Adults Seniors – Southern California Tennis News http://southerncaliforniatennis.org Tennis News, Events, Community Activities, Tournaments Tue, 23 May 2017 17:12:42 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.5 SCTA Introduces 18-39 League for Summer http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-news/scta-introduces-18-39-league-for-summer/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-news/scta-introduces-18-39-league-for-summer/#respond Tue, 23 May 2017 06:16:42 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=13877 Read more »]]> Starting in July, the Los Angeles and Orange County league areas will run a league pilot for players ages 18-39. It’s the SCTA’s latest initiative to engage millennials in tennis.

The 18-39 league will be familiar to our current league players and friendly to newcomers! Captains will give out team numbers and players will register on TennisLink. Players must have a rating (computer or self-generated) and be qualified for the NTRP level of their team. This league, however, caps the player age at 39, so your opponents will be your peers. This league is also open to non-members, but every player must have a USTA number to register.  Non-members may sign-up for a membership number on TennisLink without paying a membership fee, but will be charged a higher entry fee for the league.

Both leagues will run with the same format: three lines of doubles (men’s doubles, women’s doubles, and mixed doubles) with two sets and a match tiebreak in lieu of a third set. Both leagues will start in early July and end in August. Each league will host its own kick-off party, so players can network and start the league with a bang.

 

See below for a breakdown of the two leagues:

LOS ANGELES:

  • Matches will take place on the weekends
  • Captains will be in charge of securing a home facility
  • League will employ combo rating levels (6.0, 7.0, 8.0, 9.0). This means a 7.0 team could have 3.0’s, 3.5’s, and 4.0’s all on one roster to allow larger groups of friends to play together on one team
  • Pre-season party is scheduled for June 23rd at MountainGate Country Club
  • No team? No problem! Sign-up with our introductory team number (6517261593) and we will place you on a roster!
  • Contact Lori Andelson and Michelle Kramer for more information: laleaguecoordinator@yahoo.com

ORANGE COUNTY:

  • Matches will take place once a week, but captains are responsible for scheduling and securing a home facility
  • League will employ straight-level teams (3.0, 3.5, 4.0, 4.5, 5.0). This means better competition against players of your same level!
  • This is a no default league, meaning we will schedule 2-3 make-up dates throughout the season where all defaulted lines can be made-up. So more opportunities for player parties….
  • Pre-season party is TBD, but date and details are coming soon!
  • No team? No problem! Sign-up with our introductory team number (6517265289) and we will place you on a roster!
  • Contact Heidi Stryker for more information (heidi.stryker3@gmail.com)

We are excited to get this new program off the ground and hope to bring a lot of players back to the game. For any questions, feel free to contact Madeline Segura at the Section Office (310) 208-3668 or segura@scta.usta.com.

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Father/Son Hard Court Championships http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/adults-seniors/father-and-son-hard-court-championships-june-2017/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/adults-seniors/father-and-son-hard-court-championships-june-2017/#respond Mon, 22 May 2017 19:23:32 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=13861

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Wilson Inland Empire Fast4 Grand Prix http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/adults-seniors/wilson-inland-empire-fast4-grand-prix/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/adults-seniors/wilson-inland-empire-fast4-grand-prix/#respond Tue, 16 May 2017 23:21:23 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=13763

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What Is The SCTA Doing To Improve Sportsmanship And Reduce Cheating In Adult And Youth Tennis? http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-news/what-is-the-scta-doing-to-improve-sportsmanship-and-reduce-cheating-in-adult-and-youth-tennis/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-news/what-is-the-scta-doing-to-improve-sportsmanship-and-reduce-cheating-in-adult-and-youth-tennis/#respond Tue, 16 May 2017 07:23:42 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=13681 Read more »]]> RALLYING WITH THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

In the competition with other activities for adult and youth participation, tennis can be an attractive option for time and resources if it is seen as a friendly and positive activity. 

Social matches between friends match that description. 

Here is how the SCTA makes Junior Team Tennis, Adult Leagues, and Adult and Youth Tournaments friendly and positive competitive activities.

We offer levels of play based upon NTRP ratings, age groups, and other skill level designations so that an individual plays a match against an opponent of similar ability.  This allows both competitors to use their mental and physical skills in a fairly matched setting.  Is this always a perfect situation?  No, and we try to make it the best we can through random draws, accurate seeding, etc.

We require USTA-certified Officials at all sanctioned events so that rules and procedures are applied correctly on the court.  The SCTA has asked the Officials to rove among the courts assigned to them so that they may head off disputes before the disagreement becomes heated.  We also ask the Officials to maintain order outside the court because spectators are not permitted to be part of a match.  If you would like information about how to become a USTA Official, please email info@scta.usta.com or call the office at 310.208.3838 and ask for Cari Buck, the Director of Marketing.

We encourage sportsmanship by acknowledging great behavior on the spot with real time awards like gift cards from Tennis Warehouse, the official sponsor of sportsmanship for the SCTA.  We also make daily and event sportsmanship awards to praise those who compete fairly.  Names and pictures of the award winners are often posted on social media, in newsletters and on webpages.

