Tennis In Your Area – Southern California Tennis News http://southerncaliforniatennis.org Tennis News, Events, Community Activities, Tournaments Thu, 17 Aug 2017 15:55:47 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.1 Final Thoughts On Girls’ National Championships http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-in-your-area/san-diego-county-tennis/final-thoughts-on-girls-national-championships/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-in-your-area/san-diego-county-tennis/final-thoughts-on-girls-national-championships/#respond Thu, 17 Aug 2017 15:51:51 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=19622 Read more »]]> Some final thoughts and observations from this past weekend’s USTA 16s and 18s National Championships, which took place at the Barnes Tennis Center in San Diego…

Kudos to USTA National Director of Junior Tennis Bill Mountford for his aggressive and forward thinking idea to bring on longtime San Diego resident Lornie Kuhle to lead this year’s tournament.

Kuhle helped the tournament improve by the doing the following ever since taking over the event just four months after leading another highly successful Easter Bowl Junior Nationals.

  • Kuhle brought in old friend Billie Jean King as the tournament’s Honorary Chair. In fact, Kuhle, Bobby Riggs former coach and manager, and King hosted a “Battle of the Sexes” luncheon during the BNP Paribas Open in March that helped raise needed funds for the tournament.
  • He got influential San Diego residents like former San Diego City Manager Jack McGrory, La Jolla Beach & Tennis owner Bill Kellogg, former junior champion Una Davis and Indian Wells Tennis Garden founder Charlie Pasarell to form an organizing committee with the goal to raise the level of the event to the status of the tournament’s boys’ counterpart, the Kalamazoo 18s and 16s Nationals
  • He created a large permanent draw board at the site of the Barnes Tennis Center dedicated to longtime San Diego resident and tennis legend Pancho Segura.
  • Kuhle hired energetic on-court emcee Marcus Root to introduce each match, as well as provide commentating and analysis on the live stream, which was streamed via the tournament website each day.
  • For the first time, Kuhle used chair umpires for EVERY single match, including singles, doubles and consolation and the tournament completed an incredible total of 1,190 matches.
  • And perhaps the biggest coup pulled off by Kuhle was having the Tennis Channel provide six hours of live coverage of the Girls’ 16s final and Girls’ 18s semifinals on Saturday televised, as well as two hours of coverage of the 18s final on Sunday.

Girls’ 18s winner Ashley Kratzer said winning and receiving the US Open main draw wild card was a long-time goal. “Being an American it’s always been a dream of mine to play in the US Open, so it’s absolutely amazing,” she said.

The 18-year-old Newport Beach resident Kratzer came in as the No. 3 seed, despite not having played a junior tournament since this event one year ago when she lost in the Round of 32. Ranked No. 341 in the WTA, Kratzer turned pro in December and her lefty power game will translate well on the pro level.

“Last year I didn’t even want to be here because I hadn’t played the juniors,” Kratzer said. “This year my mindset was different. I’m playing for a wild card into the US Open.”

Kratzer explained in her post-match press conference why she never played the juniors. “When I was like 15 I was still very tiny and petite. I was like five-feet tall and my parents didn’t want me playing a lot until I got to be stronger. So I just practiced and then started entering some pro events.”

Kratzer said she’s OK with not being a big-named Southern California junior like a Kayla Day or Claire Liu, who was recently featured in the New York Times. “People know me more in the pros than in the juniors,” she said. “I’ve been around. I’m definitely going to be a different name in New York.”

Kratzer was assessed a code violation for racquet abuse during the second set. “There are times when I need to just let it out, or I’m going to let it out in my swings and that’s just not good,” she said.

18s singles finalist Kelly Chen was awarded the Gene Kremm Sportsmanship trophy for the tournament, while doubles winner Liu and Ashley Lahey, who finished fifth place, were the USTA Sportsmanship winners giving SoCal the sweep.

Chen, who came back down 0-4 in the third set to break even at 4-all against Kratzer, said she knew she could do it since she came back down 0-4 in the third in the quarterfinals to beat Wimbledon finalist Ann Li. “It’s the final set in the final so I tried my hardest to play better and come back,” Chen said.

Chen leaves for Duke University Aug. 21 but will likely be in New York for the US Open as she receives a Junior Wild Card, and also learned this week that she got into the main draw qualifying single event.

The unseeded Chen missed last year’s Nationals after an injury and suffering from ulcers.

Chen was late arriving to the third set as the chair umpire called “time” and Chen was nowhere to be found. “I never heard him say “five minutes” or give any warning,” Chen said of the 10 minutes allotted the players for rest before the third set. “I was on the phone with my sister,” she said of Tiffany Chen, who is 12 years older and was watching the match on Tennis Channel and giving her pointers.

– Steve Pratt

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SCTA Announces 2017 League Captain Of The Year Program http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-news/scta-announces-2017-league-captain-of-the-year-program/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-news/scta-announces-2017-league-captain-of-the-year-program/#respond Thu, 17 Aug 2017 00:34:43 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=19619 Read more »]]> USTA Southern California Announces 2017 League Captain Of The Year Program

USTAFYIG_SoCalThe USTA Southern California has announced a Section-wide Captain Appreciation and Recognition program.

For each league division (Adult 18 & Over, Mixed 40 & Over, etc.) a captain will be nominated by their Area League Coordinator for the Section Award.

The Adult Selection Committee will select a Section winner from the nominees for each division. Winning Captains will be notified by the Section League Coordinator and their Area League Coordinator.

Key attributes that the selection committee will consider when selecting Section award winners for each division include:

• Exhibits a high level of sportsmanship
• Displays leadership and organizational skills both on and off the court
• Mentors other captains and players
• Treats teammates with respect
• Takes responsibility for his or her actions

Each winning league division captain will be a finalist for Section Captain of the Year. A celebratory luncheon will be held in the first quarter of 2018. All finalist nominees will be invited to attend, along with the Area League Coordinators and the Adult Selection Committee. Each nominee will be individually recognized after which the 2017 Southern California Captain of the Year will be announced.

The winner will receive an award, a gift card and be recognized in the various USTA Southern California print and electronic media.

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89th Annual San Diego District Championship http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/adults-seniors/89th-annual-san-diego-district-championship/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/adults-seniors/89th-annual-san-diego-district-championship/#respond Wed, 16 Aug 2017 00:36:31 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=19529 Read more »]]> Registration for the 89th Annual San Diego District Championships is still open but the deadline us coming up fast!

Prize money and trophies will be awarded to finalists and winners.

Tournament is played at the Balboa Tennis Club in Morley Field starting Friday thru Sunday, Aug. 25-27 and Labor Day weekend Saturday thru Monday, Sept. 2-4.

Click here for complete details and registration information.

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Cerritos’ Chen, Newport Beach’s Kratzer Make Final Four at Nationals http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-news/cerritos-chen-newport-beachs-kratzer-make-final-four-at-nationals/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-news/cerritos-chen-newport-beachs-kratzer-make-final-four-at-nationals/#respond Sat, 12 Aug 2017 04:06:56 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=19036 Read more »]]> A rematch of this year’s French Open Girls’ singles final highlighted quarterfinal play at the USTA Girls’ 16s & 18s National Championships on Friday at the Barnes Tennis Center.

Playing under partly-sunny skies, eighth-seeded Whitney Osuigwe needed three hours and 13 minutes to defeat second-seeded Claire Liu 7-5, 6-7 (8), 6-4 in a heart-stopping Girls’ 18s quarterfinal encounter before a large crowd on Stadium Court.

Osuigwe, this year’s French Open Girls’ singles champion, broke Liu’s serve in the 12th game to win the first set. In the second set, Liu and Osuigwe exchanged a total of six service breaks and eventually went to a tie-break.

In the tiebreaker, Osuigwe quickly took a 5-0 lead and looked to be on her way to a straight-set victory. However, Liu, this year’s Wimbledon Girls’ singles champion, staged a dramatic come back and fought off three match points before winning the set to send the match to a deciding third set.

Osuigwe took control of the third set and capitalized on two service breaks to take a commanding 5-2 lead. Liu once again rallied as she broke serve and then held to close the gap to 5-4. However, on her sixth match point of the day, Osuigwe finally served out the match in the tenth game of the set to advance to the semifinals.
In other Girls’ 18s quarterfinal action, Kelly Chen of Cerritos, Calif., seeded 33rd, came back to oust tenth-seeded Ann Li of Devon, Pa., 6-3, 2-6, 7-6 (0).  In the third set, Li, a Wimbledon Girls’ finalist this year, led 4-0, but Chen rallied to win five games in a row.

After exchanging service breaks at 5-5, the match was decided in a third-set tie-breaker as Chen swept the tiebreak to move into the semifinals.

In Saturday’s Girls’ 18s singles semifinals, Chen will play 12th seeded Caty Mcnally of Cincinnati and Osuigwe (pictured below) will face third-seeded Ashley Kratzer of Newport Beach, Calif.

The Girls’ 16s singles final, which is scheduled for Saturday at 11:30 a.m. (PDT), will feature ninth-seeded Angelica Blake of Boca Raton, Fla., against 14th seeded Nikki Redelijk of Windermere, Fla.

