San Gabriel Valley Tennis – Southern California Tennis News Tennis News, Events, Community Activities, Tournaments Tue, 25 Sep 2018 00:33:49 +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!

  • 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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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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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.

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

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

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

Wilson FAST4 – Beach Cities Grand Prix Series

Here are the dates/locations

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

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


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

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Sell Beats Redlicki To Win Claremont Club Pro Classic Mon, 18 Sep 2017 00:18:00 +0000 Read more »]]> Former UCLA star Karue Sell won his 13th consecutive match over 10 days in the city of Claremont on Sunday, 7-6 (4), 6-4, 6-3, beating his one-time Bruin teammate Martin Redlicki in three sets in the final of the $15,000 USTA Men’s Pro Circuit Futures Claremont Club Pro Classic played at the Claremont Club.

Just like he did warming up with his doubles partner Deiton Baughman before he faced him in a Saturday semifinal, Sell warmed up against his final opponent and good friend Redlicki before the two squared off.

Tournament Director Barry Friedman presented winning check to Karue Sell.

“He warmed me up for every dual match during my senior year,” said Sell, 23, who won his first Futures title. “It’s not like we’re going to learn something new in 20 minutes. It’s fine. It was a nice way to warm up.”

Starting with qualifying a week ago Friday, Sell won four qualifying singles matches, five main-draw singles matches and posted four main-draw doubles wins on his way to also winning the doubles crown with Baughman.

On his @KarueSell Twitter account on Saturday, Sell posted: “After 18,466 matches this week, finals tomorrow!”

“I’m actually feeling pretty good right now,” said Sell, who did have the benefit of a walkover in singles and a second-set retirement versus Baughman on Saturday as part of his 13 wins. “I thought I’d be more sore at this point.”

The Redondo Beach resident Sell did not receive a special exemption so will not play singles this coming week in Laguna Niguel, but will play doubles with Baughman. The following week he will play singles at the Fountain Valley Futures, and doubles with Redlicki.

Sell will cash a nice check worth $2,160 and Redlicki will deposit $1,272 for his runner-up appearance, although he can only claim expenses as he is still an amateur. Maybe more importantly for Sell is the 12 valuable ATP ranking points he receives. Before the tournament, Sell had just four total ATP points during his career.

The final was tight from the start, with both players holding their strong serves early. “It was a pretty close match, and I knew it would be decided on the big points,” Sell said.

It’s quite a start to pro tennis full-time to a player who spent the summer playing Men’s Open events, and last college season as the volunteer assistant at Pepperdine.

Sunday’s Final Singles Result

Karue Sell, Brazil (q) def. Martin Redlicki, U.S., 7-6 (4), 6-4, 6-3

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Doubles Winners Baughman, Sell To Meet In Claremont Semifinals Sat, 16 Sep 2017 00:53:40 +0000 Read more »]]> First-time partners – and newly crowned Claremont Club Pro Classic doubles champions – Deiton Baughman and Karue Sell will meet in a singles semifinal at the $15,000 USTA Men’s Pro Circuit Futures tournament on Saturday at the Claremont Club.

On Friday, the unseeded Baughman got past former University of North Carolina All-American Ronnie Schneider of Indianapolis, 6-1, 6-4, in his quarterfinal while the former UCLA star Sell from Brazil beat fellow qualifier Laurens Verboven of Belgium, 6-2, 6-4.

From left to right, Deiton Baughman, Karue Sell, Evan Song and Benjamin Lock.

Two others from Southern California will square off in the first semifinal starting at 10 a.m. with tournament wild card Henry Craig of Murrieta facing unseeded UCLA senior Martin Redlicki, who makes a return trip to the semis having advanced to the final four last year.

Both were equally impressive in their straight-set victories with Craig downing Eduardo Dischinger of Brazil, 6-0, 6-4, and the 22-year-old Redlicki beating wild card Jenson Brooksby, 7-6 (3), 6-3.

Baughman and Sell are familiar with each other games this week having captured the doubles title on Friday.

“I’m going to have to play my game and play my strengths,” Baughman said. “He’s a great competitor and I’ll need to be consistent and sharp from start to finish.”

“I need to neutralize his serve and get myself into the points, otherwise he can dictate how the match goes,” Sell said. “I’m going to need to serve a little bit better than I did today.”

Baughman and Sell took out the No. 2-seeded team of Benjamin Lock and Evan Song in the doubles final, 6-4, 7-5.

