Youth Tennis – Southern California Tennis News http://southerncaliforniatennis.org Tennis News, Events, Community Activities, Tournaments Tue, 23 May 2017 17:12:42 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.5 Boyer Leads Junior U.S. Davis Cup Team To Victories In Mexico http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/youth-tennis/jr-team-tennis/boyer-leads-junior-u-s-davis-cup-team-to-victories-in-mexico/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/youth-tennis/jr-team-tennis/boyer-leads-junior-u-s-davis-cup-team-to-victories-in-mexico/#respond Thu, 18 May 2017 18:27:05 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=13795 Read more »]]> Three Southern California natives, including one now training in Florida, recently competed as a three-man team on an international stage as Tristan Boyer, Govind Nanda and William Grant led the USTA 16-and-under Junior Davis Cup team in qualifying victories recently at the premier junior world team competition in Campeche, Mexico.

The team went undefeated in qualifying, and advanced to the Junior Davis finals, which will be held Sept. 18-23 in Budapest, Hungary.

From l to r: Tristan Boyer, Govind Nanda, William Grant, USTA Coach Eric Nunez and Zibu Ncube.

Boyer, who is traveling for the next two and a half months all over Europe to train on clay, said recently from Italy that the familiarity of the team helped. “It really did help because I grew up with these guys,” said Boyer, from Italy. “Even the 14s team and the girls [Fed Cup] team, we all got along. It felt like a real team event.”

Boyer is from Pasadena while Nanda is from Cerritos and Grant grew up in Santa Barbara, but has been training in Boca Raton, Fla., for the past 18 months.

The trio were coached at the Junior Davis Cup by USTA National Coach Eric Nunez. “I had worked with him before but not in this team format,” said Boyer, who also had her personal SoCal coach Zibu Ncube traveling with him in Mexico. “It was different playing a match with a coach on the court. It totally changes the dynamic on the court.”

Boyer is 16 years old and attends Stanford Online school. He is currently playing ITF Grade II events across Europe and said the main goal is to develop his game on clay.

“It feels like I haven’t played a tournament in so long, but it’s been great so far,” Boyer said.

Boyer is among head company as former U.S. junior international team members have included Jim Courier, Andy Roddick, James Blake, Lindsay Davenport and Sloane Stephens. Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic have also represented their respective countries in junior international team competition.

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What Is The SCTA Doing To Improve Sportsmanship And Reduce Cheating In Adult And Youth Tennis? http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-news/what-is-the-scta-doing-to-improve-sportsmanship-and-reduce-cheating-in-adult-and-youth-tennis/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-news/what-is-the-scta-doing-to-improve-sportsmanship-and-reduce-cheating-in-adult-and-youth-tennis/#respond Tue, 16 May 2017 07:23:42 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=13681 Read more »]]> RALLYING WITH THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

In the competition with other activities for adult and youth participation, tennis can be an attractive option for time and resources if it is seen as a friendly and positive activity. 

Social matches between friends match that description. 

Here is how the SCTA makes Junior Team Tennis, Adult Leagues, and Adult and Youth Tournaments friendly and positive competitive activities.

We offer levels of play based upon NTRP ratings, age groups, and other skill level designations so that an individual plays a match against an opponent of similar ability.  This allows both competitors to use their mental and physical skills in a fairly matched setting.  Is this always a perfect situation?  No, and we try to make it the best we can through random draws, accurate seeding, etc.

We require USTA-certified Officials at all sanctioned events so that rules and procedures are applied correctly on the court.  The SCTA has asked the Officials to rove among the courts assigned to them so that they may head off disputes before the disagreement becomes heated.  We also ask the Officials to maintain order outside the court because spectators are not permitted to be part of a match.  If you would like information about how to become a USTA Official, please email info@scta.usta.com or call the office at 310.208.3838 and ask for Cari Buck, the Director of Marketing.

We encourage sportsmanship by acknowledging great behavior on the spot with real time awards like gift cards from Tennis Warehouse, the official sponsor of sportsmanship for the SCTA.  We also make daily and event sportsmanship awards to praise those who compete fairly.  Names and pictures of the award winners are often posted on social media, in newsletters and on webpages.

If a player believes that his/her opponent is cheating, the player should use a change over to go to the nearest Official or the Tournament Desk and ask for an Official or court monitor to come to the court to resolve the situation.  If players, parents or spectators feel that rules weren’t applied correctly or that an individual violated the rules of tennis or The Code, the SCTA Sportsmanship and Grievance Committee (SGC) decides the outcome of properly filed complaints on the official grievance form.  The SGC meets twice monthly to decide complaints.  The SGC applies consequences to individuals starting at a warning letter all the way up to suspension from tennis for up to twelve months.

