San Diego County Tennis – Southern California Tennis News http://southerncaliforniatennis.org Tennis News, Events, Community Activities, Tournaments Mon, 20 Nov 2017 18:41:11 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.3 Level 7 Camp & Tournament Coming in December! REGISTER NOW! http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/youth-tennis/level7december/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/youth-tennis/level7december/#respond Thu, 16 Nov 2017 20:24:58 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=21734 Read more »]]>

            


 

USTA Early Development Camp (EDC) Hosted by TGA Premier Tennis & Braemar Country Club

Orange Ball for 10U Player Progression

Winter Break/ Friday, December 22, 12-4pm

 

Players earn Player Progression “Stars” to move into Junior Team Tennis competitive play

first with Orange Ball/60′ courts, then onto Green Dot full court play! 

Campers are required to attend the full session, which includes a

USTA sanctioned Level 7 Tournament on the final day.

 

Each day of camp includes:

  • Athletic/Technical Skills
  • Game Development
  • Teachable Moments
  • Practice Junior Team Tennis Match Play

 

 Tuesday – Wednesday – Thursday – Friday

  • 12/19 – Day #1: Expert Rallyer

◦                       “Respect”

  • 12/20 – Day #2:  Net Dominator

◦                       “Match Preparation”

  • 12/21 – Day #3:  All Court Player

◦                       “Resilience”

  • 12/22 – Day #4: USTA Sanctioned Level 7 Tournament It’s fun! Play a round robin format with coach court monitors and earn up to 5 “Trophy” points!

 

 

Winter Break/ Friday, December 22, 12-4pm

TGA Premier Tennis / Braemar Winter Novice Tournament (Level 7) (ID#650042117)

Orange Level 1

Boys/Girls 10U

60’ Court/Orange Ball

 

View tournament information here.

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Valley Center Celebrates with Court Resurfacing and Family Tennis Day http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-news/valley-center/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-news/valley-center/#respond Thu, 16 Nov 2017 17:33:38 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=21695 Read more »]]> The combined efforts of an enthusiastic tennis community and key support groups rallied to renovate the Valley Center Tennis Club, where a play day and ribbon-cutting ceremony were recently held to celebrate the six court facility in North San Diego. The community event featured a Family Tennis Day followed by the unveiling of the newly resurfaced facility.

“This was a huge community effort and that’s the only way it could have worked,” said Marla Helms, the Vice President of the Valley Center Tennis Club. “We are so lucky to receive this kind of support from so many people.”

The Valley Center Tennis Club was in dire shape and had not been resurfaced for over 15 years. This situation was brought to the attention to influential San Diego area tennis groups that pooled resources to make things happen for this tennis community. The project was funded by a partnership between the Valley Center Parks and Recreation District (VCP&RD), the Greater San Diego City Tennis Council (GSDCTC), The San Diego District Tennis Association (SDDTA), and the Southern California Tennis Association (SCTA.)

The courts were professionally renovated and resurfaced by CH Court Tech in beautiful two- toned blue and green colors. The courts were also lined for USTA 10-and-under-tennis to enhance the enjoyment and development of younger children. This site is home to a plethora of tennis activities including USTA adult leagues, community programs, local classes, summer camps, and high school and junior tennis competition.

“This project was a true team effort,” said David Gill, President of the GSDCTC. “This is a tight knit group of people and they really help each other out. We are pleased to support this community park tennis project .” The Valley Center Tennis Club and the SDDTA co-hosted a Family Tennis Day celebration to bring about 40 adults and children of all ages. Many local volunteers and teaching pros helped out including Valley Center’s Head Pro Seth Leichtfuss, SCTA’s San Diego Area League Coordinator Randie Lettington, USPTA Pro Andrew Cretella and Valley Center High Tennis Coach Tom Helms. The Family Tennis Day was designed to create a six-hour series of free adult beginner lessons at the site, sponsored by the SDDTA.

David Gill said this was one of the first projects the GSDCTC has undertaken since the 2016 passing of Ben Press, the President and Founder of the GSDCTC. The completion of Valley Center Tennis Club courts is, in part, an emotional tribute to Ben’s vision to help keep tennis alive and growing in San Diego by helping communities with court resurfacing. 

“I definitely thought about Ben when cutting the ribbon because this is something he really loved to do,” said David Gill. “Ben helped create the GSDCTC almost twenty years ago and his legacy continues to thrive through projects like Valley Center.”

The Valley Center Tennis Club has over 100 members who play at the site on a frequent basis in addition to players from surrounding areas. The club is now fundraising to build a shade structure its bleachers. Helms said temperatures can get over 100 degrees in the summer and shade is a necessity for children who attend their summer camps. The local Eagle Scouts have adopted the Valley Center Tennis Club shade structure as their troop project and will donate their time to build it. However, financial assistance is needed to purchase supplies.

“This little facility draws from all around from Temecula, Murrieta and many parts of North San Diego,” Helms said. “You would be surprised how far people come to play here. We have a very friendly environment.”

For more information about the Valley Center Tennis Club, its programs, or donations for the shade structure, please contact Marla Helms at marlajohelms@att.net.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Special thanks to Marla Helms and David Gill for contributing to this story with information and photos.

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CIF SD Championships Wrap Up an Outstanding Tennis Season http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-in-your-area/san-diego-county-tennis/cif-san-diego-team-and-individual-championships-wrap-up-an-outstanding-tennis/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-in-your-area/san-diego-county-tennis/cif-san-diego-team-and-individual-championships-wrap-up-an-outstanding-tennis/#respond Thu, 16 Nov 2017 17:21:55 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=21706 Read more »]]>

Elizabeth Goldsmith

Congratulations to Elizabeth Goldsmith of Olympian High School for winning the CIF San Diego Individual Singles  Championship and becoming the 2017 CIFSDS Girls’ Tennis Player of the Year! Also congratulations to Congratulations to Karen Gao & Jane Wang (Westview) for winning the Doubles Title.

Winta Woldeab

The No. 2 seeded Goldsmith defeated No. 1 seed Britney Pellouchoud from Westfview High 7-6 (8-6), 6-2 in the final. Goldsmith, ranked No. 64 nationally in the USTA Girls’ 16’s Division, also beat defeated Helix High’s Winta Woldeab. In doubles action, Gao and Wang defeated the No. 2 seeded team of Anjni Agrawal and Kiana Nguyen of Rancho Bernardo High 6-2, 6-4 in the final.

In the CIF San Diego Section Team completion winners were Torrey Pines High in the Open Division, Cathedral Catholic High won Division 1, Helix High won Division 2 and Mission Hills High won Division 3.

Special thanks go to CIF San Diego tournament directors Ron Marquez, Kevin Brown and Evi Valles for all of their hard work.  Thank you to Coach Ron Marquez who contributed greatly to this report.

 

 

Cathedral Catholic wins the CIF San Diego Section Division 1 Team Title.

 

 

CIF San Diego Section Doubles participants.

CIF San Diego Section singles participants.

San Dieguito Academy High is a team finalist in the San Diego Section Division 1 tourney.

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San Diego Collegiate Coaches Make History in the District Championships http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/adults-seniors/san-diego-collegiate-coaches-make-history-in-the-district-championships/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/adults-seniors/san-diego-collegiate-coaches-make-history-in-the-district-championships/#respond Fri, 06 Oct 2017 01:43:35 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=21069 Read more »]]> It was history in the making as age and experience reigned at the 89th Annual San Diego District Championships at Balboa Tennis Club.

Veteran players and coaches Ryan Keckley and Curt Wheeler were crowned the Men’s Open Doubles Champions in a tough 32-team draw.

Keckly and Wheeler are the head men’s tennis coaches respectively at the University of San Diego and Point Loma Nazarene University. Keckly, 33, has been at USD since 2015 in the head position. He had a successful undergraduate career at Notre Dame University and earned three All-Big East Tournament Team Doubles honors. Wheeler, 29, is an alumni of Point Loma Nazarene and earned NAIA All-American honors in 2009. He then served as an assistant at the school, and was later named head coach in 2014.

The stage was set for a showdown of age vs. youth. The “old” veterans defeated top NCAA recruits and recent high school graduates Ivan Thamma and David Goulak, who will both play for UC Davis this year. It was an epic battle and in the final, and it appeared youth had the edge. After splitting sets, the veteran coaches were down 1-4 in the third. They staged a surprising comeback to win the set, 6-4, match and tournament.

“This was a high quality match and they (Thamma and Goulak) were as good as it gets in doubles,” said Wheeler. “I just kept my head down and kept running. I figure that I gotta do this while I still can.”

Keckly added it was a true test to follow his own coaching advice, as he has led the USD Toreros to win the West Coast Conference Championship in his second season at the helm.
“I always tell my players that there is never a good time to panic especially when you’re down,” Keckley said. “Just get back to executing your shots and stay mentally tough. You never know what can happen and this match was living proof. This was my opportunity to walk-the-walk as well as talk-the-talk. It was a great match and I don’t think we’ll be as lucky if we face (Thamma and Goulak) again. These two are already great players and they’ll only get better.”

An additional component that contributed to the coaches’ success was the ability to communicate. This was the first time the wily veterans teamed up but they knew how to work together. “It’s all about really good and clear communication,” Keckley said. “We’re coaches and that’s what we try to teach our players.”
Support from the sidelines for Thamma and Goulak came from friend and Men’s Open Singles Champion Keegan Smith, who received a NCAA scholarship to play for UCLA this fall. “I have to cheer for the young guys,” he said with a smile. “They’re my posse.”

The San Diego District tournament had a total of 570 players compete in the event, which is an all-time high. There were 36 divisions and the event took almost 6 days to finish. The increase in participation is due to the presence of college players from USD, UC San Diego, UC Davis and San Diego State University.
“This is the first time two head coaches played together in this tournament,” said director Tony Perez. “It’s also the first time collegiate players viewed it as a pre-season warm up. There was some great tennis played here.”

