Long Beach Area Tennis – Southern California Tennis News http://southerncaliforniatennis.org Tennis News, Events, Community Activities, Tournaments Tue, 25 Sep 2018 00:33:49 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 El Dorado Up Down Wheelchair Tournament Sept 2018 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/wheelchair-tennis/el-dorado-up-down-wheelchair-tournament-sept-2018/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/wheelchair-tennis/el-dorado-up-down-wheelchair-tournament-sept-2018/#respond Fri, 14 Sep 2018 03:08:54 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=25339 Read more »]]> Fast Four Tournament proved to be quick moving, fun event which had 28 players competing for prizes.

Good camaraderie and sportsmanship was had by all.

Tennis coaches from USC and Orange Coast College joined in the action on Saturday.

In the final of the Brad Parks Open Division, the doubles team of Atif Moon & James Pearce defeated Anthony Lara & Peter Weaver, 4-1 fast four format.

In the Final of the Lt. Arthur Ashe C Division, the team of Ray Baldhosky & Clare Doolin defeated Mike Janssen & Raine Jackson, 4-2, fast four format.

Many thanks to SCTA & Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) for sponsoring this event.

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USTA Pro Circuit comes to Long Beach this week http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/socal-pro-tennis/usta-pro-circuit-comes-to-long-beach-this-week/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/socal-pro-tennis/usta-pro-circuit-comes-to-long-beach-this-week/#respond Mon, 08 Jan 2018 19:51:37 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=23023 Read more »]]>

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

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

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

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

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

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

Visit socalprocircuit.com for more details.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Tennis Represented at Long Beach VA Welcome Home Celebration http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-in-your-area/long-beach-area-tennis/tennis-represented-at-long-beach-va-welcome-home-celebration/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-in-your-area/long-beach-area-tennis/tennis-represented-at-long-beach-va-welcome-home-celebration/#respond Mon, 13 Nov 2017 19:05:12 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=21681 Read more »]]> Long Beach resident Steve Weaver rolled out a portable court on Saturday and played tennis games with able-body and wheelchair tennis players at the VA Welcome Home Celebration that took place at the Long Beach VA Hospital.

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

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

 

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Weaver Hosts Tennis Booth at VA Welcome Home Celebration http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/wheelchair-tennis/weaver-hosts-tennis-booth-at-va-welcome-home-celebration/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/wheelchair-tennis/weaver-hosts-tennis-booth-at-va-welcome-home-celebration/#respond Thu, 09 Nov 2017 21:29:40 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=21658 Read more »]]> Steve Weaver has always had a soft spot in his heart for the nation’s Wounded Warriors, those who have been injured while dutifully serving our country. As the nation pauses this week to celebrate Veterans Day, Weaver will be preparing a booth and small tennis clinic at the VA Welcome Home Celebration on Saturday, Nov. 11, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Long Beach VA Health Care System on 7th street in Long Beach.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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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

Download Wilson Fast4 1-Day Tournaments Flyer

 

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Long Beach Summer Tennis News http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/adults-seniors/long-beach-summer-tennis-news/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/adults-seniors/long-beach-summer-tennis-news/#respond Thu, 29 Jun 2017 22:55:05 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=15158 Read more »]]> The Summer Tennis Season is kicking off with a bang at Billie Jean King (BJK) and El Dorado Park Tennis Centers (ELDO). June marks the beginning of 10-weeks of Summer Tennis Camps at both tennis centers. The camps began on June 19th and are offered every week through August 25th. Each facility offers half-day and full-day camps. There has been a great turnout in the first couple of weeks. The camps are designed by our USPTA certified tennis pros to be very fun and challenging. Their goal is to teach or introduce the game of tennis as well as values of good sportsmanship to each and every child from the novice to the more advanced players.

