Los Angeles County Tennis – Southern California Tennis News http://southerncaliforniatennis.org Tennis News, Events, Community Activities, Tournaments Tue, 20 Feb 2018 19:28:27 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.4 UCLA Takes TOC Section Championship http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-news/ucla-takes-toc-section-championship/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-news/ucla-takes-toc-section-championship/#respond Tue, 20 Feb 2018 18:53:48 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=24043 Read more »]]> At USTA Southern California, Assistant Director of Adult Tennis Madeline Segura is the face of Tennis On Campus. After a raucous weekend in San Diego for this year’s Sectionals, Madeline found time to decompress after a wild weekend and provide a glimpse at the ToC experience that led to UCLA and CalPoly SLO in a battle for Sectional bragging rights…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The Positive Sports Parent Series http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/community-tennis/the-positive-sports-event-series/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/community-tennis/the-positive-sports-event-series/#respond Fri, 16 Feb 2018 21:12:36 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=24038

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Former USC Assistant Women’s Coach Rolling Out West Coast Tennis Tours http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-in-your-area/los-angeles-county-tennis/former-usc-assistant-womens-coach-rolling-out-west-coast-tennis-tours/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-in-your-area/los-angeles-county-tennis/former-usc-assistant-womens-coach-rolling-out-west-coast-tennis-tours/#respond Mon, 12 Feb 2018 04:15:49 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=23677 Read more »]]> Former USC women’s assistant coach West Nott is rolling out West Coast Tennis Tours this summer for high performance juniors and college players looking to take their game to the next level.

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

West Nott with former NCAA doubles champion Kaitlyn Christian.

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

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

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

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

To view the summer schedule, click here.

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

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

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

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

For more information on West Coast Tennis Tour, go to: www.westcoasttennistour.com or call Nott at 858.322.3171 or email him: info@westcoasttennistour.com.

 

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2018 Inaugural NTRP Fast4 Sectional Championship Results http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/adults-seniors/2018-inaugural-ntrp-fast4-sectional-championship-results/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/adults-seniors/2018-inaugural-ntrp-fast4-sectional-championship-results/#comments Tue, 30 Jan 2018 00:25:15 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=23566 Read more »]]> Braemar Country Club in Tarzana hosted players on January 20-21 in the 2018 NTRP Fast4 Section Championship.

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

Serena Davis and Rosa LeClerc

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

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

TJ St. Marie and Jamie McFarland

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

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

2018 Winners heading to Nationals:

18 and Over Division

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

50 and Over Division

  • 3.5 Women’s Singles- Lisa Otten
  • 4.5 Women’s Doubles – Nancy Abrams and Patricia Buchanan
  • 3.5 Men’s Singles – Stephen Backus
  • 4.0 Men’s Singles – Daniel Pastore
  • 4.0 Men’s Doubles – David Goldschlag and John Irizarry
  • 4.5 Men’s Singles – Edmundo Soto
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Elite Racquet Sports Doubles Tennis Event http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/adults-seniors/elite-racquet-sports-doubles-tennis-event/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/adults-seniors/elite-racquet-sports-doubles-tennis-event/#respond Fri, 26 Jan 2018 01:50:46 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=23444 Read more »]]> Elite Racquet Sports’ Doubles Tennis tournament is organized in 3 divisions with a round-robin format, and the first team to 21 points wins the game.

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

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

Schedule:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Cardio Tennis Comes to Carson on January 27 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-news/cardio-tennis-comes-to-carson-on-january-27/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-news/cardio-tennis-comes-to-carson-on-january-27/#respond Wed, 10 Jan 2018 18:29:32 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=23032 Read more »]]>

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

The many benefits of Cardio Tennis include the following:

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

The event fee is $195 to $250 and online registration is available at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cardio-tennis-training-course-level-1-coming-to-carson-ca-registration-41146637701.

 

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The 2017 League Leader of the Year Announced http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/adults-seniors/league-tennis/2017-league-hero-of-the-year-announced/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/adults-seniors/league-tennis/2017-league-hero-of-the-year-announced/#comments Mon, 08 Jan 2018 00:44:43 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=23010 Read more »]]> Eduardo Rodriguez, Los Angeles

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Wild Card Rybakov, Top-Seeded Sarkissian Move On http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-in-your-area/los-angeles-county-tennis/wild-card-rybakov-top-seeded-sarkissian-move-on/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-in-your-area/los-angeles-county-tennis/wild-card-rybakov-top-seeded-sarkissian-move-on/#respond Fri, 05 Jan 2018 04:18:20 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=22867 Read more »]]> Texas Christian University junior Alex Rybakov was one spot out from main-draw entry last week and fully prepared to play qualifying when he learned he was granted a USTA wild card and moved directly into the main draw.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more information on these event, email tournament director Phil Siordia at siordia@usc.edu.

