Tennis In Your Area – Southern California Tennis News http://southerncaliforniatennis.org Tennis News, Events, Community Activities, Tournaments Wed, 18 Oct 2017 19:42:37 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.2 Don’t Miss The Wilson Fast4 1-Day Tournaments http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/adults-seniors/dont-miss-the-wilson-fast4-1-day-tournaments/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/adults-seniors/dont-miss-the-wilson-fast4-1-day-tournaments/#respond Tue, 17 Oct 2017 17:03:51 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=21118

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Wilson Fast4 1-Day Tournaments Come To Beach Cities http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-news/wilson-fast4-1-day-tournaments-come-to-beach-cities/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-news/wilson-fast4-1-day-tournaments-come-to-beach-cities/#respond Fri, 13 Oct 2017 23:28:42 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=21097 Read more »]]> Fast4 is an exciting new ONE DAY Round Robin format vs. the traditional Single Elimination format.

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

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

Download Wilson Fast4 1-Day Tournaments Flyer

All matches will count towards Rankings and receive Grand Prix points. (Click to  access info:http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-news/scta-adjusts-grand-prix-points-for-new-format-tournaments/ for further details on GP points.)

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

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

Wilson FAST4 – Beach Cities Grand Prix Series

Here are the dates/locations

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

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

ENTER AT: http://tennislink.usta.com/tournaments

For more information contact the Tournament Director or Linda Milan at the USTA Southern California office: 310-824-5139 or lmilan@scta.usta.com

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San Diego Collegiate Coaches Make History in the District Championships http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/adults-seniors/san-diego-collegiate-coaches-make-history-in-the-district-championships/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/adults-seniors/san-diego-collegiate-coaches-make-history-in-the-district-championships/#respond Fri, 06 Oct 2017 01:43:35 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=21069 Read more »]]> It was history in the making as age and experience reigned at the 89th Annual San Diego District Championships at Balboa Tennis Club.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For the full tournament results, go to http://tennislink.usta.com/Tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=190364#&&s=7Draws38.

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Cal Poly Students Hit the Courts on the Central Coast http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/newsletter/cal-poly-students-hit-the-courts-on-the-central-coast/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/newsletter/cal-poly-students-hit-the-courts-on-the-central-coast/#respond Fri, 06 Oct 2017 01:40:00 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=21067 Read more »]]> By Nancy Abrams

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Adult League Tennis/Young Adult Programs/ Tennis on Campus opportunities, contact
Madeline Segura, SCTA Assistant Director of Adult Tennis, segura@scta.usta.com

Junior Team Tennis/Club/Park & Recreational Programs/School Programs contact
Gina Havelka, SCTA Tennis Service Representative, Havelka@scta.usta.com

Cal Poly SLO Week of Welcome/Tennis Volunteer Opportunities contact
Nancy Abrams, SCTA Manager TGA Premier Tennis, abrams@scta.usta.com

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2017 SCTA Tennis Hall of Fame Wrap Up http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/newsletter/2017-scta-tennis-hall-of-fame-wrap-up/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/newsletter/2017-scta-tennis-hall-of-fame-wrap-up/#respond Fri, 06 Oct 2017 01:32:48 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=21065 Read more »]]> On a picturesque autumn evening overlooking the Pacific Ocean, twelve champions of Southern California tennis were inducted to the SCTA Hall of Fame, with hundreds of friends and colleagues in attendance.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Vickery Wins Central Coast Pro Open http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-in-your-area/san-luis-obsipo-county-tennis/vickery-wins-central-coast-pro-open/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-in-your-area/san-luis-obsipo-county-tennis/vickery-wins-central-coast-pro-open/#respond Wed, 04 Oct 2017 19:55:37 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=20772 Read more »]]> Sachia Vickery needed just over one hour to beat fellow 22-year-old Jamie Loeb, 6-1, 6-2, and become the first-ever singles champion as the inaugural Central Coast Pro Tennis Open came to a close on Sunday.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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LA84 hosts Youth Sports Summit on October 27 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-news/la84-hosts-youth-sports-summit-on-october-27/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-news/la84-hosts-youth-sports-summit-on-october-27/#comments Wed, 04 Oct 2017 19:44:21 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=20765 Read more »]]> The LA84 Foundation will host their Sixth Annual Summit,The New Era of Youth Sports: Play For All, on Friday, October 27th.

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

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

Please contact info@la84.org with any questions, or click here for more information.

To register for this event, please click here.

 

 

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Hispanic Heritage Month Family Tennis Festival http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/adults-seniors/hispanic-heritage-month-family-tennis-festival/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/adults-seniors/hispanic-heritage-month-family-tennis-festival/#respond Wed, 04 Oct 2017 03:08:45 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=20762

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UNC Product Wins First USTA Men’s Futures In Fountain Valley http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/socal-pro-tennis/unc-product-wins-first-usta-mens-futures-in-fountain-valley/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/socal-pro-tennis/unc-product-wins-first-usta-mens-futures-in-fountain-valley/#respond Mon, 02 Oct 2017 07:13:30 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=20789 Read more »]]> Ronnie Schneider Topples 2015 Winner Ryan Shane In Three Sets

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Los Cab USTA Men’s Futures Singles Final Set For 11 A.M. Sunday http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/socal-pro-tennis/los-cab-usta-mens-futures-singles-final-set-for-11-a-m-sunday/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/socal-pro-tennis/los-cab-usta-mens-futures-singles-final-set-for-11-a-m-sunday/#respond Sun, 01 Oct 2017 07:24:32 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=20784 Read more »]]> Former University Of Virginia And University Of North Carolina Stars To Face Off

Ryan Shane is no stranger to singles championships on the USTA Men’s Futures tour, competing in three, including winning two, since 2015. It’s foreign ground for Ronnie Schneider, however, who has won three doubles titles since turning pro in June, but has yet to play in a singles final.

