Youth Tennis – Southern California Tennis News Tennis News, Events, Community Activities, Tournaments Fri, 17 Aug 2018 20:54:15 +0000 en-US hourly 1 GIRLS NATIONALS: Is there a SoCal match-up in the making? Thu, 09 Aug 2018 16:19:01 +0000 Read more »]]> There’s a glimmer of hope that a much anticipated semifinal match-up is on queue at the USTA Billie Jean King Girls Nationals in San Diego this week. With the Round of 16 scheduled for Thursday, both top seed Kayla Day and #4 seed Salma Ewing remain in the hunt for an 18s National title. The Southern California natives have a couple more hurdles to pass before a potential SoCal showdown in Saturday’s semifinals.

That’s not to say the path will be smooth and easy. On Wednesday, Santa Barbara’s Kayla Day struggled to gain momentum in the first set and trailed for most of it before escaping with a 7-5 win, and subsequently a straight set victory over fellow SoCal rep Camille Kiss. Next up for Day, the #11 seed Gabriella Price.

Ewing, on the other hand, cruised in her Round of 16 match with Michelle Sorokko (Eastern), a 6-2, 6-1 victory to set up today’s meeting with #10 Dalayna Hewitt (Midwest). Ewing won last week’s USTA SoCal Open Sectionals and has continued her exceptional play throughout the past two weeks on home turf. She also remains alive and well in 18s doubles action, with a R16 match slated for Thursday afternoon.

The last hope for SoCal in 16s competition fell on Wednesday, as Hina Inoue fought hard to reach a third set but was overcome in the end by Florida’s Elaine Chervisnky. Chervinsky also remains alive in 16s doubles, which resumes today as well.

Casie Wooten and her teammate India Houghton (NorCal) continue to excel in 16s doubles and will play in the quarterfinals late Thursday afternoon.

In 18s doubles, Taylor Johnson remains in the mix with her partner Elysia Bolton (Eastern), as does the tandem of Rena Lin/Julia Deming, who will meet the #3 seed Allen/Corley on Thursday.

Draws and live streaming video are available at the tournament website. Weekend semis and finals will air on the Tennis Channel beginning Saturday.

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GIRLS NATIONALS: Huntington’s Inoue fights on in 16s Wed, 08 Aug 2018 20:01:24 +0000 Read more »]]> A toasty week on court at Barnes Tennis Center hasn’t affected the quality of play at the 2018 USTA Billie Jean King Girls Nationals, which continues through the weekend in San Diego.

Top seed Kayla Day (Santa Barbara) made short work of her opponent on Tuesday, posting a 6-0, 6-0 victory in the 18s Round of 64. She next meets Camille Kiss (Redlands) in a SoCal showdown. Salma Ewing (Lakewood), winner at last weekend’s USTA SoCal Open Sectionals, has an appointment with Eastern’s Michelle Sorokko in the Round of 32, while Vivian Cheng (Santa Monica) faces Southern’s Chloe Beck. Rena Lin (Northridge) had a battle on her hands on Tuesday, facing second set elimination before locking down the three-setter to move on in the 18s bracket, meeting Florida’s Kacie Harvey on Wednesday.

SoCal’s Salma Ewing (USTA)

In Girls 16s, Hina Inoue (Huntington Beach) recovered from a second set drubbing to defeat Carmen Corley (Southwest) 6-4, 0-6, 6-3. She faces Florida’s Elaine Chervinsky in the Round of 16.

Both doubles brackets are well underway, with Casie Wooten (Torrance) keeping SoCal hopes alive in 16s. She remains in the hunt alongside teammate India Houghton (NorCal) in the Round of 16.

In 18s, the San Diego tandem of Julia Haynes & Amy Huang have a tough draw ahead, facing top seed Osuigwe/McNally in the next round. Taylor Johnson (Redondo Beach) and her partner Elisia Bolton (Eastern) meet a tandem of Charlottes, including Charlotte Chavatipon (Fullerton) and Florida’s Charlotte Owensby.

Also alive in the Round of 32 are Sophie McKenzie (Woodland Hills), Taylor Johnson, Vivian Cheng, Salma Ewing, Rena Lin & Julia Deming (Fallbrook), and Nicole Mossmer (La Jolla).

Draws and live streaming video are available at the tournament website, Weekend semis and finals will air on the Tennis Channel beginning Saturday.

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USTA BJK Girls Nationals highlights August SoCal Calendar Fri, 20 Jul 2018 20:03:11 +0000 Read more »]]>  

SAN DIEGO – (original publish July 19, 2018) – Cori Gauff, the current No. 1 ranked player in the International Tennis Federation junior rankings, is among the Girls’ 18s entries in the USTA Billie Jean King Girls’ 18s and 16s National Championships presented by adidas, scheduled for August 4-12, 2018 at the Barnes Tennis Center.

At 14 years and 4 months, Gauff, a resident of Delray Beach, Fla., is the youngest ever junior world No.1. Earlier this year she captured the French Open girls’ singles title with a thrilling 1-6, 6-3, 7-6 (1) victory over 16-year old Caty McNally of Cincinnati, who is also entered in next month’s tournament.

