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Colling Hopes Hot Summer Continues in College

JUNIOR SPOTLIGHT: Solymar Colling Something clicked at the start of the summer for Solymar Colling. The 18-year-old from the City of Orange went on a roll going undefeated in 24… Read more »

Things Cooling Down For Ciuffo at CSUN

Teaching Pro Spotlight: James Ciuffo With the two-weekend 54th Annual Northridge-Matador Junior Open Tournament officially completed, longtime Cal State Northridge women’s assistant coach James Ciuffo is now ready to turn… Read more »

Kimberly Le Keeps Giving Back To the Game She Loves

Community Spotlight: Kimberly Le By Steve Pratt Every tennis community needs someone who is always positive, who attends tournaments and other tennis-related activities, who encourages friends and family members to… Read more »

Serving Community For More Than 20 Years

FACILITY SPOTLIGHT: Burbank Tennis Center For Steve Starleaf and his co-workers at the Burbank Tennis Center, it’s always been about giving back to the community that is most important. Each… Read more »

Rivera Goes Underground With Successful Tennis Business

Teaching Pro Spotlight: Julio Rivera When Julio Rivera came to Los Angeles over 21 years ago, he left a job on Wall Street to propose to his then girlfriend who… Read more »

Sectionals 18s Winner Woldeab Keeps Improving

Junior Spotlight: Siem Woldeab “Embrace the Clay” might have been a good motto for Siem (pronounced Sam) Woldeab, during the week playing in his first USTA Clay Court Nationals in… Read more »

Van Zutphen Keeping Cool at SeaCliff CC

Teaching Pro Spotlight: Mike Van Zutphen When Mike Van Zutphen decided to head west for the cool and breezy climate of Huntington Beach and became the Director of Tennis at… Read more »

Oracle ITA Summer Circuit Brings Out the Best in So Cal College Tennis Players

Competitive battles abound in Southern California at the various Oracle ITA Summer Circuit events, a series Powered by UTR. The ITA collegiate tournaments have gathered some of So Cal’s top… Read more »

Garafola’s Love For Athletics Inspired Angel City Games

COMMUNITY SPOTLIGHT: Michael Garafola When Michael Garafola first dreamed up the idea of an Adaptive, Paralympic-style event to be held in Southern California at a world-class venue like the campus of… Read more »

Ojai’s Scott Burton Has Deep Passion For the Game

Teaching Pro Spotlight: Scott Burton A deep-seated passion for the game of tennis from a longtime teaching pro has led to a re-awakening in the tennis-rich town of Ojai. Officially… Read more »

Claremont junior exemplifies sportsmanship at Sectionals

Sportsmanship can be reflected in many ways, most of them subtle and often unnoticed – a benefit of the doubt, a friendly handshake, an apologetic wave, or even something as… Read more »

Kang Enters SoCal Sectionals Among Nation’s Elite

Junior Spotlight: Kyle Kang Kyle Kang doesn’t have to go far when he needs a little bit of advice when navigating the often tough road of junior tennis. A 13-year-old… Read more »

Dawson Starting New Traditions At Bobby Riggs Club

Facility Spotlight: Bobby Riggs Racquet and Paddle Club Steve Dawson is a firm believer that the long established sport of tennis and newcomer pickleball can certainly co-exist at the same… Read more »

Avila Bay Club To Host Vince Dente Memorial Tournament

Facility Spotlight: Avila Bay Athletic Club This holiday Memorial Weekend is easily the biggest weekend of the year for the Avila Bay Athletic Club with the playing of the Vince… Read more »

Perry Couple Continues To Give Back To Tennis

Community Spotlight – The Perrys During the Friday semifinals of the Pac-12 Championships at The Ojai last month, both winning teams that day UCLA and USC had two special fans… Read more »

Griffin Club Remains Active Part of Westside Tennis Scene

Facility Spotlight – Griffin Club Westside tennis players who happened to have played ever played at the Beverly Hills Country Club would hardly recognize the place these days. Two years… Read more »

Stockdale CC’s Pfister Treats His Members Right

TEACHING PRO SPOTLIGHT: Hank Pfister Hank Pfister had an idea when he started out as the Stockdale Country Club Director of Tennis 26 years ago: to put on a tennis… Read more »

Las Posas Country Club Celebrating 60 Years

Facility Spotlight – Las Posas Country Club For 60 years, the Las Posas Country Club (LPCC) in Camarillo has been a proud staple of the community of Camarillo in Ventura… Read more »

Family Spotlight: The Svajda Clan From San Diego

It’s a fun family affair when USPTA Pro Tom Svajda heads to the courts at Pacific Beach Tennis Club in San Diego. For years, he has trained adults and juniors… Read more »

Ballkids Have Best Seat in the House

The best seat in the house at a professional tennis tournament is not found at center court loge, not in the luxury suites, or in the front row along the… Read more »

Top Senior Player Loeb Enjoying the Southern California Lifestyle

Teaching Pro Spotlight: Larry Loeb The City of Riverside should seriously consider signing up longtime tennis teaching professional Larry Loeb to do a promotional tourism video spot praising all the… Read more »

Still Going Strong: Coachella’s 70s League

If you think that all seniors retire to the desert for rest and relaxation, playing Gin rummy or lounging at poolside, there are plenty of racquet-wielding tennis enthusiasts who beg… Read more »