Southern California Tennis News Tennis News, Events, Community Activities, Tournaments Thu, 22 Feb 2018 23:15:06 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Pro Circuit: Muhammad into quarters at Morgan Run Thu, 22 Feb 2018 21:31:14 +0000 Read more »]]>

Long Beach native Asia Muhammad

Like the celebrated American Fed Cup champion CoCo Vandeweghe, Long Beach native Asia Muhammad comes from a sporting family. Her brother Shabazz is a first round NBA draft pick who plays in Minnesota, and her uncle Stephone Paige is a former NFL receiver. Now a decade into her professional career, Asia holds two WTA doubles titles and four ITF singles trophies. This week at Rancho Santa Fe for the USTA Pro Circuit Morgan Run Women’s Open, Muhammad has kicked into high gear with two convincing main draw victories over talented opponents.

This morning, the World #275 Muhammad edged fellow American Caroline Dolehide in three sets, 6-7, 6-3, 6-2, after dispatching #6 seed Su Jeong Jang of Korea in the opening round. Muhammad will now face American Victoria Duval (World #212) in the quarterfinals at Morgan Run.

#8 seed Kayla Day (Santa Barbara) was upset in her opening match against qualifier former Pepperdine star Lorraine Guillermo (Walnut, Calif.), 6-3, 7-6(5), while Robin Anderson (UCLA), Julia Boserup (Newport Beach), and Claire Liu (Thousand Oaks) also met early exits.

Don’t count out Danielle Lao (Arcadia), who defeated #5 Yanina Wickmayer (BEL) in straight sets. The former USC Trojan faces Bulgarian Elitsa Kostova in the second round. Kostova eliminated Pepperdine’s Ashley Lahey (Hawthorne) on Wednesday.

This afternoon, top doubles seeds Sabrina Santamaria (USC) & Kaitlyn Christian (Orange, Calif.) face DiLorenzo/McNally in tandem action. Interestingly, Christian acted as Emma Stone’s body double portraying Billie Jean King in last year’s feature film, Battle of the Sexes.

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Richards a Valued Member of Tennis Community Thu, 22 Feb 2018 15:06:31 +0000 Read more »]]> Teaching Pro Spotlight: Jeff Richards

If one were to look back at the past Sunset Hills Country Club past Singles Club Championship results from the mid to late 1970s, you’d find one final at the Thousand Oaks club that ended in a default.

Long-time Calabasas Tennis & Swim Center teaching pro Jeff Richards would be the one on the losing end of that final, as the runner-up that year was innocently caught for not actually being a club member, one of the requirements to participate in the club championships.

As Richards tells it, his father neglected to tell anyone that he had cancelled the family membership to the club. A clueless Richards kept on playing for up to two years and made his finals run to the annual Club Championships while in his early 20s. When his entry fee was charged to his membership account that was no longer, the tournament director was notified and Richards was defaulted from the final.

Jeff Richards with Frances Tiafoe.

“No one had any idea my father had cancelled our membership,” Richards says with a laugh. “They made me default the final and I had everyone coming out to watch. I still collected my trophy, but it was a total scandal at the club for some time.”

Richards previously worked at Braemar Country Club in Encino for 14 years before moving over to Calabasas Tennis & Swim 13 years ago this June.

Before that, Richards taught for the Conejo Recreation and Parks District and was the first director of tennis when the City of Agoura Hills incorporated in the middle 1980s with Richards starting the first public tennis programming for the City at Agoura High School.

Richards moved to Thousand Oaks in the Conejo Valley when he was just 12 years old when his father got a job transfer from Huntsville, Ala., where he had taken up the game of tennis on the clay courts two years earlier.

He played No. 2 for Newbury Park High School and alongside former USC star Sean Brawley, and moved up to No. 1 when Brawley left Newbury Park for Villanova after his freshman year.

Richards played for Moorpark College and even served a one-year stint as the Thousand Oaks High boys’ tennis coach in 1986.

Richards at one point held his painter’s contractors’ license, and said being good at tennis helped him make connections with high-end real estate agents who would hire him to paint homes they were looking to sell quickly.

“Playing a proficient game of tennis really opens up a lot of doors,” said Richards, who added that finding a girlfriend was another motivation to keep him playing tennis. “I remember going up to The Ojai and playing the high school divisions and I noticed all the Pac-8 players had these gorgeous girlfriends. Finding a girlfriend was one of my motivations in becoming good at tennis and wanting to be a tennis pro.”

Richards says he has seen a lot of changes in the game over the years. “There is more focus on league play over tournaments,” he said. “And with the advent of super slow motion, you could see things in players’ games that you would not normally see. The open stance is so much part of the game now. And even the service motion has changed. You no longer just do a service motion because your body does it naturally that way.”

He added: “The kids have gotten smarter. They are able to visualize what you are saying better than they used to.”