The 25-year-old Song is from Henderson, Nev., and has competed mostly overseas this year in ITF Pro Circuit events in Turkey, Thailand, Hong Kong, Colombia, Mexico, and the Netherlands. Song holds one ITF Pro Circuit singles title, won in 2014 in Israel, as well as one doubles title in Israel that same year.

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Friday’s Quarterfinal Singles Results

Karue Sell, Brazil (q) def. Laurens Verboven, Belgium (q), 6-2, 6-4

Martin Redlicki, U.S., def. Jenson Brooksby, U.S. (wc), 7-6 (3), 6-3

Deiton Baughman, U.S., def. Ronnie Schneider, U.S., 6-1, 6-4

Henry Craig, U.S., def. Eduardo Dischinger, Brazil, 6-0, 6-4

Friday’s Doubles Final Result

Deiton Baughman, U.S./Karue Sell, Brazil, def. Benjamin Lock, Zimbabwe/Evan Song, U.S. (2), 6-4, 7-5

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Love For the Game Returns For Baughman Fri, 15 Sep 2017 00:26:16 +0000 Read more »]]> CLAREMONT, Calif., (Sept. 14, 2017) – Feeling “motivated” and “rejuventated” after stepping away from life on the pro tennis circuit, 2015 Claremont Club Pro Classic champion Deiton Baughman posted two more wins on Thursday in singles and doubles in the $15,000 USTA Pro Circuit Futures tournament being played at the Claremont Club.

Friday Order of Play

The unseeded Baughman outlasted 22-year-old No. 4-seeded Daniel Cukierman of Israel, 7-6 (13), 6-4, to win a second-round match. Baughman will next face former University of North Carolina All-American Ronnie Schneider in the quarterfinals on Friday.

“Yesterday I didn’t play that sharp, but today was better,” said Baughman, who grew up in Carson, Calif. “It was good quality tennis.”

Baughman described the first set as neither player wanting to win it. “I had six or seven set points and he had nine or 10,” he said. “I would have a set point and play a terrible point, then he would have a set point and I’d play the best point of the match.”

After a solid year of tennis in 2015, Baughman suffered a horrendous 2016, starting the year with mono that took him out for close to five months. He then tore ligaments in his wrist in Japan playing a $25,000 event.

Baughman said the mono really works on you mentally more than anything. “You’re always a little behind and you feel like you can’t catch up,” he said. “Your mind starts going to a darker place.”

Baughman said he lost the joy being on the court and, coupled with some personal issues he had to work through, Baughman said he lacked the drive to continue playing competitive tennis.

“I just didn’t have the motivation and passion to compete after I came back and you have to have both of those things out here on tour, or you’re not going to do well,” he said.

That’s when USC men’s coach Peter Smith threw Baughman a life line and allowed him to become a volunteer assistant coach for the Trojans. “It was the best thing that’s ever happened to me,” Baughman said. “It’s like family there and they helped me out a lot mentally and with some of the personal battles I was having.”

On Thursday, Baughman later teamed with Karue Sell of Brazil to upset the top-seeded doubles team of Hunter Callahan and Robert Galloway, 6-2, 6-4, and advance to the doubles final on Friday. Baughman and Sell will face the No. 2-seeded team of Benjamin Lock and Evan Song.

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Thursday’s Second-Round Singles Results

Laurens Verboven, Belgium (q) def. Igor Ribeiro Marcondes, Brazil, 6-1, 6-4

Martin Redlicki, U.S., def. Isaiah Strode, U.S. (wc), 6-3, 7-5

Deiton Baughman, U.S., def. Daniel Cukierman, Israel, (4), 7-6 (13), 6-4

Karue Sell, Brazil (q) def. Alexander Cozbinov, Moldova, (q), walkover

Eduardo Dischinger, Brazil, def. Michael Geerts, Belgium, 6-3, 6-2

Jenson Brooksy, U.S. (wc) def. Benjamin Lock, Zimbabwe (2), 6-4, 6-3

Henry Craig, U.S., def. John Lamble, U.S., 6-1, 7-5

Ronnie Schneider, U.S., def. Gustav Hansson, Sweden, (7), 7-6 (4), 6-4

 Thursday’s Semifinal Doubles Results

Deiton Baughman, U.S./Karue Sell, Brazil, def. Hunter Callahan, U.S./Robert Galloway, U.S. (1), 6-2, 6-4

Benjamin Lock, Zimbabwe/Evan Song, U.S. (2), def. Collin Altamirano, U.S./Jenson Brooksby, U.S., 6-4, 6-4

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Qualifier Sell Upsets Top-Seeded Player at Claremont Thu, 14 Sep 2017 01:27:32 +0000 Read more »]]> CLAREMONT, Calif., (Sept. 13, 2017) – Karue Sell kept us his winning ways during the first round of action at the Claremont Club Pro Classic as the former UCLA player from Brazil upset top-seeded Christopher O’Connell from Australia, 6-4, 7-6 (3) on Wednesday at the Claremont Club.

