Riverside County Tennis – Southern California Tennis News http://southerncaliforniatennis.org Tennis News, Events, Community Activities, Tournaments Sat, 21 Jul 2018 02:17:50 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.7 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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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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$10,000 Equal Pay Open Tournament In Riverside http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/adults-seniors/10000-equal-pay-open-tournament-in-riverside/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/adults-seniors/10000-equal-pay-open-tournament-in-riverside/#respond Tue, 24 Oct 2017 01:46:40 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=21153 Read more »]]> Equal pay . . . is the iTennis way! The 7th Annual iTennis Andulka Park Open Championship in Riverside Nov. 3-5 features equal pay for both men and women regardless of draw size.

Adult Open tournaments typically do not offer equal pay for both genders, since prize money tournaments historically attract more male entrants than female.

“Why should women pay the same entry fee for a smaller reward?” asked iTennis Andulka Open tournament director Evan Parry. “Last year we significantly increased prize money for women, and this year they’ll be rewarded on an equal playing field.” Total prize money has been increased to $10,000, enabling Parry to pay all men and women players down to quarterfinals in singles and semifinals in doubles.

Equally as important, proceeds from the tournament will support the efforts of Let’s Teach, a non-profit founded by Stanford All-American John Letts and Australian Open Champion Brian Teacher which brings community tennis programming to all kids regardless of economic or social status.

Tournament dates for the iTennis Andulka Park Open are November 3-5, entries close October 30th, and draw size will be determined by the number of entries.

Register online at www.tennislink.usta.com (tournament I.D. is 650008117). For tournament information, contact: itennisandulka@gmail.com or Evan Parry at 951-683-0667. For Let’s Teach information, contact: www.lets-teach.org.

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

Typically, Adult Open tournaments do not offer equal pay for both genders, as most prize money tournaments have more male entrants, than women entrants. Therefore, women stand to win less prize money even though they pay the same entry fee. “Why should the women pay the same entry fee for a smaller reward?” asked tournament director Evan Parry. “Last year we increased the prize money for the women, and this year they will play on an equal prize money field.” Parry hopes that guaranteeing women equal prize money will will help attract more female entrants.Total prize money for this tournament has been increased to $10,000, enabling Parry to increase the prize money for each stage of competition, as well as continuing to pay all players down to the quarterfinals in singles, and even the semifinals in doubles.Scheduled for November 3-5, guaranteed prize money will be paid out as follows, equal pay for each gender:
SINGLES

Champion – $1,500
Finalist – $800
Semifinalists – $300/each

Quarterfinalists – $150/each

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

Semifinalists – $150/team

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

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Wilson Inland Empire Fast4 Grand Prix http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/adults-seniors/wilson-inland-empire-fast4-grand-prix/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/adults-seniors/wilson-inland-empire-fast4-grand-prix/#comments Tue, 16 May 2017 23:21:23 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=13763

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

Sophia Aulicino hits a backhand volley.

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

Ben Goldberg hits a backhand.

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

FUN FACTS ABOUT ST. PATRICK’S DAY

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

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

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

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

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

Frances Tiafoe on the run (SCTA Staff)

 

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Mustangs Win Second Straight TOC Title http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-news/mustangs-win-second-straight-toc-title/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-news/mustangs-win-second-straight-toc-title/#respond Tue, 28 Feb 2017 18:10:54 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=11547 Read more »]]> The Cal Poly San Luis Obispo club tennis team earned its second Southern California Tennis On Campus Championship this month. The team beat out UCLA in a rematch of the 2016 final.

Cal Poly SLO – A and B Teams

The Mustangs breezed through pool play on day one of the championship, taking down B-teams from UC Santa Barbara and University of San Diego. In the Gold Draw, the team faced San Diego State in the quarterfinals and USC in the semis – both teams working to rebuild after losing key senior players in 2016.