If a player believes that his/her opponent is cheating, the player should use a change over to go to the nearest Official or the Tournament Desk and ask for an Official or court monitor to come to the court to resolve the situation.  If players, parents or spectators feel that rules weren’t applied correctly or that an individual violated the rules of tennis or The Code, the SCTA Sportsmanship and Grievance Committee (SGC) decides the outcome of properly filed complaints on the official grievance form.  The SGC meets twice monthly to decide complaints.  The SGC applies consequences to individuals starting at a warning letter all the way up to suspension from tennis for up to twelve months.

It’s important that all players, parents, coaches, Tournament Directors and spectators know the rules of tennis to ensure that competition is fair and civil.  Competing is hard enough without the handicap of not knowing the rules.  One resource that all players should have is called Friend at Court.  It’s available online or in a printed version.  Please call the SCTA office at 310.208.3838 and we can mail you a copy for $10 which includes postage and handling or look online at Amazon.com for the 2017 version.  The other resource you should have is Rules of Tennis 2017 and The Code.  That booklet is also available from the SCTA office for $5 or online.

Tennis competes with all other activities for participants and their time and financial resources.  If we have a product that is seen as beneficial physically, mentally and socially, then tennis will have a secure future.  The SCTA is helping make that future bright by focusing on better sportsmanship and more fair play.  Please let me know how you think we are doing.  Call 310.208.3339 or email bhunt@scta.usta.com.  Cheers!

Bruce A. Hunt – Executive Director
Southern California Tennis Association

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Top Seeds Play Opening Matches On Tuesday At National Championships http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-news/top-seeds-play-opening-matches-on-tuesday-at-national-championships/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-news/top-seeds-play-opening-matches-on-tuesday-at-national-championships/#respond Wed, 10 May 2017 18:15:16 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=13687 Read more »]]>

Top Seeds To Play Opening Matches On Tuesday At USTA National Women’s 50-90 Hard Court Championships

Tuesday’s Schedule Slated to Begin at 8 a.m. (PDT) at La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club

After receiving first-round byes, the top seeds will play their opening singles matches at the USTA National Women’s 50-90 Hard Court Championships on Tuesday at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club.
    
Former touring tennis professional Ros Nideffer is the top-seed and three-time defending champion in the 50 and over division. Nideffer, a resident of the San Diego community of Rancho Bernardo, captured 10 Women’s Tennis Association doubles titles and achieved a career-high WTA singles ranking of No. 15 in the world in 1990. She will face unseeded Sheila Walker of Washington D.C., in a second-round match at 9:30 a.m.


    
Tina Karwasky of Glendale, Calif., is the top seed in the 60 and over singles division. The 64-year-old Karwasky, who is one of the top senior players in the world, is attempting to win the 60s national hard court title for the sixth consecutive year at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club. She is scheduled to play her second round-match against San Diego’s Yoko Anderson at 11 a.m.
    
In the 70 and over division, top-seeded Brenda Carter of Charleston, S.C., will take on unseeded Carmen Almodovar of Bellevue, Wash., in second-round action at 12:30 p.m. and Roz King of San Diego, the top-seed in the 80 and over division, will play her first match of the tournament against unseeded Sally Bublitz of Winona, Minn., at 9:30 a.m.
    
Monday’s first-round action featured second-seeded Carolyn Nichols of Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., who advanced to the second-round of the 60 and over division with an impressive 6-0, 6-0 victory over Anna Greer of Boca Raton, Fla.  Nichols has reached the 60s singles final the past two years.  
         
For complete results and updated tournament draws for each division, please go to:
http://tennislink.usta.com/tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=188290
   
This week’s USTA Women’s 50-90 Hard Court Championships feature singles and doubles competition in the 50 and over, 60 and over, 70 and over, 80 and over, and 90 and over age divisions. The tournament, which concludes on Sunday, May 14, has attracted the top senior players from across the United States in each age group.

Matches will begin at 8 a.m. Tuesday, May 9 through Friday, May 12 and at 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 13 and Sunday, May 14. (All times are PDT). La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club welcomes tennis enthusiasts to view the tournament with free admission. On-site parking is available for a nominal fee.

The La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club’s 45th Annual Men’s Senior Championships is also taking place this week in conjunction with the women’s events, and will include both singles and doubles for 60 and over, 65 and over, 70 and over, 75 and over and 80 and over age groups. Although the men’s events are not national championships, they feature many senior players who regularly compete in national tournaments. Total participation for both the men’s and women’s tournaments is expected to be 300-plus players.

The La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club started each of these events and has hosted them since inception. Designated one of the Top 50 Tennis Resorts in the world by Tennis Resorts Online, the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club’s reputation as a top tennis destination started in 1942 when it attracted its first major tournament, the Pacific Coast Men’s Doubles Championship.

About the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club, Inc. – The La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club is a fourth-generation, family-owned and operated company dedicated to the operation of a 14-acre beachside resort. The resort includes three properties, including the exclusive La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club, the 128-room La Jolla Shores Hotel and the award-winning Marine Room restaurant. Resort amenities include 14 championship tennis courts, a nine-hole Par-3 golf course, two swimming pools, two additional oceanfront restaurants and cocktail lounges, and one of Southern California’s only private beaches. For more information visit LJBTC.com.

