Tennis In Your Area – Southern California Tennis News Tennis News, Events, Community Activities, Tournaments Tue, 20 Feb 2018 19:28:27 +0000 en-US hourly 1 UCLA Takes TOC Section Championship Tue, 20 Feb 2018 18:53:48 +0000 Read more »]]> At USTA Southern California, Assistant Director of Adult Tennis Madeline Segura is the face of Tennis On Campus. After a raucous weekend in San Diego for this year’s Sectionals, Madeline found time to decompress after a wild weekend and provide a glimpse at the ToC experience that led to UCLA and CalPoly SLO in a battle for Sectional bragging rights…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Tracy Austin Named Ojai Tournament Honoree Fri, 16 Feb 2018 19:57:02 +0000 Read more »]]> International Tennis Hall of Famer Tracy Austin has been named the Tournament Honoree for the 118th Ojai Tennis Tournament and will be celebrated at a special fundraiser during the event, which runs from April 25-29 headquartered in downtown Ojai’s venerable Libbey Park.

“An Evening With Tracy Austin” will take place Friday, April 27 at the Topa Mountain Winery. The event is a fundraiser for the Ojai Valley Tennis Club and funds raised will be used to expand and support youth tennis programs and tournaments in Ojai, as well as enhance Libbey Park and local school tennis facilities and support funding for The Ojai Tennis Tournament.

Longtime Ojai resident and renowned actor Malcom McDowell will take part in the evening’s event, as will longtime local tennis teaching pro and promoter Wayne Bryan, father of the all-time winningest doubles team Mike and Bob Bryan. The Diane Miller Band will also perform. The cost of the fundraiser is $150. For more information and to purchase tickets online, go to: or click HERE.

“The 118th edition of The Ojai Tennis Tournament is going to be our best tournament yet,” said Carolyn Burke, first-year Ojai Valley Tennis Club President. “We are so excited to welcome Tracy Austin back to The Ojai as our tournament honoree and special guest at our annual fundraising event on April 27 at the Topa Mountain Winery. Our community was tested by the Thomas Fire, but we are resilient and strong! We are happy to be working together to create a memorable tournament that we know both players and fans will enjoy!”

The Rolling Hills resident Austin first burst onto the tennis scene winning The Ojai in 1977 (women’s open) and 1978 (Girls’ 16s), just one year before becoming the youngest player to win the US Open at the age of 16. The former world No. 1 beat Martina Navratilova in the semifinals and Chris Evert in the final at that 1979 US Open, and was later named that year’s Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year.

Austin went on to win 30 singles titles and five doubles titles during her amazing career. Austin holds the distinction as being the youngest player to be inducted into the International Hall of Fame in 1992. She can be seen at tennis’ top events and has been the face of the U.S. Open for more than 20 years for USA Network and Tennis Channel.

In recent years, Ojai Tournament honorees have included former Grand Slam champion Rod Laver, former world No. 1, Wimbledon champion and USC All-American Stan Smith, and legendary former Stanford coach Dick Gould.

It was recently announced that Ojai would for the first time offer equal prize money in the Men’s and Women’s Open divisions. Local benefactor Mike Taggart has increased his donation for the equal prize money, which this year will total $30,200. Each of tennis’ Grand Slam events offer equal prize money, including the BNP Paribas Open which takes place each March in Indian Wells, Calif.

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SCTA Foundation 2018 Kramer and Talbert Grants Wed, 14 Feb 2018 18:39:56 +0000 Read more »]]> The Southern California Tennis Association Foundation (“SCTAF”) (formerly known as the Pacific Southwest Youth Foundation) is the charitable and philanthropic entity of the Southern California Tennis Association and is a 501(C) (3).

SCTAF’s mission is “to promote and develop the growth of tennis in Southern California” by supporting community based grassroots tennis and education programs and deserving junior players with financial grants.

SCTAF currently maintains two grant programs for individual juniors: The Kramer Future Champions Grant (“Kramer Grant”) and the Henry Talbert Summer Tennis Camp Grant (“Talbert Grant”) (collectively, “Grants”). Juniors funded by SCTAF must reside within the Southern California section and must be members of the USTA. Applications for Grants are reviewed by the SCTAF Grant Review Committee of the SCTAF Board of Directors (the “Committee”).

