Adults Seniors – Southern California Tennis News http://southerncaliforniatennis.org Tennis News, Events, Community Activities, Tournaments Fri, 17 Aug 2018 20:54:15 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 SoCal Embraces Hot Pink at League Sectionals http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-news/socal-embraces-hot-pink-at-league-sectionals/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-news/socal-embraces-hot-pink-at-league-sectionals/#respond Fri, 17 Aug 2018 20:54:15 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=25161 Read more »]]>

For 2018, Southern California league teams should learn to love PINK. Specifically, hot pink.

A color war has broken out across the nation, with 17 colors assigned to the 17 USTA Sections. Teams that advance to Nationals are asked to incorporate the colors into their outfits or tennis gear. To promote this color camaraderie, players will also have matching wristbands to trade with opponents throughout the tournament.

Hot pink is the color for Southern California teams. As a tribute to the color wars, hot pink was on full display at the Adult 18 & Over Sectional Championship at Los Caballeros Sports Village this month. Players checked in at a tournament desk decorated in hot pink pom-poms and had plenty of opportunities to pose with pink party props throughout the event.

Teams that won at Sectionals will advance to various facilities across the U.S. to compete for a national title. The winning teams received information packets on their National Championship, which also included their pink wristbands and reminder about their role in the color wars. You can track the color wars online with the hashtag #USTALeague.

Congratulations to all of Southern California’s winning teams! Here is a list of the winners:

  • 3.0 Women – Beach Cities – Manhattan Country Club
  • 3.5 Women – San Fernando Valley – Party at the Net
  • 3.5 Men – San Gabriel Valley – Underdogs
  • 4.0 Women – San Gabriel Valley – Chow Fun-Aye
  • 4.0 Men – Orange County Weekend – Lower Peters Canyon
  • 4.5 Women – San Fernando Valley – Braemar
  • 4.5 Men – Orange County – Body Shots
  • 5.0 Women – Orange County – Los Cab
  • 5.0 Men – Orange County – Dream Killers
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SoCal Seniors headed to ITF Worlds in Germany http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/adults-seniors/seniors-itf-germany/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/adults-seniors/seniors-itf-germany/#comments Fri, 10 Aug 2018 20:42:13 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=25141 Read more »]]>

The United States Tennis Association (USTA) announced today the players who will represent the United States at the International Tennis Federation (ITF) Seniors World Team Championships, which will be held August 12-18 at various tennis facilities in Ulm, Germany.

The tournament is the senior tennis equivalent of the Davis Cup and Fed Cup competitions, with top American tennis players representing their country in the 50-, 55- and 60-and-over age groups.

Representatives of #TeamSoCal include:

Austria Cup – Men’s 55 & over
Bill Moss, Malibu, Calif.

Maria Esther Bueno Cup – Women’s 50 & over
Debbie Spence-Nasim, Carlsbad, Calif.
Ros Nideffer, San Diego, Captain

The American teams will look to retain the Austria Cup title for the second year in a row. Team USA will once again try to win the elusive Maria Esther Bueno Cup after finishing runner-up the last two years.

Following the ITF Seniors World Team Championships, the World Individual Championships will be held August 18-25.

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SoCal Officials Selected To The 2018 U.S. Open http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-news/socal-officials-selected-to-the-2018-u-s-open/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-news/socal-officials-selected-to-the-2018-u-s-open/#respond Mon, 02 Jul 2018 18:52:56 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=24712 Read more »]]> The USTA National Officiating Department has published the list of Southern California officials selected for the 2018 U.S. Open.

This is the singular highest honor for an American tennis official in the Professional Pathway. For many on this list, it is the result of years of hard work and dedication.  We are all very proud of the significant accomplishment of the following Southern California Officials Selected to the 2018 U.S. Open.  Congratulations to:

John Bramlett

Selwyn Brereton

Bob Christianson

Teri Cohn

Marcos Cook

Sean Cook

James Flood

Holly Haggerty

Steven Hartshorn

Lei Ji

Steve Kasner

David Martinez

Michael Recasner

Maureen Regan

Linda Sharpe

Jill Spencer

Wayne Spencer

Bob Tomanek

Albert Ton

Bob Wiebe

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Tournament Spotlights July & August 2018 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/adults-seniors/tournament-spotlights-july-august-2018/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/adults-seniors/tournament-spotlights-july-august-2018/#respond Wed, 27 Jun 2018 06:09:56 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=24688 Read more »]]> Southern California Open Sectional Championships (TennisLink #651751318)

This high-level event offers the Men’s Singles, Women’s Singles, Men’s Doubles, Women’s Doubles and Mixed Doubles in the Open Division. Prize money will be offered based on draw sizes. Come out to Lakewood Tennis Center and watch some of the best tennis Southern California has to offer. Event begins July 30, through August 5.

