INDIANAPOLIS -- The NCAA Division I Men’s Tennis Subcommittee has selected the 64 teams and 16 first- and second-round sites for the 2018 NCAA Division I Men’s Tennis Championship. Per NCAA policy, the top 16 seeds are guaranteed to host if a bid was submitted and criteria are met, and matchups between conference opponents were avoided in the first two rounds of the championship.
First- and second-round competition takes place May 11-12 or 12-13 and features four teams playing in a single-elimination format. The winner of each site advances to the Wake Forest Tennis Complex in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, where the 16 teams will compete for the national championship May 18-22. The event will be hosted by Wake Forest University.
“Congratulations to all participants for the hard work put in this year. The 64-team field is impressive again this year. We’re excited for the competition ahead as teams advance to Winston-Salem.” said Judy Van Horn, executive associate athletics director at the University of South Carolina, Columbia, and the chair of the Division I Men’s and Women’s Tennis Committee.
The matches shall be regulation dual matches. Three doubles matches consisting of six-game sets will be played for one team point, followed by six singles matches, each valued at one team point; played the best of three sets. No-ad scoring will be used and a seven-point tiebreaker (first to seven points, must win by two points) will be played at six-games-all. The team winning four or more team points advances in the championship bracket.
During the championships, all matches will be stopped after the doubles point is decided. All remaining individual matches will be stopped once a team winner (four points won) has been determined. The score will only reflect completed matches. The complete list of teams and sites is included on the official bracket, which is available at www.ncaa.com.
Thirty-one conferences receive automatic qualification into the 2018 NCAA Division I Men’s Tennis Championship. Each conference and its automatic qualifier are listed below.
|Atlantic Sun||North Florida|
|Big Ten||Ohio State|
|Big West||UC Santa Barbara|
|Conference USA||Old Dominion|
|Mid-Eastern||South Carolina State|
|Mountain West||Utah State|
|Ohio Valley||Tennessee Tech|
|Southern||East Tennessee State|
|Sun Belt||South Alabama|
|West Coast||San Diego|
|WAC||New Mexico State|