Arizona to send 4 tennis players to Adidas Invitational

By Kevin Clerici
Arizona Daily Wildcat
January 24, 1996

The Adidas Invitational offers more than just winning - there's also the chance to play with the pros.

The amateur tennis tournament, which starts today in Palm Springs, Calif., and runs through Saturday, gives the winner an automatic berth in the championship, worth $2.2 million.

For the first time, Arizona is sending four representatives to the invitational. Senior Jan Anderson, Arizona's No. 1 tennis player and currently ranked 85th in the nation, reached the championship of the invitational in 1994. Also in Palm Springs are sen ior Chris Jenkins, junior Henrik Wagner and sophomore transfer Tom Haugland.

All four players of the men's 25th-ranked team will enter the top 100 national rankings when the updates are released March 5.

Anderson will participate in the invitational and then take two weeks off from the collegiate schedule to compete for native country Norway's Davis Cup team.

The professional tour allows for an amateur to compete in the championship; if he were to win, however, he would have to decline the money since he is affiliated with the university.