UCLA A, B, and C Teams

The Bruins entered into the tournament as the number one seed with a veteran roster along with a couple of new faces. In pool play, UCLA faced dangerous teams from Cal State Fullerton and UC Irvine – both capable of doing damage, but ultimately unsuccessful in their efforts. To get to the finals of the Gold Draw, the Bruins had to take down UC Santa Barbara and UCI’s A-team.

Once in the finals, both teams knew they had their work cut out for them. In the 2016 championship final, Cal Poly was able to get the win in a highly contested 26-23 win over the Bruins. This year, UCLA was hungry for the opportunity to reclaim their title as the top team in Southern California, a title the Bruins have known well since the program’s inception.

The final match started out with two extremely competitive doubles sets. The Mustangs took both of them, winning women’s doubles in a tiebreak and winning men’s doubles off of only one break of serve. Heading into singles, the Mustangs were up 12-9. They dropped women’s singles 2-6, but picked up a 6-4 win on the men’s side. The Mustangs had a one-game lead heading into the final set – mixed doubles- and it would be two veteran doubles teams battling for the title. Cal Poly SLO captain Alex Braksator and senior Christi Tain took on UCLA senior Ishaan Choubal and junior Joy Huang. For the first few games, the energy was tense on the court and among the fans in the stands. Everyone knew what was at stake. Braksator and Tain took control mid-match, however, and clinched the championship for Cal Poly with a 6-3 win.

The Mustangs are one of six Southern California teams who will travel to Orlando, Florida this spring for the National Championships. UC Irvine, USC, UC San Diego, and UC Santa Barbara will join Cal Poly and UCLA in a trip east to the New Home of American Tennis – the USTA’s new national campus. There, they will compete alongside 64 other teams from across the nation for the ultimate prize – the National Championship.

Back home at the Southern California Championship, the Silver Draw consisted of all of the teams that placed second in pool play. B-teams from Cal Poly, UCLA, USC, UCI, and UCSB were joined by UC Riverside and CSUN, along with UCLA’s C-team to finish out the draw of eight. It was an all-Bruin final and the Silver Draw ended with a tie. Neither team wanted to claim the victory over their teammates. As winners of the Silver Draw, UCLA won paid entry into the Tennis On Campus Spring Invitational in Surprise, AZ.

Three UCSD Womens Doubles Teams

The Bronze Draw contained all of the third-place teams from pool play. Pepperdine fielded two teams in the Bronze, along with UC San Diego. They were joined by Loyola Marymount, CSUF, and B-teams from USD and SDSU. Like in the Silver Draw, one school dominated the Bronze. Both UCSD teams battled to the final, but chose to settle the match against each other in an uber-competitive game of water pong. UCSD-C ultimately claimed the title and the school earned a $50 gift card and a case of balls for their success.

Up next on the Southern California schedule is the Cali Cup, scheduled for March 4-5 at UCLA. The tournament alternates from Northern California to Southern California year to year and is reserved for the top four teams from each section championship.

The Spring Invite is scheduled just one week prior to Nationals on April 7-9, and is organized for the players who do not travel to the National Championship. Southern California schools are known to excel here, winning five of the past seven titles. In the 2016 event, UC San Diego and USC were finalists in the Gold Draw and secured bids to this year’s National Championship.

To keep up to date with all of our Southern California Tennis On Campus programs, follow us on Facebook or on the section website!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

 

Benefits include:

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

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

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CIF San Diego Section Holds Tennis Coaches Meeting on February 7 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-news/cif-san-diego-section-holds-tennis-coaches-meeting-on-february-7/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-news/cif-san-diego-section-holds-tennis-coaches-meeting-on-february-7/#respond Thu, 26 Jan 2017 18:40:50 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=10767 Read more »]]> The CIF San Diego Section is hosting an all high school tennis coaches meeting on Tuesday, February 7th from 4 to 6pm at the San Diego Hall of Champions. All are invited to be a part of this meeting to learn about upcoming events, changes and network with other high school coaches. For more information, please go to this link:  http://evite.me/a9bTMaFMa9.