Sell, who finished his fourth year at UCLA at the start of summer of 2016, said having to win four matches in qualifying over the weekend to make the main draw has helped him. “I got some good matches in and got used to the courts,” the 23-year-old Sell said. “I’ve been trying to work on some things in my game.”

Karue Sell

Sell spent last season as the volunteer assistant coach at Pepperdine University, and said the 10-month break from tournament tennis has helped jump-start his game. “Now I’m ready to focus and go full-out on tour over the next six months,” he said.

Sell’s doubles partner Deiton Baughman did the same thing last year coaching at USC. Baughman, the 2015 Claremont champion, beat Sweden’s Andre Goransson on Wednesday in his first round, 4-6, 7-5, 6-4. He later teamed up with sell as the pair beat the No. 4-seeded team of Matias Franco Descotte of Argentina and American Ronnie Schneider, 6-1, 6-4.

Sell and Baughman have never played each with each other, but Sell said they are on similar career paths having taken some time off and are now both fully committed to pro tennis. Unlike Sell, Baughman turned pro forgoing college tennis and is now 21 years old. He holds three ITF Pro Circuit singles titles and seven doubles titles during his career.

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Wednesday’s First-Round Singles Results

Laurens Verboven, Belgium (q) def. Hunter Callahan, U.S. (6), 7-6 (8), 4-6, 6-4

Isaiah Strode, U.S. (wc) def. Matias Franco Descotte, France (5), 6-4, 3-6, 7-5

Deiton Baughman, U.S., def. Andre Goransson, Sweden, 4-6, 7-5, 6-4

Karue Sell, Brazil (q) def. Christopher O’Connell, Australia, (1), 6-4, 7-6 (3)

Daniel Cukierman, Israel, (4) def. Francisco Dias, Portugal (q), 6-1, 6-2

Michael Geerts, Belgium, def. Evan Song, U.S., (3), 6-2, 7-6 (2)

Benjamin Lock, Zimbabwe (2) def. Nicholas Shamma, U.S. (q), 6-1, 6-3

John Lamble, U.S., def. Greg Jones, Australia (8), 6-3, 4-6, 7-5

Jenson Brooksy, U.S. (wc) def. Jack Jaede, U.S. (q), 2-6, 6-2, 6-4

Igor Ribeiro Marcondes, Brazil, def. Strong Kirchheimer, U.S. (q), 3-6, 6-4, 6-3

Wednesday’s Second-Round Doubles Results

Hunter Callahan, U.S./Robert Galloway, U.S. (1) def. Strong Kirchheimer, U.S./Samuel Shropshire, U.S., 6-3, 6-4

Collin Altamirano, U.S./Jenson Brooksby, U.S., def. Eduardo Dischinger, Brazil/Igor Ribeiro Marcondes, Brazil, (3), 7-6 (1), 6-4

Benjamin Lock, Zimbabwe/Evan Song, U.S. (2), def. Dominic Cotrone, U.S./Michael Geerts, Belgium, 6-4, 4-6, 10-7

Deiton Baughman, U.S./Karue Sell, Brazil, def. Matias Franco Descotte, Argentina/Ronnie Schneider, U.S., (4), 6-1, 6-4


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UCLA’s Redlicki Opens With Win at Claremont Wed, 13 Sep 2017 18:48:09 +0000 Read more »]]> UCLA senior Martin Redlicki opened up play at the Claremont Club Pro Classic with a three-set win over wild card Alberto Lim of the Philippines, 6-7 (4), 6-2, 6-3, on Tuesday as main-draw action kicked off at the $15,000 USTA Pro Circuit Men’s Futures Tournament taking place at the Claremont Club.

Wednesday Order of Play

The 22-year-old Redlicki from Boca Raton, Fla., won the 2016 NCAA doubles title with Mackenzie McDonald to earn All-America honors in doubles. This past season, Redlicki received All-America honors in doubles again, reaching the quarterfinals of the NCAA doubles championship with Evan Zhu, last year’s Claremont Club Pro Classic finalist.

