Playing The Ojai Never Gets Old For Borchard

Teaching Pro Spotlight:  Quinn Borchard

Quinn Borchard greatest memories and successes on a tennis court have come at The Ojai.

“I’ve been playing this tournament since the 14s and it’s amazing,” said the Thousand Oaks resident Borchard, a head tennis professional at Sunset Hills Country Club in T.O. “It’s what I play tennis for. It’s always really exciting to play here, just to have all my friends and family here. You really can’t beat it. There’s something about this tournament that I really love.

“Ventura County born and raised, you have to play and experience The Ojai as many times as you can,” Borchard added.

The 36-year-old Borchard’s comments came several moments after he partner Arnau Dachs of Santa Rosa fell in the Men’s Open Doubles final at the 119th playing of the Ojai Tennis Tournament two weeks ago. The unseeded pair fell to the tournament’s No. 3 seeds and former University of Denver teammates Henry Craig of Murrieta, Calif., and David Fox of Chipstead, England, 6-3, 3-6, 10-5.

It was the third straight 10-point match tiebreaker for Borchard and Dachs as the pair eked out wins over talented teams of Lester Cook and Clay Thompson in the quarterfinals, and downed teenagers Jacob Bullard and Stefan Dostanic in the semis, again coming back after dropping the first set in both match.

“They were a tough team and didn’t miss anything and hit big serves,” Borchard said of finals opponents Craig and Fox. “It was unfortunate to get down in the breaker and not be able to come back. But it really was a great week of tennis and so nice of Mike Taggart to sponsor this whole thing and pass out the prize money.

Borchard calls himself the epitome of a teaching pro and does it all on court teaching juniors, to the ladies to the top players. “Wherever I’m needed I’m out there and on the court,” Borchard said. “I’m just happy and I’m to balance the teaching with entering a few pro events like Ojai and Calabasas.”

Since 2012, Borchard has gained entry into the Calabasas Men’s Pro Futures event, a $25,000 ITF tournament. In March, he and Dachs fell to the tough team of Tom Fawcett, former No. 1 at Stanford, and Ronnie Schneider, former No. 1 at the University of North Carolina.

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