That changes Sunday in Fountain Valley when Schneider, a 23-year-old product of the University of North Carolina, faces Shane, a 23-year-old product of the University of Virginia, in the finals of the $15,000 Los Cab USTA Men’s Futures.

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The two are no strangers. They played each other often in both the junior ranks and college, and were actually teammates last week in Laguna Niguel when they won the doubles championship.

“We know each other pretty well,” said the unseeded Schneider, who beat Brazil’s Igor Marcondes to advance to his first singles championship. “There won’t be any secrets out there.”

“We’re actually good friends,” said Shane, who is the fourth seed. “It should be a fun match. He’s playing very well right now and I guarantee it will be some high-quality tennis.”

Shane needed all he could muster Saturday in defeating American Henry Craig in three sets. He cruised to a 6-2 first set victory, but then lost the first five games of the second set, which he ultimately dropped 6-3. In the third set, he lost the first three games before rallying for a 6-4 victory.

“My left knee is bothering me and it really flared up in the second set,” said Shane, who won the Los Cab event in 2015 when it was in Costa Mesa, and who beat Craig last week in two sets in the finals at Laguna Niguel. “I stopped going for the serve and just tried to get points. In the third set, I could tell he was getting a little tired so I just dug for some energy. It was enough to get by today.”

Schneider, meanwhile, played consistent tennis against 20-year-old Marcondes.

“I played much better today,” he said.  “We were both playing to get into our first finals, so I think we might have started a little tight. I know I played better further into the match. I was really happy with my return today.”

Schneider and doubles partner Elliott Orkin won the doubles championshipFriday, after former UCLA player Karue Sell, and current Bruin Martin Redlicki, withdrew due to a back injury sustained by Sell during his singles quarterfinal earlier in the day.

Schneider entered the tournament ranked 887 in the world, while Shane, who won the NCAA singles title in 2015, entered ranked 549.

The singles championship is set to begin at 11 a.m..

The final Sunday will also feature a free junior play day for kids designed to introduce them to the game of tennis. It will run from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Contact Los Caballeros Racquet & Sports Club 714-756-8560 for more info and to sign up.

Part of the developmental tour of the USTA, the free event, which ran for 18 years in Costa Mesa before moving to Fountain Valley last year is an opportunity to see the future of professional tennis today.

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Los Cab USTA Men’s Futures Event Down To Final Four http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/socal-pro-tennis/los-cab-usta-mens-futures-event-down-to-final-four/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/socal-pro-tennis/los-cab-usta-mens-futures-event-down-to-final-four/#respond Sat, 30 Sep 2017 07:44:33 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=20786 Read more »]]> Injury Forces Doubles Team Of Past And Present UCLA Bruins To Withdraw From Finals

Since turning professional in early June, Ronnie Schneider has made the finals of four USTA Futures doubles championships, winning three. His latest win, at the Los Cab USTA Men’s Futures event in Fountain Valley Friday, was by far his easiest.

He never swung a racquet.

Schneider, who grew up in Bloomington, Indiana and played on the University of North Carolina tennis team, and his partner Elliott Orkin, who played for the University of Florida, were set to face a Bruin connection in the doubles final: former UCLA tennis player Karue Sell and current Bruin Martin Redlicki.

However, Sell, who had won 18 consecutive matches in Claremont and Fountain Valley the past two-and-a-half weeks, was forced to withdraw from his quarterfinals match earlier in the day against Brazil’s Igor Marcondes due to a back injury. That spared Schneider double duty, as he had recently concluded his quarterfinals match against second-seeded Benjamin Locke, winning in two competitive sets, 6-4, 7-6(3).

For their victory, Schneider and Orkin earned $930 each, and 18 ATP ranking point.

In Saturday’s semifinal, Schneider and Marcondes face off, while Ryan Shane, who won the tournament two years ago when it was in Costa Mesa, will battle fellow American Henry Craig, who played tennis for the University of Denver, in a rematch of last week’s final in Laguna Niguel, which Shane won in two sets. (The two also happened to be the winning doubles partners in that event).

Schneider, 23, has never played in a Futures final.

“I wasn’t playing my best, to be honest,” said Schneider, about Friday’s singles victory. “But you don’t play your best every day, so you just have to compete, which I did. My backhand was off today, but when push came to shove I just competed and tried to go for it on big points. Now I’m just excited to maybe getting in my first singles championship.”

Schneider, who entered the tournament ranked 887 in the world, will play Marcondes, age 20, who is ranked 899 and will be playing in his first Futures semifinal. Shane, ranked 549, and Craig, ranked 1,059, play following the first match.

Shane, 23, is the only remaining seeded player in the mix, and is looking to build on his win last week. Like Schneider, Shane said his game wasn’t at its best Friday, something that concerned him in the early going against Belgian Michael Geerts, who knocked off the tournament’s top seed, Takanyi Garanganga, in the first round.

“I have two knees that have been bugging me and that causes me a little lack of movement,” said Shane, who won the NCAA singles title in 2015 with the University of Virginia. “And he’s a big hitter with a big serve and that put me on the defensive a lot today, so I just had to (capitalize) on every opportunity.”