The Kramer Grant is designed to support juniors between the ages of 8 and 18 who show significant promise, aspire to collegiate or professional tennis and demonstrate financial need, to compete in national or sectional tournaments, with the typical grants ranging between $800 and $1200.

The Talbert Grant is designed to support juniors between the ages of 8-16 who demonstrate financial need and a commitment to improving their tennis, but whose families lack the resources to cover the cost of summer tennis camp tuition and fees. Preference is given to those juniors currently enrolled in NJTL programs, after school or Junior Team Tennis programs during the academic year who wish to continue playing during the summer. The typical grant ranges between $500 and $800.


  1. All applicants for Grants must complete the Grant Application Form.
  2. All factual information requested must be correctly stated and the quality of written responses to questions will be carefully considered. Applications, including any required supporting documentation, for Kramer Grants must be postmarked by either April 1 or October 1. Talbert Grants must be postmarked by May 15. Incomplete or untimely applications will not be considered.
  3. Applications will be limited to one Grant per year unless exceptional circumstances warrant additional consideration, in the sole discretion of the Committee.
  4. Grants may not be used to pay for USTA membership.
  5. As the applications are need based, applicants will be required to state household income.
  6. Applicants are solely responsible for determining that a receipt of a Grant will not adversely affect their NCAA eligibility.
  7. All applicants must demonstrate exemplary sportsmanship.
  8. Factors considered when evaluating applications include, but are not limited to, age, sectional or national rankings, annual improvement, number of tournaments played, family income/financial need, and other resources available to the applicant.
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Fun and Fierce Competition at the TOC 2018 Sectionals Wed, 14 Feb 2018 00:12:05 +0000 Read more »]]> Fun and Fierce Competition at the Tennis on Campus So Cal Sectionals in San Diego

After a successful junior tennis career, Carissa Bernhardt of San Diego decided to focus on academics when she attended San Diego State University.

Now a sophomore, she’s back on the court competing for SDSU in its Tennis on Campus program recently at the TOC Southern California Sectional Championships at Balboa Tennis Club in San Diego.

Bernhardt, a two-time CIF San Diego Section Doubles Champion, is in her second TOC season. She helped her team qualify for USTA TOC Nationals on April 12-14 at the USTA National Campus in Orlando.

“I like TOC because it’s competitive but it doesn’t have the same time requirements as a Division I team,” Berhnardt said. “It’s a good balance.”

For Bernhard, however, Tennis on Campus is a family affair. Her brother, Christopher, will be representing the University of Arizona at the upcoming TOC Nationals. Christopher, architecture major, is the captain of his team.

“You make a lot of friends from all of the other schools,” Bernhardt said. “The tournaments are great because you get to see them all at the same time. I am super excited to go to nationals with my family.”

A total of 13 different schools sent 24 teams to compete in the recent Southern California Sectional Championships. The top 3 finishers qualified for Nationals. UCLA beat Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in the final, and UC San Diego clinched third over UC Irvine. San Diego State University qualified at the 2017 Spring Invitational. Other participating schools included the University of San Diego, USC, Pepperdine, Claremont College, Cal State Fullerton, UC Riverside, Loyola Marymount and UC Santa Barbara.

SDSU qualified for TOC Nationals in April.

Off the court social activities were plentiful with fun photo props, water pong and a giant game of Jenga. While waiting to play teams mingled and enjoyed lunch on a beautiful San Diego weekend.

“The competition was as fierce as always in So Cal,” said TOC Tournament Director Madeline Segura. “There was a different kind of buzz throughout the grounds this year.

Whether the teams were on the court or battling in an intense game of water pong, there was great energy the entire weekend.”

Special thanks go to Balboa Tennis Club for hosting the event. Great appreciation to Balboa Tennis Club Director Colleen Ferrell, whose kindness and hospitality made it a fantastic experience for all. For more event photos, please go to  Good luck to the four teams who will represent So Cal in April.

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Marguerite Tennis Pavilion Is Public Facility of the Year Tue, 13 Feb 2018 21:42:29 +0000 Read more »]]> Marguerite Tennis Pavilion Named PTR Public Facility of the Year

Professional Tennis Registry (PTR) presented its annual awards today during the 2018 PTR International Tennis Symposium.