Other top entrants in the Girls’ 18s division include 16-year old Whitney Osuigwe of Bradenton, Fla., and 15-year old Alexa Noel of Summit, N.J. Osuigwe, currently the No. 2 ranked junior in the world behind Gauff, has been competing on the USTA Pro Circuit this year and is ranked No. 412 in the WTA singles rankings.  Noel, who was born in Scottsdale, Ariz., is currently No. 6 in the ITF junior rankings.

This past April, the USTA renamed the USTA Girls’ 16s & 18s National Championships to honor tennis icon Billie Jean King. Tournament officials have announced that King, a member of the International Tennis Hall of Fame, is scheduled to attend the final two days of the tournament.

“With the best junior tennis players coming from around the country to play in this event, we are anticipating an incredible week of high-level junior tennis,” said Tournament Director Lornie Kuhle. “All of these players have worked very hard to get into this national tournament. We encourage the local community to come watch and support these amazing young athletes.”

A strong group of local players is entered in this year’s tournament. Among the local entries is Nicole Mossmer of La Jolla, Calif., the 2016 USTA 16s National Champion, who is competing in the Girl’s 18s division this year and Elizabeth Goldsmith of Chula Vista, Calif., the 2017 CIF San Diego Section singles champion.

To view the current list of tournament competitors in the 16s and 18s divisions, please click here.

Over 400 of the top junior tennis players in the country, aged 16 and 18 and under, will compete for the title of National Champion, as well as a wild card entry into the Women’s Singles main draw of the 2018 US Open (for the 18s Champion) and a wild card into the 2018 US Open Junior Championships (for the 16s Champion).  The 18s Doubles Champions will also receive a wild card into the US Open Women’s Doubles main draw.

The Girls’ 16s event will begin on Saturday, Aug. 4 and conclude with the singles and doubles finals on Saturday Aug. 11. The Girls’ 18s tournament will get underway on Sunday, Aug. 5 and conclude with the 18s singles championship on Sunday, Aug. 12. Both divisions will feature 256-player singles draws with the top 32 players receiving a first-round bye. There will also be 128-team doubles draws with the top 16 teams getting first-round byes.

The starting time for each day of the tournament will be 9 a.m. (PDT). The Opening Ceremony for the USTA Billie Jean King National Girls’ 16s & 18s National Championships is scheduled for 5 p.m. (PDT) on Saturday, Aug. 4 at the Barnes Tennis Center. (Starting times subject to change)

Early-round tournament matches will also be played at San Diego State University’s Aztec Tennis Center, 5375 Remington Rd., San Diego, CA, 92115 and the Balboa Tennis Club, 2221 Morley Field Drive, San Diego, CA 92104 from Saturday, Aug. 4 through Wednesday, Aug. 8.

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

Tennis Channel will be broadcasting the final two days of the tournament so tune in for the semis and finals of the Girls 18s and the finals of the Girl’s 16s.

  • Saturday, August 11
    Girl’s 18s Singles Semifinals – 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. PDT (2 to 6 p.m. EDT)
    Girl’s 16s Singles Final – 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. PDT (7:30 to 9:30 p.m. EDT)
  • Sunday, August 12
    Girl’s 18s Singles Final – 1 to 3 p.m. PDT (4 to 6 p.m. EDT)

For additional information on the USTA Billie Jean King Girls’ 16s & 18s National Championships, please go to the tournament website at:

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Jr Tennis: Bryan Bros. Doubles Race Heating Up Fri, 20 Jul 2018 18:32:55 +0000 Read more »]]> Doubles tennis is alive and well in Southern California! We are currently halfway through the 2018 race for the coveted Bryan Bros. Doubles Trophy. For those who have not yet taken part, there is still plenty of time for junior competitors to find a partner and enter the Race. Make a run at the Cup!

Here are the current leaders in each age division:

Boys 10 (tie) Jun Dilmaghanian/Stephen Mantial  and  Sebastian Cressi/Andrew Johnson
Boys 12 Kaveh Brian Taheri/Derek Shiffer
Boys 14 Brian Guilherme/Maximilian Wuelfing
Boys 16 Matthew Feng/ Jinta Sasamori
Boys 18 Matthew Poh/Kyle Sillman
Girls 10 Kylie Liu/ Julieta Pareja
Girls 12 Kate Fakih/Olivia Center
Girls 14 Sarah MacCallum/Anotonia Pareja
Girls 16 Sara Beckman/Olivia Madarang
Girls 18 Lauren Ko/Amanda Chan

Get Your Name on the Cup!


Early Development Camps throughout Southern California

Are you a player in Youth Progression (10 and Under Orange or Green Ball) then this is your perfect opportunity to work with some of the best coaches from USTA National and our Section. This also gives you a great opportunity to gain valuable Youth Progression Points in one weekend. There is a camp on day one and a tournament to follow on day two. Coaching, Philosophy, Parent Education and Competition are all connected at these Premier Camps. Find the flyer at under Youth Progression or in the slider of the junior webpage.

