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USTA/ITA Campus Showdown Schedule
The USTA is teaming with the ITA to promote Campus Showdowns on college campuses throughout the United States. Campus Showdowns are one-day, short-format tournaments open to juniors, college players, professionals, and adults. These events give junior players a chance to compete against college competition on a college campus.
Learn more about these Showdowns here, and then check the schedule below to find a Showdown in your area - or at a school of interest for you. Just email the listed tournament director for more information.
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