Coachella Valley Tennis – Southern California Tennis News http://southerncaliforniatennis.org Tennis News, Events, Community Activities, Tournaments Fri, 16 Feb 2018 21:19:35 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.4 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 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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SCTA’s Community Tennis Development Workshop Creates New Traditions in Orange County http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/community-tennis/sctas-community-tennis-development-workshop-creates-new-traditions-in-orange-county/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/community-tennis/sctas-community-tennis-development-workshop-creates-new-traditions-in-orange-county/#respond Fri, 15 Dec 2017 19:24:10 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=21892 Read more »]]> The Community Tennis Development Workshop was a smashing success held recently at Bill Barber Community Park in Orange County. The one-day event was sponsored by the Southern California Tennis Association and it offered coaching education, resources and tennis support to approximately 40 participants.

Melanie Bischoff, the Director of Community Tennis, said the Community Tennis Development Workshop has been offered for about a decade in Southern California. The conference was previously located at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden but was moved due to construction at that site. When the SCTA was searching for a new venue, City of Irvine Tennis Director Steve Riggs immediately offered accommodations at City’s offices and Bill Barber Community Park. Also, the seminar was restructured from a two-day to a one-day seminar.

“It was a pleasure for the City of Irvine to host the CTDW,” said Riggs, also incoming member of the SCTA Board of Directors in 2018. “We feel it’s important to give back to the tennis community and one great way to do this is by hosting tennis education seminars. We look forward to helping out again in the future.”

The CTDW morning kicked off with a comprehensive On Court Net Generation Training led by USTA National Coach Karl Davies. The three-hour session offered an in-depth look at the USTA’s Net Generation Red Ball program for beginners focusing on tennis progressions, easy games, and activities with a fun flair.

After lunch, the SCTA staff led a “Welcome to Net Generation” program headlined by USTA SoCal Director of Marketing Cari Buck, and Tennis Service Representatives Karen Ronney and Aisling Bowyer. They informed of Net Generation resources, programs, teaching support and a vast array of coaching guidance for 10-and-Under Tennis. The workshop was designed to assist teaching pros, coaches, teachers, park and recreation leaders, and those associated with Community Tennis Associations.

Additional sessions included a historical look at the development of tennis in the African American communities led by representatives of the American Tennis Association. Other offerings were breakout focus sessions led by local experts.

In addition to the tennis education workshop, lunch and dinner, the CTDW had its first awards presentation. The First Serve of Santa Ana was named the “Community Program of the Year”, and the group received a plaque and recognition for its efforts. They said the fundamental concept of First Serve was to teach tennis to kids, and encourage older players to mentor younger ones. This program develops responsibility, community spirit and leadership skills in youth. First Serve said it credits their successful model to tennis legend Vic Braden, who provided assistance in their earlier years of operation. Other award winners were Beth Kuney for Volunteer of the Year, Mark McCampbell received an award for Coaching Excellence of the Year, and Braemar Country Club was named Community Partner of the Year.

“The workshop is an opportunity for Community Tennis Association (CTA) members, park and recreation professionals, teaching pros, facility personnel and community tennis advocates to get together to learn and to continue to find ways to grow the game,” said Evan Smith, USTA SoCal Manager of NJTL, Diversity & Inclusion. “This is also a great way to network, meet new people and build friendships. It’s one of the highlights of the year in Community Tennis at the USTA.”

 

 

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USTA Offers Multicultural Grants and Financial Assistance for Juniors in 2018 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-news/usta-offers-multicultural-grants-and-financial-assistance-for-juniors-in-2018/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-news/usta-offers-multicultural-grants-and-financial-assistance-for-juniors-in-2018/#respond Wed, 13 Dec 2017 21:42:44 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=21864 Read more »]]> The USTA is offering many financial assistance opportunities to assist players of minority and multicultural backgrounds next year. They will be in the form of Individual Player Grants, Excellence Player Grant and Essay Grants. All applications are available online.  If eligible, please apply.

Multicultural Individual Player Grant for National Competition & Training: These grants provide funding to competitive junior players aspiring to achieve national and/or international rankings. Funding will be based on participation in specific USTA sanctioned tournaments in 2016. Must be training and competing in tournaments year-round and have a history of strong national tournament results. Be sure to read and follow the instructions carefully prior to submitting your application. The application due date is February 2, 2018 and it will be awarded in March 2018. For more information, please click here , and go to this link for Grant Application Instructions.

Okechi Womeodu Scholar Athlete Grant: Honoring the memory, life and achievements of Okechi Womeodu, who otherwise would have had a very promising future, both on and off the court. Rewards players who work to excel as much in the classroom as in sports. Must be training and competing in tournaments year-round, have a history of strong national tournaments results and a minimum GPA of 3.0. The number of grants available are : 1 grant (African-American male). The application due date is January 20, 2018 and it will be awarded in March 2018. For the application,  please click  here.

Althea Gibson Leadership Award: Honoring the memory, life and achievements of Althea Gibson, the first African-American Grand Slam champion, who paved the way for millions who followed. Rewards players who work to excel in leading others both on and off the court. Must be training and competing in tournaments year-round. Number of grants available: 1 grant (African-American female.) The application is due February 9, 2018 and will be awarded in April 2018. Click here to download the application.

Pancho González Scholar Athlete Grant: In honor of Pancho Gonzalez, the Mexican-American icon who won two U.S. Championships men’s singles titles and whose dedication to the sport of tennis brought together fans from all walks of life. We look to reward a player who works to excel in leading others both on and off the court. The recipient must be training and competing in tournaments year-round. Number of grants available: 1 grant (one male or one female.) The application is due February 9, 2018 and will be awarded in April 2018. Please click here to download the application.

Asian-American Scholar Athlete Leadership Grant:  In honor of the achievements of Asian-American tennis pioneers who paved the way for millions who followed, we look to reward a player who works to excel in leading others both on and off the court. The recipient must be training and competing in tournaments year-round. Number of grants available: 1 grant (one male or one female.) The application is due February 9, 2018 and will be awarded in April 2018. Please click  here to download the application

Native American Scholar Athlete Leadership Grant: In honor of the achievements of Native American tennis pioneers who paved the way for millions who followed, we look to reward a player who works to excel in leading others both on and off the court. The recipient must be training and competing in tournaments year-round. Number of grants available: 1 grant (one male or one female.) The application is due February 9, 2018 and will be awarded in April 2018.  Please click here to download the application.

Multicultural Excellence Program Grant: USTA Diversity & Inclusion would like to offer support to programs which are helping our best young players reach the highest level of national junior tennis. We will help offset expenses to any full-time program which offers travel to assist a team or two or more players to compete in the main draw of singles at any USTA sanctioned events. The application due date is through 2018. Please click here to download the Grant Report Form.

 

 

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The PTR Offers Coaching Education Opportunities in Southern California http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-news/the-ptr-offers-coaching-education-opportunities-in-southern-california/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-news/the-ptr-offers-coaching-education-opportunities-in-southern-california/#respond Thu, 07 Dec 2017 23:11:17 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=21745 Read more »]]> Registration is open for Professional Tennis Registry workshops in Southern California for coaches who wish to progress in coaching education.

On December 16 & 17, a 10 & Under Certification will be held at the Marguerite Tennis Pavilion in Mission Viejo. The clinician is Julien Heine and fee is $202. The workshop covers the following:

  • Creating a coaching environment in which young children can learn to play quickly while having fun
  • Communication and organization skills for coaching 10 & Under players
  • Structure and content of tennis lessons for 10 & Under players: athletic skill, technical and tactical, game and competitive development on the RED, ORANGE and GREEN court
  • Developing quality coaching skills and knowledge for working with 10 & Under players
  • Serve, rally and score as quickly as possible
  • Appropriate team and individual competition for different age groups
  • Information for working positively with parents

An 11 to 17 Certification is offered at El Camino Country Club on January 27 in Oceanside.  The  clinician is Marc Stingley and the fee is $227. The Elements of the Workshop are:

  • Communication and organization skills for coaches working with 11 to 17 year olds both in groups and as individuals
  • Lesson structure and content for different ages and gender: athletic skills to reinforce technical and tactical skills, game and competitive development
  • Developing quality coaching skills and knowledge for working with 11-17 year olds
  • How to develop leadership qualities in young people
  • Conducting successful camps
  • Appropriate competition in singles, doubles and team formats
  • Information for working positively with parents

For information on all of these workshops, go to  https://www.ptrtennis.org/MemberSite/Workshops/Schedule-USA.aspx.

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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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San Diego’s Nakashima Wins 16s At 50th Annual Easter Bowl http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-in-your-area/coachella-valley-tennis/san-diegos-nakashima-wins-16s-at-50th-annual-easter-bowl/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-in-your-area/coachella-valley-tennis/san-diegos-nakashima-wins-16s-at-50th-annual-easter-bowl/#comments Mon, 03 Apr 2017 16:32:59 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=12487 Read more »]]> INDIAN WELLS, Calif., – Brandon Nakashima picked a pretty good time to play some of the best tennis he’s ever played.

The top-seed in the Boys’ 16s division at the 50th Annual Adidas Easter Bowl USTA Junior Spring Nationals being played at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden, the 15-year-old Nakashima played nearly flawless tennis in a 6-1, 6-2 finals win over No. 13-seeded Stefan Dostanic of Irvine on Saturday.

It was the second gold ball in singles for Nakashima, who attends High Bluff Academy near his home in San Diego, to go along with the two he has in doubles.