The event, which includes more than 40 educational presentations for tennis teachers and coaches, is underway February 13-16, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.

Marguerite Tennis Pavilion, in Mission Viejo, California, has been named PTR Public Facility of the Year. The facility has been hosting prestigious sporting events since the 1970s including the early WTA Virginia Slims Tournaments. It has come a long way, Baby!

As the first successful master planned community in the United States and a City that has produced countless swimming and diving Olympians and tennis Paralympians, Mission Viejo has long graced the international stage.

PTR CEO Dan Santorum, Head Professional Ryan Hill

Recreational and elite tennis have a rich history in the city. The Marguerite Tennis Pavilion is home to more than 1,000 members who enjoy tennis at every level. Today, Head Pro Ryan Hill, a PTR Professional in all five pathways, ensures that education for coaches and students plays a pivotal role. In fact, in this last year alone, a clear path was built for junior development – from 10 and under red through yellow ball. Adult development is essential in Marguerite’s programming and includes daily league activity and all levels of USTA functions.

With 18 lighted courts, a state of the art clubhouse and closed camera system for live video and tournament feeds, the Marguerite Tennis Pavilion is the perfect venue for an array of events, including ITF Wheelchair Masters. Conveniently nestled halfway between Los Angeles and San Diego, it’s also a perfect setting for PTR workshops. In 2017, all PTR education pathways and instructing wheelchair tennis were offered at the pristine facility.

PTR is the largest global organization of tennis teaching professionals with more than 16,000 members in 125 countries. It has the greatest percentage of multicultural and women members of any such organization. PTR is dedicated to educating, certifying and serving tennis teachers and coaches around the world in order to grow the game.

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Former USC Assistant Women’s Coach Rolling Out West Coast Tennis Tours Mon, 12 Feb 2018 04:15:49 +0000 Read more »]]> Former USC women’s assistant coach West Nott is rolling out West Coast Tennis Tours this summer for high performance juniors and college players looking to take their game to the next level.

Nott and his coaches will host the West Coast Tennis Tour this summer and will travel to 13 open prize money tournaments from May 15 to Aug. 12. The tour will begin in San Diego and make stops in places like Santa Cruz, Calif., Salem, Ore., and in Seattle for one of the oldest tournaments in the country, the Washington State Open which has been played every year for 128 years.

West Nott with former NCAA doubles champion Kaitlyn Christian.

“We want to get young players to compete more,” said Nott, who severed as the Trojans’ women’s assistant coach for 10 seasons. “The tour is geared toward high school and college players who are seeking more pressure-filled match play. All levels are welcome. This is one giant road trip and we are connecting all the dots A to Z for a memorable life experience and seeing sights along the way.”

The tour is something Nott experienced himself last summer as a player. Now he wants to share what he learned and saw to others. He added that all results from the tournaments will go toward a player’s Universal Tennis Rating.

“It was a road trip of a lifetime,” said Nott, who grew up in Midland, Mich., and played his college tennis at Georgia Tech.

“This is for college players who are looking to makes some leaps in the lineup,” he said. “We will learn life lessons while competing. There’s more to tennis than just hitting cross courts.”

To view the summer schedule, click here.

Nott’s coaching staff includes some of his former players who made the NCAA Final Four twice, won four Pac-12 championships and reached an NCAA national No. 1 team ranking in 2015.

A second project Nott is working on is College Tennis Tours where he will be hosting a trip to the NCAA Team Men’s and Women’s Championships May 17-22 at Wake Forest University in Winston Salem, N.C. Nott said more information on the tours will be released shortly, but the trip provides the “ultimate college viewing experience for all junior players aged 13-18,” he said.

Tennis instructions and seminars will take place during the trip, as well as catching all the Sweet 16, Elite Eight, Final Four matches and NCAA Team Championships in men’s and women’s tennis. For more information, check out:

“The whole idea behind these business projects is to get young players fired up about college tennis and competing,” Nott said.