 

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Host Sip ‘N Serve in 2017 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-news/host-sip-n-serve-in-2017/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-news/host-sip-n-serve-in-2017/#respond Thu, 10 Nov 2016 20:07:29 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=9429 Read more »]]> The SCTA is extending an invitation all Southern California’s enterprising teaching pros. We are making a big push to bulk up our young adult programming in 2017 and we want new coaches to get involved. Sip ‘N Serve is a high-energy tennis clinic for young adults (ages 21-39), followed directly by networking and drinks for the players. It’s proven to be very successful in engaging a relatively disengaged group of tennis players, something we deeply care about here at the USTA. It has brought new members into tennis clubs, deepened local league teams, and built stronger customer bases for teaching pros. If successfully executed, the program really is a win-win-win. A win for you, a win for the player, and a win for the USTA.Sip N Serve Logo

Here’s the thing: Sip ‘N Serve is all yours. You choose the days to run it. You set your pricing. You keep all of your profits. We’ll even give you a grant to get you started. All we want is that you make tennis players happy in your local communities and that you collect player contact information and help us shuffle them into other USTA programs.

We are inviting enthusiastic tennis coaches to get the full Sip ‘N Serve experience on November 20th at Billie Jean King Tennis Center (1040 Park Ave) in Long Beach. SCTA staffers will run you through your typical SNS class – filled with games and friendly competitions. Then, we plan to wine and dine you. The hope here is that you will see how great the program is and that you will want to bring it to your facility immediately.

The clinic is free and you are welcome to invite others to join us. Please RSVP by Thursday, November 17th. To RSVP, simply email Madeline Segura (segura@scta.usta.com) with your name and the facility you teach out of.

If you have any questions about the program, feel free to contact us. We look forward to seeing you on the courts!

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SCTA Announces League Championship Restructure http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-news/scta-announces-league-championship-restructure/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-news/scta-announces-league-championship-restructure/#comments Mon, 01 Aug 2016 18:09:57 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=8481 Read more »]]> After much evaluation and discussion, the SCTA Adult Department and Management will implement the following championship restructure for Southern California USTA and SCTA leagues starting in 2017.

WHAT: The Sectional Championship will have four spots at each NTRP level and gender.  The Sectional Championship will feature the best of the best teams competing to earn a spot at the National Championship.

All local league winners will advance to an Area Playoff.  (Exception:  If there are 4 or less areas competing at a NTRP level, the local league winners will advance directly to Sectionals).  The playoffs will be divided into two events – one for the northernmost league areas and one for the southernmost areas.USTA_SoCal_WOFYIG

Local League Winners in BAKE; SB; VENT; SFV; LA and SGV areas will advance to the North Area Playoffs.

Local League Winners in BC; OC; IE; CV; SD and SDNC areas will advance to the South Area Playoffs.

Teams will be placed in flights at the playoffs, and a round robin format will be used, just as it has in the past.  The winning team in each flight in the North playoff, and the winning team in each flight of the South playoff will advance to the Sectional Championship.

WHEN: Changes will be in effect with the start of the 2017 leagues.

WHY: The USTA and  SCTA league programs have grown steadily every year and so have the demands for courts.  This change will enable us to keep running fun, exciting and organized events by offering nice venues and team-friendly schedules.

Under the current structure, six or seven league areas with the most teams at a certain NTRP level and gender advance straight to the Sectional Championships, while the rest advance to Area Playoffs where they compete for the remaining spots.  The current structure awards automatic bids based on team numbers, not on strength.

The Area Playoffs will now become livelier with all the local league winners participating, offering more competition.  Teams will receive their local league awards and lunch will be provided, giving it a Sectional-like atmosphere.  Creating centralized playoffs in the north and south will cut down on driving time for players and may eliminate some of the expenses that are currently associated with our events – like gas and hotel costs as well as time taken off from work.   Players will be able to plan their schedules around the Area Playoffs since the dates and locations will be set in advance. Participating at Area Playoff will also help the sectional winners qualify players for Nationals.