Blake defeated unseeded Connie Ma of Dublin, Calif., 6-2, 6-3 in the semifinals, while Redelijk eliminated fourth-seeded Sedona Gallagher of Henderson, Nev., 6-4, 6-3.

Tennis Channel will broadcast the Girls’ 16s singles final and both Girls’ 18s singles semifinals on Saturday, Aug. 12, and the Girls’ 18s singles final on Sunday, Aug. 13.

This weekend’s Tennis Channel coverage of the USTA Girls’ 16s & 18s National Championships in San Diego will be as follows:

Saturday, Aug. 12 – Girls’ 16s singles final and both Girls’ 18s semifinals 2:30-8:30 p.m. ET (11:30 a.m. -5:30 p.m. PT) immediately following the Rogers Cup from Canada.

Sunday, Aug. 13 – Girls’ 18s singles final 4-6 p.m. ET (1-3 p.m. PT) immediately following the Rogers Cup and Western & Southern first round.

Over 400 girls aged 16 and 18 and under are competing for the title of National Champion, as well as a wild card entry into the Women’s Singles main draw of the US Open (for the 18s Champion) and a wild card into the US Open Junior Championships (for the 16s Champion).  The 18s Doubles Champions will also receive a wild card into the US Open Women’s Doubles main draw.

The Girls’ 16s event concludes with the singles and doubles finals on Saturday Aug. 12. The Girls’ 18s tournament will conclude with the 18s singles championship on Sunday, Aug. 13. Both divisions feature 256-player singles draws with the top 32 players receiving a first-round bye. There will also be 128-team doubles draws with the top 16 teams getting first-round byes.

The starting times for this weekend will be as follows:
9 a.m. – Saturday, August 12
10 a.m. – Sunday, August 13

Admission and on-site parking at the Barnes Tennis Center is free.

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SoCal Girls Keep On Winning At USTA Nationals http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-news/socal-girls-keep-on-winning-at-usta-natioanls/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-news/socal-girls-keep-on-winning-at-usta-natioanls/#respond Fri, 11 Aug 2017 15:55:55 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=18899 Read more »]]> Four of the eight girls playing in the quarterfinals of today’s USTA Girls’ 16s & 18s National Championships being played at the Barnes Tennis Center are from Southern California.

Pepperdine sophomore Ashley Lahey continued her strong for a possible gold ball and direct main entry wild card into the US Open with a 6-1, 6-4 win over Lakewood’s Salma Ewing.

Claire Liu of Thousand Oaks, Ashley Kratzer of Newport Beach and Kelly Chen of Cerritos were also straight-set winners.

Top-seeded Usue Arconada, who has been playing primarily on the USTA Pro Circuit this year, fell 6-4, 6-3 to 10th seeded Ann Li of Devon, Pa., in an early-morning Round of 16 match on Court 1.

After Arconada took a 4-2 first-set lead, Li rallied to win four straight games to secure the set in exactly one hour. In the second set, Li (pictured) capitalized on two doubles faults in the eighth game to break serve and take a 5-3 lead. She then held serve in the next game to wrap up the victory, which took one hour and 45 minutes.

Li, who reached the Wimbledon Girls’ singles final last month, advances to Friday’s quarterfinals, where she will meet 33rd seed Kelly Chen of Cerritos, Calif., at 9:30 a.m. (PDT).

For complete tournament results, please go to HERE.

For the latest updated tournament draws, please go HERE.

Friday’s matches on Stadium Court at the Barnes Tennis Center are available on live streaming. To view matches, go to: www.ustagirlsnationals.com.

Tennis Channel will broadcast the Girls’ 16s singles final and both Girls’ 18s singles semifinals on Saturday, Aug. 12, and the Girls’ 18s singles final on Sunday, Aug. 13.

This weekend’s Tennis Channel coverage of the USTA Girls’ 16s & 18s National Championships in San Diego will be as follows:

Saturday, Aug. 12 – Girls’ 16s singles final and both Girls’ 18s semifinals 2:30-8:30 p.m. ET (11:30 a.m. -5:30 p.m. PT) immediately following the Rogers Cup from Canada.

Sunday, Aug. 13 – Girls’ 18s singles final 4-6 p.m. ET (1-3 p.m. PT) immediately following the Rogers Cup and Western & Southern first round.

Over 400 girls aged 16 and 18 and under are competing for the title of National Champion, as well as a wild card entry into the Women’s Singles main draw of the US Open (for the 18s Champion) and a wild card into the US Open Junior Championships (for the 16s Champion).  The 18s Doubles Champions will also receive a wild card into the US Open Women’s Doubles main draw.

The Girls’ 16s event concludes with the singles and doubles finals on Saturday Aug. 12. The Girls’ 18s tournament will conclude with the 18s singles championship on Sunday, Aug. 13. Both divisions feature 256-player singles draws with the top 32 players receiving a first-round bye. There will also be 128-team doubles draws with the top 16 teams getting first-round byes.

The starting times for each day this weekend will be as follows:

9 a.m. – Friday, August 11 and Saturday, August 12

10 a.m. – Sunday, August 13

Admission and on-site parking at the Barnes Tennis Center is free each day of the tournament.

USTA Girls’ 16s & 18s Nationals
Barnes Tennis Center, San Diego
Thursday’s Results
Girls’ 18s Singles Round of 16
Ann Li (10), Devon, Pa., def. Usue Arconada (1), Rio Piedras, P.R., 6-4, 6-3
Claire Liu (2), Thousand Oaks, Calif., def. Abigail Forbes (15), Raleigh, N.C., 6-2, 6-2
Ashley Kratzer (3), Newport Beach, Calif., def.  Elysia Bolton (13), Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y., 6-4, 6-0
Ashley Lahey (5), Hawthorne, Calif., def.  Salma Ewing (33), Lakewood, Calif., 6-1, 6-4
Michaela Gordon (6), Saratoga, Calif., def. Elvina Kalieva, Pembroke Pines, Fla., 6-1, 6-2
Whitney Osuigwe (8), Bradenton, Fla., def. Katie Volynets (17), Walnut Creek, Calif., 7-5, 7-6 (3)
Kelly Chen (33), Cerritos, Calif., def. Ellie Douglas (11), McKinney, Texas, 7-6 (4), 6-0
Caty Mcnally (12), Cincinnati, def.  Maria Mateas (4), Braintree, Mass., 4-6, 6-4, 6-1
Girls’ 16s Singles Quarterfinals
Nikki Redelijk (14), Windermere, Fla., def. Fiona Crawley (1), San Antonio, 6-2, 4-6, 6-4
Angelica Blake (9), Boca Raton, Fla., def. Emma Navarro (3), Charleston, S.C., 6-1, 6-2
Connie Ma, Dublin, Calif., def. Lauren Stein (8), Paradise Valley, Ariz., 6-3, 6-4
Sedona Gallagher (4), Henderson, Nev., def. Maggie Cubitt (33), Spartanburg, S.C., 6-2, 7-5

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Liu, Ewing Post Big Wins At Girls’ Hardcourt Nationals http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-in-your-area/san-diego-county-tennis/liu-ewing-post-big-wins-at-girls-hardcourt-nationals/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-in-your-area/san-diego-county-tennis/liu-ewing-post-big-wins-at-girls-hardcourt-nationals/#respond Thu, 10 Aug 2017 03:32:00 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=18709 Read more »]]> It was a big day for Southern California players in an action-packed day at the Barnes Tennis Center as play continued at the prestigious USTA Girls’ 16s & 18s National Championships.

Reigning Wimbledon girls’ singles champion Claire Liu, the No. 2 seed in the Girls’ 18s singles draw, dispatched unseeded Naomi Cheong, a hard-hitting 15-year-old from Las Vegas, 6-3, 6-2 in a fourth-round match that took one-hour and 22 minutes. Afterwards, Liu admitted the match was tougher than the score indicated.

“She’s really good. She can hit a really big ball and she’s also really fast. It was a tough match,” Liu told tournament Press Aide Fred Sidhu. “I didn’t play my best, but being able to get through a really tough match is really positive for me and hopefully as the tournament goes on, I can keep getting a little bit better and better every day.”

Liu will play 15th seeded Abigail Forbes of Raleigh, N.C., in the Round of 16.

Lakewood’s Salma Ewing had a nice upset on Wednesday as she took out Redondo Beach’s No. 9-seeded Taylor Johnson, 7-6 (2), 6-2. Newport Beach’s Ashley Kratzer (No. 3) and Pepperdine sophomore Ashley Lahey (No. 5) of Hawthorne had solid wins to advance, as did Cerritos’ Kelly Chen (33), who upset No. 7 Alexandra Sanford of Ohio, 6-4, 6-1.

All matches played on Stadium Court at the Barnes Tennis Center are available on live streaming. To view matches, go to: www.ustagirlsnationals.com.

Tennis Channel will broadcast the Girls’ 16s singles final and both Girls’ 18s singles semifinals on Saturday, Aug. 12, and the Girls’ 18s singles final on Sunday, Aug. 13.

This weekend’s Tennis Channel coverage of the USTA Girls’ 16s & 18s National Championships in San Diego will be as follows:

Saturday, Aug. 12 – Girls’ 16s singles final and both Girls’ 18s semifinals 2:30-8:30 p.m. ET (11:30 a.m. -5:30 p.m. PT) immediately following the Rogers Cup from Canada.

