SoCal League Tennis

USTA Pro Futures Begin January 1 at USC, Long Beach

Full coverage at www.socalprocircuit.com.

For the fourth consecutive year, USC and El Dorado Park Tennis Center in Long Beach will host $25,000 USTA Pro Circuit Futures events to kick off the year.

USC Los Angeles Top Seed Alex Sarkissian of Glendale (LA Times)

The Southern California Pro Futures tournament will take place in Los Angeles on the campus of USC Jan. 1-7 and in Long Beach for the USTA Pro Circuit presented by USTA Southern California being contested Jan. 8-14.

Top seeds for the tournaments are Glendale’s Alex Sarkissian (USA) in Los Angeles, and Jan Satral (CZE) at Long Beach. Last year, a pair of former UCLA Bruin NCAA singles champions won singles titles with Mackenzie McDonald taking home the USC championship and Marcos Giron getting the victory at Long Beach.

Other notable faces include JC Aragone (Yorba Linda), UCLA’s Martin Redlicki, and qualifiers Evan Zhu of UCLA, and USC’s Brandon Holt and Riley Smith.

International up-and-comers include Japan’s Kaichi Uchida and Alexander Ward of Great Britain.

L.A. Pro Futures Tournament director Phil Siordia has announced community events, including:

Friday, Jan. 5: Trojan Person of the Year, Jan. 5 from 3 to 5 p.m., Fred Williams, with the doubles final beginning at 4 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 6: NJTL Tennis Cup: Closed event for all NJTL chapters with WTT format. Contact: Evan Smith at ESmith@scta.usta.com.

Sunday, Jan. 7: USPTA PTR Coaches Clinic open to players, coaches and parents, 9 to 10:30 a.m. light breakfast. Speaker USC Men’s Coach Peter Smith.

For more information on these event, email Philip Siordia at siordia@usc.edu.

Long Beach Tournament director Brittnie Furuvald has announced several community events, including a Wilson Pro-Am that will take place on Sunday, Jan. 7 with the cost $200. USC Men’s Coach Peter Smith will host the event at El Dorado Park.

Community Events for the Long Beach USTA Pro Circuit presented by USTA Southern California:

Sunday, Jan. 7: Wilson Pro-Am, time TBD.

Thursday, Jan. 11: League Appreciation Day, Presented by Legends, Long Beach, 9:30 am-10:30 am; Learn doubles strategies from Coach Smith; Certified Health & Wellness Coach Hannah Holladay will share tips on re-energizing.

Friday, Jan. 12: Military Appreciation Day, Presented by Long Beach Wounded Warriors, 3 pm-4 pm. Wheelchair exhibition with pros and amateurs.

Saturday, Jan. 13: High Performance Clinic, Presented by SC Tennis Academy & USTA Net Generation, 10 am-11 am.

Visit www.socalprocircuit.com for full coverage of the Pro Circuit here in Southern California.

For more information on the Long Beach tournament or events, email: brittnie@sctennisacademy.com and for more information on the community events, email the SCTA’s Tiffany Mai at: tmai@scta.usta.com.

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