It’s important that all players, parents, coaches, Tournament Directors and spectators know the rules of tennis to ensure that competition is fair and civil.  Competing is hard enough without the handicap of not knowing the rules.  One resource that all players should have is called Friend at Court.  It’s available online or in a printed version.  Please call the SCTA office at 310.208.3838 and we can mail you a copy for $10 which includes postage and handling or look online at Amazon.com for the 2017 version.  The other resource you should have is Rules of Tennis 2017 and The Code.  That booklet is also available from the SCTA office for $5 or online.

Tennis competes with all other activities for participants and their time and financial resources.  If we have a product that is seen as beneficial physically, mentally and socially, then tennis will have a secure future.  The SCTA is helping make that future bright by focusing on better sportsmanship and more fair play.  Please let me know how you think we are doing.  Call 310.208.3339 or email bhunt@scta.usta.com.  Cheers!

Bruce A. Hunt – Executive Director
Southern California Tennis Association

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SSV Has 3 Levels Of Achievement http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/adults-seniors/ssv-has-3-levels-of-achievement/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/adults-seniors/ssv-has-3-levels-of-achievement/#respond Thu, 04 May 2017 22:34:05 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=13475

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USTA National Names Grant Recipients; Three SoCal Juniors Awarded http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-news/usta-national-names-grant-recipients-three-socal-juniors-awarded/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-news/usta-national-names-grant-recipients-three-socal-juniors-awarded/#respond Wed, 03 May 2017 18:17:02 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=13470 Read more »]]> Three local athletes have been awarded USTA National Diversity & Inclusion Multicultural Grants based on essays submitted by junior players from around the country. The grants help to support the growth of scholar-athletes of ethnic or diverse backgrounds in both academic and athletic endeavors.

Kaylee Kang, a 16-year old from Fullerton, penned an essay as an Asian American Scholar-Athlete. Entitled “Deuces over Doubts,” Kaylee describes the role of tennis in her everyday life, developing from a shy youngster to a self-confident young adult.

“In tennis,” she wrote, “there is little room for self-doubt…. The more I played this sport, the more this undeniable truth is extended to me. I know my strengths and capabilities, and I am no longer afraid to make myself seen.”

Ethan Lopez, a 13-year old from Alhambra, found parallels between himself and the namesake of USTA’s Pancho Gonzalez Scholar-Athlete Grant. Gonzalez, a Mexican-American icon, won two U.S. Championships men’s singles titles and notably brought together fans from all walks of life.

Describing his own qualities of tenacity, courage, and discipline, Ethan is equally proud of his accomplishments in the classroom and on the court. “As a scholar-athlete,” he writes, “it is very important not to be afraid to be challenged in the classroom and on the tennis court.”

Jourdan Wallace, a 16-year old from Pasadena, authored an essay entitled, “Why I Embody the Spirit of Althea.” The grant, which honors the memory, life and achievements of the first African-American Grand Slam champion Althea Gibson, rewards players who exceed expectations both on and off the court.

“I have the courage to play a sport that I not dominated by people of color,” Jourdan begins in her essay. “Willpower propelled (Althea) Gibson through many years of successful and inspirational tennis, because without it success would have (proven) very difficult if not impossible.”

USTA SoCal congratulates all three of our regional winners. Players from 17 sections across the nation submitted essays in various categories, and we are very proud to honor our SoCal scholar-athletes!

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Summer Camp Registration Now Open http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/newsletter/summer-camp-registration-now-open/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/newsletter/summer-camp-registration-now-open/#comments Tue, 02 May 2017 03:48:43 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=13446 Read more »]]> Locations in Tarzana, Northridge, Studio City

SCTA’s TGA Premier Tennis San Fernando Valley after school enrichment sessions are in the final few weeks of another successful school year.

It’s time to register for summer tennis camp! Summer Tennis Camp registration is now open for locations in Tarzana, Northridge, and Studio City. Register before May 31 and receive a FREE youth racquet!

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It’s time to register for summer tennis camp! Summer Tennis Camp registration is now open for locations in Tarzana, Northridge, and Studio City. Register before May 31 and receive a FREE youth racquet!

Premier Tennis camps are open to youth ages 4-12, and all equipment is provided. Activities include Fit & Fun warm-ups, tennis stroke fundamentals, game and point play, scoring and rules, STEAM activities, weekly themes, and Friday Junior Team Tennis play and prizes.

Camps are overseen by certified TGA coaches, with a low coach-to-camper ratio to allow all players a chance to learn essential skills from talented mentors.

TGACampers may register at playtga.com/sfvtennis for either full weeks or individual days, June 12 thru August 11. There a sibling discount available, and parents will appreciate convenient camper drop-off and pick-up.

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 enrichment class and camp.

To learn more about SCTA’s TGA Premier Tennis summer camps and to take advantage of the early registration FREE youth racquet promotion, visit playtga.com/sfvtennis.       