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Tournament Spotlights July & August 2018 Wed, 27 Jun 2018 06:09:56 +0000 Read more »]]> Southern California Open Sectional Championships (TennisLink #651751318)

This high-level event offers the Men’s Singles, Women’s Singles, Men’s Doubles, Women’s Doubles and Mixed Doubles in the Open Division. Prize money will be offered based on draw sizes. Come out to Lakewood Tennis Center and watch some of the best tennis Southern California has to offer. Event begins July 30, through August 5.

Mary Brymer Memorial Level 2 (TennisLink #650045518)

Mary Louise Brymer Memorial Scholarship Foundation was established in January 2015 after the passing of Mary Brymer. She ran The Tennis Club At Woodbridge with her husband Chuck Brymer for over 25 years. She was a great ambassador to the sport and her passion not only for the game of Tennis but for all the players she came in contact with was unparalleled. Named in her honor, this USTA sanctioned event comes to Irvine on July 14-15, 21-23 at the Woodbridge Tennis Club. All junior age divisions will compete in singles and doubles. Entries are due by by July 6th. The event is open to USTA members.

Billie Jean King Girls National Championships presented by adidas (TennisLink # 650001918)

This prestigious event takes the name of a Southern California tennis legend for the first time in 2018. Girls 16s and 18s will compete at Barnes Tennis Center in San Diego beginning August 4. Tournament winners earn the title “National Champion” and receive an automatic wild card entry in the main draw of the US Open (18s) and Junior US Open (16s) beginning in August. USTA Pro Circuit wild card berths are also distributed.


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When School’s Out, Camp’s In! Wed, 27 Jun 2018 06:00:06 +0000 Read more »]]> The SCTA’s TGA Premier Tennis program (TGA SFV) has just wrapped up its fourth full year of after-school enrichment on Pre-K-12th grade LAUSD and private school campuses throughout the San Fernando Valley.

The program continued to grow with over 1200 registrations at 40 schools in the 2017-2018 school year!

Highlights from the school year include:

  • 1st 10U Orange Ball team comprised of students from multiple TGA SFV schools competed in the USTA Junior Team Tennis spring season
  • USTA Diversity and Inclusion grant awarded to the TGA SFV management team to facilitate after school tennis enrichment for grades K-8 and start a high school tennis team program at Valley Alternative School in Van Nuys.
  • Adaptive tennis classes introduced at the Lull School in Encino to work with students physically and cognitively challenged
  • TGA SFV Head Coach Will Mauriz awarded 2017 TGA Coach of the Year
  • Net Generation – TGA Youth Sports Festival at Serrania Charter School
  • Net Generation PE Grants awarded to TGA SFV schools

Now that school is out, TGA SFV Tennis camps are in full swing on court and in local day camps! Our 5th Back to School season begins in August. If you would like TGA Premier Tennis after school enrichment on your school campus, let us know! Contact Nancy Abrams:

In addition, we are hiring part time coaches for after school hours August-June. For more information and to apply, visit:

The national TGA Premier Sports programs are impacting youth nationwide through after-school enrichment programs that combine learning lifetime sports with academics and life skills. The Southern California Tennis Association owns and manages TGA Premier Tennis of the San Fernando Valley.

TGA Premier Tennis programs in Los Angeles, the Conejo Valley and the Beach Cities offer tennis through after school enrichment programs and seasonal camps.

To learn more about TGA Premier Tennis Camps in Southern California, visit:


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JUNIORS: Begin, Progress, Succeed Wed, 27 Jun 2018 05:50:43 +0000 Read more »]]> Henry Ford once said, “Coming Together is the beginning. Keeping Together is progress.

Working Together is success.” At USTA Southern California, the beginning of summer always reflects TEAM.

We have just completed the Sectional Championships for JTT in Orange County with 70+ Teams and 700+ players, along with the Area League Championships for Orange County.

The CTC Cup is back in the hands of South Bay for the first time since 1992 – congratulations to Oliver Messerli and his team. The Inaugural Friendship Cup took place at the beautiful Nellie Gail Tennis Club and crowned the 16s Champions (SoCal Smashers) and 18s winners (Aceholes).

The TEAM theme rolls along as we have just announced our two Intersectional Teams that will represent us in TEAM play in Auburn, Alabama for the Boys and Girls 14s, to be coached by Gary Victor and Trevor Kronemann. Playing for Team SoCal will be Hudson Rivera, Sean Daryabeigi, Marcus Sebastian, Lawee Sheriff, Cindy Ung, Phoebe Peus, Midori Castillo and Katherine Nguyen.

The Boys and Girls 16s Team will compete in Shreveport, Louisiana and will be led by Coach Dave Nowick. The SoCal TEAM roster includes Matthew Sah, Bryan Kulikov, Alex Petrov, Zachary Svajda, Anne Lutkemeyer, Justine Dondonay, Rebecca Lynn and Casie Wooten.

The Boys and Girls 18s teams that will compete in Champaign, Ill. and Claremont, Calif. in July will be rounded out as we wrap up our 116th rendition of the Southern California Sectionals. These teams are the defending Champions and will look to build on this momentum into the Individual National Championships.

Hope you are having a great summer and playing a lot of Tennis. Happy 4th of July to All!

