Adults Seniors – Southern California Tennis News http://southerncaliforniatennis.org Tennis News, Events, Community Activities, Tournaments Fri, 20 Apr 2018 18:56:59 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.5 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/#respond 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
Click here to enter

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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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NTRP Fast4 Sectionals This Month http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/adults-seniors/ntrp-fast4-sectionals-this-month/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/adults-seniors/ntrp-fast4-sectionals-this-month/#respond Mon, 08 Jan 2018 00:19:07 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=23004 Read more »]]> The 2018 NTRP Fast4 Section Championship takes place January 20-21 at Braemar Country Club in Tarzana.

Men and women competing in 18+ and 50+ divisions (Levels 3.5, 4.0, and 4.5) will play the unique Fast4 format – sets played to 4 games with a five-point tiebreak at 3-3.

Entries for the Section Championships close on January 16.

As an added bonus, players who win their division will receive automatic entry in to the USTA NTRP National Championships (www.usta.com/ntrpnationals).

Registration can be found at tennislink.usta.com/tournaments by searching tournament ID# 650015518.

With any further questions, please contact Maria Goldberg, Adult Tennis Coordinator at USTA Southern California, goldberg@scta.usta.com.

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SCTA Announces 2018 NTRP FAST4 Section Championship http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/adults-seniors/scta-announces-2018-ntrp-fast4-section-championship/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/adults-seniors/scta-announces-2018-ntrp-fast4-section-championship/#respond Mon, 13 Nov 2017 23:51:14 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=21687 Read more »]]> Southern California Section Announces 2018 NTRP FAST4 Section Championship

A new Section Championship using the FAST4 format will be held on January 20-21, 2018 at Braemar Country Club in the San Fernando Valley.

The event will be for Men/Women Singles and Doubles at the 3.5/4.0/4.5 NTRP levels only. Players must have a valid computer rating. Matches will be 2 out of 3 Tiebreak Sets in a round robin format.

Under FAST4, all Sets will be No-Ad scoring and each set will be to 4 Games with a Tie Break at 3 All. The Tie Break will be to 5 points, with sudden death at 4 all.

The tournament ID is 650015518. Entries will be open on November 30. Further details are available on the website: www.socaladulttennis.com.

Southern California Section criteria to qualify for entry into the 2018 NTRP National Championship.

The section is allotted 3 slots in the each of the Men and Women’s 3.5/4.0/4.5 Singles and Doubles events.

The first slot will be offered to the highest ranking player in the 2017 Year End NTRP Rankings.
The second slot will be offered to the person with the most points in the 2017 Year End Grand Prix Point Rankings.

The third slot will be offered to the winner of the 2018 Fast4 NTRP Championship.
Should the number 1 player on a Ranking list choose not to participate in the 2018 National Championships, the spot will be offered to the next player in line. Should the same person qualify in more than 1 list, the NTRP Ranking list results will take precedent over the other two.
Details are available on the website: www.socaladulttennis.com

Questions should be referred to Linda Milan at lmilan@scta.usta.com. Rules are under the direction of the Adult Competition Tournament Committee. The Tournament Committee may adjust the rules to meet the USTA Guidelines as necessary. Their decision is final.

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$10,000 Equal Pay Open Tournament In Riverside http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/adults-seniors/10000-equal-pay-open-tournament-in-riverside/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/adults-seniors/10000-equal-pay-open-tournament-in-riverside/#respond Tue, 24 Oct 2017 01:46:40 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=21153 Read more »]]> Equal pay . . . is the iTennis way! The 7th Annual iTennis Andulka Park Open Championship in Riverside Nov. 3-5 features equal pay for both men and women regardless of draw size.

Adult Open tournaments typically do not offer equal pay for both genders, since prize money tournaments historically attract more male entrants than female.

“Why should women pay the same entry fee for a smaller reward?” asked iTennis Andulka Open tournament director Evan Parry. “Last year we significantly increased prize money for women, and this year they’ll be rewarded on an equal playing field.” Total prize money has been increased to $10,000, enabling Parry to pay all men and women players down to quarterfinals in singles and semifinals in doubles.

Equally as important, proceeds from the tournament will support the efforts of Let’s Teach, a non-profit founded by Stanford All-American John Letts and Australian Open Champion Brian Teacher which brings community tennis programming to all kids regardless of economic or social status.

Tournament dates for the iTennis Andulka Park Open are November 3-5, entries close October 30th, and draw size will be determined by the number of entries.

Register online at www.tennislink.usta.com (tournament I.D. is 650008117). For tournament information, contact: itennisandulka@gmail.com or Evan Parry at 951-683-0667. For Let’s Teach information, contact: www.lets-teach.org.

