Tennis In Your Area – Southern California Tennis News Tennis News, Events, Community Activities, Tournaments Fri, 08 Dec 2017 21:39:59 +0000 en-US hourly 1 San Diego Wounded Warrior Campaign Revving Up for its 2018 Program Fri, 08 Dec 2017 20:32:05 +0000 Read more »]]>

Wounded Warrior Tennis is here to stay and working toward a successful 2018 campaign thanks to several San Diego Area clubs and organizations. The Wounded Warrior program, sponsored by the San Diego District Tennis Association, credits its success due to the collaborate help from Balboa Tennis Club, Coronado Tennis Club, La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club, Morgan Run, and Rancho Penasquitos Tennis Club. These clubs have been critical to the program’s success by providing financial and in-kind support through donations and fundraisers.

The Wounded Warriors are currently in the process of raising $70,000 for the 7th Annual National Wounded Warrior Tennis Camp which will be held May 6-12, 2018 at Balboa Tennis Club.  Sixty Wounded Warriors of all ages and from over 20 states are expected to attend.

The program was established in 2009 and was designed to use tennis as a means of physical and emotional rehabilitation and community reintegration for wounded, ill, and injured service members and veterans from across the country. This program is unique in the country and has received national recognition for its excellence and impact from the USTA and Department of Defense.  Over 1000 Wounded Warriors enjoy weekly tennis clinics at Balboa Tennis Club and Naval Medical Center San Diego, as well as annual week-long tennis camps for Wounded Warriors from across the country, which are run by volunteer tennis pros and enthusiasts from across San Diego.

A hallmark of this program is that all the tennis clinics and camps are free to the participants because most do not have the means to otherwise participate.   Per person costs associated with the camp can exceed $1,000. Through grants and donations from San Diego tennis clubs, businesses, and community support organizations, we have been able to cover all costs including airfares, lodging, meals, tennis equipment and instruction and social events at the camps.

“We invite you and your club members to become a part of this shining example of how the San Diego tennis community is taking care of our military families,” said Steve Kappas. “Please consider hosting a fundraiser for the Wounded Warrior Tennis Program at your club, taking up a collection of tennis supplies, or making individual financial or in-kind donations. Our Wounded Warrior tennis players will greatly appreciate your help!”

For more information on Wounded Warrior tennis or how to donate to this great program please go to, where there is a quick and easy online donation option.  You may also contact Steve Kappes, the District’s Director of Military Outreach, at  or call 619-948-4596.

Special Thanks to Steve Kappes and the SDDTA for contributing this story.

  ]]> 0 The PTR Offers Coaching Education Opportunities in Southern California Thu, 07 Dec 2017 23:11:17 +0000 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

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USTA’s College Knowledge Inspires Players and Parents Fri, 17 Nov 2017 18:11:58 +0000 Read more »]]> What does it take to get a college tennis scholarship? Outstanding answers came from tennis professionals at the recent College Knowledge Workshop held at Cathedral Catholic High School in San Diego. The event was sponsored by the USTA and organized by USPTA Pro Amanda Fink, a former tour player and ITA All-America pick. The goal was to hear from the professionals about many types of tennis opportunities at the collegiate level including NCAA Division I, II & III schools, USTA’s Tennis on Campus program, NAIA opportunities, the importance of fitness, and the benefits of Community College tennis.

Over 50 coaches, parents and players attended the free workshop. It was a great opportunity to ask key questions to expert panelists including USC Assistant Women’s Coach Chris Wootton, San Diego Christian College Women’s Coach Priscilla Jensen, USD Assistant Men’s Coach Rich Bonfiglio,  San Diego City Men’s and Women’s Coaches Brandon Lupian and Jami Jones, Andrea Tyndall of Athletic Evolution, and Madeline Segura of USTA’s Tennis on Campus (TOC).

Fink opened the workshop by sharing her personal story of how tennis helped her in college and beyond, as she now holds a prestigious teaching position at the Santaluz Club in San Diego. She works with high school athletes on and off the court.

