San Fernando Valley Tennis – Southern California Tennis News Tennis News, Events, Community Activities, Tournaments Fri, 17 Aug 2018 20:54:15 +0000 en-US hourly 1 SoCal Embraces Hot Pink at League Sectionals Fri, 17 Aug 2018 20:54:15 +0000 Read more »]]>

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

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

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

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

Congratulations to all of Southern California’s winning teams! Here is a list of the winners:

  • 3.0 Women – Beach Cities – Manhattan Country Club
  • 3.5 Women – San Fernando Valley – Party at the Net
  • 3.5 Men – San Gabriel Valley – Underdogs
  • 4.0 Women – San Gabriel Valley – Chow Fun-Aye
  • 4.0 Men – Orange County Weekend – Lower Peters Canyon
  • 4.5 Women – San Fernando Valley – Braemar
  • 4.5 Men – Orange County – Body Shots
  • 5.0 Women – Orange County – Los Cab
  • 5.0 Men – Orange County – Dream Killers
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LA’s 18-39 League is Back! Mon, 18 Jun 2018 15:29:45 +0000 Read more »]]> The Los Angeles league area is offering its second annual 18-39 league. This program will maintain the normal league structure that players love, but will ensure a social experience with an age cap at 39. During the season, players will compete in their regularly scheduled matches, but will also have the opportunity to play in a number of social events. These events include: professional WTT matches, cardio tennis classes, post-match hangouts, and more!

In LA’s 18-39 league, teams will have co-ed rosters and matches will consist of three types of doubles: men’s, women’s and mixed.  Team rating levels are set at the 7.0, 8.0, and 9.0 levels, so friends can be on the same team even if they are at different rating levels. This league is open to players who are not members of USTA.  Non-USTA members will pay a different registration fee, but will need to set-up a free USTA account.

Play is set to start in July and registration is now open! To register for the league, players will sign up on TennisLink and use the Introductory Team number (#6517357060). Our League Coordinators will reach out to you shortly to help you find a team. If you and a friend(s) want to play together, we can make that happen!

Interested in captaining? Don’t have a team? Need more information? Contact your League Coordinators Michelle and Debbie at

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SCTA celebrates two USPTA honorees Fri, 18 May 2018 18:13:25 +0000 Read more »]]> The USTA Southern California Section is proud to announce that two staff members were honored this month by the United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA) for their outstanding service and accomplishments. Recipients were Cari Buck, who was recognized as Southern California Professional of the Year, and District 2 (San Fernando Valley) Pro of the Year Kevin Finkelberg.

A USPTA certified pro for more than twenty years, Cari Buck is the current Director of Marketing and Communications at USTA Southern California. She is also the presiding USPTA National Board Vice President and former Board President for the USPTA Southern California Division.

The USPTA Southern California Professional of the Year recognizes a member who, over a career, has demonstrated exemplary achievement in seven areas, including: contributions to USPTA and USTA; as a teaching professional, player and coach; in education, research and publications; and with other organizations, achievements and contributions.

Kevin Finkelberg has been a USPTA member since 2016 and staff member with USTA since 2015. With the TGA Premier Tennis organization, Kevin coaches 10-and-under players while managing more than 35 schools and over 20 coaches through TGA’s after school programming. He also mentored five TGA coaches as they earned USPTA certifications.

District Pro of the Year awards recognize outstanding achievement from pros in each of the six Southern California districts.

Other award recipients honored by the USPTA were: Pro of the Year in District 1 Tracie Currie, Julio Rivera (District 3), Ken Shoji (District 4), Joe Abrams (District 5), Mitch Bridge (District 6), Simon Paek (Diversity Award), LeGeorge Mauldin (STARS), and Robin Shelton (Manager of the Year, SeaCliff Country Club). Steve Johnson, Sr. was remembered with the Pete Brown Memorial/Lifetime Achievement Award.

The awards banquet was held in Huntington Beach on May 5. To learn more about the USPTA, visit

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SoCal Boasts TGA Coach Of The Year Tue, 30 Jan 2018 00:30:48 +0000 Read more »]]> A well-deserved honor for TGA’s Will Mauriz, who was named 2017 HEAD Penn Racquet Sports/TGA Premier Sports Coach of the Year!