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The 116th SCTA Junior Sectionals – Results Tue, 26 Jun 2018 18:06:00 +0000 Read more »]]> The 116th Annual SCTA Junior Sectionals concluded in Fountain Valley on Monday, featuring some dominant performances and a few see-saw battles that exemplify the quality of junior tennis in Southern California.

Taylor Johnson, the top seed in Girls 18s, will head to UCLA this fall with her final junior championship after toppling (5) Kimberly Hance of Torrance in straight sets, 6-1, 6-3. Johnson, of Redondo Beach, Calif., is the region’s top ranked junior and rates second in the nation as she joins the Bruins.

Siem Woldeab (La Mesa Courier/Karen Ronney)

Siem Woldeab had a week to remember, undefeated in both singles and doubles after hoisting championship trophies in both competitions. In singles, the top seed Woldeab defeated (5) Omni Kumar of Irvine in straight sets, 6-4, 6-2. Alongside San Diego’s Eshan Talluri in Boys’ 18s doubles action, Woldeab collected his second hardware with a finals win over Matthew Poh & Kyle Sillman, 4-6, 6-3, 10-1. The La Mesa junior will enter his senior year at Helix High School in the top 5 among national collegiate recruits.

In Girls 12s, Rancho Cucamonga’s Carla Pacot (1) dropped only seven games headed into the championship final against (5) Emily Deming of Fallbrook. A heavy favorite after tallying a 6-0 set in each of her previous matches, Pacot was pressed by Deming but ultimately continued her win streak with a 7-6, 6-3 victory.

Other winning top seeds included Maxi Duncan (G16s) over Justine Dondonay, Timothy Li (B16s) over Takeyasu Sekiguchi, Calissa Dellabarca (G14s) in three sets over Amanda Perez, and Steve Nguyen (B12s) over Tyler Li.

Santa Barbara’s Masato Perera (3) was victorious over Woodland Hills’ Marcus Sebastian (5) in Boys 14s in a three set thriller, 7-6, 2-6, 6-2.

The Girls 10s final saw Mikayla Hickman triumph over Julieta Pareja (7-6, 6-3), and in Boys 10s, Rishvanth Krishna defeated Alexander Basamakov (6-1, 6-2) for the win.

With the top seed upended in the quarterfinals, (2) Amanda Chan & Britt Pursell emerged in Girls 18s doubles with a win over Michele Deng & Dominique Stone, 6-3, 7-6.


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Claremont junior exemplifies sportsmanship at Sectionals Tue, 26 Jun 2018 16:02:35 +0000 Read more »]]> 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 simple as punctuality. In the case of Christian Settles, an 18-year old playing in his final junior-level tournament, pure sportsmanship was on display.

Claremont’s Christian Settles

At the 116th SCTA Junior Sectionals in Fountain Valley, Settles notched two wins in the Boys 18s singles qualifying rounds to advance into the main draw. With a loss in the Round of 64, he shifted to the consolation bracket, and in his first match Settles was in full control. Having secured the first set, Settles broke out to a quick lead and commanded the second set at 5-1, on his way to victory and into the next round.

But the young man from Claremont knew that this was his last day on court. A game away from victory, Settles conceded the match.

“I played the match knowing I wasn’t going to be able to play the next round if I won,” Settles recalls. Due to his schedule, he was to leave Sectionals later that night. Earning the victory would mean he would default the following match, but giving up his current match with Temecula’s Donovan Livov would allow Livov to move on and play more tennis.

“He was pretty confused at first,” Settles says of his unsuspecting opponent. “I explained that I was leaving that night and wouldn’t be able to play and I’d rather give him a chance. I wanted to give my opponent a chance to win.”

Livov played 34 more games, winning his second round consolation match convincingly before bowing out in his subsequent match.

Settles, on the other hand, is on the verge of turning 19 years old and was wrapping up his junior tennis career with an impressive act of sportsmanship. He’ll play for Trinity University in San Antonio beginning this fall.

“Ultimately,” Settles says, “I chose to do it because I knew if I was in his position, I would appreciate it.”

Find complete results from Junior Sectionals here.

Check out SCTA’s “Sportsmanship Is…” excerpts at our YouTube page.

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Jr Secs: Trophy Day at Los Caballeros on Monday Mon, 25 Jun 2018 16:43:12 +0000 Read more »]]> Here is today’s line-up for USTA Southern California Junior Sectionals at Los Caballeros Racquet and Sports Club:

Girls 18s: Taylor Johnson (1) vs. Kimberly Hance (5)
Boys 18s: Siem Woldeab (1) vs. Omni Kumar (5)

Girls 16s: Maxi Duncan (1) vs. Justine Dondonay (3)
Boys 16s: Timothy Li (1) vs. Takeyasu Sekiguchi (2)

Girls 14s: Calissa Dellabarca (1) vs. Amanda Perez (4)
Boys 14s: Marcus Sebastian (5) vs. Masato Perera (3)

Girls 12s: Carla Pacot (1) vs. Emily Deming (5)
Boys 12s: Steve Nguyen (1) vs. Tyler Li (9)

Girls 10s Final: Mikayla Hickman d. Julieta Pareja (7-6, 6-3)
Boys 10s Final: Rishvanth Krishna d. Alexander Basamakov (6-1, 6-2)

Matches begin at 10am. See the full schedule, brackets, and results here.