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SSV Has 3 Levels Of Achievement http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/adults-seniors/ssv-has-3-levels-of-achievement/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/adults-seniors/ssv-has-3-levels-of-achievement/#respond Thu, 04 May 2017 22:34:05 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=13475

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Adult Doubles Sectional Championship 2016 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/adults-seniors/league-tennis/adult-doubles-sectional-championship-2016/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/adults-seniors/league-tennis/adult-doubles-sectional-championship-2016/#respond Thu, 27 Apr 2017 22:13:29 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=13376 Read more »]]> Congratulations To The Teams That Made It To The Finals And To The Winners Of The 2016 SCTA Doubles Section Championship!

2.5F: Champs – SFV – Paseo Club/Got It Girls – Capt: Miriam Golbert (no px)
Finalist – BC – Manhattan CC – Capt: David Bier (no px)

3.0F: Champs – SGV – Whittier College/Smashing Divas – Capt: Gliria Cardoza
Finalist – BC – WestEnd TC – Capt: Denis Nguyen

3.5F: Champs – BC – Honda TC – Capt: Nancy Stone
Finalist – SGV – Altadena Town&Country Club/Lob Killers – Capt: Alma Banuelos (no px)

4.0F: Champs – BC – Lakewood TC – Capt: Gail Scott
Finalist – LA – Westchester Pk/Not Out Fault – Capt: Erica Perkins

4.5F: Champs – SB – Knowlwood TC – Capt: Danielle Dall’Armi (no px)
Finalist – OC – Lower Peters Canyon Park/Cannonball – Capt: Helen Chung (no px)

OW: Champs – OC – Los Cabs – Capt: Tracy Harris
Finalist – LA – Westwood TC – Capt: Madeline Segura

3.0M: Champs – BC – Manhattan CC – Capt: David Bier
Finalist – SGV – Arcadia Park/Dare Doubles – Capt: Shirley Flores (no px)

3.5M: Champs – SGV – Cal State LA/Serves You Right – Capt: Satoshi Higashio
Finalist – BAKE – In Shape Laurel Glen – Capt: Noel Dalton (no px)

4.0M: Champs – OC – Newport Beach TC – Capt: Jay Barbuto (TIED)
Champs – SGV – La Habra TC/Skyline – Capt: Brian Chan (TIED)

4.5M: Champs – Fallbrook TC – Capt: Bill Lenaway
Finalist – Marguerite TC/BodyShots – Capt: Jeff Deng (no px)

OM: Champs – SGV – Whittier Narrows TC/iTennis Performance Ctr – Capt: Andy Chang (no px)
Finalist – VENT – Sunset Ranch – Capt: Bob Benton (no px)

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The Ojai: 117 Years of SoCal’s Best & Brightest http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-news/the-ojai-117-years-of-socals-best-brightest/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-news/the-ojai-117-years-of-socals-best-brightest/#respond Wed, 26 Apr 2017 23:39:35 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=13300 Read more »]]>  

Nestled in a quaint valley town east of Ventura, Ojai is populated by less than 8000 residents year ‘round. But for one week in May, the town plays host to the oldest tennis tournament west of the Mississippi, attracting thousands of athletes and visitors alike for what is aptly and simply named “The Ojai.”

 

A career pinnacle of many southern California tennis players and beyond (athletes this year come from British Columbia, Nevada, Hong Kong, and Texas, among others), success at the Ojai is no small feat. The tournament receives more than 100 applications annually from the best players throughout the region, filling just 32 spots in highly competitive Open draws.

This year marks the 117th playing of The Ojai, and despite its lengthy history, the tournament continues to modernize and evolve. Each spring, the community (and all of Ventura County) invest their time and effort to create this amazing event. With more than 400 volunteers and 112 active courts, world class facilities and creative fundraising initiatives, The Ojai sets the stage for competitive junior, adult, and collegiate tournaments.

Perhaps the most anticipated draw of the tournament will be a battle of PAC-12 schools in team competition, the first year for Pac-12 women in team format. With NCAA berths on the line, a strong showing for collegiate players is essential at such a high profile event. Stanford, UCLA, and California are among the top seeds.

“It’s a whole different level of intensity,” according to Jeff Jenkins, one of numerous tournament directors. “This will up the level for them.”

Players gearing up at Ojai Valley Tennis Club.

Not to be outdone, “The Ojai” boasts some of the highest ranking players at the Junior level. CIF competition increase to draws of 64 as young players represent their schools. Locals will keep an eye on Scout Mathews, an Ojai native and 5-star recruit according to TennisRecruiting.com. Mathews, described by tournament director Craig Fugle as “a prodigy-type player,” is seeded fourth in Girls 16s.

Bystanders should expect great tennis from juniors, college players, and adults alike. But there’s plenty to look forward to off the court as well. New electronic scoreboards will be in place, with a master scoreboard to be added next year. A PAC-12 banquet and scholarship barbeque (featuring honorary guest Rod Laver) will be headlining attractions. And this year, for the first time, all champions will be crowned at Libbey Park on Sunday, when all division finals are played at the same location.  

