Sept. 27, 2010

NCAA Release

PHOENIX -- The NCAA has announced Surprise, Ariz., will serve as the location for the 2013 NCAA Division II Men’s and Women’s Tennis Championships. The event will take place May 8-11 at the Surprise Tennis Complex. The Phoenix Regional Sports Commission, in partnership with the Surprise Tennis Complex and Grand Canyon University, will serve as tournament hosts.

“The NCAA Men's and Women's Tennis Committee is looking forward to working with Grand Canyon University and the Phoenix Regional Sports Commission for the 2013 Division II Tennis Championships,” said NCAA Committee Chair Robin Langley. “Our goal is to create a true championship experience and exciting atmosphere for the student-athletes during their time in Surprise, Ariz. We hope the community will come out and support the student-athletes because I promise they will see some amazing tennis and fierce competition in an exciting venue during the week of the championships.”

The team championships consist of 48 teams. The teams will play a single-elimination tournament with the Surprise Tennis Complex hosting the final 16-team bracket to determine the national champion.

“The City of Surprise is honored to be selected to host the NCAA Division II Men’s and Women’s Tennis Championships in 2013,” said City of Surprise Community & Recreation Services Director Mark Coronado. “Surprise is committed to making sports tourism a priority, and the award of this tournament emphasizes our commitment to elevating tennis in Arizona to a national level.”

“We are proud to bring another great NCAA championship to the Valley of the Sun,” said Phoenix Regional Sports Commission President Jon Schmieder. “Along with our partners at Grand Canyon University and the Surprise Tennis Complex, we will put on a great event for the student-athletes and their fans.”

Grand Canyon University Director of Athletics Keith Baker said the university is eager to serve as the host institution for the tournament. “We are excited about the opportunity to bring the NCAA Division II Tennis Championships to Arizona. Our desire is to help provide the very best competitive environment and championship experience for the student-athletes who come here to represent their schools.”

The championship is projected to occupy more than 1,000 rooms at area hotels. The event will generate an estimated $885,000 in direct visitor spending.