San Bernardino County Tennis – Southern California Tennis News http://southerncaliforniatennis.org Tennis News, Events, Community Activities, Tournaments Mon, 21 May 2018 19:57:48 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.6 USPTA Coach Steve Vorhees Named HEAD Penn Professional of the Year http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-in-your-area/san-diego-county-tennis/uspta-coach-steve-vorhees-named-head-penn-professional-of-the-year/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-in-your-area/san-diego-county-tennis/uspta-coach-steve-vorhees-named-head-penn-professional-of-the-year/#respond Tue, 13 Feb 2018 06:32:53 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=23738 Read more »]]> Tennis is a passion for Steve Vorhees. The Director of Tennis at Canyon Crest Country Club in Riverside, he has shared that enthusiasm with family, friends and the Southern California Tennis Community for over 36 years. Recently he was recognized as the HEAD-Penn Professional of the Year at the 2018 Ad Staff Meeting at Braemar Country Club.

                    Carrie Cimino and Steve Vorhees

“Steve was selected for his expertise, commitment to the game, company and volunteering efforts to promote HEAD racket sports,” said Carrie Cimino, a District Sales Manager for HEAD Penn Racquet Sports. “He has been with us for 30 years and he’s one of the best.”

Vorhees is the President of the USPTA District 5 in Southern California and he has a Professional 1 Certification. He competed at Fullerton College and played professional tennis. He currently has a tennis shop at Canyon Crest and last year sold $85,000 of HEAD Penn products.

                      Steve and Nikki Vorhees

Vorhees shared his love of the game with his daughters, Brooke and Nikki, who both competed for McPHerson College in Kansas. Passion for tennis is also part of Nikki’s world, as she is District Manager for the Southeast Region in Florida.

“I truly believe in the company and have for years,” Vorhees said. “It’s an honor to receive this award.”

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

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

Serena Davis and Rosa LeClerc

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

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

TJ St. Marie and Jamie McFarland

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

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

2018 Winners heading to Nationals:

18 and Over Division

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

50 and Over Division

  • 3.5 Women’s Singles- Lisa Otten
  • 4.5 Women’s Doubles – Nancy Abrams and Patricia Buchanan
  • 3.5 Men’s Singles – Stephen Backus
  • 4.0 Men’s Singles – Daniel Pastore
  • 4.0 Men’s Doubles – David Goldschlag and John Irizarry
  • 4.5 Men’s Singles – Edmundo Soto
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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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Wilson Fast4 1-Day Tournaments Come To Beach Cities http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-news/wilson-fast4-1-day-tournaments-come-to-beach-cities/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-news/wilson-fast4-1-day-tournaments-come-to-beach-cities/#respond Fri, 13 Oct 2017 23:28:42 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=21097 Read more »]]> Fast4 is an exciting new ONE DAY Round Robin format vs. the traditional Single Elimination format.

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

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

Download Wilson Fast4 1-Day Tournaments Flyer

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

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

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

Wilson FAST4 – Beach Cities Grand Prix Series

Here are the dates/locations

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

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

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

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

Download Wilson Fast4 1-Day Tournaments Flyer

 

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Adult June 2017 Tournament Wrap-up http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/adults-seniors/adult-june-2017-tournament-wrap-up/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/adults-seniors/adult-june-2017-tournament-wrap-up/#respond Tue, 11 Jul 2017 02:34:44 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=16179 Read more »]]> 21st Annual Southern California Wheelchair Sectional

Players from Arizona, Northern California, San Diego and the greater LA area competed in Open, A, B and C divisions at the Lakewood Tennis Center on June 3 & 4, 2017. The two day tournament welcomed new players as well as returning experienced players. There were no easy wins in any of the divisions as many matches went to the 3rd set Tiebreak to determine the winner.

One of the unique experiences in Wheelchair Tennis is the camaraderie of the players off the court. A special thanks goes to Jeffrey Lee and Andrew Lee who arrived early on Sunday and organized all of the sport wheelchairs for the competitors.

Thanks to Steve Weaver and Cari Buck for providing a free clinic on Sunday afternoon for new players.