For the 117th time, the tennis community in Ojai hopes that a future champion will launch a storybook career on their home courts. Household names like Bill Tilden, Arthur Ashe, Billie Jean King, Jimmy Connors, Tracy Austin, and Pete Sampras are among world ranked players who one competed at Ojai.

The question remains, who is the next tennis superstar to pass through the valley? Amazingly, the chances are pretty good that a future US Open champion, Davis Cup captain, or US Olympian is warming up on a back court at Ojai Valley Tennis Club at this very moment…

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Perennial Sportsmanship Winners Finish 2nd at TOC Nationals http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-news/perennial-sportsmanship-winners-finish-2nd-at-toc-nationals/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-news/perennial-sportsmanship-winners-finish-2nd-at-toc-nationals/#respond Mon, 24 Apr 2017 07:56:09 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=13157 Read more »]]> The UC Irvine Club Tennis team is one of the section’s longest standing Tennis On Campus programs. The Anteaters have proven to be a force to be reckoned with in competition, but what they are really known for is their excellent sportsmanship on and off the court.

They’ve amassed numerous sportsmanship awards at the Section Championship, more at the Spring Invitational, and even more at the National Championship through the years. In 2017, their story certainly shows a team with the same sincerity we are all used to, but it also takes them to the finals of the Tennis On Campus National Championship.

“I did not know what to expect heading into Nationals. I knew that any of these 64 teams had a chance to win,” UCI Team Captain, Tommy Luu, said of the experience. It was a common theme among team members. Many knew they had a strong team, but had no expectation to be in the final battle for the title.

The top teams from all over the U.S. made their way to the USTA’s new National Campus in Orlando this April– all fighting to be in this very position.

“We didn’t expect to go so far,” senior Melissa Huang said. “We didn’t realize our potential. I think it really hit us when we got into the top four that we had a chance at winning the tournament.”

And how would they have ever known? The team was young and inexperienced at this level. They finished third at the 2017 Southern California Section Championship, and even missed out on Nationals in 2016 after a disappointing run at Sectionals last year.

“I was the only one on UCI’s 2015 Nationals team that returned for 2017, so it was pretty difficult to gauge how we would perform against the other schools,” Co-Captain Gabe Cupino said.

Apparently, it was only the coach who knew what to expect from this group.

“I was confident we had a team that could win at Nationals,” long-time coach, Iris Fonseca, said after their stellar run. “My goal coming into the tournament was winning the title. At minimum, I wanted to finish as one of the top four schools.”

The road to the finals was not easy. Seeded second in their pool, the Anteaters had to play University of Virginia, University of Tennessee, and Rice University. UVA was the team to beat, seeded at number one in Pool I. First up for the Anteaters was University of Tennessee. The team looked shaky, dropping a couple sets, but finishing strong with a 23-15 win. Next, an easy-breezy match versus Rice University, ending 30-9. Last up, was UVA. The Cavaliers are known for their deep runs into the Gold Bracket at Nationals, but UCI was able to push the team into the Silver Bracket with a 30-15 win in the final round of pool play.

“My mentality getting into the Gold Draw was there’s no such thing as an easy match,” Luu said. “Everyone in Gold Draw had the capability to win at Nationals and I knew we just had to believe in each other and keep fighting for every set, every point, every shot.”

In the first round of the Gold Bracket, UCI beat UPenn handedly. In the quarters, they faced Georgia and looked strong out of the gates. The Anteaters were up big heading into mixed and looked to have everything under control at 4-0, but dropped six quick games and lost the mixed doubles set. The match then went into Overtime, but the Eaters were able to stop the bleeding and won the first game of OT, ending the match after a minor hiccup.

Into the semifinals they went with bellies full of Korean barbeque from the night previous and a tough match ahead of them. Minnesota was primed and ready for the 9 a.m. match on Saturday. The Gophers’ men’s doubles team laid out a 6-1 win over the Anteaters and it didn’t look like the girls weren’t fairing much better. UCI was down 1-4 in women’s doubles when the team subbed in exchange student Yoshi Takashimizu, which put the brakes on Minnesota’s momentum and turned the set around completely. UCI won women’s doubles 6-4.

Heading into mixed doubles, Minnesota had a one-game lead. It was up to the mixed doubles team of Cupino and Huang to come up with the upset.

“During the mixed set, I played with a lot of energy because we needed to win at least 6-4 to win the match without playing a supertiebreak,” Cupino recalled of the match. “I was trying to keep us pumped up because I knew the moment the other team gained momentum, we could lose the set and ultimately lose the match.”

Cupino and Huang focused on their consistency through their entire set and were able to pull through with a 6-3 win, beating Minnesota 23-21 and securing their spot in the finals.

They waited for the winner of the other semifinal match, either UCLA or Michigan. The Bruins were desperately trying to claw their way back into the match with a 6-1 win in men’s singles. Ultimately though, the Bruins fell and the final match was decided. The Anteaters would face a feisty team from University of Michigan in the finals.

