The University of Florida men's and women's tennis teams both were chosen as one of 16 hosts of their respective NCAA First and Second Round Championship matches, the NCAA Committee announced on Tuesday afternoon from Indianapolis.
The event will run from May 10 to 12 at UF's Linder Stadium at Ring Tennis Complex.
The Gator men will host two first round matches on Friday, May 10 and a second round contest on Saturday, May 11, while the women will play their first round matches on Saturday and the second round on the Sunday, May 12. The winning team from each of the regionals advances to Urbana, Ill., for the NCAA Round of 16 and beyond.
This season the University of Illinois plays host to the combined men's and women's tournament from the round of 16 through the final. The men's Round of 16 begins on Thursday, May 16, while women's action gets underway on Friday, May 17.
The Gator men, ranked No. 15 with a 15-10 overall record, will host the first two rounds on May 10-11, holding the top seed in the Gainesville regional. Florida will play Denver (11-11) in the opening round with the winner of the match to face the winner of 18th-ranked Cal (14-9) and Florida State (18-10).
“We are really looking forward to the NCAA Tournament,” said men’s head coach Bryan Shelton. “This is the time to show just how far we have come this year. It's great to have a week and a half still to prepare for the tournament. Having the opportunity to host the first two rounds is a big deal to our team and our fans. We have had tremendous support throughout this season from our boosters and our community, and we are counting on them to help us advance.”
Florida faces Denver in the first round of the NCAA Tournament after the Pioneers claimed the WAC Championship to claim the conference’s automatic bid. Cal earned an at-large bid after finishing tied for second in the Pac-12. Florida State also earned an at-large bid after finished tied for seventh in the ACC.
The Gators are one of eight SEC teams to host a regional on the men’s side, joined by third-seed Georgia, sixth-seed Ole Miss, seventh-seed Tennessee, eight-seed Kentucky, 10-seed Mississippi State, 12-seed Texas A&M and 16-seed Vanderbilt. Alabama, Auburn, LSU and South Carolina also made the field of 64.
The Gator women, ranked No. 2 in the country with a 22-2 overall record, received the No. 1 seed in the 64-team draw. Florida faces Marist (11-7) for the fourth-consecutive year in its NCAA First Round contest on Saturday, May 12 at 1 p.m. ET. The other NCAA Women’s First Round match played in Gainesville features 22nd-ranked Georgia Tech (14-9) versus Yale (17-3) on Saturday at 10 a.m.
The winning teams from those first-round matches meet in the second round on Sunday, May 11 at 1 p.m.
UF has hosted first and second round matches every year since the NCAA Women's Championships expanded its field to 64 teams in 1999.
The Florida women's team is making its 31st appearance in the 32-year history of the NCAA Championships, missing only the 1986 event. The Gators won NCAA team titles in 1992, 1996, 1998, 2003, 2011 ad 2012 and have advanced to at least the NCAA Semifinals 21 times in the last 25 years.
The announcement of the participants for the NCAA Singles and Doubles Championships will be held on Wednesday, May 1, with the names of the individuals selected posted to the www.NCAA.com no later than 6 p.m. ET.
Tickets may be purchased in advance or on each day of the tournament. An ALL-SESSION Pass is $10.00 for adults and $5.00 for senior citizens, college students, and children under 17. SINGLE DAY tickets for Friday and Saturday are $5.00 for adults and $3.00 for senior citizens, college students and children under 17. SINGLE DAY tickets for Sunday are $3.00 for everyone.
Spectators interested in purchasing advance ALL-SESSION Pass may do so by contacting:
Gator Ticket Office
Post Office Box 14485
Gainesville, FL 32604
352/375-4683, ext. 6800
Tickets also are available for purchase online at www.Gatorzone.com/tickets
Gates will open for fans one hour prior to the start of the first competition each day. Please note that seating is on a first come, first served basis. No saving of seats will be permitted.
A Will Call window for the teams will also be located at the Ring Tennis Complex entrance.
The schedule of team play in Gainesville is as follows:
Friday, May 10 * Men's NCAA First Round
1 p.m. California vs. Florida State
4 p.m. Florida vs. Denver
Saturday, May 11 * Women's NCAA First Round
10 a.m. Georgia Tech vs. Yale
1 p.m. Florida vs. Marist
Saturday, May 11 * Men's NCAA Second Round
Friday's First Round winners
Sunday, May 12 * Women's NCAA Second Round
1 p.m. Saturday's First Round winners