Dec. 6, 2015
ROUEN, France - For the sixth time in seven years Boise State men 's tennis head coach Greg Patton has coach the United States' Master'U collegiate team to the team title at the 2015 Master'U BNP Paribas Championship with victories over Great Britain, Germany and France. The Americans earned their sixth championship with a 4-1 win over France Sunday afternoon in Rouen, France.
"This is our seventh appearance in the finals and we have won six out of the past seven championships," said Patton. "What a statement about our collegiate players. Don't think for a moment that this tournament is easy. The caliber of teams includes players as high as top 300 on the ATP circuit and top 120 on the WTA."
The Master'U BNP Paribas Championship features eight collegiate national teams from throughout the world who meet annually for one weekend in December. This year's competition was December 3-6. In addition to the U.S.A. this year's field included Belgium, China, France, Germany, Great Britain, Ireland and Spain. Roster spots for the American team were selected by a committee of USTA Player Development coaches and staff from the Intercollegiate Tennis Association.
Patton has been one of the co-head coaches for the American team for the last seven years during which he has helped guide the United State to six championships, including five straight.
The U.S.A. opened the tournament with a 7-0 sweep of Great Britain on Friday followed by a 4-3 come from behind victory over Germany on Saturday. The Americans who were down 3-2 versus the Germans had to pull out the win via tiebreakers in men's doubles and in the decisive mixed doubles match to advance to Sunday's final against France.
To win a match a team needs to win four of the seven team points which are made up of two men's singles, two women's singles, one men's doubles, one women's doubles and one mixed doubles contests.