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Finales on the horizon at Sunday’s Junior Sectionals Sun, 24 Jun 2018 03:56:55 +0000 Read more »]]> Here’s a look ahead to Sunday’s competition at the 2018 Junior Sectionals!

In Girls 18s, top seed Taylor Johnson looks to continue an impressive week of play when she meets Elizabeth Goldsmith in Sunday’s semifinal (10am, Los Caballeros). Neither player has dropped a set headed into tomorrow’s matchup. Rena Lin and Kimberly Hance will lock up in the other semifinal (10am), and the finalists will meet in a 12pm finale on Monday.

In Boys 18s, number one seed Siem Woldeab meets Matthew Tsolakyan (10am) in the first semifinal. Tsolakyan escaped a three set challenge in the quarterfinal to advance, while Woldeab has yet to lose a set. Jake Pulliam also emerged from a three set marathon in the quarters, and will meet Omni Kumar in the other semifinal (10am).

In Girls 16s, top seed Maxi Duncan has yet to lose more than two games in a set this week. She faces (5) Jordyn McBride (12pm) in the first semifinal. Justine Dondonay, the #3 seed, meets unseeded Kaia Wolfe in the second semi.

In Boys 16s, (1) Timothy Li was dominant in his quarterfinal, losing only one game. He faces Johnny Zisette at noon on Sunday. The #2 and #3 seeds battle it out in the other semifinal (12pm), a match-up of (2) Takeyasu Sekiguchi and (3) Renaud Lefevre.

Girls 14s are right on target, with the top four seeds advancing to the penultimate round. Calissa Dellabarca, the top seed, meets (3) Madeleine Jessup in the first semifinal. Dellabarca has blanked each of her opponents in at least one set throughout the tournament. Kaila Barksdale (2) and Amanda Perez (4) face off in the other semi. Both are slated for 12pm Sunday.

Based on the unique seeding process, there are three (5) slotted players in the Boys 14s semifinals. The first, Marcus Sebastian, scored an impressive upset of top-seed Sean Daryabeigi in the quarterfinals. The win set up a battle of the Sebastians on Sunday, when he faces Sebastian Gorzny. Masato Perera, the #3 seed, meets (5) Rithvik Krishna in the other semi, both at 12pm.

Carla Pacot, the Girls 12s number one seed, has also notched a 6-0 set in each of her Sectionals matches this week and is a heavy favorite headed into Sunday. On the Boys’ side, Steve Nguyen is among the four semifinalists who have yet to drop a set in the tournament so far.

In the 10s division, Alexander Basamakov meets Rishvanth Krishna at 2pm Sunday in the Boys’ final. Mikayla Hickman meets Julieta Pareja in the Girls 10s finale.

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USTA Net Generation Community Tennis Workshop Inspires San Diego Coaches Fri, 22 Jun 2018 21:31:55 +0000 Read more »]]>

Fun and fantastic tennis happened in San Diego with its first ever USTA Net Generation Community Tennis Workshop in that area. The event was hosted by USTA Southern California and it was enjoyed by about 20 coaches at Rancho Penasquitos Tennis Center, a beautiful 12 court facility nestled in the green hills of North San Diego County.

The USTA’s Net Generation brand of youth tennis included a community progression of skills, fitness and game-based learning that blended fun with sport development. The workshop was designed to assist coaches from clubs, organizations and National Junior Tennis & Learning chapters in San Diego.

“This was great for veteran pros as well as beginning NJTL coaches,” said PTR Coach Jenny Hinrichs, the Head NJTL Pro at Murphy Canyon Recreation Center in San Diego. “The games and activities are easy to do and this workshop gave us a step by step plan.”

In addition, many veteran USPTA and PTR Certified teaching professionals attended the training to learn more about Net Generation tennis.“I’ve been to many of these trainings but there is always something new to pick up,” said USPTA and PTR certified Coach Lois Sczepaniak, the Head NJTL Coach for the East County Community Tennis Association.

Cheryll Olivas-Dieli, the director of the NJTL Barona Indian Reservation tennis, found value in racket and ball games as well as the athletic development component.

“It’s really important to help young players be more athletic,” said Olivas-Dieli. “I love the Net Generation program because it achieves that goal while having a lot of fun.”

The training was led by SCTA Tennis Service Representative Karen Ronney, a USPTA and PTR certified pro and former USTA 10-and-Under Faculty member. Rancho Penasquitos Tennis Center and its staff hosted the event and donated court time for the USTA Net Generation Community Tennis Training. For more information on Net Generation tennis,  go to



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Friday’s Latest from Junior Sectionals Fri, 22 Jun 2018 16:52:41 +0000 Read more »]]> Here’s an update on action from #SCTA #JuniorSectionals ongoing this week in Orange County:

The Boys 18s doubles final (Sun., 2pm, Los Caballeros) will feature the #2 and #4 seeded teams after both advanced to the final on Thursday. The #2 seed Eshan Talluri (San Diego) and Siem Woldeab (La Mesa) advanced in straight sets, while the #4 tandem of Matthew Poh & Kyle Sillman (both of Manhattan Beach) reached an overtime thriller to reach Sunday’s finale.