Congratulations to the following champions and finalists:

SINGLES

  • Open – Marcus Causton d. Don Beardon
  • A – Jose Estrada d. Don Larson
  • B – Zachary West d. Tam Albertson
  • C – Henry Reyes d. Juan Solis

DOUBLES

  • Open – RR Champions-Don Beardon/Marcus Causton ; Finalists – A. Moon/M. Weise
  • A – Michael Garafola/Jose Estrada d. Devin Eshelman/Don Larson
  • B – Michael Smith/Jimmy Sutandar d. Jerry Russell/Tam Albertson
  • C – Henry Reyes/Paul Shin d. Matthew Anderson/Juan Solis

31st Annual Southern California NTRP Sectional

Men and women from across Southern California tested their skills against similarly rated players in this year’s championship. NTRP tournament players accumulate Grand Prix points during the year which may lead to an invitation to the NTRP Grand Prix Masters for the top eight players in each division.

Congratulations to Joanne Le for winning the TennisWarehouse Sportsmanship $25 Gift Card Award.

 Congratulations to the following champions and finalists:

SINGLES

  • Men 3.5 – Grady Shon d. Luiz Payne
  • Men 4.0 – Steven Lindenfelser d. Sammy Kawamura
  • Men 4.5 – Joel Diaz d. Richard Layon
  • Men 5.0 – Tony Hsu d. Peter Hariri
  • Men 5.5 – Quynh Tran d. Konstantin Lazarov
  • Women 3.5 – RR –Champion: Ester Fungladda; Finalist: Karen Bronson
  • Women 4.0 – Laura Zoelle d. Stephanie Newell

DOUBLES

  • MEN 4.5 – RR – Champions: U. Shahid/A. Chen; Finalists: J. Skibel/F. Zuliani
  • MIXED 4.5 – S. Cheah/U. Shahid d. A. Lean/B. Andriamahefa

Wilson Fast4 Inland Empire Grand Prix

A new format tournament series was introduced in June that provides fun and competition in a one-day round robin format. Fast 4 uses No-Ad scoring, 4 – point games, and 4-game sets. 2 out of 3 sets complete the match. The Round Robin format provides lots of tennis for everyone in this 1-day event..

The kickoff was held at Canyon Crest Country Club in Riverside. Players competed at the 3.0, 3.5, 4.0 and 4.5 singles levels and combined ratings 7.0, 8.0 and 9.0 in doubles.

The series continues on July 1 in Temecula, July 15th in San Bernardino, and July 29th in Victorville. Players accumulate Grand Prix points for their matches. The Grand Finale for tournament winners and the highest point getters is on August 19th at the Canyon Crest Country Club in Riverside. Awards and a BBQ will cap off the day.

For further information contact either Linda Milan at lmilan@scta.usta.com or Scott Smith at ssmith34@verizon.net.

Photo Gallery: 21st Annual Southern California Wheelchair Sectional

Photo Gallery: 31st Annual Southern California NTRP Sectional

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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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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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Fanselow Takes Claremont Club Pro Futures Title With Three-Set Win Over Zhu http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-in-your-area/san-bernardino-county-tennis/fanselow-takes-claremont-club-pro-futures-title-with-three-set-win-over-zhu/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-in-your-area/san-bernardino-county-tennis/fanselow-takes-claremont-club-pro-futures-title-with-three-set-win-over-zhu/#respond Mon, 19 Sep 2016 04:26:10 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=9020 Read more »]]> CLAREMONT, Calif., (Sept. 18, 2016) – There’s something about Southern California that brings out the best tennis in former Pepperdine standout and German Sebastian Fanselow.

Following his three-set win over UCLA freshman Evan Zhu to capture the USTA Claremont Club Pro Classic Futures title, the 24-year-old Fanselow said he was happy and eager to begin his annual September-April residency in Los Angeles.

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Sebastian Fanselow, Tournament Director Barry Friedman and Evan Zhu. Credit: Steve Pratt / USTA

“I put a lot of pressure on myself over the summer in Germany and things didn’t go well for me,” said Fanselow after his 7-5, 6-7 (3), 6-3 victory snapped Zhu’s eight-match winning streak in Claremont. “I’m just happy to get back on the court and play, and I told myself to go out and have no pressure and take it match by match. I wasn’t feeling great at the start, but I just kept getting better and better.”