Sunday, Aug. 13 – Girls’ 18s singles final 4-6 p.m. ET (1-3 p.m. PT) immediately following the Rogers Cup and Western & Southern first round.

The Girls’ 16s event concludes with the singles and doubles finals on Saturday Aug. 12. The Girls’ 18s tournament will conclude with the 18s singles championship on Sunday, Aug. 13.

The starting time for each day of the tournament will be as follows:

8 a.m. – Thursday, August 10

9 a.m. – Friday, August 11 and Saturday, August 12

10 a.m. – Sunday, August 13

Admission and on-site parking at the Barnes Tennis Center is free each day of the tournament.

For complete scores and results, go to:

http://tennislink.usta.com/tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=185581#&&s=8Results0

KALAMAZOO UPDATE: In the Boys’ 18s and 16s National Hardcourt Nationals at Kalamazoo, several Southern California players had big days advancing on in the prestigious event that also has a US Open main draw card on the line in the 18s. This year’s two big Easter Bowl winners from San Diego were victorious in the 18s and 16, respectively, as No. 12 seed Alafia Ayeni of San Diego defeated No. 4 seed Oliver Crawford 6-2, 5-7, 6-3 in the round of 16 on Wednesday. He next faces No. 8 DJ Thomas in the quarterfinals on Thursday. In another Round of 16 matchup, No. 30 seeded Timothy Sah of San Diego fell to JJ Wolf, 6-1, 6-1. In the Boys’ 16s, top-seeded Brandon Nakashima of San Diego eliminated No. 24 seed Spencer Whitaker 6-1, 6-0. He will play No. 6 seed Leighton Allen next. Meanwhile, No. 8 seed Stefan Dostanic of Irvine beat No. 10 seed Tyler Zink 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 and will play No. 2 seed Andrew Dale in the next round.

 

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USTA Girls’ Junior Nationals To Air This Weekend On Tennis Channel http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-in-your-area/san-diego-county-tennis/usta-girls-junior-nationals-to-air-this-weekend-on-tennis-channel/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-in-your-area/san-diego-county-tennis/usta-girls-junior-nationals-to-air-this-weekend-on-tennis-channel/#respond Tue, 08 Aug 2017 22:18:57 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=18570 Read more »]]> The USTA Girls’ 16s & 18s National Championships, which are being played this week at the Barnes Tennis Center in San Diego, will offers fans the opportunity to watch the top junior players in the country as well as providing a peek at the future of American women’s tennis.

This weekend, more fans than ever before will have the chance to watch the action, as Tennis Channel will provide unprecedented coverage of the final two days of the tournament.

The Girls’ 16s singles final and both Girls’ 18s singles semifinals will be broadcast on Saturday, Aug. 12, and the Girls’ 18s singles final will be broadcast on Sunday, Aug. 13.

“This is the first time in the history of this event that matches will be shown on live television,” said Tournament Director Lornie Kuhle. “Fans from around the world who have access to Tennis Channel will be able to watch some great tennis this weekend.”

Kuhle added, “It’s been a groundbreaking year for this tournament with all of the upgrades we’ve made including new sponsors, a video wall, new draw boards and improved seating on Stadium Court, but having Tennis Channel broadcast the final two days takes this event to a whole new level.”

The majority of American players on the women’s professional tour have played in the Girls’ 16s Nationals, which began in 1962, and/or the Girls’ 18s Nationals, which date back to 1918. Past tournament champions include Chris Evert, Tracy Austin, Andrea Jaeger, Zina Garrison, Mary Joe Fernandez, Jennifer Capriati and Lindsay Davenport.

Two recent Girls’ 18s champions also have made great strides as professionals. Last year’s champion Kayla Day (pictured) is currently No. 122 in the WTA rankings, while 2014 champion CiCi Bellis has broken into the Top 50. (She is currently No. 36 in the world.)

The Girls’ 18s singles champion and doubles champions will receive main draw wild cards into this year’s US Open.

This weekend’s Tennis Channel coverage of the USTA Girls’ 16s & 18s National Championships in San Diego will be as follows:

Saturday, Aug. 12 – Girls’ 16s singles final and both Girls’ 18s semifinals 2:30-8:30 p.m. ET (11:30 a.m. -5:30 p.m. PT) immediately following the Rogers Cup from Canada.

Sunday, Aug. 13 – Girls’ 18s singles final 4-6 p.m. ET (1-3 p.m. PT) immediately following the Rogers Cup and Western & Southern first round.

For more on the Tennis Channel broadcasts and live streaming of the 2017 event, visit the USTA Girls’ 16s and 18s Nationals page.

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PAC Southwest Open Heads To Newport Beach http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/adults-seniors/pac-southwest-open-heads-to-newport-beach/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/adults-seniors/pac-southwest-open-heads-to-newport-beach/#comments Tue, 08 Aug 2017 02:18:47 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=18457 Read more »]]> The Palisades Tennis Club will host the 91st Pacific Southwest Open Championships, September 10-17 in Newport Beach.

Men’s Singles and Doubles highlight the annual event which dates back to 1927 – one of the oldest and longest running tournaments in Southern California.

This is the 22nd year the tournament has been held at Palisades.

From Pancho Gonzales to Jimmy Connors, some of the most recognizable players in tennis history have won the Pacific Southwest title. Rod Laver and Bobby Riggs, both inductees to the Southern California Tennis Hall of Fame this October, are also former champions. Ken Stuart, the club’s owner and Pacific Southwest Tournament Director, is also a 2017 inductee.

The tournament (ID# 651756717) features brackets from 30 to 90 years of age, in five-year increments. Entries are accepted until August 31 at 5pm via the USTA’s TennisLink.

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Jim Buck Championships To Be Held Labor Day Weekend http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/newsletter/jim-buck-championships-to-be-held-labor-day-weekend/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/newsletter/jim-buck-championships-to-be-held-labor-day-weekend/#respond Tue, 08 Aug 2017 02:15:21 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=18458 Read more »]]> The Jim Buck Level 1 Team Championships (tournament ID #650021417) will take place this September 2-4, during the Labor Day holiday weekend.

This year, a number of changes are being implemented.

During the selection process, the top sixteen players will be entered based on UTR in each age division, with teams compiled via ‘waterfall’.

Each team includes one boy and one girl from each age division, playing round robin matches consisting of singles, doubles, and mixed doubles. After two days of round robin, the top team from each group will advance on Monday to semifinals and finals.

Each player will play a minimum of three singles and three doubles matches, with the finalists competing in five of each. All players earn SCTA Standings points based on their team finish.

The Jim Buck Team Invitational will take place at four locations, including Costa Mesa Tennis Center, the Racquet Club of Irvine, Great Park in Irvine, and Lakewood Tennis Center. Monday’s final rounds will be held at the Racquet Club.

The Junior Competition Committee looks forward to hosting the event and having a special weekend that incorporates Sportsmanship, TEAM, and Innovation!

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NJTL Kids Day Brings Youngsters To The Game http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/newsletter/njtl-kids-day-brings-youngsters-to-the-game/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/newsletter/njtl-kids-day-brings-youngsters-to-the-game/#respond Tue, 08 Aug 2017 02:13:35 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=18459 Read more »]]> The LA84 Foundation, SCTA Foundation, and NJTL launched a successful Play Day in July at the iTennis Performance Center Whittier Narrows in South El Monte.

About 250 kids were in attendance for the event.

We were very fortunate to have Ken Flanagan as the MC who had a great time with the kids. We also had Bill Leong visiting from the USTA National Diversity and Inclusion Department, who commented that “it was nice to see Ken out with the kids as our MC, enjoying the event as much as the kids.”

It was a great day with music, fun, food, families and friends. According to Evan Smith, Manager of NJTL / Diversity & Inclusion for USTA SoCal, “It was a very successful day. We loved seeing all the kids on the court enjoying the event, and the parents were having as much fun as the kids. A great festive tennis day!”

Dee Henry, an NJTL instructor, added that “everything was very well organized and the kids loved the NJTL instructors and all the fun games.”

During the event, staff and participants learned that longtime USTPA Pro and NJTL instructor Park Cockerill would be retiring after 33 years of service. We want to thank him for all the years of NJTL support and mentoring so many kids during his tenure. We wish him the best of luck in his retirement years!

Thanks to all the NJTL instructors, parents, volunteers, SCTA Community Tennis staff for all their help during the summer season. This program without the support of the instructors and the support of LA84 Foundation, our strong community partner for 32 years, and of course the support of our NJTL families!

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Back to School with TGA Premier Tennis http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/newsletter/back-to-school-with-tga-premier-tennis/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/newsletter/back-to-school-with-tga-premier-tennis/#respond Tue, 08 Aug 2017 02:01:44 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=18461 Read more »]]> The SCTA’s TGA Premier Tennis of the San Fernando Valley is wrapping up summer camp and heading into its 4th year of playground based after school enrichment!

Campers enjoyed a summer of tennis, fitness and fun on courts in Tarzana, Studio City and Northridge.

Activities included weekly matches, Grand Slam and Super Hero theme weeks, STEAM projects and experiments, and “camp fire” stories.