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SoCal Seniors Excel at ITF Worlds http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/adults-seniors/socal-seniors-excel-at-itf-worlds/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/adults-seniors/socal-seniors-excel-at-itf-worlds/#respond Wed, 18 Oct 2017 16:48:18 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=21147 Read more »]]> ORLANDO, Fla., October 16, 2017 – American teams including six Southern Californians had a historic week at the USTA National Campus at Lake Nona in Orlando, Fla. as teams won seven of the nine titles at the 37th International Tennis Federation (ITF) Super-Seniors World Team Championships.  The women’s team swept the four women’s divisions and the men won three of five divisions, including the inaugural men’s 85-and-over division. 

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 65-, 70-, 75-, 80- and 85- and-over age groups. This is the first time that the event will feature the men’s 85-and-over division.  The ITF Super-Seniors World Team Championships is the most prestigious team event on the ITF Seniors circuit.

 The U.S. brought home the titles in the Kitty Godfree Cup (Women’s 65 & over), Althea Gibson Cup (Women’s 70 & over), Queens’ Cup (Women’s 75 & over) and Doris Hart Cup (Women’s 80 & over), Britannia Cup (Men’s 65 & over), Gardnar Mulloy Cup (Men’s 80 & over) and Men’s 85 Cup. This was the eighth consecutive year that the U.S. team triumphed in the Queens’ Cup, the third consecutive year for the Doris Hart Cup and marked the sixth Gardnar Mulloy Cup victory in the last seven years.

Following the ITF Super-Seniors World Team Championships, the World Individual Championships will be held Oct. 14-21, also at the USTA National Campus.

 

 

Jack Crawford Cup – Men’s 70 & over – Result: Fifth place (draw with Canada)

1. Michael Beautyman, Flourtown, Pa.

2. Leslie Buck, Asheville, N.C.
3. Jimmy Parker, Santa Fe, N.M., Captain
4. Dean Corley, Aliso Viejo, Calif.

 

 

Kitty Godfree Cup – Women’s 65 & over – Result: CHAMPION (USA def. Austria 2-1)

1. Tina Karwasky, Glendale, Calif. 

2.  Wendy McClosky, Durham, N.C.

3.  Molly Hahn, Belmont, Mass., Captain

4.  Victoria McEvoy, Cambridge, Mass.

 

 

Queens’ Cup – Women’s 75 & over – Result: CHAMPION (USA def. Great Britain 2-1)

1. Charleen Hillebrand, Harbor City, Calif.
2. Cathie Anderson, Del Mar, Calif.
3. Suella Steel, La Jolla, Calif., Captain
4. Susanne Clark, New City, N.Y.

 

Doris Hart Cup – Women’s 80 & over – Result: CHAMPION (USA def. Canada 2-1)

1. Roz King, San Diego, Calif.
2. Doris DeVries, Reno, Nev.
3. Carol Wood, Rockville, Md., Captain
4. Burnette Herrick, Tarboro, N.C.

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Don’t Miss The Wilson Fast4 1-Day Tournaments http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/adults-seniors/dont-miss-the-wilson-fast4-1-day-tournaments/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/adults-seniors/dont-miss-the-wilson-fast4-1-day-tournaments/#respond Tue, 17 Oct 2017 17:03:51 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=21118

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Wilson Fast4 1-Day Tournaments Come To Beach Cities http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-news/wilson-fast4-1-day-tournaments-come-to-beach-cities/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-news/wilson-fast4-1-day-tournaments-come-to-beach-cities/#respond Fri, 13 Oct 2017 23:28:42 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=21097 Read more »]]> Fast4 is an exciting new ONE DAY Round Robin format vs. the traditional Single Elimination format.

All Matches in the Fast4 format will count toward SCTA Ranking and Grand Prix Points. SINGLES/DOUBLES Mens/Women/Mixed Divisions.

The shortened format offers a “fast” alternative to traditional tennis. Matches consist of  four point games, four game sets.  Games use no advantage scoring, tie-breaker at 3- all. The first to four games wins the set. Receiver picks side at 3-all.

Download Wilson Fast4 1-Day Tournaments Flyer

All matches will count towards Rankings and receive Grand Prix points. (Click to  access info:http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-news/scta-adjusts-grand-prix-points-for-new-format-tournaments/ for further details on GP points.)

There are 5 tournaments in the Wilson Fast4 Beach Cities Grand Prix Series. All participants will receive a free gift from Wilson. Play all or as many as you can!

The players with the most points in the first four tournaments and division winners qualify for the Gran Prix finale.

Wilson FAST4 – Beach Cities Grand Prix Series

Here are the dates/locations

  • Oct 21st at the Seal Beach Tennis Center.  Tournament ID: 650053517
  • November 4th at El Dorado Park Tennis Center. Tournament ID: 650053317
  • November 18th at Billie Jean King Tennis Center: Tournament ID: 650052417
  • December 3rd at Lakewood Tennis Center. Tournament ID: 650052917

Players with the most Grand Prix points and division winners  will be invited to the December 16th Finale at Seal Beach Tennis Center.
Player party and awards will be presented at the finale.

