Orange County Tennis – Southern California Tennis News Tennis News, Events, Community Activities, Tournaments Tue, 25 Sep 2018 00:33:49 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Kids Serving Kids puts racquets in the hands of needy kids Sat, 22 Sep 2018 17:55:27 +0000 Read more »]]> Kids Serving Kids, Recycle, Renew, Replay, is a great organization that collects used tennis racquets and new raquets, restring them and donate them to deserving youth in low income areas.


Founded in 2007, Kids Serving Kids (KSK) began contacting local tennis facilities to join them in their effort to collect new and used tennis raquets to promote the sport of tennis globally. With the help of Jose Ayala, a tennis professional and coach who founded Orange County’s KSK chapter, Kids Serving Kids places racquets in the hands of deserving kids locally and from around the world with an incentive toward excellence in academics and athletics.

With the goal of happiness and hope, kids will have the opportunity to develop their gifts and talents in the game of tennis knowing that someone cares to bring smiles to their faces. It is our sincere wish to reach across the borders to improve the lives of younger kids. Hopefully their lives will be enriched as ours have been through the game of tennis.

To learn more about this program or to donate used racquets for distribution to future tennis players of Southern California and beyond, please visit

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SoCal Embraces Hot Pink at League Sectionals Fri, 17 Aug 2018 20:54:15 +0000 Read more »]]>  

For 2018, Southern California league teams should learn to love PINK. Specifically, hot pink.

A color war has broken out across the nation, with 17 colors assigned to the 17 USTA Sections. Teams that advance to Nationals are asked to incorporate the colors into their outfits or tennis gear. To promote this color camaraderie, players will also have matching wristbands to trade with opponents throughout the tournament.

Hot pink is the color for Southern California teams. As a tribute to the color wars, hot pink was on full display at the Adult 18 & Over Sectional Championship at Los Caballeros Sports Village this month. Players checked in at a tournament desk decorated in hot pink pom-poms and had plenty of opportunities to pose with pink party props throughout the event.

Teams that won at Sectionals will advance to various facilities across the U.S. to compete for a national title. The winning teams received information packets on their National Championship, which also included their pink wristbands and reminder about their role in the color wars. You can track the color wars online with the hashtag #USTALeague.

Congratulations to all of Southern California’s winning teams!

  • 3.0 Women – Beach Cities – Manhattan Country Club
  • 3.5 Women – San Fernando Valley – Party at the Net
  • 3.5 Men – San Gabriel Valley – Underdogs
  • 4.0 Women – San Gabriel Valley – Chow Fun-Aye
  • 4.0 Men – Orange County Weekend – Lower Peters Canyon
  • 4.5 Women – San Fernando Valley – Braemar
  • 4.5 Men – Orange County – Body Shots
  • 5.0 Women – Orange County – Los Cab
  • 5.0 Men – Orange County – Dream Killers
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Roy Emerson Adoption Guild Tennis Classic comes Memorial Day Weekend Mon, 30 Apr 2018 17:10:29 +0000 Read more »]]> Continuing a 57-year-old tradition in Southern California, tennis aficionados will gather over Memorial Day weekend for the celebrated Adoption Guild Tournament. This USTA-sanctioned, 4-day event will be hosted by the Palisades Tennis Club in Newport Beach. Other local clubs, including The Tennis Club at Newport Beach Country Club, Racquet Club of Irvine, and Mesa Verde, will host some of the early rounds. $15,000 in Prize money for the Open, Men’s 35s, and 50 & Over Divisions, is being proudly sponsored by the Orange County Breakers. A Consolation Round is being held for all divisions.

The tournament is named for Australian-born tennis champion Roy Emerson. A two-time Wimbledon victor in 1964 and 1965, Emerson, along with his wife Joy (a tennis-pro and former Adoption Guild winner herself), have fronted the Adoption Guild Classic for more than two decades. “It’s a labor of love,” says the long-time Orange County couple, adding “We believe in the fine work of the Adoption Guild in support of HFS—Holy Family Services. What’s more important than caring for children?”