Mary Brymer Memorial Level 2 (TennisLink #650045518)

Mary Louise Brymer Memorial Scholarship Foundation was established in January 2015 after the passing of Mary Brymer. She ran The Tennis Club At Woodbridge with her husband Chuck Brymer for over 25 years. She was a great ambassador to the sport and her passion not only for the game of Tennis but for all the players she came in contact with was unparalleled. Named in her honor, this USTA sanctioned event comes to Irvine on July 14-15, 21-23 at the Woodbridge Tennis Club. All junior age divisions will compete in singles and doubles. Entries are due by by July 6th. The event is open to USTA members.

Billie Jean King Girls National Championships presented by adidas (TennisLink # 650001918)

This prestigious event takes the name of a Southern California tennis legend for the first time in 2018. Girls 16s and 18s will compete at Barnes Tennis Center in San Diego beginning August 4. Tournament winners earn the title “National Champion” and receive an automatic wild card entry in the main draw of the US Open (18s) and Junior US Open (16s) beginning in August. USTA Pro Circuit wild card berths are also distributed. www.ustagirlsnationals.com

 

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FAST4 underway throughout Inland Empire http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/adults-seniors/fast4-underway-ie/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/adults-seniors/fast4-underway-ie/#respond Mon, 18 Jun 2018 17:00:03 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=24621 Read more »]]> SoCal FAST4 is back in action throughout Southern California.  Develop your match skills in these round-robin, best of three short set/no-ad tournaments.  Designed to give the player more matches, different opponents, and less downtime, the FAST4 format is becoming more and more prominent on the SoCal tournament calendar! 

Go to ustasocal.com to find one near you or email Maria Goldberg, goldberg@scta.usta.com

https://tennislink.usta.com/tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=223110

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LA’s 18-39 League is Back! http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/adults-seniors/las-18-39-league-is-back/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/adults-seniors/las-18-39-league-is-back/#respond Mon, 18 Jun 2018 15:29:45 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=24616 Read more »]]> The Los Angeles league area is offering its second annual 18-39 league. This program will maintain the normal league structure that players love, but will ensure a social experience with an age cap at 39. During the season, players will compete in their regularly scheduled matches, but will also have the opportunity to play in a number of social events. These events include: professional WTT matches, cardio tennis classes, post-match hangouts, and more!

In LA’s 18-39 league, teams will have co-ed rosters and matches will consist of three types of doubles: men’s, women’s and mixed.  Team rating levels are set at the 7.0, 8.0, and 9.0 levels, so friends can be on the same team even if they are at different rating levels. This league is open to players who are not members of USTA.  Non-USTA members will pay a different registration fee, but will need to set-up a free USTA account.

Play is set to start in July and registration is now open! To register for the league, players will sign up on TennisLink and use the Introductory Team number (#6517357060). Our League Coordinators will reach out to you shortly to help you find a team. If you and a friend(s) want to play together, we can make that happen!

Interested in captaining? Don’t have a team? Need more information? Contact your League Coordinators Michelle and Debbie at laleaguecoordinator@yahoo.com

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LET’S PLAY! Here are your SoCal June Tournaments http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/adults-seniors/socal-june-tournaments/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/adults-seniors/socal-june-tournaments/#respond Thu, 07 Jun 2018 20:46:57 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=24595 Read more »]]>

JUNE 1 iTennis Pride Tournament ($$$)
West Hollywood. Open singles and same gender/age division doubles (TennisLink #650016118)

JUNE 1 USTA Father/Daughter & Mother Son National Hard Court Championships
San Diego. Advanced Level Father-Daughter Doubles & Mother-Son Doubles (TennisLink #650038518)

JUNE 1 Calabasas Open & NTRP Championships
NTRP Singles & Doubles. (TennisLink #651744418)

JUNE 2 44th Annual Fallbrook Open
Fallbrook. All divisions offered. Net Proceeds to benefit the Fallbrook Boys & Girls Club (TennisLink #650005718)

JUNE 2 iTennis Arcadia NTRP Tournament
Arcadia. Open NTRP Singles. (TennisLink #650045618)

JUNE 2 21st Annual Southern California Wheelchair Sectional Championships
Lakewood. Wheelchair Sectional Championship (TennisLink #651721618)

JUNE 8 USTA National Senior, Super Sr., Ultra Sr. Father/ Son & Mother/ Daughter
Claremont. National Championship for Senior family divisions. (TennisLink #651768218)

JUNE 9 iTennis Growsky Memorial Open/NTRP Tournament
Riverside. NTRP Open Singles & Doubles. You may enter a maximum of 2 events (TennisLink #650021418)

JUNE 9 92nd Annual Los Angeles Public Parks Tournament
Griffith Park. (TennisLink #651721018)

JUNE 9 32nd Annual Southern California NTRP Sectional Championships
Lakewood. NTRP Singles & Doubles Sectional Championship (TennisLink #651722618)

JUNE 11 USTA National Men’s 65 & 70 Hard Court Championships
Irvine. National Championship for Men’s 65s & 70s Singles & Doubles. (TennisLink #650002518)

JUNE 15 102nd Annual La Jolla Tennis Championships
La Jolla. All divisions offered. Prize money offered in the open divisions. (TennisLink #650009318)