This restructure aligns USTA Southern California with the majority of other USTA sections – where teams play in one or more playoff events to earn a bid at Sectionals. This restructure will create fairness in the league and all teams will feel equally a part of the fabric of the Southern California USTA and SCTA league programs.

For questions, please contact a member of the SCTA Adult Department at 310-208-3838.

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UC San Diego wins big at Spring Invite http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-news/uc-san-diego-wins-big-at-spring-invite/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-news/uc-san-diego-wins-big-at-spring-invite/#respond Tue, 12 Apr 2016 22:34:34 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=6530 Read more »]]> It was an all-SoCal semifinal at the Tennis On Campus Spring Invitational, but in the end it was the UC San Diego Tritons who took home the top prize.

Nine Southern California schools made the trip to Tucson’s Reffkin Tennis Center for the annual event. Collectively, they fielded 14 teams and nearly swept the tournament with wins in the finals of all but one bracket.

Earlier this year at the Section Championships, UC San Diego was edged out of the fifth and last spot to the National Championship in a contentious match that went to a Supertiebreaker against San Diego State. Still feeling the sting of the loss, the Tritons were hungry for a victory.

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UCSD takes home Gold Bracket trophy!

They blew through pool play competition, dropping only 14 games, and were given the top seed in the Gold Bracket. In bracket play, UCSD pulled out convincing wins in their first two matches, but faced fellow SoCal A-Team UC Irvine in the semifinals. USC-B and UCI-B battled it out in the second semi-final. USC came out victorious and anxiously waited for their match-up in the finals, which was decided by one singular game.

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CSUF wins Fun Bracket title!

Just by being in the finals, both USC and UCSD were promised bids to the 2017 National Championships. Still, the Tritons did not let up and beat up on the Trojan B-Team without dropping a set. They secured the win with a 30-15 victory.

USC did find success, however, in the Copper Draw. The Trojan C-Squad beat out Washington University at St. Louis in the final 25-18.

The Bronze and “Fun” Brackets were also won by SoCal schools. With the Cal Poly San Luis Obispo A-Team headed to the National Championships, their B-Team took out Pepperdine in the finals of the Bronze 24-14. Cal State Fullerton-B partied their way to the finals of the Fun Bracket and beat out University of Texas at El Paso 29-15.

UCSD-B made sure there was a SoCal team in every final, but came up a little short in the Silver Bracket. They played the A-Team from University of Texas at San Antonio, but fell 15-28 in the finals.

As usual, Southern California schools, affectionately referred to as #TOCSOCAL, had an excellent showing at the 2016 Spring Invitational. While their skills on the court were represented in the handful of team trophies that were carted back home, they were also awarded with a number of other prestigious tournament honors.

For the third year in a row, UC Irvine captured the sought-after Sportsmanship Award. The Anteaters were also named 2016’s Best Dressed Team. #TOCSOCAL also placed in the mini tennis tournament with a doubles pairing from Pepperdine, as well as the annual dance-off thanks to a duo from Cal State Fullerton.

Pictures from the tournament can be found at the event’s Facebook Page. For a listing of all of the results, you can find them on TennisLink.

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College Knowledge Seminar 2016 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/newsletter/college-knowledge-seminar-2016/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/newsletter/college-knowledge-seminar-2016/#respond Fri, 04 Mar 2016 19:11:30 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=5931 Read more »]]> collegeknowledge_ball-(2)The SCTA and USPTA will conduct a COLLEGE KNOWLEDGE SEMINAR for parents, juniors, and coaches on April 17, 2016.  These sessions provide key information to college bound students regarding  the ” in’s and out’s” of collegiate varsity tennis and other tennis options.

