JEFF GREENWALD RECEIVES WALKOVER IN MEN’S SINGLES
FINAL AT USTA NATIONAL 40 HARD COURT CHAMPIONSHIPS 4th Seeded Oren Motevassel Unable to Play Due to Right Knee Injury La Jolla, Calif. – (December 4, 2016) – It was a highly-anticipated men’s singles final at the USTA National 40 Hard Court Championships as sixth-seeded Jeff Greenwald, the 2009 champion, was ready to take on fourth-seeded Oren Motevassel, who won the tournament title in 2011 and 2012.
Since winning the title seven years ago, Greenwald had met Motevassel in the National 40 Hard Court Championships on four occasions, including three times in the semifinals, and had lost each encounter. The 50-year-old Greenwald was excited to get another shot at Motevassel, especially with the title on the line.
On Sunday morning, both players stepped onto Court 1 at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club for the traditional pre-match warm-up. However, at the conclusion of the warm-up, Motevassel announced he was unable to play due to a right knee injury. Greenwald was awarded the title with a walkover.
“It’s not the way I wanted it. I was shocked and extremely disappointed to come out and get ready for a final. You’re excited and have your plan and you want to see if you can execute it. I was very disappointed,” Greenwald said after learning that Motevassel could not compete in the final.
Earlier this summer, Greenwald won the singles title at the USTA National 50 Hard Court Championships in Santa Barbara, Calif. After dealing with several injuries, he was unsure if would play this week’s tournament in La Jolla. Shortly before the entry deadline, he decided to enter the event.
“After that tournament, it seemed to take a toll on me. I had some nagging injuries for about two months. Eventually it resolved itself about six weeks ago. I wasn’t planning on playing (National 40) this year because of family and the commitment,” Greenwald said.
Thanks to his last-minute decision to enter the event, Greenwald went on to complete an incredible run to the title, which included a hard-fought 6-4, 5-7, 6-3 victory over top-seeded Stuart Ross Duncan in Saturday’s semifinals that took three hours to complete.
“Yesterday’s match was probably the toughest match I’ve ever played. He (Duncan) was so fit, so fast and so relentless. He was not giving up very many errors,” Greenwald added. “I had to dig as deep as I ever had to dig to find the energy. It gives me some comfort that I earned the opportunity to be out here today.”
The USTA National Father/Son and Grandfather/Grandson Hard Court Doubles Championships concluded on Sunday. The top-seeded team of Peter and Tanner Smith of Long Beach, Calif., defeated second-seeded Bruce Man Son Hing and Bruce Man Son Hing, Jr., of Calabasas, Calif., 6-2, 6-2 to win the Father/Son National title.
In the Grandfather/Grandson National final, third-seeded Chase Helpingstine of San Francisco and Ronald Keiger of Wilmington, N.C., teamed for a 6-0, 6-0 victory over the unseeded team of Bob Hoffman of West Hempstead, N.Y. and Christopher Schwab of Massapequa, N.Y.
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.
Designated one of the Top 100 Tennis Resorts in the world by Tennis Resorts Online, the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club’s reputation as a top tennis destination started in 1942 when it attracted its first major tournament, the Pacific Coast Men’s Doubles Championship. The Club will be hosting the 128th edition of The Pacific Coast Mens’ Doubles Championships in March 2017, and the USTA National Hard Court Championships for Womens’ 50-90 age groups in May 2017.
About the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club, Inc. – The La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club is a fourth-generation, family-owned and operated company dedicated to the operation of a 14-acre beachside resort. The resort includes three properties, including the exclusive La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club, the 128-room La Jolla Shores Hotel and The Marine Room restaurant. Resort amenities include 14 championship tennis courts, a nine-hole par-3 golf course, two swimming pools, two additional oceanfront restaurants and cocktail lounges, and one of Southern California’s only private beaches. For more information visit www.LJBTC.com. ###
USTA National 40 Hard Court Championships
La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club
La Jolla, Calif.
Jeff Greenwald (6), San Anselmo, Calif., def. Oren Motevassel (4), San Jose, Calif., Walkover (injury)
Michael Noel (1), Bakersfield, Calif., and Peter Smith, Long Beach, Calif., def. Patrick Crow (7), Lake Forest, Calif., and Jeff Tarango, Manhattan Beach, Calif., 6-7 (2), 7-6 (5), 6-1
Eleanor Hammargren (1) and Jennifer Lyons, San Clemente, Calif., def. Amy Alcini (3), Malibu, Calif., and Carolina Blouin, Augusta, Ga., 6-1, 6-3
Tracie Currie (1), and William Quest, Ventura, Calif., def. Brett Buffington (3), La Jolla and Ros Nideffer, San Diego, 6-3, 6-1