Craig, 22, who earned a sponsor’s exemption to the event, will play in his third straight semifinal. He lost in the semis in Claremont two weeks ago and in the finals last week to Shane at Laguna Niguel 3-6, 3-6. Friday, he dropped the first set to France’s Arthur Rinderknech, 2-6, before battling back to win a fierce second set, 7-6(4), and then flattening his opponent in the third, 6-0.

Schneider and Marcondes are scheduled to begin at 10:30 a.m., followed by Shane and Craig.

Part of the developmental tour of the USTA, the free event, which ran for 18 years in Costa Mesa before moving to Fountain Valley last year is an opportunity to see the future of professional tennis today.

The singles final will be held Sunday, Oct. 1.

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Top-Seeded Golubic Posts Two Wins at Central Coast Pro Open http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-news/top-seeded-golubic-posts-two-wins-at-central-coast-pro-open/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-news/top-seeded-golubic-posts-two-wins-at-central-coast-pro-open/#respond Fri, 29 Sep 2017 20:06:35 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=20750 Read more »]]> Top-seeded in both singles and doubles, Switzerland’s Viktorija Golubic continued her dominance in Templeton on Thursday as she was the only player in both events to advance on with two dominating victories at the Central Coast Tennis Pro Open.

The 24-year-old Golubic from Zurich – currently ranked No. 120 in the WTA World Tour rankings – defeated former University of Notre Dame graduate and USTA tournament wild card Quinn Gleason, 6-1, 6-1, and then teamed with countrywoman Amra Sadikovic to beat Madeleine Kobelt and Chanel Simmonds, 6-4, 6-1, to advance to Friday’s semifinals in doubles in the $60,000 USTA Women’s Pro Circuit event taking place at the Templeton Tennis Ranch.

In the night match, local Gonzaga junior Sophie Whittle from Nipomo fell to former Wimbledon Junior Girls’ winner Laura Robson, 7-6 (1), 6-0. Whittle was supported by a large contingent of local tennis fans and was warmed up by her brother Eli before the match.

Former USC All-American Maria Sanchez continued her solid play as last weekend’s finalist at the Albuquerque $80,000 Pro Circuit event downed Great Britain’s Naomi Broady, the tournament’s No. 6 seed, 6-3, 2-6, 7-5.

Sanchez came into the match 1-1 lifetime against Broady having beaten her on the hardcourts in 2015, and suffering a close two-tiebreaker loss on grass earlier this summer at a $100,000 England event.

Sanchez on Friday faces top-seeded Golubic in the quarterfinals. Sanchez just last week beat Golubic in Albuquerque in a tense three-set first-round match that ended 11-9 in the final-set tiebreaker in favor of Sanchez.

Tournament wild-card and No. 5 seeded Taylor Townsend has dropped just four games in four singles sets during her stay in Templeton. On Thursday she advanced to the quarterfinals by beating Louisa Chirico in exactly one hour, 6-2, 6-1.

Another American moved on to the final eight as No 4-seeded Sachia Vickery came back to beat Japan’s Mari Osaka, 3-6, 6-4, 6-4.

Vickery said watching her friends Sloane Stephens and Madison Keyes play in the US Open final has given her added inspiration.

“I’ve known Sloane since I was little and have trained with her in Florida,” Vickery said. “It was really a great day for American tennis.” Vickery is next head to Europe to play in two WTA events, and then will play three Pro Circuit events in Macon, Ga., Tyler, Texas and Waco, Texas, to close out the year.

There is no cost to watch the exciting pro tennis for fans on Friday night. But later in the evening on Friday night the cost is $10, and that’s the same admission cost for Saturday and Sunday for the semifinals and finals. Children 12 and under are free.

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San Diego Meets The ED in Town Hall Series http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-news/executive-director-lance-lee-wows-the-san-diego/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-news/executive-director-lance-lee-wows-the-san-diego/#respond Fri, 29 Sep 2017 07:34:34 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=20793 Read more »]]> Friends of the San Diego tennis community visited La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club in September for the first in a series of meet and greet forums with Lance Lee, the new Executive Director of the Southern California Tennis Association.

In a town hall format hosted by the club’s owner and SCTA Board member, William J. Kellogg, Lee fielded questions and listened to constructive concerns from those in attendance.

Much of the conversation touched on junior tennis, and the development of young players in the greater San Diego area.

“Junior Team Tennis has a strong voice in San Diego,” Lee remarked afterwards. “There’s a desire for opportunities where the highest level kids can learn and train together. Clearly, they are proud of their tennis history in San Diego, and in what they are producing now at the junior level.”

Other topics generated from the audience included cultivation of early development camps, promotion of sportsmanship, coordinated efforts with collegiate players, and implementing tennis programs in underserved communities throughout San Diego.

“Lance was not only capable of listening, but he asked the right kinds of questions,” said USPTA Pro Josh Jorgensen, the Vice President of the City of San Diego. “It’s clear he understands our perspective and I feel he is going to do the right thing for San Diego and So Cal.”

The “Meet The E.D.” forum will move to other parts of the USTA Southern California section throughout the remainder of the year. Announcements will be made on USTA SoCal online and social media platform.

“This was a good first step,” said Lee, the former President/CEO of Legacy Youth Tennis & Education in Philadelphia, now in his first few months of leadership with SCTA after the retirement of outgoing director Bruce Hunt early this summer. “Overall it was very positive, with a lot of good ideas. Now, it’s all about the follow-up.”

Lee anticipates meeting notes to be distributed among attendees with action steps to promote advancement of programs and concepts.