Not only is Will Mauriz a popular coach with our students, but he is quite versatile and talented.


Will coaches on Pre-K, Elementary, and Middle School campuses as well as leading the charge with adaptive students at Lull School and seasonal camps. In addition to his TGA duties, Will coaches for the SCTA’s Community Scoutreach program and is a valuable team member in the SCTA finance office.

The award was presented by Carrie Cimino of HEAD Penn Racquet Sports at a function in December.

Congratulations to Will for being recognized for his exemplary work with students throughout the SFV!

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SCTA’s Community Tennis Development Workshop Creates New Traditions in Orange County Fri, 15 Dec 2017 19:24:10 +0000 Read more »]]> The Community Tennis Development Workshop was a smashing success held recently at Bill Barber Community Park in Orange County. The one-day event was sponsored by the Southern California Tennis Association and it offered coaching education, resources and tennis support to approximately 40 participants.

Melanie Bischoff, the Director of Community Tennis, said the Community Tennis Development Workshop has been offered for about a decade in Southern California. The conference was previously located at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden but was moved due to construction at that site. When the SCTA was searching for a new venue, City of Irvine Tennis Director Steve Riggs immediately offered accommodations at City’s offices and Bill Barber Community Park. Also, the seminar was restructured from a two-day to a one-day seminar.

“It was a pleasure for the City of Irvine to host the CTDW,” said Riggs, also incoming member of the SCTA Board of Directors in 2018. “We feel it’s important to give back to the tennis community and one great way to do this is by hosting tennis education seminars. We look forward to helping out again in the future.”

The CTDW morning kicked off with a comprehensive On Court Net Generation Training led by USTA National Coach Karl Davies. The three-hour session offered an in-depth look at the USTA’s Net Generation Red Ball program for beginners focusing on tennis progressions, easy games, and activities with a fun flair.

After lunch, the SCTA staff led a “Welcome to Net Generation” program headlined by USTA SoCal Director of Marketing Cari Buck, and Tennis Service Representatives Karen Ronney and Aisling Bowyer. They informed of Net Generation resources, programs, teaching support and a vast array of coaching guidance for 10-and-Under Tennis. The workshop was designed to assist teaching pros, coaches, teachers, park and recreation leaders, and those associated with Community Tennis Associations.

Additional sessions included a historical look at the development of tennis in the African American communities led by representatives of the American Tennis Association. Other offerings were breakout focus sessions led by local experts.

In addition to the tennis education workshop, lunch and dinner, the CTDW had its first awards presentation. The First Serve of Santa Ana was named the “Community Program of the Year”, and the group received a plaque and recognition for its efforts. They said the fundamental concept of First Serve was to teach tennis to kids, and encourage older players to mentor younger ones. This program develops responsibility, community spirit and leadership skills in youth. First Serve said it credits their successful model to tennis legend Vic Braden, who provided assistance in their earlier years of operation. Other award winners were Beth Kuney for Volunteer of the Year, Mark McCampbell received an award for Coaching Excellence of the Year, and Braemar Country Club was named Community Partner of the Year.

“The workshop is an opportunity for Community Tennis Association (CTA) members, park and recreation professionals, teaching pros, facility personnel and community tennis advocates to get together to learn and to continue to find ways to grow the game,” said Evan Smith, USTA SoCal Manager of NJTL, Diversity & Inclusion. “This is also a great way to network, meet new people and build friendships. It’s one of the highlights of the year in Community Tennis at the USTA.”



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USTA Offers Multicultural Grants and Financial Assistance for Juniors in 2018 Wed, 13 Dec 2017 21:42:44 +0000 Read more »]]> The USTA is offering many financial assistance opportunities to assist players of minority and multicultural backgrounds next year. They will be in the form of Individual Player Grants, Excellence Player Grant and Essay Grants. All applications are available online.  If eligible, please apply.