Brandon Nakashima

“It feels amazing,” said Nakashima, who played up in the 18s last week in Carson and lost to Patrick Kypson in the third round. “It was a long week. I played probably the best I’ve played the whole tournament. Stefan is a good player and I had to play my best to beat him. All the pressure was on me being the No. 1 seed in the tournament.”

Nakashima, who has been working with famed coach Larry Stefanki for the past two years, said he will play once more in the 16s at the USTA Hardcourt Nationals at Kalamazoo in August before graduating full-time to the 18s.

“He just didn’t miss,” said Dostanic, 15, who trains with coaches Chuck Brymer and Chris Lewis at the Woodbridge Country Club in Irvine, Calif. “I played him about a year ago and it was the same result. He doesn’t show any emotion and doesn’t give you much to work with. I’m planning on playing Kalamazoo so maybe I can get my revenge there.”

It was the first USTA national ball for Dostanic, who attends Woodbridge High School and plays on the high school team.

A New York native now living in Charleston, S.C., Emma Navarro got rid of some early match nerves as the No. 5 seed downed unseeded Fiona Crawley of San Antonio, 7-6 (8), 6-0, to win the Girls’ 16s title. Crawley, who upset the No. 1 seed Briana Crowley in the first round, fought off several match points before falling in the first set.

“In the second set I loosened up a little bit and once I got the first two games I took it from there,” said Navarro, who won her first gold ball in singles and trains at LTP Tennis in Charleston with coach Peter Ayers.

Crawley’s silver ball will look nice displayed next to the bronze one she won at the USTA Spring Team Nationals last year. Crawley trains at the John Newcombe Tennis Ranch in New Braunfels and attends Alamo Heights High School in San Antonio.

“I’ve never done this well at a national tournament,” she said. “I could have never imagined I would have made it this far. I don’t know what is next for me. I was supposed to be playing in a Texas tournament this weekend.”

In the Boys’ ITF singles final, 16-year-old Sebastian Korda came back to beat 2015 finalist Sam Riffice, the No. 4 seed from Orlando, Fla., 2-6, 6-4, 6-3. Korda will play in his first ITF final of any kind Sunday against No. 8 seed Alafia Ayeni of San Diego. Ayeni beat No. 6 Patrick Kypson of Greenville, N.C., in the other semifinal, 6-3, 7-5.

Two of Korda’s sisters are taking part in the ANA Inspiration LPGA major this week just down the road in Rancho Mirage. The 18-year old Nelly Korda was tied for second place after Friday’s round at Mission Hills Country Club nearly 13 miles away. Jessica Korda is 24 years old and also on the LPGA Tour.

“Each day after I play I go over there for a little bit, and then home to rest,” said Korda, whose father Petr and mother Regina Rajchrtová have been going back and forth from the courts to the course.

In the Girls’ ITF singles final, top-seed and 2015 champion Claire Liu of Thousand Oaks will take on last year’s finalist Ellie Douglas of McKinney, Texas. Liu had no trouble with No. 3 Whitney Osuigwe of Bradenton, Fla., 6-1, 6-1. Douglas could not convert on nine match points, before No. 2 Johnson of Redondo Beach, Calif., finally double faulted on the 10th match point and Douglas prevailing, 7-6 (3), 6-3.

The Boys’ ITF singles final will be played first at 10 a.m., with the girls to follow, not before 11:30 a.m.

In addition to live streaming the Easter Bowl again this year, the tournament has a new and improved mobile app, which can be found in both the Apple iTunes store or at Google Play, Search “Easter Bowl” to download the app, The live stream commentating duties are being provided by the popular Southern California tennis commentator Marcus Tennis, Check www,easterbowl,com to watch the live stream and for all Easter Bowl news, results and schedules,

Saturday’s Results

Boys’ ITF 18s Singles (Semifinals)

Alafia Ayeni (8) (San Diego, CA) def. Patrick Kypson (6) (Greenville, NC), 6-3, 7-5

Sebastian Korda (10) (Bradenton, FL) def. Sam Riffice (4) (Orlando, FL), 2-6, 6-4, 6-3

Boys’ ITF 18s Doubles (Final)

Oliver Crawford / Patrick Kypson (3) def. Brian Cernoch / Sam Riffice (2), 6-1, 6-4

Girls’ ITF 18s Singles (Semifinals)

Claire Liu (1) (Thousand Oaks, CA) def. Whitney Osuigwe (3) (Bradenton, FL) 6-1, 6-1

Ellie Douglas (4) (McKinney, TX) def. Taylor Johnson (2) (Redondo Beach, CA) 7-6 (3), 6-3

Girls’ ITF 18s Doubles (Final)

Whitney Osuigwe / Caty McNally (1) def. Taylor Johnson / Ann Li (2), 6-3, 7-6 (10)

Boys’ 16 Singles (Final)

Brandon Nakashima (1) (San Diego, CA) def. Stefan Dostanic (13) (Irvine, CA), 6-1, 6-2

Boys’ 16 Singles (Playoff)

Andrew Dale (4) (Leesburg, VA) def. Ryder Jackson (8) (Nicasio, CA) 6-4; 6-2

Girls’ 16 Singles (Final)

Emma Navarro (5) (Charleston, SC) def. Fiona Crawley (San Antonio, TX), 7-6 (8), 6-0

Girls’ 16 Singles (Playoff)

Sedona Gallagher (3) (Henderson, NV) def. Dasha Kourkina (2) (Brooklyn, NY) 6-0, 7-5

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Southern Californian’s Ayeni, Liu Capture Adidas Easter Bowl Titles http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-news/southern-californians-ayeni-liu-capture-adidas-easter-bowl-titles/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-news/southern-californians-ayeni-liu-capture-adidas-easter-bowl-titles/#respond Mon, 03 Apr 2017 16:32:00 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=12496 Read more »]]> INDIAN WELLS, Calif. – The No.-8 seeded Alafia Ayeni from San Diego and top-seeded Claire Liu from Thousand Oaks, Calif., captured ITF 18s boys’ and girls’ singles titles on the final day of the 50th Annual Adidas Easter Bowl USTA Junior Spring Nationals played at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.

The 17-year-old Ayeni overcame a huge mental lapse in the second set, but served big when it counted most in the third to get past 16-year-old Sebastian Korda, the No. 10 seed from Bradenton, Fla., 6-4, 0-6, 7-5.

Alafia Ayeni by Dave Kenas Photography

The 16-year-old Liu, who won the girls’ Easter Bowl ITF title in 2015 as a 14-year-old, avenged a loss in the fall to Ellie Douglas, the No. 4 seed from McKinney, Texas, in taking the title, 6-1, 6-2.

For the first time this year both winners, in addition to receiving ITF trophies and valuable rankings points, also received USTA gold balls as the premier Easter Bowl 18s division has been upgraded to USTA national championship status.

Ayeni planned to fly to Spain for an ITF Grade 1 tournament later Sunday evening, and will surely have a smile on his face crossing the Atlantic after coming back to beat the tough Korda, who held a 3-1 lead and had several break point chances on Ayeni’s serve in the third set.

“I knew if he got the break there it would be tough to come back, and I know that Sebby is such a good server,” said Ayeni, whose father was a discus thrower in college from Nigeria. “It was so difficult to break him.”

Serving at 3-all, another long deuce game ensued with Ayeni applying the pressure and converting on crucial points to go up 4-3 in the tense match, at times letting loose on serves that registered 133 miles per hour via the radar gun and displayed on the  scoreboard.

For the third straight match Korda dropped the first set, and for the third straight time he raced off to the bathroom after each first-set loss to gather himself. “I threw some water on my face and told myself to relax and it always seems to work,” Korda said. “I started making a lot more balls and played better. He was playing amazing at the end.”

Ayeni said he let his mind wander after winning the first set, and won just five total points in the second set. “I was just so nervous and I started thinking, ‘OK, I’m one set away from winning the Easter Bowl.’ And it didn’t help I was sitting down for quite a while because of Sebby’s bathroom break. I got cold.

Ayeni said his rocket serves in the third set and his experience were the key factors in pulling out the win. “I just kept hitting the serve harder and I felt it gave me just that little advantage that I needed,” he said. “I think I had the experience advantage because I have been in two ITF finals and this was his first. I know that, especially in finals, the match isn’t over till it’s over. I knew it wasn’t over till the last ball was hit.”

Korda smiled and said he was happy with his week, and was headed to the golf course to see his two older sister compete on the final day of the LPGA major ANA Inspiration tournament.

Liu became the first player – boy or girl – in the 50-year history of the tournament to win two Easter Bowls over a three-year span.

“I was pretty nervous,” said Liu, who dropped just one set in the tournament and won her last six sets giving up a total of eight games. “For every match I was nervous, but that’s kind of why I’m here, to deal with my nerves and to continue to play well under pressure, and I think I did that pretty good.”

Liu will next play two USTA Pro Circuit $60,000 events, and the Naples Pro Futures $25,000 before heading to Paris for two more pro events and the junior French Open.

“My mindsets were different in both (Easter Bowl) tournament finals because when I was younger I was really trying to get into the French,” she said. “This tournament I was just focusing on my game and trying to get better for the pros.”

Douglas lost in the final for the second straight year, and has now lost four big ITF-level junior finals without a win. “She played well and it was not my day.” Douglas said. “I had so many unforced errors and she hit so many lines. I don’t know, maybe it’s something about finals I’m just not good at. I didn’t feel nervous, but something was off.”