The teams had a few hours to kill before the big show. UCI went through pre-match interviews with the USTA’s video crew and got a briefing on the night’s run of show. The team refueled at Olive Garden and went back to the hotel to decompress with a rousing game of “Exploding Kittens,” a card game that helped keep the anxiety at bay while they waited for the evening’s match.

Before they knew it, they were back at the National Campus, hearing their names announced to a buzzing crowd of students, friends and family, and USTA staff. The Anteaters were a clear fan favorite. Once again, the team’s unparalleled sportsmanship paid off. It was clear UC Irvine had garnered the support of teams throughout the tournament – even the teams they had beaten.

“There are no words to describe the feeling from the energy and support the fans gave us,” Luu said. “I knew we had made some friends from the other schools but I did not expect almost everyone to be on our side cheering us on.”

It’s not every day that a college student can say they played in an event of this magnitude. Students from the 64 teams gathered around one court to watch these two teams battle. They cheered. They groaned. They rallied behind their friends, teammates, and new TOC comrades. The match was also streamed live online with color commentary from Cici Bellis, so the event reached thousands of people across the country as it happened.

As the match got underway, Michigan took charge immediately, winning women’s doubles 6-2. Up next was Takashimizu for women’s singles and it turned out she had a bit of a cult following herself. The crowd chanted her name as she warmed up.

“YO-SHI, YO-SHI, YO-SHI.”

“It was so much fun and I will never forget that moment,” she said. “I can’t thank the people enough for cheering for me and supporting us in every way.”

Takashimizu found herself up 5-2 in the singles set, but her Wolverine opponent locked into the match and made an incredible comeback, taking the set 6-5.

Next up, men’s doubles: Cupino and Luu. The two team captains got off to a slow start and found themselves in a 0-2 deficit. They fired back, however, and served up six straight games and a 6-2 win, keeping the Anteaters in the match.

“I had never played in that kind of atmosphere, in front of so many people,” Luu said. “At first, I was so nervous. I was shanking every ball and missing volleys in the warm up. But through the course of the set, the crowd’s energy inspired me to keep fighting.”

Freshman Andy Francis stepped onto the court for men’s singles. With the crowd behind him, he pulled out a 6-4 victory. The Anteaters were up one game going into mixed doubles. They just needed to win the set to win the title.

UCLA Cheers for UCI in Championship Final

The crowd erupted in excitement to see Takashimizu take the court with Cupino. The “Yo-Shi” chants filled the stadium once again as the duo warmed up. However, the Anteaters needed more than the crowd’s support for this set. Michigan flew into the final set with a vengeance, and stole the win from the Anteaters with a 6-1 victory in mixed doubles.

Even in defeat, UC Irvine was thankful for the experience and proud of what they accomplished.

“It was a surreal experience,” Cupino said. “I felt like I had to give it my all for everyone who was watching. To hear so much clapping and screaming after winning a point was something I have never experienced in my life. It is an experience I will always hold close to my heart.”

“This tournament has truly been the highlight of my coaching career at UCI,” Fonseca admitted. “I could not have asked for a better team to coach and represent UCI and Southern California at Nationals.”

Five other Southern California teams competed at the National Championship this year. UCLA finished third over Minnesota, putting two SoCal teams in the top three in the country. Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, the Section Championship winner, also competed in the Gold Draw.

UC Santa Barbara, UC San Diego, and USC all played in the Silver Draw after tough pool play matches.

All Southern California teams were present for that final match.

“Watching a SoCal team in the final was an amazing experience,” UCSB Senior Daniel Barrington said. “To see players out there that we have grown close with over the past few years get an opportunity to battle on what is perhaps the biggest stage any of us will ever get to play on was truly humbling and so much fun.”

“We all felt a companionship with UCI and wanted them to win so badly,” Gaucho Club President Lincoln Howarth said. “When they lost, a lot of us described the feeling as if we had lost as well. Since we were all coming from the same section, it felt like a fight that we were all in together. Watching UCI do so well and make it to the finals was like watching a close friend succeed.”

TOC SoCal Schools After the Final

You can’t help but support a team like UC Irvine. They make friends everywhere they go. The SoCal teams know this, but now the nation knows it.

In true UCI fashion, when asked to reflect on the experience, the Anteaters all expressed their gratitude.

“I just want to thank everyone involved with this event, especially the USTA,” Luu said. “Thanks for giving students a chance to play competitively and experience it all through such an amazing event and team scenario.”

For more information on the Tennis On Campus National Championship, visit the Tennis On Campus website. For more information on your local TOC programs, contact Madeline Segura (Segura@scta.usta.com) with USTA Southern California.

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Avila Bay Classic-Vince Dente Memorial Tennis Tournament http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/adults-seniors/avila-bay-classic-vince-dente-memorial-tennis-tournament/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/adults-seniors/avila-bay-classic-vince-dente-memorial-tennis-tournament/#respond Sat, 22 Apr 2017 00:02:57 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=13068

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SENIOR SoCal Tennis Newsletter | May 2017 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/adults-seniors/senior-newsletter-may-2017/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/adults-seniors/senior-newsletter-may-2017/#respond Thu, 20 Apr 2017 23:29:42 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=13035 Read more »]]> Check out this month’s edition of SENIOR SoCal Tennis News, featuring results from SoCal Sectionals, ITF Young Seniors Team Championships, BNP Senior Cup, the Senior’s Tennis tournament in Guadalajara, and the Women’s Clay Court Championships. Plus, congratulations to Steve Solomon and Donna Ringer, and a preview of spring tournaments including the Hard Court Championships at La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club!