Said Thamma: “I entered this because I wanted to get in some good matches before I leave for college. It definitely worked. It was also fun to see some of my friends before I go.”
The Women’s Open Singles Championship was won by No. 3 seed Kristina Breisacher, who plays for UC Davis. She defeated San Diego’s Hiromi Sasano, a USPTA Teaching Pro at Balboa Tennis Club. Sasano held a former WTA ranking of 771. The Women’s Open Doubles title was won by No 1 seeds Sasano and Sabastiani Leon. Other collegiate players and coaches in the draw were Kelly Shaffer (UCLA), Gillian Parker (UC Irvine), Ashley Chao (UCSD), Women’s Coach Jami Jones of San Diego City College. The Open Mixed Doubles was won by Wheeler and Maika Adair.

For the full tournament results, go to http://tennislink.usta.com/Tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=190364#&&s=7Draws38.

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San Diego Meets The ED in Town Hall Series http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-news/executive-director-lance-lee-wows-the-san-diego/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-news/executive-director-lance-lee-wows-the-san-diego/#respond Fri, 29 Sep 2017 07:34:34 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=20793 Read more »]]> Friends of the San Diego tennis community visited La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club in September for the first in a series of meet and greet forums with Lance Lee, the new Executive Director of the Southern California Tennis Association.

In a town hall format hosted by the club’s owner and SCTA Board member, William J. Kellogg, Lee fielded questions and listened to constructive concerns from those in attendance.

Much of the conversation touched on junior tennis, and the development of young players in the greater San Diego area.

“Junior Team Tennis has a strong voice in San Diego,” Lee remarked afterwards. “There’s a desire for opportunities where the highest level kids can learn and train together. Clearly, they are proud of their tennis history in San Diego, and in what they are producing now at the junior level.”

Other topics generated from the audience included cultivation of early development camps, promotion of sportsmanship, coordinated efforts with collegiate players, and implementing tennis programs in underserved communities throughout San Diego.

“Lance was not only capable of listening, but he asked the right kinds of questions,” said USPTA Pro Josh Jorgensen, the Vice President of the City of San Diego. “It’s clear he understands our perspective and I feel he is going to do the right thing for San Diego and So Cal.”

The “Meet The E.D.” forum will move to other parts of the USTA Southern California section throughout the remainder of the year. Announcements will be made on USTA SoCal online and social media platform.

“This was a good first step,” said Lee, the former President/CEO of Legacy Youth Tennis & Education in Philadelphia, now in his first few months of leadership with SCTA after the retirement of outgoing director Bruce Hunt early this summer. “Overall it was very positive, with a lot of good ideas. Now, it’s all about the follow-up.”

Lee anticipates meeting notes to be distributed among attendees with action steps to promote advancement of programs and concepts.

“There’s a desire in San Diego to be more involved not just locally, but throughout the section,” Lee said. “We want to help them do what they do, so they are able to do it even better.”

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San Diego Junior wins prestigious USTA sportsmanship award http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-news/sah-award/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-news/sah-award/#respond Mon, 18 Sep 2017 17:15:34 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=13817 Read more »]]>

NEW YORK, NY – September 4: Timothy Sah (l) with USTA President Katrina Adams, USTA Awards Breakfast at Grand Hyatt Ballroom, New York, NY. (Photo by Michael Le Brecht II)

The United States Tennis Association (USTA) has announced Timothy Sah of San Diego as a recipient of this year’s Bill Talbert Junior Sportsmanship Award. The highly prestigious national honor was presented at a ceremony during this year’s U.S. Open in New York.

Sah, 17, is a senior at Torrey Pines High School with a commitment to Stanford University. He has compiled an impressive array of Sportsmanship Awards throughout his junior career, most recently at the 2017 Maze Cup competition between USTA’s Northern and Southern California sections, where Sah was voted the unanimous winner by the opposing NorCal team. He earned similar accolades at the 2014 Boys’ 16s National Clay Court Championships in Florida, the the Youth Tennis San Diego Outstanding Role Model Award in 2016, and the 2016 USTA Southern California Junior Sectionals Sportsmanship Award.

Timothy Sah is described as “a talented player who has been at the top of the junior tennis field for years. While excelling competitively, he is equally notable for his display of sportsmanship… It is exceedingly rare when a player of this caliber reflects this level of humility and respect for his peers, coaches, and those he meets both on and off the court.”

The Bill Talbert Junior Sportsmanship Award, named in honor of the highly regarded former Top 10 player and United States Davis Cup captain, is presented to two junior athletes by the USTA at a ceremony in New York City during the U.S Open Grand Slam event in September. Nominations were submitted from USTA sections nationwide.

We congratulate Timmy on his achievement and thank him for his outstanding representation of Southern California tennis!

Timothy Sah Sportsmanship Awards:

2017 USTA Multicultural Diversity and Inclusion Individual Player Grant for Sectional/National Competition & Training; 2016 Boys’18s National Hard Court Championships (Kalamazoo, MI) Player of the Day Award (Days 5&6); 2014 Boys’ 16s National Clay Court Championships (Delray Beach, FL) Player of the Day Award; 2014 Boys’ 16s National Clay Court Championships (Delray Beach, FL) Sportsmanship Award; 2014 USTA Multicultural Diversity and Inclusion Individual Player Grant for National Competition; 2013 USTA Zonal Championships 14s Sportsmanship Award; 2012 Boys’ 12s National Spring Championships (Delray Beach, FL) Player of the Day Award.

Section Tournament Sportsmanship Awards:

2017 Maze Cup Team Competition, So Cal vs Nor Cal, Sportsmanship winner; 2016 USTA Southern California Junior Sectionals Sportsmanship Award/recognition; 2014 Boys’ 14s Southern California Tennis Association Sportsmanship Award; 2012 Boys’ 14s Pacific Zone Team Championships (Colorado Springs, CO) Sportsmanship Award; 2010 Boys’ 12s Southern California Tennis Association Sportsmanship Award; 2010 Boys’ 12s Pacific Zone Team Championships (Tucson, AZ) Sportsmanship Award.

District/Local Tournament Sportsmanship Awards:

San Diego Junior Player Council; 2016 Outstanding Role Model Award YTSD (Special Achievement); 2015 Youth Tennis San Diego Special Achievement Award; 2013 Youth Tennis San Diego Boys’ 14s Junior Player of the Year; 2010 Boys’ 12s Jean Kremm Youth Tennis San Diego Sportsmanship Award;

Other Awards:

2014 Varsity Tennis (Rookie of the Year, Sportsmanship Award, San Diego Individual CIF doubles Finalist, Scholar-Athlete Award, San Diego All-CIF 1st Team Selection); 2014 The National Society of High School Scholars; 2016 AP Scholar with Honor Award; 2013 President’s Award for Educational Excellence.

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San Diego Junior Team Tennis Kicks Off Its Season with Local Coaches Meeting http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/community-tennis/san-diego-junior-team-tennis-kicks-off-its-season-with-local-coaches-meeting/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/community-tennis/san-diego-junior-team-tennis-kicks-off-its-season-with-local-coaches-meeting/#respond Thu, 31 Aug 2017 18:53:04 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=20538 Read more »]]> The San Diego Junior Team Tennis Season began with a blast of great information and support in the coaches meeting at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club. Conan Lorenzo, the San Diego JTT Area League Coordinator, hosted one of his twice annual meetings to keep all coaches informed on upcoming events, rules, deadlines and changes.

The JTT program has two seasons, Fall and Winter, with each lasting seven to nine weeks. Junior players ages 8 to 18 are placed in categories of 10U, 12U, 14U and 18U. Levels of play include beginner, novice, satellite, advanced and open tournament level divisions.

San Diego area offerings include teams from area clubs including but not limited to Carmel Valley, Rancho Penasquitos Tennis Center, Barnes Tennis Center, Coronado, East County, La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club, Bay Club, Lake Murray, Surf and Turf and many more.

For more information on San Diego Junior Team Tennis, contact Conan Lorenzo, San Diego Junior Team Tennis Area League Coordinator at clorenzo@ljbtc.com. You may also reference our JTT website at www.sandiegoteamtennis.com.

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Local Ballkids Support USTA Girls’ 16s and 18s Nationals in San Diego http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-in-your-area/san-diego-county-tennis/local-ballkids-support-usta-girls-16s-and-18s-nationals-in-san-diego/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-in-your-area/san-diego-county-tennis/local-ballkids-support-usta-girls-16s-and-18s-nationals-in-san-diego/#respond Thu, 31 Aug 2017 18:49:53 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=20546 Read more »]]> Each August, the top junior players from across the country gather to compete in the USTA Girls’ 16s and 18s National Championships in San Diego.  For some local residents, however, the behind the scene action proved to be just as much fun.  A hard working and talented ballkid crew offered outstanding oncourt services for the final singles and doubles matches.  Junior volunteers ages 10 to 15 were invited to participate in the prestigious event at Barnes Tennis Center.

Ashley Kratzer of Newport Beach was the Girls’ 18s singles champion defeating Kelly Chen from Cerritos 6-2, 4-6, 6-4, in an exciting match. In the Girls’ 18s doubles final, fifth -seeded Taylor Johnson of Redondo Beach, Calif., and Claire Liu of Thousand Oaks, Calif., captured the title with a hard-fought 6-7, 6-3, 6-2 victory over sixth-seeded Hailey Baptiste of Washington D.C., and Ellie Douglas of McKinney, Texas .

In Girls’ 16s action, ninth-seeded Angelica Blake of Boca Raton, Fla., used two late service breaks to win the singles title at the USTA Girls’ 16s National against friend and doubles partner Nikki Redelijk of Windermere, Fla., 3-6, 6-2, 6-4.

The call for ballkid help went out to local San Diego junior programs in early summer. Many responded to the request and about two dozen made the team. The ballkid program was organized by USPTA San Diego Division President Conan Lorenzo hosted oncourt instruction at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club. San Diego volunteer trainers were USPTA Elite Pro Tom O’Brien amd ballkid specialist Marcello Hernandez. Volunteer supervision was provided by ballkid parent, Stepanka Hastings, also an All-Conference standout from Grossmont College.