On Finals Day, Monday, May 28th, a Sponsor Garden overlooking center court will offer the best seats in the house for the finals matches: a table for 6 includes a champagne brunch along with beer, wine, and food all day long as a benefit of a $1,000 Sponsorship donation. A highlight of Finals Day is an address by Roy Emerson, a not-to-be missed speech in which he shares a bit of history on his lifelong love of the sport as well as his take on the current state of the game worldwide.

Highlights of this event include the Tournament Party on Saturday night, May 26th, beginning at 6 pm at The Tennis Club at Newport Beach Country Club. The party, with food stations hosted by the area’s finest restaurants and complimentary beer and wine, is free to all tournament participants and $25 for guests who are age 21 and older. On Finals Day, Monday, May 28th, Adoption Guild Sponsors and guests will enjoy matches on center court from the Sponsor Garden at Palisades Tennis Club.

The Tennis Classic is led by Adoption Guild co-chairs Katie Richardson and Libby Doughty, Tennis Director Rob Rye with the assistance of Brad Albert, and is held under the USTA umpire supervision of Laurel Smith. Players are welcome to sign up for men’s and women’s open singles, men’s, women’s, and mixed open doubles, men’s 35s doubles, as well as a series of NTRP men’s and women’s 3.5 – 5.5 singles, doubles and mixed. And, the Guild is offering a new division this year, 50 & Over, where players may enter men’s or women’s singles and doubles.

To register, please visit and click on the Tennis Tournament tab. For information on the tournament, the party or to inquire about sponsorship, please e-mail

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Tournament Spotlights Spring 2018 Fri, 20 Apr 2018 18:53:52 +0000 Read more »]]> Adult Tennis Tournaments

Sanctioned by the USTA in San Diego, the Hendrickson Wheelchair Classic returns for the 19th year on May 19-20 at Balboa Tennis Club. Eighteen different divisions (Open/A/B/C) will compete including Men’s and Women’s singles and doubles, plus Quad singles and doubles. Entries are due by May 13. The event is open to USTA members. For complete information via USTA TennisLink (Tournament #650004318) or click here.

The USTA National Senior, Super Sr., Ultra Sr. Father / Son & Mother / Daughter Hard Court Championships will be held June 8-10 at Claremont Mudd Scripps Colleges in Claremont, Calif. Six different divisions (with age guidelines) will combine parents and their children in competitive national competition. Entry to this tournament is open to all USTA members and must be submitted by Sunday, June 3. For complete information, visit USTA TennisLink (Tourn. ID #651768218) or click here.


Junior Tennis Tournaments

Junior Team Tennis will hold its Spring Sectional Championships at the Great Park in Irvine (and throughout Orange County) on June 2-3. SoCal’s brightest young talents will compete at various levels. For more information, contact Junior Team Tennis Manager Ken Grassel at



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Community Tennis Advocates Strive to Assist Community Tennis Associations in So Cal Thu, 29 Mar 2018 17:27:53 +0000 Read more »]]> The Community Tennis Advocacy Task Force met recently in at The Great Park in Irvine to discuss ways to empower communities to develop more tennis activities, programs, tournaments and events. This effort was led by Melanie Bischoff, the Director of Community Tennis for the Southern California Tennis Association (SCTA), and Pam Austin, a member of the SCTA Executive  Board of Directors. It was supported by about a dozen So Cal industry leaders.

“We want to help tennis providers in Southern California learn about opportunities for growth,” Austin said. “We have a lot of people doing great things. We also have others who want to do great things but need help in achieving their tennis goals.”

A powerful tool to promote tennis is through forming Community Tennis Associations (CTAs) and there are currently over 40 in So Cal serving areas as far north as San Luis Obispo and stretching south to the U.S. and Mexican border. The SCTA does not offer, host or organize the formation or control of CTAs, but often works closely with them.