Back in January, Fanselow upset top-seeded Nick Meister on his way to a quarterfinal run at the $25,000 Long Beach Pro Circuit Futures tournament.

Said Fanselow, who also made the doubles final in the $10,000 Futures Tournament and will play the next two weeks in Irvine and Fountain Valley. “This is a great starting point. I wasn’t expecting this at all. I just wanted to get a couple of matches in. But that’s how it happens. When I put the least amount of pressure on myself, that’s when I play my best.”

Zhu, an 18-year-old from Irvine, was attempting to win his ninth match in 10 days. After an hour and 20 minute tight first set that saw Fanselow win 7-5, Zhu came back in the second set to record a huge break at 5-all to serve for the second set. But Fanselow broke back to force a tiebreaker and then saw Zhu go up 5-0 before winning it 7-3.

The third set was also tight and played at a very high level. On game-point serving at 2-3, Fanselow won the point of the match on a long rally that took the players side to side and back and forth, with Fanselow finally putting a backhand passing shot down the line.

The ATP World Tour ranked No. 517 Fanselow then broke for 4-3, held serve at love with a game-winning ace and then served out the match.

“Until that point, I couldn’t feel like he was tiring and we were both getting tired together,” Fanselow said of Zhu. “Winning such a physical point at 3-all, I think he went down a little in energy.”

Said Zhu, who was the fifth current or former Bruin in five years to make the final at Claremont. “I think he picked it up a little and I made some mistakes I shouldn’t have made. I’ll try to stay stronger next time.”

Asked what he learned about himself this week, Zhu said, “That I can hang with these guys and it gives me confidence going into the next tournament.”

Fanselow is coached by former Pepperdine men’s assistant coach and former UCLA player Jason Cook, who was on hand at the match sitting a few feet from his former college coach Billy Martin.

Sunday’s Final Singles Result

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Sebastian Fanselow, Germany (4), def. Evan Zhu, U.S. (q), 7-5, 6-7 (3), 6-3

Friday’s Final Doubles Result

Alexios Halebian, U.S./Luis Patino, Mexico (1) def. Sebastian Bader, Austria/Sebastian Fanselow, Germany (2), 7-5, 6-4

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UCLA Freshman Zhu Keeps Winning in Claremont http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-in-your-area/san-bernardino-county-tennis/ucla-freshman-zhu-keeps-winning-in-claremont/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-in-your-area/san-bernardino-county-tennis/ucla-freshman-zhu-keeps-winning-in-claremont/#respond Thu, 15 Sep 2016 16:36:54 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=9008 Read more »]]> CLAREMONT, Calif., (Sept. 14, 2016) – A day after UCLA’s top player, who is known widely within tennis circles having played in the US Open main draw just three weeks ago, upset the top-seeded player at the USTA Claremont Club Pro Classic Pro Circuit Futures tournament, Wednesday belonged to a future Bruin from Southern California who wants nothing more than be a household name soon, too.

Eighteen-year-old Evan Zhu of Irvine won his fifth consecutive match in Claremont, never dropping serve in a 6-3, 6-4 first-round win over unseeded Federico Moreno of Argentina. Zhu, who has spent the past two and a half years training with the Dent Academy in Fountain Valley, won four qualifying matches before his main-draw victory and joined future UCLA teammate and Tuesday’s big upset winner Martin Redlicki in the Round of 16 on Thursday.

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FIle shot of Evan Zhu.

“Sometimes I think it’s good to have to qualify because you get used to the courts and the overall atmosphere and get some more matches,” said Zhu, who moves onto campus in Westwood on Saturday and starts school a week from Thursday. “I’m excited to be here and to be winning.”

Zhu, who will be studying business at UCLA and considered Stanford and Harvard University before deciding on staying close to home, will face a former UCLA Bruin in the second round on Thursday as No. 2-seeded and former No. 1 player in college tennis Clay Thompson also advanced to the second round. “He’s going to be tough,” said Zhu. “His serve is huge and I expect him to give me a great match.”