El Dorado Park Tennis Center is having a fantastic turnout for Summer Tennis Camp. Coaches Mitch Bridge and Peter Smith are very inspired by its success so far. ELDO has several options for Summer Camp: High Performance Academy offers a Half-Day Day Camp from 11 AM-2:00 PM or 2:00-6 PM; Extended Day Camp from 11 AM-6 PM and, the regular Developmental + Dev All Stars Camp for ages 5-14 runs from 9 AM- Noon.

USPTA certified tennis pro Valter Paiva manages the Summer Camp program at BJK. Camps run during the summer months: June, July and August. We offer Full Day Camp and Half Day Camp Sessions. The Half Day Camps run Monday – Friday from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM and 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM. Our Full Day Camp runs Monday – Friday from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM. The Summer Tennis Camp Programs offers training sessions for the beginner to the college level player’s ages 5-18 years old.

BJK’s Tennis Pros Aba Villena & Scheraq launched their SUMMER NEXT LEVEL Junior Development program this summer. This is a great program for the Serious High School tennis player who needs to work on conditioning-footwork-strategy & tactics. The program runs Monday thru Friday from 11AM-1:00PM

All summer long, First Serve Tennis offers fun and exciting Parks & Recreation tennis classes throughout the city for every member of the family. Check out the summer Recreation book for class listings and sign up for a class today!

At BJK & ELDO, June marks the start of the summer season for Recreational World Team Tennis Junior World Team Tennis and the USTA League. All the teams are off to a great start and players are enjoying the competition and meeting new players from around the southland.

The USTA 2017 Spring Junior Team Tennis Section Championships was held at ELDO the weekend of June 3rd & 4th. Over 550 players and 70 teams from Ventura to San Diego in nine divisions within the 10, 14 & 18 & under age groups competed for a chance to represent their league in the 35th Annual Gar Glenney Cup Junior Team Tennis Championships in northern California in August.

On June 17, we were thrilled to have Tennis Legend and Hall-of-Famer Michael Chang and current coach of 9th ranked player in the world Kei Nishikori visit El Dorado Park Tennis Center for a clinic and courtside conversation and autograph session where Michael shared his thoughts of tennis and life. Everyone who attended felt honored to listen and ask questions of the Hall-of-Famer and afterwards was able to get a picture with Michael along with his autograph.

That same weekend El Dorado Park Tennis Center was selected as one of the seven host sites for the 115th Annual Southern California Junior Sectional Championships. This event is the LARGEST annual junior tennis tournament in the United States. The tournament ran from the June 17- 26 and had over 1000 competitors this year, ages 10-18, from all over Southern California.

We look forward to another busy summer and welcoming new players to both of our outstanding tennis facilities.

Please contact us for more information.  See you on the courts,

Cathy Jacobson-Guzy
President – First Serve Tennis, Inc.

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131st SoCAL Open Sectionals JULY 5-9 – Entry Deadline Thursday, June 29 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-news/131st-socal-open-sectionals-july-5-9-entry-deadline-thursday-june-29/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-news/131st-socal-open-sectionals-july-5-9-entry-deadline-thursday-june-29/#respond Wed, 28 Jun 2017 19:16:40 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=15045 Read more »]]> USTAFYIGalt_SoCal_4cKO_altDON’T MISS THIS EVENT!  

CLICK HERE TO ENTER

TOURNAMENT ID: 651751317

 

 

ALL DIVISIONS – OPEN   (SINGLE ELIMINATION)
  •     Men’s & Women’s Singles & Doubles
  •     Mixed Doubles
  •     Father-Daughter Doubles  
  •     Mother-Son Doubles
  •     Mother-Daughter Doubles
  •     Husband-Wife Doubles

ENTRY DEADLINE: THURSDAY, JUNE 29, 11:59PM

$$UP TO $10,000 PRIZE MONEY$$

TO BE AWARDED, BASED ON DRAW SIZES

Tournament site:  Lakewood Tennis Center

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Junior Salma Ewing Enjoying Success Playing Up In Open Division http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-news/junior-salma-ewing-enjoying-success-playing-up-in-open-division/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-news/junior-salma-ewing-enjoying-success-playing-up-in-open-division/#comments Tue, 30 May 2017 16:16:26 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=13901 Read more »]]> Junior Spotlight: Salma Ewing

Years from now when 16-year-old Salma Ewing looks back on her junior tennis career, the 2017 Ojai Tennis Tournament will be at the top of the list of her great tennis moments.