TGA Premier Tennis will be in over 30 PK, elementary and middle schools throughout the San Fernando Valley in the 2017-18 school year. To find out if TGA Premier Tennis is offered at your students’ school and to register, visit www.PlayTGA.com/sfvtennis. If you would like more information about brining TGA Premier tennis to your school campus, please contact us at: PlayTGA@scta.usta.com.

Keep Swinging!®

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Wild Cards Awarded For Upcoming Girls’ National Championships http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/youth-tennis/wild-cards-awarded-for-upcoming-girls-national-championships/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/youth-tennis/wild-cards-awarded-for-upcoming-girls-national-championships/#respond Wed, 02 Aug 2017 01:17:48 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=18040 Read more »]]> Wild Cards Awarded For Upcoming USTA Girls’ 16s & 18s National Championships At San Diego’s Barnes Tennis Center

Tennis Legend Billie Jean King Named Honorary Chair for National Tournament

The United States Tennis Association Girls’ 16s & 18s National Championships has awarded a total of ten wild card entries into the tournament, which is scheduled for August 5-13 at the Barnes Tennis Center at 4490 W. Point Loma Blvd., San Diego, CA, 92107.

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The following players from across the U.S. received a wild card to play in this year’s championships:

Girls’ 18s

  • Naomi Cheong – Las Vegas, Nev.
  • Emma DeCoste – Stuart, Fla.
  • Michaela Gordon – Saratoga, Calif.
  • Victoria Hu – Northborough, Maine
  • Alana Smith – Fort Washington, Md.

Girls’ 16s

  • Najah Dawson – Rosedale, N.Y.
  • Tara Mailk – Secaucus, N.J.
  • Makayla Mills – Wilmington, N.C.
  • Michelle Sorokko – Little Neck, N.Y.
  • Maria Mateas – Braintree, Mass.

Tournament officials also announced that tennis legend Billie Jean King has been named Honorary Chair for this year’s USTA Girls’ 16s & 18s National Championships. King, a 39-time major champion and a former No. 1 player in the world, was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1987.

Billie Jean King – Honorary Chair – USTA Girls’ 16s & 18s National Championships

King defeated Bobby Riggs in one of the greatest moments in sports history – the Battle of the Sexes on September 20, 1973 at the Astrodome in Houston. Actress Emma Stone will portray King in an upcoming movie titled, “Battle of the Sexes,” which will be released in theaters in September. The movie cast includes stars Elisabeth Shue, Steve Carell and Andrea Riseborough.

“We are very proud to have Billie Jean King as the Honorary Chair for our tournament. Over the years, she has been as a great inspiration for so many girls, on and off the tennis court,” said Tournament Director Lornie Kuhle. “Billie Jean is a big supporter of this event and we will always be thankful for her continued involvement and what it brings to this championship.”

Kuhle also said new tournament drawboards, honoring tennis legend Pancho Segura, a San Diego North County resident, will be unveiled on opening day of the tournament. The boards, which measure 10 feet high and 16 feet wide, will allow fans an enhanced opportunity to follow players as well as scores and results in both divisions while attending the tournament.

Pancho Segura Drawboard

To view the full list of competitors in the USTA Girls’ 16s & 18s National Championships, go to:
http://tennislink.usta.com/tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=185581#&&s=5
(List is subject to change.)

Over 400 girls aged 16 and 18 and under will compete for the title of National Champion, as well as a wild card entry into the Women’s Singles main draw of the US Open (for the 18s Champion) and a wild card into the US Open Junior Championships (for the 16s Champion). The 18s Doubles Champions will also receive a wild card into the US Open Women’s Doubles main draw.

The Girls’ 16s event will begin on Saturday, Aug. 5 and conclude with the singles and doubles finals on Saturday Aug. 12. The Girls’ 18s tournament will get underway on Sunday, Aug. 6 and conclude with the 18s singles championship on Sunday, Aug. 13. Both divisions will feature 256-player singles draws with the top 32 players receiving a first-round bye. There will also be 128-team doubles draws with the top 16 teams getting first-round byes.

The starting time for each day of the tournament will be as follows:
8 a.m. – Saturday, August 5 through Wednesday, August 9
8:30 a.m. – Thursday, August 10
9 a.m. – Friday, August 11 and Saturday, August 12
10 a.m. – Sunday, August 13

The Opening Ceremony for the USTA National Girls’ 16s & 18s National Championships is scheduled for 5 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 5 at the Barnes Tennis Center. (All times are PDT.) The scheduled guest speaker is USTA Chief Executive, Community Tennis and USTA National Campus, Kurt Kamperman.

Early-round tournament matches will also be played at San Diego State University’s Aztec Tennis Center, 5375 Remington Rd., San Diego, CA, 92115 and the Balboa Tennis Club, 2221 Morley Field Drive, San Diego, CA 92104 from Saturday, August 5 through Wednesday, August 9.

Admission and on-site parking at the Barnes Tennis Center is free each day of the tournament. For fans watching matches at SDSU and the Balboa Tennis Club, admission is free. There is a nominal charge for on-campus parking at SDSU. Parking regulations at the university will be strictly enforced. Parking is free at the Balboa Tennis Club.

About USTA Girls’ 16s – 18s Nationals:
The USTA Girls’ 16 & 18s National Championships are the premiere hard court tennis tournaments for amateur and professional American girls aged 18 and 16 and under in the United States. In 2010, both age groups began playing their events concurrently at San Diego’s Barnes Tennis Center. Tournament participants, who represent nearly every state in the United States, have been endorsed by their respective USTA Section or have received USTA special exemptions based on their results in qualifying tournaments, junior rankings, or results on the WTA Tour or International Tennis Federation Junior Circuit. Past tournament champions include Chris Evert, Tracy Austin, Andrea Jaeger, Zina Garrison, Mary Jo Fernandez, Jennifer Capriati and Lindsay Davenport.

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SoCal Officials Selected To The 2017 U.S. Open http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/adults-seniors/socal-officials-selected-to-the-2017-u-s-open/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/adults-seniors/socal-officials-selected-to-the-2017-u-s-open/#comments Mon, 31 Jul 2017 17:40:12 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=17951 Read more »]]> USTA National Officiating Department has published the list of Southern California officials selected for the 2017 U.S. Open.

This is the singular highest honor for an American tennis official in the Professional Pathway. For many on this list, it is the result of years of hard work and dedication.

We are all very proud of the significant accomplishment of the following officials Southern California Officials Selected to the 2017 U.S. Open:

John Bramlett
Selwyn Brereton
Bob Christianson
Teri Cohn
Marcos Cook
Sean Cook
James Flood
Holly Haggerty
Steven Hartshorn
Lei Ji
Steve Kasner
David Martinez
Laurel Smith
Jill Spencer
Wayne Spencer
John “Bob” Wiebe

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Champions of SoCal Tennis: Dancing with a Racquet http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-news/champions-of-socal-tennis-dancing-with-a-racquet/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-news/champions-of-socal-tennis-dancing-with-a-racquet/#respond Wed, 26 Jul 2017 18:00:38 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=14172 Read more »]]> ChampsOfTeamSoCalEach week we visit our Champions of Southern California Tennis – those who go above and beyond to promote and grow the game throughout SoCal and beyond. These individuals and organizations deliver the game of tennis to a variety of audiences, often in places where the significance of tennis goes far beyond the court itself. As we share their stories with you, we commend their ongoing efforts to grow the game and make positive, life-changing impacts on those they touch.

The Joy of Athletics Foundation, Inc. has a compelling approach to introducing children to the game of tennis. Through its “Dance of Tennis Program,” children in the inner city (ages of 7-11) are able to play tennis with the incorporation of dance, music, yoga, and visualizations. Along with teaching tennis to children, the program also encourages life skills, such as self-respect, cooperation, and everyday skills. Dance of Tennis emphasizes the aspiration that all participants are able to choose to attend college or another form of higher education.

Dance of Tennis was founded by Dr. Jena Marcovicci in 1991. A former touring pro and sports psychologist, Marcovicci teamed up with LA’s Best After School Enrichment, the University of Southern California, and Volkl Rackets, where the program has been going strong for the past 26 years.

Photo Courtesy of Dance of Tennis

“We want to offer the Dance of Tennis Program to as many kids as possible in order to make Los Angeles the tennis capital of America,” said Dance of Field Director of Los Angeles Margo Marcovicci.

The program provides a captivating way for students to learn the basics of tennis while having fun. It also aspires to “awaken the imagination and ignite a child’s interest in being alive.”

Dance of Tennis instructs participants to view opponents as partners, rather than enemies and demonstrates that there is no such thing as failure, instead encouraging experimentation and taking risks on the tennis court. Dance of Tennis advises children that winning means playing one’s best tennis and not necessarily having the highest score. Of course, the program also wants participants to visualize the mechanics of each stroke and have fun through tennis, music, and dance.

Since its founding, Dance of Tennis has held a training session at the University of Southern California for 25 staff members of LA’s Best. After completing the training, the 25 LA’s Best staff members join the Dance of Tennis team, teaching sixty children the Dance of Tennis at a different school each day for a week. At the end of the week on that Saturday, the University welcomes 150 students to participate in the program on the USC tennis courts.