“Parents this is your chance to get real answers from some of the best,” Fink said. “You can ask the coaches questions in general but can’t specifically ask about your child.” General information that was shared includes the following:

  • Women’s NCAA Division I and NAIA programs offer full scholarships where Division II schools typically offers partial rides to female athletes. Men’s Division I and II colleges usually offer partial rides. Men’s and Women’s Division III schools can’t give athletic aid.
  • Community Colleges are great opportunities to get an almost free education and play college tennis while in pursuit of an Associate Degree or transfer to a four-year school.
  • USTA’s Tennis on Campus (TOC) is a USTA Program at 25 colleges across the country, and they offer great tennis at a high levels while not being a varsity sport. Perks include great competition and travel. Scholarships are not needed to play TOC.

“The level of commitment is the biggest difference between Division I, II and III schools,” Wootton said. “Tennis is a fulltime job in Divisions I and II. In Division III, academics come first. “

All coaches on the panel agreed high school athletes making the transition to college need to learn how to find balance in their lives. Organizational skills and learning to live away from home are big adjustments.

Questions included: What is the recruiting process to identify players? All agreed they look at a combination of USTA rankings, UTR ratings and TennisRecruiting ‘s star system.  However, there are additional factors.

Jensen said  her NAIA program in San Diego can offer scholarships and it is typically for those suited to those seeking a smaller private school. “We are looking for that unique individual who has tennis skills plus the right personality to make it a perfect fit,” Jensen said.

Jones, the San Diego City College Women’s Coach, suggested Community Colleges are great options for many student-athletes. “It’s the perfect time for recent graduates to grow as individuals and players in lower pressure atmosphere.”

Segura is the Assistant Director of Adult Tennis at the Southern California Tennis Association. She said TOC is a step down from NCAA varsity tennis yet a step up from recreational club tennis. They are student run programs that are lively and social. Practices are held during the week and players participate when it works into their schedules.

Another angle of preparing for college tennis includes fitness, which is an area of specialty for Andrea Tyndall, a strength and conditioning coach based in San Diego. She has worked with other high profile programs such as Tennis Australia.

“If tennis is your toolbox, fitness is a massive part of your program,” Tyndall said. “If you can’t get to a ball it doesn’t matter how good you are.”

Other tips came in the form of how to contact coaches, when players can expect responses, questions to ask coaches, and  the importance of creating players’ resumes. One reality changer included player behavior off the court.

“I’m looking for good character,” Bonfiglio said. “A tennis team is a culture. We are looking for players who really like tennis. I know that sounds silly but it’s not always the case. Some players have a long list of accomplishments but there are over the process by the time they get to college. We want players who will take it upon themselves to get better. That reveals a high level of character.”





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Level 7 Camp & Tournament Coming in December! REGISTER NOW! Thu, 16 Nov 2017 20:24:58 +0000 Read more »]]>



USTA Early Development Camp (EDC) Hosted by TGA Premier Tennis & Braemar Country Club

Orange Ball for 10U Player Progression

Winter Break/ Friday, December 22, 12-4pm


Players earn Player Progression “Stars” to move into Junior Team Tennis competitive play

first with Orange Ball/60′ courts, then onto Green Dot full court play! 

Campers are required to attend the full session, which includes a

USTA sanctioned Level 7 Tournament on the final day.


Each day of camp includes:

  • Athletic/Technical Skills
  • Game Development
  • Teachable Moments
  • Practice Junior Team Tennis Match Play


 Tuesday – Wednesday – Thursday – Friday

  • 12/19 – Day #1: Expert Rallyer

◦                       “Respect”

  • 12/20 – Day #2:  Net Dominator

◦                       “Match Preparation”

  • 12/21 – Day #3:  All Court Player

◦                       “Resilience”

  • 12/22 – Day #4: USTA Sanctioned Level 7 Tournament It’s fun! Play a round robin format with coach court monitors and earn up to 5 “Trophy” points!



Winter Break/ Friday, December 22, 12-4pm

TGA Premier Tennis / Braemar Winter Novice Tournament (Level 7) (ID#650042117)

Orange Level 1

Boys/Girls 10U

60’ Court/Orange Ball


View tournament information here.

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Valley Center Celebrates with Court Resurfacing and Family Tennis Day Thu, 16 Nov 2017 17:33:38 +0000 Read more »]]> The combined efforts of an enthusiastic tennis community and key support groups rallied to renovate the Valley Center Tennis Club, where a play day and ribbon-cutting ceremony were recently held to celebrate the six court facility in North San Diego. The community event featured a Family Tennis Day followed by the unveiling of the newly resurfaced facility.