Douglas will be in Paris for the French Open and then travel to England and Wimbledon this summer. “I’ve got just go home and get better at closing out tournaments,” she said.

Sunday’s Results

Boys’ ITF 18s Singles (Final)

Alafia Ayeni (8) (San Diego, CA) def. Sebastian Korda (10) (Bradenton, FL), 6-4, 0-6, 7-5

Girls’ ITF 18s Singles (Final)

Claire Liu (1) (Thousand Oaks, CA) def. Ellie Douglas (4) (McKinney, TX), 6-1, 6-2

— Steve Pratt

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San Diego Spring Break UTR Tournament April 15-16 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/youth-tennis/san-diego-spring-break-utr-tournament-april-15-16/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/youth-tennis/san-diego-spring-break-utr-tournament-april-15-16/#respond Fri, 31 Mar 2017 21:06:38 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=12433 Read more »]]>

Sophia Aulicino hits a backhand volley.

Sign ups are still open for the Spring Break Universal Tennis Rating (UTR) Tournament in San Diego on April 15-16 at Del Norte High School. This is an opportunity to play three matches at your skill level. If you can play, be sure to register! Players will be selected only if there are enough players at a given UTR level.

Ben Goldberg hits a backhand.

 

To learn more about this tournament and UTRs, contact Tournament Director Jackson Chu at  jchu858@gmail.com or call (775) 830-9395. Click here to register for the tournament.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Owensby Overcomes Seven Match Points To Win Girls’ 14s Title At Adidas Easter Bowl http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-in-your-area/coachella-valley-tennis/owensby-overcomes-seven-match-points-to-win-girls-14s-title-at-adidas-easter-bowl/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-in-your-area/coachella-valley-tennis/owensby-overcomes-seven-match-points-to-win-girls-14s-title-at-adidas-easter-bowl/#respond Fri, 31 Mar 2017 20:53:47 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=12418 Read more »]]> INDIAN WELLS, Calif. – Storyline after storyline. There was no shortage of them at the 50th Annual Adidas Easter Bowl USTA Junior National Spring Championships on Thursday at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.

Consider:

  • Around 2:30 p.m., play was halted due to 40 miles an hour wind that swept through the Coachella Valley. At 4 p.m., ITF Referee Martha Gregg emerged to announce to all players, parents and coaches that the air quality was too poor to continue and that play was done for the day.
  • While the ITF boys’ singles had concluded, there were still two ITF girls’ matches that were suspended, including top-seeded Claire Liu dropping the first set 6-4 to Elli Mandlik, and up 3-1 in the second set. The two will take to the courts Friday morning and resume play at 9 a.m.
  • Defending champion and No. 2-seeded Gianni Ross was upset by unseeded Jake Sands, 4-6, 6-4, 6-2, in the Round of 16.
  • USTA national gold and silver balls were handed out in the boys’ and girls’ 14s and 12s division as those divisions were completed before the winds came.
  • Charlotte Owensby of Boca Raton, Fla., fought off seven match points to come back down 2-5 in the third set to win the Girls’ 14s singles final over Gianna Pielet, 6-4, 2-6, 7-5.

It was tough to watch the top-seeded Pielet from El Paso, Texas, not able to close out the match, at one point serving and up 5-4, 40-love.

“I’ve maybe been down three match points before, but never down that far in games,” Owensby said. “I tried to focus my plan of getting her off the court and that started working and she was making more errors. And that gave me more confidence.”

She added: “When she went up 5-4 and 40-love, I definitely thought I was done. Then I just took it one point at a time and just tried to come back. And then at 5-all I just focused on that game and won that game.”

Owensby is coached by former WTA world-ranked Top 85 player Yuliya Beygelzimer and recently turned 14. “It feels amazing. I still haven’t processed it that I won the Easter Bowl,” she said after accepting her first USTA national gold ball at her first Easter Bowl.

“I had some match points, but just couldn’t close it out,” a distraught Pielet said. “I certainly didn’t play good at all and I think we were both nervous. I can learn from this, for sure. Just to try to play a better match and work on my nerves.”

Another player who had a memorable Easter Bowl moment not being able to close out a match was Patrick Kypson, who two years ago held a huge lead over Taylor Fritz only to watch Fritz come back for the win.

 

On Thursday, the No. 6-seeded 17-year-old Kypson posted a solid 6-3, 6-1 win over last week’s Carson ISC champion and tournament No. 9 seed Alexandre Rotsaert, 6-3, 6-1.

“I know when he plays well he’s tough to beat, and he always plays me well,” said Kypson, who meets top-seeded Trent Bryde in the quarterfinals on Friday.

In the Boys’ 14s final, Alexander Bernard (No. 9 seed, Bonita Springs, Fla.) defeated Aryan Chaudhary (No. 2, Santa Clara, Calif.), 6-4, 6-2.

Bernard was set to catch a long flight back to Florida Thursday night, but said he planned to celebrate by perhaps going to McDonalds. “I’ve never had In N Out,” Bernard said. “I should try it.”

He added: “I started off making too many mistakes and he was playing good,” said Bernard, 13, who won his first gold ball and trains with Rene Gomez at Gomez Tennis Academy in Naples. “I was just trying to focus on the next point and trying to stay in the rallies.”

“This week has been great and I’ve never been here before,” said Chaudhary, who won his first silver ball to go along with a gold in doubles on Wednesday and a copper in a past Winternationals. “I was just looking forward to playing people from around the U.S. It was a great experience for me.”

In the Boys’ 12s final, unseeded Kyle Kang of Fullerton, Calif., got the best of fellow unseeded player Nishesh Basavareddy of Carmel, Ind., 6-2, 6-4.

“It was fun out there,” said Kang, who just turned 12 recently and is in sixth grade at Hermosa Drive Elementary in Fullerton. “When I started winning it was really fun. I started off down 0-2, but I just focused and was able to hit my shots. My heart was racing on match point.”

“He was staying consistent and moving me around,” said Basavareddy, who is 11 and has a singles USTA gold ball from the Winternationals and also won the gold ball in the 12s doubles on Wednesday. “I wasn’t nervous and think my experience helped me.”

In the Girls’ 12s final, unseeded Priya Nelson of Sacramento, Calif., downed Eleana Yu of Mason, Ohio, 6-1, 6-3.

Nelson won her first USTA national ball of any kind, and a gold one at that. “I wasn’t nervous at all,” she said. “It feels good to be an Easter Bowl champion. I have practice tomorrow and another tournament to get ready for.”

Nelson is 11 and is home schooled. She was also given the 12s USTA Sportsmanship award. Martin Damm was awarded the honor in the 14s division.

“The nerves got to me,” said Yu, who is 12 and goes to public school (sixth grade) in Mason. “I learned a lot this week and think I can get a lot better after this.”

SIGHTINGS AT THE GARDEN: Larry Stefanki, legendary former coach of John McEnroe, Marcelo Rios and Tim Henman, Tommy Tucker, the 82-year-old Mission Hills Country Club “Tennis Pro Emeritus” and Coachella Valley coaching legend, Former world Top 45 WTA player and current USTA National women’s coach Jamea Jackson, John Evert, son of Jimmy Evert and brother of tennis Hall of Famer Chris Evert, Former WTA star and Valley legend Torey Fretz with good friend and famous Welsh singer Iris Williams, a member of the Order of the British Empire, Former UCLA Bruin and noted tennis author Barry Buss, who operates the website: www.tennis.life, former Desert Sun sportswriter and tennis writer Leighton Ginn, covering No. 2 seed Taylor Johnson for his popular blog. Check it out @ginnandtopics on Facebook and Twitter.

In addition to live streaming the Easter Bowl again this year, the tournament has a new and improved mobile app, which can be found in both the Apple iTunes store or at Google Play. Search “Easter Bowl” to download the app. The live stream commentating duties are being provided by the popular Southern California tennis commentator Marcus Tennis. Check www.easterbowl.com to watch the live stream and for all Easter Bowl news, results and schedules.

 Thursday Results

Boys’ ITF 18s Singles (Round of 16)

Jake Sands (Pacific Palisades, CA) def. Gianni Ross (2) (Orlando, FL) 4-6, 6-4, 6-2

Sebastian Korda (10) (Bradenton, FL) def. Oliver Crawford (5) (Spartanburg, SC) 6-2, 6-3

Sam Riffice (4) (Orlando, FL) def. Trey Hilderbrand (San Antonio, TX) 6-2, 6-3

Brian Cernoch (7) (Deerfield Beach, FL) def. William Grant (Boca Raton, FL) 6-2, 6-3

Alafia Ayeni (8) (San Diego, CA) def. Lukas Greif (11) (Evansville, IN) 6-4, 6-2

Patrick Kypson (6) (Greenville, NC) def. Alexandre Rotsaert (9) (Boca Raton, FL) 6-3, 6-1

Trent Bryde (1) (Suwanee, GA) def. Paul Barretto (Tiburon, CA) 7-5, 6-2

Girls’ ITF 18s Singles (Round of 16)

Caty McNally (6) (Cincinnati, OH) def. Alexa Noel (Summit, NJ) 6-2, 6-1

Ann Li (11) (Devon, PA) def. Rachel Lim (Briarcliff Manor, NY) 6-0, 6-1

Whitney Osuigwe (3) (Bradenton, FL) def. Katie Volynets (Walnut Creek, CA) 4-6, 6-3, 6-4