JUNE 15 iTennis Performance Center Summer Adult Pen/Senior/Family Tournament ($$$)
Woodland Hills. Open age division and family divisions offered. Prize money offered. (TennisLink #650035118)

JUNE 15 Warner Tennis Center Summer Open ($$$)
Woodland Hills. Open & NTRP Singles & Doubles. Prize money in the open divisions. (TennisLink #650035118)

JUNE 16 Wilson IE Fast4 Grand Prix
Riverside. NTRP Singles & Doubles. ONE DAY Round Robin. Participants receive a free gift from Wilson! (TennisLink #650006818)

JUNE 22 5th Annual La Mirada Foundation Charity Tennis Tournament (Non-Ranking)
La Mirada. NTRP divisions offered for adults and Junior divisions offered. Non-elimination. Proceeds benefit the Biola University Wheelchair Tennis Program,
La Mirada High tennis teams and the La Mirada Youth tennis program. (TennisLink #650053718)

JUNE 23 Murrieta Tennis Club Open and NTRP Tournament
Murrieta. Open & NTRP divisions offered. T-shirts for all participants. (TennisLink #651750918)

JUNE 29 Mid Summer Night’s Dream
Templeton. Non-Ranking, 3.5 & 4.5 doubles only. (TennisLink #650049218)

JUNE 30 19th Annual Jackie Tatum Tennis Classic
Los Angeles. Open, Senior & NTRP Singles, Doubles & Mixed Doubles. (TennisLink #650052618)

 

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USTA SoCal Ramps Up Programs for 18-39 Age Group http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/adults-seniors/usta-socal-ramps-up-programs-for-18-39-age-group/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/adults-seniors/usta-socal-ramps-up-programs-for-18-39-age-group/#respond Mon, 21 May 2018 17:01:10 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=24476 Read more »]]> With the summer months ahead of us, USTA Southern California is committed to bringing fun programs to young adults in the region.

Over the past few years, we’ve seen more and more young people enter into USTA programs, and we continue to evolve our programs to reflect our 18-to-39 population. The USTA has great programs for the uber-competitive player, and we continue to enhance opportunities for the social and recreational tennis player.

Be part of USTA Southern California 18-to-39 leagues and socials, playing alongside peers, friends, and colleagues! There are no DQ’s, and only a few rules. The programs are SOCIALLY competitive… break a sweat and meet cool new people in your area at the same time. We’ll be experimenting with different play formats, and pushing our players to put a new spin on their tennis!

The best way to stay up to date on all the things we are doing for young adults it to join our 18-39 Facebook Group. We’ve also created an 18-39 website to house all of our programs – like Sip ‘N Serve, 18-39 league play, and a general 18-39 calendar for one-day play days and tennis parties.

If you need any additional information on our young adult efforts, feel free to contact Madeline Segura (Segura@scta.usta.com).

Let’s do this!

 

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Top-Seeded Nifdeffer Continues Senior Tennis Dominance http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/adults-seniors/top-seeded-nifdeffer-continues-senior-tennis-dominance/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/adults-seniors/top-seeded-nifdeffer-continues-senior-tennis-dominance/#respond Sun, 13 May 2018 02:28:11 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=24464 Read more »]]> 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 of Bethesda, Md., 6-4, 6-4 to win the 50 and Over singles title for the fifth consecutive year.

Nideffer, who was seeded No. 1 this week, has won the USTA National 50 and Over Hard Court singles championship six times in the last seven years at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club. She did not enter the event in 2013.

After winning her semifinal match on Thursday, Nideffer, a former two-time Wimbledon quarterfinalist, expected a tough match against Rice in the final. In their last meeting, Nideffer had to rally for a hard-fought 4-6, 6-1, 7-5 victory in the semifinals of the ITF Seniors World Individual Championships on clay in Miami Beach, Fla., last November.

Under cool and cloudy conditions on Friday, Rice and Nideffer played aggressively throughout the one-hour and 50-minute match as both competitors used a serve and volley game to get to the net and put away winners. After exchanging service breaks twice in the first set, Nideffer broke Rice for the third time in the tenth game to win the set in 48 minutes.

In the second set, Nideffer took a 5-3 lead and served for the match, but Rice broke back in the ninth game to close the margin to 5-4. However, the 57-year-old Nideffer came back and broke serve in the next game to clinch the championship.

“It feels really good because Andrea played really well today. It feels good that I was able to hang on and pull it out. I just told myself that I had to be aggressive,” Nideffer said following her USTA Gold Ball presentation. “This title ranks a bit higher because I’m getting older.”

Later in day, Nideffer added another USTA National title as she teamed with Debbie Spence-Nasim of Carlsbad, Calif., for a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Deborah Higa of Solana Beach, Calif., and Jami Jones of Del Mar, Calif., in the women’s 50 and Over doubles final.

Top-seeded and defending champion Susan Wright of Grand Junction, Colo., wrapped up the 60 and Over singles title as she overcame fifth-seeded Shannon Gordon-Carney of Saint Louis 6-3, 6-2. Wright dropped a total of 12 games in four matches on her way to winning the championship.