Nancy Abrams  / SCTA

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Juniors Team Up For Regional, National Competitions http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/newsletter/juniors-team-up-for-regional-national-competitions/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/newsletter/juniors-team-up-for-regional-national-competitions/#comments Tue, 02 May 2017 03:46:15 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=13448 Read more »]]> It is amazing to sit back and think about what the SCTA and Junior Tennis have accomplished already in the short duration of 2017. It’s equally fun to consider what lies ahead for the remainder of the year. Our team focus is to continue to work on many different areas within the junior tennis structure, most notably on team events, innovation, and sportsmanship.

Throughout May, teams were finalized for most Zonal, Intersectional and National Boys and Girls 18s teams for the summer events in our section and across the nation, to be held during July and August.       

The Woody Hunt Level 2 Sectional that takes place at the end of May will fill the last two spots for both the 14s and 16s Intersectional events, coached by Gary Victor and Dave Nowick. Those teams will head off to Auburn, Alabama and Shreveport, Louisiana to compete against the other 16 sections within the USTA.

Sectionals will play a big part in the final selections for our Boys and Girls 18s teams, as both finalists will receive automatic bids to the team competitions in Champaign, Illinois and Claremont, California. These teams will be coached by Debbie Shafer and Trevor Kronemann.

Other team events in our section will be the CIF Boys Championships (Claremont), Junior Team Tennis Spring Season Sectional Championships (Long Beach), and the CTC Cup (Claremont).

The Jim Buck Level 1 team event structure will be changing over with a boy and girl from each age division 12s-18s. The selection will be made based on the Sectional Standing List, plus a ‘waterfall’ method with UTR to make up the 16 teams. Points will be awarded on a team finish basis. You must complete the entire event in order to receive your team points.

Along with the Jim Buck team event, the Junior Competition Committee has approved a clay court event at Racket Club of Irvine, in order to give the juniors an opportunity to get quality match play before heading off to the Clay Court Nationals. This will hopefully increase our participation to fill our quota spots for national competition. Surprisingly, Southern California has not filled its quota spots in years, leaving important National Ranking points on the court. With it’s points-based structure, the game on green clay needs only a brief learning curve and transition period, and is not that much different from traditional hardcourts.

We look forward to crowning many Team and Individual champions over the next couple of months and continue our focus on Innovation and Sportsmanship from Youth Progression to College Tennis. Best of luck to all our athletes as they represent TEAM SO CAL!    

Trevor Kronemann / SCTA

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How We Got Our Kids into Tennis: 7 Easy Steps http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-news/how-we-got-our-kids-into-tennis-7-easy-steps/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-news/how-we-got-our-kids-into-tennis-7-easy-steps/#respond Wed, 26 Apr 2017 21:31:23 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=13287 Read more »]]> When our kids were 7 or 8, they wanted to start playing tennis.

They had been active in several sports and as a family we had developed the savvy needed for them to get connected with all of the local leagues.

We started by searching for something equivalent to the AYSO, Pop Warner and YMCA basketball leagues. We quickly learned that tennis was a little different, with many paths and options for creating a solid framework for a cost-effective, professional and fun youth sport.

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Over the years, several parents have asked us how to get their kids plugged into tennis. While there are many successful approaches, and we don’t claim to possess any special wisdom beyond being involved parents, here are the 7 steps we took:

  1. We Found a Tennis Clinic: Our kids started playing tennis at a free Saturday morning clinic offered by a local tennis club. Many local tennis clubs and facilities have clinics for kids. Whether you find a clinic through USTA.com (search “Play Days”) or just call around to the tennis facilities in your area, there should be clinics offered either after school or on the weekends. The advantage of clinics is the cost. Many starter clinics are free, as an introduction to the facility. If there is a charge, it is a fraction of the cost of private tennis lessons.  Once you find a clinic that works for your family, make it a regular part of your schedule. Our kids continued in that Saturday morning clinic for several months, eventually moving up to the free adult clinic. With their skills improving, we enrolled them into intermediate and, later, advanced clinics offered at a different facility. They continued to attend these clinics through high school, as they assisted them with a consistent, professional environment for their tennis development. 
  2. We Watched the Clinics and Learned Games and Techniques to Help Them Improve: While kids learn quickly, they will need to play tennis on a consistent basis to improve their skills to become team and tournament ready. We regularly played tennis with our kids, using the games, drills and ideas that we learned from watching those first novice tennis clinics. To keep our kids interested in tennis, we had to make it fun. So we incorporated “Jail Break”, “King of the Court”, “Mini-Tennis” and other fun games during these family practices. We bought a big hopper of balls and went to the courts on days between clinics and lessons.
  3. We Found Friends at the Same Skill Level: Family tennis is fun, but we wanted to set-up matches and practices with other youth players at our kids’ level. During the tennis clinics, we watched for other players who were the same approximate level as our kids. We would then approach the parents and ask if we could set up a match. The other parents were often searching for the same opportunity and readily agreed. We have made many terrific family friendships that continue today through these early tennis introductions.
  4. We Signed Them Up for Semi-Private Lessons: We believe private lessons are an important step in the development of a competitive tennis player. This is where the teaching pro will work on their specific needs, strokes, acumen, tennis personality, and help them to shape their game. We knew that our kids would need private lessons to improve their skills quickly, but we had a tight tennis budget. We decided to split lessons with another youth player and contacted the families that we had met at the clinics. Splitting semi-private lessons with other kids cuts the cost in half, while allowing your youth player to take the next step in their tennis development. It also allows the teaching pro to create match-play lessons between the two students, which are very helpful for getting tournament ready. While in these semi-private lessons, our kids continued to attend their clinics, moving up the skill level ranks as they advanced.
  5. We Assessed If They Were Ready for Tournaments: Now that our kids were playing several times a week and showing consistent improvement, we thought it was time to put them into some tournaments.  Before taking this step, we met with the teaching pro and confirmed that they were ready.A note of caution:  We believe it is best to wait until your youth player has a solid game before signing them up for a tournament. The skill levels at these tournaments, even at the novice level, are impressive. If your kid is not ready, they may have a very rough time in their first few matches. You do not want them to become discouraged at an early stage of their tennis development with a series of one-sided losses. We suggest that you watch a few tournaments with your kids before they begin to play. This will allow you to assess the local skill level and prepare accordingly. We have seen kids leave the sport because of the difficulties of playing tournaments before they were ready. 
  6. We Found Some Tournaments: We started with the novice level tournaments that we sourced through USTA.com. These are offered frequently through clubs and facilities across Southern California. We were surprised and impressed by the high level of skill at these novice tournaments. We learned the hard way that we should have watched a few tournaments before diving right in!In addition to the USTA sanctioned tournaments, we looked for other local tournaments hosted by Serve, Stroke, Volley (visit www.ssvtennis.com), Tennis Patrons, and local facility youth tournaments. These tournaments were the backbone of our kids’ tennis development. Once they began advancing consistently in the novice level tournaments, we moved our kids up to the intermediate or satellite tournaments, and then onto the advanced, open level tournaments.

    Look for Consolation Rounds: When signing up for your first tournament, ask if there is a consolation round. These second chance rounds are like a separate tournament for the kids that do not advance to the second round of the main tournament. The skill levels will often be closer to the kids who are new to the sport. Many of these consolation rounds have very competitive line-ups, with trophies for the winner of the final. This is great experience as your kid learns how to play tournament tennis.  My kids have had some thrilling consolation final matches and have benefitted from the extra experience.

  7. We Found a Team – The Best of Tennis: Once our kids were playing in tournaments, we wanted them to have the team experience. They were attending clinics and taking semi-private lessons at a local club that offered junior team tennis for all levels. You can visit usta.com, click “Youth Tennis” and select “Junior Team Tennis” – or just call around to the facilities near your home. The tennis clubs often require that you have a family membership, or your kids are actively involved in their junior programs. This is a good idea, as they will know the other kids on the team, will generally be familiar with the coach, and have the pride of playing for their community facility. My kids also played on their middle school tennis team, which lead to playing for their high school team. I highly recommend team tennis, as it brings many dynamics not found in individual tournament play. Most importantly, it makes tennis really fun for kids. It also provides your youth tennis player with an experience similar to other sports, with regular weekend team matches, clinics that act as practice through the week, rounded out with individual instruction in the private or semi-private lessons.

Tennis is like so many other activities. Once you do it for a while, the uncertainties and apparent obstacles fade away. You quickly get connected, make friends, and become part of the tennis community.

Every tennis family is a little different. While these steps worked for our family, you will likely find a path that works best for you. Regardless of the path you follow, we encourage you to dive in now and begin your kids’ journey in the wonderful, life-long sport of tennis.     

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CTC And UCLA http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/youth-tennis/ctc-and-ucla/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/youth-tennis/ctc-and-ucla/#respond Thu, 20 Apr 2017 23:06:30 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=13032 Read more »]]> After a competitive CTC battle between Central Coast and Orange County, both teams joined the UCLA Men’s Tennis team on court for Q&A with Coach Billy Martin followed by fun session on the tennis court together.

50% of UCLA’s 14 man roster contains former CTC participants (Austin Rapp, Connor Rapp, Ben Goldberg, Danny Gealer, Reid Shumway, Joseph DiGiulio, Gage Brymer).

This fun and competitive day has been an annual tradition taking place each season for the past 6 years.