Thompson beat former UCLA teammate and Weil Tennis Academy player Ryoto Tachi, a qualifier from Japan, 6-4, 6-4, on Wednesday. Another qualifier also advanced as University of San Diego freshman Guus Koevermans from the Netherlands did not drop a game in his double-bagel, 6-0, 6-0 win against fellow qualifier Pedro Iamachkine from Peru.

For more information, check on the web at: www.procircuit.usta.com, www.claremontclub.com; Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/The-Claremont-Club/236147226396

Wednesday’s First-Round Singles Results

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Alex Blumberg, Brazil, def. Isaiah Strode, U.S. (wc), 7-6 (5), 7-6 (8)

Lucas Gomez, Mexico (3), def. Gary Kushnirovich, U.S. (ll), 6-0, 6-4

Sebastian Fanselow, Germany (4), def. Michael Genender, U.S. (wc), 7-6 (2), 6-3

Florent Diep, France (8), def. Lucas Catarina, Monaco, 6-4, 7-5

Farzin Amiri, U.S., def. Elmar Ejopovic, Germany (6), 7-6 (5), 6-3

Alexi Popyrin, Australia (q), def. Federico Bertucci, Argentina, 7-6 (2), 6-2

Evan Zhu, U.S. (q), def. Federico Moreno, Argentina, 6-3, 6-4

Guus Koevermans, Netherlands (q), def. Pedro Iamachkine, Peru (q), 6-0, 6-0

Gage Brymer, U.S. (wc), def. Jake Douglas, U.S. (q), 6-4, 6-2

Clay Thompson, U.S. (2), def. Ryoto Tachi, Japan (q), 6-4, 6-4

Wednesday’s Quarterfinal Doubles Results

Max Cressy, France/Romain Sichez, France, def. Alex Blumenberg, Brazil/Patrick Daciek, U.S., 7-6 (2), 6-4

Alexios Halebian, U.S./Luis Patino, Mexico (1) def. Alan Kohen, Argentina/ Taverna Santiago, Argentina, 7-6 (0), 6-2

Sebastian Bader, Austria/Sebastian Fanselow, Germany (2), def. Lucas Catarina, Monaco/Florent Diep, France, 6-2, 6-3

Gary Kushnirovich, U.S./Isaiah Strode, U.S., def. Hunter Callahan, U.S./Martin Redlicki, U.S., 7-6 (4), 7-6 (3)

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UCLA’s Redlicki Upsets Top Seed at Claremont Men’s Pro Futures http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-in-your-area/san-bernardino-county-tennis/uclas-redlicki-upsets-top-seed-at-claremont-mens-pro-futures/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-in-your-area/san-bernardino-county-tennis/uclas-redlicki-upsets-top-seed-at-claremont-mens-pro-futures/#respond Thu, 15 Sep 2016 13:06:43 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=8988 Read more »]]> UCLA’s top player and reigning NCAA doubles champion Martin Redlicki upset the top-seeded player on Tuesday in first-round singles action at the 21st annual Claremont Club Pro Classic, a $10,000 USTA Pro Circuit Men’s Futures Tournament.

Redlicki, who came back to beat No. 1 Jan Choinski of Germany, 2-6, 7-6 (4), 6-4 in singles, recently competed in the main draw of the US Open Men’s Doubles main draw with former Bruin teammate Mackenzie McDonald. The pair fell to the world’s top-ranked team and No. 1 seeds in New York at the year’s final Grand Slam, Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut of France, 7-6 (8), 6-1, and had set points in their favor in the first set.

Later in the day on Tuesday in Claremont, Redlicki and his doubles partner, American Hunter Callahan, beat the wild-card team of Stefan Gordy and Chris Wettengel, 6-1, 6-1, to advance to the Round of 16.

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Stefan Gordy, aka Redfoo, smashes away a volley. Credit: Rich Herrera / Claremont Club

Chair umpire for the match John Bramlett announced the teams as, “Chris Wettengel and Stefan Gordy, aka Redfoo!” Redfoo of course is the tennis-loving founding member of the musical group LMFAO, which has had such hits as “Party Rock Anthem” and “Sexy and I Know It.”