In the 70 and Over singles final, Brenda Carter, the top-seed from Charleston, S.C., defeated second-seeded Molly Hahn of Belmont, Mass., 7-5, 6-4 in one-hour and 47 minutes to successfully defend her title.

Saturday’s schedule will feature the 80 and Over singles championship between top-seed and defending champion Roz King of San Diego (Encanto) and second-seeded Dori Devries of Reno, Nev., at 10:30 a.m.

The top female tennis competitors (ages 50 to 90+) from across the United States are competing for USTA gold balls, which are awarded to national champions.  Events in the national tennis tournament include singles and doubles in the 50, 60, 70, 80 and 90 & over age divisions.

Results
Women’s 50 Singles Championship
Ros Nideffer (1), San Diego, def. Andrea Rice (2), Bethesda, Md., 6-4, 6-4
Women’s 60 Singles Championship
Susan Wright (1), Grand Junction, Colo., def. Shannon Gordon-Carney (5), Saint Louis, 6-3, 6-2
Women’s 70 Singles Championship
Brenda Carter (1), Charleston, S.C., def. Molly Hahn (2), Belmont, Mass., 7-5, 6-4
 Women’s 80 Singles Semifinals
Roz King (1), San Diego, def. Dorothy Wasser (5), Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., 6-2, 6-0
Dori Devries (2), Reno, Nev., def. Burnette Herrick (3), Tarboro, N.C., 6-2, 6-2

For complete scores and results, go to:

https://tennislink.usta.com/tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=205807#&&s=8Results0

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Tournament Spotlights Spring 2018 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/adults-seniors/tournament-spotlights-spring-2018/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/adults-seniors/tournament-spotlights-spring-2018/#respond Fri, 20 Apr 2018 18:53:52 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=24374 Read more »]]> Adult Tennis Tournaments

Sanctioned by the USTA in San Diego, the Hendrickson Wheelchair Classic returns for the 19th year on May 19-20 at Balboa Tennis Club. Eighteen different divisions (Open/A/B/C) will compete including Men’s and Women’s singles and doubles, plus Quad singles and doubles. Entries are due by May 13. The event is open to USTA members. For complete information via USTA TennisLink (Tournament #650004318) or click here.

The USTA National Senior, Super Sr., Ultra Sr. Father / Son & Mother / Daughter Hard Court Championships will be held June 8-10 at Claremont Mudd Scripps Colleges in Claremont, Calif. Six different divisions (with age guidelines) will combine parents and their children in competitive national competition. Entry to this tournament is open to all USTA members and must be submitted by Sunday, June 3. For complete information, visit USTA TennisLink (Tourn. ID #651768218) or click here.

 

Junior Tennis Tournaments

Junior Team Tennis will hold its Spring Sectional Championships at the Great Park in Irvine (and throughout Orange County) on June 2-3. SoCal’s brightest young talents will compete at various levels. For more information, contact Junior Team Tennis Manager Ken Grassel at grassel@scta.usta.com.

 

 

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The Ojai ROAD TRIP – A Rite of Passage for Tennis Lovers in the Spring http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/adults-seniors/the-ojai-road-trip-a-rite-of-passage-for-tennis-lovers-in-the-spring/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/adults-seniors/the-ojai-road-trip-a-rite-of-passage-for-tennis-lovers-in-the-spring/#comments Fri, 20 Apr 2018 18:47:56 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=24371 Read more »]]> When Scott Cleere first became the Director of Tennis at the Templeton Tennis Ranch back in 2015, he wanted to introduce some of his new members at the new facility just south of Paso Robles to a one-day tennis-watching experience that they would never forget.

And The Ojai ROAD TRIP he and his buddy Franky Curiel had started a few years prior was the perfect fit for his new membership.

Cleere first experienced The Ojai in 2013, and said his first trip to the tournament started in 1896 was something special.

“It was magical,” Cleere said. “The setting, the trees, the tea. It was like something you couldn’t even describe. And then the tennis. I mean, just unreal that you could go to a place and see the Pac-12 Championships, the other colleges, the open players AND SoCal’s top juniors. Libbey Park is a special place. You can feel the history. It’s a place of reverence and deep respect for the most essential heart of the sport of tennis.”

Scott and Franky wanted others to see and feel what he did. So a few years ago, Cleere began talking up The Ojai ROAD TRIP to anyone who would listen. Soon, they filled a van of 12 to 15 local San Luis Obispo County tennis fans who made the three hour one-way trip all day trip on the last Saturday in April. He said his goal is to someday charter a bus and fill it with 50 fans and bring them on The Ojai ROAD TRIP to sip tea from the Tea Tent, and watch tennis all day under the huge oak trees that hang down on Libbey Park.

The Ojai’s PR and Marketing Director Steve Pratt soon learned about The Ojai ROAD TRIP and was eager to help Scott and Franky promote it with discounted tickets, and a special welcoming at the front of the park where Pratt talked about the past history of The Ojai. Both Cleere and Pratt currently serve on the SCTA’s Volunteer Marketing Committee.

