Author Archives: Steve Pratt

Gonzaga’s Whittle Captures Riviera ITA All-American

This story was originally posted on the ITA website: Gonzaga senior Sophie Whittle completed her improbable run from qualifier to champion, capturing the singles title at the 2018 Riviera… Read more »

Gonzaga’s Whittle From Arroyo Grande Keeps Winning

The following report came from the ITA and can be seen here: PACIFIC PALISADES, Calif. – Gonzaga University senior Sophie Whittle finished a five-minute stretch and headed out for… Read more »

UCLA’s Hart Falls To Top-Seeded Jones at Riviera All-American

PACIFIC PALISADES, Calif. – Top-seeded Makenna Jones from the University of North Carolina had to feel a little concerned when she glanced for the first time at the singles draw… Read more »

Asia Muhammad Pulls Off Singles and Doubles Sweep In Templeton

Asia Muhammad, the Long Beach, Calif., native who calls Las Vegas home, won her seventh ITF singles title of her career and third in 2018 at the Central Coast Pro… Read more »

Muhammad To Play in Singles and Doubles Final In Central Coast Pro Open

Saturday’s semifinal matches at the Central Coast Pro Tennis Open, a USTA Pro Circuit $60,000 women’s event taking place at the Templeton Tennis Ranch, showcased the great diversity of playing styles… Read more »

Doubles Partners Muhammad, Sanchez Keep Winning In Templeton

For the second straight day, Asia Muhammad had a second-set letdown after winning the first, but rallied to come back and win the third set as she beat Canada’s Katherine… Read more »

Central Coast Pro Tennis Open Main Draw Begins Today

The main draw has been set in singles and doubles at the second annual Central Coast Pro Tennis Open as first-round play begins on Tuesday, as well as the final… Read more »

Colling Hopes Hot Summer Continues in College

JUNIOR SPOTLIGHT: Solymar Colling Something clicked at the start of the summer for Solymar Colling. The 18-year-old from the City of Orange went on a roll going undefeated in 24… Read more »

Templeton Tennis Ranch Unveils Signature Drink

Seeking to add a bit of refreshing flair to the upcoming Central Coast Pro Tennis Open, organizers of the second-year tournament will unveil a new signature drink once the event… Read more »

USC’s Holt Beats Former Bruin Redlicki for Claremont Futures Title

By Steve Pratt Former college rivals and now friends Brandon Holt and Marty Redlicki warmed each other up before the USC junior Holt came back for a 3-6, 6-3, 6-2… Read more »

Redlicki To Face Holt In Claremont Futures Final

Former college opponents Martin Redlicki and Brandon Holt will renew their rivalry on Sunday in the singles final of the Claremont Club Pro Classic. Last year’s finalist and tournament No…. Read more »

Holt Beats Teammate To Advance To Semifinals

Before their three-set battle in the quarterfinals of the Claremont Club Pro Classic on Friday, Brandon Holt and his USC teammate Daniel Cukierman shared a 35-mile drive from the USC… Read more »

San Diego Junior Shocks Top Seed at Claremont

Zach Svajda of Pacific Beach in San Diego County didn’t quite know what to expect when he walked onto the Stadium Court at the Claremont Club to face the tournament’s… Read more »

College Players Win Big In Claremont

All seven first-round singles winners Tuesday at the Claremont Club Pro Classic are current or former college tennis players. Two Oklahoma State players led the way as qualifier Artur Dubinski… Read more »

UCLA’s Smith Qualifies For Claremont Club Pro Circuit

UCLA sophomore Keegan Smith won his fourth match in four days Monday to qualify for the Claremont Club USTA Pro Classic main draw. The event is a $15,000 USTA Pro… Read more »

Claremont Club to Host USTA Pro Circuit Event Sept. 10-16

The Claremont USTA Pro Classic will celebrate its 23rd year, and once again will feature some of the rising stars in pro tennis. The tournament begins next week with qualifying,… Read more »

Things Cooling Down For Ciuffo at CSUN

Teaching Pro Spotlight: James Ciuffo With the two-weekend 54th Annual Northridge-Matador Junior Open Tournament officially completed, longtime Cal State Northridge women’s assistant coach James Ciuffo is now ready to turn… Read more »

Kimberly Le Keeps Giving Back To the Game She Loves

Community Spotlight: Kimberly Le By Steve Pratt Every tennis community needs someone who is always positive, who attends tournaments and other tennis-related activities, who encourages friends and family members to… Read more »

Serving Community For More Than 20 Years

FACILITY SPOTLIGHT: Burbank Tennis Center For Steve Starleaf and his co-workers at the Burbank Tennis Center, it’s always been about giving back to the community that is most important. Each… Read more »

Rachel Manasse Named Assistant Coach At USC

There will be a familiar name and face working with the Women of Troy this year as local product Rachel Manasse has been named the new USC women’s tennis volunteer… Read more »

Rivera Goes Underground With Successful Tennis Business

Teaching Pro Spotlight: Julio Rivera When Julio Rivera came to Los Angeles over 21 years ago, he left a job on Wall Street to propose to his then girlfriend who… Read more »

Up & Down Doubles Tournament Slated For Long Beach

Stephen Weaver, the director of the Long Beach VA Wounded Warrior Tennis Clinics, is hosting the first-ever Up & Down Wheelchair Doubles Tennis Tournament at the El Dorado Tennis Center… Read more »