Tennis has had a positive impact on the creators of Dance of Tennis. They said, “It is the motivating force that inspires us to create a program for teaching tennis to children, kids that might not otherwise get the chance to enjoy our wonderful sport.”

Through this idea, Dance of Tennis Program strives to help children learn to cooperate, trust, and work with other people their age.

 

 

Jeremy Goode

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Grand Slam Junior Champions Highlight Entries At National Championships http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/youth-tennis/grand-slam-junior-champions-highlight-entries-at-national-championships/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/youth-tennis/grand-slam-junior-champions-highlight-entries-at-national-championships/#respond Mon, 24 Jul 2017 21:44:39 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=17285 Read more »]]> Grand Slam Junior Champions Highlight Entries At USTA Girls’ 16s & 18s National Championships, August 5-13, 2017 In San Diego

San Diego County to be Well-Represented With Strong Contingent of Local Players

Wimbledon girls’ champion Claire Liu of Thousand Oaks, Calif., and French Open girls’ champion Whitney Osuigwe of Bradenton, Fla., are among the entries for the upcoming United States Tennis Association Girls’ 16s & 18s National Championships, scheduled for August 5-13 at the Barnes Tennis Center, located at 4490 W. Point Loma Blvd., San Diego, CA, 92107.

Earlier this month, the 17-year old Liu defeated Ann Li, of Devon, Pa., 6-2, 5-7, 6-2, to win the second-ever all-American girls’ singles final at Wimbledon, dating back to 1947. Liu became the first American girls’ singles champion at Wimbledon since Chanda Rubin won the title in 1992.

In June, the 15-year-old Osuigwe beat Liu 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-3 in the second-ever all-American Roland Garros girls’ final in Paris. Osuigwe became just the fourth American to win the French Open girls’ singles title and the first since Jennifer Capriati accomplished the feat in 1989.

This year marks the first time American girls have won the French Open and Wimbledon junior singles titles in the same year since 1981. Liu and Osuigwe will be competing in the Girls’ 18s division at the National Championships in San Diego.

“There is no doubt that it has been a banner year for American junior tennis so far with all of the success we’ve seen at the French Open and Wimbledon,” said Tournament Director Lornie Kuhle. “With the depth of this year’s tournament field, we are expecting an extremely competitive and entertaining week of high-level junior tennis.”

Among the top players entered in this year’s Girls’ 18s division are 15-year-old Amanda Anisimova of Aventura, Fla., and 18-year-old Usue Arconada of Rio Piedras, P.R. Both players have been gaining experience on the USTA Pro Circuit this year. Arconada is ranked No. 237 in the Women’s Tennis Association singles rankings, while Anisimova, the youngest player ranked in the Top 300, is No. 250.

Earlier this year, Anisimova captured the Roland Garros Wild Card Challenge by reaching back-to-back singles finals at the $80K USTA Pro Circuit event in Indian Harbour Beach, Fla., and the $60K USTA Pro Circuit event in Dothan, Ala. She made her main draw Grand Slam debut at the French Open this year, losing in the first round to Kurumi Nara of Japan 3-6, 7-5, 6-4.

To view the full list of competitors in the USTA Girls’ 16s & 18s National Championships, go to:
http://tennislink.usta.com/tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=185581#&&s=5
(List is subject to change)

Over 400 girls aged 16 and 18 and under will compete for the title of National Champion, as well as a wild card entry into the Women’s Singles main draw of the US Open (for the 18s Champion) and a wild card into the US Open Junior Championships (for the 16s Champion). The 18s Doubles Champions will also receive a wild card into the US Open Women’s Doubles main draw.

A strong contingent of local players is also entered in this year’s tournament. Among the local entries is Nicole Mossmer of La Jolla, Calif., last year’s Girls’ 16s National Champion, who is competing in the Girl’s 18s Division this year, and Jennifer Kerr of Carlsbad, Calif., a two-time CIF San Diego Section singles champion. The following are entries from San Diego County:

GIRLS’ 18s

Julia Deming — Fallbrook, Calif. Jennifer Kerr— Carlsbad, Calif.
Emily Dush — Chula Vista, Calif. Nicole Mossmer — La Jolla, Calif.
Paulina Ferrari, San Diego Jennifer Richards — San Diego
Haley Giavara — San Diego Julia Ronney — San Diego
Julia Haynes — San Diego Hannah Zhao — San Diego
Cali Jankowski — Carlsbad, Calif.,

GIRLS’ 16s

Elizabeth Goldsmith — Chula Vista, Calif. Britt Pursell — Oceanside, Calif.
Giulia Hayer — San Diego Sophie Raiszadeh — Rancho Santa Fe,Calif.
Amy Huang — San Diego Winta Woldeab — La Mesa, Calif.

The Girls’ 16s event will begin on Saturday, Aug. 5 and conclude with the singles and doubles finals on Saturday Aug. 12. The Girls’ 18s tournament will get underway on Sunday, Aug. 6 and conclude with the 18s singles championship on Sunday, Aug. 13. Both divisions will feature 256-player singles draws with the top 32 players receiving a first-round bye. There will also be 128-team doubles draws with the top 16 teams getting first-round byes.

The starting time for each day of the tournament will be as follows:
8 a.m. – Saturday, August 5 through Wednesday, August 9
8:30 a.m. – Thursday, August 10
9 a.m. – Friday, August 11 and Saturday, August 12
10 a.m. – Sunday, August 13

The Opening Ceremony for the USTA National Girls’ 16s & 18s National Championships is scheduled for 5 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 5 at the Barnes Tennis Center. (All times are PDT.)

Early-round tournament matches will also be played at San Diego State University’s Aztec Tennis Center, 5375 Remington Rd., San Diego, CA, 92115 and the Balboa Tennis Club, 2221 Morley Field Drive, San Diego, CA 92104 from Saturday, August 5 through Wednesday, August 9.

Admission and on-site parking at the Barnes Tennis Center is free each day of the tournament. For fans watching matches at SDSU and the Balboa Tennis Club, admission is free. There is a nominal charge for on-campus parking at SDSU. Parking regulations at the university will be strictly enforced. Parking is free at the Balboa Tennis Club.

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Harrison Leads Aviators To 18-17 Victory Over Springfield http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/socal-pro-tennis/harrison-leads-aviators-to-18-17-victory-over-springfield/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/socal-pro-tennis/harrison-leads-aviators-to-18-17-victory-over-springfield/#respond Fri, 21 Jul 2017 00:31:15 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=16979 Read more »]]> Rogers and Jurak Score 5-4 Victory in Women’s Doubles

Ryan Harrison continued to play clutch tennis this season as he led the defending Mylan World TeamTennis champion San Diego Aviators to an exciting 18-17 victory over the visiting Springfield Lasers on Tuesday night at Omni La Costa Resort & Spa.

Harrison and Raven Klaasen gave the Aviators an early lead as they opened the match with an impressive 5-1 victory over Jean-Julien Rojer and Benjamin Becker of the Lasers in Men’s Doubles.

However, Springfield roared back to take an 11-8 lead at halftime as 2010 French Open champion Francesca Schiavone defeated Shelby Rogers of the Aviators 5-2 in Women’s Singles, and Jean-Julien Rojer and Abigail Spears dominated Klaasen and Darija Jurak 5-1 in Mixed Doubles.

In the fourth set of the evening, Rogers and Jurak overcame a 4-2 deficit in Women’s Doubles and came back to score a 5-4 victory over Schiavone and Spears to cut Springfield’s lead to 15-13.

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Jul 27, 2015; San Diego, CA:

“I just told myself to be aggressive. Those girls (Schiavone and Spears) were playing unbelievable. You have to be the one that steps up on those deciding points. You just have to go for it, and it worked out,” Rogers said. “We come together every night. I was a little down in the singles, but they helped me through. That’s what it’s all about.”

With the Aviators trailing 15-13 going into the final set, Harrison faced Becker in Men’s Singles. After holding serve through the first five games, Harrison scored the critical service break in the sixth game to take a 4-2 lead as Becker hit a cross court forehand wide on break point.

That was all Harrison needed as he served an ace at 2-0 to get to match point and then slammed a service winner to clinch the victory for the Aviators, who improved to 2-0 in the 2017 WTT campaign.

“I’ve been playing well all year. It really started around this time last year in World TeamTennis. My energy has been really good and very positive,” said Harrison, who credits WTT for lifting the level of his game. “I love the crowd. The DJ fires me up out there and plays some country music for me. The whole team atmosphere is great and it’s just hard not to be in a positive frame of mind.”

TURNING POINT: In the fourth set of the evening, the Aviators trailed the Lasers 4-2 in Women’s Doubles and faced a set point on a 3-3 point in the eighth game. Shelby Rogers nailed a brilliant down the line backhand winner to win the games and get back on serve at 3-4. Rogers and Darija Jurak eventually won the set 5-4 over Francesca Schiavone / Abigail Spears to pull San Diego within two games of the Lasers at 15-13.

NEXT ON: The Aviators travel to Washington D.C. on Thursday to take on Bob and Mike Bryan and the Washington Kastles at 7:00pm Eastern at Kastles Stadium at the Smith Center on the campus of George Washington University. Follow results on WTT.com/scores or www.sandiegoaviators.com. The match will be broadcast live on ESPN3.

