 20 to No. 19 with a 23-2 overall record. The Florida native lost his first match of the season but redeemed himself with a 23-match winning streak.

This solid performance matched that of the whole TCU men’s team which saw an overall record of 22-5 in their 2016-2017 season.

The athletes will compete in single-elimination singles tournaments. Champions will have to be ranked No. 120 or better by the U.S. Open entry deadline next summer to receive a main draw wild card into the 2018 U.S. Open, otherwise they will receive a qualifying wild card. Additionally, champions will receive wild cards into three USTA Pro Circuit events.

The 2017 All-Americans will be competing in the Arthur Ashe Stadium which seats more than 23,000 fans, making it the largest tennis-only stadium in the world. Rain delays should no longer be a problem because of the new retractable roof that ensures for smooth, exciting matches.