“I think that was the best win of my year,” said Redlicki after his singles victory. “I had to battle back and was down 1-3 and 5-6 with him serving in the second set. Nothing against his play, but seriously in the first set I could not hit a ball into play.”

Redlicki is a former US Open Junior Boys doubles champ and reigning NCAA doubles champion, but enjoyed his time on the court with Redfoo as the two exchanged numbers after the match and said they would enjoy a future hit as they live nearby each other.

Redfoo served well in the doubles match, acing Redlicki once and winning his serve to open the first set for a 1-0 lead. “Yeah, the serve was my big shot tonight, for sure,” Redfoo said after the match. “And then my forehand. I know I need to improve, and this just inspires me to work hard and get better.

He added: “I’m just excited to be here, and want to thank tournament director Barry (Friedman) for the opportunity. I love the Claremont Club and want to live on these courts and play here every day. It’s a great club and I just love it here.”

For more information, check on the web at: www.procircuit.usta.com, www.claremontclub.com; Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/The-Claremont-Club/236147226396

Tuesday’s First-Round Singles Results

Taverna Santiago, Argentina, def. Luis Patino, Mexico (7), 6-4, 6-1

Gustav Hansson, Sweden (q), def. Shahin Khaledan, Iran, 7-5, 3-6, 6-2

Alexios Halebian, U.S. (5), def. Hendrik Jebens, Germany (q), 7-6 (6), 4-6, 6-2

Martin Redlicki, U.S. (wc), def. Jan Choinski, Germany (1), 2-6, 7-6 (4), 6-4

Patrick Daciek, U.S., def. Fernando Yamacita, Brazil, 7-6 (6), 1-6, 6-3

Ty Trombetta, U.S., def. Hunter Callahan, U.S., 6-2, 6-4

Tuesday’s First-round Doubles Results

Max Cressy, France, Romain Sichez, France, def. Keanu Ellen, U.S./ Jan-Michael Gambill, U.S. (wc), 4-6, 6-4, 10-5

Sebastian Bader, Austria/Sebastian Fanselow, Germany (2) def. Skyler Butts, Hong Kong/ Connor Hudson, U.S. (wc), 7-6 (0), 6-2

Alexios Halebian, U.S./Luis Patino, Mexico (1) def. Alexei Popyrin, Australia/Anthony Popyrin, 6-0, 6-4

Alan Kohen, Argentina/ Taverna Santiago, Argentina, def. Federico Bertucci, Argentina/Federico Moreno, Argentina, 7-5, 7-5

Hunter Callahan, U.S./Martin Redlicki, U.S., def. Stefan Gordy, U.S./Chris Wettengel, U.S. (wc), 6-1, 6-1

Lucas Catarina, Monaco/Florent Diep, France, def. Jan Choinski, Germany/Elmar Ejupovic, Germany, 6-3, 5-7, 16-14

Alex Blumenberg, Brazil/Patrick Daciek, U.S., def. Milen Ianakiev, Germany/Alejandro Figueroa, Mexico (3), 6-3, 4-6, 10-8

Gary Kushnirovich, U.S./Isaiah Strode, U.S. def. Marcelo Tebet Filho, Brazil (4) / Fernando Yamacita, Brazil (4), 6-7 (6), 7-5, 10-3

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Redfoo to Play in Claremont Club Pro Circuit Event On Tuesday http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-news/redfoo-to-play-in-claremont-club-pro-circuit-event-on-tuesday/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-news/redfoo-to-play-in-claremont-club-pro-circuit-event-on-tuesday/#respond Tue, 13 Sep 2016 14:52:42 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=8914 Read more »]]> CLAREMONT, Calif., (Sept. 12, 2016) – The Claremont USTA Pro Classic will celebrate its 21st year, and once again will feature some of the rising stars in pro tennis.

The first of three consecutive $10,000 USTA Pro Circuit hard-court men’s events held in Southern California following the US Open, the Pro Classic is run by tournament director Barry Friedman and USTA Tour Supervisor Peter Kasavage.