Multicultural Individual Player Grant for National Competition & Training: These grants provide funding to competitive junior players aspiring to achieve national and/or international rankings. Funding will be based on participation in specific USTA sanctioned tournaments in 2016. Must be training and competing in tournaments year-round and have a history of strong national tournament results. Be sure to read and follow the instructions carefully prior to submitting your application. The application due date is February 2, 2018 and it will be awarded in March 2018. For more information, please click here , and go to this link for Grant Application Instructions.

Okechi Womeodu Scholar Athlete Grant: Honoring the memory, life and achievements of Okechi Womeodu, who otherwise would have had a very promising future, both on and off the court. Rewards players who work to excel as much in the classroom as in sports. Must be training and competing in tournaments year-round, have a history of strong national tournaments results and a minimum GPA of 3.0. The number of grants available are : 1 grant (African-American male). The application due date is January 20, 2018 and it will be awarded in March 2018. For the application,  please click  here.

Althea Gibson Leadership Award: Honoring the memory, life and achievements of Althea Gibson, the first African-American Grand Slam champion, who paved the way for millions who followed. Rewards players who work to excel in leading others both on and off the court. Must be training and competing in tournaments year-round. Number of grants available: 1 grant (African-American female.) The application is due February 9, 2018 and will be awarded in April 2018. Click here to download the application.

Pancho González Scholar Athlete Grant: In honor of Pancho Gonzalez, the Mexican-American icon who won two U.S. Championships men’s singles titles and whose dedication to the sport of tennis brought together fans from all walks of life. We look to reward a player who works to excel in leading others both on and off the court. The recipient must be training and competing in tournaments year-round. Number of grants available: 1 grant (one male or one female.) The application is due February 9, 2018 and will be awarded in April 2018. Please click here to download the application.

Asian-American Scholar Athlete Leadership Grant:  In honor of the achievements of Asian-American tennis pioneers who paved the way for millions who followed, we look to reward a player who works to excel in leading others both on and off the court. The recipient must be training and competing in tournaments year-round. Number of grants available: 1 grant (one male or one female.) The application is due February 9, 2018 and will be awarded in April 2018. Please click  here to download the application

Native American Scholar Athlete Leadership Grant: In honor of the achievements of Native American tennis pioneers who paved the way for millions who followed, we look to reward a player who works to excel in leading others both on and off the court. The recipient must be training and competing in tournaments year-round. Number of grants available: 1 grant (one male or one female.) The application is due February 9, 2018 and will be awarded in April 2018.  Please click here to download the application.

Multicultural Excellence Program Grant: USTA Diversity & Inclusion would like to offer support to programs which are helping our best young players reach the highest level of national junior tennis. We will help offset expenses to any full-time program which offers travel to assist a team or two or more players to compete in the main draw of singles at any USTA sanctioned events. The application due date is through 2018. Please click here to download the Grant Report Form.



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The PTR Offers Coaching Education Opportunities in Southern California Thu, 07 Dec 2017 23:11:17 +0000 Read more »]]> Registration is open for Professional Tennis Registry workshops in Southern California for coaches who wish to progress in coaching education.

On December 16 & 17, a 10 & Under Certification will be held at the Marguerite Tennis Pavilion in Mission Viejo. The clinician is Julien Heine and fee is $202. The workshop covers the following:

  • Creating a coaching environment in which young children can learn to play quickly while having fun
  • Communication and organization skills for coaching 10 & Under players
  • Structure and content of tennis lessons for 10 & Under players: athletic skill, technical and tactical, game and competitive development on the RED, ORANGE and GREEN court
  • Developing quality coaching skills and knowledge for working with 10 & Under players
  • Serve, rally and score as quickly as possible
  • Appropriate team and individual competition for different age groups
  • Information for working positively with parents

An 11 to 17 Certification is offered at El Camino Country Club on January 27 in Oceanside.  The  clinician is Marc Stingley and the fee is $227. The Elements of the Workshop are:

  • Communication and organization skills for coaches working with 11 to 17 year olds both in groups and as individuals
  • Lesson structure and content for different ages and gender: athletic skills to reinforce technical and tactical skills, game and competitive development
  • Developing quality coaching skills and knowledge for working with 11-17 year olds
  • How to develop leadership qualities in young people
  • Conducting successful camps
  • Appropriate competition in singles, doubles and team formats
  • Information for working positively with parents

For information on all of these workshops, go to

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SCTA Announces 2018 NTRP FAST4 Section Championship Mon, 13 Nov 2017 23:51:14 +0000 Read more »]]> Southern California Section Announces 2018 NTRP FAST4 Section Championship

A new Section Championship using the FAST4 format will be held on January 20-21, 2018 at Braemar Country Club in the San Fernando Valley.

