(November 28, 2016) La Jolla, Calif. – After a first-round bye, three-time defending men’s singles champion Tony Bujan of Tustin, Calif., defeated Cornel Catrina of Irvine, Calif., 6-1, 6-3 to advance to the third round of the USTA National 40 Hard Court Championships at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club.
Bujan, an Orange County-based tennis professional who is seeded second, is attempting to become the first player to win the National 40 Hard Court singles title four consecutive years, a feat that has never been accomplished in the history of the tournament which began in 1981.
“I played pretty good today. It would be nice to win a fourth (title), but I don’t look that far ahead. This is by far the toughest draw since I’ve been coming here. If I play really well, I have a chance,” said the 46-year-old Bujan. “I’m kind of amazed I’ve been winning here so often. I think everybody is coming for me this year. If I can win, it’s great, but for me it’s about playing well and having fun.”
In the top half of the men’s singles draw, top-seeded Stuart Duncan of Laguna Beach, Calif., cruised into the third round with an impressive 6-0, 6-1 victory over Brian Matek of Placentia, Calif. Duncan played collegiate tennis at Pepperdine University and won singles titles at the USTA National 35 Hard Court Championships in 2011 and 2012.
In Tuesday’s third-round action, Duncan will face unseeded Matthew Conrad of Wichita, Kan., at 9:30 a.m., while Bujan will take on unseeded Michael Peltz of Irvine, Calif., at 10 a.m.
In the women’s singles draw, top-seeded Dina McBride of Stevenson Ranch, Calif., and second-seeded Ros Nideffer of San Diego (Rancho Bernardo), received first-round byes and will play their respective opening round matches on Tuesday at 11 a.m.
McBride, a former two-time tournament singles champion, captured the title in 2012 and 2014. Nideffer is a former WTA touring professional who reached the Wimbledon singles quarterfinals in 1989 and 1988 and was ranked as high as No. 15 in the world. She won the USTA National 40 Hard Court title in 2009.
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The starting times for each day of the tournament will be as follows: Tuesday, Nov. 29 through Friday, Dec. 2 – 8 a.m.; Saturday, Dec. 3 and Sunday, Dec. 4 – 9 a.m. (All times are PST). Admission for spectators is free and onsite parking is available for a nominal fee.
Also on the agenda is the USTA National Father/Son and Grandfather/Grandson Hard Court Doubles Championships beginning Friday, Dec. 2, with matches concluding Sunday, Dec. 4. Among the entries in the USTA National Father/Son Championship are former ATP World Tour players:
Brad Gilbert – Former Top 5 singles player in the world and former coach of Andre Agassi and Andy Murray. He is currently a Tennis Analyst for ESPN.
Murphy Jensen – 1993 French Open Doubles Champion.
Jonathan Stark – Former No. 1 doubles player in the world.
Jeff Tarango – Former Top 50 in singles and Top 10 in doubles in the world.
Erik van Dillen – Represented the U.S. in 14 Davis Cup ties.
The Father/Son Championship has been held continuously at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club since 1959, and attracts the top father and son tennis teams in the nation. The Grandfather/Grandson Championship is a relatively new competitive division that started at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club in 2003.
RadioTennis.com will broadcast the final weekend of the tournament. Live audio play-by-play coverage will be available on Saturday, Dec. 3 and Sunday, Dec. 4. Tennis broadcaster Ken Thomas will provide the web cast commentary. Go to RadioTennis.com for additional information.