You will hear from current varsity coaches and professionals in recruiting and training. Up-to-date information concerning academic requirements and scholarship availability will be discussed.

These seminars are held periodically at various locations in Southern California. The current schedule includes:

  • April 17, 2016 1-3 PM @ The Claremont Club, Claremont (San Gabriel Valley)
  • May 7, 2016 1-3 PM @ Calabasas Swim & Tennis, Calabasas (San Fernando Valley)
  • June, 2016  @ Junior Sectionals at Los Caballeros in Fountain Valley. (Orange County)

****REGISTER FOR THE APRIL 17, 2016 SEMINAR BY APRIL 11 ****

****SEND  AN EMAIL TO COLLEGEKNOWLEDGE@SCTA.USTA.COM.****

PLEASE INCLUDE YOUR NAME AND THE NUMBER IN YOUR PARTY.

 

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Two Temecula Teams To Represent the SCTA In JTT 18s Nationals http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-in-your-area/riverside-county-tennis/two-temecula-teams-to-represent-the-scta-in-jtt-18s-nationals/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-in-your-area/riverside-county-tennis/two-temecula-teams-to-represent-the-scta-in-jtt-18s-nationals/#respond Thu, 22 Oct 2015 23:04:45 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=4703 Read more »]]> Two USTA Southern California Section teams from Temecula, Calif., will compete in the 2015 USTA Junior Team Tennis 18U National Championships, held at the Cayce Tennis Center in Cayce, S.C. on Oct 22-25.

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ACES Foundation Advanced team.

The 2015 USTA Junior Team Tennis 18U National Championships will bring together the top 32 teams (250 players) at intermediate and advanced levels from various USTA Sections throughout the country.

The ACES Foundation team is coached by Hector Arellano and will compete in the Advanced division and features team members: Joseph Corse (Murrieta), Josh Robbins (Temecula), Jovana Kuljanin (Murrieta), Kelsey Lajom (Murrieta), Kyle Le (Temecula), Therese Recidoro (Murrieta), Brandon Herman (Winchester), Bryan Tapley (Temecula), Clark Minor (Temecula), Danielle Ribaudo (Temecula), Delaney Jones (Temecula), Jacob Cramer (Temecula), Kiera Revel (Temecula), Mackenzie Adams (Temecula), Marissa Lamonte (Temecula), Nicole Colica (Murrieta), Robert Colica (Murrieta), and Zach Arellano (Temecula).

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Guzman Champs Intermediate team.

The Guzman Champs team is coached by Alison Guzman and will compete against 15 other Intermediate teams. Team members include: Brandon Herman (Winchester), Bryan Tapley (Temecula), Clark Minor (Temecula), Danielle Ribaudo (Temecula), Delaney Jones (Temecula), Jacob Cramer (Temecula), Kiera Revel (Temecula), Mackenzie Adams (Temecula), Marissa Lamonte (Temecula), Nicole Colica (Murrieta), Robert Colica (Murrieta), Zach Arellano (Temecula).

The National Championships serves as the crown jewel of USTA Junior Team Tennis as the nation’s top teams compete for the title. Each year the USTA crowns a national champion in two age divisions (14U and 18U) in both the Intermediate and Advanced play divisions.

“I look at the National Championships as a year-end celebration for teams who battled through local play, and then through area, district and section championships,” said Matt Barnhart, National Manager for USTA Junior Team Tennis. “My goal is that one day every player has that type of experience during their local JTT program – fun team-based competition and memories that are made even beyond the court.”

This is the fourth year the Cayce Tennis Center will host to the USTA Junior Team Tennis National Championships. In addition, a second tennis facility, the Lexington County Tennis Complex, also will be utilized to serve the hundreds of players competing each weekend.

“We are thrilled to have so many young people and their families coming to our international award-winning tennis and fitness facility in the city of Cayce again this year,” said Cayce Mayor Elise Partin. “Many of our Cayce residents and residents across the Midlands enjoy this facility, and we couldn’t be more pleased to share it with other families across the nation for these upcoming USTA events.”