The event will be for Men/Women Singles and Doubles at the 3.5/4.0/4.5 NTRP levels only. Players must have a valid computer rating. Matches will be 2 out of 3 Tiebreak Sets in a round robin format.

Under FAST4, all Sets will be No-Ad scoring and each set will be to 4 Games with a Tie Break at 3 All. The Tie Break will be to 5 points, with sudden death at 4 all.

The tournament ID is 650015518. Entries will be open on November 30. Further details are available on the website:

Southern California Section criteria to qualify for entry into the 2018 NTRP National Championship.

The section is allotted 3 slots in the each of the Men and Women’s 3.5/4.0/4.5 Singles and Doubles events.

The first slot will be offered to the highest ranking player in the 2017 Year End NTRP Rankings.
The second slot will be offered to the person with the most points in the 2017 Year End Grand Prix Point Rankings.

The third slot will be offered to the winner of the 2018 Fast4 NTRP Championship.
Should the number 1 player on a Ranking list choose not to participate in the 2018 National Championships, the spot will be offered to the next player in line. Should the same person qualify in more than 1 list, the NTRP Ranking list results will take precedent over the other two.
Details are available on the website:

Questions should be referred to Linda Milan at Rules are under the direction of the Adult Competition Tournament Committee. The Tournament Committee may adjust the rules to meet the USTA Guidelines as necessary. Their decision is final.

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TGA Winter Break Camp & NetGeneration Sat, 11 Nov 2017 19:59:42 +0000

Winter Break Camps w discount code:

Free Festival Registration:

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Wilson Fast4 1-Day Tournaments Come To Beach Cities Fri, 13 Oct 2017 23:28:42 +0000 Read more »]]> Fast4 is an exciting new ONE DAY Round Robin format vs. the traditional Single Elimination format.

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

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

Download Wilson Fast4 1-Day Tournaments Flyer

All matches will count towards Rankings and receive Grand Prix points. (Click to  access info: for further details on GP points.)

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

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

Wilson FAST4 – Beach Cities Grand Prix Series

Here are the dates/locations

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

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


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

Download Wilson Fast4 1-Day Tournaments Flyer


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Claremont Club Finishes Up Qualifying; Draws Released Tue, 12 Sep 2017 18:42:02 +0000 Read more »]]> Eight players won four rounds of qualifying matches over the past three days to earn main-draw entry into the 22nd Annual Claremont Club Pro Classic, a $15,000 USTA Pro Circuit Men’s Futures Tournament taking place at the Claremont Club.

Main Draw Singles

Main Draw Doubles

Former UCLA Bruin Karue Sell’s win moves him into the main draw, where he will next take on the tournament’s top-seeded Chris O’Connell of Australia on Wednesday. Sell has been teaching locally since finishing his fourth year after the 2015-16 season. He is currently coaching with the First Break Academy out of the StubHub Center in Carson.

Current USC sophomore Laurens Verboven of Belgium had the most impressive win on the day, upsetting the top-seeded player in qualifying Florian Lakat of France, 6-4, 7-5. Lakat is a former No. 1 player for Cal-Berkeley. Pasadena junior and 15-year-old Tristan Boyer also qualified, beating fellow SoCal junior player Jake Sands of Palisades, 6-1, 7-6 (4). Sands will play for Penn in 2018.

USC teammates Jack Jaede and Thibault Forget squared off in a final qualifying match with Jaede prevailing, 7-6(4), 6-4.

Another noted SoCal player Timothy Sah of San Diego, who will be starting school at Stanford University in two weeks, fell in his final match, as did UCLA senior Austin Rapp.