“This was a huge community effort and that’s the only way it could have worked,” said Marla Helms, the Vice President of the Valley Center Tennis Club. “We are so lucky to receive this kind of support from so many people.”

The Valley Center Tennis Club was in dire shape and had not been resurfaced for over 15 years. This situation was brought to the attention to influential San Diego area tennis groups that pooled resources to make things happen for this tennis community. The project was funded by a partnership between the Valley Center Parks and Recreation District (VCP&RD), the Greater San Diego City Tennis Council (GSDCTC), The San Diego District Tennis Association (SDDTA), and the Southern California Tennis Association (SCTA.)

The courts were professionally renovated and resurfaced by CH Court Tech in beautiful two- toned blue and green colors. The courts were also lined for USTA 10-and-under-tennis to enhance the enjoyment and development of younger children. This site is home to a plethora of tennis activities including USTA adult leagues, community programs, local classes, summer camps, and high school and junior tennis competition.

“This project was a true team effort,” said David Gill, President of the GSDCTC. “This is a tight knit group of people and they really help each other out. We are pleased to support this community park tennis project .” The Valley Center Tennis Club and the SDDTA co-hosted a Family Tennis Day celebration to bring about 40 adults and children of all ages. Many local volunteers and teaching pros helped out including Valley Center’s Head Pro Seth Leichtfuss, SCTA’s San Diego Area League Coordinator Randie Lettington, USPTA Pro Andrew Cretella and Valley Center High Tennis Coach Tom Helms. The Family Tennis Day was designed to create a six-hour series of free adult beginner lessons at the site, sponsored by the SDDTA.

David Gill said this was one of the first projects the GSDCTC has undertaken since the 2016 passing of Ben Press, the President and Founder of the GSDCTC. The completion of Valley Center Tennis Club courts is, in part, an emotional tribute to Ben’s vision to help keep tennis alive and growing in San Diego by helping communities with court resurfacing. 

“I definitely thought about Ben when cutting the ribbon because this is something he really loved to do,” said David Gill. “Ben helped create the GSDCTC almost twenty years ago and his legacy continues to thrive through projects like Valley Center.”

The Valley Center Tennis Club has over 100 members who play at the site on a frequent basis in addition to players from surrounding areas. The club is now fundraising to build a shade structure its bleachers. Helms said temperatures can get over 100 degrees in the summer and shade is a necessity for children who attend their summer camps. The local Eagle Scouts have adopted the Valley Center Tennis Club shade structure as their troop project and will donate their time to build it. However, financial assistance is needed to purchase supplies.

“This little facility draws from all around from Temecula, Murrieta and many parts of North San Diego,” Helms said. “You would be surprised how far people come to play here. We have a very friendly environment.”

For more information about the Valley Center Tennis Club, its programs, or donations for the shade structure, please contact Marla Helms at












Special thanks to Marla Helms and David Gill for contributing to this story with information and photos.

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CIF SD Championships Wrap Up an Outstanding Tennis Season Thu, 16 Nov 2017 17:21:55 +0000 Read more »]]>

Elizabeth Goldsmith

Congratulations to Elizabeth Goldsmith of Olympian High School for winning the CIF San Diego Individual Singles  Championship and becoming the 2017 CIFSDS Girls’ Tennis Player of the Year! Also congratulations to Congratulations to Karen Gao & Jane Wang (Westview) for winning the Doubles Title.

Winta Woldeab

The No. 2 seeded Goldsmith defeated No. 1 seed Britney Pellouchoud from Westfview High 7-6 (8-6), 6-2 in the final. Goldsmith, ranked No. 64 nationally in the USTA Girls’ 16’s Division, also beat defeated Helix High’s Winta Woldeab. In doubles action, Gao and Wang defeated the No. 2 seeded team of Anjni Agrawal and Kiana Nguyen of Rancho Bernardo High 6-2, 6-4 in the final.

In the CIF San Diego Section Team completion winners were Torrey Pines High in the Open Division, Cathedral Catholic High won Division 1, Helix High won Division 2 and Mission Hills High won Division 3.

