Odds & Ends August 2015

Manasse, Scandalis & Wood Recognized

Maegan Manasse  Photo Cal Athletics

Maegan Manasse
Photo Cal Athletics

Maegan Manasse of Cal was one of the eight women invited to play in the second American Collegiate Invitational at the 2015 US Open, September 10-12 at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadow, New York.  The tournament, open only to American players, began last year as a way to spotlight intercollegiate tennis during the US Open. Eight men and eight women will participate in the singles tournaments with the winners receiving a wild card into the 2016 US Open, main draw or qualifying, depending on their ranking next summer.

Zoë Scandalis  Photo USC Athletics

Zoë Scandalis
Photo USC Athletics

Zoë Scandalis earned an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship, becoming the first-ever USC women’s tennis player to earn the prestigious award. A Political Economy major, with a minor in Environmental Studies, Scandalis was also a recipient of the 2015 Pac-12 Postgraduate Scholarship and Pac-12 Medal. The 2014 Female Trojan of the Year, a three-time Pac-12 All-Academic First Team honoree, and a 2014 Capital One Academic All-District Team pick, she was a two-time Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) All-American, the 2014 ITA Southwest Regional Singles Champion and was a captain of the team that was an NCAA semifinalist this past season.

In addition, Scandalis, a member of the Trojan Athletic Senate all four years, was been involved with the Community Bowl, the Rose Cup and Athletes in Action on campus. Her commitment to service extended beyond campus with her mentoring seventh and eighth grade girls at the 32nd Street School. Her passion for outreach brought about her involvement in “Girl Up”, the United Nations Campaign for Adolescent Girls, which she will continue while competing on the USTA Pro Circuit.

Warren Wood, a Claremont-Mudd-Scripps senior, was one of twenty-six elite players named to the 2015 ITA Collegiate All-Star Team, a collection of the most accomplished student-athletes from each of the college divisions during the past season. Oracle and the ITA will recognize the honorees, along with the ITA/Arthur Ashe Jr. National Leadership and Sportsmanship Award winners, at the Oracle/ITA Outing & Awards Luncheon held at the West Side Tennis Club in Forest Hills, New York, on Friday, August 28th.

Wood advanced to the Division III NCAA Singles Championship for the second straight season. After coming up short in 2014, he prevailed, defeating teammate Skyler Butts, and finished as the No. 1 player in the country. Teaming with Joe Dorn, he also won the NCAA Doubles Championship, securing the No. 1 doubles ranking. Since CMS took the NCAA team title, their first since 1981, Wood became the fifth Division III triple crown winner in forty years of the championships by winning NCAA team, singles and doubles titles in the same season.

Wagner Stars

David Wagner  Photo www.zimbio.com

David Wagner
Photo www.zimbio.com

Fifty-two teams from twenty-eight countries, competing in four categories – men, women, quad and junior – took part in the 2015 BNP Paribas World Team Cup wheelchair tennis event at the Club Ali Bey Manavgat in Antalya, Turkey.

The US, led by David Wagner, won its ninth quad title defeating Japan, 2-1 in the final. Wagner was two for two, claiming his singles contest then teaming with Nick Taylor for the deciding doubles triumph.

Davenport To Work With Wozniacki

Lindsay Davenport  Photo Fred Mullane _ camerawork usa

Lindsay Davenport
Photo Fred Mullane _ camerawork usa

Following her 6-4, 6-4 fourth round Wimbledon loss to Garbiñe Muguruza of Spain, Caroline Wozniacki discussed, in her post-match press conference, working, in the future, with Lindsay Davenport, a 2013 Southern California Tennis Association Hall of Fame inductee, who became a member of the International Tennis Hall of Fame a summer later. “We were talking,” the Dane said.  “She came down to watch me play.  The last match she was in my box, and this match as well. We’re going to hang out after Wimbledon. I’m going to go to L.A. and spend some time with her there.”

With Muguruza there is also a Southern California connection, although it is somewhat oblique. Alejo Mancisidor, her coach, was a two-time All-American, when he played for Allen Fox, at Pepperdine, in 1990 and ’91. His charge battled Serena Williams, in the Ladies final, before losing 6-4, 6-4. Williams learned the game at the LA84 Foundation/NJTL site at a public park in Compton. With her victory over Muguruza, Williams claimed her sixth Wimbledon title. In addition, it was her twenty-first major, and her second Serena Slam, having won this year’s Australian Open, Roland Garros and now, Wimbledon to combine with the 2014 US Open title.

Mark Winters

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