O’Brien and Hernandez had only five veteran ballkids in the group and the rest were first-time participants. Oncourt training included how to send and receive balls, when to rotate, where to stand, and how to  look like a “ballkid pro.”  Other key factors include understanding the ebb and flow of a tennis match as well as  providing towels to players between points.

“We were looking for junior players who could maintain their attention and focus for a good length of time,” said O’Brien, who teaches at both Balboa Tennis Club and the Lawrence Jewish Community Center. “That’s hard to do when you’re 12. It helps if the kids understood tennis. They did an outstanding job and their efforts added a professional flair to the tournament.”

 

Special thanks to J. Fred Sidhu, who contributed to this story.

 

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Final Thoughts On Girls’ National Championships http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-in-your-area/san-diego-county-tennis/final-thoughts-on-girls-national-championships/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-in-your-area/san-diego-county-tennis/final-thoughts-on-girls-national-championships/#respond Thu, 17 Aug 2017 15:51:51 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=19622 Read more »]]> Some final thoughts and observations from this past weekend’s USTA 16s and 18s National Championships, which took place at the Barnes Tennis Center in San Diego…

Kudos to USTA National Director of Junior Tennis Bill Mountford for his aggressive and forward thinking idea to bring on longtime San Diego resident Lornie Kuhle to lead this year’s tournament.

Kuhle helped the tournament improve by the doing the following ever since taking over the event just four months after leading another highly successful Easter Bowl Junior Nationals.

  • Kuhle brought in old friend Billie Jean King as the tournament’s Honorary Chair. In fact, Kuhle, Bobby Riggs former coach and manager, and King hosted a “Battle of the Sexes” luncheon during the BNP Paribas Open in March that helped raise needed funds for the tournament.
  • He got influential San Diego residents like former San Diego City Manager Jack McGrory, La Jolla Beach & Tennis owner Bill Kellogg, former junior champion Una Davis and Indian Wells Tennis Garden founder Charlie Pasarell to form an organizing committee with the goal to raise the level of the event to the status of the tournament’s boys’ counterpart, the Kalamazoo 18s and 16s Nationals
  • He created a large permanent draw board at the site of the Barnes Tennis Center dedicated to longtime San Diego resident and tennis legend Pancho Segura.
  • Kuhle hired energetic on-court emcee Marcus Root to introduce each match, as well as provide commentating and analysis on the live stream, which was streamed via the tournament website each day.
  • For the first time, Kuhle used chair umpires for EVERY single match, including singles, doubles and consolation and the tournament completed an incredible total of 1,190 matches.
  • And perhaps the biggest coup pulled off by Kuhle was having the Tennis Channel provide six hours of live coverage of the Girls’ 16s final and Girls’ 18s semifinals on Saturday televised, as well as two hours of coverage of the 18s final on Sunday.

Girls’ 18s winner Ashley Kratzer said winning and receiving the US Open main draw wild card was a long-time goal. “Being an American it’s always been a dream of mine to play in the US Open, so it’s absolutely amazing,” she said.

The 18-year-old Newport Beach resident Kratzer came in as the No. 3 seed, despite not having played a junior tournament since this event one year ago when she lost in the Round of 32. Ranked No. 341 in the WTA, Kratzer turned pro in December and her lefty power game will translate well on the pro level.

“Last year I didn’t even want to be here because I hadn’t played the juniors,” Kratzer said. “This year my mindset was different. I’m playing for a wild card into the US Open.”

Kratzer explained in her post-match press conference why she never played the juniors. “When I was like 15 I was still very tiny and petite. I was like five-feet tall and my parents didn’t want me playing a lot until I got to be stronger. So I just practiced and then started entering some pro events.”

Kratzer said she’s OK with not being a big-named Southern California junior like a Kayla Day or Claire Liu, who was recently featured in the New York Times. “People know me more in the pros than in the juniors,” she said. “I’ve been around. I’m definitely going to be a different name in New York.”

Kratzer was assessed a code violation for racquet abuse during the second set. “There are times when I need to just let it out, or I’m going to let it out in my swings and that’s just not good,” she said.

18s singles finalist Kelly Chen was awarded the Gene Kremm Sportsmanship trophy for the tournament, while doubles winner Liu and Ashley Lahey, who finished fifth place, were the USTA Sportsmanship winners giving SoCal the sweep.

Chen, who came back down 0-4 in the third set to break even at 4-all against Kratzer, said she knew she could do it since she came back down 0-4 in the third in the quarterfinals to beat Wimbledon finalist Ann Li. “It’s the final set in the final so I tried my hardest to play better and come back,” Chen said.

Chen leaves for Duke University Aug. 21 but will likely be in New York for the US Open as she receives a Junior Wild Card, and also learned this week that she got into the main draw qualifying single event.

The unseeded Chen missed last year’s Nationals after an injury and suffering from ulcers.

Chen was late arriving to the third set as the chair umpire called “time” and Chen was nowhere to be found. “I never heard him say “five minutes” or give any warning,” Chen said of the 10 minutes allotted the players for rest before the third set. “I was on the phone with my sister,” she said of Tiffany Chen, who is 12 years older and was watching the match on Tennis Channel and giving her pointers.

– Steve Pratt

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89th Annual San Diego District Championship http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/adults-seniors/89th-annual-san-diego-district-championship/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/adults-seniors/89th-annual-san-diego-district-championship/#respond Wed, 16 Aug 2017 00:36:31 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=19529 Read more »]]> Registration for the 89th Annual San Diego District Championships is still open but the deadline us coming up fast!

Prize money and trophies will be awarded to finalists and winners.

Tournament is played at the Balboa Tennis Club in Morley Field starting Friday thru Sunday, Aug. 25-27 and Labor Day weekend Saturday thru Monday, Sept. 2-4.

Click here for complete details and registration information.

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Cerritos’ Chen, Newport Beach’s Kratzer Make Final Four at Nationals http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-news/cerritos-chen-newport-beachs-kratzer-make-final-four-at-nationals/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-news/cerritos-chen-newport-beachs-kratzer-make-final-four-at-nationals/#respond Sat, 12 Aug 2017 04:06:56 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=19036 Read more »]]> A rematch of this year’s French Open Girls’ singles final highlighted quarterfinal play at the USTA Girls’ 16s & 18s National Championships on Friday at the Barnes Tennis Center.

Playing under partly-sunny skies, eighth-seeded Whitney Osuigwe needed three hours and 13 minutes to defeat second-seeded Claire Liu 7-5, 6-7 (8), 6-4 in a heart-stopping Girls’ 18s quarterfinal encounter before a large crowd on Stadium Court.

Osuigwe, this year’s French Open Girls’ singles champion, broke Liu’s serve in the 12th game to win the first set. In the second set, Liu and Osuigwe exchanged a total of six service breaks and eventually went to a tie-break.

In the tiebreaker, Osuigwe quickly took a 5-0 lead and looked to be on her way to a straight-set victory. However, Liu, this year’s Wimbledon Girls’ singles champion, staged a dramatic come back and fought off three match points before winning the set to send the match to a deciding third set.

Osuigwe took control of the third set and capitalized on two service breaks to take a commanding 5-2 lead. Liu once again rallied as she broke serve and then held to close the gap to 5-4. However, on her sixth match point of the day, Osuigwe finally served out the match in the tenth game of the set to advance to the semifinals.
In other Girls’ 18s quarterfinal action, Kelly Chen of Cerritos, Calif., seeded 33rd, came back to oust tenth-seeded Ann Li of Devon, Pa., 6-3, 2-6, 7-6 (0).  In the third set, Li, a Wimbledon Girls’ finalist this year, led 4-0, but Chen rallied to win five games in a row.

After exchanging service breaks at 5-5, the match was decided in a third-set tie-breaker as Chen swept the tiebreak to move into the semifinals.

In Saturday’s Girls’ 18s singles semifinals, Chen will play 12th seeded Caty Mcnally of Cincinnati and Osuigwe (pictured below) will face third-seeded Ashley Kratzer of Newport Beach, Calif.

The Girls’ 16s singles final, which is scheduled for Saturday at 11:30 a.m. (PDT), will feature ninth-seeded Angelica Blake of Boca Raton, Fla., against 14th seeded Nikki Redelijk of Windermere, Fla.

Blake defeated unseeded Connie Ma of Dublin, Calif., 6-2, 6-3 in the semifinals, while Redelijk eliminated fourth-seeded Sedona Gallagher of Henderson, Nev., 6-4, 6-3.

Tennis Channel will broadcast the Girls’ 16s singles final and both Girls’ 18s singles semifinals on Saturday, Aug. 12, and the Girls’ 18s singles final on Sunday, Aug. 13.

This weekend’s Tennis Channel coverage of the USTA Girls’ 16s & 18s National Championships in San Diego will be as follows:

Saturday, Aug. 12 – Girls’ 16s singles final and both Girls’ 18s semifinals 2:30-8:30 p.m. ET (11:30 a.m. -5:30 p.m. PT) immediately following the Rogers Cup from Canada.

Sunday, Aug. 13 – Girls’ 18s singles final 4-6 p.m. ET (1-3 p.m. PT) immediately following the Rogers Cup and Western & Southern first round.

Over 400 girls aged 16 and 18 and under are competing for the title of National Champion, as well as a wild card entry into the Women’s Singles main draw of the US Open (for the 18s Champion) and a wild card into the US Open Junior Championships (for the 16s Champion).  The 18s Doubles Champions will also receive a wild card into the US Open Women’s Doubles main draw.

The Girls’ 16s event concludes with the singles and doubles finals on Saturday Aug. 12. The Girls’ 18s tournament will conclude with the 18s singles championship on Sunday, Aug. 13. Both divisions feature 256-player singles draws with the top 32 players receiving a first-round bye. There will also be 128-team doubles draws with the top 16 teams getting first-round byes.