Hurricane Tyra Black (10) (Boca Raton, FL) def. Cali Jankowski (Carlsbad, CA) 6-1, 6-3

Ellie Douglas (4) (McKinney, TX) def. McCartney Kessler (Calhoun, GA) 2-6, 6-3, 6-1

Taylor Johnson (2) (Redondo Beach, CA) def. Vanessa Ong (14) (Oklahoma City, OK) 6-3, 6-2

Elizabeth Mandlik (Boynton Beach, FL) (16) leads Claire Liu (1) (Thousand Oaks, CA) 6-4, 1-3

Hailey Baptiste (Washington D.C.) (5) leads Amanda Meyer (Delray Beach, FL) (12) 6-3, 1-6, 5-0

Boys’ 16 Singles (Quarterfinals)

Ryder Jackson (8) (Nicasio, CA) def. Alex Lee (11) (Oak Brook, IL) 7-5, 7-6(4)

Stefan Dostanic (13) (Irvine, CA) def. Jacob Bullard (Calabasas, CA) 6-4, 4-6, 6-3

Andrew Dale (4) (Leesburg, VA) def. Nathan Arimilli (10) (Austin, TX) 4-6, 7-5, 6-1

Brandon Nakashima (1) (San Diego, CA) def. Leighton Allen (6) (Austin, TX) 6-3, 6-2

Girls’ 16 Singles (Quarterfinal Round)

Fiona Crawley (San Antonio, TX) def. Audrey Boch-Collins (11) (Las Vegas, NV) 6-4, 6-1

Sedona Gallagher (3) (Henderson, NV) def. Ava Hrastar (8) (Duluth, GA) 6-0, 7-5

Emma Navarro (5) (Charleston, SC) def. Jayci Goldsmith (9) (Dripping Springs, TX) 6-1, 6-3

Boys’ 14 Singles (Final Round)

Alexander Bernard (9) (Bonita Springs, FL) def. Aryan Chaudhary (2) (Santa Clara, CA) 6-4, 6-2

Boys’ 14 Singles (Playoff)

Martin Damm (Bradenton, FL) def. Maxwell McKennon (1) (Newport Beach, CA) 6-2, 6-4

Girls’ 14 Singles (Final Round)

Charlotte Owensby (8) (Boca Raton, FL) def. Gianna Pielet (1) (El Paso, TX) 6-4, 2-6, 7-5

Girls’ 14 Singles (Playoff)

Connie Ma (14) (Dublin, CA) def. Kailey Evans (6) (Ennis, TX) Wo (inj)

Boys’ 12 Singles (Final Round)

Kyle Kang (Fullerton, CA) def. Nishesh Basavareddy (Carmel, IN) 6-2, 6-4

Boys’ 12 Singles (Playoff)

Lucas Brown (3) (Plano, TX) def. Cooper Williams (4) (New York, NY) 6-4, 6-2

Girls’ 12 Singles (Final Round)

Priya Nelson (Sacramento, CA) def. Eleana Yu (Mason, OH) 6-1, 6-3

Girls’ 12 Singles (Playoff)

Matilyn Wang (1) (Scottsdale, AZ) def. Violeta Martinez (9) (Port Saint Lucie, FL) 6-3, 6-2

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Alexandre Rotsaert Looking To Repeat Winning Carson Success at Adidas Easter Bowl http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-in-your-area/coachella-valley-tennis/alexandre-rotsaert-looking-to-repeat-winning-carson-success-at-adidas-easter-bowl/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-in-your-area/coachella-valley-tennis/alexandre-rotsaert-looking-to-repeat-winning-carson-success-at-adidas-easter-bowl/#respond Thu, 30 Mar 2017 18:08:55 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=12282 Read more »]]> INDIAN WELLS, Calif. – Alexandre Rotsaert isn’t the most well-known American junior tennis player, but knows a few more wins at the 50th Annual Adidas Easter Bowl USTA Junior National Spring Championships this week would do a lot to change that.

The 17-year-old Rotsaert from Boca Raton, Fla., continued his winning ways as he beat Bill Duo, 6-0, 6-1, on Wednesday in the second round of ITF 18s singles action at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. Rotsaert winning streak reached eight straight as he captured the International Spring Championships in Carson last week.

Photo of Alex Rotsaert by David Kenas

Ranked No. 32 in the world ITF rankings, the No. 9 seeded Rotsaert doesn’t want the added pressure of being labeled a potential Next Generation ATP star. “I truly couldn’t care less if I was well-known or not,” he said. “It’s the juniors and it’s completely irrelevant what your ranking is unless you are top 10.”

He continued: “When I younger that may have mattered that people knew who I was, but now I don’t care. I just have to stay focused. Winning this tournament would be absolutely awesome for me. Gianni [Ross] did it last year, and Donald Young has done it. Plenty have players have. But at the end of the day you have to be able to take the next step and this is just one of them.”

Winning Carson was the biggest title Rotsaert has even won as he beat Ross in the final. “The first day [Monday] I’ve never gotten so many text in my life,” he said. “We had a nice meal and then forgot about it. My coach [Ernesto Ruiz] wants me focused on this week so we haven’t said a word about it. That tournament is irrelevant now. Now it’s a new week and a completely different tournament.”

Rotsaert played nearly flawless tennis in dropping just one game. “I thought I played really well today and was dictating and serving well and was being aggressive,” he said. “I didn’t make too many unforced errors which is important for me and a plus for me; was just really zoned in. I think the conditions were nice. It’s not too hot.”

He said he feels “not fresh” but “normal” after playing in a Sunday final and opening play Tuesday.

Rotsaert will next play Patrick Kypson in a tough third round on Thursday.

Moving on in Girls’ ITF 18s play were top-seeded Claire Liu, No. 3 Whitney Osuigwe and No. 6 Caty McNally. Upset included seeded girls’ players No. 9 Natash Subhash beaten by Alexa Noel, and No. 8 Nicole Mossmer taken out by unseeded Rachel Lim, 7-6 (5), 6-2

Finals will be contested in the Boys’ and Girls’ 12s and 14s on Thursday morning. In the Boys’ 14s finals, Alexander Bernard (No. 9 seed; Bonita Springs, Fla.) will face Aryan Chaudhary (No. 2; Santa Clara, Calif.) Bernard upset top-seeded Maxwell McKennon of Newport Beach, Calif., 6-3, 6-1 while Chaudhary needed three sets to gets past the son of former ATP doubles star Martin Damm, who goes by the same name.

In the Girls’ 14s finals, top-seeded Gianna Pielet of El Paso, Texas, will play Charlotte Owensby, the No. 8 seed from Boca Raton, Fla.

In the Boys’ 12s final, two unseeded players have advanced all the way to the finals with Kyle Fang of Fullerton, Calif., meeting Nishesh Basavareddy of Carmel, Ind.

In the Girls’ 12s final it will also be two unseeded player going at it as Priya Nelson of Sacramento, Calif., will face Eleana Yu of Mason, Ohio. Yu upset top-seeded Matilyn Wang of Scottsdale, Ariz., 6-4, 6-2.

SIGHTINGS ON WEDNESDAY: Kent Kinnear, USTA Player Identification and Development Director; 15-time doubles Grand Slam champion Rosie Casals; USTA Director of Junior Tournament Bill Mountford;

In addition to live streaming the Easter Bowl again this year, the tournament has a new and improved mobile app, which can be found in both the Apple iTunes store or at Google Play. Search “Easter Bowl” to download the app. The live stream commentating duties are being provided by the popular Southern California tennis commentator Marcus Tennis. Check www.easterbowl.com to watch the live stream and for all Easter Bowl news, results and schedules.

USTA Wednesday’s Results

Boys’ 16 Singles (Round of 16)

Alex Lee (11) (Oak Brook, IL) def. Cannon Kingsley (2) (Northport, NY) 7-6(5), 6-3

Ryder Jackson (8) (Nicasio, CA) def. Pierce Rollins (Tulsa, OK) 6-4, 6-3

Stefan Dostanic (13) (Irvine, CA) def. Nicholas Garcia (Hollywood, FL) 6-1, 6-3

Jacob Bullard (Calabasas, CA) def. Nathan Han (9) (Tulsa, OK) 6-3, 6-2

Nathan Arimilli (10) (Austin, TX) def. Eliot Spizzirri (Greenwich, CT) 6-3, 6-4

Andrew Dale (4) (Leesburg, VA) def. Marcus McDaniel (16) (Vacaville, CA) 6-1, 6-2

Leighton Allen (6) (Austin, TX) def. andres martin (Flowery Branch, GA) 6-0, 6-0

Brandon Nakashima (1) (San Diego, CA) def. Phillip Jordan (14) (Spartanburg, SC) 6-2, 6-2

Girls’ 16 Singles (Round of 16)

Emma Navarro (5) (Charleston, SC) def. Marcella Cruz (Marlboro, NJ) 6-0, 6-2

Jayci Goldsmith (9) (Dripping Springs, TX) def. Chidimma Okpara (Vienna, VA) 6-4, 6-1

Eryn Cayetano (12) (Corona, CA) def. Addison Guevara (7) (Keller, TX) 3-6, 6-4, 6-3

Dasha Kourkina (2) (Brooklyn, NY) def. Elle Christensen (16) (Los Angeles, CA) 7-5, 6-3

Fiona Crawley (San Antonio, TX) def. Lauren Anzalotta (Trujillo Alto, PR) 6-0, 3-6, 6-4