Richards says now that he’s older, he appreciates that teaching tennis has kept him fitter than the average guy sitting in his office all day behind a computer. “As I get a little bit older I realize it’s pretty cool to have a job where I can run around for two or three hours and not be tired,” he said. “Not a lot of people can say that.”

Richards will once again help run the popular Calabasas USTA Pro Circuit Futures tournament in March. “Australian Open quarterfinalist Tennys Sandgren won it three years, and we’ve had Ryan Harrison, Donald Young and Frances Tiafoe play here,” Richards said. “If you reach the finals of our tournament, you will be seeing those same players on T.V. as tomorrow’s stars.”

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Level the Playing Field Wed, 21 Feb 2018 20:58:56 +0000

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UCLA Takes TOC Section Championship Tue, 20 Feb 2018 18:53:48 +0000 Read more »]]> At USTA Southern California, Assistant Director of Adult Tennis Madeline Segura is the face of Tennis On Campus. After a raucous weekend in San Diego for this year’s Sectionals, Madeline found time to decompress after a wild weekend and provide a glimpse at the TOC experience that led to UCLA and Cal Poly SLO in a battle for Sectional bragging rights…

I could not have asked for a better weekend for the Tennis On Campus Section Championships. A small contingent of SCTA staff and volunteers arrived midday Friday at San Diego’s Balboa Tennis Club to prep the site. The sun was shining and the courts were busy as we started setting up. Dozens of players drilled and rallied throughout the 25-court facility. Members relaxed and watched Tennis Channel in the Club Lounge. Facility staff chatted with passersby near the reservation desk. It was the typical Friday afternoon at Balboa. Despite the activity, there was a casual and routine calmness in the air. I knew, however, that in less than 24 hours, Balboa would feel like a completely different place. The grounds would be filled with more than 250 club tennis players, friends, and family. The place would be buzzing with excitement and fiery competition.

Saturday morning came and so did the hordes of Tennis On Campus enthusiasts. 14 schools and 24 different teams took to their courts. The schools to watch out for were UCLA, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, UC Irvine, and UC San Diego – deemed the event’s “top seeds” based on 2017-2018 tournament results and their 2018 Sectional roster. As adoring fans settled into their viewing areas, off we went into pool play. With three teams in each pool, their finish in pool play decided their respective placement into bracket play Saturday afternoon.

The schools to watch out for were UCLA, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, UC Irvine, and UC San Diego. Those teams were deemed the event’s “top seeds” based on 2017-2018 tournament results and their 2018 Sectional roster.

For most of Saturday, the energy around the grounds was high-spirited and busy. When the teams weren’t battling on court, they found themselves in a haven of activity – posing for crazy team photos, snapping selfies for tournament contests, purchases TOC swag from the NetKnacks booth, and playing intense games of giant Jenga or water pong.

Once pool play ended, teams advanced into brackets: Gold for each pool’s first place finisher. Silver for each pool’s second place finisher. And Ruby for each pool’s third place finisher.

Heading into Gold were UCLA, Cal Poly SLO, UC San Diego, UC Irvine, UC Santa Barbara, USC, University of San Diego, and San Diego State.

Into Silver went UCSD-B, UCI-B, UCLA-B, UCLA-C, Pepperdine, USC-B, UCSB-B

UCR, Claremont Colleges, Cal Poly SLO, Cal State Fullerton, USD-B, LMU, Pepperdine-B headed to Ruby.

The sun began to set as the first matches of bracket play went to court. The atmosphere had an edge to it that was absent during the day. In the Gold Bracket, three bids to the National Championships were at stake and all eight teams wanted them.

After the first round of play, the tournament’s four seeds remained. UCLA would play UCSD and Cal Poly would play UCI. All four teams competed at the 2017 National Championship, which at this point, seemed like a distant memory. It was there that UCI and UCLA finished 2nd and 3rd in the nation respectively. So, as our final four Gold Bracket teams headed into the semi-finals, all four knew that just one more win would ensure their spot back at the National Championship.

It was UCLA and Cal Poly SLO that came out victorious. They were slated to face each other in the Southern California final for the third straight year. In the past two contests, Cal Poly came out on top. However, it was UCLA that was better prepared for battle this year. The Bruins took the Gold Bracket trophy, dropping only one set and finishing 25-16.

UCI and UCSD dueled for the third and final Nationals bid. In the end, the Tritons claimed the W beating UCI 30-8.
In the Silver Draw, UCLA-B took down UCSD-B in the final. That win earned them paid entry to the 2018 Spring Invitational, which will take place in March in Surprise, Az.

Cal Poly-B won the Ruby Bracket, which earned them a case of balls and a gift card for the team.

Though competition ended Sunday afternoon, it did not mark the end of the Tennis On Campus season. There were still several events for students to look forward to as they left the courts at Balboa Tennis Club. USD will host their first section tournament at the end of February. A handful of schools will compete at the Spring Invitational in Surprise, AZ in March. And of course, for UCLA, Cal Poly, UCSD, and SDSU (who earned their own bid to Nationals from their 2nd place finish at the 2017 Spring Invite) are heading into a busy training season before Nationals.