The starting times for this weekend will be as follows:
9 a.m. – Saturday, August 12
10 a.m. – Sunday, August 13

Admission and on-site parking at the Barnes Tennis Center is free.

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SoCal Girls Keep On Winning At USTA Nationals http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-news/socal-girls-keep-on-winning-at-usta-natioanls/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-news/socal-girls-keep-on-winning-at-usta-natioanls/#respond Fri, 11 Aug 2017 15:55:55 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=18899 Read more »]]> Four of the eight girls playing in the quarterfinals of today’s USTA Girls’ 16s & 18s National Championships being played at the Barnes Tennis Center are from Southern California.

Pepperdine sophomore Ashley Lahey continued her strong for a possible gold ball and direct main entry wild card into the US Open with a 6-1, 6-4 win over Lakewood’s Salma Ewing.

Claire Liu of Thousand Oaks, Ashley Kratzer of Newport Beach and Kelly Chen of Cerritos were also straight-set winners.

Top-seeded Usue Arconada, who has been playing primarily on the USTA Pro Circuit this year, fell 6-4, 6-3 to 10th seeded Ann Li of Devon, Pa., in an early-morning Round of 16 match on Court 1.

After Arconada took a 4-2 first-set lead, Li rallied to win four straight games to secure the set in exactly one hour. In the second set, Li (pictured) capitalized on two doubles faults in the eighth game to break serve and take a 5-3 lead. She then held serve in the next game to wrap up the victory, which took one hour and 45 minutes.

Li, who reached the Wimbledon Girls’ singles final last month, advances to Friday’s quarterfinals, where she will meet 33rd seed Kelly Chen of Cerritos, Calif., at 9:30 a.m. (PDT).

For complete tournament results, please go to HERE.

For the latest updated tournament draws, please go HERE.

Friday’s matches on Stadium Court at the Barnes Tennis Center are available on live streaming. To view matches, go to: www.ustagirlsnationals.com.

Tennis Channel will broadcast the Girls’ 16s singles final and both Girls’ 18s singles semifinals on Saturday, Aug. 12, and the Girls’ 18s singles final on Sunday, Aug. 13.

This weekend’s Tennis Channel coverage of the USTA Girls’ 16s & 18s National Championships in San Diego will be as follows:

Saturday, Aug. 12 – Girls’ 16s singles final and both Girls’ 18s semifinals 2:30-8:30 p.m. ET (11:30 a.m. -5:30 p.m. PT) immediately following the Rogers Cup from Canada.

Sunday, Aug. 13 – Girls’ 18s singles final 4-6 p.m. ET (1-3 p.m. PT) immediately following the Rogers Cup and Western & Southern first round.

Over 400 girls aged 16 and 18 and under are competing for the title of National Champion, as well as a wild card entry into the Women’s Singles main draw of the US Open (for the 18s Champion) and a wild card into the US Open Junior Championships (for the 16s Champion).  The 18s Doubles Champions will also receive a wild card into the US Open Women’s Doubles main draw.

The Girls’ 16s event concludes with the singles and doubles finals on Saturday Aug. 12. The Girls’ 18s tournament will conclude with the 18s singles championship on Sunday, Aug. 13. Both divisions feature 256-player singles draws with the top 32 players receiving a first-round bye. There will also be 128-team doubles draws with the top 16 teams getting first-round byes.

The starting times for each day this weekend will be as follows:

9 a.m. – Friday, August 11 and Saturday, August 12

10 a.m. – Sunday, August 13

Admission and on-site parking at the Barnes Tennis Center is free each day of the tournament.

USTA Girls’ 16s & 18s Nationals
Barnes Tennis Center, San Diego
Thursday’s Results
Girls’ 18s Singles Round of 16
Ann Li (10), Devon, Pa., def. Usue Arconada (1), Rio Piedras, P.R., 6-4, 6-3
Claire Liu (2), Thousand Oaks, Calif., def. Abigail Forbes (15), Raleigh, N.C., 6-2, 6-2
Ashley Kratzer (3), Newport Beach, Calif., def.  Elysia Bolton (13), Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y., 6-4, 6-0
Ashley Lahey (5), Hawthorne, Calif., def.  Salma Ewing (33), Lakewood, Calif., 6-1, 6-4
Michaela Gordon (6), Saratoga, Calif., def. Elvina Kalieva, Pembroke Pines, Fla., 6-1, 6-2
Whitney Osuigwe (8), Bradenton, Fla., def. Katie Volynets (17), Walnut Creek, Calif., 7-5, 7-6 (3)
Kelly Chen (33), Cerritos, Calif., def. Ellie Douglas (11), McKinney, Texas, 7-6 (4), 6-0
Caty Mcnally (12), Cincinnati, def.  Maria Mateas (4), Braintree, Mass., 4-6, 6-4, 6-1
Girls’ 16s Singles Quarterfinals
Nikki Redelijk (14), Windermere, Fla., def. Fiona Crawley (1), San Antonio, 6-2, 4-6, 6-4
Angelica Blake (9), Boca Raton, Fla., def. Emma Navarro (3), Charleston, S.C., 6-1, 6-2
Connie Ma, Dublin, Calif., def. Lauren Stein (8), Paradise Valley, Ariz., 6-3, 6-4
Sedona Gallagher (4), Henderson, Nev., def. Maggie Cubitt (33), Spartanburg, S.C., 6-2, 7-5

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Liu, Ewing Post Big Wins At Girls’ Hardcourt Nationals http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-in-your-area/san-diego-county-tennis/liu-ewing-post-big-wins-at-girls-hardcourt-nationals/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-in-your-area/san-diego-county-tennis/liu-ewing-post-big-wins-at-girls-hardcourt-nationals/#respond Thu, 10 Aug 2017 03:32:00 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=18709 Read more »]]> It was a big day for Southern California players in an action-packed day at the Barnes Tennis Center as play continued at the prestigious USTA Girls’ 16s & 18s National Championships.

Reigning Wimbledon girls’ singles champion Claire Liu, the No. 2 seed in the Girls’ 18s singles draw, dispatched unseeded Naomi Cheong, a hard-hitting 15-year-old from Las Vegas, 6-3, 6-2 in a fourth-round match that took one-hour and 22 minutes. Afterwards, Liu admitted the match was tougher than the score indicated.

“She’s really good. She can hit a really big ball and she’s also really fast. It was a tough match,” Liu told tournament Press Aide Fred Sidhu. “I didn’t play my best, but being able to get through a really tough match is really positive for me and hopefully as the tournament goes on, I can keep getting a little bit better and better every day.”

Liu will play 15th seeded Abigail Forbes of Raleigh, N.C., in the Round of 16.

Lakewood’s Salma Ewing had a nice upset on Wednesday as she took out Redondo Beach’s No. 9-seeded Taylor Johnson, 7-6 (2), 6-2. Newport Beach’s Ashley Kratzer (No. 3) and Pepperdine sophomore Ashley Lahey (No. 5) of Hawthorne had solid wins to advance, as did Cerritos’ Kelly Chen (33), who upset No. 7 Alexandra Sanford of Ohio, 6-4, 6-1.

All matches played on Stadium Court at the Barnes Tennis Center are available on live streaming. To view matches, go to: www.ustagirlsnationals.com.

Tennis Channel will broadcast the Girls’ 16s singles final and both Girls’ 18s singles semifinals on Saturday, Aug. 12, and the Girls’ 18s singles final on Sunday, Aug. 13.

This weekend’s Tennis Channel coverage of the USTA Girls’ 16s & 18s National Championships in San Diego will be as follows:

Saturday, Aug. 12 – Girls’ 16s singles final and both Girls’ 18s semifinals 2:30-8:30 p.m. ET (11:30 a.m. -5:30 p.m. PT) immediately following the Rogers Cup from Canada.

Sunday, Aug. 13 – Girls’ 18s singles final 4-6 p.m. ET (1-3 p.m. PT) immediately following the Rogers Cup and Western & Southern first round.

The Girls’ 16s event concludes with the singles and doubles finals on Saturday Aug. 12. The Girls’ 18s tournament will conclude with the 18s singles championship on Sunday, Aug. 13.

The starting time for each day of the tournament will be as follows:

8 a.m. – Thursday, August 10

9 a.m. – Friday, August 11 and Saturday, August 12

10 a.m. – Sunday, August 13

Admission and on-site parking at the Barnes Tennis Center is free each day of the tournament.

For complete scores and results, go to:

http://tennislink.usta.com/tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=185581#&&s=8Results0

KALAMAZOO UPDATE: In the Boys’ 18s and 16s National Hardcourt Nationals at Kalamazoo, several Southern California players had big days advancing on in the prestigious event that also has a US Open main draw card on the line in the 18s. This year’s two big Easter Bowl winners from San Diego were victorious in the 18s and 16, respectively, as No. 12 seed Alafia Ayeni of San Diego defeated No. 4 seed Oliver Crawford 6-2, 5-7, 6-3 in the round of 16 on Wednesday. He next faces No. 8 DJ Thomas in the quarterfinals on Thursday. In another Round of 16 matchup, No. 30 seeded Timothy Sah of San Diego fell to JJ Wolf, 6-1, 6-1. In the Boys’ 16s, top-seeded Brandon Nakashima of San Diego eliminated No. 24 seed Spencer Whitaker 6-1, 6-0. He will play No. 6 seed Leighton Allen next. Meanwhile, No. 8 seed Stefan Dostanic of Irvine beat No. 10 seed Tyler Zink 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 and will play No. 2 seed Andrew Dale in the next round.

 

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USTA Girls’ Junior Nationals To Air This Weekend On Tennis Channel http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-in-your-area/san-diego-county-tennis/usta-girls-junior-nationals-to-air-this-weekend-on-tennis-channel/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-in-your-area/san-diego-county-tennis/usta-girls-junior-nationals-to-air-this-weekend-on-tennis-channel/#respond Tue, 08 Aug 2017 22:18:57 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=18570 Read more »]]> The USTA Girls’ 16s & 18s National Championships, which are being played this week at the Barnes Tennis Center in San Diego, will offers fans the opportunity to watch the top junior players in the country as well as providing a peek at the future of American women’s tennis.

