Eight men and eight women have been selected to compete in the first event of its kind. The men's and women's singles winner will be guaranteed a wild card into the qualifying draw of the 2015 US Open. Wild cards into the main draw will be awarded to the men's winner if he's ranked No. 250 or better next summer and to the women's champion if she's ranked No. 150 or better.
The players competing in the women's field are: Kristie Ahn (Stanford; Upper Saddle River, N.J.); Jennifer Brady (UCLA; Boca Raton, Fla.); Hayley Carter (North Carolina; Hilton Head, S.C.); Alex Cercone (Florida; Seminole, Fla.); Julie Elbaba (Virginia; Oyster Bay, N.Y.); Olivia Janowicz (Florida; Palm Bay, Fla.); Jamie Loeb (North Carolina; Ossining, N.Y.); and Danielle Collins (Virginia; St. Petersburg, Fla.).
Loeb and Carter, the first first and third ranked players, respectively, in Division I women's tennis last season, are back for their sophomore seasons in Chapel Hill.
The 2014 ITA National College Player of the Year, Loeb's impressive freshman resume included a 53-4 singles record and victories at both fall semester major tournaments: the Riviera/ITA Women's All-American Championships in California and the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships in New York. She is the first player in nearly 30 years to win both of those tournaments in the same season.
Carter was named the 2014 ITA Player to Watch, a national award given to a top underclassmen. She recorded a 50-7 singles record and was the Atlantic Coast Conference Freshman of the Year.
Carter and Loeb gained All-America status in both singles and doubles during their 2013-14 freshmen campaigns.