For more information on West Coast Tennis Tour, go to: or call Nott at 858.322.3171 or email him:


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Upcoming Tennis Tournaments In Southern California Wed, 07 Feb 2018 17:47:37 +0000 Read more »]]>

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

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

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

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

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

2018 Palm Springs International Team Tennis Championship
Men’s and Women’s NTRP Doubles
Senior 50 Men’s and Women’s Doubles
Palm Desert Resort and Country Club – Palm Desert
March 9-11
Click here to enter

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2017 League Doubles Sectionals Results Fri, 02 Feb 2018 03:55:41 +0000 Congratulations To All The Teams That Made It To The Finals And To The New 2017 SCTA Doubles Sectional Champions! ]]> 0 Inaugural Friendship Team Cup This Summer Tue, 30 Jan 2018 00:32:28 +0000 Read more »]]> New and Innovative One Day Format Boys and Girls 18’s and 16’s Divisions

The SCTA #FriendshipCup is a new, exciting, and innovative Level 3 18s and 16s team tournament where players have the ability to build their own teams with friends and fellow competitors. The event will be held June 9-10 at Nellie Gail Ranch Tennis Club in Laguna Hills.

Each team will consist of a minimum of two boys and two girls (maximum three each), and each team match will follow a World Team Tennis format (Boys Doubles, Girls Doubles, Boys Singles, Girls Singles, Mixed Doubles). The team that wins 3 of 5 matches will advance to the next round.

Six teams will be accepted into each division based on section ranking of the top two boys and top two girls on their team – along with two wild card teams to be determined by the tournament committee. All eight teams will play a compass draw format with singles bonus points awarded for finishing 1st through 7th place. Players will also earn points for each individual match won for the event played. This tournament will finish in ONE day (16s will play on one day, 18s on the other day).

This is a great warmup for Junior Sectionals and a fun opportunity for players to play with their friends!

News: USTA Cross Sectional Camp in Orlando

Four boys and four girls will play at the upcoming Cross Sectional USTA camp along with the Southern, Florida, and Texas Sections, participating in three days of drills, competition, and guest speakers at the USTA National Campus in Orlando. Representing the Southern California Section in February will be Trevor Svajda, Hunter Rivera, Chase Thompson, Liam Oliver, Iris Berman, Madeleine Jessup, Tsehay Driscoll, Kaila Barksdale. The coaches will be Ginger Helgeson and Trevor Kronemann.

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SoCal Boasts TGA Coach Of The Year Tue, 30 Jan 2018 00:30:48 +0000 Read more »]]> A well-deserved honor for TGA’s Will Mauriz, who was named 2017 HEAD Penn Racquet Sports/TGA Premier Sports Coach of the Year!

Not only is Will Mauriz a popular coach with our students, but he is quite versatile and talented.


Will coaches on Pre-K, Elementary, and Middle School campuses as well as leading the charge with adaptive students at Lull School and seasonal camps. In addition to his TGA duties, Will coaches for the SCTA’s Community Scoutreach program and is a valuable team member in the SCTA finance office.

The award was presented by Carrie Cimino of HEAD Penn Racquet Sports at a function in December.

Congratulations to Will for being recognized for his exemplary work with students throughout the SFV!

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2018 Inaugural NTRP Fast4 Sectional Championship Results Tue, 30 Jan 2018 00:25:15 +0000 Read more »]]> Braemar Country Club in Tarzana hosted players on January 20-21 in the 2018 NTRP Fast4 Section Championship.

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

Serena Davis and Rosa LeClerc

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

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

TJ St. Marie and Jamie McFarland

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

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

2018 Winners heading to Nationals:

18 and Over Division

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

50 and Over Division

  • 3.5 Women’s Singles- Lisa Otten
  • 4.5 Women’s Doubles – Nancy Abrams and Patricia Buchanan
  • 3.5 Men’s Singles – Stephen Backus
  • 4.0 Men’s Singles – Daniel Pastore
  • 4.0 Men’s Doubles – David Goldschlag and John Irizarry
  • 4.5 Men’s Singles – Edmundo Soto
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Elite Racquet Sports Doubles Tennis Event Fri, 26 Jan 2018 01:50:46 +0000 Read more »]]> Elite Racquet Sports’ Doubles Tennis tournament is organized in 3 divisions with a round-robin format, and the first team to 21 points wins the game.