Special thanks go to CIF San Diego tournament directors Ron Marquez, Kevin Brown and Evi Valles for all of their hard work.  Thank you to Coach Ron Marquez who contributed greatly to this report.



Cathedral Catholic wins the CIF San Diego Section Division 1 Team Title.



CIF San Diego Section Doubles participants.

CIF San Diego Section singles participants.

San Dieguito Academy High is a team finalist in the San Diego Section Division 1 tourney.

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SCTA Announces 2018 NTRP FAST4 Section Championship Mon, 13 Nov 2017 23:51:14 +0000 Read more »]]> Southern California Section Announces 2018 NTRP FAST4 Section Championship

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Tennis Represented at Long Beach VA Welcome Home Celebration Mon, 13 Nov 2017 19:05:12 +0000 Read more »]]> Long Beach resident Steve Weaver rolled out a portable court on Saturday and played tennis games with able-body and wheelchair tennis players at the VA Welcome Home Celebration that took place at the Long Beach VA Hospital.

Weaver said the event was a great way to raise awareness for wheelchair tennis. “We had a great clinic as more than 50 vets were rallying on our mini court,” said Weaver, pictured in the photo above playing a wheelchair tennis game of 21 with Navy veteran Cedric DeLong.

Weaver added his next event will be a wheelchair tennis exhibition at the Long Beach USTA Pro Circuit Futures event at El Dorado Park on the Friday before the doubles final on Jan. 12.


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TGA Winter Break Camp & NetGeneration Sat, 11 Nov 2017 19:59:42 +0000

Winter Break Camps w discount code:

Free Festival Registration:

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Jastro Play Days Sat, 11 Nov 2017 19:59:38 +0000 Read more »]]> Kern Community Tennis Association (KCTA) and City of Bakersfield Recreation and Parks recently held a series of three play days at Jastro Park in Bakersfield.

Volunteer coaches, and high school students came together to provide two hours each week of on court instruction, tennis games, prizes.

Beth Kuney, President of the KCTA, said “it was a great show of volunteers and participants. Each week grew in numbers. Wonderful opportunity to introduce the game to the kids. We really appreciated City of Bakersfield donating the courts for the events, this gave us extra funds to put into the prizes and goodies for the kids.”

There was a great show of juniors, approx 24 the first week, and each week grew about 20%. They had an orange ball court for juniors ages nine years and older, and a red ball court for those youngsters ages nine and under. At the end of the day both courts came together to “hit for prizes”.

Chuck Provencio (Junior Director at Bakersfield Racquet Club) ran the red ball court. Beth Kuney from KCTA organized a number of high school students to assist on court, worked fantastic. They ran so smoothly, parents, kids, and volunteers had a fantastic time!

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Weaver Hosts Tennis Booth at VA Welcome Home Celebration Thu, 09 Nov 2017 21:29:40 +0000 Read more »]]> Steve Weaver has always had a soft spot in his heart for the nation’s Wounded Warriors, those who have been injured while dutifully serving our country. As the nation pauses this week to celebrate Veterans Day, Weaver will be preparing a booth and small tennis clinic at the VA Welcome Home Celebration on Saturday, Nov. 11, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Long Beach VA Health Care System on 7th street in Long Beach.

Weaver is looking to model what Steve Kappes has done with the annual San Diego Wounded Warriors Tennis Clinic, and his monthly clinics at El Dorado Park in Long Beach have been picking up more and more players.

“We’ve been doing our clinics coming up on two years,” said the longtime Long Beach resident Weaver. “We serve the spinal cord injury unit who are mostly in wheelchairs, and some with PTSD.”

Weaver said the LB Veterans Health Care System is made up of older guys who are getting service at the local hospital and have lived in the area for a long time. “I’ve been able to have some good relationships with these guys,” he said. “Sometimes we get a few guys, and sometimes 15. We are looking forward to the Welcome Home Celebration this weekend.”

Weaver will set up a booth and a portable net with some backstops and volunteers on-site meeting with the community on Saturday. Weaver said being there is all about creating awareness for the monthly clinics.

