Author Archives: Steve Pratt

Qualifier Sell upsets No. 2 seed Hemery at USTA Men’s Pro Tennis Championships of Calabasas

CALABASAS, Calif., — Karue Sell registered the first big upset at the USTA Men’s Pro Tennis Championships of Calabasas when the former UCLA standout upset No. 2 seed Calvin Hemery… Read more »

McDonald Lands Top Seeding At USTA Men’s Pro Tennis Championships of Calabasas

CALABASAS, Calif., — Former UCLA standout Mackenzie McDonald cruised past fellow American Henry Craig 6-4, 6-2 on Monday to earn one of the eight qualifying openings for the 2017 USTA… Read more »

Periera To Lend Quick Hand At UCLA

JUNIOR SPOTLIGHT: Bryce Periera A champion at major junior events like the Easter Bowl, The Ojai Tournament and the Kalamazoo Boys’ National Hardcourts, Bryce Pereira started off his year by… Read more »

Giron Returns To Play USTA Men’s Pro Tennis Championships of Calabasas

Click here for the qualifying singles draw. CALABASAS, Calif., — Former NCAA singles champion Marcos Giron of nearby Thousand Oaks, Calif., along with two former Pepperdine standouts, will be part… Read more »

Bob Seymour Recalls Life of Tennis Memories

SENIOR SPOTLIGHT: Bob Seymour Life-long tennis player Bob Seymour has a noteworthy streak that involves a sport other than tennis. The 93-year-old Laguna Woods resident and former collegiate player at… Read more »

Rod Laver Named 2017 Ojai Tournament Honoree

OJAI, Calif. (Feb. 6, 2017) – Considered tennis royalty and one of the greatest to ever play the game, tennis great Rod Laver has been named the 2017 Ojai Tennis… Read more »

128th Annual Pacific Coast Men’s Doubles Championships Advance

Several Southern California teams will contest one of the country’s oldest and long-standing events starting Thursday with the playing of the 128th Annual Pacific Coast Men’s Doubles Tennis Championship at La… Read more »

First Break Academy To Take Part In Read Across America Day at StubHub

The LA Galaxy will join forces with the LA Chargers, StubHub Center and First Break Academy to host Read Across America Day at StubHub Center this Thursday, March 2 from… Read more »

BEYOND THE SCORE: Take Time To Say Thank You

BEYOND THE SCORE by Lisa Thomas This week I was lucky enough to be invited to a very nice event that honored the efforts of some extraordinary people in our… Read more »

Omni La Costa Resort and Spa Offers A Special Valentine’s Getaway

Looking to get away for a little tennis retreat with that special someone at this most romantic time of the year, then look no further than the Omni La Costa… Read more »

Falling In Love With the Game of Tennis

BEYOND THE SCORE By Lisa Thomas It is hard not to fall in love with the game of tennis.  It’s a smart, traditional and stylish sport and it offers its… Read more »

Why Love Means Nothing In Tennis

Who can forget hearing that first tennis coach at one of our first lessons or clinics: “OK, the first and most important thing you need to know is that love… Read more »

Federer a Master at Managing Pressure

BEYOND THE SCORE By Lisa Thomas Chrissie Evert once said that, “Feeling pressure means you are human.” The seasoned player was commenting on the apparent nerves being displayed by Angelique… Read more »

Giron Wins Long Beach Pro Futures

“The Comeback” clearly a thing of the past, Marcos Giron is ready to take on 2017 and keep on winning. The 24-year-old former UCLA star won the fifth USTA Pro… Read more »

Giron Doubles Up At Long Beach Futures

Playing two singles matches in one day is something just about every pro tennis player has experienced somewhere along the way. It’s what eight quarterfinalists at the Legends Long Beach… Read more »

Get the SCTA App In Time For Talbert Tourney

The SCTA mobile app has been updated and now includes all the draws, site maps and competitors for the third annual Henry Talbert Tournament (Level 1) taking place this weekend… Read more »

There’s So Much To Love About Australia

BEYOND THE SCORE By Lisa Thomas The Australian Open in the great city of Melbourne is set to kick off on Monday.  Already the courts down under are heating up… Read more »

USC Wild Cards Advance In Long Beach

Three USC teenage wild cards won first-round matches on a long day of play at the Legends Long Beach USTA Pro Circuit presented by USTA Southern California being played at… Read more »

Paul Top-Seeded In Long Beach

LONG BEACH, Calif. (Jan. 9, 2017) – With a singles main draw looking very similar to last week’s $25,000 USTA Pro Circuit Futures tournament at USC, this week’s Legends Long Beach… Read more »

McDonald Wins USTA Futures Event at USC

Former UClA Star Mackenzie McDonald Beats Virginia Freshman Carl Soderlund To Win Southern California Pro Futures Tournament Mackenzie McDonald captured his second career USTA Pro Circuit Futures title with a… Read more »

McDonald To Face Soderlund in Southern California Pro Futures Final

LOS ANGELES (Jan. 7, 2017) – Reigning NCAA singles champion Mackenzie McDonald will meet 19-year-old University of Virginia freshman Carl Soderlund in the final of the Southern California Pro Futures… Read more »

McDonald To Face Another Trojan at Southern California Pro Futures Tournament

One Trojan down, one to go for Mackenzie McDonald to make the singles final at the Southern California Pro Futures Tournament, a $25,000 USTA Pro Circuit event being played on… Read more »