Scott and Franky would love to have other tennis clubs or community groups start an Ojai ROAD TRIP, and Pratt said he would assist any way he could. Anything to get more people to experience The Ojai, Pratt said.

If your group is interested in doing an Ojai ROAD TRIP, there is a little time before next week’s tournament, which begins on Wednesday with the finals running till Sunday, April 29. But there’s always next year! Please feel free to contact Scott or Franky if you have any questions.

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Terry Bell wins 2017 League Captain of the Year http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-news/terry-bell-wins-2017-league-captain-of-the-year/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-news/terry-bell-wins-2017-league-captain-of-the-year/#respond Mon, 26 Feb 2018 23:14:21 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=24072 Read more »]]> Veteran League Tennis captain Terry Bell is the 2017 Section League Captain of the Year. In a new effort to showcase the section’s best tennis leaders, the SCTA started collecting nominations from the Area League Coordinators for each league season. Out of 40 nominations, eight captains were chosen as the winners for each of the SCTA’s various league seasons.

Terry Bell with Ventura League Coordinators Bob and Betty Isenberg

These eight captains were each named the 2017 Captains of the Year and were honored at a luncheon hosted by the SCTA in Orange County on February 26th. It was at this luncheon that the overall Section League Captain of the Year was announced.

Bell, a captain for over 20 years, has led a team in every league division each year on record. As a captain and active player, he has helped maintain the 3.5 and 4.0 men’s teams running at North Ranch Country Club. He promotes a positive team environment with a focus on great sportsmanship, but also great competition. He’s known to mentor new captains and players and has proven to be a great leader on and off the court.

“We are excited to nominate Terry Bell,” Bob and Betty Isenberg wrote in their nomination letter. “We cannot imagine anybody more qualified or more respected. His dedication to USTA/SCTA Adult Leagues is unmatched in Ventura County, and probably in Southern California.”

The seven other Captains of the Year are:

2017 League Captains of the Year

Joyce Kammer of San Diego  – an “old school” captain who loves every aspect of managing the team. In 2017, she bravely and successfully fought ovarian cancer. Her players supported through her illness and as soon as she was able, she was back on the courts taking charge of the team. Joyce is an example of how tennis and the relationships made through tennis can help you through your darkest times.

Sesille Kay of Inland Empire – her name has never been mentioned in any complaint or dispute in 1o years. She is the model of a tennis enthusiast and captained teams in the Mixed 18, Mixed 40, and Adult 55 and over leagues. She is responsible and friendly and well-liked by all.

Norma Iskenderian of Beach Cities – started a non-profit workout on Sunday mornings. It’s low-cost and gives new players a way to get into the game and find league teams and hitting partners. She is a real advocate for growing the game.

Lynn Hertz of Ventura – a stickler for the rules who at one point had to manage two 3.5 women’s teams when she had too many players for one team. She did this until she had mentored a new captain to lead the second team. Her knowledge of the game and regulations has made her a reliable committee member on sportsmanship committees.

Andrea Tieng of Los Angeles – began playing league tennis as a 2.5 player and shortly after began captaining in the various divisions in multiple league areas. She is dedicated to her teams and helps all of her teammates become better players. Andrea’s players say she is fair, supportive, and encouraging.

Mark Bauer of San Diego – is a key resource for men’s leagues in San Diego. He is committed to growing the game in his area and has stepped up to act as a mentor to captains in his area. As a team leader, he ensures all of his players has an equal opportunity to play and supports his team at every match.

Kay Serrano of San Diego North County – an important leader in senior tennis. Kay has worked to bring players back to the game after years away. Kay is organized, gracious, consistent, kind, mindful, and smart when it comes to organizing tennis.

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UCLA Takes TOC Section Championship http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-news/ucla-takes-toc-section-championship/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-news/ucla-takes-toc-section-championship/#respond Tue, 20 Feb 2018 18:53:48 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=24043 Read more »]]> At USTA Southern California, Assistant Director of Adult Tennis Madeline Segura is the face of Tennis On Campus. After a raucous weekend in San Diego for this year’s Sectionals, Madeline found time to decompress after a wild weekend and provide a glimpse at the TOC experience that led to UCLA and Cal Poly SLO in a battle for Sectional bragging rights…

I could not have asked for a better weekend for the Tennis On Campus Section Championships. A small contingent of SCTA staff and volunteers arrived midday Friday at San Diego’s Balboa Tennis Club to prep the site. The sun was shining and the courts were busy as we started setting up. Dozens of players drilled and rallied throughout the 25-court facility. Members relaxed and watched Tennis Channel in the Club Lounge. Facility staff chatted with passersby near the reservation desk. It was the typical Friday afternoon at Balboa. Despite the activity, there was a casual and routine calmness in the air. I knew, however, that in less than 24 hours, Balboa would feel like a completely different place. The grounds would be filled with more than 250 club tennis players, friends, and family. The place would be buzzing with excitement and fiery competition.