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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Indian Wells Tennis Coaches Summit March 2018 Thu, 18 Jan 2018 23:08:07 +0000

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Cardio Tennis Comes to Carson on January 27 Wed, 10 Jan 2018 18:29:32 +0000 Read more »]]>

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

The many benefits of Cardio Tennis include the following:

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

The event fee is $195 to $250 and online registration is available at


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USTA Pro Circuit comes to Long Beach this week Mon, 08 Jan 2018 19:51:37 +0000 Read more »]]>

Jan Satral (CZE) is the top seed at Legends Long Beach this week.

After a fantastic week of tennis in Los Angeles, the USTA Mens Pro Circuit moves south to the coast for the $25k Legends Long Beach at El Dorado Tennis Center, beginning with Tuesday’s main draw opening round.

Top seed Jan Satral (CZE), a semifinalist in Los Angeles, headlines the event along with Japan’s Kaichi Uchida and JC Aragone of Yorba Linda, Calif. Karue Sell, the champion crowned in Los Angeles on Sunday, is seeded #12.

Notable Southern California athletes include Aragone, #8 Alexios Halebian (Hollywood), and UCLA Bruin teammates #14 Martin Redlicki and #18 Evan Zhu (Irvine).

Qualifiying rounds are scheduled to conclude on Monday, weather permitting. Former USC Trojan Deiton Baughman and current Trojan Logan Smith (Carlsbad), plus top national college prospect Brandon Nakashima (San Diego) are due on court today as eight matches will produce four more names in the main draw mix.

This week’s Long Beach event will also include a League Appreciation and Health/Fitness clinic for adults (Thursday, January 11) and a wheelchair tennis demonstration by Wounded Warriors on Military Appreciation Day (Friday, January 12). A high performance tennis clinic for high school players will be conducted on Saturday by members of USC Men’s Tennis, led by head coach Peter Smith.

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The 2017 League Leader of the Year Announced Mon, 08 Jan 2018 00:44:43 +0000 Read more »]]> Eduardo Rodriguez, Los Angeles

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

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

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

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

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

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

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NTRP Fast4 Sectionals This Month Mon, 08 Jan 2018 00:19:07 +0000 Read more »]]> The 2018 NTRP Fast4 Section Championship takes place January 20-21 at Braemar Country Club in Tarzana.

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

Entries for the Section Championships close on January 16.

As an added bonus, players who win their division will receive automatic entry in to the USTA NTRP National Championships (

Registration can be found at by searching tournament ID# 650015518.

With any further questions, please contact Maria Goldberg, Adult Tennis Coordinator at USTA Southern California,

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TGA And Braemar Host Novice Level 7 Orange Ball Tournament Mon, 08 Jan 2018 00:10:25 +0000 Read more »]]> SCTA/TGA Premier Tennis and Braemar Country Club Host Winter Break Novice Level 7 Orange Ball Tournament

On Friday, December 22, the Southern California Tennis Association’s TGA Premier Tennis program, along with Braemar Country Club in Tarzana, hosted 26 girls and boys for the one day tournament.

TGA Kids

The 10 and under players each earned 4 participation stars and vied for Player Progression stars as they move along the player pathway to green dot ball competition. While players waited for their timed match flights, TGA coaches worked them out on a drill court. Nancy Abrams, the SCTA/TGA Premier Tennis program manager spoke to parents prior to the start of play about sportsmanship (for players and parents!), Youth Progression and Junior Team Tennis opportunities in the area. Nancy, along with Susan Pendo, Director of Tennis at Braemar Country Club, look forward to hosting additional Level 7 and Level 6 tournaments, along with Early Development Camps (EDC), in 2018.

Sportsmanship medals were awarded along with Champion and Runner Up trophies:
  • Champion: Kevin Fei (Oak Park)
  • Runner Up: Elliot Lifton (Los Angeles)
  • Sportsmanship:
  • Gregory Akopyan (Burbank)
  • Eliot Lifton (Los Angeles)
  • Zachary Zolla-Imerman (Los Angeles)
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Local TGA Premier Tennis Honored At Annual Summit Mon, 08 Jan 2018 00:04:35 +0000 Read more »]]> During the week of December 11, Nancy Abrams and her TGA Premier Tennis team were honored at the Annual TGA Premier Sports Summit in La Quinta, CA, where they took home multiple awards and a $2500 Grant to further their mission.