But it was in the Open division – not the juniors – where Ewing has shined the last two years at the storied event; a place where all aspiring Southern California junior tennis players hope to make it all the way to finals on Sunday at Libbey Park.

A year ago, Long Beach resident Ewing beat former WTA Tour World No. 32-ranked Olga Puchkova in the first round at The Ojai in what she calls her biggest win to date. This year, Ewing used that experience to win the Women’s Open division downing Megan McCray in the singles final.

“I think the experience having played there in front of the big crowds was a huge factor,” said Ewing, adding that The Ojai quickly jumped to the top of the list as one of her favorite tournaments. “It’s just such a neat setting in the park, and everyone there is talking about tennis. The signs are up around town and when you go into Starbucks even the barista asks how you did because everyone knows there’s a tournament going on. To win such a prestigious tournament like Ojai was amazing.”

Salma’s mother Reyana still remembers the date – April 27, 2012 – when the family piled into the car and made the trek from their home in Northern California to visit The Ojai. “Salma was still at the novice level and 11 years old,” she said. “We watched the Girls’ 14s final on the lower courts, and then watched Nicole Gibbs (Stanford) win the individual Pac-12 championships. We watched Sachia Vickery play Amanda Fink in the Women’s Open Singles finals. Stevie Johnson was there, too. Those were good memories. The girls were definitely inspired by that trip. I think it is pretty cool for Salma to go from novice in 2012 to Women’s Open champion just five years later.”

Ewing comes from a tennis family as Reyana played at Georgia State, and her two siblings, older sister Vera and younger sister Mina, also play.

But Ewing didn’t start playing tennis seriously until age 10, instead choosing to compete in track and field and cross country, often times going on training runs with Reyana, who competed in marathons.

“Once she stopped doing marathons and started playing tennis more, we would just go out and hit with her,” said Ewing, who was born in Pasadena and moved to Santa Rosa in Northern California before the family settled back into the Long Beach-area three years ago.

Ewing has done her studies online at Laurel Springs School since she finished seventh grade. That allows her the time to work out at the USTA Training Center – West in Carson under the watchful eye of USTA National Coach Chris Tonz. Later in the day she attends the Southern California Tennis Academy where she hits with director Mitch Bridge, and mostly top junior boys.

“The morning is practice and the afternoon I hit with Mitch,” she said. “There are some great players, and guys that I hit with hit pretty heavy and with spin, so I think that’s been great for me.”

With a junior ITF world ranking around No. 120, Ewing is among the nation’s top high school prospects, and said her two schools of choice are Stanford and USC.

Ewing plans to compete in some USTA Pro Circuit $25,000 events in the coming weeks, traveling to the south to play in places like Sumter, S.C., Auburn, Ala., Baton Rouge, La., and Naples, Fla.

She has already played seven Pro Futures events and has three WTA world ranking points putting her on the rankings computer with a WTA world ranking around 1,200.

Ewing calls herself a casual tennis fan, who only watches the pros on T.V. when her mom has it on. She calls Andy Murray who favorite male player and tabs Serena as her top women’s player.

Ewing’s hobbies outside of tennis include horseback riding, boogey boarding in Huntington Beach and running.

She said she is undecided if she will compete in next month’s SCTA Junior Sectionals, but said with all the travel she has planned in her near future, staying close to home and trying to win yet another prestigious SoCal tournament just like she did at The Ojai, may just be the right call.