The 2018 Tennis On Campus National Championship will run April 12-14 at the USTA’s National Campus in Orlando, FL. Follow our teams on Twitter (@ustasocal) as they represent Southern California on the grandest scale this spring!

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Tracy Austin Named Ojai Tournament Honoree Fri, 16 Feb 2018 19:57:02 +0000 Read more »]]> International Tennis Hall of Famer Tracy Austin has been named the Tournament Honoree for the 118th Ojai Tennis Tournament and will be celebrated at a special fundraiser during the event, which runs from April 25-29 headquartered in downtown Ojai’s venerable Libbey Park.

“An Evening With Tracy Austin” will take place Friday, April 27 at the Topa Mountain Winery. The event is a fundraiser for the Ojai Valley Tennis Club and funds raised will be used to expand and support youth tennis programs and tournaments in Ojai, as well as enhance Libbey Park and local school tennis facilities and support funding for The Ojai Tennis Tournament.

Longtime Ojai resident and renowned actor Malcom McDowell will take part in the evening’s event, as will longtime local tennis teaching pro and promoter Wayne Bryan, father of the all-time winningest doubles team Mike and Bob Bryan. The Diane Miller Band will also perform. The cost of the fundraiser is $150. For more information and to purchase tickets online, go to: or click HERE.

“The 118th edition of The Ojai Tennis Tournament is going to be our best tournament yet,” said Carolyn Burke, first-year Ojai Valley Tennis Club President. “We are so excited to welcome Tracy Austin back to The Ojai as our tournament honoree and special guest at our annual fundraising event on April 27 at the Topa Mountain Winery. Our community was tested by the Thomas Fire, but we are resilient and strong! We are happy to be working together to create a memorable tournament that we know both players and fans will enjoy!”

The Rolling Hills resident Austin first burst onto the tennis scene winning The Ojai in 1977 (women’s open) and 1978 (Girls’ 16s), just one year before becoming the youngest player to win the US Open at the age of 16. The former world No. 1 beat Martina Navratilova in the semifinals and Chris Evert in the final at that 1979 US Open, and was later named that year’s Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year.

Austin went on to win 30 singles titles and five doubles titles during her amazing career. Austin holds the distinction as being the youngest player to be inducted into the International Hall of Fame in 1992. She can be seen at tennis’ top events and has been the face of the U.S. Open for more than 20 years for USA Network and Tennis Channel.

In recent years, Ojai Tournament honorees have included former Grand Slam champion Rod Laver, former world No. 1, Wimbledon champion and USC All-American Stan Smith, and legendary former Stanford coach Dick Gould.

It was recently announced that Ojai would for the first time offer equal prize money in the Men’s and Women’s Open divisions. Local benefactor Mike Taggart has increased his donation for the equal prize money, which this year will total $30,200. Each of tennis’ Grand Slam events offer equal prize money, including the BNP Paribas Open which takes place each March in Indian Wells, Calif.

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Teri Cohn Stays Busy Calling Lines For Top Events Fri, 16 Feb 2018 19:43:44 +0000 Read more »]]> Community Spotlight: Teri Cohn

Tennis fans in Southern California who attend local college and USTA Pro Circuit matches would most undoubtedly recognize Teri Cohn by sight as she has been calling lines at area clubs and tennis facilities for the past 13 years.

The Upland resident Cohn has been a USTA linesperson since 2005, and stays busy working the numerous local junior, college and pro matches that take place in the Southland and beyond.

“It really has turned into a full-time job,” said Cohn, who grew up playing tennis in Missouri and got back in the game after a 15-year hiatus when she lived in Atlanta before relocating to California in the early 2000s.

When asked which events she enjoys officiating the most – be it Pro Circuit, juniors, college or ATP and WTA – Cohn paused and said that’s like asking to pick which child is your favorite. “But I love, love college tennis,” said Cohn, who holds a national chair designation from the USTA. “I love the excitement and the atmosphere. And I also love the professional events. I think it’s whatever I happen to be doing that day.”

Cohn achieved a goal she had long sought after last September when she became a linesperson for the main draw of the US Open, after working one other year at the qualifying event.

“It’s crazy just being at the Open,” she said. “It’s a huge facility and there are courts everywhere. Just being in New York and the crowds. You can just feed off the energy.”

Cohn joined the Claremont Club shortly after her move to California, and says she fell into the officiating gig after longtime official Jim Flood encouraged one of her friends to attend a training session, and invited Cohn to come along.

“Next thing you know I’m taking classes and I’m shadowing other officials for five straight days and I started applying for some jobs,” she said.