Download the May 2017 edition by clicking here!

Download the May 2017 Issue Of SCTA Senior News

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The 5 C’s Of SSV http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/adults-seniors/the-5-cs-of-ssv/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/adults-seniors/the-5-cs-of-ssv/#respond Thu, 13 Apr 2017 19:29:51 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=12814

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Ringer Leads Desert Team To BNP Paribas Senior Cup Title http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-news/ringer-leads-desert-team-to-bnp-paribas-senior-cup-title/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-news/ringer-leads-desert-team-to-bnp-paribas-senior-cup-title/#respond Wed, 12 Apr 2017 16:55:17 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=12774 Read more »]]> Senior/Adult Spotlight: Donna Ringer

Donna Ringer has played the BNP Paribas Senior Cup the last five years, but it wasn’t until this year when she captained her team “Calendar Girls” that the squad came away champions as Ringer’s ladies captured the 65-and-Over 4.0 title at the 23rd annual event.

The popular BNP Senior Cup is run by George Anich and once again this year included more than 100 team and some 800 senior players. Ringer said that the past few years Anich has done a fantastic job putting on the tournament, which includes two tickets to the BNP Paribas Open singles final, a breakfast and an awards banquet held at the Esmeralda Resort.

Donna Ringer captained the Calendar Girls to the BNP Senior Cup Women’s 65 and Over 4.0 team to the championship.

“There are lots of people who come down from the colder climates to enjoy the holiday and the weather,” Ringer said, adding that the shopping in the Coachella Valley is another big attraction. “To schedule all those teams is an amazing feat and George does a great job with the event.”

 

Ringer said the Calendar Girls originated out of Northern California, and currently include six local ladies from the desert.

Ringer has lived full-time in the desert for more than 15 years after living in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

She has been USTA League Coordinator since 2004, and said the BNP Senior Cup gave her the break she needed. “From January to the end of March I’m so busy with leagues, so it was nice to actually get out and be a player and not a coordinator.”

Ringer is a USTA umpire and stays busy doing National League Championship matches, as well as last the recent National Men’s 60s event at Mission Hills Country Club.

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Adult League Registration Underway http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-news/adult-league-registration-underway/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-news/adult-league-registration-underway/#comments Sat, 08 Apr 2017 01:43:14 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=12625 Read more »]]> New Dynamic Disqualification Process Implemented

The spring registration period is coming to a close for the Adult 18 & Over league seasons across Southern California. Now is the time to dust off your racquet and get in the game!

We are welcoming our first event under new league restructure this month. The Mixed 18 and Over Playoffs will be held Apr 29-30. Cal State Northridge will host the North Area Playoffs, while South Area

Playoffs will be held at Lakewood Tennis Center.

All local league winners will advance to an area playoff. In the event there are four or less areas competing at a NTRP level, the local league winners will advance directly to Sectionals.

Local League Winners in Bakersfield, Santa Barbara, Ventura, San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles, and San Gabriel Valley will advance to the North Area Playoffs. Local League Winners in Beach Cities, Orange County, Inland Empire, Coachella Valley, San Diego, and San Diego-NC areas will advance to the South Area Playoffs.

Teams will be placed into flights at the playoffs, and a round robin format will be used. The winning team in each flight in the North Playoff and the winning team in each flight of the South Playoff will advance to the Sectional Championship.

Also for 2017, the SCTA has revised its NTRP Dynamic Disqualification Procedure.

SCTA will run dynamic ratings during USTA league seasons for Adult 18, 40, and 55+. Self-rated players or players with appealed ratings are subject to dynamic disqualification.

At the local level, players who meet the criteria for NTRP Dynamic Disqualification will be immediately promoted to a higher NTRP level. Matches played will stand. At Championship level, SCTA will run dynamic calculations following the conclusion of the championship and disqualify those players who meet  the criteria for NTRP Dynamic Disqualification. Matches played will stand.

We are looking forward to another great year on the courts and we thank you for participating in the USTA Adult Leagues!

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Tennis and the Color Green Are a Great Fit for St. Patrick’s Day http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-news/tennis-and-the-color-green-are-a-great-fit-for-st-patricks-day/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-news/tennis-and-the-color-green-are-a-great-fit-for-st-patricks-day/#comments Thu, 16 Mar 2017 00:10:09 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=11911 Read more »]]> What would St. Patrick’s Day be without wearing green, thinking about shamrocks, four leaf clovers and all that goes with the holiday? Better yet, how does playing sports such as tennis, baseball, track, soccer and more fit into the “Wearing O’ the Green” theme?  As it turns out, sports and the color green are a perfect fit on March 17 in honor of the holiday. Please enjoy reading fun St. Patty’s Day facts and watching this Wearing O The Green Tennis & Sports Video: “Tennis Is My Sport.”