For more information, check on the web at:,; Facebook:

Monday’s Final Qualifying Singles Results

Laurens Verboven (BEL) def. Florian Lakat (FRA) [1] 6-4, 7-5

Tristan Boyer (U.S.) def. Jake Sands (U.S.) 6-1, 7-6(4)

Strong Kirchheimer (U.S.) [3] def. Gabriel Diaz Freire (ESP) [13] 7-6(1), 6-3

Alexander Cozbinov (MDA) Timothy Sah (U.S.) 3-6, 7-6(4), 6-3

Karue Sell (BRA) [5] def. Jody Maginley (ANT) [10] 7-5, 6-3

Nicholas Shamma (U.S.) def. Austin Rapp (U.S.) 6-1, 6-3

Francisco Dias (POR) def. Ajai Shekhera (U.S.) 6-4, 6-4

Jack Jaede (AUS) Thibault Forget (FRA) 7-6(4), 6-4

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San Fernando Valley Summer Camp Registration Wed, 07 Jun 2017 00:43:20 +0000 Read more »]]> SCTA’s TGA Premier Tennis is dedicated to engaging more young athletes from Pre-K through 8th grades on school campuses and courts in the San Fernando Valley.

TGA stands for Teach, Grow, and Achieve – the foundation of every after-school enrichment class and camp day.

Summer Camps begin on June 12, for full weeks or individual day sessions.

Summer Camp Details & Highlights:

  • Locations include Braemar CC in Tarzana, Cal State Northridge, and Weddington Golf & Tennis in Studio City
  • Ages 4-12
  • All Equipment Provided
  • Convenient Camper Drop-off and Pick-up
  • Easy On-line Registration via
  • Register for Full Weeks or Individual Days; June 12 – August 11
  • Sibling Discount
  • Certified TGA Coaching Crew
  • Low Coach to Camper Ratio
  • Weekly Themes
  • Fit & Fun Warm Ups
  • Tennis Stroke Fundamentals
  • Games & Point Play
  • Scoring & Rules
  • STEAM Activities
  • Friday Junior Team Tennis Play & Prizes

To learn more about SCTA’s TGA Premier Tennis summer camps, visit:

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SCTA Introduces 18-39 League for Summer Tue, 23 May 2017 06:16:42 +0000 Read more »]]> Starting in July, the Los Angeles and Orange County league areas will run a league pilot for players ages 18-39. It’s the SCTA’s latest initiative to engage millennials in tennis.

The 18-39 league will be familiar to our current league players and friendly to newcomers! Captains will give out team numbers and players will register on TennisLink. Players must have a rating (computer or self-generated) and be qualified for the NTRP level of their team. This league, however, caps the player age at 39, so your opponents will be your peers. This league is also open to non-members, but every player must have a USTA number to register.  Non-members may sign-up for a membership number on TennisLink without paying a membership fee, but will be charged a higher entry fee for the league.

Both leagues will run with the same format: three lines of doubles (men’s doubles, women’s doubles, and mixed doubles) with two sets and a match tiebreak in lieu of a third set. Both leagues will start in early July and end in August. Each league will host its own kick-off party, so players can network and start the league with a bang.


See below for a breakdown of the two leagues:


  • Matches will take place on the weekends
  • Captains will be in charge of securing a home facility
  • League will employ combo rating levels (6.0, 7.0, 8.0, 9.0). This means a 7.0 team could have 3.0’s, 3.5’s, and 4.0’s all on one roster to allow larger groups of friends to play together on one team
  • Pre-season party is scheduled for June 23rd at MountainGate Country Club
  • No team? No problem! Sign-up with our introductory team number (6517261593) and we will place you on a roster!
  • Contact Lori Andelson and Michelle Kramer for more information:


  • Matches will take place once a week, but captains are responsible for scheduling and securing a home facility
  • League will employ straight-level teams (3.0, 3.5, 4.0, 4.5, 5.0). This means better competition against players of your same level!
  • This is a no default league, meaning we will schedule 2-3 make-up dates throughout the season where all defaulted lines can be made-up. So more opportunities for player parties….
  • Pre-season party is TBD, but date and details are coming soon!
  • No team? No problem! Sign-up with our introductory team number (6517265289) and we will place you on a roster!
  • Contact Heidi Stryker for more information (

We are excited to get this new program off the ground and hope to bring a lot of players back to the game. For any questions, feel free to contact Madeline Segura at the Section Office (310) 208-3668 or

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Tennis and the Color Green Are a Great Fit for St. Patrick’s Day Thu, 16 Mar 2017 00:10:09 +0000 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.”