Cohn grew up outside of St. Louis in the suburb of Webster Groves where “everyone played tennis” during the tennis boom of the 1970s. “We’d all jump on our bikes and ride to the courts and play and swim all day. I had just a fabulous idyllic childhood.”

One of Cohn’s sons Andrew played at Pomona-Pitzer and is now the head women’s coach at Haverford College in Philadelphia.

With an empty nest at home, Cohn said she’s enjoyed being able to pick and choose the events she does. In January she stayed busy from the first of year at the USC Pro Futures, followed by the Long Beach Pro Futures, and then a day working in the desert for the Henry Talbert Memorial Junior event. Cohn then finished the month strong at the new ATP/WTA Newport Beach Oracle Challenger.

Cohn has worked with the Special Olympics for the past four years. In 2015 in L.A., she worked the Special Olympics World Games. She has chaired events for the Wheelchair Professional Masters and says working Special Olympics and wheelchair tournaments is at the top of her list of events to work.

Her travels have led her to work in places like New Haven, Conn., New York, Phoenix, Las Vegas, South Carolina, Portland, the Easter Bowl in the desert and the Carson ITF Spring Internationals.

“Watching these kids when they are 8 or 9 and working their matches and seeing their progression is just amazing,” Cohn said. “I remember players I called lines for in the juniors who are now on the pro circuit. They come up and say, ‘You chaired my Easter Bowl final.’ If you are around long enough, the kids remember you.”

Cohn is in love with what she calls her main vocation these days. “I love the people I do it with,” she said. “It’s such a crazy cast of characters. We have doctors and veterans and warehouse workers and lawyers and teachers. People from all walks of life. To me, that’s the fun part is the camaraderie and the people you get to meet.”

Cohn is the current president of the umpires’ association (SCTUA). If you are interested in becoming a USTA official, you can go to for more information.

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SCTA Foundation 2018 Kramer and Talbert Grants Wed, 14 Feb 2018 18:39:56 +0000 Read more »]]> The Southern California Tennis Association Foundation (“SCTAF”) (formerly known as the Pacific Southwest Youth Foundation) is the charitable and philanthropic entity of the Southern California Tennis Association and is a 501(C) (3).

SCTAF’s mission is “to promote and develop the growth of tennis in Southern California” by supporting community based grassroots tennis and education programs and deserving junior players with financial grants.

SCTAF currently maintains two grant programs for individual juniors: The Kramer Future Champions Grant (“Kramer Grant”) and the Henry Talbert Summer Tennis Camp Grant (“Talbert Grant”) (collectively, “Grants”). Juniors funded by SCTAF must reside within the Southern California section and must be members of the USTA. Applications for Grants are reviewed by the SCTAF Grant Review Committee of the SCTAF Board of Directors (the “Committee”).

The Kramer Grant is designed to support juniors between the ages of 8 and 18 who show significant promise, aspire to collegiate or professional tennis and demonstrate financial need, to compete in national or sectional tournaments, with the typical grants ranging between $800 and $1200.

The Talbert Grant is designed to support juniors between the ages of 8-16 who demonstrate financial need and a commitment to improving their tennis, but whose families lack the resources to cover the cost of summer tennis camp tuition and fees. Preference is given to those juniors currently enrolled in NJTL programs, after school or Junior Team Tennis programs during the academic year who wish to continue playing during the summer. The typical grant ranges between $500 and $800.


  1. All applicants for Grants must complete the Grant Application Form.
  2. All factual information requested must be correctly stated and the quality of written responses to questions will be carefully considered. Applications, including any required supporting documentation, for Kramer Grants must be postmarked by either April 1 or October 1. Talbert Grants must be postmarked by May 15. Incomplete or untimely applications will not be considered.
  3. Applications will be limited to one Grant per year unless exceptional circumstances warrant additional consideration, in the sole discretion of the Committee.
  4. Grants may not be used to pay for USTA membership.
  5. As the applications are need based, applicants will be required to state household income.
  6. Applicants are solely responsible for determining that a receipt of a Grant will not adversely affect their NCAA eligibility.
  7. All applicants must demonstrate exemplary sportsmanship.
  8. Factors considered when evaluating applications include, but are not limited to, age, sectional or national rankings, annual improvement, number of tournaments played, family income/financial need, and other resources available to the applicant.
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Fun and Fierce Competition at the TOC 2018 Sectionals Wed, 14 Feb 2018 00:12:05 +0000 Read more »]]> Fun and Fierce Competition at the Tennis on Campus So Cal Sectionals in San Diego

After a successful junior tennis career, Carissa Bernhardt of San Diego decided to focus on academics when she attended San Diego State University.

Now a sophomore, she’s back on the court competing for SDSU in its Tennis on Campus program recently at the TOC Southern California Sectional Championships at Balboa Tennis Club in San Diego.

Bernhardt, a two-time CIF San Diego Section Doubles Champion, is in her second TOC season. She helped her team qualify for USTA TOC Nationals on April 12-14 at the USTA National Campus in Orlando.