Audrey Boch-Collins (11) (Las Vegas, NV) def. Yolanda Lin (Sammamish, WA) 6-3, 6-4

Sedona Gallagher (3) (Henderson, NV) def. Gabriella Cusano (Austin, TX) 6-3, 6-0

Ava Hrastar (8) (Duluth, GA) def. Kiana Graham (10) (Austin, TX) 6-2, 6-3

Boys’ 14 Singles (Semifinal Round)

Alexander Bernard (9) (Bonita Springs, FL) def. Maxwell McKennon (1) (Newport Beach, CA) 6-3, 6-1

Aryan Chaudhary (2) (Santa Clara, CA) def. Martin Damm (Bradenton, FL) 6-3, 3-6, 6-3

Girls’ 14 Singles (Semifinal Round)

Gianna Pielet (1) (El Paso, TX) def. Kailey Evans (6) (Ennis, TX) Wo (inj)

Charlotte Owensby (8) (Boca Raton, FL) def. Connie Ma (14) (Dublin, CA) 6-3, 6-3

Boys’ 12 Singles (Semifinal Round)

Kyle Kang (Fullerton, CA) def. Lucas Brown (3) (Plano, TX) 4-6, 6-1, 10-5

Nishesh Basavareddy (Carmel, IN) def. Cooper Williams (4) (New York, NY) 6-2, 6-4

Girls’ 12 Singles (Semifinal Round)

Priya Nelson (Sacramento, CA) def. Violeta Martinez (9) (Port Saint Lucie, FL) 6-4, 2-6, 10-2

Eleana Yu (Mason, OH) def. Matilyn Wang (1) (Scottsdale, AZ) 6-4, 6-2

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The 2015 Easter Bowl was great for both Girls’ ITF singles winner Claire Liu and Boys’ ITF singles finalist Sam Riffice.

Both made victorious returns to the grounds of their past glory, the Indian Wells Tennis Garden, on Monday opening play in the ITF (18s) division at the 50th Annual Adidas Easter USTA Junior National Spring Championships.

The top-seeded 16-year-old Liu, who won the Wimbledon Junior doubles titles last summer and has been playing mostly ITF Pro Circuit Futures and USTA Challenger events, made quick work of Chloe Beck, 6-1, 6-1.

Riffice, the No. 4 seed who lost to Taylor Fritz in the 2015 ITF final, struggled in the first set against Robert Maciag, pulling it out 7-6 (6), then blanking him 6-0 in the second set.

Liu, who made the final of the WTA BNP Paribas pre-qualifier tournament last month at this same Indian Wells Tennis Garden site, said her mindset doesn’t change switching from the pro events to the juniors. “I don’t think it really matters,” she said. “It’s still a match and I just want to focus on what I need to work on.”

Caty McNally

Liu is currently working with USTA National coaches Chris Tonz and Erik Kortland at the USTA Training Center – West in Carson.

“I always loved this tournament because I’ve done so well here in the past,” she said. “I love Palm Springs and Indian Wells. Easter Bowl and Indian Wells (BNP Paribas) are my two favorite tournaments.”

Thousand Oaks’ Liu, who was just 14 when she won the 2015 Easter Bowl, will play doubles with Cerritos partner Kelly Chen. Liu explained why she decided at the last minute to take a wild card into the Easter Bowl. “I was going to lose my points from the ISC (in Carson) and I’m not going to play any more junior events until the French so I was going to lose some doubles points,” she said.

Last year’s Easter Bowl was also a success for 15-year-old Caty McNally of Cincinnati, who made the semifinals in the ITF singles. McNally lost to Liu and Usue Arconada in the Wimbledon doubles final at the All England Club in July. 

“It was amazing playing my first Wimbledon,” said McNally, the No. 6 seed who beat Sara Choy, 6-2, 6-1 in her first-round match on Monday. “And to get to the finals was so unexpected. I’m so happy to be back and play the Easter Bowl in Indian Wells.”

Defending Boys’ ITF singles champion Gianni Ross will open play on Tuesday on the Stadium Court 2, which is being live streamed. The No. 2 seeded Ross meets Conrad Russell in the third match on.

ADIDAS EASTER BOWL SIGHTINGS ON MONDAY: Hana Mandlikova, who won four Grand Slam singles titles during her career, watching No. 16 seed daughter Elizabeth Mandlik; Former Fed Cup Captain Mary Joe Fernandez watching her son Nicholas Godsick upset the top-seeded player in the Boys’ 12s in the Round of 16. Godsick’s father Tony Godsick is Roger Federer’s agent; Former World No. 2 ATP player Petr Korda with son Sebastian playing in the Boys’ ITF. Billie Jean King, Illana Kloss and Rosie Casalswatching a player coached by Casals, No. 2 seed and world No. 14 ITF junior Taylor Johnson.

In addition to live streaming the Easter Bowl again this year, the tournament has a new and improved mobile app, which can be found in both the Apple iTunes store or at Google Play. Search “Easter Bowl” to download the app.

Check back to www.easterbowl.com to watch the live stream and for all Easter Bowl news, results and schedules.

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Defending Champ Gianni Ross Opens With Win In Defense of 2016 Adidas Easter Bowl Title http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-in-your-area/coachella-valley-tennis/defending-champ-gianni-ross-opens-with-win-in-defense-of-2016-adidas-easter-bowl-title/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-in-your-area/coachella-valley-tennis/defending-champ-gianni-ross-opens-with-win-in-defense-of-2016-adidas-easter-bowl-title/#respond Wed, 29 Mar 2017 17:54:47 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=12259 Read more »]]> INDIAN WELLS, Calif. – It’s been 45 years since there’s been a repeat winner in the Boys’ 18s division at the premier junior tennis tournament in the nation. At this week’s 50th Annual Adidas Easter Bowl USTA Junior National Spring Championships, Gianni Ross is attempting to be the first to win back-to-back 18s singles titles since 1971-72 when Grey King achieved the feat.

 

Gianni Ross photo by David Kenas Photography

On Tuesday, Ross opened play at the prestigious event taking place at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden with a straight-set, 7-5, 6-1, win over Palo Alto’s Conrad Russell on the same main show Court 2 where he beat former doubles partner John McNally last April for the coveted Easter Bowl title.

 

Ross had a wide grin on his face for a few hours after the victory on Tuesday. “This is a fun tournament for me,” he said. “I like everything: conditions, courts, balls. So I’m ready. It felt really dry for me today for some reason. I had to keep putting water on my hands. It was just so dry. Maybe because I was just coming from Carson. It was so gloomy and cold there to the hot and dry here.”

Ross played in the Carson International Spring Championships singles final on Sunday falling to Alexandre Rotsaert of Boca Raton, Fla., the No. 9 Easter Bowl ITF seed and another straight-set winner on Tuesday.

“I was depressed for a day, but you can’t ask for more than a final,” Ross said. “So I’m happy and I hope I can do just as well here.”

Ross was told there had only been one repeat boys’ 18s winner in the 50-year history of the tournament and was asked if he felt pressure. “No,” Ross said emphatically. “I shouldn’t feel pressure. There’s pressure to win every win match. So why should this week be any different.”

He said winning the Easter Bowl last year made his name a little more well-known. “Winning last year was great,” said Ross, who suffered an illness that kept him off the court during the summer. “If I could get back and do it twice, that would be amazing. It was important for my last year to win this last year.”

To go pro, or enter the collegiate ranks is the pressing question that looms for Ross. “It’s still right there, deciding whether to go to college or turn pro,” he said. “I don’t think about it day by day. I just wake up and play tennis and try to get better. And that’s about it.”

Redondo Beach’s Taylor Johnson has never won the Easter Bowl, but after her dominating 6-1, 6-0, first-round win over Chloe Hamlin of Bristol, Tenn., Johnson looks like a definite top contender to win this year’s title.

Like Ross, Johnson fell in the Carson ISC final Sunday to a player who is not entered in this week’s tournament, Carson Branstine.

“Reaching the final last week gave me a lot of confidence,” said the lefty Johnson, who is coached by tennis legend and Coachella Valley resident Rosie Casals. “Just working with Rosie these past four or five years has helped me so much. I like to serve and volley and she’s really helped me with that.”

The 16-year-old Johnson said she stuck to her game plan Tuesday, and hopes to do the same in the second round against Southern California rival Kelly Chen, who she beat in three sets in a nearly four-hour marathon match in the second round at Carson.

“I hope it’s not as long as last week’s match but I’ll do whatever it takes to win,” Johnson said. “I was down in all three sets and faced a match point against her in the third set. It was tough, but I was able to pull through.”

Last year’s Girls’ ITF finalist Ellie Douglas, the No. 4 seed from McKinney, Texas, beat Jessica Anzo of Temecula, 6-3, 6-0, in her first-round match.

Also posting a win in the first round in the Boys’ ITF singles was top-seeded Trent Bryde of Suwanee, Ga., who best Benjamin Gollin of Solana Beach, Calif., 6-1, 7-6 (4).

ADIDAS EASTER BOWL SIGHTINGS ON TUESDAY: 1973 Boys’ 18s Easter Bowl champion and renowned Florida coach Nick Saviano; Stanford University men’s tennis coach Paul Goldstein; Former UCLA star Nick Miester; Former world-ranked No. 69 Jesse Levine; Son of legendary Bobby Riggs, Larry Riggs. Continuing on yesterday’s theme of former pro players with sons or daughters in the draw, 40-time ATP doubles winner Martin Damm’s son is playing in the Boys’ 18s. Damm partnered with Leander Paes to win the 2006 US Open, his only Grand Slam title.