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The 5 C’s Of SSV http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/adults-seniors/the-5-cs-of-ssv/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/adults-seniors/the-5-cs-of-ssv/#respond Thu, 13 Apr 2017 19:29:51 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=12814

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RAFA NADAL ACADEMY coming to Los Angeles April 29-30! http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-news/rafa-nadal-academy-coming-to-los-angeles-april-29-30/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-news/rafa-nadal-academy-coming-to-los-angeles-april-29-30/#comments Mon, 10 Apr 2017 20:22:21 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=12726 Read more »]]> Top level junior tennis players will have a unique opportunity this spring when Rafa Nadal Academy comes to Los Angeles for two clinics, April 29 and April 30. Under the guidance of the Academy coaching director Joel Figueras, talented local players will learn from some of the world’s finest instructors, direct from the legendary champion’s own training facility in Mallorca, Spain.

These clinics are valuable for players and parents alike, with both on- and off-court training, and a presentation about the Rafa Nadal Academy. Morning sessions are scheduled for Boys and Girls ages 12U and 14U, with afternoon sessions to accommodate 16U and 18U players.

Mr. Figueras has previously coached American up and comers including Tommy Paul, Taylor Fritz, and Stefan Koslov, and currently oversees all aspects of technical, tactical, physical, and mental training programs at the Nadal Academy.

There will be four sessions over two days:

Saturday, April 29 (view flyer here) at The Jack Kramer Club, Rolling Hills Estates. Begins at 9:45am.

Sunday, April 30 (view flyer here) at Loyola Marymount University Tennis Centre, Los Angeles. Begins at 9:00am.

Please review the links to clinic flyers (above) for exact times, contacts, and registration information.

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Summer Camp Registration Now Open in San Fernando Valley! http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-news/summer-camp-registration-now-open-in-san-fernando-valley/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-news/summer-camp-registration-now-open-in-san-fernando-valley/#comments Sat, 08 Apr 2017 01:58:17 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=12639 Read more »]]> Register before May 31 and receive a FREE youth racket!

The SCTA’s Teach, Grow, and Achieve (TGA) Premier Tennis of San Fernando Valley After School Enrichment Sessions are in full swing, and Summer Camp registration is now open.

SCTA’s TGA Premier Tennis is dedicated to engaging more young athletes from Pre-K through 8th grades on school campuses and courts throughout Southern California.  TGA programs combine Athletics (tennis & fitness activities), Academics (STEAM Labs, word of the day), and Life Lessons (sportsmanship, teamwork, leadership, etiquette, rules and scoring) for a fun and engaging experience.

To learn more about SCTA’s TGA Premier Tennis summer camps and to take advantage of the early registration FREE youth racket promotion, visit: http://playtga.com/sfvtennis/.

Nancy Abrams
TGA Premier Youth Tennis

 

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Busy Spring Underway for SCTA Juniors http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-news/busy-spring-underway-for-scta-juniors/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-news/busy-spring-underway-for-scta-juniors/#respond Sat, 08 Apr 2017 01:54:06 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=12628 Read more »]]> National Campus Visit and Youth Progression Launch Keep Youngsters Busy

The first cross-sectional camp on the sparkling new USTA National Campus in Orlando certainly changed the life of our young juniors as we traveled to Florida for a weekend camp with Texas, Southern, and Florida Sections.

The experience included presentations by the National Player Development Staff and great competition and drilling throughout the weekend. The launch of Youth Progression in March has continued to give the kids a clear path towards junior competition in our section, and will connect the dots for those ages 7-11 as they develop their skills with proper balls and equipment.

The 2nd Annual ITF Newport Beach Bowl gave juniors in our section a chance to play a tournament on the ITF pathway. This event led to the International Spring Championships, the Easter Bowl, and the Harper Ink all throughout March. The players were also able to play USTA Pro Circuit events in San Diego, Bakersfield and Calabasas, not to mention an opportunity to qualify for the Indian Wells Masters event in the desert.

After a busy March, the month of April kicked off with the Maze Cup at the Stockdale Country Club, with a talented junior squad comprised of Ryan Seggerman, Timothy Sah, Henry Lovett, Stefan Dostanic, Siem Woldeab, Eryn Cayetano, Hannah Zhao, Rena Lin, Anessa Lee, and Britt Purcell. The National Player Development Team was in Carson on April 1 for a Sectional Player Camp, leading to the Level 3 competition at Anaheim Tennis Center. Along with EDC Camps, Spring JTT and the CTC Matches, there is plenty of inspiration heading to The 117th Ojai Tournament later in April. Then, in June, see the talents of our Net Generation at the Junior Sectional Championships, Summer National Championships, Intersectional, and Zonal Championships.

Trevor Kronemann
Director of Youth & Junior Tennis

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San Diego Spring Break UTR Tournament April 15-16 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/youth-tennis/san-diego-spring-break-utr-tournament-april-15-16/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/youth-tennis/san-diego-spring-break-utr-tournament-april-15-16/#respond Fri, 31 Mar 2017 21:06:38 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=12433 Read more »]]>

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Sign ups are still open for the Spring Break Universal Tennis Rating (UTR) Tournament in San Diego on April 15-16 at Del Norte High School. This is an opportunity to play three matches at your skill level. If you can play, be sure to register! Players will be selected only if there are enough players at a given UTR level.