“We are trying to grow the size of our clinic,” he said. “In San Diego they have a large cross-section from the Naval Hospital. I’m trying to popularize tennis with the Seal Beach Naval Weapons Station, Los Alamitos Joint Forces Air Force Training Center and the VA Hospital here in Long Beach. We are trying to get more people interested in playing tennis who may not have picked up a racket for a while.”

Weaver said he gets a thrill out of seeing the veterans enjoying tennis. “I have two guys who started coming to the clinics a year ago and are now playing beginning tournaments,” said Weaver, who grew up in Costa Mesa and has been a solid 4.5 – and more recently a 4.0 – USTA tournament player for years.

Weaver is in his mid-50s and is a retired engineer from the Power Company. “It’s been a fun odyssey,” he said. “It takes an interesting individual to motivate these wheelchair players. I think the sport of wheelchair tennis isn’t as big as it used to be. It needs a shot in the arm.”

Weaver has a passion for the game of tennis, and even met his wife on the tennis court. He spends most weekends shuttling his three boys from tournament to tournament. It’s his work on the tennis court with players injured in the line of duty that gives him great joy.

“I think the level of joy and the exuberance of seeing these guys on the court who have been ostracized because of their disability is neat to see,” Weaver said. “It’s amazing to see. Just to watch these guys hit their first all in a long rally. It’s a boyish exuberance that you just don’t see anywhere else.”


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Exciting Championship Day With All Star Tennis League Tue, 07 Nov 2017 03:56:20 +0000 Read more »]]> Juniors Compete in Close Championships Match. Team Bob defeats Team Mike 5-4 in Championship Finals. Coach Wayne Bryan Visits All Star League Finals.

It was fantastic finish to a very competitive season of All Star League Tennis. Good playoff matches were played at both Spanish Hills and Las Posas Country Clubs on the final day of the season followed by awards and pizza at Spanish Hills.

The juniors and parents were treated by a visit from world renowned coach Wayne Bryan as he ran some intense games for the kids, gave some very inspirational tips to both the juniors and parents and gave out and autographed his best selling tennis books to the parents along with signed Bryan Brothers posters to the juniors.

The Championship Match of the All Star League featured the top 8 boys and top 4 girls competing in “All Star” teams from the different teams. The finals was a close 5-4 win for Team Bob with a couple of the matches played very tight and could have gone either way. Hunter Leija and Tanner Honnef led Team Bob with wins in both singles and doubles while Harnoor Singh and Peyton Lynch both picked up singles wins. Lily Korzelius won both her singles and doubles matches for Team Mike.

Championship Finals
Team Bob 5 – Team Mike 4
(Team Bob Listed First)


  • Hunter Leija def Yuvi Narang 8-1
  • Tanner Honnef def Evan Tamayo 8-4
  • Zach Anderson lost to Thiago Canessa 0-8
  • Harnoor Singh def Rohit Ukkan 8-5
  • Alexis Schmidt lost to Lily Korzelius 1-8
  • Peyton Lynch def Kira Branson 8-6


  • Lieja.Honnef def Narang.Canessa 6-2
  • Anderson/Schmidt lost to Tamayo/Korzelius 4-6
  • Singh/Lynch lost to Ukkan/Branson 5-6

Team Mike battled, but came up 1 match short of winning the championship. Juniors each won a bag full of strings/grips/hats sponsored by Babolat


Team Bob won the championship match. Babolat gave the team beautiful new backpacks along with strings and grips.

For the third place playoff match of players put into “All Star” teams at Las Posas, Team Bob defeated Team Mike 6-3

Third Place Match
Team Bob 6 – Team Mike 3
(Team Bob Listed First)

  • Timmy Quest lost to Andy Hess 2-8
  • Will Steinberg lost to Austin Stone 2-8
  • Henry Scheck lost to Joey Root 1-8
  • Max Stone def Drake Nguyen 8-0
  • Kenshin Lin def Andrew Yin 8-6
  • Christian Lavenant def Vishnu Krishnamoorthi 8-4
  • Madaline Nicks def Addie McKinney 8-4
  • Taylor Levy def Gernaldine Cabanan 8-7
  • Camille Stern def Lina McKinney 8-2

Final season medal winners for Individual Standings:


  • 1st (tied) Hunter Leija and Evan Tamayo
  • 2nd (tied) Tanner Honnef and Yuvi Narang


  • 1st Lily Korzelius
  • 2nd Alexis Schmidt

The 2018 Spring Season of the All Star League will start in April. The league will feature high school girls and well as other top junior players.