“The SCTA wants to support local CTAs in any way that we can,” Bischoff said. “We can offer advice and connect to USTA programs and grant opportunities.”

Topics of discussion at the Community Advocacy Task Force included:

  • What is a CTA?
  • What are the benefits?
  • How can you form one?
  • How can the SCTA be off assistance to those wanting to form a CTA and grow tennis?

What is a CTA? A Community Tennis Association provides the underlying support for all tennis programs in a community. Dedicated volunteers and professionals in CTAs raise funds, promote programs, and publicize local tennis activities to ensure that tennis maintains strong roots in the communities. Most importantly, CTAs ensure that every program is accessible to everyone. District offices establish the framework for not only starting tennis programs in the community but for sustaining and expanding them. Guidance, grants, and technical assistance is available.

What are the benefits? A CTA is a 501(c)(3) organization with a board of directors, and must follow all rules and guidelines as directed by that status. One of the biggest benefits of a 501(c)(3) is exemption from taxes. This means your non-profit organization is exempt from federal taxes, sales taxes and property taxes. You may even be exempt from payroll taxes if you have employees. Being tax-exempt will save you money over time which is a plus to any nonprofit organization. Other advantages are the ability to apply for grants and other public or private allocations available only to IRS-recognized, 501(c)(3) organizations, the public legitimacy of IRS recognition and possible discounts on US Postal bulk-mail rates and other services.

How can you form a CTA? There are many steps to forming a CTA as a non-profit organization and below is a very general overview. Note: It is important to speak with experts and seek legal advice when undertaking this step. The below process is only a general overview extracted from Nolo’s Guide Book on how to form a nonprofit 501c3 status.

  1. Choose a name: The name of your nonprofit corporation cannot be the same as the name of another corporation on file with your state’s corporation’s office usually the Secretary of State’s office.
  2. File articles of incorporation: You must file “articles of incorporation” with the state’s corporate filing office. In this document, you fill out some basic information such as your nonprofit’s name and office address.
  3. Apply for your IRS Tax Exemption: Submit a federal 501(c)(3) tax exemption application to the IRS along with a copy of your filed articles with your application.
  4. Apply for a state tax exemption: This step does not apply to nonprofits in all states. In a few states, you must complete a separate application to get a state tax exemption. In most states, as long as you file nonprofit articles of incorporation and obtain your federal 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status, your state tax exemption will be automatically granted.
  5. Draft bylaws: A nonprofit’s bylaws are the internal governing rules that contain rules and procedures for holding meetings, voting on issues, and electing directors and officers.
  6. Appoint directors: A nonprofit’s directors make the major policy and financial decisions for the nonprofit. Many states allow nonprofits to have just one director, but other states require at least three.
  7. Hold a meeting of the board: At the first meeting of the board of directors, the directors take care of formalities such as adopting the bylaws, electing officers, and recording the receipt of federal and state tax exemptions.
  8. Obtain licenses and permits: Check with your state department of consumer affairs or similar state licensing agency for information concerning state licensing requirements for your type of organization.

(Again a disclaimer: the above steps are not an absolute process to form a CTA as offered by the SCTA or any other organization. It is merely a brief list to create understanding of the multifaceted journey. Seeking legal advice from experts is critical to success.) 

Steve Riggs is the President of the Orange County Community Tennis Association (OCCTA), which is a CTA in Southern California. The OCCTA offers programming, tournaments, classes and more. His group oversees the direction of the organization, and he heads all board meetings. To Riggs, the value of being a CTA is indispensible.

“CTAs have more impact on promoting tennis than people think,” said Riggs, also the Director of Tennis for the City of Irvine. “They have no boundaries and can have a strong impact on the growth and development in each community.”