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To learn more about this tournament and UTRs, contact Tournament Director Jackson Chu at  jchu858@gmail.com or call (775) 830-9395. Click here to register for the tournament.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Liu And Riffice Open With Wins At Easter Bowl http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/youth-tennis/liu-and-riffice-open-with-wins-at-easter-bowl/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/youth-tennis/liu-and-riffice-open-with-wins-at-easter-bowl/#respond Thu, 30 Mar 2017 04:01:15 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=12376 Read more »]]> 2015 Standouts Liu, Riffice Open With Wins At 2017 Adidas Easter Bowl

The 2015 Easter Bowl was great for both Girls’ ITF singles winner Claire Liu and Boys’ ITF singles finalist Sam Riffice.

Both made victorious returns to the grounds of their past glory, the Indian Wells Tennis Garden, on Monday opening play in the ITF (18s) division at the 50th Annual Adidas Easter USTA Junior National Spring Championships.

The top-seeded 16-year-old Liu, who won the Wimbledon Junior doubles titles last summer and has been playing mostly ITF Pro Circuit Futures and USTA Challenger events, made quick work of Chloe Beck, 6-1, 6-1.

Riffice, the No. 4 seed who lost to Taylor Fritz in the 2015 ITF final, struggled in the first set against Robert Maciag, pulling it out 7-6 (6), then blanking him 6-0 in the second set.

Liu, who made the final of the WTA BNP Paribas pre-qualifier tournament last month at this same Indian Wells Tennis Garden site, said her mindset doesn’t change switching from the pro events to the juniors. “I don’t think it really matters,” she said. “It’s still a match and I just want to focus on what I need to work on.”

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Liu is currently working with USTA National coaches Chris Tonz and Erik Kortland at the USTA Training Center – West in Carson.

“I always loved this tournament because I’ve done so well here in the past,” she said. “I love Palm Springs and Indian Wells. Easter Bowl and Indian Wells (BNP Paribas) are my two favorite tournaments.”

Thousand Oaks’ Liu, who was just 14 when she won the 2015 Easter Bowl, will play doubles with Cerritos partner Kelly Chen. Liu explained why she decided at the last minute to take a wild card into the Easter Bowl. “I was going to lose my points from the ISC (in Carson) and I’m not going to play any more junior events until the French so I was going to lose some doubles points,” she said.

Last year’s Easter Bowl was also a success for 15-year-old Caty McNally of Cincinnati, who made the semifinals in the ITF singles. McNally lost to Liu and Usue Arconada in the Wimbledon doubles final at the All England Club in July. 

“It was amazing playing my first Wimbledon,” said McNally, the No. 6 seed who beat Sara Choy, 6-2, 6-1 in her first-round match on Monday. “And to get to the finals was so unexpected. I’m so happy to be back and play the Easter Bowl in Indian Wells.”

Defending Boys’ ITF singles champion Gianni Ross will open play on Tuesday on the Stadium Court 2, which is being live streamed. The No. 2 seeded Ross meets Conrad Russell in the third match on.

ADIDAS EASTER BOWL SIGHTINGS ON MONDAY: Hana Mandlikova, who won four Grand Slam singles titles during her career, watching No. 16 seed daughter Elizabeth Mandlik; Former Fed Cup Captain Mary Joe Fernandez watching her son Nicholas Godsick upset the top-seeded player in the Boys’ 12s in the Round of 16. Godsick’s father Tony Godsick is Roger Federer’s agent; Former World No. 2 ATP player Petr Korda with son Sebastian playing in the Boys’ ITF. Billie Jean King, Illana Kloss and Rosie Casalswatching a player coached by Casals, No. 2 seed and world No. 14 ITF junior Taylor Johnson.

In addition to live streaming the Easter Bowl again this year, the tournament has a new and improved mobile app, which can be found in both the Apple iTunes store or at Google Play. Search “Easter Bowl” to download the app.

Check back to www.easterbowl.com to watch the live stream and for all Easter Bowl news, results and schedules.

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Registration for Little Mo Southern California Sectionals Open Until May 13 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-news/registration-for-little-mo-southern-california-sectionals-open-until-may-13/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-news/registration-for-little-mo-southern-california-sectionals-open-until-may-13/#respond Wed, 29 Mar 2017 17:53:01 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=12258 Read more »]]> Calling all parents and coaches of players ages 7-12:  It’s Little Mo time once again in San Diego.  The Little Mo Southern California Sectionals will be held on May 27-28 at La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club and UCSD.  Some of the greatest players have played and won this event such as Ryan Harrison,  Djokovic, Roddick and many more!