“There’s a desire in San Diego to be more involved not just locally, but throughout the section,” Lee said. “We want to help them do what they do, so they are able to do it even better.”

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Redondo Beach And Former UCLA Player Continues Socal Tennis March http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/socal-pro-tennis/redondo-beach-and-former-ucla-player-continues-socal-tennis-march/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/socal-pro-tennis/redondo-beach-and-former-ucla-player-continues-socal-tennis-march/#respond Fri, 29 Sep 2017 07:21:28 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=20782 Read more »]]> Four Singles Quarterfinals And Doubles Final Set For Friday In Fountain Valley Professional Event

Karue Sell may have been born and raised in Brazil, but he’s taken quite a liking to Southern California, as the Redondo Beach and four-year UCLA player has won 20 straight matches in his last two tournaments in Claremont and Fountain Valley.

Thursday, at the Los Cab USTA Men’s Futures $15,000 event in Fountain Valley, Sell advanced to the singles quarterfinals and doubles final, which will be played Friday afternoon. Sell won the Claremont USTA Pro Classic earlier this month. In both the Claremont and Fountain Valley events, Sell did it the hard way: advancing through qualifying into the main draw.

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“I’m just playing very well right now,” said Sell, 23, who took most of 2017 off from the Futures tour to focus on volunteer coaching at Pepperdine University and playing men’s open events. “I didn’t sit around while (not playing ATP-sanctioned events), but Claremont was my first points event in a while. I’m just riding the wave from Claremont and hopes it continues.”

Sell’s quarterfinals opponent  Friday will be Igor Marcondes, also from Brazil, whom he will play at 10 a.m. Ryan Shane, who won the event in 2015, also advanced Thursday, as did second-seeded Benjamin Lock, of Zimbabwe, and Americans Henry Craig and Ronnie Schneider.

Sell and former UCLA teammate Martin Redlicki will also play in the doubles final Friday, against Americans Schneider and Elliott Orkin. The past and present Bruins Friday beat the top-seeded duo tandem of Mattias Franco Descotte, of Argentina, and American Robert Galloway.

Lock, who defeated American Sam Riffice Thursday in a fierce three-set battle with tie-breakers in the first and third, and Shane, who beat fellow American Isiah Strode in two sets, are the only seeded singles players remaining. Unseeded Belgian Michael Geerts, who knocked off top-seeded Takyani Garanganga in the first round, plays Shane Friday.

Part of the developmental tour of the USTA, the free event, which ran for 18 years in Costa Mesa before moving to Fountain Valley last year is an opportunity to see the future of professional tennis today.

The singles final will be held Sunday, Oct. 1.

The final Sunday will also feature a free junior play day for kids designed to introduce them to the game of tennis. It will run from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Contact Los Caballeros Racquet & Sports Club 714-756-8560 for more info and to sign up.

Last year’s event was won by Sebastian Fanselow, a German citizen, who beat Takanyi Garanganga, of Zimbabwe, in straight sets. Fanselow nearly claimed a second title, but he and his partner, Sebastian Bader, were defeated by the New Mexican brother tandem of Hunter and Yates Johnson in the doubles final.

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Tie-Breakers And Unseededs Rule Second Day Of Los Cab Futures http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/socal-pro-tennis/tie-breakers-and-unseededs-rule-second-day-of-los-cab-futures/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/socal-pro-tennis/tie-breakers-and-unseededs-rule-second-day-of-los-cab-futures/#respond Thu, 28 Sep 2017 07:18:18 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=20780 Read more »]]> Four Doubles Quarter-Finals And Six Second Round Singles Matches Set For Thursday

Seven tie-breakers, including five in the final sets of matches, were played Tuesday in the 16 singles and doubles matches at the Los Cab USTA Men’s Futures $15,000 tennis tournament at Los Caballeros Racquet and Sports Club.’

Germany’s Adrian Oetzbach won a second-set tie-breaker to dispatch Brazil’s Alex Blumenberg , and three of the four doubles quarter-finals also went to  tie-breakers. The other two came in the first set of matches won by France’s Arthur Rinderknech and America’s Ryan Shane.

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The doubles quarter-finals will be played today, as well as eight second round singles matches. Zimbabwe’s Benjamin Lock, the second seed, is the highest remaining seed left. He is joined in the second round by fifth-seed Ryan Shane, who won the event in 2015, and eighth-seed Jumpei Yamasaki, of Japan.

Part of the developmental tour of the USTA, the free event, which ran for 18 years in Costa Mesa before moving to Fountain Valley last year is an opportunity to see the future of professional tennis today.

The singles and doubles championship will be held Sunday, Oct. 1.

The final Sunday will also feature a free junior play day for kids designed to introduce them to the game of tennis. It will run from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Contact Los Caballeros Racquet & Sports Club 714-756-8560 for more info and to sign up.

Last year’s event was won by Sebastian Fanselow, a German citizen, who beat Takanyi Garanganga, of Zimbabwe, in straight sets. Fanselow nearly claimed a second title, but he and his partner, Sebastian Bader, were defeated by the New Mexican brother tandem of Hunter and Yates Johnson in the doubles final.

Other recent champions of the event include Steve Johnson, who won in 2011 and is currently ranked 45nd in the world, and Bradley Klahn, of Poway, who won the 2013 event and who competed in this year’s U.S. Open. Ernesto Escobedo, who lost in the finals in 2014 and 2015, is currently ranked 81st in the world.