For more information, please contact SCTA Director of Community Tennis Melanie Bischoff at


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SCTA Net Generation Meeting Assists Pros and Providers in Orange County Tue, 27 Feb 2018 21:12:02 +0000 Read more »]]> As a kid, Ryan Endraske was a baseball player who didn’t like waiting for his turn to be involved in the sport. On a lark, he picked up a tennis racket and never looked back. Now a USPTA teaching professional from San Clemente, his passion is bring the game to as many kids as possible.

Endraske, a father of three, was one of 15 coaches who attended a recent Net Generation Meeting sponsored by the Southern California Tennis Association at the Racquet Club of Irvine. The event was organized by Orange County Tennis Service Representative Spencer Wayman and led by SCTA Director of Marketing Cari Buck. The goal of the Net Generation meeting was to assist pros, coaches and providers in signing up as a Net Generation coach or provider. Also on hand to help were SCTA Tennis Service Representatives Donald Wong, Tiffany Mai, and Karen Ronney.

“This was an opportunity for pros to meet, learn about Net Generation, and get help signing up,” Wayman said. “It’s great if you are just getting started. Things are broken down for all levels.”

Endraske’s path to a career in tennis included competing for Shasta Junior College, and he later focused on his education and graduated from San Diego State University. He said he believes in the value in the USTA’s Red-Orange-Green curriculum and the junior pathway to tennis success.

“I’m not sure if tennis found me or I found tennis but I am really grateful,” said Andraske, who teaches at Liberty Park. “It has given me a passion to focus on grassroots tennis and bring all types of programs to my juniors and adults. I want to show them the stepping stones to learn to play tennis.”

Buck explained to the dedicated group of coaches the Net Generation brand is a program that offers a plethora of resources including lesson plans at all levels, flyers and more. A certified USPTA and PTR teaching pro should register as a coach. Those without the certification can sign up as providers. There is room for all.

Net Generation is here to help you build your business,” Buck said. “You can go online and create a personal profile. Parents can find tennis providers with zip codes find safe places to play for their kids. We’re not telling people how to coach. We just want to give them resources.”

The Net Generation “green light” clearance includes a background check and passing an online SafePlay program. When working with children in schools, a key Net Generation element is to connect the school with a community partner, which could be a club or tennis program.  Also, SCTA Tennis Service Representatives can help facilitate the process.

Mike Thoeresz, the Director of Tennis for the Racket Club of Irvine, was happy to offer his club as a host site for the event. He is a firm believer in the Net Generation brand of tennis.

“Getting into the school system can be like breaking into Fort Knox,” Thoeresz said. “It’s unbelievably hard but with the support of the Tennis Service Reps and the USTA this is a golden opportunity to bring tennis to more kids.”


Below is the list of Southern California Tennis Service Representatives and their areas:

To sign up for Net Generation go to






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Spring Wheelchair Schedule Tue, 27 Feb 2018 01:33:41 +0000 Read more »]]> The Wheelchair & Adaptive Tennis schedule is getting busy with multiple wheelchair events on the horizon.

If you’re ready to get out there and hit, consider some of these upcoming SoCal tournaments!

April 7-8
5th Annual West Coast Wheelchair Tennis Classic
Warner Center Tennis in Woodland Hills, CA
USTA TennisLink: #650015318
contact: Jerry Russell 818-429-4435

April 29
Whittier Up/Down
Palm Park in Whittier, CA
Free event, Prizes for all Participants
To reserve your spot email:

May 19-20
Hendrickson Tournament
Balboa Tennis Center in San Diego, CA
USTA TennisLink: #650004318

June 2-3
Southern California Sectionals
Lakewood Tennis Center in Lakewood, CA
USTA – tennislink 651721618

June 21-24
Angel City Games
L.A. Tennis Center at UCLA

June 30
One Day Beginner’s Clinic and Fast 4 Tournament
Biola University in La Mirada, CA
Further details TBA
Dee Henry 562.822.8597