Divisions are the following:

  • 12 & under: Players born in 2005
  • 11 & under: Players born in 2006
  • 10 & under: Players born in 2007
  • 9 & under: Players born in 2008
  • 8 & under: Players born in 2009 and 2010

Green Dot and Yellow Ball options are available.

The tournament entry fee is $55, and registration deadline is May 13. The tournament director is Conan Lorenzo (clorenzo@ljbtc.com).

If you have a player who is 7-12 years of age (and tournament savvy) please click here for more information.

You can also download the tournament fact sheet.

 

 

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Kid’s Tennis Day At Calabasas Tennis Center http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-news/kids-tennis-day-at-calabasas-tennis-center/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-news/kids-tennis-day-at-calabasas-tennis-center/#respond Thu, 16 Mar 2017 23:09:46 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=11952

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Save the Date Sunday, June 25 City Of Irvine Tennis Seminar http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/community-tennis/save-the-date-sunday-june-25-city-of-irvine-tennis-seminar/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/community-tennis/save-the-date-sunday-june-25-city-of-irvine-tennis-seminar/#respond Wed, 08 Mar 2017 01:21:04 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=11767

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TGA Premier Tennis’ New Look & Winter After School Enrichment Sessions Are In Full Swing http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/youth-tennis/tga-premier-tennis-new-look-winter-after-school-enrichment-sessions-are-in-full-swing/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/youth-tennis/tga-premier-tennis-new-look-winter-after-school-enrichment-sessions-are-in-full-swing/#respond Mon, 06 Mar 2017 23:06:15 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=11750 Read more »]]> Early Bird Discounted Summer Camp Registration is Now Open!

New Year, New Look!

The TGA Premier Tennis brand has a new modern look, but the same amazing enrichment programs and camps are still offered throughout Southern California!

TGA Premier Tennis is dedicated to engaging more young athletes from Pre-K through 8th grades on school campuses. TGA stands for Teach, Grow, and Achieve – the foundation of every enrichment class and camp.

TGA programs combine the following concepts for a fun and engaging experience: (see graphics)Athletics: station based tennis and fitness activities

Athletics: station based tennis and fitness activities

Academic Concepts: STEAM labs, word of the day

Life Lessons: Sportsmanship, teamwork, leadership, tennis etiquette, rules & scoring

To learn more about the TGA Tennis programs and take advantage of early bird summer discounted camp opportunities available in Southern California, visit these sites:

Keep PlayingTM

 

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What’s In Your Highlight Reel? http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-news/whats-in-your-highlight-reel/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-news/whats-in-your-highlight-reel/#respond Thu, 02 Mar 2017 00:13:27 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=11673 Read more »]]>

We want to see your most riveting rallies and memorable winners from all over Southern California! When you capture your great shots on video, upload to your social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, and be sure to include hashtags #HitMeWithYourBestShot #SOCALTennis #USTAsocal to share your tennis wizardry! We may even spotlight your efforts on our pages throughout the spring and summer. Aim your camera, press ‘record’, and fire away!

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First Break Academy To Take Part In Read Across America Day at StubHub http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/community-tennis/first-break-academy-to-take-part-in-read-across-america-day-at-stubhub/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/community-tennis/first-break-academy-to-take-part-in-read-across-america-day-at-stubhub/#respond Wed, 01 Mar 2017 23:52:17 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=11652 Read more »]]> The LA Galaxy will join forces with the LA Chargers, StubHub Center and First Break Academy to host Read Across America Day at StubHub Center this Thursday, March 2 from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. PT. Players and staff will read to over 400 second and third grade student from 186th Street Elementary School and Leapwood Elementary School to celebrate Read Across America Day, a nation-wide celebration of children’s author Dr. Seuss.

Women’s Tennis Association legend and ESPN broadcaster Pam Shriver is currently on the First Break Board of Directors, and is a longtime philanthropist and volunteer who will be on-site taking part in the days’ activities. “First Break Academy is all about giving back to the community, and I am fortunate to be involved with the dedicated team at First Break that strives to teach the game of tennis to those who might not have otherwise been exposed to the sport,” said Shriver, who won 22 Grand Slam doubles titles during her Hall of Fame career.

Shriver was selected as the first president of the USTA Foundation, the charitable arm of the USTA. She served as president from 2000-05 and today remains an active member of the foundation’s board of directors. She also was appointed to the President’s Council on Physical Fitness under both President Ronald Reagan and President George H. W. Bush.

ATP World Touring Professionals Stefan Kozlov, Bradley Klahn, and Sam Groth will also participate in reading to the children. Southern California tennis fans may remember the teenager Kozlov from the 2016 USC Pro Circuit event as he captured the men’s Futures singles title. Klahn is a former NCAA singles champion (2010) from Stanford University, and originally from Poway in San Diego County. The 26 year old is back on tour after back surgery sidelined him for a little under two years after reaching a career-high No. 63 in the world rankings in 2014. Groth is one of the most exciting and respected Australian players currently on the ATP World Tour. He holds the record for the world’s fastest serve recorded at 163 mph in Busan, Korea. Groth’s career high ranking in No. 53 and injuries have kept him just inside the top 200 as of late.