About the San Diego Aviators:
The San Diego Aviators, which are owned by local residents Fred Luddy and Jack McGrory, return for their fourth Mylan World TeamTennis season. For the third consecutive year, they will make their home venue at the Omni La Costa Resort & Spa in Carlsbad, Calif. After posting an 8-6 record to finish the 2016 season in first place, the Aviators captured their first Mylan World TeamTennis championship, defeating the Orange County Breakers 25-14 in the Mylan WTT Finals at the historic Forest Hills Stadium at The West Side Tennis Club in Forest Hills, N.Y.

 

San Diego Aviators 18, Springfield Lasers 17

Men’s Doubles
Raven Klaasen/ Ryan Harrison (San Diego Aviators) def. Jean-Julien Rojer / Benjamin Becker (Springfield Lasers), 5-1

Women’s Singles
Francesca Schiavone (Springfield Lasers) def. Shelby Rogers (San Diego Aviators), 5-2

Mixed Doubles
Jean-Julien Rojer / Abigail Spears (Springfield Lasers) def. Raven Klaasen / Darija Jurak (San Diego Aviators), 5-1

Women’s Doubles
Darija Jurak / Shelby Rogers (San Diego Aviators) def. Francesca Schiavone / Abigail Spears (Springfield Lasers), 5-4

Men’s Singles
Ryan Harrison (San Diego Aviators) def. Benjamin Becker (Springfield Lasers), 5-2

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Aviators Win Comeback Thriller Over Breakers In Home Opener http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/socal-pro-tennis/aviators-win-comeback-thriller-over-breakers-in-home-opener/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/socal-pro-tennis/aviators-win-comeback-thriller-over-breakers-in-home-opener/#respond Tue, 18 Jul 2017 17:25:39 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=16787 Read more »]]> Ryan Harrison Wins Singles and Doubles to Lead Aviators to 17-14 Victory

The defending Mylan World TeamTennis champion San Diego Aviators staged an incredible comeback on Sunday night to win their home opener at the Omni La Costa Resort & Spa with a thrilling 17-14 victory over the Orange County Breakers.

Playing before a capacity crowd of 1,550, the first sellout in franchise history, the Aviators fell behind the Breakers 10-2 after dropping the Mixed Doubles and Women’s Doubles sets by identical 5-1 scores.

In Men’s Doubles, Ryan Harrison, the 2016 WTT Male MVP, and Raven Klaasen sparked San Diego’s comeback as they used strong service returns and excellent net play to defeat Ken Skupski and Teymuraz Gabashvili of the Breakers 5-1.

Following halftime, with the Breakers leading 11-7, Shelby Rogers of the Aviators took on five-time Grand Slam singles champion Maria Sharapova in Women’s Singles. After falling in a tough three-setter to top-seeded Angelique Kerber in the third round at Wimbledon, Rogers looked forward to playing Sharapova, a former No. 1 player in the world.

Rogers, a resident of Charleston, S.C., took advantage of the opportunity and delighted the home crowd with a hard-fought 5-3 victory over Sharapova. With the Breakers holding a slim 14-12 lead, it was time for Men’s Singles in the fifth and final set of the night.

Harrison showed why he is currently ranked No. 40 in the ATP World Tour singles rankings as he played near-perfect tennis in Men’s Singles, scoring a commanding 5-0 victory over Gabashvili to complete the Aviators comeback win.

“We had good energy. We started down early, but we stayed positive. We just went out there one set at a time and tried to put as many games on the board. Even when we were down, the crowd picked us up. It was a really fun atmosphere,” said Harrison. “I’m happy to be back in San Diego and looking forward to try and bring another title.”

The victory was especially sweet for Rogers, who enjoys the Mylan WTT experience. “It’s so great to be back. I was fired up to be competing alongside these amazing people. Last year we really became a family and it’s so nice to have them by my side again,” she said.

TURNING POINT: With the Breakers leading 14-11, late in the fourth set of the evening, Shelby Rogers cracked a perfectly executed down the line forehand winner on set point to win the Women’s Singles set 5-3 over Sharapova and pull the Aviators within two games of the Breakers at 14-12. The victory in Women’s Singles set up Ryan Harrison to complete the comeback in Men’s Singles.

NEXT ON: The Aviators will host former French Open champion Francesca Schiavone and the Springfield Lasers on Tuesday at 7:00pm Pacific at the Omni La Costa Resort & Spa in Carlsbad, Calif. Follow results on WTT.com/scores or www.sandiegoaviators.com. Live streaming of the match can be viewed at: http://www.sandiegoaviators. com/pages/live

About the San Diego Aviators:
The San Diego Aviators, which are owned by local residents Fred Luddy and Jack McGrory, return for their fourth Mylan World TeamTennis season. For the third consecutive year, they will make their home venue at the Omni La Costa Resort & Spa in Carlsbad, Calif. After posting an 8-6 record to finish the 2016 season in first place, the Aviators captured their first Mylan World TeamTennis championship, defeating the Orange County Breakers 25-14 in the Mylan WTT Finals at the historic Forest Hills Stadium at The West Side Tennis Club in Forest Hills, N.Y.

For additional information on the San Diego Aviators, visit www.sandiegoaviators.com.

About Mylan World TeamTennis:
Mylan World TeamTennis showcases the best in professional tennis with the innovative team format co-founded by Billie Jean King in the 1970s. Recognized as the leader in professional team tennis competition, Mylan WTT features many of the world’s best players competing annually for the King Trophy, the League’s championship trophy named after King.

Since the League’s debut, virtually every major champion of the Open era has played Mylan WTT, including Andre Agassi, Venus and Serena Williams, Pete Sampras, Stefanie Graf, Andy Roddick, Kim Clijsters, Bob and Mike Bryan, Martina Hingis, Maria Sharapova, Lindsay Davenport, John McEnroe, Jimmy Connors, Martina Navratilova, and Chris Evert.

In July 2015, Mylan WTT became the fifth major professional team sports league in the U.S. to reach the 40th season milestone. In 2017, team owners Mark Ein and Fred Luddy acquired majority ownership of the organization. Learn more about the history and league champions of World TeamTennis at http://www.wtt.com/history.

San Diego Aviators 17, Orange County Breakers 14

Mixed Doubles
Ken Skupski / Andreja Klepac (Orange County Breakers) def. Raven Klaasen / Darija Jurak (San Diego Aviators) 5-1

Women’s Doubles
Maria Sharapova / Andreja Klepac (Orange County Breakers) def. Darija Jurak / Shelby Rogers (San Diego Aviators) 5-1

Men’s Doubles
Ryan Harrison / Raven Klaasen (San Diego Aviators) def. Ken Skupski / Teymuraz Gabashvili (Orange County Breakers) 5-1

Women’s Singles
Shelby Rogers (San Diego Aviators) def. Maria Sharapova (Orange County Breakers) 5-3

Men’s Singles
Ryan Harrison (San Diego Aviators) def. Teymuraz Gabashvili (Orange County Breakers) 5-0
2017 AVIATORS SCHEDULE AND RESULTS

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San Diego Teen Makes National Debut in USA Junior Tennis http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-news/san-diego-teen-makes-national-debut-in-usa-junior-tennis/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-news/san-diego-teen-makes-national-debut-in-usa-junior-tennis/#respond Mon, 17 Jul 2017 17:56:29 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=16561 Read more »]]> Siem “Sam” Woldeab picked up a tennis racket at age 7 as a fun summer activity. His family lived across the street from the Helix Charter High School tennis courts, so it was an easy choice. After a few lessons, however, he knew tennis was his sport.  Recently, the United States Tennis Association’s Player Development program confirmed that choice as Woldeab was one of eight top U.S. players named to the 2017 USA National Junior Team.

Woldeab, 15, is a sophomore at Helix High and a San Diego standout.  He is ranked No. 2 in both the U.S. and Southern California in the Boys’ 16’s Division.  As a USA National Junior Team member, he will receive training opportunities, coaching, and travel assistance to play select USTA National Championships and ITF junior tournaments this summer.

“I really want to go pro,” said Woldeab, a 6-foot 1-inch teen from La Mesa. “I know it will be hard but I have the drive.”

In 2008, Siem joined clinics led by Coach Lois Szepaniak and Coach Stan Jefferson at the East County Community Tennis Association Junior Programs. He also occasionally played in the site’s NJTL classes and on Junior Team Tennis squads. It was clear this was a life changing opportunity.

Coach Stan Jefferson and Siem Woldeab.

“In the beginning Siem was just like all of the other kids,” Szepaniak said. “After his first season of Junior Team Tennis, he fell in love with the game. He knew this was going to be a big part of his life. You could just see it when he played. He had passion and that made the difference.”

Woldeab is a first generation American born child to immigrant parents from Eritea, East Africa. His father, Tewolde “Ted”, and mother, Semainesh, have worked hard to give Siem and his 13 year-old sister, Winta, the opportunity to play tennis. Ted is a taxi driver on the graveyard shift, and Semainesh is an accountant, who works a traditional a day shift. They are firm believers in the importance of education. During the summers, they tutor their children and prepare them for the next grade level in many core classes. As a result, Woldeab maintains a 4.6 GPA with challenging courses.

