Southern California Tennis

Odds & Ends May 2015

1. Taylor Fritz Photo ITFFritz Junior Masters Finalist

At the International Tennis Federation (ITF) inaugural Junior Masters at the Sichuan International Tennis Centre in Chengdu, China, Andrey Rublev of Russia, the top player in the world, edged Taylor Fritz 6-7, 6-3, 6-4 in the men’s final. The event featured eight men and women’s competitors, who earned spots based on their 2014 year-end ITF junior rankings.

Fritz made his first impression on the elite junior ITF stage last spring when he was a semifinalist at the 50th Astrid Bowl in Charleroi, Belgium. He followed with eye-opening semifinal performances at Roehampton and Wimbledon. He wrapped up his fall competitive schedule by winning the Osaka Mayor’s Cup event for his first ITF title. A triumph, which earned him recognition in Sports Illustrated “Faces In The Crowd” last December.

2. Jeff Richards, Francis Tiafoe, Dennis Novikov, Steve McAvoy Photo USTaNovikov Takes Men’s Pro Championships of Calabasas Title

Dennis Novikov, the former UCLA standout, edged Francis Tiafoe, 7-6, 7-6 in the final of the $15,000 USTA Pro Circuit Futures Men’s Pro Championships of Calabasas at the Calabasas Tennis & Swim Center. Fabian Matthews and Hunter Nicholas slipped past Adrian Forberg Skogeng of Norway and Wil Spencer, 6-1, 2-6, 10-6, in the doubles final.

3. Jenna DeFalco Photo Tony BujanGirls’ Player Development Camp

Four Southern California juniors – Jenna DeFalco, Maxi Duncan, Amy Huang and Olivia McIntosh-Adams – and their coaches – Tony Bujan, Sean Abdali, Alban Renard and Cecil Mamiit – participated in a three-day USTA Girls’ Player Development Camp at the StubHub Center in Carson in late April.

Lopez-Latino Champions Award

5. Angel Lopez Photo usptapro.comAngel Lopez was named the 2015 Coach of the Year for his work both on and off the court in San Diego. The honor also includes recognition for the time he has spent teaching, helping the community and serving as a mentor for youngsters and their parents. His effort makes him a true Latino Champion.

Calabasas Receives USTA Facility Assistance Grant

The USTA gave the City of Calabasas a Facility Assistance Program grant that will enable the Calabasas Tennis and Swim Center to construct two new youth tennis courts. In 6. Calabasas Tennis & Swim Centerthe past seven years, the Facility Assistance Program has developed more than 38, 000 courts across the country.

Roddick USC PowerShares Winner

Andy Roddick claimed the PowerShares Series champions circuit title defeating Mark Philippoussis, 6-4, in the one-set final played at the Galen Center at USC. Roddick, the last American to win a Grand Slam singles title (the 2003 US Open), retired 7. Andy Roddick Photo www.tsftennis.comin 2012 after thirteen years on the pro tour. He and Philippoussis, who stepped in for an injured Pete Sampras, along with Jim Courier and James Blake were the contestants at the inaugural PowerShares Series event held in Los Angeles.

Mark Winters

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