In addition to live streaming the Easter Bowl again this year, the tournament has a new and improved mobile app, which can be found in both the Apple iTunes store or at Google Play. Search “Easter Bowl” to download the app. The live stream commentating duties are being provided by the popular Southern California tennis commentator Marcus Tennis. Check www.easterbowl.com to watch the live stream and for all Easter Bowl news, results and schedules.

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Claire Liu Reliving Old Glory at Adidas Easter Bowl http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-in-your-area/coachella-valley-tennis/claire-liu-reliving-old-glory-at-adidas-easter-bowl/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-in-your-area/coachella-valley-tennis/claire-liu-reliving-old-glory-at-adidas-easter-bowl/#respond Tue, 28 Mar 2017 20:34:15 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=12223 Read more »]]> INDIAN WELLS, Calif. – The 2015 Easter Bowl was great for both Girls’ ITF singles winner Claire Liu and Boys’ ITF singles finalist Sam Riffice. Both made victorious returns to the grounds of their past glory, the Indian Wells Tennis Garden, on Monday opening play in the ITF (18s) division at the 50th Annual Adidas Easter USTA Junior National Spring Championships.

Liu, who won the Wimbledon Junior doubles titles last summer and has been playing mostly ITF Pro Circuit Futures and USTA Challenger events, made quick work of Chloe Beck, 6-1, 6-1.

Caty McNally at Adidas Easter Bowl

Riffice, the No. 4 seed who lost to Taylor Fritz in the 2015 ITF final, struggled in the first set against Robert Maciag, pulling it out 7-6 (6), then blanking him 6-0 in the second set.

Liu, who made the final of the WTA BNP Paribas pre-qualifier tournament last month at this same Indian Wells Tennis Garden site, said her mindset doesn’t change switching from the pro event to the juniors. “I don’t think it really matters. It’s still a match and I just and I just want to focus on what I need to work on.”

Liu is currently working with USTA National coaches Chris Tonz and Erik Kortland at the USTA Training Center – West in Carson.

“I always loved this tournament because I’ve done so well here in the past,” she said. “I love Palm Springs and Indian Wells. Easter Bowl and Indian Wells (BNP Paribas) are my two favorite tournaments.”

Thousand Oaks’ Liu, who was just 14 when she won the 2015 Easter Bowl, will play doubles with Cerritos partner Kelly Chen. Liu explained why she decided at the last minute to take a wild card into the Easter Bowl. “I was going to lose my points from the ISC (in Carson) and I’m not going to play any more junior events until the French so I was going to lose some doubles points.”

Last year’s Easter Bowl was also a success for 15-year-old Caty McNally of Cincinnati, who made the semifinals in the ITF singles. McNally lost to Liu and Arconada in the Wimbledon doubles final at the All England Club.

“It was amazing playing my first Wimbledon,” said McNally, the No. 6 seed who beat Sara Choy, 6-2, 6-1 in her first-round match. “And to get to the finals was so unexpected. I’m so happy to be back and play the Easter Bowl in Indian Wells.”

Defending Boys’ ITF singles champion Gianni Ross will open play on Tuesday on the Stadium Court 2, which is being live streamed. The No. 2 seeded Ross meets Conrad Russell in the third match on.

ADIDAS EASTER BOWL SIGHTINGS ON MONDAY: Hana Mandlikova, who won four Grand Slam singles titles during her career, watching No. 16 seed daughter Elizabeth Mandlik; Former Fed Cup Captain Mary Joe Fernandez watching her son Nicholas Godsick upset the top-seeded player in the Boys’ 12s in the Round of 16. Godsick’s father Tony Godsick is Roger Federer’s agent; Former World No. 2 ATP player Petr Korda with son Sebastian playing in the Boys’ ITF. Billie Jean King, Illana Kloss and Rosie Casals watching a player coached by Casals, No. 2 seed and world No. 14 ITF junior Taylor Johnson.

In addition to live streaming the Easter Bowl again this year, the tournament has a new and improved mobile app, which can be found in both the Apple iTunes store or at Google Play. Search “Easter Bowl” to download the app.

Check back to www.easterbowl.com to watch the live stream and for all Easter Bowl news, results and schedules.

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Adidas Easter Bowl To Celebrate 50th Tournament At Indian Wells Tennis Garden http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-news/adidas-easter-bowl-to-celebrate-50th-tournament-at-indian-wells-tennis-garden/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-news/adidas-easter-bowl-to-celebrate-50th-tournament-at-indian-wells-tennis-garden/#respond Mon, 27 Mar 2017 19:47:16 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=12106 Read more »]]> Since 1968, Annual Junior Tennis Tournament Has Featured The Nation’s Top Boys and Girls 12s, 14s, 16s and 18s Players

INDIAN WELLS, Calif. – The Adidas Easter Bowl USTA Junior Spring National Championships will celebrate its 50th tournament March 25-April 2 at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.

Started in 1968 in New York City by Seena Hamilton, the Easter Bowl tournament is currently directed by chairman Lornie Kuhle and has always been a direct “pathway to the pros” for aspiring tennis players as nearly every American who has achieved success on the world’s tennis stage in the Open era has played the Easter Bowl, including current American stars Jack Sock, Stevie Johnson, John Isner, Madison Keys and CiCi Bellis.

Last year’s Boys’ 18s champion Gianni Ross returns to the Adidas Easter Bowl to defend his title.

The 50th annual Easter Bowl has returned as a designated USTA National Championship this year, meaning there will be gold, silver and bronze balls awarded for finalist and the third-place winner in the boys’ and girls’ 12s, 14s and 16s divisions. The 18s divisions will remain an ITF Level B1 event and closed to only the top U.S. junior players who will play for valuable ITF ranking points.

The junior tennis players are set to compete at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden, home of the recently concluded BNP Paribas Open, and other tennis facilities and country clubs around the Coachella Valley.

The event begins Saturday with qualifying in the 12s and 14s divisions and will conclude with the ITF boys’ and girls’ division finals on Sunday, April 2.

Top players in the Boys’ ITF division include defending champion Gianni Ross, ranked No. 18 in the ITF Junior world rankings and expected to be seeded No. 2. Trent Bryde of Suwanee, Ga. Bryde, currently ranked No. 11 in the world rankings, played in the Australian Open Juniors main draw in January, and won both the singles and doubles at the Grade A ITF in Brazil in February. He beat fellow American Vasil Kirkov from Tampa., Fla., in the semifinals in three sets. Kirkov is the No. 19-ranked ITF player and comes in as the No. 3 Easter Bowl seed.

Bryde lost to eventual ITF champion Ross in the quarterfinals at last year’s Easter Bowl while Kirkov advanced to the semifinals before being taken out by runner-up John McNally. Sam Riffice, 2015 Easter Bowl 16s champion Oliver Crawford, Danny Thomas, Brian Cernoch and Patrick Kypson are other top players.

On the girls’ side, last year’s singles finalist Ellie Douglas of McKinney, Texas, returns and will likely be seeded within the top four as her current ITF ranking is No. 28. Taylor Johnson of Redondo Beach, Calif., will be the top-seeded player as she is ranked No. 14 the ITF. Johnson is coached by local Coachella Valley resident Rosie Casals. Carson Branstine from Orange, Calif., is the No. 2-seed and No. 15 in the world. Whitney Osuigwe recently received a WTA world ranking as she made it to the Round of 16 at the Tampa ITF Pro Futures tournament.

This Sunday night, Team USA will once again hold its annual awards night in conjunction with the player party, which includes a free meal to all players catered by the Old Spaghetti Factory in Rancho Mirage. The USTA has announced that Mike Gennette, coach of top juniors Claire Liu and Austen Huang, and Henner Nehles, coach of rising American 17-year old Kayla Day, were named as the 2016 Team USA Developmental Coaches of the Year as part of USTA Player Development’s annual Team USA Coaching Awards.

Other award winners include Smith Tennis in Indianapolis, recognized as the 2016 Team USA Developmental Program of the Year, while USTA Northern California was named the 2016 Team USA Player Development Section of the Year. Tennis icon Billie Jean King, renowned coach Rick Macci and University of Georgia legend Dan Magill are also being honored with Team USA Legendary Coaching Awards.

“This year the Adidas Easter Bowl is celebrating its 50th Anniversary and we are so fortunate to have the Indian Wells Tennis Garden as our host site for this prestigious event and I want to personally thank them,” Easter Bowl chairman Lornie Kuhle said. “The Adidas Easter Bowl is now a U.S. National Championship in all divisions: boys’ and girls’ 12s, 14s, 16, and 18s, making it the only National Championship in the country to host all divisions in one location. At this year’s BNP Paribas Open, nearly every American in the main draw had once played the Easter Bowl proving the Adidas Easter Bowl is truly a pathway to the pros.”

Once again this year, the Easter Bowl will allow $10,000 in travel grants that will be awarded evenly in the boys’ and girls’ ITF divisions beginning in the round of 16. The grants will take the form of vouchers for airline travel and hotel expenses. The travel grants will be awarded as follows: Winner and finalist: $750; semifinalist: $500; quarterfinalist: $325; Round of 16: $150.

In addition to live streaming the Easter Bowl again this year, Kuhle also announced the tournament’s updated mobile app, which can be found in both the Apple iTunes store or at Google Play. Search “Easter Bowl” to download the app.