The Los Caballeros Racquet & Sports club is located at 17272 Newhope Street, In Fountain Valley. It is a comprehensive sports club, offering everything from swimming and volleyball courts, to personal fitness and group exercise classes. For more information, call (714) 546-8560, or visit www.loscab.com.

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Two Central Coast Girls Debut At Templeton Pro Circuit Event http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-in-your-area/san-luis-obsipo-county-tennis/two-central-coast-girls-debut-at-templeton-pro-circuit-event/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-in-your-area/san-luis-obsipo-county-tennis/two-central-coast-girls-debut-at-templeton-pro-circuit-event/#respond Wed, 27 Sep 2017 20:02:47 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=20747 Read more »]]> Playing in their first USTA Pro Circuit tournament was an exhilarating experience for two local residents on Tuesday, the first day of main-draw action at the first annual Central Coast Pro Tennis Open, a $60,000 women’s event taking place at the Templeton Tennis Ranch.

Granted a wild card into the tournament, Arroyo Grande High School 16-year-old junior Delanie Dunkle and current Gonzaga University junior from Nipomo Sophie Whittle battled a tough unseeded team of Hanna Chang and Lorraine Guillermo, falling 6-3, 6-3.

“We didn’t get much practice before and it was our first time ever playing together,” said Whittle, who was also granted the local singles wild card and will play her first-round match Wednesday against Francoise Abanda, the No. 3 seed from Canada who is currently ranked No. 114 in the WTA World Tour rankings. “It was fun to play an experienced team like that.”

Chang is 19 and has won two ITF Pro Circuit Futures singles tournaments during her career while Guillermo was a top player for four years at Pepperdine University.

Whittle will remain in Southern California this weekend and travel south to Pacific Palisades where she is entered in the ITA Women’s All-American, one of college tennis’ four Grand Slams.

Dunkle, whose father Bill is a local tennis teaching pro, said she was a little bit nervous before the match, but more excited. “It was close and I felt like we were in every point,” Dunkle said. “I knew we had to be aggressive at the net to have any chance, and I thought we did that pretty well.”

Dunkle said playing her first USTA Pro Circuit event was a thrill. “It’s going to be fun to tell everyone at school what I did today,” she said, adding: “This makes me want to go out and work that much harder so that hopefully one day I’ll be out here regularly.”

Three first-round main draw singles matches were contested on Tuesday with No. 7-seeded Anna Schmiedlova of Slovakia, Marina Erakovic of New Zealand and Laura Robson of Great Britain all capturing straight-set victories.

The 23-year-old Schmiedlova is currently ranked No. 164 in the world. She has won 11 ITF singles and two WTA singles titles during her career. She reached a career-high singles ranking of No. 26 in the world in 2015. Later in the day she teamed with Anna Tatishvili in a first-round doubles win.

The former Wimbledon Junior Girls’ winner Robson opened with a strong 6-1, 6-0 win over Italy’s Camilla Rosatello.

Like Schmiedlova, Tatishvili also won a singles match, her third in three days as she was one of four qualifiers to earn her way into the main day. She joined Russians Alisa Kleybanova and Elena Bovina, and former USC star All-American Sabrina Santamaria as qualifiers into the main draw.

Thirteen singles matches will take place on Wednesday with top-seeded Viktorija Golubic of Switzerland opening up against Newport Beach resident and recent USTA National Girls’ 18s champion Ashley Kratzer. Fellow Americans Taylor Townsend, Sonya Kenin, Jamie Loeb, Maria Sanchez, Louisa Chirico, Robin Anderson, Sachia Vickery and Danielle Lao are all on the schedule.

Admission to watch the exciting pro tennis is free during the week’s early rounds. On Friday night, Saturday and Sunday for the semifinals and finals, tickets are just $10, or fans can purchase a three-day pass for $25. Children 12 and under are free.

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Top Seed Upended In First Round Of Los Cab USTA Men’s Futures http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/socal-pro-tennis/top-seed-upended-in-first-round-of-los-cab-usta-mens-futures/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/socal-pro-tennis/top-seed-upended-in-first-round-of-los-cab-usta-mens-futures/#respond Wed, 27 Sep 2017 07:54:13 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=20776 Read more »]]> Eight first round singles and four first round doubles matches set for Wednesday

Top seeded Takanyi Garanganga of Zimbabwe, who lost in the finals last year, was defeated by Belgium’s Michael Geerts in the first round of singles play in the Los Cab USTA Men’s Futures $15,000 tennis tournament at Los Caballeros Racquet and Sports Club.’

Garanganga, age 27 and ranked 420th in the world, won the first match, 6-4, but Geerts, 22, who has played mostly in Europe, rallied to beat him in the next two sets, including 7-5 in the third set. It marked Geerts’ third time advancing past the first round in an American Futures tournament.

Also advancing into the second round were second-seeded Benjamin Lock, also of Zimbabwe, who defeated San Juan Capistrano’s Gavin Spencer, who had won a junior tournament to advance to the main draw, in straight sets. Isaiah Strode, a 20-year-old native of El Cajon, also advanced to the second round.

Geerts earned a second victory and advanced to the second round in doubles, as he and partner Alex Blumenberg, of Brazil, defeated the American duo of Strong Kirchheimer and Raleigh Smith. Martin Redlicki, who plays for the UCLA tennis team, and doubles partner Karue Sell, of Brazil, also advanced to the second round, toppling Americans Josh Hagar and Samuel Shropshire.   Five of the top eight seeds will play Wednesday, including America’s Evan Song, the third seed, and fifth-seeded Ryan Shane, who won the event in 2016.