Saturday morning came and so did the hordes of Tennis On Campus enthusiasts. 14 schools and 24 different teams took to their courts. The schools to watch out for were UCLA, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, UC Irvine, and UC San Diego – deemed the event’s “top seeds” based on 2017-2018 tournament results and their 2018 Sectional roster. As adoring fans settled into their viewing areas, off we went into pool play. With three teams in each pool, their finish in pool play decided their respective placement into bracket play Saturday afternoon.

The schools to watch out for were UCLA, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, UC Irvine, and UC San Diego. Those teams were deemed the event’s “top seeds” based on 2017-2018 tournament results and their 2018 Sectional roster.

For most of Saturday, the energy around the grounds was high-spirited and busy. When the teams weren’t battling on court, they found themselves in a haven of activity – posing for crazy team photos, snapping selfies for tournament contests, purchases TOC swag from the NetKnacks booth, and playing intense games of giant Jenga or water pong.

Once pool play ended, teams advanced into brackets: Gold for each pool’s first place finisher. Silver for each pool’s second place finisher. And Ruby for each pool’s third place finisher.

Heading into Gold were UCLA, Cal Poly SLO, UC San Diego, UC Irvine, UC Santa Barbara, USC, University of San Diego, and San Diego State.

Into Silver went UCSD-B, UCI-B, UCLA-B, UCLA-C, Pepperdine, USC-B, UCSB-B

UCR, Claremont Colleges, Cal Poly SLO, Cal State Fullerton, USD-B, LMU, Pepperdine-B headed to Ruby.

The sun began to set as the first matches of bracket play went to court. The atmosphere had an edge to it that was absent during the day. In the Gold Bracket, three bids to the National Championships were at stake and all eight teams wanted them.

After the first round of play, the tournament’s four seeds remained. UCLA would play UCSD and Cal Poly would play UCI. All four teams competed at the 2017 National Championship, which at this point, seemed like a distant memory. It was there that UCI and UCLA finished 2nd and 3rd in the nation respectively. So, as our final four Gold Bracket teams headed into the semi-finals, all four knew that just one more win would ensure their spot back at the National Championship.

It was UCLA and Cal Poly SLO that came out victorious. They were slated to face each other in the Southern California final for the third straight year. In the past two contests, Cal Poly came out on top. However, it was UCLA that was better prepared for battle this year. The Bruins took the Gold Bracket trophy, dropping only one set and finishing 25-16.

UCI and UCSD dueled for the third and final Nationals bid. In the end, the Tritons claimed the W beating UCI 30-8.
In the Silver Draw, UCLA-B took down UCSD-B in the final. That win earned them paid entry to the 2018 Spring Invitational, which will take place in March in Surprise, Az.

Cal Poly-B won the Ruby Bracket, which earned them a case of balls and a gift card for the team.

Though competition ended Sunday afternoon, it did not mark the end of the Tennis On Campus season. There were still several events for students to look forward to as they left the courts at Balboa Tennis Club. USD will host their first section tournament at the end of February. A handful of schools will compete at the Spring Invitational in Surprise, AZ in March. And of course, for UCLA, Cal Poly, UCSD, and SDSU (who earned their own bid to Nationals from their 2nd place finish at the 2017 Spring Invite) are heading into a busy training season before Nationals.

The 2018 Tennis On Campus National Championship will run April 12-14 at the USTA’s National Campus in Orlando, FL. Follow our teams on Twitter (@ustasocal) as they represent Southern California on the grandest scale this spring!

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Upcoming Tennis Tournaments In Southern California http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/adults-seniors/upcoming-tennis-tournaments-in-southern-california/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/adults-seniors/upcoming-tennis-tournaments-in-southern-california/#comments Wed, 07 Feb 2018 17:47:37 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=23629 Read more »]]>

68th Annual Santa Monica Tournament
Open Singles
NTRP Singles
Men’s and Women’s Doubles
Reed Park – Santa Monica
February 17-19
Click here to enter

Calabasas Senior Open Championships
Senior Singles and Doubles
Senior Mixed Doubles
Calabasas Swim and Tennis- Calabasas
February 17-18, 22-23
Click here to enter

4th Annual La Costa Open
Men’s and Women’s Singles and Doubles
Mixed Doubles
La Costa Resort and Spas- Carlsbad
February 22-25
Click here to enter

129th Annual Pacific Coast Men’s Doubles Championship
Open Men’s Doubles
La Jolla Swim and Tennis – La Jolla
March 1-4
Click here to enter

3rd Annual Warner Center Spring Classic
Men’s and Women’s NTRP Singles and Doubles
Warner Center Tennis Center – Woodland Hills
March 2-4
Click here to enter