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 Tue, 28 Feb 2017 18:10:54 +0000 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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SCTA Brings Interactive Tennis to Telemundo Tue, 31 Jan 2017 23:58:03 +0000 Read more »]]> The Southern California Tennis Association brought an exciting brand of tennis at the Telemundo celebration as part of the 13th Annual Health Fair recently at the Los Angeles Convention Center.  Tennis was a part of the health and fitness event that also included free health tests and screenings, tennis, yoga, dance, zumba, kids activities and games, cooking demonstrations and much more.

The SCTA set up mini 10-and-Under tennis courts for the approximately 30,000 health fair participants with the goal of offering tennis to all. SCTA event staff included Tennis Service R epresentatives Tiffany Mai, Aisling Bowyer and Donald Wong, as well as NJTL Manager Evan Smith and USTA School’s Trainer Barbara Tscherne.

“It was great to offer the Hispanic families an opportunity to try tennis for the first time,” said Barbara Tscherne, a Teaching Pro at the Neighborhood Junior Tennis Program (NJTP) in Sylmar . “We also gave the kids free membership (10& Under) and information to sign up for affordable NJTL lessons.”



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So Cal Junior Tennis Adopts New Seeding Methods for 2017 Fri, 27 Jan 2017 19:43:54 +0000 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://   The next UTR tournament in San Diego is Feb 18 to 20 at Del Norte High. Sign up at

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  For more information on SCTA seeding method changes, please contact Trevor Kronemann via email at



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USPTA Offers New Membership for High School Coaches Thu, 26 Jan 2017 19:20:09 +0000 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 – 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 – 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 

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Vacation Days Drew Hundreds to Billy Martin Holiday Tennis Camps Sat, 07 Jan 2017 06:21:33 +0000 Read more »]]> December vacation days were well spent for hundreds of tennis players who attended the Billy Martin Holiday Tennis Camp 2016 recently at UCLA. It was a time for many kids to improve tennis skills, rekindle friendships, and meet new campers.  The staff was led by UCLA Men’s Head Coach Billy Martin and his staff of over a dozen experienced teaching professionals, who are current or former collegiate players.

Coach Martin and his staff hosted eight days of camp instruction that included fitness, fundamentals match play, 10-and-Under Tennis instruction, as well as camp games and activities. There was something for everyone.

The idea to offer winter tennis camps grew from fulfilling a family need for Coach Martin about 20 years ago. It became so popular that the sessions continued to grow and thrive.

“I started holiday camps so my own boys could practice and train with their friends,” Martin said. “I really enjoy seeing campers, who attend our summer programs, improve their games and return to play our winter camps. It’s also great to meet new kids and have an opportunity to help their games.”

A typical camp day starts with a huge “Welcome” sign overlooking the stadium courts and Coach Martin’s traditional stretching and fitness routine. It’s the perfect plan to get ready for on court action. Then UCLA Men’s Assistant Coach Grant Chen oversees campers’ court assignments and directs instructional curriculum. Also, the UCLA based program now offers a strong 10-and-Under curriculum using red, orange and green balls. “We strive to take care of the needs of all players and all of the levels,” Chen said.

Overall, the Billy Martin Holiday Tennis Camps proved to be the perfect answer to giving kids a chance to exercise, improve tennis skills, and enjoy their brief time off from school.

“Tennis is a year round and global sport,” Martin said. “To be  able to play tennis almost every day in Southern California is a luxury and a tremendous opportunity for our juniors to train.”

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Host Sip ‘N Serve in 2017 Thu, 10 Nov 2016 20:07:29 +0000 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 ( with your name and the facility you teach out of.