Part of the developmental tour of the USTA, the free event, which ran for 18 years in Costa Mesa before moving to Fountain Valley last year is an opportunity to see the future of professional tennis today.

“Los Caballeros Racquet & Sports Club is the hub of Southern California tennis,” Lloyd says. “This event is a great opportunity to bring future professional tennis starts through this venue and appreciate the pathway of the sport. Great relationships are made between club members and the pros, and it’s an opportunity for everyone to appreciate and grow the game.”  

The singles and doubles championship will be held Sunday, Oct. 1.

The final Sunday will also feature a free junior play day for kids designed to introduce them to the game of tennis. It will run from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Contact Los Caballeros Racquet & Sports Club 714-756-8560 for more info and to sign up.

Last year’s event was won by Sebastian Fanselow, a German citizen, who beat Takanyi Garanganga, of Zimbabwe, in straight sets. Fanselow nearly claimed a second title, but he and his partner, Sebastian Bader, were defeated by the New Mexican brother tandem of Hunter and Yates Johnson in the doubles final.

Other recent champions of the event include Steve Johnson, who won in 2011 and is currently ranked 45nd in the world, and Bradley Klahn, of Poway, who won the 2013 event and who competed in this year’s U.S. Open. Ernesto Escobedo, who lost in the finals in 2014 and 2015, is currently ranked 81st in the world.

The Los Caballeros Racquet & Sports club is located at 17272 Newhope Street, In Fountain Valley. It is a comprehensive sports club, offering everything from swimming and volleyball courts, to personal fitness and group exercise classes. For more information, call (714) 546-8560, or visit www.loscab.com.

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Junior Program In Good Hands at La Habra Tennis Center http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/newsletter/junior-program-in-good-hands-at-la-habra-tennis-center/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/newsletter/junior-program-in-good-hands-at-la-habra-tennis-center/#comments Mon, 25 Sep 2017 16:29:51 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=20742 Read more »]]> Facility Spotlight: La Habra Tennis Center

Just when it needed a real shot in the arm, Simon Paek and iTennis came to the rescue and since June 1 has been revamping and reorganizing all the tennis programming at the La Habra Tennis Center in north Orange County.

Paek said the City of La Habra was originally only looking to sign a one or two-year deal with iTennis, and that iTennis took a huge “leap of faith” to invest in the facility with the goal of being there long-term.

“We weren’t just going to come in and open the doors and run it as is,” Paek said. “We’ve been around too long for that. We needed to make a financial commitment into the property if we wanted to have a shot of doing anything great there.”

He added: “So we’ve put some money into the facility and I think the City is very happy, and I think we are on-track to do bigger and better things for more years to come.”

The La Habra Tennis Center is a 12 lighted court public tennis facility located at 311 S. Euclid St. in La Habra.

A former U.S. National Coach for the USTA, Paek served on the Executive Committee of the USPTA, and is a past President of the USPTA’s California Division.

Paek grew up in Orange County and formerly worked at SeaCliff Country Club in Huntington Beach where he managed the day-to-day operations of the 16-court private facility overseeing 15 employees as well as 8 USPTA and USPTR staff professionals. But Paek said he burned out on running the club, and stepped away from tennis, until volunteering to help coach his daughter’s high school team.

Shortly after, Paek joined John Letts and the iTennis staff and began running the Arcadia Tennis Center. Paek said iTennis’ strength is in its programs, including a high performance junior clinic that meets on Monday, Wednesday Friday.

“We base everything on our programs and we’re strong in our programming,” Paek said. “On top of the programs, we thought it was important to build a tennis environment and have a true tennis center. Our clubhouse is mostly a pro shop. We’ve partnered with Tennis Warehouse and are the largest Tennis Warehouse pro shop in Southern California with more than 700 square feet of rackets and clothes and shoes. We’re offering everything and we felt it was important to do that.”

Being there for the community is central to the goals Paek and his staff have set forth.

“We have no aspirations to re-invent the wheel,” Paek said. “We’re in a service industry and I think sometimes we forget that. We base everything we do on community outreach. We go back to what we know best and that’s grassroots. In order for us to survive and thrive, we have to bring new people into the game.

“In La Habra we’re back to grassroots in the truest sense of the word. This is truly a grassroots effort and we’re focused on that.”

The La Habra Tennis Center is participating in an important local initiative called, “Move More, Eat Healthy”

“It’s all about getting kids out there and moving,” Paek said. “Since June we’ve been involved in six community events and are participating in another one this weekend.”

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Staying In Top Shape Important For Junior Gupta’s Game http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/newsletter/staying-in-top-shape-important-for-junior-guptas-game/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/newsletter/staying-in-top-shape-important-for-junior-guptas-game/#respond Mon, 25 Sep 2017 16:28:19 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=20737 Read more »]]> When 15-year-old Aditya Gupta struck the final ball and the 115th Southern California Junior Sectionals Boys’ 16s title was his back in June, he knew it was because of the hard work on and off the court that he had put in that propelled him to victory.

Junior tennis players in Southern California vary in the amount of time and effort they put into their fitness, training, and diet, but all would agree it is an important factor and sometimes makes the difference between a third-set win. Or loss.

Adi Gupta with coach Chuck Brymer after his 16s Sectionals win in June.

A two-year resident of Irvine originally from Palo Alto, Gupta recently shared some of his training tips and exercises that have made him one of the top 5 players in his age division in Southern California. Gupta made the move south two years ago to train at USTA Training Center – West in Carson, then moved to Advantage Academy before settling in at the Woodbridge Tennis Club where he is coached by Chuck Brymer and Chris Lewis.