“I like TOC because it’s competitive but it doesn’t have the same time requirements as a Division I team,” Berhnardt said. “It’s a good balance.”

For Bernhard, however, Tennis on Campus is a family affair. Her brother, Christopher, will be representing the University of Arizona at the upcoming TOC Nationals. Christopher, architecture major, is the captain of his team.

“You make a lot of friends from all of the other schools,” Bernhardt said. “The tournaments are great because you get to see them all at the same time. I am super excited to go to nationals with my family.”

A total of 13 different schools sent 24 teams to compete in the recent Southern California Sectional Championships. The top 3 finishers qualified for Nationals. UCLA beat Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in the final, and UC San Diego clinched third over UC Irvine. San Diego State University qualified at the 2017 Spring Invitational. Other participating schools included the University of San Diego, USC, Pepperdine, Claremont College, Cal State Fullerton, UC Riverside, Loyola Marymount and UC Santa Barbara.

SDSU qualified for TOC Nationals in April.

Off the court social activities were plentiful with fun photo props, water pong and a giant game of Jenga. While waiting to play teams mingled and enjoyed lunch on a beautiful San Diego weekend.

“The competition was as fierce as always in So Cal,” said TOC Tournament Director Madeline Segura. “There was a different kind of buzz throughout the grounds this year.

Whether the teams were on the court or battling in an intense game of water pong, there was great energy the entire weekend.”

Special thanks go to Balboa Tennis Club for hosting the event. Great appreciation to Balboa Tennis Club Director Colleen Ferrell, whose kindness and hospitality made it a fantastic experience for all. For more event photos, please go to  Good luck to the four teams who will represent So Cal in April.

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Marguerite Tennis Pavilion Is Public Facility of the Year Tue, 13 Feb 2018 21:42:29 +0000 Read more »]]> Marguerite Tennis Pavilion Named PTR Public Facility of the Year

Professional Tennis Registry (PTR) presented its annual awards today during the 2018 PTR International Tennis Symposium.

The event, which includes more than 40 educational presentations for tennis teachers and coaches, is underway February 13-16, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.

Marguerite Tennis Pavilion, in Mission Viejo, California, has been named PTR Public Facility of the Year. The facility has been hosting prestigious sporting events since the 1970s including the early WTA Virginia Slims Tournaments. It has come a long way, Baby!

As the first successful master planned community in the United States and a City that has produced countless swimming and diving Olympians and tennis Paralympians, Mission Viejo has long graced the international stage.

PTR CEO Dan Santorum, Head Professional Ryan Hill

Recreational and elite tennis have a rich history in the city. The Marguerite Tennis Pavilion is home to more than 1,000 members who enjoy tennis at every level. Today, Head Pro Ryan Hill, a PTR Professional in all five pathways, ensures that education for coaches and students plays a pivotal role. In fact, in this last year alone, a clear path was built for junior development – from 10 and under red through yellow ball. Adult development is essential in Marguerite’s programming and includes daily league activity and all levels of USTA functions.

With 18 lighted courts, a state of the art clubhouse and closed camera system for live video and tournament feeds, the Marguerite Tennis Pavilion is the perfect venue for an array of events, including ITF Wheelchair Masters. Conveniently nestled halfway between Los Angeles and San Diego, it’s also a perfect setting for PTR workshops. In 2017, all PTR education pathways and instructing wheelchair tennis were offered at the pristine facility.

PTR is the largest global organization of tennis teaching professionals with more than 16,000 members in 125 countries. It has the greatest percentage of multicultural and women members of any such organization. PTR is dedicated to educating, certifying and serving tennis teachers and coaches around the world in order to grow the game.

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Lucero Named Touring Coach of the Year By PTR Tue, 13 Feb 2018 02:59:35 +0000 Read more »]]> Marc Lucero Named PTR Touring Coach of the Year

Professional Tennis Registry (PTR) will present its annual awards tomorrow night during the 2018 PTR International Tennis Symposium.

The event, which includes more than 40 educational presentations for tennis teachers and coaches, is underway February 13-18, on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.

Photo by Ash Marshall

Marc Lucero, of Manhattan Beach, California, has been named PTR Touring Coach of the Year. A certified PTR Professional, Lucero has been a member of the organization for more than a decade. He also holds USTA High Performance Coaching Education and USTA Sports Science certifications.

Lucero has worked with some of the best juniors in the world. He has had multiple players reach the #1 ranking in the United States, and has coached many players to win national singles championships.

Currently, Lucero coaches Shelby Rogers, and guided her through her breakout performance reaching the quarterfinals at 2016 Roland Garros. In 2017, Shelby Rogers had a very consistent year, finishing in the third round of the French, Wimbledon and US Open, and with wins over Simona Halep and Caroline Wozniacki. She was also a member of the 2017 Fed Cup championship team, and she, along with Coco Vandeweghe, won the deciding doubles rubber in Minsk bringing the United States’ its first title since 2000.