FUN FACTS ABOUT ST. PATRICK’S DAY

Why is it extraordinarily fun to wear green and play tennis? Consider it a possibility that a lively leprechaun might be sending you smiles from nearby court foliage. After all, one never knows where wee folk are hiding. Here are some fun facts regarding the holiday.

  • The color green is now seen in beer, leprechauns, hats and almost everything related to St. Patrick’s Day. It is also the color of Spring and the lush county sides of Ireland. It is believed to be a color that brings good luck to all who wear it.
  • The holiday owes it deepest origins to the coming of spring that will be Monday, March 20, 2017 at exactly 6:29am.
  • Ever get confused about the difference between four-leaf clovers and three-leaf shamrocks? The four-leaf clover can be ever present in our lawns and gardens. They represent the Celts, who were the solar-worshiping invaders of Ireland.
  • The Shamrock means “Little Clover” in Gaelic and is a symbol of the Christianity’s Holy Trinity (Father, Son and Holy Spirit), a story attributed to the Irish missionary St. Patrick.
  • Taylor Fritz. (SCTA Staff)

    The Pot of Gold is treasured by the “Wee Folk” and it’s a magical pot that represents the “Cauldron of Abundance” uniting the four elements: fire, earth, water and air. It also forms a metaphorical womb to represent the vessel of life.

  • The element of Irish “gold” comes through generations of lore and mystical story telling. It represents wealth, wisdom and knowledge.
  • Fanciful leprechauns are magical beings that are mostly male in the traditional form. They can be
    feisty, funny and often playful, and if the mood strikes, helpful. These red-bearded fairy folk are thought to be eternal as they perch on toadstools and selectively befriend human kind. 
  • Finally, legends say “St. Patrick’s Day” was named in honor of an Englishman born in Britain circa (389-461). He was kidnapped and sold into Irish servitude to be a shepherd. After escaping and returning to England, h e studied to become a priest and changed his name to “Patricus.” He later returned to Ireland to become a Christian missionary with the goal of dispelling pagan myths. St Patrick died on March, 17, 461. Today he is known as the Patron Saint of Ireland.

This festive holiday is now celebrated around the world. Whether you adopt some or all of its traditions, consider picking up a racket and playing tennis with friends. Don’t forget to wear something green!

Frances Tiafoe on the run (SCTA Staff)

 

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Bob Seymour Recalls Life of Tennis Memories http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/adults-seniors/bob-seymour-recalls-life-of-tennis-memories/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/adults-seniors/bob-seymour-recalls-life-of-tennis-memories/#comments Mon, 13 Mar 2017 19:39:30 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=11710 Read more »]]> 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 UC Berkeley has been to every “Big Game” football contest between the Bears and rival Stanford University since 1933.

Bob Seymour played for Cal in 1948.

That’s 81 consecutive games. “I don’t know if there is anyone who’s been to more,” said Seymour, who follows all of Cal’s athletic teams, including the Peter Wright-led men’s tennis team. “I’ve seen a lot of great games, and a lot of bad ones. But at least I showed up.”

In fact, Seymour is just now starting to get over being sick from sitting in three hours of rain at the last “Big Game” during the Fall, and it was a sickness that kept him off the tennis court for longer than he would have liked.

“I lost two of my playing partners recently; one who moved away and one who had hip surgery so I haven’t been playing as much,” Seymour said. “Combine that with getting over that bad cold and I haven’t been playing much over the past three months.”

Bob Seymour, at right, next to his wife Lee Seymour and Dodo Cheney.

Seymour, who turns 94 in March, still managed to play in a National Senior event in Palm Springs in January but didn’t get the results he was look for. He knows he’ll have to get out and train harder for the upcoming National 90s Hardcourts that take place in his hometown of Laguna Woods.

“I’ve been working in the gym, and there’s a steep hill I like to hike up,” said Seymour, who has won seven USTA Gold Balls during his career.

He recalls playing a match against former world No. 1 Tony Trabert on Stadium Court at the Berkeley Tennis Club right around the time Trabert turned pro. “He was a few years younger than me, and I remember him as just a great player who had a great future,” Seymour said. “I played a lot of the top players in that. He was the top player in the world. I only got one game, and it was well earned.”

Seymour has said his most memorable win coming back in 2000 at the National 75 Hardcourts, where he defeated the world No. 1 at the time, Tom Brown. He has represented the U.S. in World Team Championships on three different occasions, as well as playing for Southern California on both Intersectional and North/South Challenge Teams, serving as captain on numerous occasions.

In September, Seymour was named to the SCTA Senior Hall of Fame, another memorable moment in his long tennis career.

“It’s an honor to be a member of the SCTA Senior Hall of Fame and to be appreciated for what I’ve done,” Seymour said.