2018 Palm Springs International Team Tennis Championship
Men’s and Women’s NTRP Doubles
Senior 50 Men’s and Women’s Doubles
Palm Desert Resort and Country Club – Palm Desert
March 9-11
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2017 League Doubles Sectionals Results http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/adults-seniors/league-tennis/2017-league-doubles-sectionals-results/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/adults-seniors/league-tennis/2017-league-doubles-sectionals-results/#respond Fri, 02 Feb 2018 03:55:41 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=23620 Congratulations To All The Teams That Made It To The Finals And To The New 2017 SCTA Doubles Sectional Champions! ]]> http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/adults-seniors/league-tennis/2017-league-doubles-sectionals-results/feed/ 0 2018 Inaugural NTRP Fast4 Sectional Championship Results http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/adults-seniors/2018-inaugural-ntrp-fast4-sectional-championship-results/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/adults-seniors/2018-inaugural-ntrp-fast4-sectional-championship-results/#comments Tue, 30 Jan 2018 00:25:15 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=23566 Read more »]]> Braemar Country Club in Tarzana hosted players on January 20-21 in the 2018 NTRP Fast4 Section Championship.

Players in the 3.5, 4.0 and 4.5 divisions competed in a round robin format for the right to represent the Southern California Section at the USTA NTRP National Championships later this year.

Serena Davis and Rosa LeClerc

Although the temperatures hovered around 60 degrees throughout the day, players warmed up to the Fast4 format very quickly. Players were happy to be able to compete and the round robin format gave players a time to socialize between matches.

The Section introduced this format in 2017 with a Fast4 series in the Inland Empire in July /August and in the Seal Beach/Long Beach area in November/December.

TJ St. Marie and Jamie McFarland

Given the positive comments from the players and tournament directors, several new Fast4 tournaments are planned for 2018.

“Great format! Fun and social!”
“Very intense. A great mental training.”
“Play more styles of players.”
“The format is perfect.”

2018 Winners heading to Nationals:

18 and Over Division

  • 3.5 Women’s Singles – Larissa Kazantsev
  • 4.5 Women’s Doubles – Serena Davis and Rosa LeClerc
  • 3.5 Men’s Singles – Luiz Payne
  • 4.0 Men’s Singles – David Leong
  • 4.0 Men’s Doubles – TJ St. Marie and Jamie McFarland
  • 4.5 Men’s Singles – Evan Chang

50 and Over Division

  • 3.5 Women’s Singles- Lisa Otten
  • 4.5 Women’s Doubles – Nancy Abrams and Patricia Buchanan
  • 3.5 Men’s Singles – Stephen Backus
  • 4.0 Men’s Singles – Daniel Pastore
  • 4.0 Men’s Doubles – David Goldschlag and John Irizarry
  • 4.5 Men’s Singles – Edmundo Soto
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Elite Racquet Sports Doubles Tennis Event http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/adults-seniors/elite-racquet-sports-doubles-tennis-event/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/adults-seniors/elite-racquet-sports-doubles-tennis-event/#respond Fri, 26 Jan 2018 01:50:46 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=23444 Read more »]]> Elite Racquet Sports’ Doubles Tennis tournament is organized in 3 divisions with a round-robin format, and the first team to 21 points wins the game.

Overall score is kept by total points won, not just wins or losses. The 90 minutes allotted for each division will keep the competition tight and draw will be announced the day of the tournament.

Cost is $45 per player and includes tennis tournaments, champagne, prizes, and more!

Schedule:

  • Open (Pro) level 4.0+ at 3:30-5pm
  • Semi-Pro level 3.0-3.5 at 2-3:30pm
  • Amateur level 2.0-2.5 at 5-6:30pm

Players create their own teams and will compete in division level of their team average. We will assist in placing and matching for those who do not have a doubles partner and would like to play.

Meet and play among a cool group of people with great energy. Very, very fun, and held at the private courts of The Ritz Carlton, Marina del Rey.

Space sells out fast and is VERY limited, so reserve now!

Here’s to meeting new people while playing a great sport in a cool fun setting, Cheers!

For more information and to book your spot today, email us at ritz@erstennis.com. Ritz Carlton, Marina del Rey at 4375 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey, CA 90292.

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Indian Wells Tennis Coaches Summit March 2018 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/adults-seniors/indian-wells-tennis-coaches-summit-march-2018/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/adults-seniors/indian-wells-tennis-coaches-summit-march-2018/#respond Thu, 18 Jan 2018 23:08:07 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=23291

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2017 Doubles South Area Playoff Winners http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-news/2017-doubles-north-area-playoff-winners/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-news/2017-doubles-north-area-playoff-winners/#respond Fri, 12 Jan 2018 04:09:25 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=23081 Read more »]]> Congratulations To The 2017 SCTA Doubles South Area Playoff Winners

These Winners Are Advancing To Sectionals On January 27-28 Playing At Palm Desort Resort And Rancho Las Palmas Resort In The Desert.

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Cardio Tennis Comes to Carson on January 27 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-news/cardio-tennis-comes-to-carson-on-january-27/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-news/cardio-tennis-comes-to-carson-on-january-27/#respond Wed, 10 Jan 2018 18:29:32 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=23032 Read more »]]>

Registration is now open for a Cardio Tennis Training Course (Level 1) in Southern California from 9am to 4pm on Saturday, January 27 at  StubHub Center in Carson.

