San Diego, Calif. – (June 2, 2014) – Sixteen-year-old Francis Filipovich felt right at home at the Balboa Tennis Club as he easily advanced to the second round of the United States Tennis Association National Open Hard Court Championships with an impressive 6-1, 6-0, first-round victory over fellow San Diegan Gabriel Pamich.
Filipovich, a senior at Charter School of San Diego, began playing tennis at age six and became a member of the Balboa Tennis Club, the venue for this week’s national championship, when he was nine years old.
Monday’s first-round win proved to be a significant victory for Filipovich who had never advanced past the opening round in three previous appearances at the USTA National Open Hard Court Championships.
“It feels really good to make it past the first round. I just played my game and went for my shots,” said Filipovich, who admitted he suffered from first-round jitters. “Everyone was cheering for me, so that gave me an extra boost. I didn’t want to let them down.”
Filipovich has grown up on the courts of the Balboa Tennis Club; practicing, training and playing matches and tournaments which have helped him sharpen his tennis game over the years. He aspires to play NCAA Division I tennis and next year has plans to play International Tennis Federation tournaments in Europe.
When asked what playing tennis meant to him, Filipovich answered, “Every day is new and there is always something to work on. I love when the hard work pays off. It’s always something to look forward to.”
Filipovich always wanted to win a first-round match at this national event to see how far he could get. He will get that opportunity when he faces ninth-seeded Milen Ianakiev of San Diego in Tuesday’s second round.
Former touring tennis professional Brian Battistone of Las Vegas, the top seed in the men’s singles draw, withdrew from the tournament on Monday. After receiving a first-round bye, Battistone was scheduled to face unseeded Daunte Harris of Lomita, Calif., in a second round match. Harris advances to the third round with a walkover.
The USTA National Open Hard Court Championships offer singles and doubles draws in men’s and women’s divisions as well as mixed doubles. Matches begin at 9 a.m. (PDT) each day of the tournament. The event concludes Sunday, June 8, with the women’s singles final, followed by the men’s singles final.
For draws of all divisions and complete scores and results, please go to:
Admission for spectators is free and open to the public. On-site parking at the Balboa Tennis Club is free.
The winners of each division will be awarded a USTA gold ball, while the runner-up will be awarded a USTA silver ball. There will also be a 3rd/4th place playoff for the USTA bronze ball. All draws will have consolation events.