Lucero has also worked with Ali Riske, Genie Bouchard and Nicole Gibbs, whom he coached since 2010, and in 2012, she won the NCAA singles title and the Denver 50k Pro Circuit event, her first professional singles title at that level.

Lucero is a former USTA Coach for USTA Player Development, where he was responsible for all aspects of the development of his assigned junior players. While with the USTA, Lucero spent time assisting with many young pros, including Sam Querrey and Ryan Harrison. He also traveled extensively to Regional Training Centers, evaluating young players and conducting camps.

Prior to the USTA, Lucero spent three years as the women’s Assistant Coach at Princeton University. He played Division I tennis at Boston College and graduated from the Carroll School of Management Honors Program with a degree in Economics.

Beyond the pro tour, Lucero works as an active steward of the game, serving as a founder of RAMP Tennis, and the Fundraising Committee Chairperson and Tennis Advisor for First Break Academy in Carson, California.

PTR is the largest global organization of tennis teaching professionals with more than 16,000 members in 125 countries. It has the greatest percentage of multicultural and women members of any such organization. PTR is dedicated to educating, certifying and serving tennis teachers and coaches around the world in order to grow the game.


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2018 Bryan Brothers Scholarship Mon, 12 Feb 2018 19:12:55 +0000

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TEAM SOCAL: Coco and Team USA Prevail in Fed Cup; NY Open Kicks Off Mon, 12 Feb 2018 18:48:05 +0000 Read more »]]> Coco Vandeweghe resumed her streak of #FedCup wins this weekend as #TeamUSA defeated Netherlands, 3-1, in North Carolina. Vandeweghe (Rancho Santa Fe) followed Venus Williams’ opening match victory with a comeback, three-set thriller of her own over Richel Hogencamp, 4-6, 7-6(6), 6-3. Vandeweghe trailed 0-3 in the second set before turning the tide, gaining a two game advantage for Team USA heading into doubles play. The United States fell in doubles but clinched the team victory with Venus Williams’ second singles win, and the squad moves on to the group semifinals in April.

This week, the Pro Circuit arrives in Arizona where Julia Boserup (Newport Beach), Danielle Lao (Arcadia), and Claire Liu (Thousand Oaks) will be among the competitors.

In Men’s action, Glendale’s Alex Sarkissian reached the semifinals of an ATP Challenger event in Australia. Bradley Klahn (Poway) appeared in the quarterfinals of the San Francisco ATP Challenger, while Long Beach Pro Circuit winner Collin Altamirano reached the quarters last week in Turkey.

This week’s ATP New York Open is overflowing with American talent, including #2 seed Sam Querrey (Santa Monica), Jared Donaldson (Irvine), Steve Johnson (Redondo Beach), Mackenzie McDonald (Los Angeles/UCLA), Ernesto Escobedo (West Covina), and the Bryan Brothers (Camarillo). US Open finalist Kevin Anderson of South Africa is the top seed.

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Former USC Assistant Women’s Coach Rolling Out West Coast Tennis Tours Mon, 12 Feb 2018 04:15:49 +0000 Read more »]]> Former USC women’s assistant coach West Nott is rolling out West Coast Tennis Tours this summer for high performance juniors and college players looking to take their game to the next level.

Nott and his coaches will host the West Coast Tennis Tour this summer and will travel to 13 open prize money tournaments from May 15 to Aug. 12. The tour will begin in San Diego and make stops in places like Santa Cruz, Calif., Salem, Ore., and in Seattle for one of the oldest tournaments in the country, the Washington State Open which has been played every year for 128 years.

West Nott with former NCAA doubles champion Kaitlyn Christian.

“We want to get young players to compete more,” said Nott, who severed as the Trojans’ women’s assistant coach for 10 seasons. “The tour is geared toward high school and college players who are seeking more pressure-filled match play. All levels are welcome. This is one giant road trip and we are connecting all the dots A to Z for a memorable life experience and seeing sights along the way.”

The tour is something Nott experienced himself last summer as a player. Now he wants to share what he learned and saw to others. He added that all results from the tournaments will go toward a player’s Universal Tennis Rating.

“It was a road trip of a lifetime,” said Nott, who grew up in Midland, Mich., and played his college tennis at Georgia Tech.

“This is for college players who are looking to makes some leaps in the lineup,” he said. “We will learn life lessons while competing. There’s more to tennis than just hitting cross courts.”

To view the summer schedule, click here.

Nott’s coaching staff includes some of his former players who made the NCAA Final Four twice, won four Pac-12 championships and reached an NCAA national No. 1 team ranking in 2015.

A second project Nott is working on is College Tennis Tours where he will be hosting a trip to the NCAA Team Men’s and Women’s Championships May 17-22 at Wake Forest University in Winston Salem, N.C. Nott said more information on the tours will be released shortly, but the trip provides the “ultimate college viewing experience for all junior players aged 13-18,” he said.