– Steve Pratt

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SCTA Introduces 18-39 League for Summer http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-news/scta-introduces-18-39-league-for-summer/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-news/scta-introduces-18-39-league-for-summer/#respond Tue, 23 May 2017 06:16:42 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=13877 Read more »]]> Starting in July, the Los Angeles and Orange County league areas will run a league pilot for players ages 18-39. It’s the SCTA’s latest initiative to engage millennials in tennis.

The 18-39 league will be familiar to our current league players and friendly to newcomers! Captains will give out team numbers and players will register on TennisLink. Players must have a rating (computer or self-generated) and be qualified for the NTRP level of their team. This league, however, caps the player age at 39, so your opponents will be your peers. This league is also open to non-members, but every player must have a USTA number to register.  Non-members may sign-up for a membership number on TennisLink without paying a membership fee, but will be charged a higher entry fee for the league.

Both leagues will run with the same format: three lines of doubles (men’s doubles, women’s doubles, and mixed doubles) with two sets and a match tiebreak in lieu of a third set. Both leagues will start in early July and end in August. Each league will host its own kick-off party, so players can network and start the league with a bang.

 

See below for a breakdown of the two leagues:

LOS ANGELES:

  • Matches will take place on the weekends
  • Captains will be in charge of securing a home facility
  • League will employ combo rating levels (6.0, 7.0, 8.0, 9.0). This means a 7.0 team could have 3.0’s, 3.5’s, and 4.0’s all on one roster to allow larger groups of friends to play together on one team
  • Pre-season party is scheduled for June 23rd at MountainGate Country Club
  • No team? No problem! Sign-up with our introductory team number (6517261593) and we will place you on a roster!
  • Contact Lori Andelson and Michelle Kramer for more information: laleaguecoordinator@yahoo.com

ORANGE COUNTY:

  • Matches will take place once a week, but captains are responsible for scheduling and securing a home facility
  • League will employ straight-level teams (3.0, 3.5, 4.0, 4.5, 5.0). This means better competition against players of your same level!
  • This is a no default league, meaning we will schedule 2-3 make-up dates throughout the season where all defaulted lines can be made-up. So more opportunities for player parties….
  • Pre-season party is TBD, but date and details are coming soon!
  • No team? No problem! Sign-up with our introductory team number (6517265289) and we will place you on a roster!
  • Contact Heidi Stryker for more information (heidi.stryker3@gmail.com)

We are excited to get this new program off the ground and hope to bring a lot of players back to the game. For any questions, feel free to contact Madeline Segura at the Section Office (310) 208-3668 or segura@scta.usta.com.

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

Sophia Aulicino hits a backhand volley.

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

Ben Goldberg hits a backhand.

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Tennis and the Color Green Are a Great Fit for St. Patrick’s Day http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-news/tennis-and-the-color-green-are-a-great-fit-for-st-patricks-day/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-news/tennis-and-the-color-green-are-a-great-fit-for-st-patricks-day/#comments Thu, 16 Mar 2017 00:10:09 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=11911 Read more »]]> What would St. Patrick’s Day be without wearing green, thinking about shamrocks, four leaf clovers and all that goes with the holiday? Better yet, how does playing sports such as tennis, baseball, track, soccer and more fit into the “Wearing O’ the Green” theme?  As it turns out, sports and the color green are a perfect fit on March 17 in honor of the holiday. Please enjoy reading fun St. Patty’s Day facts and watching this Wearing O The Green Tennis & Sports Video: “Tennis Is My Sport.”

FUN FACTS ABOUT ST. PATRICK’S DAY

Why is it extraordinarily fun to wear green and play tennis? Consider it a possibility that a lively leprechaun might be sending you smiles from nearby court foliage. After all, one never knows where wee folk are hiding. Here are some fun facts regarding the holiday.