Qualifying concludes on Monday with main draw singles and doubles matches starting on Tuesday. The doubles final is scheduled for Friday, the singles semifinals Saturday and the final on Sunday.

Former LMFAO frontman and musical icon Redfoo has been granted a doubles wild card into the tournament along with his partner Chris Wettengel, a former University of Minnesota player who currently resides in Las Vegas.

Germany’s Jan Choinski will be among the top-seeded players, and is currently ranked No. 457 in the ATP World Tour rankings. Former UCLA player Clay Thompson is behind him and, hovering just inside the world Top 500. Former Pepperdine star Sebastian Fanselow is expected to earn a top eight seeding, as will young Americans Christian Harrison and Alexios Halebian.

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Harrison is the younger brother of former Top 50 player Ryan Harrison. Harrison made his Grand Slam main draw debut by qualifying for the 2016 US Open. He also won his first USTA Pro Circuit singles title this summer at the $25,000 Futures in Champaign, Ill. Thompson, who graduated from UCLA in 2014, won his first ITF-level singles title, in Mexico, last year and reached the quarterfinals or better at three consecutive USTA Pro Circuit events in July of 2015.

Halebian is a former top junior and two-time doubles champion on the ITF Pro Circuit from Glendale. Halebian reached the singles quarterfinals of the 2011 junior US Open and climbed as high as No. 24 in the ITF World Junior Rankings.

Notable Americans in qualifying include Ty Trombetta, former USC player Connor Farren, UCLA’s Martin Redlicki and Max Cressy, Stanford’s Michael Genender and top SoCal junior Jacob Brumm.

Redfoo will be making his Pro Circuit debut. A passionate tennis player and the son of Motown Records Berry Gordy, Redfoo’s legal name is Stefan Gordy and he grew up playing the Southern California junior circuit. He has competed in two US Open National Playoff Opens, and has played in The Ojai Tennis Tournament qualifying tournament.

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“I just love to compete, and I love to play this game,” said Redfoo. “My overall game has really improved and I’m much more consistent now. It’s going to be fun to play in my first professional event.”

Redfoo met Wettengel in Las Vegas after a show, and the two became hitting partners and friends. Both were in New York this weekend for the US Open. They skipped out on a chance to watch the women’s singles final to get in some more doubles drills at the John McEnroe Academy in Manhattan.

“I thought I was the most passionate person I knew when it came to tennis, then I met Redfoo,” said Wettengel, a former University of Minnesota player who runs a tennis academy in Las Vegas called Wettennis. “This isn’t going to be an exhibition. We hope to be playing on Wednesday and Thursday and Friday.”

Redfoo is best known as part of the musical duo LMFAO, whose hit “Party Rock Anthem” and “Sexy and I Know It” dominated the music charts. Redfoo also sponsored a USTA Pro Circuit

women’s event in 2012 and 2013, titled “The Party Rock Open” after his Party Rock clothing line.

For more information, check on the web at:www.procircuit.usta.com, www.claremontclub.com; Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/The-Claremont-Club/236147226396

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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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SB United Relief Fund Tennis Clinic http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-spotlights/community-spotlight/sb-united-relief-fund-tennis-clinic/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-spotlights/community-spotlight/sb-united-relief-fund-tennis-clinic/#respond Fri, 12 Feb 2016 01:18:07 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=5682 Read more »]]> SB-United-Relief-Fund-Tennis-Clinic

All proceeds go to the SB United Relief Fund to benefit those affected by the San Bernardino Shootings. Aquinas High School Sat. April 23rd, 10am – 12pm $15 Adults, $10 Kids For more info, please contact Scott Smith: (909) 338-3518 ssmith34@verizon.net Doubles exhibition featuring Brett Hansen-Dent and other former ATP players. Tennis drills, games, & hit for prizes! 2772 Sterling Ave., San Bernardino.

Signup or donate today!

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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
Executive Director
USTA Southern California
Southern California Tennis Association

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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.”

WC 2Hanover enters into his second year as a player in the event and is taking the reins as co-captain. He encourages all Southern California wheelchair tennis players to take note and support the cause.

“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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