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

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SCTA Announces League Championship Restructure Mon, 01 Aug 2016 18:09:57 +0000 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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Life at UCLA Billy Martin Tennis Camps is Filled with Fun Fri, 22 Jul 2016 07:38:33 +0000 Read more »]]> Each summer hundreds of kids gather at the UCLA Tennis Center for one very important purpose: to have a blast at the UCLA Billy Martin Tennis Camps. The participants rbrooke with kids close up GREAT 600ange in age from 7 to 18 and their levels are from beginning to high performance. A recent addition includes the USTA’s 10-and-Under Tennis program.
“I’m a believer in progression tennis and using red, orange and green dot balls as teaching tools in my tennis camps,” Martin said. “It allows juniors to start their development with success and it gives them early opportunities to rally on a smaller tennis court.”   
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This year, the camp offered six weeks of outstanding instruction, tournament play, hitting, fundamental training, games and much more. The program has daily and resident options, and in each, the children are supervised by an outstanding staff of accomplished collegiate players. Many have competed for UCLA, USC, UC Irvine, Albright College, UC San Diego, Stanford University, the University of Texas, the University of Georgia, Albright College, Minnesota State University Mankato, Fresno State University, Azusa Pacific University, Claremont McKenna College and Texas Christian University to name a few.egg toss grant 600
“We have a great staff and a lot of them are former campers,” said Coach Grant Chen, the UCLA Assistant Camp Director. “They had a fantastic experience as campers when they were kids, and they want to come back and be part of the staff.”
Brooke RonneRonney Girls 600y, a senior at Albright College, was a camper for over eight years. Some of her fondest childhood memories include playing each summer at the Billy Martin Tennis Camps. Now the No. 1 player for Albright, Ronney is an instructor and teaches summers and holidays at the UCLA based program. In recent years, she taught with older sister, Alexis Ronney, a former counselor and camper.  Alexis was an outstanding player from Minnesota State University Mankato, and taught at Billy Martin Tennis Camps for about five years.
“When I was a camper, I used to admire the counselors and I couldn’t wait to become one,” said Brooke Ronney, who is also certified to teach 10-and-Under Tennis. “I learned a lot from them. Now I can give back and teach the kids what I know and watch them improve. It feels really good to see thebilly martin and Glenn Bassett 600m use their new skills.”
Coach Martin, a U.S. and international junior star, was a freshman at UCLA in 1975. He led the Bruins to their NCAA National Division I Championship that year, and captured the NCAA singles title. He played on the pro tour, and in 1977, was a singles quarterfinalist at Wimbledon. He was also an outstanding doubles player and won many titles, but retired in 1982 due to a hip injury.
Coach Martin’s incredible tennis accomplishments and knowledge of the game created a path to become the UCLA Men’s Assistant Coach for 11 years under former UCLA Men’s Head Coach Glenn Bassett. Coach Martin took over the Head Coach position in 1994. However, Basset and Martin teamed up to lead UCLA tennis camps for 35 Coach Bill and and Coach Bassett 600years. Coach Martin has been solo at the camp helm since 1998.   
Coach Grant Chen, who is also the UCLA Men’s Associate Head Coach, works closely with Coach Martin. Both are instrumental in developing all facets of the UCLA camp program that includes teaching fundamentals, training, fitness, and player performance. In recent years, Coach Martin has included the USTA’s new 10-and-Under Tennis program. 
This summer, Coach Martin’s program offers:
  • Singles & doubles match play and tournament play
  • Movement & conditioning mechanics
  • Teaching aids such as ball machines and backboardsegg toss 600
  • Videotape and instant replay analysis
  • Daily instruction and drills, individually and in small groups
  • Coaching fundamentals: grips, footwork, etc
  • USTA’s 10-and-Under Tennis curriculum and training
  • Fun off-court activities and crafts for campers
“It’s a wide range of hats we all wear as coaches, mentors and instructors,” Chen said. “It’s important to take care of the needs of all of the players at each level. This means we strive to nurture players mentally, physically and emotionally on and off the court. But at the end of the day, we want to make sure they are having fun!” 
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