Established in 1991, USTA Junior Team Tennis provides youth with all of the health and social benefits of tennis in a coed, fun and competitive team environment – all while allowing participants to compete with and against individuals of similar ages and skill levels.

With more than 99,000 players competing nationwide, USTA Junior Team Tennis brings players together to enjoy camaraderie and teamwork, providing a  fun environment for kids to learn that succeeding is really more about how they play the game – win or lose.

Visit the USTA Junior Team Tennis website at ustajtt.com for complete results, stories and photos.

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TREVOR W. KRONEMANN NEW DIRECTOR OF JUNIOR TENNIS http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/uncategorized/trevor-w-kronemann-new-director-of-junior-tennis/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/uncategorized/trevor-w-kronemann-new-director-of-junior-tennis/#respond Mon, 19 Oct 2015 21:48:31 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=4680 Read more »]]> TREVOR W. KRONEMANN NEW DIRECTOR OF JUNIOR TENNIS

The Southern California Tennis Association (SCTA) is pleased to name Trevor W. Kronemann to be the SCTA Director of Junior Tennis.  He will begin his duties in the SCTA office at the LA Tennis Center on the UCLA Campus Monday, Nov. 2, 2015.  Kronemann joins the SCTA following a successful career as Head Coach of the Men’s Tennis Team at UC Irvine.

Trevor Kronemann - New Director of Junior Tennis“I would like to thank Bruce Hunt, Bill Kellogg and the entire Southern California Tennis Association and family for entrusting me with this opportunity. I look forward to improving and building upon the structure of junior tennis here in Southern California in the years to come.  One of my mentors, Billie Jean King says, “Pressure is a Privilege, Champions Adjust.” I will face the pressure, adjust as a champion and remember what a privilege it is to be involved with growing tennis here in Southern California,” stated Kronemann.

Kronemann graduated from University of California-Irvine in 1990, having led the Anteaters to four Big West titles and four NCAA Tournament appearances. He was the Big West Player of the Year in 1990, was the No. 1-ranked doubles player with partner Shige Kanroji in 1990 and was a six-time All-American (four times in singles and twice in doubles). He was inducted into the UC Irvine Athletics Hall of Fame in 1999.  Kronemann played for nine years on the ATP, 1990-98, ascending to a career-high ranking of No. 19 in doubles and winning six ATP doubles titles in 11 finals appearances.  He served as Vice President for the ATP Tour Player Council in 1995.

Kronemann was the head coach of Cal Poly, 2002-06, before returning to UC Irvine as the head men’s tennis coach in the fall of 2006. In addition, he coached the World Team Tennis’ Newport Beach Breakers. Previously, Kronemann led the Springfield Lasers to the WTT Western Conference title in 2001 and was a member of the Charlotte Heat and Springfield Lasers during his playing days. He was named WTT Rookie of the Year in 1990 and League Most Valuable Player on two other occasions. Kronemann was named to World Team Tennis 30, a group of the best men’s and women’s players in WTT’s 30-year history.

Trevor served a two-year term as Director at Large on the USTA Board of Directors from 2007-08. He was Board Liaison to the Administration/Operations Council and a member of the Audit Committee. Previously, Kronemann was on the USTA Nominating Committee and Budget and Finance Committee.

Bruce A. Hunt
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Teaching Pro Spotlight: Brett Hansen-Dent http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-spotlights/teaching-pro-spotlight/teaching-pro-spotlight-brett-hansen-dent/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-spotlights/teaching-pro-spotlight/teaching-pro-spotlight-brett-hansen-dent/#respond Fri, 16 Oct 2015 22:49:02 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=4676 Read more »]]> Brett Hansen-Dent has a little secret he’d like to let you in on about how to improve your volley: practice against a backboard.