Tennis instructions and seminars will take place during the trip, as well as catching all the Sweet 16, Elite Eight, Final Four matches and NCAA Team Championships in men’s and women’s tennis. For more information, check out:

“The whole idea behind these business projects is to get young players fired up about college tennis and competing,” Nott said.

For more information on West Coast Tennis Tour, go to: or call Nott at 858.322.3171 or email him:


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New Division III Women’s Invitational To Debut At The Ojai Sat, 10 Feb 2018 17:49:41 +0000 Read more »]]> The Ojai Valley Tennis Tournament – Ventura County’s spring tradition unlike any other – comes with a new wrinkle for the 118th edition of the tournament April 25-29.

The Ojai will introduce a new Women’s Division III Invitational division that will feature the top NCAA Division III universities on the west coast competing against each other in singles and doubles competition. Each draw will include a bracket of 32 singles entries and 16 in doubles, with a consolation back draw in singles.

The Women’s Division III Invitational division will award trophies to the champion and runner-up in the individual draws as well as a team trophy to the university with the most combined success in singles and doubles (via a points system) at The Ojai’s host venue, Libbey Park, on Sunday, April 29.

“California has, arguably, the best collegiate tennis in the country. This is an opportunity for our tennis fans to see many of the best collegiate players up close and personal in a beautiful, intimate setting,” said Terry Lynch, collegiate tournament director of The Ojai.

“We are thrilled to begin a new era at The Ojai with the Women’s Division III Invitational division, and we believe this provides the tournament with a nice, complementary balance to The Ojai’s Men’s Division III West competition.”

The Women’s Division III Invitational replaces what was the Women’s Independent Colleges division among the tournament’s 26 divisions competing on the court.

Those divisions range from the prodigious boys and girls junior and CIF (high school) draws to the famed men’s and women’s Open divisions, to the fiercely competitive Pac-12 Men’s Team Championships and Women’s Individual Championships annually televised across the nation on the Pac-12 Network.

Founded in 1896 by William Thacher, The Ojai is North America’s longest running amateur tennis tournament played at the same location. Tournament competition is played on courts across West Ventura County, including Ojai private homes, Ventura, and Oxnard. Pac-12 men’s team play and finals are hosted at Libbey Park in downtown Ojai. All told, approximately 1,500 players take to the hardcourts during the week of The Ojai.

Updated tournament information, including tickets to the tennis action at Libbey Park, the Ojai Valley Inn and the Ojai Athletic Club, can be found at the tournament’s official website,

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Service Awards Honor Providers, Examples of Sportsmanship at Banquet Wed, 07 Feb 2018 19:03:19 +0000 Read more »]]> The SCTA Annual Service Awards Banquet recently honored some of Southern California’s most accomplished and dedicated providers, athletes, and individuals who continue to go above and beyond in spreading the game of tennis throughout the region.

Held in February at the L.A. Tennis Center, the annual event acknowledges outstanding achievement in a variety of categories. Among the recipients was Sue Pendo, Director of Tennis at Braemar Country Club who received a Service Award for Net Generation development and programming. Braemar was also awarded the Member Organization of the Year honors.

Multiple annual awards have a long history with the SCTA. The Long Ellis Intercollegiate Award, designated as a reflection of Mr. Long Ellis’ dedication to collegiate tennis competition for many years, was presented to Brigham Young University. A Multicultural Award named after former SCTA official Eugene “Gene” Jung recognized Stan Jefferson, while Community Tennis honored Eduardo Rodriguez as the League Leader of the Year, a new award.

Perhaps the most prestigious awards of the evening, the Evelyn Houseman Junior Sportsmanship Awards, are presented to two junior athletes who best exemplify exemplary conduct on the court throughout their junior careers. This year, Timothy Sah and Jennifer Kerr were recipients.

Other Service Awards included: Randie Lettington (Adult Tennis), First Break Academy (Community Organization), John Thomas (Community Individual), Alexander Shen from UC Riverside (Tennis on Campus), and Steve Weaver (Wheelchair & Adaptive).


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Upcoming Tennis Tournaments In Southern California Wed, 07 Feb 2018 17:47:37 +0000 Read more »]]>

68th Annual Santa Monica Tournament
Open Singles
NTRP Singles
Men’s and Women’s Doubles
Reed Park – Santa Monica
February 17-19
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Calabasas Senior Open Championships
Senior Singles and Doubles
Senior Mixed Doubles
Calabasas Swim and Tennis- Calabasas
February 17-18, 22-23
Click here to enter

4th Annual La Costa Open
Men’s and Women’s Singles and Doubles
Mixed Doubles
La Costa Resort and Spas- Carlsbad
February 22-25
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129th Annual Pacific Coast Men’s Doubles Championship
Open Men’s Doubles
La Jolla Swim and Tennis – La Jolla
March 1-4
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3rd Annual Warner Center Spring Classic
Men’s and Women’s NTRP Singles and Doubles
Warner Center Tennis Center – Woodland Hills
March 2-4
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2018 Palm Springs International Team Tennis Championship
Men’s and Women’s NTRP Doubles
Senior 50 Men’s and Women’s Doubles
Palm Desert Resort and Country Club – Palm Desert
March 9-11
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SCTA 2017 Yearbook Now Online Tue, 06 Feb 2018 18:52:05 +0000 Read more »]]> The Southern California Tennis Association has published its annual Yearbook of memorable moments from the past year.