Both Redlicki (semifinals) and Zhu (final) lost to No. 4-seed and former Pepperdine star Sebastian Fanselow from Germany last year at Claremont, with Fanselow needing a tight third-set tiebreaker to beat Redlicki in the match of the tournament.

In his 2 hour, 10 minute first-round match, Redlicki hit eight aces.

All eight first-round doubles matches were completed on Tuesday with the top-seeded team of Hunter Callahan and Robert Galloway needing a 10-point super tiebreaker to beat Miguel Diaz and Mark Stewart Meyer, 6-1, 3-6, 10-6.

Callahan is 24 years old and from Lower Gwynedd, Pa. The former standout for Ohio State won his first ITF Pro Circuit doubles title earlier this year in Greece and then won the doubles title at the $25,000 USTA Pro Circuit event in Edwardsville, Ill., just four weeks ago.

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Tuesday’s First-Round Singles Results

Collin Altamirano, U.S., def. Ronnie Schneider, U.S., 6-4, 1-6, 6-2

Gustav Hansson, Sweden, (7) def. Ronan Joncour, France, 6-2, 6-3

Martin Redlicki, U.S., def. Alberto Lim, Philippines, (wc) 6-7 (4), 6-2, 6-3

Henry Craig, U.S., def. Keegan Smith, U.S., 5-7, 6-4, 6-2

Eduardo Dischinger, Brazil, def. Eric Johnson, U.S., 7-6 (5), 4-6, 7-5

Alexander Cozbinov, Moldova, (q) def. Tristan Boyer, U.S., (q), 4-6, 6-0, 6-3

Tuesday’s First-Round Doubles Results

Hunter Callahan, U.S./Robert Galloway, U.S. (1) def. Miguel Diaz, U.S./Mark Stewart Meyer, 6-1, 3-6, 10-6

Strong Kirchheimer, U.S./Samuel Shropshire, U.S., def. Hong-Lin Fu, Taipei/Paul Webster, U.S., (wc), 6-0, 6-1

Dominic Cotrone, U.S./Michael Geerts, Belgium, def. Shao-Fan Liu, Taipei/Thien Nguyen-Hoang, Vietnam, 6-3, 6-1

Benjamin Lock, Zimbabwe/Evan Song, U.S. (2), def. John Lamble, U.S./Jody Herbert Maginley, Netherlands Antilles, 3-6, 6-3, 10-5

Eduardo Dischinger, Brazil/Igor Ribeiro Marcondes, Brazil, (3) def. Henry Craig, U.S./Isaiah Strode, U.S., 6-1, 6-4

Collin Altamirano, U.S./Jenson Brooksby, U.S., def. Andy Chang, U.S./Daniel Gealer, U.S., (wc), 6-3, 6-0

Matias Franco Descotte, Argentina/Ronnie Schneider, U.S., (4) def. Martin Redlicki, U.S./Keegan Smith, U.S., 6-4, 5-7, 10-8

Deiton Baughman, U.S./Karue Sell, Brazil, def. Bryce Pereira, U.S./Ivan Thamma, U.S, (wc), 6-7 (4), 6-4, 10-8

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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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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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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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Final Results of Southern California US Open National Playoff Mon, 20 Jun 2016 18:06:48 +0000 Read more »]]> The following information is on the winners of the recent USTA Southern California US Open National Playoff event that took place at the Claremont Club in Claremont, Calif.

  • MEN’S SINGLES: Henry Craig, 21, of Murrieta, Calif. Craig graduated from the University of Denver this year after playing in the No. 1 singles spot. As a junior player, he reached the singles semifinals and the doubles final of the International Grass Court Championships in Philadelphia in 2012.