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Lucky Loser Ross Wins First-Round Match at SoCal Futures http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-news/lucky-loser-ross-wins-first-round-match-at-socal-futures/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-news/lucky-loser-ross-wins-first-round-match-at-socal-futures/#respond Thu, 04 Jan 2018 03:24:44 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=22865 Read more »]]> By winning the prestigious USTA Junior Spring National Easter Bowl in Indian Wells a year and a half ago, Gianni Ross quickly became known as one of the top junior tennis prospects in the United States.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday’s First-Round Singles Results

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday’s Quarterfinal Doubles Results

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more information on these event, email tournament director Phil Siordia at siordia@usc.edu.

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Southern California Pro Futures Begins Saturday http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-in-your-area/los-angeles-county-tennis/southern-california-pro-futures-begins-saturday/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-in-your-area/los-angeles-county-tennis/southern-california-pro-futures-begins-saturday/#respond Sat, 30 Dec 2017 18:46:36 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=22663 Read more »]]> Former UCLA All-American Karue Sell is the top-seeded player in the qualifying singles draw for the fourth annual Southern California Pro Futures Tournament, a $25,000 USTA Pro Circuit event that begins today on the campus of USC.

Qualifying singles draw

Sell, currently ranked No. 686 in the ATP World Tour rankings, is originally from Brazil and teaches tennis at First Break Academy out of the StubHub Center in Carson. Other top-seeded American players include up-and-coming 18-year-old Patrick Kypson (No. 2), UCLA senior Martin Redlicki (No. 3), University of Virginia senior Colin Altamirano (No. 5), USTA-trained 18-year-old Sam Riffice (No. 7) and USC junior Logan Smith (No. 8).

There are seven current USC players in the qualifying draw, and wild cards include local SoCal players Gage Brymer, formerly of UCLA, and current Bruin senior Austin Rapp.

The tournament is being hosted by USC and men’s tennis coach and five-time NCAA champion Peter Smith. “The qualifying draw is really solid and includes some top local young Southern California junior and college players,” Smith said. “It’s a pleasure to have this event here at USC and we are looking forward to a week of great tennis.”

The Southern California Pro Futures Tournament director Phil Siordia has announced community events, including:

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

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

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

For more information on these event, email Siordia at siordia@usc.edu.

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Long Beach Mayor Garcia To Present Awards at Upcoming Long Beach Pro Futures Tournament http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-in-your-area/los-angeles-county-tennis/long-beach-mayor-garcia-to-present-awards-at-upcoming-long-beach-pro-futures-tournament/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-in-your-area/los-angeles-county-tennis/long-beach-mayor-garcia-to-present-awards-at-upcoming-long-beach-pro-futures-tournament/#respond Sun, 24 Dec 2017 16:26:58 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=22555 Read more »]]> Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia and Long Beach Councilwoman for the Fifth District Stacy Mungo will take part in a trophy ceremony following the final match at the fourth annual Long Beach USTA Pro Circuit event presented by USTA Southern California being contested Jan. 6-14.

Mayor Garcia will present the check to the singles winner of the $25,000 tournament being played at El Dorado Park Tennis Center and Mungo will present the check to the singles runner-up.

Long Beach Mayor Garcia

“We are so excited that professional tennis is once again returning to Long Beach,” said Mungo, who represents the Fifth District where El Dorado Park is located. “I am especially looking forward to watching these young pros in action. Long Beach is an amazing tennis community with a rich history and tradition that continues with the Long Beach USTA Pro Futures tournament.”

Councilwoman Suzie Price, who represents the Third District of Long Beach where the Billie Jean King Tennis Center is located, will also take part in the finals presentation.

For more information on the Long Beach tournament or events, email: brittnie@sctennisacademy.com and for more information on the community events, email the SCTA’s Tiffany Mai at: tmai@scta.usta.com

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USTA Pro Futures Begin January 1 at USC, Long Beach http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-in-your-area/los-angeles-county-tennis/usc-long-beach-usta-pro-futures-events-to-kick-off-2018/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-in-your-area/los-angeles-county-tennis/usc-long-beach-usta-pro-futures-events-to-kick-off-2018/#respond Fri, 22 Dec 2017 18:25:39 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=21836 Read more »]]> Full coverage at www.socalprocircuit.com.

For the fourth consecutive year, USC and El Dorado Park Tennis Center in Long Beach will host $25,000 USTA Pro Circuit Futures events to kick off the year.

USC Los Angeles Top Seed Alex Sarkissian of Glendale (LA Times)

The Southern California Pro Futures tournament will take place in Los Angeles on the campus of USC Jan. 1-7 and in Long Beach for the USTA Pro Circuit presented by USTA Southern California being contested Jan. 8-14.

Top seeds for the tournaments are Glendale’s Alex Sarkissian (USA) in Los Angeles, and Jan Satral (CZE) at Long Beach. Last year, a pair of former UCLA Bruin NCAA singles champions won singles titles with Mackenzie McDonald taking home the USC championship and Marcos Giron getting the victory at Long Beach.