Check back to www.easterbowl.com to watch the live stream and for all Easter Bowl news, results and schedules.

— Steve Pratt

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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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So Cal Junior Tennis Adopts New Seeding Methods for 2017 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-news/so-cal-junior-tennis-adopts-new-seeding-methods-for-2017/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-news/so-cal-junior-tennis-adopts-new-seeding-methods-for-2017/#respond Fri, 27 Jan 2017 19:43:54 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=10846 Read more »]]> The times they are a changin’ in junior tennis seeding for Southern California. With advent of growing resources, the SCTA will be using many factors to determine seeding in Junior Open Tournaments Levels 1 to 4 starting January 2017. This means tournament directors will consider USTA sectional and national rankings, as well as the Universal Tennis Rating (UTR) system. Also, tournaments are offered through the USTA  as well as UTR channels.

To find upcoming USTA junior tournaments in So Cal go to Http://tennislink.usta.com/tournaments/Schedule/Search.aspx.   The next UTR tournament in San Diego is Feb 18 to 20 at Del Norte High. Sign up at http://events.universaltennis.com/tournaments/127/players/.

Trevor Kronemann, the Director of Junior Competition for the SCTA, stated several reasons for this shift.  In 2016,  he sent this information to USTA players in So Cal:

  • The seeding committee reserves the right to consider other factors for players returning from injury, out of section players, players playing out of age division and other unforeseen situations that the seeding committee deems applicable.
  • Seeding the system used to separate the top players in a draw so that they do not meet in the early rounds of a tournament. The top seed is the player that the tournament committee (Tournament Director, Tournament Referee, Director of Junior Tennis, Junior Competition Chair) deems the strongest player in the event. It is not a standing or ranking.

Many may wonder, what is the UTR system? Where does it get information? According to the UTR website, this is the story:

“Universal Tennis Rating (UTR) has now processed more than 4 million tennis match results—less than a year after attaining the 3 million match mark last April. UTR is rapidly becoming a “mainstream” tool throughout the tennis world. The millions of results flow in from more than 200 nations. They reflect the play of over 300,000 athletes and 2,000 college teams. The pace at which results are entering the system indicate UTR’s rapid growth: the database took a little over a year to grow from 2 million to 3 million matches, but the fourth million arrived in less than nine months.

UTR attracts tennis data from all over the world as a consequence of the simplicity, accuracy, pragmatic value, and universality of its rating scale. It gathers results from the ATP, WTA, ITF, ITA (U.S. college tennis), USTA (open, 5.0, and junior levels), Tennis Canada, Great Britain’s Lawn Tennis Association (LTA), Tennis Australia, and Tennis Europe, plus select public and private U.S. high school results.

UTR translates all this data into a common worldwide metric that rates athletes’ level of play on a 16-point scale (from beginners to world-class professionals). UTR precisely and reliably determines individual players’ ratings based on actual match results, without regard for age, gender. or where the matches are played. The score of the match and the rating of the opponent are the only factors that enter the algorithmic calculations.

In the past year, UTR has also added new features, like enabling players to claim their profiles and receive weekly results notifications. College teams, too, can claim their profiles and compare matchups with opponents. In the near future, Universal Tennis will introduce doubles ratings as well.”

For more information on UTR go to https://universaltennis.com/.  For more information on SCTA seeding method changes, please contact Trevor Kronemann via email at  tkronemann@scta.usta.com.

 

 

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USPTA Offers New Membership for High School Coaches http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-news/uspta-offers-new-membership-for-high-school-coaches/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-news/uspta-offers-new-membership-for-high-school-coaches/#respond Thu, 26 Jan 2017 19:20:09 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=10758 Read more »]]> The USPTA now offers a new category of membership for high school coaches. School athletic directors are encouraged to sign up their schools, and all tennis coaches at a school will have access to the benefits. This is an annual membership (Aug.-July.) for $99 per year.  As a member they get full access to tennisresources.com – a website with hundreds of hours of drills, tips, instructional videos and more.

There is an interactive online practice planner containing hundreds of drills to help you build custom lesson plans for your team to help you stay organized during the busy school year on Tennis Resources.  The fee is $99 per school, not per coach. Benefits include:

 

Benefits include:

  • Full access to tennisresources.com – a website with hundreds of hours of drills, tips, instructional videos and more.
  • Interactive online practice planner containing hundreds of drills to help you build custom lesson plans for your team to help you stay organized during the busy school year. (View a samplehere)
  • School subscription to Tennis magazine
  • School subscription to Tennis Industry magazine
  • USPTA member pricing for USPTA national and division events

For more information, go to http://uspta.com/default.aspx/MenuItemID/2171/MenuGroup/HOME.htm. 

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Get the SCTA App In Time For Talbert Tourney http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-in-your-area/get-the-scta-app-in-time-for-talbert-tourney/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-in-your-area/get-the-scta-app-in-time-for-talbert-tourney/#respond Fri, 13 Jan 2017 18:26:40 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=10144 Read more »]]> The SCTA mobile app has been updated and now includes all the draws, site maps and competitors for the third annual Henry Talbert Tournament (Level 1) taking place this weekend in Palm Desert.

The top-seeded player in the boys and girls divisions are as follows:
   Boys’ 18s: Jacob Brumm, Rancho Santa Fe
   Boys’ 16s: Max McKennon, Newport Beach
   Boys’ 14s: Griffin Daehnke, San Clemente
   Boys’ 12s: Learner Tien, Irvine
   Girls’ 18s: Julia Haynes, San Diego
   Girls’ 16s: Mae Fmar Canete, Los Angeles
   Girls’ 14s: Leyden Games, Newport Beach
   Girls’ 12s: Tsehay Driscoll, La Canada Flintridge
You can get the mobile app by searching SCTA Tennis on Apple iTunes or Google Playstore for Android.
The host site for the tournament is the Palm Valley Country Club in Palm Desert.

Jacob Brumm

Max McKennon with coach Carsten Ball.

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SCTA Announces League Championship Restructure http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-news/scta-announces-league-championship-restructure/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-news/scta-announces-league-championship-restructure/#comments Mon, 01 Aug 2016 18:09:57 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=8481 Read more »]]> After much evaluation and discussion, the SCTA Adult Department and Management will implement the following championship restructure for Southern California USTA and SCTA leagues starting in 2017.

WHAT: The Sectional Championship will have four spots at each NTRP level and gender.  The Sectional Championship will feature the best of the best teams competing to earn a spot at the National Championship.

All local league winners will advance to an Area Playoff.  (Exception:  If there are 4 or less areas competing at a NTRP level, the local league winners will advance directly to Sectionals).  The playoffs will be divided into two events – one for the northernmost league areas and one for the southernmost areas.USTA_SoCal_WOFYIG

Local League Winners in BAKE; SB; VENT; SFV; LA and SGV areas will advance to the North Area Playoffs.

Local League Winners in BC; OC; IE; CV; SD and SDNC areas will advance to the South Area Playoffs.

Teams will be placed in flights at the playoffs, and a round robin format will be used, just as it has in the past.  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.

WHEN: Changes will be in effect with the start of the 2017 leagues.

WHY: The USTA and  SCTA league programs have grown steadily every year and so have the demands for courts.  This change will enable us to keep running fun, exciting and organized events by offering nice venues and team-friendly schedules.

Under the current structure, six or seven league areas with the most teams at a certain NTRP level and gender advance straight to the Sectional Championships, while the rest advance to Area Playoffs where they compete for the remaining spots.  The current structure awards automatic bids based on team numbers, not on strength.

The Area Playoffs will now become livelier with all the local league winners participating, offering more competition.  Teams will receive their local league awards and lunch will be provided, giving it a Sectional-like atmosphere.  Creating centralized playoffs in the north and south will cut down on driving time for players and may eliminate some of the expenses that are currently associated with our events – like gas and hotel costs as well as time taken off from work.   Players will be able to plan their schedules around the Area Playoffs since the dates and locations will be set in advance. Participating at Area Playoff will also help the sectional winners qualify players for Nationals.

This restructure aligns USTA Southern California with the majority of other USTA sections – where teams play in one or more playoff events to earn a bid at Sectionals. This restructure will create fairness in the league and all teams will feel equally a part of the fabric of the Southern California USTA and SCTA league programs.

For questions, please contact a member of the SCTA Adult Department at 310-208-3838.

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Ross, Sanford Capture ITF Singles Titles at ASICS Easter Bowl http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-news/ross-sanford-capture-itf-singles-titles-at-asics-easter-bowl/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-news/ross-sanford-capture-itf-singles-titles-at-asics-easter-bowl/#respond Mon, 11 Apr 2016 17:04:50 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=6516 Read more »]]> INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (April 10, 2016) – One current and a former USTA Midwest Section player took home the top prize as the big winners on Sunday on the final day at the 49th Annual ASICS Easter Bowl as a longtime former Illinois resident Gianni Ross, and Westerville, Ohio, native Alexandra Sanford both won prestigious ITF singles titles.

In the Boys’ ITF final, the unseeded Ross beat his former doubles partner and friend John McNally, the No. 4-seed, from Cincinnati, 6-4, 7-6 (3). Ross, whose family moved to Florida in September, joins recent boys’ champions Gage Brymer (2013), Marcos Giron (2011) and Bjorn Fratangelo (2010) to win the title as an unseeded player.