“Our plan is never to leave the kids by themselves,” Ted said. “We are there first to keep them out of trouble, and second, to help them get an education with a scholarship.  If it works out they play professional tennis that is a gift.”

Siem plays tennis twice daily with Coach Stan Jefferson at Martin Luther King Park. They meet before school from 6 to 7:30am, and again after school from 4 to 6pm four days a week. The technical support from Jefferson and family help at home has given Siem the confidence to succeed. His current goal is to win the USTA National Boys’ 16’s Hardcourt Championships this summer.

 

“All I did was to create an environment to help him develop into a world class athlete,” said Jefferson, who has coached Siem for 8 years. “This is available to all of the kids in my program but Siem has taken my message to heart. I credit his success to personal drive and inspiration.”

Woldeab’s dedication and commitment is also evident to Helix Charter High Varsity Boys’ Coach Jay Diaz. As a freshman, Woldeab was the Valley League singles champion and the player of the year. He was undefeated in league play.

“If you go to high school it is a responsibility to give back and make your school look good,” Woldeab said. “It’s fun and it helps my team. I am always willing to play when they need me.”

Diaz said Woldeab has a mature tennis game with a level head. He is well-rounded and never tires on the court. He is the quintessential team player with a positive attitude.

“Siem doesn’t stress about anything,” Diaz said. “He is calm and patient. He’s a strategist and thinks three shots down the road. He was blessed with the perfect mindset and the ability to play the game. You can’t teach him, you can only mold him.”

If professional tennis doesn’t work out right away, however, Woldeab has a great back up plan, one that is more aligned with his parent’s goals for him.

“I’d love to go to Stanford University,” said Woldeab. “It would be a dream to play tennis there and get a great education. Then when I’m ready I could become a professional. So I guess it could all work out either way.”

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TeamSoCal Spotlight: NJTL’s John Thomas http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-in-your-area/los-angeles-county-tennis/teamsocal-spotlight-njtls-john-thomas/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-in-your-area/los-angeles-county-tennis/teamsocal-spotlight-njtls-john-thomas/#respond Thu, 13 Jul 2017 18:11:54 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=16206 Read more »]]> ChampsOfTeamSoCalTalk about humble beginnings learning the game of tennis, John Thomas has us all beat.

The 46-year-old PTR certified tennis instructor from Koreatown first checked out the courts in his neighborhood just north of downtown L.A. in his young 20s. A former star athlete from North Carolina, Thomas became infatuated with the game after a being called out on a bet from his best friend’s sister that she could beat him in a game of tennis.

Soon after, Thomas met his first tennis instructor David Smith, who invited him to attend some of his NJTL youth clinics. Thomas also received weekly half-hour lessons free from Smith in exchange for helping with the clinics.

“I must have set some kind of record,” Thomas recalls fondly. “It was a humbling experience being in there with 9 and 10 year olds. I was 22 years old and in the NJTL program for six weeks, twice a week. I even paid my $7. I figure I paid $7 and got a life worth of experiences for that.”

Thomas, who has been teaching tennis full-time since 1995, currently runs NJTL and tennis programming at four sites: Shatto Park, Echo Park, Montecito Heights Recreation Center, and Griffith Park.

He is an ardent supporter of NJTL and all it stands for. “This is the best program I’ve seen in tennis that helps the kids,” Thomas said of the NJTL program. “It works, and I’d like to see a lot more like them. If the kids can’t afford the fee for the classes then we don’t turn them down.”

He continued: “No one here is trying to make a forehand factory. The kids are actually learning other things besides tennis. They are learning to set goals, and learning life skills. They are learning to use their brain as they play, and the tennis helps them in school and with their social life. If we get a kid to use anything we taught them on the tennis court, and carry it off the court, then we have done our job.”

Thomas, who spends an average of eight to 12 hours on the court each day, is grateful for the opportunity to teach tennis. “I’m just happy that they let me be a part of it,” he said. “I’ll probably do this for as long as I’m blessed to do it. I actually love what I do. I guess I’m of that mindset where if you love what you do, you never work a day in your life. So I guess I won’t be working anymore because I love what I do.”

Thomas can remember watching a young Venus and Serena Williams hit ball after ball on nearby courts, and even drew crowds at the age of eight and nine years old. “It’s nothing you forget, especially seeing two young girls,” Thomas said. “There was nothing about them that told you they were going to be hanging out at the park hitting tennis balls for the rest of their lives. Those girls were built to win, and they showed it at an early age.”

He continued: “The kids always ask me about Venus and Serena because I’m black. I’ve always said every kid has that potential, they just have to tap into it.”

Some of Thomas’ kids have done just that, including Donovan Kim, who went to the University of Florida with a goal in mind: buy his mother a house by the time he graduated. “And he did it,” Thomas said. “And now he’s in graduate school in New York.”
Thomas welcomes Kim back every time he’s in town to tell the kids about the day he learned his volley lesson.

“We were learning how to volley correctly and I said don’t swing at the volley,” Thomas said. “Somewhere in his mind he thought he was a professional volleyer and he wanted to swing. Well, he decided to swing and I hit the ball right at him and it hit him in the face. He rolled around for about 10 minutes crying. And I asked him one simple question: ‘Whose fault was it that you got hit by the ball.’ He got up and said, ‘Well you hit the ball at me.’ And he thought about it and finally said, ‘because I swung when I shouldn’t have been.’ And I asked why and he said, ‘because it’s a volley and not a swing.’ And I said ‘OK, Donovan, now we can get to work as coach and student now.”

And you have a feeling there are 20 more of these stories waiting to be told.

Steve Pratt

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Chase Return the Serve Event is Friday at StubHub http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-in-your-area/los-angeles-county-tennis/chase-return-the-serve-event-is-friday-at-stubhub/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-in-your-area/los-angeles-county-tennis/chase-return-the-serve-event-is-friday-at-stubhub/#respond Thu, 13 Jul 2017 17:53:45 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=16386 Read more »]]> The Chase Return the Serve Fun Day event returns to Los Angeles for the fourth straight year on Friday, July 14, at StubHub Center in Carson.

First Break Academy, in partnership with JP Morgan Chase Bank and the USTA Foundation, will serve as the local L.A. host of the event, which is a celebration of Chase’s continued commitment to the USTA Foundation and to the National Junior Tennis & Learning Network. The USTA announced earlier this week that the USTA Foundation, in partnership with Chase, is contributing $100,000 total to 10 NJTL chapters nationwide. 

First Break Academy based in Carson was one of the 10 NJTL programs awarded a $10,000 grant from the USTA Foundation, the national charitable organization of the USTA.

Former World No. 1 and five-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova, a local Manhattan Beach resident and friend of First Break Academy, will be on hand for a short time to lend her support to the event on Friday.

“I love the game of tennis and anything that brings more kids into the game, and that’s what the Chase Return the Serve Fun Day event is all about,” Sharapova said. “I’m happy to be here, and show my support for First Break and their effort to give kids an opportunity to play.”

Orange County native and popular ATP pro Steve Johnson will join in the fun on Friday. Currently ranked No. 31 in the ATP World Tour rankings, Johnson said he’s happy to help out during the Chase Return the Serve Fun Day.

“First Break Academy has reached a lot of the local kids living right there in Carson, and every time I am there training it looks like everyone is having a great time,” Johnson said. “For a lot of current pros like me, we were once these kids. So to have a few pros come out to help during this event, and perhaps inspire a future generation of tennis players, is really a privilege.”

Joining fellow former Olympians Sharapova and Johnson on the courts Friday will be ATP stars Jared Donaldson (ATP ranked No. 67), and Southern California’s Ernesto Escobedo (No. 74), as well as 4X US Olympic medalist in Track & Field, Steve Lewis, and fellow track & field Olympians Danny Evertt and Kevin Young and many others, including Carson Mayor Pro Tem Lula Davis-Holmes, who is currently serving her third term on the Carson City Council.

Opening Ceremonies to kick off the day will take place at the Velo Sports Center at StubHub Center. First Break Academy co-founders Rick Buchta and Peggy Bott chose to highlight the Velo Center as a theme for the day as it played host to the cycling events at the L.A. Games in 1984, and could be used as a potential site if Los Angeles was to get the Games again in 2024.

The Chase Return the Serve Fun event will take place in 10 cities across the nation on Friday.

“Chase has been an outstanding supporter and partner of the USTA Foundation, and we can’t thank them enough for these generous grants,” said Dan Faber, Executive Director, USTA Foundation. “We are fortunate to have Chase continue to invest in our participants on and off the tennis court. Our partnership with Chase helps deserving youth to excel academically, through tennis, and ultimately through life.”

“It’s important that we equip our kids with the skills they need to succeed at a young age, most importantly through education and physical activity,” said Barbara Paddock, Managing Director for Sports and Entertainment at JPMorgan Chase. “As a sponsor of the US Open for 36 years, we’re proud to support the USTA Foundation and its NJTL programs’ mission to help today’s youth build confidence, camaraderie, and ultimately pursue their dreams.”