This weekend, more fans than ever before will have the chance to watch the action, as Tennis Channel will provide unprecedented coverage of the final two days of the tournament.

The Girls’ 16s singles final and both Girls’ 18s singles semifinals will be broadcast on Saturday, Aug. 12, and the Girls’ 18s singles final will be broadcast on Sunday, Aug. 13.

“This is the first time in the history of this event that matches will be shown on live television,” said Tournament Director Lornie Kuhle. “Fans from around the world who have access to Tennis Channel will be able to watch some great tennis this weekend.”

Kuhle added, “It’s been a groundbreaking year for this tournament with all of the upgrades we’ve made including new sponsors, a video wall, new draw boards and improved seating on Stadium Court, but having Tennis Channel broadcast the final two days takes this event to a whole new level.”

The majority of American players on the women’s professional tour have played in the Girls’ 16s Nationals, which began in 1962, and/or the Girls’ 18s Nationals, which date back to 1918. Past tournament champions include Chris Evert, Tracy Austin, Andrea Jaeger, Zina Garrison, Mary Joe Fernandez, Jennifer Capriati and Lindsay Davenport.

Two recent Girls’ 18s champions also have made great strides as professionals. Last year’s champion Kayla Day (pictured) is currently No. 122 in the WTA rankings, while 2014 champion CiCi Bellis has broken into the Top 50. (She is currently No. 36 in the world.)

The Girls’ 18s singles champion and doubles champions will receive main draw wild cards into this year’s US Open.

This weekend’s Tennis Channel coverage of the USTA Girls’ 16s & 18s National Championships in San Diego will be as follows:

Saturday, Aug. 12 – Girls’ 16s singles final and both Girls’ 18s semifinals 2:30-8:30 p.m. ET (11:30 a.m. -5:30 p.m. PT) immediately following the Rogers Cup from Canada.

Sunday, Aug. 13 – Girls’ 18s singles final 4-6 p.m. ET (1-3 p.m. PT) immediately following the Rogers Cup and Western & Southern first round.

For more on the Tennis Channel broadcasts and live streaming of the 2017 event, visit the USTA Girls’ 16s and 18s Nationals page.

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Wild Cards Awarded For Upcoming Girls’ National Championships http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/youth-tennis/wild-cards-awarded-for-upcoming-girls-national-championships/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/youth-tennis/wild-cards-awarded-for-upcoming-girls-national-championships/#respond Wed, 02 Aug 2017 01:17:48 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=18040 Read more »]]> Wild Cards Awarded For Upcoming USTA Girls’ 16s & 18s National Championships At San Diego’s Barnes Tennis Center

Tennis Legend Billie Jean King Named Honorary Chair for National Tournament

The United States Tennis Association Girls’ 16s & 18s National Championships has awarded a total of ten wild card entries into the tournament, which is scheduled for August 5-13 at the Barnes Tennis Center at 4490 W. Point Loma Blvd., San Diego, CA, 92107.

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The following players from across the U.S. received a wild card to play in this year’s championships:

Girls’ 18s

  • Naomi Cheong – Las Vegas, Nev.
  • Emma DeCoste – Stuart, Fla.
  • Michaela Gordon – Saratoga, Calif.
  • Victoria Hu – Northborough, Maine
  • Alana Smith – Fort Washington, Md.

Girls’ 16s

  • Najah Dawson – Rosedale, N.Y.
  • Tara Mailk – Secaucus, N.J.
  • Makayla Mills – Wilmington, N.C.
  • Michelle Sorokko – Little Neck, N.Y.
  • Maria Mateas – Braintree, Mass.

Tournament officials also announced that tennis legend Billie Jean King has been named Honorary Chair for this year’s USTA Girls’ 16s & 18s National Championships. King, a 39-time major champion and a former No. 1 player in the world, was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1987.

Billie Jean King – Honorary Chair – USTA Girls’ 16s & 18s National Championships

King defeated Bobby Riggs in one of the greatest moments in sports history – the Battle of the Sexes on September 20, 1973 at the Astrodome in Houston. Actress Emma Stone will portray King in an upcoming movie titled, “Battle of the Sexes,” which will be released in theaters in September. The movie cast includes stars Elisabeth Shue, Steve Carell and Andrea Riseborough.

“We are very proud to have Billie Jean King as the Honorary Chair for our tournament. Over the years, she has been as a great inspiration for so many girls, on and off the tennis court,” said Tournament Director Lornie Kuhle. “Billie Jean is a big supporter of this event and we will always be thankful for her continued involvement and what it brings to this championship.”

Kuhle also said new tournament drawboards, honoring tennis legend Pancho Segura, a San Diego North County resident, will be unveiled on opening day of the tournament. The boards, which measure 10 feet high and 16 feet wide, will allow fans an enhanced opportunity to follow players as well as scores and results in both divisions while attending the tournament.

Pancho Segura Drawboard

To view the full list of competitors in the USTA Girls’ 16s & 18s National Championships, go to:
http://tennislink.usta.com/tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=185581#&&s=5
(List is subject to change.)

Over 400 girls aged 16 and 18 and under will compete for the title of National Champion, as well as a wild card entry into the Women’s Singles main draw of the US Open (for the 18s Champion) and a wild card into the US Open Junior Championships (for the 16s Champion). The 18s Doubles Champions will also receive a wild card into the US Open Women’s Doubles main draw.

The Girls’ 16s event will begin on Saturday, Aug. 5 and conclude with the singles and doubles finals on Saturday Aug. 12. The Girls’ 18s tournament will get underway on Sunday, Aug. 6 and conclude with the 18s singles championship on Sunday, Aug. 13. Both divisions will feature 256-player singles draws with the top 32 players receiving a first-round bye. There will also be 128-team doubles draws with the top 16 teams getting first-round byes.

The starting time for each day of the tournament will be as follows:
8 a.m. – Saturday, August 5 through Wednesday, August 9
8:30 a.m. – Thursday, August 10
9 a.m. – Friday, August 11 and Saturday, August 12
10 a.m. – Sunday, August 13

The Opening Ceremony for the USTA National Girls’ 16s & 18s National Championships is scheduled for 5 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 5 at the Barnes Tennis Center. (All times are PDT.) The scheduled guest speaker is USTA Chief Executive, Community Tennis and USTA National Campus, Kurt Kamperman.

Early-round tournament matches will also be played at San Diego State University’s Aztec Tennis Center, 5375 Remington Rd., San Diego, CA, 92115 and the Balboa Tennis Club, 2221 Morley Field Drive, San Diego, CA 92104 from Saturday, August 5 through Wednesday, August 9.

Admission and on-site parking at the Barnes Tennis Center is free each day of the tournament. For fans watching matches at SDSU and the Balboa Tennis Club, admission is free. There is a nominal charge for on-campus parking at SDSU. Parking regulations at the university will be strictly enforced. Parking is free at the Balboa Tennis Club.

About USTA Girls’ 16s – 18s Nationals:
The USTA Girls’ 16 & 18s National Championships are the premiere hard court tennis tournaments for amateur and professional American girls aged 18 and 16 and under in the United States. In 2010, both age groups began playing their events concurrently at San Diego’s Barnes Tennis Center. Tournament participants, who represent nearly every state in the United States, have been endorsed by their respective USTA Section or have received USTA special exemptions based on their results in qualifying tournaments, junior rankings, or results on the WTA Tour or International Tennis Federation Junior Circuit. Past tournament champions include Chris Evert, Tracy Austin, Andrea Jaeger, Zina Garrison, Mary Jo Fernandez, Jennifer Capriati and Lindsay Davenport.

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San Diego County to be Well-Represented With Strong Contingent of Local Players

Wimbledon girls’ champion Claire Liu of Thousand Oaks, Calif., and French Open girls’ champion Whitney Osuigwe of Bradenton, Fla., are among the entries for the upcoming United States Tennis Association Girls’ 16s & 18s National Championships, scheduled for August 5-13 at the Barnes Tennis Center, located at 4490 W. Point Loma Blvd., San Diego, CA, 92107.

Earlier this month, the 17-year old Liu defeated Ann Li, of Devon, Pa., 6-2, 5-7, 6-2, to win the second-ever all-American girls’ singles final at Wimbledon, dating back to 1947. Liu became the first American girls’ singles champion at Wimbledon since Chanda Rubin won the title in 1992.

In June, the 15-year-old Osuigwe beat Liu 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-3 in the second-ever all-American Roland Garros girls’ final in Paris. Osuigwe became just the fourth American to win the French Open girls’ singles title and the first since Jennifer Capriati accomplished the feat in 1989.

This year marks the first time American girls have won the French Open and Wimbledon junior singles titles in the same year since 1981. Liu and Osuigwe will be competing in the Girls’ 18s division at the National Championships in San Diego.

“There is no doubt that it has been a banner year for American junior tennis so far with all of the success we’ve seen at the French Open and Wimbledon,” said Tournament Director Lornie Kuhle. “With the depth of this year’s tournament field, we are expecting an extremely competitive and entertaining week of high-level junior tennis.”

Among the top players entered in this year’s Girls’ 18s division are 15-year-old Amanda Anisimova of Aventura, Fla., and 18-year-old Usue Arconada of Rio Piedras, P.R. Both players have been gaining experience on the USTA Pro Circuit this year. Arconada is ranked No. 237 in the Women’s Tennis Association singles rankings, while Anisimova, the youngest player ranked in the Top 300, is No. 250.

Earlier this year, Anisimova captured the Roland Garros Wild Card Challenge by reaching back-to-back singles finals at the $80K USTA Pro Circuit event in Indian Harbour Beach, Fla., and the $60K USTA Pro Circuit event in Dothan, Ala. She made her main draw Grand Slam debut at the French Open this year, losing in the first round to Kurumi Nara of Japan 3-6, 7-5, 6-4.