An upset in Boys 16s saw unseeded Kevin Liu (Rancho Palos Verdes) race to a 6-2, 6-0 win over (5) Nathan Kwon (Bakersfield). Another #5 seed, Ilya Bolotsky of Camarillo, fell in three sets to Ventura’s Yovraj Narang, 7-6, 1-6, 6-2.

In Girls 12s, Rebecca Kong (San Diego) notched an upset win over (5) Natalia Mochernak of Del Mar, 6-4, 6-4, to advance to the Round of 16. The top seed, Carla Pacot of Rancho Cucamonga, advanced in straight sets.

Match of the Day in Boys 12s featured (9) Tyler Li (La Jolla) remaining in the hunt after a 6-3, 6-7, 7-5 marathon win over Verdugo City’s Alex Galstyan. The #1 seed Steve Nguyen (Anaheim) also advanced with a routine straight set victory.

Play continues through the weekend at Los Caballeros Racquet & Sports Club in Fountain Valley, and surrounding facilities. Click here for full results and brackets.

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Thursday’s Latest from Junior Sectionals Thu, 21 Jun 2018 19:27:27 +0000 Read more »]]> The latest from SCTA’s Junior Sectionals, held this week in Orange County:

As early rounds kick off at Los Caballeros Racquet & Sports Club and surrounding locations, seeded players were dominant following a day of lopsided play, yet there were a few surprises in early round action.

In Girls 18s, Michele Deng (Temple City) scored an upset over her accomplished opponent, rebounding after dropping the opening set for a 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 win over Anne Lutkemeyer of Irvine. In the same division, both Rena Lin (Northridge) and Britt Pursell (Oceanside) rolled off twelve straight games to win 6-0, 6-0 in their opening round match. Top seeded Taylor Johnson (Redondo Beach) won in a routine straight sets, 6-0, 6-1 over Aniya Holloway (Chino Hills).

In Boys 16s, top seed Timothy Li (Valley Village) dropped only one game in a 6-1, 6-0 victory.

Two seeded players were upended in Boys 18s, including Mitchell Davis (Encinitas) over Henry Lovett (6-3, 6-4) and Kyler Jirasook (Walnut) over Los Angeles’ Diego Huttepain (3-6, 6-3, 6-4).

In Boys Doubles, the top seeded tandem of Fullerton’s Eric Hahn & Jack Pulliam (Manhattan Beach) were upended in the quarterfinals by Benjamin Gollin (Solana Beach) & Matthew Tsolakyan (Glendale) in a third set tiebreaker before being eliminated by (4) Poe/Sillman.

Julia Deming (Fallbrook) & Rena Lin, the top seeds in Girls doubles, put up a fight in their opening match tiebreaker but were ousted by Bendetti/Dunkle in a 14-12 final set.

Play continues today through June 25. Find brackets and results here.

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SoCal Junior Sectionals Underway in O.C. Tue, 19 Jun 2018 18:36:51 +0000 Read more »]]> The largest annual junior competition in the United States, USTA Southern California’s Junior Sectionals kick off this week with qualifying rounds at Los Caballeros Racquet and Sports Club in Fountain Valley, and throughout Orange County.

Players between the age of 10 and 18 will compete in open singles and doubles, in addition to green ball play for youngsters 10 and under. More than 900 players are registered for the competition, which kicks off June 16-18 and continues June 20-25.

Isabella Pimentel, G12s Sportsmanship winner (right)

Among the main draw players to watch is Taylor Johnson (Girls 18s) of Redondo Beach, Calif. Johnson, who has committed to the UCLA Bruins in 2019, is the top junior player in her division throughout Southern California, and ranked second among nationwide recruits. In 2016, she was a USTA National 16s champion.

Irvine’s Maxi Duncan will compete in Girls 16s as a rising Class of 2021 recruit. Other players to watch include La Mesa’s Siem Woldeab (Boys 18s) and Ojai’s Takeyasu Sekiguchi (Boys 16s).

More than 400 matches are completed in qualifying rounds, where Thousand Oaks’ Roshan Santhosh notched a big upset of the Boys 10s top seed to earn a semifinal berth and Player of the Day honors. Camarillo’s Hana McKinney was also a Player of the Day in Girls 14s.

Saturday’s Players of the Day were Thea Frodin of Woodland Hills (Girls 10s) and Tane Rice of Studio City (Boys 10s).

Main draw play opens on Wednesday, with a total of 772 matches scheduled throughout six sites.

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USTA Girls Nationals Headed to San Diego Thu, 14 Jun 2018 18:36:21 +0000 Read more »]]> A familiar name will ring through the crowd at this year’s USTA National Girls 18s & 16s Championships, scheduled to begin August 4 at Barnes Tennis Center in San Diego. The event, which dates back to the early 1900s, will now be known as the Billie Jean King Girls 18s and 16s Nationals.

Billie Jean King, seen here in 1977, learned to play tennis on the public courts near her Long Beach, Calif., home.

San Diego has hosted the championships since 1990, a who’s who of women’s tennis lore that includes past champions Chris Evert, Tracy Austin, Lindsay Davenport, and Jennifer Capriati. Kayla Day (Santa Barbara) and Ashley Kratzer (Newport Beach) are most recent winners in the 18s division.