Friday’s schedule includes:

9 a.m.: Check-in at Velo Sports Center at StubHub Center

10 a.m.: Opening Ceremonies at Velo Sports Center

Note: National Anthem will be sung by LAUSD teacher Lisa Fulbright

10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Tennis games, music, dance, ace and hit for prizes.

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San Diego Aviators Announce Theme Nights And Promotions For Home Matches http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/socal-pro-tennis/san-diego-aviators-announce-theme-nights-and-promotions-for-home-matches/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/socal-pro-tennis/san-diego-aviators-announce-theme-nights-and-promotions-for-home-matches/#respond Thu, 13 Jul 2017 07:22:44 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=16718 Read more »]]> Mylan WTT Champion San Diego Aviators Announce Theme Nights And Promotions For All Seven Home Matches At Omni La Costa Resort & Spa

Fans Encouraged to Arrive Early to Receive Promotional Items and Enjoy Pre-Match Festivities

The defending Mylan World TeamTennis champion San Diego Aviators have announced theme nights and promotions for all seven of their home matches at the Omni La Costa Resort & Spa, 2100 Costa Del Mar Road, Carlsbad, Calif., 92009.

The home opener on Sunday, July 16 has been designated as “Rivalry Night,” as the Aviators begin their 2017 campaign against former World No. 1 Maria Sharapova and their Southern California rival the Orange County Breakers from Newport Beach, Calif., at 6 p.m.

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Tuesday, July 18 will be “Championship Celebration Night” as the Aviators host the Springfield Lasers at 7 p.m. and celebrate the 2016 WTT Championship they captured last August in Forest Hills, N.Y. Fans will have the opportunity to have their picture taken with the coveted King Trophy, which was designed by Tiffany.

It will be “Family Night” on Saturday, July 22 when the Aviators play the Springfield Lasers at 7 p.m. Children attending the match can join in the fun at the interactive Kids’ Zone. Kids will also have the opportunity to collect player autographs during an autograph session.

On Sunday, July 23, the Aviators will take on the visiting New York Empire at 6 p.m. as they recognize the dedicated service of our teachers, police, firefighters and members of the military on “Salute to Public Service Night.” A ticket discount for those in public service is available when purchasing tickets at www.sandiegoaviators.com. Enter code: Salute10 to receive a 10 percent discount.

The Aviators host the Orange County Breakers on Tuesday, July 25 at 7 p.m. on “Latin Night.” Fans can enjoy the vibrant sounds of Latin music and Happy Hour drink specials.

On Tuesday, August 1, the Aviators will face the visiting Philadelphia Freedoms on “Salute to Ladies Night,” which will celebrate Women in Sports. A special tribute video that includes highlights of the 1973 Battle of the Sexes match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs will be shown.

The Aviators will close out the regular season with “Fan Appreciation Night” on Wednesday, August 2 against the Washington Kastles at 7 p.m. The Aviators will thank their fans with free giveaways.

Gates will open one hour before the start of each match. A free Aviators promotional item will be distributed to the first 300 fans entering the gates at each home match during the season.

“We really want our spectators to have a great fan experience when they come to the Omni La Costa Resort & Spa to watch our matches this season,” said San Diego Aviators General Manager Jim Ault. “We encourage fans to arrive early to receive promotional items and enjoy great food, along with all of the pre-match festivities.”

For the complete schedule, please go to: http://www.sandiegoaviators.com/schedule. Tickets start at $25 per match. VIP and season tickets are also available. For ticket information, contact (888) 774-0110 or Tickets@sandiegoaviators.com. Fans can also save $2 on parking by purchasing a parking pass online.

The top two teams from the 2017 regular season will advance to the Mylan WTT Finals, which is scheduled for 8 p.m. (PT) on Saturday, August 5, at Omni La Costa Resort & Spa in Carlsbad, Calif. The Mylan WTT Finals will air live on ESPN3 with ESPN2 also joining the coverage.

About the San Diego Aviators:
The San Diego Aviators, which are owned by local residents Fred Luddy and Jack McGrory, return for their fourth Mylan World TeamTennis season. For the third consecutive year, they will make their home venue at the Omni La Costa Resort & Spa in Carlsbad, Calif. After posting an 8-6 record to finish the 2016 season in first place, the Aviators captured their first Mylan World TeamTennis championship, defeating the Orange County Breakers 25-14 in the Mylan WTT Finals at the historic Forest Hills Stadium at The West Side Tennis Club in Forest Hills, N.Y.

For additional information on the San Diego Aviators, visit www.sandiegoaviators.com.

About Mylan World TeamTennis:

Mylan World TeamTennis showcases the best in professional tennis with the innovative team format co-founded by Billie Jean King in the 1970s. Recognized as the leader in professional team tennis competition, Mylan WTT features many of the world’s best players competing annually for the King Trophy, the League’s championship trophy named after King.

Since the League’s debut, virtually every major champion of the Open era has played Mylan WTT, including Andre Agassi, Venus and Serena Williams, Pete Sampras, Stefanie Graf, Andy Roddick, Kim Clijsters, Bob and Mike Bryan, Martina Hingis, Maria Sharapova, Lindsay Davenport, John McEnroe, Jimmy Connors, Martina Navratilova, and Chris Evert.

In July 2015, Mylan WTT became the fifth major professional team sports league in the U.S. to reach the 40th season milestone. In 2017, team owners Mark Ein and Fred Luddy acquired majority ownership of the organization. Learn more about the history and league champions of World TeamTennis at http://www.wtt.com/history.

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Adult June 2017 Tournament Wrap-up http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/adults-seniors/adult-june-2017-tournament-wrap-up/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/adults-seniors/adult-june-2017-tournament-wrap-up/#respond Tue, 11 Jul 2017 02:34:44 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=16179 Read more »]]> 21st Annual Southern California Wheelchair Sectional

Players from Arizona, Northern California, San Diego and the greater LA area competed in Open, A, B and C divisions at the Lakewood Tennis Center on June 3 & 4, 2017. The two day tournament welcomed new players as well as returning experienced players. There were no easy wins in any of the divisions as many matches went to the 3rd set Tiebreak to determine the winner.

One of the unique experiences in Wheelchair Tennis is the camaraderie of the players off the court. A special thanks goes to Jeffrey Lee and Andrew Lee who arrived early on Sunday and organized all of the sport wheelchairs for the competitors.

Thanks to Steve Weaver and Cari Buck for providing a free clinic on Sunday afternoon for new players.

Congratulations to the following champions and finalists:

SINGLES

  • Open – Marcus Causton d. Don Beardon
  • A – Jose Estrada d. Don Larson
  • B – Zachary West d. Tam Albertson
  • C – Henry Reyes d. Juan Solis

DOUBLES

  • Open – RR Champions-Don Beardon/Marcus Causton ; Finalists – A. Moon/M. Weise
  • A – Michael Garafola/Jose Estrada d. Devin Eshelman/Don Larson
  • B – Michael Smith/Jimmy Sutandar d. Jerry Russell/Tam Albertson
  • C – Henry Reyes/Paul Shin d. Matthew Anderson/Juan Solis

31st Annual Southern California NTRP Sectional

Men and women from across Southern California tested their skills against similarly rated players in this year’s championship. NTRP tournament players accumulate Grand Prix points during the year which may lead to an invitation to the NTRP Grand Prix Masters for the top eight players in each division.

Congratulations to Joanne Le for winning the TennisWarehouse Sportsmanship $25 Gift Card Award.

 Congratulations to the following champions and finalists:

SINGLES

  • Men 3.5 – Grady Shon d. Luiz Payne
  • Men 4.0 – Steven Lindenfelser d. Sammy Kawamura
  • Men 4.5 – Joel Diaz d. Richard Layon
  • Men 5.0 – Tony Hsu d. Peter Hariri
  • Men 5.5 – Quynh Tran d. Konstantin Lazarov
  • Women 3.5 – RR –Champion: Ester Fungladda; Finalist: Karen Bronson
  • Women 4.0 – Laura Zoelle d. Stephanie Newell

DOUBLES

  • MEN 4.5 – RR – Champions: U. Shahid/A. Chen; Finalists: J. Skibel/F. Zuliani
  • MIXED 4.5 – S. Cheah/U. Shahid d. A. Lean/B. Andriamahefa

Wilson Fast4 Inland Empire Grand Prix

A new format tournament series was introduced in June that provides fun and competition in a one-day round robin format. Fast 4 uses No-Ad scoring, 4 – point games, and 4-game sets. 2 out of 3 sets complete the match. The Round Robin format provides lots of tennis for everyone in this 1-day event..

The kickoff was held at Canyon Crest Country Club in Riverside. Players competed at the 3.0, 3.5, 4.0 and 4.5 singles levels and combined ratings 7.0, 8.0 and 9.0 in doubles.

The series continues on July 1 in Temecula, July 15th in San Bernardino, and July 29th in Victorville. Players accumulate Grand Prix points for their matches. The Grand Finale for tournament winners and the highest point getters is on August 19th at the Canyon Crest Country Club in Riverside. Awards and a BBQ will cap off the day.

For further information contact either Linda Milan at lmilan@scta.usta.com or Scott Smith at ssmith34@verizon.net.

Photo Gallery: 21st Annual Southern California Wheelchair Sectional

Photo Gallery: 31st Annual Southern California NTRP Sectional

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