The now 43-year-old Hansen-Dent is originally from Newport Beach but has been teaching for more than a year in a gated community at Big Bear Creek in the Murrieta Valley. The former touring pro and USC and UC-Irvine player learned the game from two top touring pros, his mother Betty Ann Grubb, and his stepfather former Australian great Phil Dent, who gave him that tip on how to improve his volley as a young teenager.72813_455363914529461_2132044914_n

“When I was a junior I just got thrown out there,” Hansen-Dent said. “They told me low to high and that’s just not right to tell a kid the first day. I got out there with Phil Dent and he said, ‘Listen here, Mate, if you want to learn how to volley you better go up and practice against that wall.’ That was about when I was 14. And when I came back to him at 16 he said I had some of the best volleys he’d ever seen. And I told him no one taught me that. I learned that myself.”

He continued: “I’ve done a lot of research and a lot of my friends I grew up with, three including me who made it to No. 1 in SoCal in the juniors, grew up hitting against a backboard. I’ve read articles about Bill Tilden and how he wasn’t the best, but spent one summer training on a backboard, and then became the best in the world.

“All the old Aussies like Phil Dent; they all hit on the wall.”

Hansen-Dent moved to Temecula with his buddy Bill Behrens, and the two started a junior elite home school academy currently called Pro Tour Tennis Academy. Hansen-Dent also started coaching the boys’ high school team at Linfield Christian School in Temecula.

“I’m just teaching privates and putting together groups for them,” Hansen-Dent said about his Bear Creek position. “They have five clay courts which is a huge selling point. I’ve made it like a mini club and I’m the first pro that’s there on-site.”

The academy is still a work in progress, and Hansen-Dent has one full-time student Max McKennon, a top 20-ranked SoCal junior in the 14s, he works with three or four times a week. “He’s a lefty with a good volley and a nice game,” Hansen-Dent said. “He plays a tournament every weekend. He loves it.”

Hansen-Dent said he finally found a student, “that was interested in me as much as I was interested in him. He kept following me around.”

McKennon even had a stint at the Dent Academy in Irvine, which Hansen-Dent help start with his half-brother Taylor before deciding the academy wasn’t the right fit for him. “I was involved helping them start it,” Hansen-Dent said. “We had different philosophies so it was going to be tough to work together.”

Hansen-Dent started his own company Tennis Police (tennispolice.com) with its appropriate motto: “To Protect, Serve and Return.” On its Facebook page, Tennis Police is described as a site “out to protect the public from imposter tennis programs, and pros that produce no real results and charge a fortune while doing it…”

He said he missed competing, but that tennis was never about winning and losing for him. “I just like hitting now. If I try to go match speed I’ll hurt myself. I just missing running around, like a dog chasing the ball. I do miss that. I don’t miss the winning and losing. That was never really why I did it. It’s probably different than a lot of guys out there, but I never really cared that much about winning.”

Hansen-Dent said it was his mother that taught him a lot about strategy, and hitting the angles. “My mom played World TeamTennis with Rosie Casals in the ’70s and I remember watching matches when I was six years old. Remember being around all the old school players at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open. A lot of people don’t realize my mom’s world ranking was higher than Taylor’s ever was.”

According to one website: “Grubb had her most significant success in doubles, including reaching the final of the 1977 US Open with Renée Richards as her partner.”

After college, Hansen-Dent played a year of World TeamTennis for Gregg Patton in Idaho and on tour for about a year and got to No. 90 in the world in doubles, but a knee injury quickly put him on the sidelines. “I tried to come back, but then I started looking around the locker room and everyone was like 6-foot-3 and ripped. So that kind of put an end to that.”

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Junior Spotlight: Jada Hart http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-news/junior-spotlight-jada-hart/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-news/junior-spotlight-jada-hart/#respond Fri, 09 Oct 2015 18:36:11 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=4629 Read more »]]> UCLA women’s head coach Stella Sampras Webster and assistant Rance Brown have had a close-up look at future UCLA Bruins Jada Hart and Ena Shibahara the past two years as the junior-level players have won back-to-back Ojai Tennis Tournament doubles titles in the Open division in both 2014 and 2015.

