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Author Archives: Steve Pratt

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 »

Top Women’s Pros Returning To Templeton

Some of the top up-and-coming women’s professional tennis players will return to the Central Coast next month as the Templeton Tennis Ranch (“TTR”; ttrtennis.com) once again hosts the Central Coast… Read more »

Top-Seeded Pielet Advances at Girls’ Nats

Girls’ 16s top-seed Gianna Pielet overcame second-set nerves and went on to post a 6-1, 7-5 victory over Simran Chhabra of Irving, Texas to advance to the third-round of the… Read more »

Sectionals 18s Winner Woldeab Keeps Improving

Junior Spotlight: Siem Woldeab “Embrace the Clay” might have been a good motto for Siem (pronounced Sam) Woldeab, during the week playing in his first USTA Clay Court Nationals in… Read more »

Van Zutphen Keeping Cool at SeaCliff CC

Teaching Pro Spotlight: Mike Van Zutphen When Mike Van Zutphen decided to head west for the cool and breezy climate of Huntington Beach and became the Director of Tennis at… Read more »

First Break Academy Hosts Return The Serve Fun Day Presented By Chase

For the second consecutive year, the “Return The Serve Fun Day Presented By Chase” event was hosted by First Break Academy and took place last Friday at StubHub Center in… Read more »

First Break Academy To Host Return The Serve Event Friday

The “Return The Serve Fun Day Presented By Chase” event returns to Southern California for the fifth straight year on Friday, July 13, at StubHub Center in Carson. First Break… Read more »

Garafola’s Love For Athletics Inspired Angel City Games

COMMUNITY SPOTLIGHT: Michael Garafola When Michael Garafola first dreamed up the idea of an Adaptive, Paralympic-style event to be held in Southern California at a world-class venue like the campus of… Read more »

Anderson Keeps On Playing In Mother’s Memory

The following story appeared in the Santa Clarita Valley Signal on a brave high school tennis player Jake Anderson, who lost his mother and biggest fan Nicole Anderson back in… Read more »

Ojai’s Scott Burton Has Deep Passion For the Game

Teaching Pro Spotlight: Scott Burton A deep-seated passion for the game of tennis from a longtime teaching pro has led to a re-awakening in the tennis-rich town of Ojai. Officially… Read more »

Kang Enters SoCal Sectionals Among Nation’s Elite

Junior Spotlight: Kyle Kang Kyle Kang doesn’t have to go far when he needs a little bit of advice when navigating the often tough road of junior tennis. A 13-year-old… Read more »

Dawson Starting New Traditions At Bobby Riggs Club

Facility Spotlight: Bobby Riggs Racquet and Paddle Club Steve Dawson is a firm believer that the long established sport of tennis and newcomer pickleball can certainly co-exist at the same… Read more »

Craig, Johnson Win USTA National Open Hard Court Titles

A pair of talented Southern Californians finished the USTA National Open Hard Court Championships in winning form as top-seeded Henry Craig of San Diego and third-seeded Taylor Johnson captured singles… Read more »

Two SCTA Junior Boys Begin French Open Run

Southern California juniors Tristan Boyer and Brandon Nakishima will begin play at the French Open Junior event on Sunday. The pair, who played in the final of the USTA International… Read more »

UCLA’s Redlicki-Zhu Win National Doubles Title

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – For UCLA senior Martin Redlicki, it was so good to feel like a champion again and end his storied Bruin career on top. For sophomore Evan Zhu,… Read more »

USTA National Open Hard Court Championships Kick Off in San Diego

After receiving first-round byes, the top-seeds in the men’s singles draw will be in action on Tuesday at the USTA National Open Hard Court Championships. The national tournament at the… Read more »

Avila Bay Club Tournament To Host UTR Division

Avila Bay Athletic Club Tennis Director Michael Marquez has always been a big fan of the Universal Tennis Rating system, simply known in tennis circles as UTR. UTR is a… Read more »

Avila Bay Club To Host Vince Dente Memorial Tournament

Facility Spotlight: Avila Bay Athletic Club This holiday Memorial Weekend is easily the biggest weekend of the year for the Avila Bay Athletic Club with the playing of the Vince… Read more »

USTA National Open Hardcourt Championships Starts Monday

The USTA National Open Hard Court Championships, which feature some of the top Open Division players in the country, will get underway at 9 a.m. on Monday, May 28 at… Read more »

UCLA’s Redlicki Named ITA Senior of the Year

His UCLA not yet complete, UCLA senior and No. 1 player Martin Redlicki has been named the ITA Senior Player of the Year. The award capped a three-day stretch that… Read more »

Top-Seeded Nifdeffer Continues Senior Tennis Dominance

Former WTA professional Ros Nideffer of San Diego (Rancho Bernardo) continued her dominance in the USTA National Women’s Senior 50-90 Hard Court Tennis Championships as she defeated second-seeded Andrea Rice… Read more »