“It was great to win Sectionals and see the hard work my coaches and I put in pay off,” said Gupta, who upset the top-seeded 16s player in March at the Carson ITF Spring Internationals. “

During the summer, Gupta would report to the club at 8:30 a.m. until 11 a.m. A three-hour run was followed by on-court drills and training. After a break for lunch, Gupta would return to the courts at 2:30 till 6 p.m. for more on-court work.

A Woodbridge High junior, Gupta said his routine changes during the school year as he trains daily from 2:30 to 6 p.m. After returning home, Gupta stretches for 15 to 20 minutes. “It’s usually all on-court, except for Friday when I do one hour of off-court fitness,” Gupta said, adding that the on-court drills are pretty intense and he would prefer to work out more on-court than off.

“It’s important to me to be fit because I know if I need to outlast a guy, then I can, instead of just trying to hit winners,” he said. “At Sectionals it wasn’t really my fitness that got me through because I was just playing so well in general,” he said. “I never really had a taxing match. But because I was in good shape I knew it made me play at a higher level.”

Gupta does regular exercises like sit-ups and lunges, and even uses a stationary bike at home and rides up an incline.

Gupta is careful about what he eats, but doesn’t want to limit himself to dieting. “I’m not going to modify my diet for tennis,” he said, likely sharing the sentiment of most 15-year-old tennis players. “I eat pretty healthy already. I don’t know many juniors that eat bad things. We know what to eat. After a match I’ll have some chocolate match for recovery. But I don’t say I have to have this many carbohydrates or this much protein.”

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iTennis Andulka Park Open Championships To Offer Equal Prize Money http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-in-your-area/riverside-county-tennis/itennis-andulka-park-open-championships-to-offer-equal-prize-money/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-in-your-area/riverside-county-tennis/itennis-andulka-park-open-championships-to-offer-equal-prize-money/#respond Sun, 24 Sep 2017 15:58:39 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=20728 Read more »]]> PR rep Marcus Root reports  that the annual iTennis Andulka Park Open Championships this year will offer equal prize on both the men’s and women’s side. See below for more information on the event, which runs Nov. 3-5 in Riverside.
Entries are now being accepted for the seventh annual iTennis Andulka Park Open Championships tennis tournament at Andulka Park Tennis Center, in Riverside. Following last year’s debut of paying down to the quarterfinals in men’s singles, this year the bar has been raised even further by the groundbreaking action of equal pay for both the men’s and the women’s draws, regardless of draw size.

Typically, Adult Open tournaments do not offer equal pay for both genders, as most prize money tournaments have more male entrants, than women entrants. Therefore, women stand to win less prize money even though they pay the same entry fee. “Why should the women pay the same entry fee for a smaller reward?” asked tournament director Evan Parry. “Last year we increased the prize money for the women, and this year they will play on an equal prize money field.” Parry hopes that guaranteeing women equal prize money will will help attract more female entrants.Total prize money for this tournament has been increased to $10,000, enabling Parry to increase the prize money for each stage of competition, as well as continuing to pay all players down to the quarterfinals in singles, and even the semifinals in doubles.

Scheduled for November 3-5, guaranteed prize money will be paid out as follows, equal pay for each gender:
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Champion – $1,500
Finalist – $800
Semifinalists – $300/each

Quarterfinalists – $150/each

DOUBLES
Champions – $800/team
Finalists – $400/team

Semifinalists – $150/team

Entries close October 30th, and draw size will be determined by the number of entries. Register online at TennisLink, tournament I.D. 650008117

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Local Junior Earns Entry Into 15K Professional Tennis Event In Fountain Valley http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/socal-pro-tennis/local-junior-earns-entry-into-15k-professional-tennis-event-in-fountain-valley/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/socal-pro-tennis/local-junior-earns-entry-into-15k-professional-tennis-event-in-fountain-valley/#respond Fri, 22 Sep 2017 07:58:33 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=20778 Read more »]]> Singles Qualifying Begins Sept 22; Main Draw Starts Sept. 26

San Juan Capistrano’s Gavin Spencer won the singles and doubles titles this week in a junior tennis tournament held in Fountain Valley to win slots in both the singles and doubles main draw in the Los Cab USTA Men’s Pro Futures tournament, which will be held Sept. 22 to Oct. 1 at the Los Caballeros Racquet & Sports Club.

“This is a big first for a junior in Southern California tennis,” said Tournament Director Hank Lloyd of the accomplishments of Spencer, who is a senior at San Juan Hills High School.

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Spencer joins the 18 other players who have committed to the main draw, which begins Sept. 26, including Ryan Shane, who won the 2015 NCAA singles championship the University of Virginia in 2016, aqnd Martin Redlicki, who won the 2016 NCAA doubles championship with UCLA,

Eight spots in the main draw will be filled by the top eight finishers in singles qualifying, which begins Friday, Sept. 22 at 9 a.m..Players with Southern California connections in the singles qualifying include: Logan Smith, of CarlsbadHenry  Craig, of MurrietaIsiah Strode, of El Cajon, Tyler Lu of IrvineMousheg Hovhannisyan, of Los Angeles, Gage Brymer, of Irvine, and Jayson Amos, of Mission Viejo.

The rest of the main draw will be filled by wildcard tournament winners, including Spencer, and USTA exemptions.