ENTER AT: http://tennislink.usta.com/tournaments

For more information contact the Tournament Director or Linda Milan at the USTA Southern California office: 310-824-5139 or lmilan@scta.usta.com

Download Wilson Fast4 1-Day Tournaments Flyer

 

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San Diego Collegiate Coaches Make History in the District Championships http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/adults-seniors/san-diego-collegiate-coaches-make-history-in-the-district-championships/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/adults-seniors/san-diego-collegiate-coaches-make-history-in-the-district-championships/#respond Fri, 06 Oct 2017 01:43:35 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=21069 Read more »]]> It was history in the making as age and experience reigned at the 89th Annual San Diego District Championships at Balboa Tennis Club.

Veteran players and coaches Ryan Keckley and Curt Wheeler were crowned the Men’s Open Doubles Champions in a tough 32-team draw.

Keckly and Wheeler are the head men’s tennis coaches respectively at the University of San Diego and Point Loma Nazarene University. Keckly, 33, has been at USD since 2015 in the head position. He had a successful undergraduate career at Notre Dame University and earned three All-Big East Tournament Team Doubles honors. Wheeler, 29, is an alumni of Point Loma Nazarene and earned NAIA All-American honors in 2009. He then served as an assistant at the school, and was later named head coach in 2014.

The stage was set for a showdown of age vs. youth. The “old” veterans defeated top NCAA recruits and recent high school graduates Ivan Thamma and David Goulak, who will both play for UC Davis this year. It was an epic battle and in the final, and it appeared youth had the edge. After splitting sets, the veteran coaches were down 1-4 in the third. They staged a surprising comeback to win the set, 6-4, match and tournament.

“This was a high quality match and they (Thamma and Goulak) were as good as it gets in doubles,” said Wheeler. “I just kept my head down and kept running. I figure that I gotta do this while I still can.”

Keckly added it was a true test to follow his own coaching advice, as he has led the USD Toreros to win the West Coast Conference Championship in his second season at the helm.
“I always tell my players that there is never a good time to panic especially when you’re down,” Keckley said. “Just get back to executing your shots and stay mentally tough. You never know what can happen and this match was living proof. This was my opportunity to walk-the-walk as well as talk-the-talk. It was a great match and I don’t think we’ll be as lucky if we face (Thamma and Goulak) again. These two are already great players and they’ll only get better.”

An additional component that contributed to the coaches’ success was the ability to communicate. This was the first time the wily veterans teamed up but they knew how to work together. “It’s all about really good and clear communication,” Keckley said. “We’re coaches and that’s what we try to teach our players.”
Support from the sidelines for Thamma and Goulak came from friend and Men’s Open Singles Champion Keegan Smith, who received a NCAA scholarship to play for UCLA this fall. “I have to cheer for the young guys,” he said with a smile. “They’re my posse.”

The San Diego District tournament had a total of 570 players compete in the event, which is an all-time high. There were 36 divisions and the event took almost 6 days to finish. The increase in participation is due to the presence of college players from USD, UC San Diego, UC Davis and San Diego State University.
“This is the first time two head coaches played together in this tournament,” said director Tony Perez. “It’s also the first time collegiate players viewed it as a pre-season warm up. There was some great tennis played here.”

Said Thamma: “I entered this because I wanted to get in some good matches before I leave for college. It definitely worked. It was also fun to see some of my friends before I go.”
The Women’s Open Singles Championship was won by No. 3 seed Kristina Breisacher, who plays for UC Davis. She defeated San Diego’s Hiromi Sasano, a USPTA Teaching Pro at Balboa Tennis Club. Sasano held a former WTA ranking of 771. The Women’s Open Doubles title was won by No 1 seeds Sasano and Sabastiani Leon. Other collegiate players and coaches in the draw were Kelly Shaffer (UCLA), Gillian Parker (UC Irvine), Ashley Chao (UCSD), Women’s Coach Jami Jones of San Diego City College. The Open Mixed Doubles was won by Wheeler and Maika Adair.

For the full tournament results, go to http://tennislink.usta.com/Tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=190364#&&s=7Draws38.

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Hispanic Heritage Month Family Tennis Festival http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/adults-seniors/hispanic-heritage-month-family-tennis-festival/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/adults-seniors/hispanic-heritage-month-family-tennis-festival/#respond Wed, 04 Oct 2017 03:08:45 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=20762

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Inaugural Lightning Mixed Doubles Tournament At Sage Hill http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/community-tennis/inaugural-lightning-mixed-doubles-tournament-at-sage-hill/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/community-tennis/inaugural-lightning-mixed-doubles-tournament-at-sage-hill/#respond Wed, 20 Sep 2017 02:49:52 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=20725

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