Under the direction of Nancy Abrams, the SCTA/TGA has brought tennis to over 40 public and private schools with a franchise of TGA Premier Tennis which launched in 2014 – a new pay-for-play after school playground-based enrichment program in the San Fernando Valley.

This model has grown year to year and has impacted over 2,000 children between the ages of 4 – 13, including cognitively and physically challenged students. USTA PE tennis is also introduced to each TGA partner school with equipment and training. (Total registrations have exceeded 3400 students.)

TGA Award

The SoCal TGA Franchise has also expanded into summer and Holiday camps, furthering impact on the junior population in the San Fernando Valley.

SCTA/TGA Premier Tennis Program Manager Nancy Abrams is proud of the of progress made thus far by her team that includes administrative coordinator Amy Feder, coaching and programming coordinator Kevin Finkelberg, and Will Mauriz, head coach and Adaptive Class lead.

“The SCTA/TGA Premier Tennis team has been very productive throughout the past few years, and I am immensely proud of our collective success,” Abrams said. “We look forward to further growth in our school campuses, community centers and tennis facilities, and moving students along the player progression pathway in 2018.”

The TGA pathway for students transitioning from campuses includes migrating students to USTA programs such as Early Development Camps (EDC), Youth Progression, Junior Team Tennis and Junior Novice Tournaments. In addition, the SCTA/TGA Tennis staff works with parents to encourage family play.

“Our extended action plan includes engaging all of our school partners in USTA Net Generation PE Tennis, seeking additional grants for partial scholarships, and partnering with local Community Tennis Associations (CTA’s) to send qualifying students to National Junior Tennis and Learning (NJTL) summer programs,” explains Abrams. “I truly believe in play equity for all young students, and TGA has been a great vehicle to make this happen in our Southern California communities.”

The TGA pathway for students transitioning from campuses includes migrating students to USTA programs such as Early Development Camps (EDC), Youth Progression, Junior Team Tennis and Junior Novice Tournaments. In addition, the SCTA/TGA Tennis staff works with parents to encourage family play.

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Wild Card Rybakov, Top-Seeded Sarkissian Move On Fri, 05 Jan 2018 04:18:20 +0000 Read more »]]> Texas Christian University junior Alex Rybakov was one spot out from main-draw entry last week and fully prepared to play qualifying when he learned he was granted a USTA wild card and moved directly into the main draw.

The 20-year-old Rybakov from Florida has taken full advantage of the generosity shown to him. On Thursday in the second round of the Southern California Pro Futures Tournament at USC, Rybakov beat former USC star Emilio Gomez of Ecuador in three tough sets, 5-7, 6-4, 7-5, to advance to Friday’s quarterfinals in the $25,000 USTA Pro Circuit event.

“Coming out of the juniors it was tough for me to adjust because I really wanted to turn pro, but after playing two years in school I think have adjusted pretty well,” said Rybakov, who faces qualifier and former UCLA star Karue Sell at 10 a.m. on Friday.

The smooth left-handed Rybakov plays for TCU coach and former Southern Californian David Roditi. The team will be without star Cameron Norrie, the British player who has vaulted into the top No. 110 in the ATP Tour rankings since school let out in May.

Rybakov made the finals of two $10,000 Futures events when he was 18, and last June he won his first USTA Pro Futures title, a $15,000 event in Buffalo.

“I’ve been here since last Wednesday and was prepared to play qualifying,” Rybakov said. “I will play Long Beach next week then looking forward to going back to school.”

The other 10 a.m. quarterfinal will pit top-seeded Alex Sarkissian against Christopher Eubanks. The 27-year-old Sarkissian of Glendale beat UCLA senior Martin Redlicki, 6-1, 6-3.

Sarkissian holds six USTA Pro Circuit and ITF Pro Circuit singles titles, including two titles in 2017, and one doubles title. Last year at this time Sarkissian was in Australian and played a tune-up tournament before attempting to qualify for the year’s first Grand Slam, the Australian Open. A hip injury slowed him in August at the US Open, and he basically has spent the past four months rehabbing. A sinus infection forced him to pull out of doubles earlier this week.