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UCLA Takes TOC Section Championship Tue, 20 Feb 2018 18:53:48 +0000 Read more »]]> At USTA Southern California, Assistant Director of Adult Tennis Madeline Segura is the face of Tennis On Campus. After a raucous weekend in San Diego for this year’s Sectionals, Madeline found time to decompress after a wild weekend and provide a glimpse at the TOC experience that led to UCLA and Cal Poly 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 UCI 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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Marguerite Tennis Pavilion Is Public Facility of the Year Tue, 13 Feb 2018 21:42:29 +0000 Read more »]]> Marguerite Tennis Pavilion Named PTR Public Facility of the Year

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

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

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

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

PTR CEO Dan Santorum, Head Professional Ryan Hill

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

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

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

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Inaugural Friendship Team Cup This Summer Tue, 30 Jan 2018 00:32:28 +0000 Read more »]]> New and Innovative One Day Format Boys and Girls 18’s and 16’s Divisions

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

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

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

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

News: USTA Cross Sectional Camp in Orlando

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

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

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

Serena Davis and Rosa LeClerc

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

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

TJ St. Marie and Jamie McFarland

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

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

2018 Winners heading to Nationals:

18 and Over Division

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

50 and Over Division

  • 3.5 Women’s Singles- Lisa Otten
  • 4.5 Women’s Doubles – Nancy Abrams and Patricia Buchanan
  • 3.5 Men’s Singles – Stephen Backus
  • 4.0 Men’s Singles – Daniel Pastore
  • 4.0 Men’s Doubles – David Goldschlag and John Irizarry
  • 4.5 Men’s Singles – Edmundo Soto
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SCTA’s Community Tennis Development Workshop Creates New Traditions in Orange County Fri, 15 Dec 2017 19:24:10 +0000 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 Wed, 13 Dec 2017 21:42:44 +0000 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 Thu, 07 Dec 2017 23:11:17 +0000 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

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Don’t Miss The Wilson Fast4 1-Day Tournaments Tue, 17 Oct 2017 17:03:51 +0000

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Wilson Fast4 1-Day Tournaments Come To Beach Cities Fri, 13 Oct 2017 23:28:42 +0000 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: 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.


For more information contact the Tournament Director or Linda Milan at the USTA Southern California office: 310-824-5139 or

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2017 SCTA Tennis Hall of Fame Wrap Up Fri, 06 Oct 2017 01:32:48 +0000 Read more »]]> On a picturesque autumn evening overlooking the Pacific Ocean, twelve champions of Southern California tennis were inducted to the SCTA Hall of Fame, with hundreds of friends and colleagues in attendance.

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

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


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

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

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

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

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UNC Product Wins First USTA Men’s Futures In Fountain Valley Mon, 02 Oct 2017 07:13:30 +0000 Read more »]]> Ronnie Schneider Topples 2015 Winner Ryan Shane In Three Sets

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Los Cab USTA Men’s Futures Singles Final Set For 11 A.M. Sunday Sun, 01 Oct 2017 07:24:32 +0000 Read more »]]> Former University Of Virginia And University Of North Carolina Stars To Face Off

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Los Cab USTA Men’s Futures Event Down To Final Four Sat, 30 Sep 2017 07:44:33 +0000 Read more »]]> Injury Forces Doubles Team Of Past And Present UCLA Bruins To Withdraw From Finals

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

He never swung a racquet.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Redondo Beach And Former UCLA Player Continues Socal Tennis March Fri, 29 Sep 2017 07:21:28 +0000 Read more »]]> Four Singles Quarterfinals And Doubles Final Set For Friday In Fountain Valley Professional Event

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Tie-Breakers And Unseededs Rule Second Day Of Los Cab Futures Thu, 28 Sep 2017 07:18:18 +0000 Read more »]]> Four Doubles Quarter-Finals And Six Second Round Singles Matches Set For Thursday

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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