The All Star Tennis League is supported by Babolat and the Bryan Brothers Foundation and is a league giving ranked as well as up and coming junior players to play in a fun competitive team format of match play while getting on court coaching during matches. Coaches for the league are Mark McCampbell, Jennifer Brown, Val McKinney and Dave McKinney.

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$10,000 Equal Pay Open Tournament In Riverside Tue, 24 Oct 2017 01:46:40 +0000 Read more »]]> Equal pay . . . is the iTennis way! The 7th Annual iTennis Andulka Park Open Championship in Riverside Nov. 3-5 features equal pay for both men and women regardless of draw size.

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

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

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

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

Register online at (tournament I.D. is 650008117). For tournament information, contact: or Evan Parry at 951-683-0667. For Let’s Teach information, contact:

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Don’t Miss The Wilson Fast4 1-Day Tournaments Tue, 17 Oct 2017 17:03:51 +0000

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Wilson Fast4 1-Day Tournaments Come To Beach Cities Fri, 13 Oct 2017 23:28:42 +0000 Read more »]]> Fast4 is an exciting new ONE DAY Round Robin format vs. the traditional Single Elimination format.

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

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

Download Wilson Fast4 1-Day Tournaments Flyer

All matches will count towards Rankings and receive Grand Prix points. (Click to  access info: for further details on GP points.)

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

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

Wilson FAST4 – Beach Cities Grand Prix Series

Here are the dates/locations

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

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


For more information contact the Tournament Director or Linda Milan at the USTA Southern California office: 310-824-5139 or

Download Wilson Fast4 1-Day Tournaments Flyer


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San Diego Collegiate Coaches Make History in the District Championships Fri, 06 Oct 2017 01:43:35 +0000 Read more »]]> It was history in the making as age and experience reigned at the 89th Annual San Diego District Championships at Balboa Tennis Club.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For the full tournament results, go to

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Cal Poly Students Hit the Courts on the Central Coast Fri, 06 Oct 2017 01:40:00 +0000 Read more »]]> By Nancy Abrams

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo (SLO) kicked off the new school year in September with the 60th annual Week of Welcome (WOW) new student orientation program.

Over 5,500 incoming students participated in WOW, which is the top-ranked university orientation program in the country.

In an effort to showcase the benefits of recreational tennis to young adults, the SCTA secured a USTA national grant to pilot a program with new students (WOWies) and their student WOW leaders. In May, SCTA staffers, including Madeline Segura, Nancy Abrams and Gina Havelka tested the program with 50 WOW student leaders and program directors, resulting in enthusiastic reviews and a “go” for WOW week.

Brandon Martin, WOW Program Coordinator for New Student and Transition Programs was thrilled with the outcome, stating “It was an amazing event using tennis to bring us together…I loved all of it!”

Orientation Board student leaders Dylan Kinsella and Liz Mader agreed, “Playing tennis was a real bonding experience. We learned and grew together. WOW leaders and their groups will bond while playing actively together!”

Youth racquets, depressurized balls, and mini nets were used to level the playing field at the Cal Poly Tennis complex. During WOW Week, freshmen are kept busy with various activities during 12+ hour days. Thanks to the USTA grant, tennis is now one of those activities. This year, 100 students participated in one on one red ball team tennis challenges, group games, and center court orange ball matches. From future collegiate track stars to budding architects and engineers, all had a great time while playing tennis and cheering on their fellow students.

Following WOW week, the equipment bags, which include game guides, 23” racquets, 18’ nets, and red/orange balls will be available at the Cal Poly Rec Center for current students to check out and use on their leisure time anywhere in San Luis Obispo. Once the WOW leaders go back to their annual spring training in April, the equipment will be used as a tool to promote team work and leadership via games and fun.

Cal Poly SLO is home to the Mustang’s men’s and women’s NCAA Division I tennis teams, along with a championship USTA Tennis on Campus club team.