“I’m definitely not feeling 100 percent,” said Sarkissian, who is not entered into the Long Beach Pro Futures event next week as he still has his sights set Down Under. “I’m six spots out from getting into qualifying so still hoping enough guys pull out. Every morning I’m checking the entry list.”

The doubles final will be contested on Friday at 4 p.m., as the top-seeded team of Luke Bambridge of Great Britain and Hans Hach Verdugo of Mexico take on Sell and Redlicki.

Thursday’s Second-Round Singles Results
wc: wild card; q: qualifying; ll: lucky loser
Florian Lakat, France (q), def. Evan Song, U.S., 7-6 (4), 7-6 (2)
Alex Sarkissian (1) def. Martin Redlicki, U.S. (q), 6-1, 6-3
Alexander Lebedev, U.S. (q), def. Gianni Ross, U.S. (ll), 6-1, 6-1
Kaichi Uchida, Japan (6), def. Luke Bambridge, Great Britain, 6-2, 6-2
Karue Sell, Brazil (q), def. Ulises Blanch, U.S., 7-6 (8), 6-3
Christopher Eubanks, U.S., def. Guillermo Olaso, Spain, 6-1, 6-3
Jan Satral, Czech Repbulic (7), def. Roberto Marcora, Italy, 7-5, 7-6 (5)
Alex Rybakov, U.S. (wc), def. Emilio Gomez, Ecaudor, 5-7, 6-4, 7-5
Thursday’s Semifinal Doubles Results
Luke Bambridge, Great Britain/Hans Hach Verdugo, Mexico (1), def. Deiton Baughman, U.S./Christopher Eubanks, U.S. (3), 6-4, 6-2
Martin Redlicki, U.S./Karue Sell, Brazil, def. Andre Goransson, Sweden/Florian Lakat, France (4), 2-6, 6-3, 10-8

The following are community events taking place during the tournament at USC.

Friday, Jan. 5: SoCal Community Trojan Tennis Person of the Year, Jan. 5 from 3 to 5 p.m., Fred Williams, with the doubles final beginning at 4 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 6: NJTL Tennis Cup: Closed event for all NJTL chapters with WTT format. Contact: Evan Smith at

Sunday, Jan. 7: USPTA PTR Coaches Clinic open to players, coaches and parents, 9 to 10:30 a.m. light breakfast. Speaker USC Men’s Coach Peter Smith. Topic: Pathway to College — Raising a Jr Tennis Player.

For more information on these event, email tournament director Phil Siordia at

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Lucky Loser Ross Wins First-Round Match at SoCal Futures Thu, 04 Jan 2018 03:24:44 +0000 Read more »]]> By winning the prestigious USTA Junior Spring National Easter Bowl in Indian Wells a year and a half ago, Gianni Ross quickly became known as one of the top junior tennis prospects in the United States.

He returned in the spring of 2017 to the desert, but still unsure whether or not he would turn professional or play college tennis. After qualifying for a $15,000 USTA Pro Circuit Futures event in Southern California in mid-September, the 18-year-old Ross still did not know his immediate future plans. Finally, three weeks later Ross announced his plans to enroll at the University of Virginia, the reigning three-time NCAA national champions.

On Wednesday in the first round of the Southern California Pro Futures Tournament, a $25,000 USTA Pro Circuit tournament taking place on the campus of USC, Ross took advantage of a withdrawl by No. 2 seed Alexander Ward and was inserted into the draw as a “lucky loser,” the term in tennis for someone who loses in the final round of qualifying, but enters the draw after another main-draw player defaults before the first round is completed.

Ross, a Chicago-area native who has trained for the past two years in Florida with the USTA, beat qualifier Daniel Cukierman of Israel 7-6 (3), 6-1, on day where Ross’ USTA training partners and fellow teenagers Patrick Kypson and Sam Riffice suffered first-round losses. Both Kypson and Riffice each won three qualifying matches over the weekend to gain entry into the main draw.