Both Hart and Shibahara have signed to play for the powerhouse Bruins with the 17-year-old Hart from Colton getting the call to join the team early this coming January and eligible to play for UCLA once deal season start in February.

Jada Hart

“It will be fun to be there the whole season,” said Hart, who is a high school student but has enough credits to graduate early. “Tennis is important to me but so is school. So it will be good to get there and get an early start.”

In fact, tennis will take a back seat this fall as Hart focuses on her studies and will not travel to many tournaments. She will still train three times a week at the USTA Training Center – West in Carson where she works with USTA national coach Adam Peterson.

But she will continue working with her personal coach Stuart Levchenko in Redondo Beach, and her father Nathan, a devoted supporter of Jada’s tennis who doesn’t like to ever miss a practice at Carson.

“He’s my main coach,” Hart said. “He’s a retired police officer so he’s able to spend the time helping me with my tennis.”

Hart and partner Alexandra Abele of Cincinnati fell in the semifinals of doubles at the USTA Girls’ 18s Hardcourt Nationals. The winner of that event earned a main draw wild card into the US Open. “It’s kind of hard to not think about having a 25 percent chance of getting into the US Open,” Hart said. “I think my partner was thinking about it a little more than I was. But it was definitely on our minds.”

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Jada Hart with coach Stuart Levchenko and father Nathan Hart.

Hart and Abele finished with the third-place bronze ball at Nationals. The week before, Hart helped lead the Southern California team to a title in the USTA Girls’ 18s National Team Championships.

With UCLA also adding top NorCal junior Alaina Miller of Saratoga, Calif., Hart said the Bruins will no doubt be vying for national championships for years to come.

 

 

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SoCal Gears Up for North/South Wheelchair Team Challenge http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-news/socal-gears-up-for-northsouth-wheelchair-team-challenge/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-news/socal-gears-up-for-northsouth-wheelchair-team-challenge/#respond Fri, 25 Sep 2015 21:31:22 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=4056 Read more »]]> USTA Southern California is currently accepting applications for the annual North South Wheelchair Team Challenge, which will take place October 24-25 at Sunnyside Health and Tennis Club in Fresno, California.

Now in its fifth year, the event offers a unique opportunity for local wheelchair players to team up and compete against our friendly rivals to the north! The teams include two players from each section in the following divisions: Open, A, B, C, Women, and Quad.WC 3

Team captains for the 2015 Challenge include Todd Hanover and Jerry Russell for Southern California and Mike Yousefi and David Van Brunt for Northern California.

Russel has been competing in this event since its inception in 2011 and is an active member of the wheelchair tennis community in Southern California.

“It’s been a lot of fun,” Russel said. “I have played in many tournaments all over the place, but this is something special. It’s the closest thing we have to Davis Cup. It’s been a great way to get people together in a different atmosphere.”

Northern California has a 3-1 team record over Southern California in the North/South Wheelchair Team Challenge. The Challenge Cup has not seen the Southern California coastline since the tournament’s first year, when the SoCal team captured its first and only title.

“Our team is definitely anxious to bring the cup back to Southern California where it belongs,” Hanover said.

And you can expect the SoCal team to give it their all this year, as they always do.

“It’s a friendly rivalry, but we can get extremely competitive on the court.” Russel commented. “All of the players know each other pretty well, but we really get behind each other when the matches are out. We’re playing for the team, not just ourselves.”

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“This is one of the most unique and fun events I have ever played and I can’t wait to do it again.”

Matches will begin Saturday at 12:00 p.m. followed by dinner for all of the players at the club. Sunday matches will begin at 9 a.m. and will be followed by lunch and awards.

October 5th is the deadline to apply as a Southern California team representative. Players will be chosen based on their 2015 record and availability.

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