  • The color green is now seen in beer, leprechauns, hats and almost everything related to St. Patrick’s Day. It is also the color of Spring and the lush county sides of Ireland. It is believed to be a color that brings good luck to all who wear it.
  • The holiday owes it deepest origins to the coming of spring that will be Monday, March 20, 2017 at exactly 6:29am.
  • Ever get confused about the difference between four-leaf clovers and three-leaf shamrocks? The four-leaf clover can be ever present in our lawns and gardens. They represent the Celts, who were the solar-worshiping invaders of Ireland.
  • The Shamrock means “Little Clover” in Gaelic and is a symbol of the Christianity’s Holy Trinity (Father, Son and Holy Spirit), a story attributed to the Irish missionary St. Patrick.
  • Taylor Fritz. (SCTA Staff)

    The Pot of Gold is treasured by the “Wee Folk” and it’s a magical pot that represents the “Cauldron of Abundance” uniting the four elements: fire, earth, water and air. It also forms a metaphorical womb to represent the vessel of life.

  • The element of Irish “gold” comes through generations of lore and mystical story telling. It represents wealth, wisdom and knowledge.
  • Fanciful leprechauns are magical beings that are mostly male in the traditional form. They can be
    feisty, funny and often playful, and if the mood strikes, helpful. These red-bearded fairy folk are thought to be eternal as they perch on toadstools and selectively befriend human kind. 
  • Finally, legends say “St. Patrick’s Day” was named in honor of an Englishman born in Britain circa (389-461). He was kidnapped and sold into Irish servitude to be a shepherd. After escaping and returning to England, h e studied to become a priest and changed his name to “Patricus.” He later returned to Ireland to become a Christian missionary with the goal of dispelling pagan myths. St Patrick died on March, 17, 461. Today he is known as the Patron Saint of Ireland.

This festive holiday is now celebrated around the world. Whether you adopt some or all of its traditions, consider picking up a racket and playing tennis with friends. Don’t forget to wear something green!

Frances Tiafoe on the run (SCTA Staff)

 

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Wilson Demo Day At Billie Jean King Tennis Center http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/community-tennis/wilson-demo-day-at-billie-jean-king-tennis-center-2/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/community-tennis/wilson-demo-day-at-billie-jean-king-tennis-center-2/#comments Wed, 22 Feb 2017 00:20:12 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=11383

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SCTA Brings Interactive Tennis to Telemundo http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-news/scta-brings-interactive-tennis-to-telemundo/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-news/scta-brings-interactive-tennis-to-telemundo/#respond Tue, 31 Jan 2017 23:58:03 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=11005 Read more »]]> The Southern California Tennis Association brought an exciting brand of tennis at the Telemundo celebration as part of the 13th Annual Health Fair recently at the Los Angeles Convention Center.  Tennis was a part of the health and fitness event that also included free health tests and screenings, tennis, yoga, dance, zumba, kids activities and games, cooking demonstrations and much more.

The SCTA set up mini 10-and-Under tennis courts for the approximately 30,000 health fair participants with the goal of offering tennis to all. SCTA event staff included Tennis Service R epresentatives Tiffany Mai, Aisling Bowyer and Donald Wong, as well as NJTL Manager Evan Smith and USTA School’s Trainer Barbara Tscherne.

“It was great to offer the Hispanic families an opportunity to try tennis for the first time,” said Barbara Tscherne, a Teaching Pro at the Neighborhood Junior Tennis Program (NJTP) in Sylmar . “We also gave the kids free membership (10& Under) and information to sign up for affordable NJTL lessons.”

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

 

Benefits include:

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

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

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Vacation Days Drew Hundreds to Billy Martin Holiday Tennis Camps http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/community-tennis/vacation-days-drew-hundreds-to-billy-martin-holiday-tennis-camps/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/community-tennis/vacation-days-drew-hundreds-to-billy-martin-holiday-tennis-camps/#comments Sat, 07 Jan 2017 06:21:33 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=9666 Read more »]]> December vacation days were well spent for hundreds of tennis players who attended the Billy Martin Holiday Tennis Camp 2016 recently at UCLA. It was a time for many kids to improve tennis skills, rekindle friendships, and meet new campers.  The staff was led by UCLA Men’s Head Coach Billy Martin and his staff of over a dozen experienced teaching professionals, who are current or former collegiate players.