To view the full list of competitors in the USTA Girls’ 16s & 18s National Championships, go to:
http://tennislink.usta.com/tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=185581#&&s=5
(List is subject to change)

Over 400 girls aged 16 and 18 and under will compete for the title of National Champion, as well as a wild card entry into the Women’s Singles main draw of the US Open (for the 18s Champion) and a wild card into the US Open Junior Championships (for the 16s Champion). The 18s Doubles Champions will also receive a wild card into the US Open Women’s Doubles main draw.

A strong contingent of local players is also entered in this year’s tournament. Among the local entries is Nicole Mossmer of La Jolla, Calif., last year’s Girls’ 16s National Champion, who is competing in the Girl’s 18s Division this year, and Jennifer Kerr of Carlsbad, Calif., a two-time CIF San Diego Section singles champion. The following are entries from San Diego County:

GIRLS’ 18s

Julia Deming — Fallbrook, Calif. Jennifer Kerr— Carlsbad, Calif.
Emily Dush — Chula Vista, Calif. Nicole Mossmer — La Jolla, Calif.
Paulina Ferrari, San Diego Jennifer Richards — San Diego
Haley Giavara — San Diego Julia Ronney — San Diego
Julia Haynes — San Diego Hannah Zhao — San Diego
Cali Jankowski — Carlsbad, Calif.,

GIRLS’ 16s

Elizabeth Goldsmith — Chula Vista, Calif. Britt Pursell — Oceanside, Calif.
Giulia Hayer — San Diego Sophie Raiszadeh — Rancho Santa Fe,Calif.
Amy Huang — San Diego Winta Woldeab — La Mesa, Calif.

The Girls’ 16s event will begin on Saturday, Aug. 5 and conclude with the singles and doubles finals on Saturday Aug. 12. The Girls’ 18s tournament will get underway on Sunday, Aug. 6 and conclude with the 18s singles championship on Sunday, Aug. 13. Both divisions will feature 256-player singles draws with the top 32 players receiving a first-round bye. There will also be 128-team doubles draws with the top 16 teams getting first-round byes.

The starting time for each day of the tournament will be as follows:
8 a.m. – Saturday, August 5 through Wednesday, August 9
8:30 a.m. – Thursday, August 10
9 a.m. – Friday, August 11 and Saturday, August 12
10 a.m. – Sunday, August 13

The Opening Ceremony for the USTA National Girls’ 16s & 18s National Championships is scheduled for 5 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 5 at the Barnes Tennis Center. (All times are PDT.)

Early-round tournament matches will also be played at San Diego State University’s Aztec Tennis Center, 5375 Remington Rd., San Diego, CA, 92115 and the Balboa Tennis Club, 2221 Morley Field Drive, San Diego, CA 92104 from Saturday, August 5 through Wednesday, August 9.

Admission and on-site parking at the Barnes Tennis Center is free each day of the tournament. For fans watching matches at SDSU and the Balboa Tennis Club, admission is free. There is a nominal charge for on-campus parking at SDSU. Parking regulations at the university will be strictly enforced. Parking is free at the Balboa Tennis Club.

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Harrison Leads Aviators To 18-17 Victory Over Springfield http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/socal-pro-tennis/harrison-leads-aviators-to-18-17-victory-over-springfield/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/socal-pro-tennis/harrison-leads-aviators-to-18-17-victory-over-springfield/#respond Fri, 21 Jul 2017 00:31:15 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=16979 Read more »]]> Rogers and Jurak Score 5-4 Victory in Women’s Doubles

Ryan Harrison continued to play clutch tennis this season as he led the defending Mylan World TeamTennis champion San Diego Aviators to an exciting 18-17 victory over the visiting Springfield Lasers on Tuesday night at Omni La Costa Resort & Spa.

Harrison and Raven Klaasen gave the Aviators an early lead as they opened the match with an impressive 5-1 victory over Jean-Julien Rojer and Benjamin Becker of the Lasers in Men’s Doubles.

However, Springfield roared back to take an 11-8 lead at halftime as 2010 French Open champion Francesca Schiavone defeated Shelby Rogers of the Aviators 5-2 in Women’s Singles, and Jean-Julien Rojer and Abigail Spears dominated Klaasen and Darija Jurak 5-1 in Mixed Doubles.

In the fourth set of the evening, Rogers and Jurak overcame a 4-2 deficit in Women’s Doubles and came back to score a 5-4 victory over Schiavone and Spears to cut Springfield’s lead to 15-13.

Jul 27, 2015; San Diego, CA:

Jul 27, 2015; San Diego, CA:

“I just told myself to be aggressive. Those girls (Schiavone and Spears) were playing unbelievable. You have to be the one that steps up on those deciding points. You just have to go for it, and it worked out,” Rogers said. “We come together every night. I was a little down in the singles, but they helped me through. That’s what it’s all about.”

With the Aviators trailing 15-13 going into the final set, Harrison faced Becker in Men’s Singles. After holding serve through the first five games, Harrison scored the critical service break in the sixth game to take a 4-2 lead as Becker hit a cross court forehand wide on break point.

That was all Harrison needed as he served an ace at 2-0 to get to match point and then slammed a service winner to clinch the victory for the Aviators, who improved to 2-0 in the 2017 WTT campaign.

“I’ve been playing well all year. It really started around this time last year in World TeamTennis. My energy has been really good and very positive,” said Harrison, who credits WTT for lifting the level of his game. “I love the crowd. The DJ fires me up out there and plays some country music for me. The whole team atmosphere is great and it’s just hard not to be in a positive frame of mind.”

TURNING POINT: In the fourth set of the evening, the Aviators trailed the Lasers 4-2 in Women’s Doubles and faced a set point on a 3-3 point in the eighth game. Shelby Rogers nailed a brilliant down the line backhand winner to win the games and get back on serve at 3-4. Rogers and Darija Jurak eventually won the set 5-4 over Francesca Schiavone / Abigail Spears to pull San Diego within two games of the Lasers at 15-13.

NEXT ON: The Aviators travel to Washington D.C. on Thursday to take on Bob and Mike Bryan and the Washington Kastles at 7:00pm Eastern at Kastles Stadium at the Smith Center on the campus of George Washington University. Follow results on WTT.com/scores or www.sandiegoaviators.com. The match will be broadcast live on ESPN3.

About the San Diego Aviators:
The San Diego Aviators, which are owned by local residents Fred Luddy and Jack McGrory, return for their fourth Mylan World TeamTennis season. For the third consecutive year, they will make their home venue at the Omni La Costa Resort & Spa in Carlsbad, Calif. After posting an 8-6 record to finish the 2016 season in first place, the Aviators captured their first Mylan World TeamTennis championship, defeating the Orange County Breakers 25-14 in the Mylan WTT Finals at the historic Forest Hills Stadium at The West Side Tennis Club in Forest Hills, N.Y.

 

San Diego Aviators 18, Springfield Lasers 17

Men’s Doubles
Raven Klaasen/ Ryan Harrison (San Diego Aviators) def. Jean-Julien Rojer / Benjamin Becker (Springfield Lasers), 5-1

Women’s Singles
Francesca Schiavone (Springfield Lasers) def. Shelby Rogers (San Diego Aviators), 5-2

Mixed Doubles
Jean-Julien Rojer / Abigail Spears (Springfield Lasers) def. Raven Klaasen / Darija Jurak (San Diego Aviators), 5-1

Women’s Doubles
Darija Jurak / Shelby Rogers (San Diego Aviators) def. Francesca Schiavone / Abigail Spears (Springfield Lasers), 5-4

Men’s Singles
Ryan Harrison (San Diego Aviators) def. Benjamin Becker (Springfield Lasers), 5-2

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Aviators Win Comeback Thriller Over Breakers In Home Opener http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/socal-pro-tennis/aviators-win-comeback-thriller-over-breakers-in-home-opener/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/socal-pro-tennis/aviators-win-comeback-thriller-over-breakers-in-home-opener/#respond Tue, 18 Jul 2017 17:25:39 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=16787 Read more »]]> Ryan Harrison Wins Singles and Doubles to Lead Aviators to 17-14 Victory

The defending Mylan World TeamTennis champion San Diego Aviators staged an incredible comeback on Sunday night to win their home opener at the Omni La Costa Resort & Spa with a thrilling 17-14 victory over the Orange County Breakers.

Playing before a capacity crowd of 1,550, the first sellout in franchise history, the Aviators fell behind the Breakers 10-2 after dropping the Mixed Doubles and Women’s Doubles sets by identical 5-1 scores.

In Men’s Doubles, Ryan Harrison, the 2016 WTT Male MVP, and Raven Klaasen sparked San Diego’s comeback as they used strong service returns and excellent net play to defeat Ken Skupski and Teymuraz Gabashvili of the Breakers 5-1.

Following halftime, with the Breakers leading 11-7, Shelby Rogers of the Aviators took on five-time Grand Slam singles champion Maria Sharapova in Women’s Singles. After falling in a tough three-setter to top-seeded Angelique Kerber in the third round at Wimbledon, Rogers looked forward to playing Sharapova, a former No. 1 player in the world.

Rogers, a resident of Charleston, S.C., took advantage of the opportunity and delighted the home crowd with a hard-fought 5-3 victory over Sharapova. With the Breakers holding a slim 14-12 lead, it was time for Men’s Singles in the fifth and final set of the night.

Harrison showed why he is currently ranked No. 40 in the ATP World Tour singles rankings as he played near-perfect tennis in Men’s Singles, scoring a commanding 5-0 victory over Gabashvili to complete the Aviators comeback win.

“We had good energy. We started down early, but we stayed positive. We just went out there one set at a time and tried to put as many games on the board. Even when we were down, the crowd picked us up. It was a really fun atmosphere,” said Harrison. “I’m happy to be back in San Diego and looking forward to try and bring another title.”

The victory was especially sweet for Rogers, who enjoys the Mylan WTT experience. “It’s so great to be back. I was fired up to be competing alongside these amazing people. Last year we really became a family and it’s so nice to have them by my side again,” she said.