Ross ranked as high as No. 13 in the ITF junior rankings, and advanced to the quarterfinals in singles at the French Open last spring, and made the semifinals in doubles with Riffice at Roland Garros.

Of the 12 matches played on the day at USC, only one split sets as Riffice suffered a tough three-set loss to rising ATP player and former Georgia Tech All-American Christopher Eubanks, 5-7, 6-3, 7-5. Currently ranked No. 345 in the ATP World Tour rankings, the No. 5-seeded Eubanks advanced to the quarterfinals of the ATP BB&T Atlanta event in the summer of 2017 beating Taylor Fritz and Jared Donaldson along the way.

Standing 6-foot-7, Eubanks earned a wild card into the US Open in September and lost to Dudi Sela in the first round. He is being coached this week by the USTA’s Alex Funkhouser, who is in L.A. with several other top U.S. players.

“It was a tough day all around,” said Eubanks, who struggled with his serve and was broken by Riffice four times in the final set. “Just being the first match of the year and finding my legs and finding my strokes. My serve was fine, it was just what I was doing after I served where I got into trouble.”

In each of the eight first-round singles matches played Wednesday, a future, present or past college tennis player was represented.

Highlights included: University of Notre Dame junior Alexander Lebedev downing USC sophomore Brandon Holt; former UC-Berkeley star Florian Lakat taking out No. 3-seeded Ante Pavic of Croatia; and former and current UCLA Bruins Karue Sell and Martin Redlicki each getting straight-set wins in singles and then later partnering for a win in doubles.

The No. 6-seeded Kaichi Uchida of Japan before former University of Denver star Henry Craig, 6-3, 6-2. Now 23 years old, Uchida has a career high ITF junior ranking of No. 3 achieved in March 2012. Uchida was a semifinalist at the 2011 Wimbledon Championships boys’ singles and 2012 US Open boys’ singles events.

Wednesday’s First-Round Singles Results

wc: wild card; q: qualifying; ll: lucky loser

Florian Lakat, France (q), def. Ante Pavic, Croatia (3), 6-3, 6-2

Karue Sell, Brazil (q), def. Dzmitry Zhyrmont, Belarus (8), 6-3, 7-5

Martin Redlicki, U.S. (q), def. Patrick Kypson, U.S. (q), 6-2, 6-4

Alexander Lebedev, U.S. (q), def. Brandon Holt, U.S. (wc), 6-3, 6-2

Kaichi Uchida, Japan (6), def. Henry Craig, U.S. (wc), 6-3, 6-2

Ulises Blanch, U.S., def. Gage Brymer, U.S. (q), 6-2, 7-5

Gianni Ross, U.S. (ll), def. Daniel Cukierman, Israel (q), 7-6 (3), 6-1

Christopher Eubanks, U.S., def. Sam Riffice, U.S. (q), 5-7, 6-3, 7-5

Wednesday’s Quarterfinal Doubles Results

Deiton Baughman, U.S./Christopher Eubanks, U.S. (3), def. Henry Craig, U.S./Isaiah Strode, U.S., 6-4, 6-3

Luke Bambridge, Great Britain/Hans Hach Verdugo, Mexico (1), def. Sam Riffice, U.S./Ulises Blanch, U.S., 6-0, 6-0

Martin Redlicki, U.S./Karue Sell, Brazil, def. Jake Devine, U.S./Tanner Smith, U.S. (wc), 6-0, 6-1

Andre Goransson, Sweden/Florian Lakat, France (4), def. Eduardo Nava, U.S./Or Ram-Harel, Israel, 6-1, 6-3

The following are community events taking place during the tournament at USC.

Friday, Jan. 5: SoCal Community Trojan Tennis Person of the Year, Jan. 5 from 3 to 5 p.m., Fred Williams, with the doubles final beginning at 4 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 6: NJTL Tennis Cup: Closed event for all NJTL chapters with WTT format. Contact: Evan Smith at

Sunday, Jan. 7: USPTA PTR Coaches Clinic open to players, coaches and parents, 9 to 10:30 a.m. light breakfast. Speaker USC Men’s Coach Peter Smith. Topic: Pathway to College — Raising a Jr Tennis Player.

For more information on these event, email tournament director Phil Siordia at

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