The many benefits of Cardio Tennis include the following:

  • Improve your skill set to add Cardio Tennis as a potential offering.
  • Make you a better coach.
  • Earn Continuing Education Credit possibly from the USPTA or PTR
  • Re-invigorate your passion for coaching tennis.
  • Have a much better understanding of dealing with larger groups

The event fee is $195 to $250 and online registration is available at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cardio-tennis-training-course-level-1-coming-to-carson-ca-registration-41146637701.

 

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The 2017 League Leader of the Year Announced http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/adults-seniors/league-tennis/2017-league-hero-of-the-year-announced/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/adults-seniors/league-tennis/2017-league-hero-of-the-year-announced/#comments Mon, 08 Jan 2018 00:44:43 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=23010 Read more »]]> Eduardo Rodriguez, Los Angeles

Mr. Rodriguez has been a League Captain for 4 years. For him, captaining a team is much more than putting together line-ups and calling his players to make sure that arrive at the designated time and place.

For Eduardo it has meant helping players obtain rackets, balls, tennis clothes and helping them get to the various venues to compete. You see, his team is made up of  high school students who have challenges everyday that have nothing to do with hitting a forehand or serve. Most are from single parent households where money is limited and disposable income is non-existent, so Eduardo has also helped by paying for USTA memberships and league fees.

While this may not be a financial hardship for some captains, Eduardo is only 24 years old and a student himself.

Eduardo has never asked for help but his selflessness has been noted by many other Los Angeles League players. Many have reached out to him and lent a helping hand with items and money – all used by Eduardo for his team.

The team- a 3.5 Men’s Doubles Team (Team Eduardo) posted a 1-8 record in the 2017 Doubles season, but still showed up for every match. It’s a direct reflection of Eduardo’s own personality –unassuming, respectful and polite.

A league player himself, Eduardo’s Tri-level team advanced to Sectionals, where he received a Sportsmanship Award gift card. The first thing he did was think of his students and asked that a photo be taken so he could tell them that good sportsmanship is important and leads to good things.
We are honored to present Eduardo Rodriguez with the 2017 League Hero of the Year Award.

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2017 Section Captain of the Year Finalists Announced http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/adults-seniors/league-tennis/2017-section-captain-of-the-year-finalists-announced/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/adults-seniors/league-tennis/2017-section-captain-of-the-year-finalists-announced/#respond Mon, 08 Jan 2018 00:34:58 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=23007 Read more »]]> USTA League Tennis is one of the premier programs offered tour players.

One of the key factors in its success is the dedication of our League Captains.

In 2017, we are recognizing those who make a difference to so many in their local community.

Throughout 2017, Area League Coordinators nominated outstanding captains for each division (Mixed 18 Over, Adult 40 & Over, etc.) They based their selections on the following criteria:

  • Mentors others
  • Displays Leadership
  • Respectful of players and other captains
  • Takes responsibility for actions
  • Organized
Those nominees were then reviewed at the Section Level and the following captains have been chosen as finalists:
  • Adult 18 & Over: Terry Bell, Ventura
  • Adult 40 & Over: Joyce Kammer, San Diego
  • Adult 55 & Over: Seslie Kay, Inland Empire
  • Adult 65 & Over: Kay Serrano, San Diego North County
  • Mixed 18 & Over: Norma Iskenderian, Beach Cities
  • Mixed 40 & Over: Mark Bauer, San Diego
  • Tri-Level: Andrea Tieng, Los Angeles
  • SCTA Doubles: Lynn Hertz, Ventura

All finalists will be honored at a luncheon during the first quarter of 2018, where the SCTA Section Captain of the Year will be announced.

Honorable Mention:

Alex Truong-Orange County, Allan Chio-Ventura, Beth Munce-San Diego North County, Carol Harvard-Ventura, Dan Meyers-San Fernando Valley, David Trandal-Santa Barbara, Doris Hoffmann-Coachella Valley, Eduardo Rodriguez-Los Angeles, Eric Vogelsang-Inland Empire, Janet Wisialowski-Beach Cities, Jeanne Shelter-Inland Empire, Jo Manheim-San Diego North County, Josie Hendrix-San Diego North County, Karen Sieffert and Sharon Spangler-San Gabriel Valley, Lisa Shirley-San Diego, Lori Harris-Ventura, Mel Welch-Ventura, Nancy Kutner-San Diego, Nikki and Margie Robbins-San Fernando Valley, Patrick Gomulka-Inland Empire, Rebecca Summers-Santa Barbara, Roxane Clare-Santa Barbara, Ruth Hoffman-San Diego, Samantha Nelson-San Diego, Steve Debbas-Ventura, Steve Lakowske-Central Coast, Susan McDonald-Ventura, Tony Chuan-Beach Cities, Veronica Buck-Tomm-Santa Barbara, Vicky Benito-San Diego North County, Walt Seeman-Santa Barbara.

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