Coach Martin and his staff hosted eight days of camp instruction that included fitness, fundamentals match play, 10-and-Under Tennis instruction, as well as camp games and activities. There was something for everyone.

The idea to offer winter tennis camps grew from fulfilling a family need for Coach Martin about 20 years ago. It became so popular that the sessions continued to grow and thrive.

“I started holiday camps so my own boys could practice and train with their friends,” Martin said. “I really enjoy seeing campers, who attend our summer programs, improve their games and return to play our winter camps. It’s also great to meet new kids and have an opportunity to help their games.”

A typical camp day starts with a huge “Welcome” sign overlooking the stadium courts and Coach Martin’s traditional stretching and fitness routine. It’s the perfect plan to get ready for on court action. Then UCLA Men’s Assistant Coach Grant Chen oversees campers’ court assignments and directs instructional curriculum. Also, the UCLA based program now offers a strong 10-and-Under curriculum using red, orange and green balls. “We strive to take care of the needs of all players and all of the levels,” Chen said.

Overall, the Billy Martin Holiday Tennis Camps proved to be the perfect answer to giving kids a chance to exercise, improve tennis skills, and enjoy their brief time off from school.

“Tennis is a year round and global sport,” Martin said. “To be  able to play tennis almost every day in Southern California is a luxury and a tremendous opportunity for our juniors to train.”

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Sip ‘N Serve Hits Orange County http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-news/sip-n-serve-hits-orange-county/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-news/sip-n-serve-hits-orange-county/#comments Wed, 28 Dec 2016 04:12:50 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=9648 Read more »]]> The Sip ‘N Serve Series is kicking into high gear this winter with a new site locked in for Orange County. The Racquet Club of Irvine will play host to Sip ‘N Serve’s newest program starting in late January.

The Sip ‘N Serve Series is USTA Southern California’s take on a nationwide initiative to engage millennials in tennis. It’s a non-competitive program that runs as a high-energy tennis class, while also providing networking opportunities for young adults. While each series is run independently, players can expect 1-2 hours of tennis and a social element that follows directly after. The series is open to anyone and everyone who loves tennis or is looking to learn how to play. All levels are welcome.

In 2016, players sipped and served in Long Beach, West LA, Marina del Rey, and San Diego.

The Racquet Club of Irvine is hosting its first series on Friday nights at 6 p.m. The series will run for six weeks starting on January 27th and will run through March 3rd. Non-members can expect to pay $25 to drop-in for one night or $90 for the series. Tennis will be followed by food at drinks at the club bar.

Marina City Club in Marina del Rey is set to host its winter series Thursday evenings January 12-February 16. The cost is $25 per session or $90 for the full series for non-MCC members. As always, food and drinks to follow at the club bar.

And Balboa Tennis Club will host is next series starting on January 22. Energetic USPTA coaches head the San Diego Series and head coach Amanda Fink has structured the program to focus on beginners. This series runs on Sunday evenings and will run for five weeks. Don’t worry, you’re off the hook for Super Bowl Sunday. Pay for the entire five week series for $50 or drop in for a class or two at $15/session.

Keep up to date on all of the Sip ‘N Serve happenings around Southern California on Facebook and on the program website. Contact Madeline Segura (segura@scta.usta.com) for any additional information on USTA Southern California’s Young Adult initiatives.

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Join Us At The January 2017 Long Beach Pro Circuit Event http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/socal-pro-tennis/join-us-at-the-january-2017-long-beach-pro-circuit-event/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/socal-pro-tennis/join-us-at-the-january-2017-long-beach-pro-circuit-event/#respond Wed, 21 Dec 2016 01:03:59 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=9628

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