For more information about the following programs in San Luis Obispo:

Adult League Tennis/Young Adult Programs/ Tennis on Campus opportunities, contact
Madeline Segura, SCTA Assistant Director of Adult Tennis,

Junior Team Tennis/Club/Park & Recreational Programs/School Programs contact
Gina Havelka, SCTA Tennis Service Representative,

Cal Poly SLO Week of Welcome/Tennis Volunteer Opportunities contact
Nancy Abrams, SCTA Manager TGA Premier Tennis,

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2017 SCTA Tennis Hall of Fame Wrap Up Fri, 06 Oct 2017 01:32:48 +0000 Read more »]]> On a picturesque autumn evening overlooking the Pacific Ocean, twelve champions of Southern California tennis were inducted to the SCTA Hall of Fame, with hundreds of friends and colleagues in attendance.

Held at the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa, the gala continued a tradition which began in 1968 and brought the total number of Hall of Fame honorees to ninety-six.

Hosted by the great Grand Slam doubles champion and tennis broadcaster Pam Shriver, the evening’s festivities brought both laughter and a few tears, across a spectrum of names representing professional, collegiate, and regional tennis greats. Rod Laver, the Aussie legend who now lives in Carlsbad as a staunch supporter of SoCal tennis, capped the evening with memories of tennis greats including Roy Emerson, who was in attendance. Stella Sampras Webster, the legendary head coach of UCLA Women’s Tennis, was emotional when remembering her former mentor and coaching predecessor Bill Zaima.


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There were plenty of entertaining anecdotes, like Debbie Graham Shaffer treading heavily on her Rod Laver tennis shoes as a youngster, so her parents would buy her new ones – yet what she got was a bottle of ShoeGoo to mend the damage. Then there were the tender moments, like Ken Stuart recounting a time when his son reluctantly conceded an important match to his opponent over a questionable call, simply because his father had taught him the gentleman’s rule.

Bill Kellogg and Bob Kramer, each from well-known tennis families, remembered their fathers with generous tributes. The family of posthumous inductee and former SCTA Director Henry Talbert, including his wife Fran, received his award to a boisterous ovation. And Jim Buck, with his wife Annette, regarded their Hall of Fame induction as a celebration of his entire family’s accomplishments in the game.

Lornie Kuhle spoke glowingly of his colorful friend Bobby Riggs while also praising the accomplishments of other posthumous inductees, including UCLA great Herb Flam and two-time Pacific Southwest champion Helen Pastall Perez.

The SCTA also acknowledged three talented juniors, each a recipient of USTA National Multicultural Scholar Athlete Essay Grants in 2017. Kaylee Kang of Fullerton, Jourdan Wallace of Pasadena, and Ethan Lopez of Alhambra received warm praise as representatives of student-athlete achievement in Southern California.

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Vickery Wins Central Coast Pro Open Wed, 04 Oct 2017 19:55:37 +0000 Read more »]]> Sachia Vickery needed just over one hour to beat fellow 22-year-old Jamie Loeb, 6-1, 6-2, and become the first-ever singles champion as the inaugural Central Coast Pro Tennis Open came to a close on Sunday.

Controlling the points and displaying precision shot-making from both the forehand and the two-handed backhand side, No. 4 seeded Vickery watched as a Loeb forehand sailed wide on the final point in the $60,000 USTA Women’s Pro Circuit event played at the Templeton Tennis Ranch. Vickery looked toward coaches Matt Evans and Chris Howard in jubilation before meeting the No. 8-seeded Loeb at the net. It was the third career USTA Pro Circuit title for Vickery and first at this level having previously won two $25,000-level events.

Both players said Saturday’s three-set semifinal wins took their toll.

“This feels really good, especially after playing such a long match yesterday,” said Vickery, whose WTA world ranking is projected to be No. 115 on Monday when the new rankings are released. “Jamie’s such a great player and we’re such good friends so it’s always tough to play a friend.”

At the end of August, Vickery beat Loeb 6-3, 6-4 in the final round of US Open qualifying in the only previous time the two have met on the pro level.

“Physically I was really feeling it yesterday and today and was just trying to shorten the points and go for my shots and not stay in games for too long,” Vickery said.

Vickery raced out to a 5-0 first-set lead before Loeb finally got on the board by holding serve for 5-1 before Vickery closed out the first set, 6-1.

Vickery will cash a check for $9,119 and also received a unique tournament logo-designed jewelry piece designed by K. Jons Diamonds and Gem in nearby Atascadero.