LA Galaxy players that will take part in the day include: defender Jelle Van Damme, goalkeeper Brian Rowe, midfielder Baggio Husidic, forward Jack McBean, defender Dave Romney and forward Jose Villarreal. LA Chargers players include: Max Tuerk, safety Dwight Lowery, linebacker Kyle Emanuel, and linebacker Denzel Perryman.

All participants will be provided lunch by Levy Restaurants, receive cobranded shirts to wear on event day and take home their own books provided by MLS Works. Read Across America is an annual reading motivation and awareness program that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading on March 2, the birthday of beloved children’s author Dr. Seuss. Read Across America also provides NEA members, parents, caregivers, and children the resources and activities they need to keep reading on the calendar 365 days a year.

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SCTA Honors for Tscherne, Lara, and more at Service Awards http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-news/scta-honors-for-tscherne-lara-and-more-at-service-awards/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/tennis-news/scta-honors-for-tscherne-lara-and-more-at-service-awards/#respond Wed, 08 Feb 2017 18:57:30 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=11106 Read more »]]> The annual SCTA Service Awards were presented on Monday, February 6 at the Los Angeles Tennis Center, honoring those who have made a lasting impact on tennis activities throughout southern California.

Among the honorees was Neighborhood Junior Tennis Program (NJTP) founding member Steve Tscherne, who posthumously received the organization’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Mr. Tscherne served as the organization’s Board President for many years, offering  the game to countless children and adults throughout San Fernando Valley through affordable lessons and competition. Mr. Tscherne passed away in December after a battle with cancer.

Well-known personality Anthony Lara received the Curt Condon Spirit Award. Lara, a longtime wheelchair competitor, has served as an alternate for the U.S. team in the Paralympic Games, and competed in the 2013 BNP Paribas World Team Cup. He continues to teach youngsters to overcome physical obstacles to enjoy the game that he has played for more than 25 years.

The Evelyn Houseman Junior Sportsmanship Award recipients, Bryce Pereira and Devon Jack, both graduated from San Marino High School and will continue their tennis careers as collegiate athletes. Pereira will join UCLA’s squad, while Jack currently attends Brown University. Incoming SCTA Board President Chris Lewis, himself a former recipient of the award, praised the student/athletes and their parents for bringing humility and pride to the game.

Member Organization of the Year included First Serve Santa Ana, in tandem with Kiwanis Club and Santa Ana Unified School District. First Serve’s Lew Bratcher accepted the award surrounded by members of his team, including players who have excelled in Santa Ana programs.

Various SCTA Service Awards were handed out, including those for Junior Tennis, Adult Tennis, Marketing, and Community Tennis. A complete list is below. The event was held at The Clubhouse at Los Angeles Tennis Center, and hosted by current SCTA President Bill Kellogg.

Henry Talbert Lifetime Achievement Award – Steve Tscherne
Curt Condon Spirit Award – Anthony Lara
Evelyn Houseman Junior Sportsmanship Award – Bryce Pereira & Devon Jack
Eugene Jung Multicultural Award – Alberto Ramos
SCTA Family of the Year – the Jim Kellogg family
SCTA Member Organization of the Year – Kiwanis Club of Santa Ana & Santa Ana Unified School District in partnership with First Serve Santa Ana
Service Award – Wheelchair Tennis – Lauren Haneke Hopps
Service Award – Junior Team Tennis – Debbie Mahdessian
Service Award – Competitive Junior Tennis – Kevin Pollock
Service Award – Grassroots Junior Tennis – Neil Johnson
Service Award – Tennis on Campus – Kelly Chan & Arjun Sarkar – Bruin Tennis Club
Service Award – Marketing Committee – Lisa Thomas
Service Award – Adult League Tennis – Gayle Hollenbaugh
Service Award – Community Tennis NJTL – Cheryl Olivas-Dieli & Lois Sczepaniak
Service Award – Coachella Valley – Gordon Zawtun
Service Award – Simi Valley – Suzi Aulicino

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2016 SCTA Year In Review http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/community-tennis/2016-scta-year-in-review/ http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/community-tennis/2016-scta-year-in-review/#respond Sun, 05 Feb 2017 19:31:46 +0000 http://southerncaliforniatennis.org/?p=11071 Read more »]]> The Year in Review is a great catalog of all the achievements that players, parents, coaches, officials, tournament directors, facility managers, volunteers, and staff have had in Southern California during 2016. Thank you! Tennis would not be what it is without each of you participating. You embody all the physical, mental and social benefits that are documented to flow from tennis.

Download The 2016 SCTA Year In Review

Download The 2016 SCTA Year In Review

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