The document is available in print and download online.

This publication recollects events and happenings in Adult, Junior, and Senior divisions as well as Wheelchair/Adaptive competition, USTA Tennis on Campus, SoCal collegiate recaps, a look back at the Hall of Fame inductions, and the section’s In Memoriam for 2017.

The 2017 Yearbook is available for download here.

Those interested in acquiring a printed copy (while supplies last) can submit a request to

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2017 League Doubles Sectionals Results Fri, 02 Feb 2018 03:55:41 +0000 Congratulations To All The Teams That Made It To The Finals And To The New 2017 SCTA Doubles Sectional Champions! ]]> 0 PTR Names Marty Woods CA Member of the Year Tue, 30 Jan 2018 17:31:52 +0000 Read more »]]> Marty Woods, of Reseda, California, has been named PTR Member of the Year for the State. This award is presented to a PTR member who has shown dedication and diligence in promoting and supporting tennis and PTR. Woods was selected for his outstanding work in the Los Angeles community representing his hero through the Pete Brown Scholarship Fund.

Professional Tennis Registry (PTR) will present its annual awards during the 2018 PTR International Tennis Symposium. The event, which includes more than 40 educational presentations for tennis coaches, will be held February 13-16, on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.

Coach Pete Brown opened up a whole new world for Woods when he needed it most, as a young child growing up fatherless in a tough South-Central neighborhood. “The guy was just truly a saint,” Woods said. “They don’t come around like him too often. I’ll never be able to do the things Pete did.”

At just 6 years old, Woods’ mother took him to Roosevelt Park to swim. That day when they passed the tennis courts they were decorated with balloons and flags. A voice called out, “Hey kids, do you want to learn how to play tennis?” The allure of a free racquet sealed the deal. That is how Woods met Pete Brown. Over the next few years, Brown became a father figure to Marty Woods.

After college, while Woods was working for a computer science company in Orange County, when he got a call. Brown’s health was failing and he implored Woods to help him by working with his high performance kids, just as Coach Brown had done for Marty Woods.

In 2009, Woods founded and became the chairman of the Pete Brown Scholarship Foundation. He has been paying it forward and keeping the memory and legacy of Coach Brown alive and well.

PTR is the largest global organization of tennis teaching professionals with more than 16,000 members in 125 countries. It has the greatest percentage of multicultural and women members of any such organization. PTR is dedicated to educating, certifying and serving tennis teachers and coaches around the world in order to grow the game.

– Courtesy TennisPro Magazine

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Inaugural Friendship Team Cup This Summer Tue, 30 Jan 2018 00:32:28 +0000 Read more »]]> New and Innovative One Day Format Boys and Girls 18’s and 16’s Divisions

The SCTA #FriendshipCup is a new, exciting, and innovative Level 3 18s and 16s team tournament where players have the ability to build their own teams with friends and fellow competitors. The event will be held June 9-10 at Nellie Gail Ranch Tennis Club in Laguna Hills.

Each team will consist of a minimum of two boys and two girls (maximum three each), and each team match will follow a World Team Tennis format (Boys Doubles, Girls Doubles, Boys Singles, Girls Singles, Mixed Doubles). The team that wins 3 of 5 matches will advance to the next round.

Six teams will be accepted into each division based on section ranking of the top two boys and top two girls on their team – along with two wild card teams to be determined by the tournament committee. All eight teams will play a compass draw format with singles bonus points awarded for finishing 1st through 7th place. Players will also earn points for each individual match won for the event played. This tournament will finish in ONE day (16s will play on one day, 18s on the other day).

This is a great warmup for Junior Sectionals and a fun opportunity for players to play with their friends!

News: USTA Cross Sectional Camp in Orlando

Four boys and four girls will play at the upcoming Cross Sectional USTA camp along with the Southern, Florida, and Texas Sections, participating in three days of drills, competition, and guest speakers at the USTA National Campus in Orlando. Representing the Southern California Section in February will be Trevor Svajda, Hunter Rivera, Chase Thompson, Liam Oliver, Iris Berman, Madeleine Jessup, Tsehay Driscoll, Kaila Barksdale. The coaches will be Ginger Helgeson and Trevor Kronemann.

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

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


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

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

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

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