Loeb, coached all week by Felix Alvarado, won $4,863 and 48 WTA ranking points. Loeb was trying to capture her eighth USTA Pro Circuit title, and was 7-0 in finals matches coming into the day. “It’s been an up and down year for me,” Loeb said. “Sachia played great and I just wasn’t able to get anything going today. Congrats to her.”

Former college teammates at USC, the No. 4-seeded team of Kaitlyn Christian and Giuliana Olmos of Mexico downed the top-seeded Swiss team of Viktorija Golubic and Amra Sadikovic, 7-5, 6-3, to win the doubles title. Christian, who is the body double for Emma Stone in the new tennis moving “Battle of the Sexes”, has now with eight career USTA and ITF Pro Circuit doubles title.

Olmos has won eight Pro Circuit doubles title this year alone, including her second with Christian. “I just sat back and let K.K. do all the work,” Olmos told the crowd after the match. “It feels great to win the title here in our home state.”

Christian loved everything about her stay in the small town in northern San Luis Obispo County

“We had never heard of Templeton before this week, and we’re from Southern California,” Christian said after the match. “Our chemistry was just amazing today and I just love playing with my old college doubles partner.”

Christian and Olmos split $3,344 while Golubic-Sadikovic split $1,672.

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LA84 hosts Youth Sports Summit on October 27 Wed, 04 Oct 2017 19:44:21 +0000 Read more »]]> The LA84 Foundation will host their Sixth Annual Summit,The New Era of Youth Sports: Play For All, on Friday, October 27th.

Hosted at the JW Marriott at L.A. LIVE in downtown Los Angeles, the Summit will bring together hundreds of civic leaders, sports executives, non-profit leaders, national sports experts, and Olympic and Paralympic athletes for a full day of thought-provoking and forward-thinking content focused on youth sports advancement.

The Summit’s New Era of Youth Sports theme will focus on equity and inclusion and innovative ways to ensure that all youth have equal access to sport as a way to promote positive development and life-long wellbeing. Featured speakers include Allyson Felix, the most decorated athlete in Track & Field history, two-time Olympic gold medalist and World Cup champion Julie Foudy, and action sports icon Sal Masekela.

Please contact with any questions, or click here for more information.

To register for this event, please click here.



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UNC Product Wins First USTA Men’s Futures In Fountain Valley Mon, 02 Oct 2017 07:13:30 +0000 Read more »]]> Ronnie Schneider Topples 2015 Winner Ryan Shane In Three Sets

It was a fine two weeks in sunny Southern California for Ronnie Schneider, a 23-year-old Indiana native and recent graduate of the University of North Carolina: he won two USTA Men’s Futures doubles championships and claimed his first singles championship Sunday by defeating Ryan Shane in the $15,000 Los Cab USTA Men’s Futures.

“It’s been a great few weeks in California,” said Schneider, who won the doubles championship last week with Shane as a partner in Laguna Niguel, and who won this week alongside Elliott Orkin.

Lance Lee, newly appointed executive director of the SCTA, Shane, Schneider and tournament director Hank Lloyd

But it wasn’t easy. After exploding to a 5-1 lead in the first set and with the serve, the unseeded Schneider dropped six straight games to lose the first set, 7-5. He recovered in the second set, winning 6-2, and then outlasted the fourth-seeded Shane in the third set, which he won in a tiebreaker, 7-6(7-1).

He’s a great player with a really strong game and I really needed to regroup after the first set,” Schneider said. “I think I Iet off the gas a little bit, and he pinned me. I just told myself to play the next six games like the first, and I straightened it out.”

“I was just happy to get in the finals,” said Shane, who the NCAA singles championship for the University of Virginia in 2015 and who had won nine straight matches, including the finals championship in Laguna Niguel last week. “I think he saw I was hurting a little bit in the second set (Shane said he has felt pain in his left knee the last few days) …I fought with the best I could do out there today, but he played really well, and it wasn’t enough.”

With the win, Schneider earned $2,160 and 27 ATP ranking points. He entered the tournament ranked 887 in the world. Shane, who entered ranked 549, and who won the event two years ago when it was in Costa Mesa, earned $1,272 and 15 ATP points.

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