TURNING POINT: With the Breakers leading 14-11, late in the fourth set of the evening, Shelby Rogers cracked a perfectly executed down the line forehand winner on set point to win the Women’s Singles set 5-3 over Sharapova and pull the Aviators within two games of the Breakers at 14-12. The victory in Women’s Singles set up Ryan Harrison to complete the comeback in Men’s Singles.

NEXT ON: The Aviators will host former French Open champion Francesca Schiavone and the Springfield Lasers on Tuesday at 7:00pm Pacific at the Omni La Costa Resort & Spa in Carlsbad, Calif. Follow results on WTT.com/scores or www.sandiegoaviators.com. Live streaming of the match can be viewed at: http://www.sandiegoaviators. com/pages/live

About the San Diego Aviators:
The San Diego Aviators, which are owned by local residents Fred Luddy and Jack McGrory, return for their fourth Mylan World TeamTennis season. For the third consecutive year, they will make their home venue at the Omni La Costa Resort & Spa in Carlsbad, Calif. After posting an 8-6 record to finish the 2016 season in first place, the Aviators captured their first Mylan World TeamTennis championship, defeating the Orange County Breakers 25-14 in the Mylan WTT Finals at the historic Forest Hills Stadium at The West Side Tennis Club in Forest Hills, N.Y.

For additional information on the San Diego Aviators, visit www.sandiegoaviators.com.

About Mylan World TeamTennis:
Mylan World TeamTennis showcases the best in professional tennis with the innovative team format co-founded by Billie Jean King in the 1970s. Recognized as the leader in professional team tennis competition, Mylan WTT features many of the world’s best players competing annually for the King Trophy, the League’s championship trophy named after King.

Since the League’s debut, virtually every major champion of the Open era has played Mylan WTT, including Andre Agassi, Venus and Serena Williams, Pete Sampras, Stefanie Graf, Andy Roddick, Kim Clijsters, Bob and Mike Bryan, Martina Hingis, Maria Sharapova, Lindsay Davenport, John McEnroe, Jimmy Connors, Martina Navratilova, and Chris Evert.

In July 2015, Mylan WTT became the fifth major professional team sports league in the U.S. to reach the 40th season milestone. In 2017, team owners Mark Ein and Fred Luddy acquired majority ownership of the organization. Learn more about the history and league champions of World TeamTennis at http://www.wtt.com/history.

San Diego Aviators 17, Orange County Breakers 14

Mixed Doubles
Ken Skupski / Andreja Klepac (Orange County Breakers) def. Raven Klaasen / Darija Jurak (San Diego Aviators) 5-1

Women’s Doubles
Maria Sharapova / Andreja Klepac (Orange County Breakers) def. Darija Jurak / Shelby Rogers (San Diego Aviators) 5-1

Men’s Doubles
Ryan Harrison / Raven Klaasen (San Diego Aviators) def. Ken Skupski / Teymuraz Gabashvili (Orange County Breakers) 5-1

Women’s Singles
Shelby Rogers (San Diego Aviators) def. Maria Sharapova (Orange County Breakers) 5-3

Men’s Singles
Ryan Harrison (San Diego Aviators) def. Teymuraz Gabashvili (Orange County Breakers) 5-0
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San Diego Teen Makes National Debut in USA Junior Tennis http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-news/san-diego-teen-makes-national-debut-in-usa-junior-tennis/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-news/san-diego-teen-makes-national-debut-in-usa-junior-tennis/#respond Mon, 17 Jul 2017 17:56:29 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=16561 Read more »]]> Siem “Sam” Woldeab picked up a tennis racket at age 7 as a fun summer activity. His family lived across the street from the Helix Charter High School tennis courts, so it was an easy choice. After a few lessons, however, he knew tennis was his sport.  Recently, the United States Tennis Association’s Player Development program confirmed that choice as Woldeab was one of eight top U.S. players named to the 2017 USA National Junior Team.

Woldeab, 15, is a sophomore at Helix High and a San Diego standout.  He is ranked No. 2 in both the U.S. and Southern California in the Boys’ 16’s Division.  As a USA National Junior Team member, he will receive training opportunities, coaching, and travel assistance to play select USTA National Championships and ITF junior tournaments this summer.

“I really want to go pro,” said Woldeab, a 6-foot 1-inch teen from La Mesa. “I know it will be hard but I have the drive.”

In 2008, Siem joined clinics led by Coach Lois Szepaniak and Coach Stan Jefferson at the East County Community Tennis Association Junior Programs. He also occasionally played in the site’s NJTL classes and on Junior Team Tennis squads. It was clear this was a life changing opportunity.

Coach Stan Jefferson and Siem Woldeab.

“In the beginning Siem was just like all of the other kids,” Szepaniak said. “After his first season of Junior Team Tennis, he fell in love with the game. He knew this was going to be a big part of his life. You could just see it when he played. He had passion and that made the difference.”

Woldeab is a first generation American born child to immigrant parents from Eritea, East Africa. His father, Tewolde “Ted”, and mother, Semainesh, have worked hard to give Siem and his 13 year-old sister, Winta, the opportunity to play tennis. Ted is a taxi driver on the graveyard shift, and Semainesh is an accountant, who works a traditional a day shift. They are firm believers in the importance of education. During the summers, they tutor their children and prepare them for the next grade level in many core classes. As a result, Woldeab maintains a 4.6 GPA with challenging courses.

“Our plan is never to leave the kids by themselves,” Ted said. “We are there first to keep them out of trouble, and second, to help them get an education with a scholarship.  If it works out they play professional tennis that is a gift.”

Siem plays tennis twice daily with Coach Stan Jefferson at Martin Luther King Park. They meet before school from 6 to 7:30am, and again after school from 4 to 6pm four days a week. The technical support from Jefferson and family help at home has given Siem the confidence to succeed. His current goal is to win the USTA National Boys’ 16’s Hardcourt Championships this summer.

 

“All I did was to create an environment to help him develop into a world class athlete,” said Jefferson, who has coached Siem for 8 years. “This is available to all of the kids in my program but Siem has taken my message to heart. I credit his success to personal drive and inspiration.”

Woldeab’s dedication and commitment is also evident to Helix Charter High Varsity Boys’ Coach Jay Diaz. As a freshman, Woldeab was the Valley League singles champion and the player of the year. He was undefeated in league play.

“If you go to high school it is a responsibility to give back and make your school look good,” Woldeab said. “It’s fun and it helps my team. I am always willing to play when they need me.”

Diaz said Woldeab has a mature tennis game with a level head. He is well-rounded and never tires on the court. He is the quintessential team player with a positive attitude.

“Siem doesn’t stress about anything,” Diaz said. “He is calm and patient. He’s a strategist and thinks three shots down the road. He was blessed with the perfect mindset and the ability to play the game. You can’t teach him, you can only mold him.”

If professional tennis doesn’t work out right away, however, Woldeab has a great back up plan, one that is more aligned with his parent’s goals for him.

“I’d love to go to Stanford University,” said Woldeab. “It would be a dream to play tennis there and get a great education. Then when I’m ready I could become a professional. So I guess it could all work out either way.”

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San Diego Aviators Announce Theme Nights And Promotions For Home Matches http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/socal-pro-tennis/san-diego-aviators-announce-theme-nights-and-promotions-for-home-matches/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/socal-pro-tennis/san-diego-aviators-announce-theme-nights-and-promotions-for-home-matches/#respond Thu, 13 Jul 2017 07:22:44 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=16718 Read more »]]> Mylan WTT Champion San Diego Aviators Announce Theme Nights And Promotions For All Seven Home Matches At Omni La Costa Resort & Spa

Fans Encouraged to Arrive Early to Receive Promotional Items and Enjoy Pre-Match Festivities

The defending Mylan World TeamTennis champion San Diego Aviators have announced theme nights and promotions for all seven of their home matches at the Omni La Costa Resort & Spa, 2100 Costa Del Mar Road, Carlsbad, Calif., 92009.

The home opener on Sunday, July 16 has been designated as “Rivalry Night,” as the Aviators begin their 2017 campaign against former World No. 1 Maria Sharapova and their Southern California rival the Orange County Breakers from Newport Beach, Calif., at 6 p.m.

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Tuesday, July 18 will be “Championship Celebration Night” as the Aviators host the Springfield Lasers at 7 p.m. and celebrate the 2016 WTT Championship they captured last August in Forest Hills, N.Y. Fans will have the opportunity to have their picture taken with the coveted King Trophy, which was designed by Tiffany.

It will be “Family Night” on Saturday, July 22 when the Aviators play the Springfield Lasers at 7 p.m. Children attending the match can join in the fun at the interactive Kids’ Zone. Kids will also have the opportunity to collect player autographs during an autograph session.

On Sunday, July 23, the Aviators will take on the visiting New York Empire at 6 p.m. as they recognize the dedicated service of our teachers, police, firefighters and members of the military on “Salute to Public Service Night.” A ticket discount for those in public service is available when purchasing tickets at www.sandiegoaviators.com. Enter code: Salute10 to receive a 10 percent discount.

The Aviators host the Orange County Breakers on Tuesday, July 25 at 7 p.m. on “Latin Night.” Fans can enjoy the vibrant sounds of Latin music and Happy Hour drink specials.

On Tuesday, August 1, the Aviators will face the visiting Philadelphia Freedoms on “Salute to Ladies Night,” which will celebrate Women in Sports. A special tribute video that includes highlights of the 1973 Battle of the Sexes match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs will be shown.

The Aviators will close out the regular season with “Fan Appreciation Night” on Wednesday, August 2 against the Washington Kastles at 7 p.m. The Aviators will thank their fans with free giveaways.

Gates will open one hour before the start of each match. A free Aviators promotional item will be distributed to the first 300 fans entering the gates at each home match during the season.

“We really want our spectators to have a great fan experience when they come to the Omni La Costa Resort & Spa to watch our matches this season,” said San Diego Aviators General Manager Jim Ault. “We encourage fans to arrive early to receive promotional items and enjoy great food, along with all of the pre-match festivities.”