The Billie Jean King Girls Nationals, presented by adidas, is a prestigious event that comes with a valuable attribute. Tournament winners earn the title “National Champion” and receive an automatic wild card entry in the main draw of the US Open (18s) and Junior US Open (16s) beginning in August. USTA Pro Circuit wild card berths are also distributed.

The tournament also acknowledges the winner of the Maureen Connolly Brinker award for the most outstanding player during the season.

Matches begin Saturday, August 4 at 10am and continue through August 12. To view the full schedule, visit

“I’m honored to be part of these junior championships and support the goals and dreams of these players on and off the court,” said King upon the announcement of the renaming. Her name will also be added to the Intersectional Team Championships in 2019.

“Billie has devoted her life to promoting tennis and ensuring that our sport is welcoming to all,” said Katrina Adams, USTA Chairman of the Board and President. “Both of these events epitomize what she stands for – excellence, team play and gender equality. We are honored to have her name associated with both these great events.”

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Junior Team Tennis heads to Irvine for Championships Wed, 30 May 2018 19:32:41 +0000 Read more »]]> If you’ve never considered tennis to be a team sport, be sure to spend some time at this weekend’s Junior Team Tennis (JTT) Spring Section Championships, where more than 650 players will comprise 88 teams in a two-day USTA sanctioned competition.

The largest contingent of players will come from Orange County, which boasts 23 teams under area league coordinator Heidi Stryker. Orange County has the largest Junior Team Tennis program in Southern California.

This year, the event will be centered at Great Park Sports Complex in Irvine, a sprawling new facility that once served as a US Marine Air Station. Under the direction of City of Irvine Tennis Coordinator Steve Riggs, the Great Park tennis complex includes 24 lighted courts and an additional showcase court, and is home to the Brymer Lewis Tennis Academy. Great Park also includes soccer, volleyball, and various other recreational areas.

The JTT Section Championships (8am-6pm Saturday/Sunday) will play at Great Park, Heritage Park, David Sills Lower Peters Canyon Park, and the Tennis Club of Newport Beach. All tournament sites are free and open to the public.

The event will also feature an Orange Ball Invitational. Orange Ball is a component of the USTA Youth Progression model that incorporates red, orange, and green balls based on a junior player’s emerging skill and development.



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JUNIOR TENNIS: Early Development Camps and Youth Progression Mon, 21 May 2018 16:40:17 +0000 Read more »]]>

It’s that time again where Early Development Camps (EDC) are starting up! If your son or daughter is between 7-10 years old and playing tennis on a regular basis with the Orange or Green Ball, then they need to register for the Early Development Camps. The Camps are designed for players to learn athletic and technical skills, game development, tactics, and participate in junior match play. The EDC camps are a great way for players to learn from the best and have fun!

This year the EDC camps will be back to back days. The price for the 2-day Camp will be $85. Instruction will be on the first day and a match play tournament, with multiple opponents will be held the following day. You are able to register via USTA TennisLink.

Players will earn participation stars towards their Youth Progression. Each player will earn 5 stars, which is equivalent to 250 points, for completing the 2 day camp. They will also receive 4 Stars and a possible 4 more for winning the tournament portion or 3 for being finalists. As an added bonus there will be a Grand Prix Level 5 Tournament for Green Dot and a Grand Prix Orange Ball Tournament held in November at the USTA Training Center in Carson. Players will be selected by the coaches to participate in the Grand Prix where players will also earn stars and/or trophies towards their Youth Progression. Please note that the ratio of players to coaches is limited, and that curriculum is designed by the USTA High Performance Player Development team.

Orange Ball and Green Ball Camps return again this year. The Camps will be held at Santa Monica High School, Braemar Country Club, and Claremont Tennis Club, with plans formulating to host camps in the San Diego (TBA) area as well. These camps will be run by some of the best coaches in Southern California, including USTA High Performance Faculty Coaches James Ireland, Sue Pendo, Barry Friedman, Debbie Mahdessian, and Darren Richer. We look forward to seeing you out at the courts for these events!

For further information, please contact Meg Broccolo at or Trevor Kronemann at


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Festival brings array of sports to Net Generation kids Mon, 21 May 2018 16:28:23 +0000 Read more »]]> The Net Generation Youth Sports Festival at Serrania Charter Elementary School on Saturday, May 19 was a collaboration between the Southern California Tennis Association, TGA Premier Sports, Metamorphisuqe Cheer, and Friends of Serrania. Over 200 kids and parents participated in tennis, golf, cheer, lacrosse, volleyball, and ultimate Frisbee station activities facilitated by TGA coaches on the Serrania campus in Woodland Hills.

Los Angeles Unified School District Board Vice President Nick Melvoin stopped by to participate in the activities and challenge SCTA/TGA’s very own Amy Feder to a red ball tennis match on the “Net Generation 36’ Stadium Court”!

In addition to receiving a USTA Net Generation PE tennis grant this school year, Serrania’s principal Luis Alvarado was presented at the festival with playground equipment from Play It Forward, a local non-profit that supports play and PE in schools with sports equipment grants.

