Bjorn Hoffmann

Junior Spotlight — Bjorn Hoffmann

UC-Berkeley bound Bjorn Hoffmann won’t have to go far to ask questions or seek advice about what it’s like to play tennis on the NCAA Division I level.

The current Corona del Mar junior still has a year to go, but will no doubt be asking questions of father Carsten Hoffmann (1987-1991), mother Biljana Korac (1999-2004) and her brother Zoran Korac (1999-2004), who all played for UC-Irvine from the years listed next to their names.

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Bjorn Hoffmann (light blue shirt) with Stan Smith and Michael Genender at The Ojai.

Hoffman’s mother is a native Californian from San Marino with her father from Yugoslavia and her mother from Peru.

The Hoffmann’s home club is the Palisades Tennis Club in Newport Beach, but Hoffmann has worked with some of the area’s top pros at different clubs as he rose to the top of the SoCal sectional rankings.

“My parents were the ones who worked with me the most,” he said. “I played some soccer and basketball growing up, but was never as serious as tennis.”

Hoffmann was joined by his high school coach Jamie Gresh, his mother, father and uncle during the recent Ojai tournament and they watched him reach the final of the Boys’ CIF division. Hoffmann fell to Harvard-Westlake’s Michael Genender and was presented his runner-up trophy by legend Stan Smith.

Hoffmann, who has two younger brother ages 14 and 9 who also play tennis, said after Ojai he was forced to take a break because excessive play was causing him shin splints.

“I needed a break after Ojai and had to pull out of the Level 2 Designated (Woody Hunt Memorial) in Palos Verdes,” Hoffmann said. “Fortunately, my schedule coming up is not too hectic and I can get out there and just keep on working on getting better.”

Hoffmann, who was named a high school All-American this year, will play one more big event representing his high school team at the CIF-Southern Section Individuals taking place at the Seal Beach Tennis Center June 2-4.

Hoffmann will play the SCTA Sectionals in June and has a busy but fun summer planned as he will play the USTA Father-Son Nationals Clay Courts and Grasscourts in Cincinnati and Boston.

“We’ve played the one down in San Diego but have never traveled before so that will be different,” he said.

He’ll play Intersectional 18s in Illinois, and then it’s off to Kalamazoo for the Boys’ 18s Hardcourt Nationals at the end of July with the winner receiving main-draw entry into the US Open.






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