For the complete schedule, please go to: http://www.sandiegoaviators.com/schedule. Tickets start at $25 per match. VIP and season tickets are also available. For ticket information, contact (888) 774-0110 or Tickets@sandiegoaviators.com. Fans can also save $2 on parking by purchasing a parking pass online.

The top two teams from the 2017 regular season will advance to the Mylan WTT Finals, which is scheduled for 8 p.m. (PT) on Saturday, August 5, at Omni La Costa Resort & Spa in Carlsbad, Calif. The Mylan WTT Finals will air live on ESPN3 with ESPN2 also joining the coverage.

About the San Diego Aviators:
The San Diego Aviators, which are owned by local residents Fred Luddy and Jack McGrory, return for their fourth Mylan World TeamTennis season. For the third consecutive year, they will make their home venue at the Omni La Costa Resort & Spa in Carlsbad, Calif. After posting an 8-6 record to finish the 2016 season in first place, the Aviators captured their first Mylan World TeamTennis championship, defeating the Orange County Breakers 25-14 in the Mylan WTT Finals at the historic Forest Hills Stadium at The West Side Tennis Club in Forest Hills, N.Y.

For additional information on the San Diego Aviators, visit www.sandiegoaviators.com.

About Mylan World TeamTennis:

Mylan World TeamTennis showcases the best in professional tennis with the innovative team format co-founded by Billie Jean King in the 1970s. Recognized as the leader in professional team tennis competition, Mylan WTT features many of the world’s best players competing annually for the King Trophy, the League’s championship trophy named after King.

Since the League’s debut, virtually every major champion of the Open era has played Mylan WTT, including Andre Agassi, Venus and Serena Williams, Pete Sampras, Stefanie Graf, Andy Roddick, Kim Clijsters, Bob and Mike Bryan, Martina Hingis, Maria Sharapova, Lindsay Davenport, John McEnroe, Jimmy Connors, Martina Navratilova, and Chris Evert.

In July 2015, Mylan WTT became the fifth major professional team sports league in the U.S. to reach the 40th season milestone. In 2017, team owners Mark Ein and Fred Luddy acquired majority ownership of the organization. Learn more about the history and league champions of World TeamTennis at http://www.wtt.com/history.

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San Diego Aviators To Host Sharapova In 2017 Home Opener http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/socal-pro-tennis/san-diego-aviators-to-host-sharapova-in-2017-home-opener/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/socal-pro-tennis/san-diego-aviators-to-host-sharapova-in-2017-home-opener/#respond Sun, 09 Jul 2017 22:41:08 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=16041 Read more »]]>

Defending Mylan World Teamtennis Champion San Diego Aviators To Host Maria Sharapova And Orange County Breakers In 2017 Home Opener

Match Scheduled for 6 p.m. (PT) Sunday, July 16 at Omni La Costa Resort & Spa in Carlsbad

The defending Mylan World TeamTennis champion San Diego Aviators will open their 2017 campaign by hosting former world No. 1 Maria Sharapova and the Orange County Breakers on Sunday, July 16 at the Omni La Costa Resort & Spa, 2100 Costa Del Mar Road, Carlsbad, Calif., 92009. The match is slated to begin at 6 p.m. (PT).

Sharapova, who is one of just six WTA players in the Open Era to complete a Career Grand Slam, has 35 career WTA singles titles to her credit. The 30-year-old Russian will be returning to Carlsbad where she won singles titles in 2007 and 2006 when the Omni La Costa Resort & Spa hosted a WTA event.

San Diego’s home opener will mark the first meeting between the two teams since last year’s Mylan WTT Finals in Forest Hills, N.Y., when the Aviators defeated the Breakers 25-14 to capture the 2016 Mylan World TeamTennis championship.

“Our home opener against the Breakers is going to be a great start to an exciting World TeamTennis season. The Aviators are looking to defend the title, but it won’t be easy with every team in the league being so competitive,” said General Manager Jim Ault. “We want fans to come out and support their team. The matches are very entertaining and it’s a great atmosphere for the whole family.”

The Mylan WTT reigning champion Aviators and Coach John Lloyd will have Ryan Harrison, Raven Klaasen, Shelby Rogers and Darija Jurak returning from last year’s championship team.

After earning Mylan WTT Male MVP honors last year, Ryan Harrison has put together his strongest year on the ATP World Tour this year, winning his first ATP singles title in Memphis, Tenn., and reaching a career-high No. 41 in the singles rankings. Harrison, a 25-year-old from Austin, Texas, also won the French Open doubles title earlier this year.

Klaasen, who hails from Cape Town, South Africa, will be playing with the Aviators for the fourth-straight season. The 34-year-old doubles specialist has won 13 career ATP Would Tour doubles titles and is currently ranked No. 12 in the ATP doubles rankings (as of 7/3/17).

Rogers, a 24-year-old resident of Charleston, S.C., is currently ranked No. 70 in the WTA singles rankings (as of 7/3/17). She reached the singles quarterfinals of the French Open in 2016.

Jurak, a native from Zagreb, Croatia, played a key role for the Aviators in doubles and mixed doubles during last year’s championship run. The 33-year-old doubles specialist achieved a career-high WTA doubles ranking of No. 27 earlier this year.

This year’s roster also includes two new additions – Rajeev Ram, a 33-year-old resident of Carmel, Ind., and Naomi Broady of Stockport, England. Ram, who will play his first full season of Mylan WTT for the Aviators, currently partners with Klaasen on the ATP World Tour where they won titles this year in Indian Wells, Calif., and Delray Beach, Fla. Broady will serve as a substitute player for the Aviators. She reached a career-high No. 76 in the WTA singles rankings in March, 2016.

For additional player information, please go to: http://www.sandiegoaviators.com/players

The Aviators 2017 home schedule at the Omni La Costa Resort & Spa will be as follows:

Sunday, July 16 San Diego Aviators vs. Orange County Breakers 6 p.m.
Tuesday, July 18 San Diego Aviators vs. Springfield Lasers 7 p.m.
Saturday, July 22 San Diego Aviators vs. Springfield Lasers 7 p.m.
Sunday, July 23 San Diego Aviators vs. New York Empire 6 p.m.
Tuesday, July 25 San Diego Aviators vs. Orange County Breakers 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Aug. 1 San Diego Aviators vs. Philadelphia Freedoms 7 p.m.
Wednesday, Aug. 2 San Diego Aviators vs. Washington Kastles 7 p.m.

For the complete schedule, please go to: http://www.sandiegoaviators.com/schedule. Tickets start at $25 per match. VIP and season tickets are also available. For ticket information, contact (888) 774-0110 or Tickets@sandiegoaviators.com.

The top two teams from the 2017 regular season will advance to the Mylan WTT Finals, which is scheduled for 8 p.m. (PT) on Saturday, August 5, at Omni La Costa Resort & Spa in Carlsbad, Calif. The Mylan WTT Finals will air live on ESPN3 with ESPN2 also joining the coverage.

About the San Diego Aviators:
The San Diego Aviators, which are owned by local residents Fred Luddy and Jack McGrory, return for their fourth Mylan World TeamTennis season. For the third consecutive year, they will make their home venue at the Omni La Costa Resort & Spa in Carlsbad, Calif. After posting an 8-6 record to finish the 2016 season in first place, the Aviators captured their first Mylan World TeamTennis championship, defeating the Orange County Breakers 25-14 in the Mylan WTT Finals at the historic Forest Hills Stadium at The West Side Tennis Club in Forest Hills, N.Y.

For additional information on the San Diego Aviators, visit www.sandiegoaviators.com.

About Mylan World TeamTennis:
Mylan World TeamTennis showcases the best in professional tennis with the innovative team format co-founded by Billie Jean King in the 1970s. Recognized as the leader in professional team tennis competition, Mylan WTT features many of the world’s best players competing annually for the King Trophy, the League’s championship trophy named after King.

Since the League’s debut, virtually every major champion of the Open era has played Mylan WTT, including Andre Agassi, Venus and Serena Williams, Pete Sampras, Stefanie Graf, Andy Roddick, Kim Clijsters, Bob and Mike Bryan, Martina Hingis, Maria Sharapova, Lindsay Davenport, John McEnroe, Jimmy Connors, Martina Navratilova, and Chris Evert.

In July 2015, Mylan WTT became the fifth major professional team sports league in the U.S. to reach the 40th season milestone. In 2017, team owners Mark Ein and Fred Luddy acquired majority ownership of the organization. Learn more about the history and league champions of World TeamTennis at http://www.wtt.com/history

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The School Bell Rings for San Diego Educators in Summer http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/community-tennis/the-school-bell-rings-for-san-diego-educators-in-summer/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/community-tennis/the-school-bell-rings-for-san-diego-educators-in-summer/#respond Fri, 07 Jul 2017 14:36:29 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=15715 Read more »]]> School might be out for the summer for most, but not for 15 dedicated and ambitious teachers.  Educator Cheri Borger from Grapevine Elementary School in Vista recently gathered some of her good friends from nearby community schools to play tennis on the North San Diego County playground.

It was three hours of fun “blacktop tennis” also known as the USTA Schools Program. The engaging group enjoyed learning how to teach tennis to children in preparation for their After School Programs scheduled to begin in the fall.

“Our kids typically don’t get enough exercise during the day,” said Borger, who spearheaded the drive to bring tennis to some of San Diego’s underserved areas. “More importantly, this is a great opportunity to learn to play tennis. We can give them the gift of an early start in the game.”

The newly christened tennis teachers represented 13 elementary and middle schools in the Vista and Oceanside areas. Their collective After School Tennis Programs will reach an additional 1,621 children.

“We were introduced to the Vista teachers at a conference and they were really excited to bring tennis into their After School programs,” said Tiffany Geller-Reed, the SCTA Schools Tennis Manager. “They took immediate action and their enthusiasm will make a difference in their communities. We look forward to supporting their efforts in the fall.”

 

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