    Henry Craig

  • WOMEN’S SINGLES: Brynn Boren, 24, of Laguna Niguel, Calif. Boren played two seasons at the University of Tennessee, then transferred to USC. At Tennessee, she earned All-America honors in doubles her sophomore year after a run to the NCAA doubles semifinals. At USC, she went 17-12 in her senior year, mainly at the No. 2 singles position, and reached the round of 16 at the NCAA tournament. She has also twice won the doubles title at the $10,000 USTA Pro Circuit event in Evansville, Ind., with teammate Sabrina Santamaria.
  • MEN’S DOUBLES: Ryan Brown, 18, and Joseph Rotheram, 18, both of Manhattan Beach, Calif. Brown and Rotheram are standout juniors in California who graduated from high school this year. Rotheram will play at UC Santa Barbara, while Brown committed to Loyola Marymount.
  • WOMEN’S DOUBLES: Jacqueline Cako, 24, of Brier, Wash., and Danielle Lao, 25, of Arcadia, Calif. Cako will be playing in all three draws at the US Open National Playoffs Championships in August after also winning the women’s singles and mixed doubles titles at the USTA Southwest event in May. Cako completed her NCAA career in 2013 at Arizona State University, where she received All-America honors. Cako has thrived in doubles on the USTA Pro Circuit, winning eight titles, and has also won two career USTA Pro Circuit singles titles. Lao graduated from USC in 2013 after twice earning All-America honors during her college career. During her time in Los Angeles, she led the Trojans to back-to-back Pac-12 team championships. In June 2015, Lao won her first USTA Pro Circuit singles title, at the $25,000 event in Baton Rouge, La. Also in 2015, she qualified for the $100,000 USTA Pro Circuit event in Midland, Mich., and won her first ITF Circuit singles title, in Leon, Mexico, where she also captured the doubles title. She won her first USTA Pro Circuit title in 2014 in doubles in Pelham, Ala. This February, she won her second USTA Pro Circuit doubles title at the $25,000 event in Surprise, Ariz. After college, Lao wrote a book, “Invaluable Experience,” about playing college tennis.
  • MIXED DOUBLES: Jordan Gobatie, 23, of Riverside, Calif., and Katsiaryna Zheltova, 27, of Irvine, Calif. Gobatie played for Northern Arizona University, where he earned All-Big Sky honors. Zhetlova, who is from Belarus, played collegiately for Sacramento State, where she earned All-America honors.

NOTE: The winners or top available finishers from each of the 15 sectional qualifying tournaments held throughout the spring and summer advance to the US Open National Playoffs Championships in their respective division (men’s and women’s singles, men’s and women’s doubles, mixed doubles) to be held during the Connecticut Open presented by United Technologies, an Emirates Airline US Open Series women’s event, in August. The US Open National Playoffs men’s doubles, women’s doubles and mixed doubles champions receive main draw wild cards into the 2016 US Open, while the men’s and women’s singles champions earn wild cards into the US Open Qualifying Tournament held the week prior to the US Open.

CREDIT: USTA Communications

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

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

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

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





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

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

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

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

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

Bruce A. Hunt
Executive Director
USTA Southern California
Southern California Tennis Association

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SoCal Gears Up for North/South Wheelchair Team Challenge Fri, 25 Sep 2015 21:31:22 +0000 Read more »]]> USTA Southern California is currently accepting applications for the annual North South Wheelchair Team Challenge, which will take place October 24-25 at Sunnyside Health and Tennis Club in Fresno, California.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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20th Annual Claremont Club Pro Classic Is Underway Wed, 16 Sep 2015 03:39:00 +0000 Read more »]]> USTAFYIG_SoCalCLAREMONT, Calif., (Sept. 15, 2015) – All eight first-round doubles were completed on Tuesday on the first day of main-draw action at the Claremont Club Pro Classic, USTA Pro Circuit $10,000 Futures tournament taking place at the Claremont Club.

Eight scheduled first-round singles matches were not played, however, because rain fell into the afternoon. All 16 first-round singles matches are on the schedule for Wednesday starting at 9 a.m.

Four of the eight doubles matches were close on Tuesday and split sets, forcing a first-to-10 point super tiebreaker. Among the winners were the top-seeded team American team of Junior Ore and Hunter Nicholas, who won in straight sets.

Both the singles finalists in last weekend U.S. Open American Collegiate Invitational were in action as part of the No. 2 and 4-seeded doubles teams, respectively. And both needed super tiebreakers to advance. UCLA junior Mackenzie McDonald beat Gonzales Austin in the final in the showcased college event in Flushing, N.Y. on Saturday.

After a long travel day for both on Sunday, McDonald was in Claremont with UCLA teammate Martin Redlicki as the No. 4 seeded team took out Pac-12 rivals and wild-card team Tom Fawcett and David Wilczynski of Stanford, 2-6, 7-5, 10-6.

Vanderbilt’s Austin, who fell to McDonald in straight sets at the U.S. Open in singles, teamed with Jean-Yves Aubone to form the No. 2-seeded team and the pair got past Americans Farzin Amiri and John Lamble, 6-7 (2), 6-3, 10-6.