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131st Annual Southern California Section Championship http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-news/131st-annual-southern-california-section-championship/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-news/131st-annual-southern-california-section-championship/#respond Fri, 10 Mar 2017 21:46:44 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=11814

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Save the Date Sunday, June 25 City Of Irvine Tennis Seminar http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/community-tennis/save-the-date-sunday-june-25-city-of-irvine-tennis-seminar/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/community-tennis/save-the-date-sunday-june-25-city-of-irvine-tennis-seminar/#respond Wed, 08 Mar 2017 01:21:04 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=11767

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Guadalajara Tournament Attracts Competitive US Seniors http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-news/guadalajara-tournament-attracts-competitive-us-seniors/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-news/guadalajara-tournament-attracts-competitive-us-seniors/#comments Fri, 24 Feb 2017 23:31:58 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=11449 Read more »]]> At the end of January, Guadalajara Country Club (GCC) in Jalisco, Mexico, hosted The XXXIV Seniors Tennis Tournament.  One of North America’s premier senior events, the round robin competition includes men and women, in age groups starting at 35+ through 75 years old. An inviting locale which opened in 1942 with impressive golf and tennis facilities, GCC promotes not just exceptional tennis play but also an inviting social experience for all athletes.

This year’s 34th annual event welcomed players from host Mexico, plus the United States, Canada, France and England – including a number of players from Wimbledon. Among the tournament champions, SoCal’s Dennis Bowers/Jess Torres won in Men’s 65s (1st Flight).

Off the court, various social events enhanced the experience for players of all ages. A cocktail party to introduce the draws included live music, dancing, and outstanding food. A second tournament event invoked the local culture and spirit with mariachis and folkloric dancers, and the closing ceremony was a formal dinner and dance, including awards and trophies, that lasted until the wee hours. Some visitors suggested it was some of the best food they’d ever had! Each competitor also received a GCC winter vest with the Club’s embroidered logo.

Tournament organizers are eager to welcome even more players next year for the tournament’s 35th year pinnacle – mark your calendars!

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Can Creating New Adult Players Fast Help Your Business? http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-news/can-creating-new-adult-players-fast-help-your-business/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-news/can-creating-new-adult-players-fast-help-your-business/#comments Sat, 18 Feb 2017 22:04:04 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=11327 Read more »]]> RALLYING WITH THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

“What’s new in 2017 for the SCTA?” is actually a repeat opportunity that debuted in 2016. 

It’s called “Tennis in 10” (TNT) and it is a program to create new adult tennis players. 

The title comes from the goal of the initial session of the program which is to teach adults how to rally during the first ten minutes of the class.  Rallying with a friend is part of the fun of tennis and TNT puts the fun at the beginning of learning to play.

The SCTA is offering grants to tennis teachers that will offer a series of no or low-cost tennis lessons for adult beginners using Red-Orange-Green balls.  The title of the program, “Tennis in 10” (TNT), conveys the goal of having the adults rallying with each other in 10 minutes during the first lesson.  Echo Park and Morongo Basin Tennis Association have signed up for 2017 after having success as the first SoCal sites for TNT in 2016. 

The SCTA provides a complete business plan for the tennis provider who wishes to expand his or her business in the beginning adult age group.  There is a limited amount of grant money available so interested tennis providers should contact me at 310.208.3339 and ask for more information about how to start TNT on your courts.

Download the Tennis In 10” (TNT) Program Overview

Bruce A. Hunt – Executive Director
Southern California Tennis Association

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Same Sex Married Couples & Domestic Partners National Doubles Tournament http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/adults-seniors/same-sex-married-couples-domestic-partners-national-doubles/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/adults-seniors/same-sex-married-couples-domestic-partners-national-doubles/#comments Wed, 15 Feb 2017 00:15:56 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=11262

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2016 Trilevel Sectional Results http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-news/2016-trilevel-sectional-results/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-news/2016-trilevel-sectional-results/#respond Sun, 12 Feb 2017 08:06:22 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=12197 Read more »]]> The 2016 Trilevel Sectional Championship was held on November 18-20 at the Whittier Narrows TC.

The finals of the Men’s and Women’s 4.5-3.5 levels got rained out and rescheduled for Feb 5.

There were 25 teams that participated in this year’s event. Congratulations to the teams that advanced to the Finals and to the 4.5-3.5 levels that will be advancing to the BNP Trilevel Invitational held on March 17-19 at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.

  •  4.0-3.0F Champs – OC – Drop Shot like it’s Hot – Fullerton TC – Capt: Sophie Lam
  • 4.0-3.0F Finalist – LA – Shadow Aces – Beverly Hills Tennis – Capt: Andrea Tieng
  • 4.5-3.5F Champs – OC – Treat Yo Self – Lower Peters Canyon Park – Capt: Christina Blackburn
  • 4.5-3.5F Finalist – BC – Honda TC – Capt: Naomi Sugiura
  • 4.0-3.0M Champs – VENT – Spin Masters – Spanish Hills CC – Capt: Gustavus Bernal/Allan Chio
  • 4.0-3.0M Finalist – SFV – Acton Up – College of the Canyons – Capt: TJ St Marie
  • 4.5-3.5M Champs – OC – Whaaat? – Lower Peters Canyon – Capt: Jonel Roberto/Gilbert Guevara
  • 4.5-3.5M Finalist – VENT – Spanish Hills CC – Capt: Allan Chio
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