Other notable faces include JC Aragone (Yorba Linda), UCLA’s Martin Redlicki, and qualifiers Evan Zhu of UCLA, and USC’s Brandon Holt and Riley Smith.

International up-and-comers include Japan’s Kaichi Uchida and Alexander Ward of Great Britain.

L.A. Pro Futures Tournament director Phil Siordia has announced community events, including:

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

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

Sunday, Jan. 7: USPTA PTR Coaches Clinic open to players, coaches and parents, 9 to 10:30 a.m. light breakfast. Speaker USC Men’s Coach Peter Smith.

For more information on these event, email Philip Siordia at siordia@usc.edu.

Long Beach Tournament director Brittnie Furuvald has announced several community events, including a Wilson Pro-Am that will take place on Sunday, Jan. 7 with the cost $200. USC Men’s Coach Peter Smith will host the event at El Dorado Park.

Community Events for the Long Beach USTA Pro Circuit presented by USTA Southern California:

Sunday, Jan. 7: Wilson Pro-Am, time TBD.

Thursday, Jan. 11: League Appreciation Day, Presented by Legends, Long Beach, 9:30 am-10:30 am; Learn doubles strategies from Coach Smith; Certified Health & Wellness Coach Hannah Holladay will share tips on re-energizing.

Friday, Jan. 12: Military Appreciation Day, Presented by Long Beach Wounded Warriors, 3 pm-4 pm. Wheelchair exhibition with pros and amateurs.

Saturday, Jan. 13: High Performance Clinic, Presented by SC Tennis Academy & USTA Net Generation, 10 am-11 am.

Visit www.socalprocircuit.com for full coverage of the Pro Circuit here in Southern California.

For more information on the Long Beach tournament or events, email: brittnie@sctennisacademy.com and for more information on the community events, email the SCTA’s Tiffany Mai at: tmai@scta.usta.com.

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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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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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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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Tenis para toda La familia! Hispanic Heritage Oct 7 in Pasadena http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/community-tennis/tenis-para-toda-la-familia-hispanic-heritage-on-october-7-in-pasadena/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/community-tennis/tenis-para-toda-la-familia-hispanic-heritage-on-october-7-in-pasadena/#respond Fri, 15 Sep 2017 21:06:07 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=20697 Read more »]]>

Southern California Tennis Association and Pasadena Tennis Association will present a Tennis Family Festival to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month! The event takes place at Blair High School in Pasadena, Saturday October 7 from 10am to 1pm.

Music, Food, Prizes… and, of course, TENNIS! Come out and have some fun with the whole family!

For more information, contact info@tennispasadena.com or call (626) 421-9511!

Asociación de tenis del sur de California y la Asociación de tenis de Pasadena presentará un Festival de la familia de tenis para celebrar mes de la Hispanidad! El evento tendrá lugar en la escuela secundaria de Blair en Pasadena, el sábado 7 de octubre de 10:00 a 13:00. 

Música, comida, premios… y, por supuesto, tenis! ¡Salir y divertirse con toda la familia!

Para obtener más información, póngase en contacto con info@tennispasadena.com o llame al (626) 421-9511!

 

 

 

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Powershares Tennis Comes Back To Los Angeles http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/community-tennis/powershares-tennis-comes-back-to-los-angeles/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/community-tennis/powershares-tennis-comes-back-to-los-angeles/#comments Fri, 08 Sep 2017 22:28:25 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=20627 Read more »]]> PowerShares is coming back to Southern California.

See brand new Tennis Hall of Famer Andy Roddick, Michael Chang, James Blake and Mardy Fish on Sunday, October 22nd at Sherwood Country Club! Tickets and VIP Packages, including “Play with the Pros” opportunities, are on-sale now at PowerSharesSeries.com.

Enter USTA10 for a special USTA member discount. For more details got to http://www.powersharesseries.com/event/los-angeles/.

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Summer Night Lights http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/newsletter/summer-night-lights/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/newsletter/summer-night-lights/#comments Fri, 08 Sep 2017 18:26:47 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=20624 Read more »]]> The Summer Night Lights program is a public and private partnership undertaken by the City of Los Angeles Mayor’s Office of Gang Reduction & Youth Development (GRYD) and the GRYD Foundation.

Summer Night Lights is part of the GRYD Comprehensive strategy, which is directed at increasing community resiliency to the influence of gangs and gang violence.

The SCTA Foundation gave funds to assist with tennis classes at several sites from June 28 – August 25th. Attached are some pictures of Jackie Tatum Harvard Recreation Center from last Friday night tennis classes at the park. It was great to see Adrienne Newsom, President & Chief Operating Officer of the GRYD Foundation there to hit some balls with Al Erby, the instructor, working with the kids. He is also the instructor for the LA84 Foundation SCTA/NJTL Youth Tennis Program at the park for the year round tennis program. The kids were having a lot of fun and several parents joined in as well.

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