Aubone has won 13 USTA Pro Circuit doubles titles over the last three years, including two USTA Pro Circuit doubles titles in 2014. Also this year, Aubone represented the U.S. in the Pan American Games in Toronto.

A couple of USTA wild-card teams and twins took each other on in the first round as Southern Californians Andy Chang and Alan Chang beat the 17-year-old Vance brothers, Jake and Jamie, 7-6 (3), 6-4.

Tuesday’s First-Round Singles Results:

Postponed due to rain

Tuesday’s First-Round Doubles Results:

wc: wild card;

Sebastian Faneslow, Germany / Alejandro Moreno Figueroa, Mexico, def. Tyler Hochwalt, U.S. / Evan Song, U.S., 6-4, 7-5
Junior Ore, U.S. / Hunter Nicholas, U.S. (1), def. William Gensen, U.S. / Aleksander Vukic, Australia, 6-3, 7-6 (8)
Mackenzie McDonald, U.S. / Martin Redlicki, U.S. (4), def. Tom Fawcett, U.S. / David Wilczynski, U.S. (wc), 2-6, 7-5, 10-6
Saxon Buehning, U.S. / Milen Ianakiev, Germany, def. Ryan Agar, Australia / Sebastian Bader, Austria (3), 6-3, 6-7 (3), 10-8
Andy Chang, U.S. / Alan Chang, U.S. (wc), def. Jake Vance, U.S. / Jamie Vance, U.S., (wc) 7-6 (3), 6-4
Jan Meyer, Germany / Chun-Ming Yam, Hong Kong, def. Jake Douglas, U.S. / Mitchell Stewart, U.S., 2-6, 6-4, 10-8
Jean-Yves Aubone, U.S. / Gonzales Austin, U.S. (2), def. Farzin Amiri, U.S. / John Lamble, U.S., 6-7 (2), 6-3, 10-6
Boris Bakalov, Bulgaria / Brian Battistone, U.S., def. Nathan Ponwith, U.S., Dennis Uspensky, U.S., 6-3, 6-2

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Sip ‘N Serve Series Swings Into Fall Season Thu, 03 Sep 2015 19:09:16 +0000 Read more »]]> After a summer full of series across Southern California, Sip ‘N Serve is back with four programs already on the fall schedule. 

The Sip ‘N Serve Series is USTA Southern California’s (SCTA) take on a nationwide initiative to engage young adults in tennis. No USTA membership is required to participate. In fact, it’s encouraged that players bring non-members out to play.

Sip ‘N Serve is a non-competitive tennis program that encourages networking and social tennis. The series is open to anyone and everyone who loves tennis or is looking to learn how to play. Some programs are geared more heavily toward match-play and some are structured like an adult clinic with drills and games. No matter the format, after tennis the group heads to a local sports bar for more socializing.


Sip ‘N Serve: West LA’s Nerd Alert Party

This summer, seven sites ran the program across Southern California. La Habra Tennis Center, Lakewood Tennis Center, Anaheim Tennis Center, Reed Park, Marina City Club, El Dorado Park Tennis Center, and the Ketchum YMCA all held a series during the summer months. This fall, three new sites will be added to the list and the SCTA is looking to add more before the year’s end. 

Marina City Club in Marina del Rey is set to host its second series. The first ran for six weeks and brought in anywhere from 12-25 players each night. The series will run Thursday nights at Marina City Club (4333 Admiralty Way, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292) September 3rd – October 8th. The cost is $20 per session for non-members and $70 for the full series. Stay connected with the MDR group on Facebook!

The City of Irvine is hosting its first series on Friday nights. The series will focus on level-based match play under the leadership of Elena Espiro, a veteran tennis organizer for the city. Play starts on Friday, September 4th at David Sills Lower Peters Canyon Community Park in Irvine. The cost to drop in is $15, while the whole 6-week series will run you $60. You can sign up online here. 

And Sip ‘N Serve is heading south! Three energetic USPTA coaches will head the new series in San Diego. Amanda Fink, Matt Previdi, and Amelia Larkin have structured the program to focus on beginners. Players will pick up the game in no time under their instruction. This series will run for four weeks at La Jolla High School starting on Sunday, October 18. Sunday Fundays will start at 5pm. The one-time “Try-It” fee is $15. The four-week season pass is $40.

Keep up to date on all of the Sip ‘N Serve happenings around Southern California on Facebook and on the program website. Contact Madeline Segura ( for any additional information on USTA Southern California’s Young Adult initiatives.

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