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Beatrice Capra, Mitchell Frank named to USTA Collegiate Team


Ellicott City’s Beatrice Capra, above, and Annandale’s Mitchell Frank, who recently completed their freshman seasons on the tennis teams at Duke and Virginia, respectively, have been named to the 2012 USTA Collegiate Team. (Mark Gail/The Washington Post)

Ellicott City’s Beatrice Capra and Annandale’s Mitchell Frank, who recently completed their freshman seasons on the tennis teams at Duke and Virginia, respectively, have been named to the 2012 USTA Collegiate Team.

The elite training program, which is run by the U.S. Tennis Association and the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, is designed to give top American college tennis players a chance to compete on the U.S. Tennis Association’s Pro Circuit. It also offers additional training over the summer with top pros in anticipation of a potential career in the pros. The camps will be held this month on clay courts in Boca Raton, Fla.

Only 16 college players were named to the squads.

Capra finished the season No. 2 in the ITA rankings. She also was an NCAA singles quarterfinalist and the ITA’s National Co-Rookie of the Year. On the heels of a 29-4 record in singles competition, she swept ACC honors, winning the conference’s Player of the Year, Freshman of the Year and tournament MVP awards.

Frank, who also finished the season No. 2 in the ITA rankings, won the ITA All-American title and the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships. With a 34-1 record, he was named the ACC’s Freshman of the Year.

Capra and Frank both trained at the Junior Tennis Champions Center in College Park before embarking on their college careers.

The USTA Collegiate Team program was started in 1996. Among the current touring pros who have taken part are James Blake, doubles specialists Bob and Mike Bryan, Amer Delic, Jesse Levine and Irina Falconi.

Liz Clarke currently covers the Washington Redskins for The Washington Post. She has also covered seven Olympic Games, two World Cups and written extensively about college sports, tennis and auto racing.
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