Part of the developmental tour of the USTA, the free event, which ran for 18 years in Costa Mesa before moving to Fountain Valley last year is an opportunity to see the future of professional tennis today.

“Los Caballeros Racquet & Sports Club is the hub of Southern California tennis,” Lloyd says. “This event is a great opportunity to bring future professional tennis starts through this venue and appreciate the pathway of the sport. Great relationships are made between club members and the pros, and it’s an opportunity for everyone to appreciate and grow the game.”  

The singles and main draw begins Tuesday, Sept. 26, with the singles and doubles championship held Sunday, Oct. 1. 

The final Sunday will also feature a free junior play day for kids designed to introduce them to the game of tennis. It will run from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. . Contact Los Caballeros Racquet & Sports Club 714-756-8560 for more info and to sign up.

Last year’s event was won by  Sebastian Fanselow, a German citizen, who beat Tankyani Garanganga, of Zimbabwe, in straight sets. Fanselow nearly claimed a second title, but he and his partner, Sebastian Bader, were defeated by the New Mexican brother tandem of Hunter and Yates Johnson in the doubles final.

Other recent champions of the event include Steve Johnson, who won in 2011 and is currently ranked 45nd in the world, and Bradley Klahn, of Poway, who won the 2013 event and who competed in this year’s U.S. Open. Ernesto Escobedo, who lost in the finals in 2014 and 2015, is currently ranked 81st in the world.

The Los Caballeros Racquet & Sports club is located at 17272 Newhope Street, In Fountain Valley. It is a comprehensive sports club, offering everything from swimming and volleyball courts, to personal fitness and group exercise classes.. For more information, call (714) 546-8560, or visit www.loscab.com.

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Kenin, Chirico Headline Field at First Central Coast Pro Open http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-in-your-area/san-luis-obsipo-county-tennis/kenin-chirico-headline-field-at-first-central-coast-pro-open/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-in-your-area/san-luis-obsipo-county-tennis/kenin-chirico-headline-field-at-first-central-coast-pro-open/#respond Wed, 20 Sep 2017 17:14:34 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=20705 Read more »]]> Young Americans Sonya Kenin and Louisa Chirico will headline a strong field of up-and-coming professional women’s tennis players when the first annual Central Coast Pro Tennis Open takes place at Templeton Tennis Ranch Sept. 24-Oct. 1.

The Central Coast Pro Tennis Open, a USTA women’s $60,000 Pro Circuit event, gives young promising WTA Tour players a chance to earn valuable ranking points. Players ranked from No. 97 to No. 225 will compete in a 32-player singles main draw, and a 16-team doubles event will also be contested.

Kenin, 18, of Pembroke Pines, Fla., recently turned heads at the US Open after beating Americans Lauren Davis and Sachia Vickery to advance to the third round. Playing a night match on Arthur Ashe Stadium, Kenin fell to Maria Sharapova. She is ranked No. 112 in the world and expected to be seeded No. 2 at Templeton.

Currently ranked just outside the world top 150, Chirico has won three ITF singles and two doubles titles during her career. The 21-year-old from Morristown, N.J., is coached by the USTA’s Jay Gooding. Last October, Chirico reached career-high No. 58 world rankings.

The top-seeded player is expected to be Belgium’s Alison Van Uytvanck (No. 98). She will likely be followed in the seedings by Kenin, Switzerland’s Viktorija Golubic (No. 106), Francoise Abanda (No. 122), and Great Britain’s Naomi Broady (No. 135).

Vickery, and former NCAA singles champions Jamie Loeb (Univ. of North Carolina, 2015) are also entered in the main draw, as are former college standouts Irina Falconi (Georgia Tech) and Danielle Lao (USC).

Another player to watch is 22-year-old Anna Schmiedlova of Slovakia. Currently ranked No. 164 in the world, Schmiedlova has won 11 ITF singles and two WTA singles titles during her career. She reached a career-high singles ranking of No. 26 in the world in 2015, but has been beset by injuries.

In qualifying, Southern California juniors Ashley Kratzer and Claire Liu will compete. Newport Beach’s Kratzer won the USTA Hardcourt 18s Nationals in San Diego and played in the main draw of the US Open. Liu, from Thousand Oaks, won the Junior Girls’ Wimbledon title.

“This elite group of athletes, fresh off the courts at Arthur Ashe stadium at the US Open, are coming to Templeton Tennis Ranch to show us what world class talent looks like, up close and personal,” Templeton Tennis Ranch Director of Tennis Scott Cleere said. “The Central Coast Pro Tennis Open will alter the course of tennis in our area. We are so excited to be hosting this event and bringing this experience to tennis players, fans and our local communities. If you appreciate the finer things in life, you must attend. It will not disappoint.”

A Wild Card Tournament will be contested this weekend with the singles winner receiving a wild card into the qualifying tournament, and the doubles winner a wild card into the main draw.

Qualifying begins Sunday, the 24th, and concludes on Tuesday, when main draw play also begins. Sunday will feature a free Kids Play Day starting at 5 p.m. A Pro-Am will take place Tuesday with Breast Cancer Awareness Day and a BBQ on Friday, the 29th, with the Doubles semi-finals matches beginning at 6 p.m.  The doubles final will be Sunday, Oct. 1, at 1 p.m., followed by the singles final. In total 74 matches will be played over eight days.

Admission to watch the exciting pro tennis is free during the week’s early rounds. On Friday night, Saturday and Sunday for the semifinals and finals, tickets are just $10, or fans can purchase a three-day pass for $25. Children 12 and under are free.

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