(May 8, 2014) La Jolla, Calif. – The United States Tennis Association (USTA) National Senior Women’s Hard Court Tennis Championships, featuring the top senior women players in the country, will get underway at 9 a.m. (PDT) on Monday, May 12 at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club, 2000 Spindrift Drive, La Jolla, Calif.
The national tennis tournament, which concludes on Sunday, May 18, will offer competitors events in singles and doubles in the 50 and over, 60 and over, 70 and over, 80 and over, and 90 and over age groups.
“We have an incredible field of players entered in the tournament this year, including some who recently finished playing in the International Tennis Federation Seniors World Team and Individual Championships in Florida,” said Tournament Director Bill Kellogg. “It’s going to be an exciting week of senior tennis.”
Ros Nideffer, a former touring tennis professional who lives in the San Diego community of Rancho Bernardo, is the top seeded player in the 50 and over singles division. She captured the tournament title in 2012.
During her time on the women’s professional tennis tour, Nideffer defeated players such as Billie Jean King, Gabriela Sabatini, Monica Seles and Tracy Austin. In 1990, she achieved her career-high singles ranking of No. 15 in the world.
Defending 50 and over singles champion Tracy Houk of Montara, Calif. is seeded second. She has reached the singles final in each of the last three years. Frances Chandler of Jackson, Tenn., the 2011 champion and a finalist last year, is seeded third.
In the women’s 60 and over division, two-time defending singles champion Tina Karwasky of Glendale, Calif. returns to the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club to defend her title. She is seeded No. 1.
For a complete list of seeded players and draws for each age division, please go to:
The championship singles and doubles final in each women’s division will be played on Friday, May 16, with the exception of the 90 and over doubles final on Wednesday, May 14, and the 90 and over singles division, which is using a round-robin format and will be completed on Saturday, May 17. Consolation events will be played through the conclusion of the tournament on Sunday, May 18.
La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club welcomes tennis enthusiasts to view the tournament with free admission. On-site parking is available for a nominal fee.
The La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club’s 42nd Annual Spring Senior Championships for men will be played concurrently with the women’s events. Although the men’s events are not national championships, they will feature many senior players who regularly compete in national tournaments.
The men’s events will include singles and doubles for 60 and over, 65 and over, 70 and over, 75 and over as well as singles events in the 80 and over, and 85 and over age groups. Total participation for both the men’s and women’s tournaments is expected to be 300-plus players.
Scheduled start of play:
Monday: 50, 60 Singles / Doubles and 70 Singles Monday: 70 Singles
Tuesday: 80, 90 Singles and 70 Doubles Tuesday: 65 Singles / 70 Doubles
Wednesday: 80, 90 Doubles Wednesday: 60 Singles / 65 Doubles
Thursday: 75, 80, 85 Singles/75 Doubles
Friday: 60 Doubles
The starting times for each day of the tournament will be as follows: Monday, May 12 – 9 a.m.; Tuesday, May 13 through Friday, May 16 – 8 a.m.; Saturday, May 17 and Sunday, May 18 – 9 a.m.