Gianni and Alexandra

Gianni Ross and Alexandra Sanford

In the Girls’ ITF singles final, the No. 8-seeded Sanford took out No. 13 Ellie Douglas of McKinney, Texas, 6-4, 1-6, 6-1. All four players were awarded $750 travel voucher checks by tournament director Lornie Kuhle, who has pioneered the idea with approval from the ITF to pay the players and helping to defray the high cost it takes to travel to junior tournaments like the ASICS Easter Bowl, held for the third consecutive year at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden, site of the BNP Paribas Open.

In winning his first ITF singles title, Ross, 17, didn’t show tons of emotion and was humble in accepting the first-place trophy. After taking the first set against McNally, he fell down a break at 5-4 and McNally serving for a set point. But Ross got “lucky” on a drop shot at his feet and then took advantage of a net cord eventually converting the break to swing it to 5-all and the momentum back on his side. On break point, he hit a backhand down the line for a winner. “I was fortunate in that game,” he said. “I had a lucky game.”

McNally, 17, admitted he didn’t serve well, and if he would have converted on the two second-set set points, that he would have won the match. “I thought I was going to win today, but that’s how it goes.”

Gianni Ross by DK

Gianni Ross

McNally held a 2-0 lead in the tiebreaker but hit several unforced errors to go down 2-5. “And you can’t do that against a player like him,” McNally said.

Ross joined recent former USTA Midwest Section players Chase Buchanan (2008) and Evan King (2009) on the champions list. He said he hopes he can remember this special victory, “Whenever I have any bad moments.”

McNally said he will get ready for the Europe junior Grand Slams and that his junior tournaments are numbered. “I’m looking forward to a really fun summer and hope I can tear it up.”

Sanford, who won the Torey Fretz / Jackie Cooper Sportsmanship Award along with yet another USTA Midwest player, J.J. Wolf of Cincinnati, on Saturday, said accepting that award didn’t stop her from some audible “Come Ons” during the match.

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Alexandra Sanford

Like Ross, Sanford was not very demonstrative in her actions immediately after the win. “It was more on the inside,” she said. “I felt a lot of emotion out there on the court today, and when I put away that backhand (on the final point), it was just kind of a relief. I was so happy on the inside, but I just didn’t show it.

“To be able to win the Easter Bowl, I’m pretty excited.”

Sanford, 17, thanked her mother and her USTA coach Henner Nehles, who was on hand all week and who she has worked with since the beginning of the year.

She said she lost some focus after winning the tight first set. “I may have relaxed a little bit,” she said. “In the second set I got too comfortable.”

The 15-year-old Douglas said she was hurt by some “dumb errors that cost her early in the third set. “I feel like I had several chances and many, many game points I didn’t convert on,” she said. “My serve was really off today. I just need to go home and get some rest and then practice some more. That’s how tennis goes.”

Douglas added: “I think I played too short and she served out wide very well and it was very consistent. I wish I would have played a little bit better today.”

Playing for the first time as a team, Nathan Ponwith and Jake Van Emburgh topped the unseeded team of Vasil Kirkov and Sebastian Korda, 2-6, 7-5, 12-10. Ponwith, who also won the Carson ISC doubles title last week with Will Blumberg, and Van Emburgh battled back saving match points in the second set down 4-5. The pair led the super tiebreaker 9-6 and then again at 11-10, finally converting on the fifth match point to win the ITF doubles title.

In the another thrilling doubles final on the girls’ side, the unseeded team of Elysia Bolton and Chiara Lommer took out the No. 6-seeded team of Victoria Emma and Sofia Sewing, 4-6, 6-2, 10-8.

Boys’ ITF Singles (Finals)

Gianni ROSS (USA)  def. John MCNALLY (USA) [4] def. 6-4, 7-6 (3)

Boys’ ITF Doubles (Finals)

Nathan PONWITH (USA) / Jake VAN EMBURGH (USA) [6] def. Vasil KIRKOV (USA) / Sebastian KORDA (USA) 2-6, 7-5, [12-10]

Girls’ ITF Singles (Finals)

Alexandra SANFORD (USA) [8] def. Ellie DOUGLAS (USA) [13] 6-4, 1-6, 6-1

Girls’ ITF Doubles (Semifinals)

Elysia BOLTON (USA) / Chiara LOMMER (USA) def. Victoria EMMA (USA) [6] / Sofia SEWING (USA) 4-6, 6-2, 10-8

 

 

 

 

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McNallys Into the Semifinals at the ASICS Easter Bowl http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-news/mcnallys-into-the-semifinals-at-the-asics-easter-bowl/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-news/mcnallys-into-the-semifinals-at-the-asics-easter-bowl/#respond Sun, 10 Apr 2016 06:11:18 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=6510 Read more »]]> INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (April 8, 2016) – The young ASICS Easter Bowl Giant Slayer was at it again on Friday as Cincinnati’s Caty McNally shocked the top-seeded player in the ITF girls’ singles division for the second straight year.

“I don’t know, I just love it here,” said the No. 9-seeded McNally after her 6-4, 6-4 win over No. 1 Maria Mateas of Braintree, Mass. “And when I play the top-seeded player, or anybody, I just try to play like there’s nothing to lose and there’s no pressure. I just seem to stay very focused when I play the top players.”

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Boys’ 16s singles winner Carson Haskins.

McNally, playing her singles match in front of USTA Director of Coaching Jose Higueras and USTA Head of Women’s Tennis Ola Malmqvist, also advanced to the doubles semifinals. Her brother John, the 2014 16s ASICS Easter Bowl champion, joined her in the semifinals, as he won his boys’ ITF singles match by toppling last week’s Carson USTA International Spring Champion Liam Carauana, 6-4, 7-5.

McNally was happy to escape the match just minutes ahead of a downpour that led to a nearly three-hour rain delay. “When the lines were getting slippery I was just like, ‘Oh, no. I do not want to stop. I’m playing too well,’ ” she said.

Caty’s Brother John said the decision for both players to skip Carson and focus on the ASICS Easter Bowl has been a good one. “We both had long trips to South America so I think the rest has helped,” he said. “It was nice to get that extra training on the hard courts again after coming off the clay. That transition from hard courts to clay is difficult so it was definitely better to get that rest and training. And we’re both playing pretty solid tennis so it’s definitely worked.”

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Tournament Director Lornie Kuhle (left) with the girls’ 16s finalist and SCTA Executive Director Bruce Hunt, who presented the trophy.

John said he and his sister are taking a professional approach this week. “It’s just another day at the office,” he said. “We don’t go back to the hotel and talk about it. I mean, obviously it’s more fun to win and everyone is a little happier at dinner and back at the hotel, but we are just trying to take it one match at a time.”

Caty will face No. 13-seed Ellie Douglas in one semifinal starting at 10 a.m., on Saturday while No. 8 Alexandra Sanford will meet unseeded Hanna Chang at the same time. John McNally, the No. 4-seeded player, will take on No. 6 Vasil Kirkov in a match to follow.

Top-seeded in doubles with his Cincinnati partner J.J. Wolf, John teamed with Wolf to reach the doubles semifinals, while Caty fell in her quarterfinal doubles.

Both Caty and John are being coached this week by mother Lynn Nabors-McNally. A renowned junior coach in Cincinnati, Lynn is a member of the Cincinnati Tennis Hall of Fame and played at Northwestern University and on the pro tour.

In the boys’ 16s singles final, top-seeded Carson Haskins of Ballwin, Mo., forced a third set right before the rains came, and then returned three hours later to beat a game opponent in No. 11 Lukas Greif of Evansville, Ind., 4-6, 6-3, 6-1.

“First thing I did was to get stretched out and make sure I was loose,” said Haskins. “Then, I got something to eat because I wasn’t able to eat with all that was going on.”

Haskins, who has trained at the Miller Tennis Academy in Chesterfield, Mo., since he started playing tennis seven years ago at age 9, still plays high school tennis. “I go home and then I think I have a match on Monday,” he said.

Haskins said he checked out the past ASICS Easter Bowl 16s winners online on Friday, and saw former USTA Missouri Valley Section junior star and current U.S. Davis Cup player Jack Sock (2008) among the past winners.

“It’s weird now being on that list,” he said. “Two years ago I was here playing in the 14s and watched Zeke Clark playing John McNally in the 16s final. I was watching it and remember thinking, ‘God, these players are so good.’ I was in the 14s and I won a couple rounds and I was feeling pretty good. But if you would have told me then that I would be winning this tournament now, I would have been like, ‘You’re crazy.’ ”

Greif is 16 and trains at the Smith Academy in Indianapolis. “It was very tough in between, just all the thoughts and thinking about the third set,” said Greif of the rain delay. “He just came out better, came out hitting some unbelievable shots down the stretch on important points, and that’s what did it. It was a really good week for me. It’s going to help my confidence and my game.”

In the girls’ 16s singles final, No. 7 Angelica Blake, 15, of Boca Raton, Fla., outlasted No. 8 Abigail Forbes of Raleigh, N.C., in straight sets, 6-2, 7-6 (3), before the rains came.

Blake owns a 3-0 record now against Forbes, who she beat in a super tiebreaker for fifth place at the USTA Winternationals to start the year. Blake trains at the Saviano Tennis in Florida. “I had a great time playing in the final against a good friend,” Blake said. “I’ll look forward to coming back doing it again next year.”

Like Blake, Forbes admitted to battling some nerves from the outset. “I was a little jittery at the start, a few butterflies,” said Forbes, who trains at N.C. State at the Jon Choboy Tennis Academy. “I was definitely playing great tennis. I was just trying to move forward.”

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