Young participants were rewarded for completing each sports station activity with prizes. Two lucky athletes won a week each of SCTA/TGA’s Premier Tennis Summer Camp in the San Fernando Valley.

The national TGA Premier Sports programs are impacting youth nationwide through their after-school enrichment programs that combine learning lifetime sports with academics and life skills. The Southern California Tennis Association owns and manages TGA Premier Tennis of the San Fernando Valley.

TGA Premier Tennis programs in Los Angeles, the Conejo Valley and the Beach Cities offer tennis, golf, lacrosse, flag football, floor hockey, ultimate and cheer through after school enrichment programs and seasonal camps.

If you would like TGA Premier Tennis after school enrichment on your school campus, let us know! Contact Nancy Abrams:

For more information about Play It Forward, visit:

Images: Bruce Abrams


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FREE Net Generation Youth Sports Festival on May 19 Wed, 02 May 2018 21:57:01 +0000 Read more »]]> USTA Southern California in partnership with TGA Premier Sports and Friends of Serrania presents the FREE USTA Net Generation Youth Sports Festival, Saturday, May 19th from 2:00p-4:00p at Serrania Charter Elementary School in Woodland Hills.

Let your young athletes (and YOU) try their hands at tennis, volleyball, golf, lacrosse, cheerleading & ultimate disc all in ONE location. Certified coaches and equipment will be ready for all ages to experience the joy of fitness and play!

Be sure to stop by our information booths to learn more about afterschool enrichment, summer camp opportunities and your chance to win a week of camp or sports gear!

To register, click here to visit the Eventbrite site. This event is FREE but registration is requested.

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A-MAZE-ing! At long last, SoCal juniors wrestle Cup from NorCal Tue, 24 Apr 2018 21:56:10 +0000 Read more »]]> The last time Team SoCal won the Maze Cup – a longstanding team competition between Northern and Southern California – the roster included names like Brandon Holt and Jada Hart. While those players moved on to become collegiate stars as USC and UCLA respectively, the Maze Cup has eluded SoCal ever since. But this year’s meeting at Berkeley Tennis Club was an opportunity for redemption. TeamSoCal had been denied over the last two years, and four of the last five years, in their yearly showdown with their peers from the North. This spring, however, a SoCal team of 16-18 year old boys and girls won bragging rights and carried the 45h Annual Maze Cup back to the southland.

That’s not to say that NorCal didn’t put up a fight. In fact, the final cumulative point total found both teams tied at 10 points apiece. In the end, a mixed doubled tiebreaker was all that stood between the evenly matched teams, and SoCal espcated with a 10-8 tiebreak win and sole possession of the Maze Cup trophy.

“The kids appreciate the history that is Maze Cup,” said Trevor Kronemann, SCTA Director of Junior Tennis and one of the Maze team coaches. “They see their names engraved on the trophy right next to the likes of Pete Sampras, Lindsay Davenport, and Rick Leach, among many other professional greats of the game.

Named after George Maze, Sr., a tireless volunteer for both the Southern California Tennis Association and Northern California Tennis Association, The Maze Cup has seen participants go on to enjoy storied professional tennis careers, including Pete Sampras, Lindsay Davenport, and Michael Chang. SCTA Board members Chris Lewis and Marianne Werdel both competed in the Maze Cup as junior competitors.

In 2018, Team SoCal featured a squad comprised of winners from both the Henry Talbert Tournament and Fullerton Tournament, along with two players selected by the Section. The winning roster included Anne Lutkemeyer, Justine Dondonay, Kimmie Hance, Anessa Lee, Charlotte Chavatipon, Stefan Dostanic, Eric Hahn, Bryan Kulikov, Zachary Svajda, and Alex Petrov.

“Considering we had lost the last two, and four of the last five (Maze Cup events),” Kronemann said, “everyone went in with the thought of bringing the cup back to Southern California.”

And that’s exactly what they did.



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Tournament Spotlights Spring 2018 Fri, 20 Apr 2018 18:53:52 +0000 Read more »]]> Adult Tennis Tournaments

Sanctioned by the USTA in San Diego, the Hendrickson Wheelchair Classic returns for the 19th year on May 19-20 at Balboa Tennis Club. Eighteen different divisions (Open/A/B/C) will compete including Men’s and Women’s singles and doubles, plus Quad singles and doubles. Entries are due by May 13. The event is open to USTA members. For complete information via USTA TennisLink (Tournament #650004318) or click here.

The USTA National Senior, Super Sr., Ultra Sr. Father / Son & Mother / Daughter Hard Court Championships will be held June 8-10 at Claremont Mudd Scripps Colleges in Claremont, Calif. Six different divisions (with age guidelines) will combine parents and their children in competitive national competition. Entry to this tournament is open to all USTA members and must be submitted by Sunday, June 3. For complete information, visit USTA TennisLink (Tourn. ID #651768218) or click here.


Junior Tennis Tournaments

Junior Team Tennis will hold its Spring Sectional Championships at the Great Park in Irvine (and throughout Orange County) on June 2-3. SoCal’s brightest young talents will compete at various levels. For more information, contact Junior Team Tennis Manager Ken Grassel at



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