BERKELEY –While the rest of the California women’s tennis team remains idle until the New Year, Amanda Augustus will keep busy on a mid-season trip to the south of France. For the second consecutive year, the Golden Bear head coach will co-coach a U.S. team playing in the Master’U BNP Paribas international collegiate team competition, held from Nov. 29-Dec. 1 in Aix-en-Provence, France.
“It’s definitely an honor to be asked to represent your country,” Augustus said. “Last year was my first time to be asked in a coaching capacity. I’ve been on various U.S. teams as player. But in tennis we don’t have a lot of those sorts of team competitions, so I’m pleased to be asked back to coach the team this year.”
The U.S. will compete against teams from Belgium, China, France, Germany, Great Britain, Ireland and Russia in a bracket-style team competition, with each match consisting of two men’s and two women’s singles matches, one women’s and one men’s doubles match and a mixed doubles match.
Boise State men’s coach Greg Patton joins Augustus on the coaching staff. This year’s U.S. squad includes USC’s Sabrina Santamaria, who is ranked No. 1 in the ITA preseason women’s singles poll, second-ranked Robin Anderson of UCLA and Georgia’s third-ranked Lauren Herring. On the men’s side, Virginia’s 15th-ranked Mitchell Frank, the ITA All-American champion, Ohio State’s third-ranked Peter Kobelt and UCLA’s sixth-ranked Marcos Giron round out the roster.
Last year, the U.S. won its third Master’U title, with the others coming in 2009 and 2011.
“Spreading college tennis internationally makes this a unique event,” Augustus added. “It’s great that all the players there are college students. That’s what makes this event unique and very special. Seeing the team format that’s used with the singles, doubles and mixed doubles – it’s basically Davis Cup and Fed Cup all rolled into one – also makes the event exciting. The matches are long but are highly entertaining and a great representation of the current level of college tennis.”
Her Golden Bears next compete in the Cal Winter Invitational slated for Jan. 17-19 in Berkeley.