December 10, 2016

Kathy Rinaldi Named US Fed Cup Captain

From the USTA: WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., December 8, 2016 – The USTA announced that Kathy Rinaldi has been named U.S. Fed Cup Captain. This announcement coincides with an expansion of the captain’s role. In this redefined position, the U.S. Fed Cup Captain will more closely work with Team USA players throughout the WTA Tour year, as well as support players in the offseason. Rinaldi will also work hand-in-hand with all departments of the USTA, including Player Development, to achieve maximum results. Mary Joe Fernandez previously held the position of U.S. Fed Cup Captain, stepping down in October, after 8 years at the post.

“Kathy brings a rare combination of skills to the Fed Cup captaincy. She was a top-ten player when competing on the WTA Tour and now is a top-flight coach with impeccable credentials. Kathy already commands the respect and confidence of the U.S. players. This coupled with her leadership experience, and winning mentality makes her the ideal individual to ensure that the team is best composed, and best prepared, to compete with whatever opponent is across the net,” said Katrina Adams, Chairman of the Board and President, USTA. “Just as importantly, Kathy understands the significance of working with our Community Tennis group to promote the game at the youth level – which will only help to recruit and develop the next generation of Fed Cup and Davis Cup players for the United States.”

Rinaldi, 49, was ranked as high as No. 7 in the world in singles (May 1986) and No. 13 in the world in doubles (February 1993). In 1981, she became the youngest player to win a match at Wimbledon (14 years, 91 days), a record that stood until 1990. She also reached the quarterfinals of the French Open in 1981, at age 14, and again in 1987. Rinaldi advanced to the singles semifinals of Wimbledon in 1985 and reached the doubles semifinals of the 1985 US Open, the 1987 French Open, and the Australian Open in 1991 and 1993. She won three WTA singles titles and two doubles titles in her career. She received the WTA Newcomer of the Year honor in her rookie season in 1981 at age 14, as well as a WTA Comeback Player of the Year award in 1989 after suffering an injury in 1987. Rinaldi also competed for the U.S. vs. Great Britain in the Wightman Cup competition, winning in 1983, ’85-86.

As a coach, Rinaldi currently serves as Lead National Coach, Team USA – Pro Women for USTA Player Development, focused on helping American pros achieve Top-100 rankings. She has coached the U.S. to multiple junior international team competition titles, including the 16-and-under Junior Fed Cup (2012, 2014) and the 14-and-under World Junior Tennis (2009-10), and coached the U.S. women in the Pan-American Games in 2015. Rinaldi has also coached a multitude of American junior and pro women on either a primary or supplemental basis, and was named the U.S. Olympic Committee’s National Coach of the Year for tennis in 2011.

“The change in the role of the Fed Cup Captain is part of the USTA’s attempt to align all of our divisions for the greatest benefit of American tennis,” said Stacey Allaster, Chief Executive, Professional Tennis, USTA. “In Kathy, we have someone that understands the importance of this, as well as someone uniquely qualified and equipped to work with players throughout the year, benefitting the overall development of American professionals, while at the same time raising the level of the U.S. Fed Cup team.”

“This is an unbelievable opportunity, and I am incredibly excited and honored to take on the position of U.S. Fed Cup Captain. I believe that my experiences as both a player and a coach have given me insight that will help me to succeed in this role and can assist in getting the U.S. Fed Cup team to the next level.” said Kathy Rinaldi, Fed Cup Captain and Lead National Coach, Team USA – Pro Women. “I look forward to working closely with the players throughout the year as we move forward in our goal of bringing the Fed Cup back to the United States.”

 

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Andy Murray and Angelique Kerber Lead Australian Open Fields as Acceptance Lists are Announced

 

(December 8, 2016) The world’s top 99 men and 99 women are confirmed for Australian Open 2017 in January.

 

The two new world No.1s – defending Australian Open champion Angelique Kerber and five-time finalist Andy Murray – will be top seeds in Melbourne, a sign of the changing of the guard in world tennis.

 

The all-star player field will also feature six-time champion, No.2 Novak Djokovic, who’ll be aiming to hoist the Norman Brookes Challenge Cup for a record seventh time. Six-time Australian Open champion Serena Williams (USA) also has an eye on the record books as she begins her campaign for a 23rd Major singles title, to surpass Steffi Graff and set a new record for the Open Era.

 

The only name missing from the women’s draw is two-time Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka, who in July announced she was expecting her first child.

 

Players expected to use protected rankings include former world No.2 Tommy Haas (GER), Dmitry Tursunov (RUS), Jerzy Janowicz (POL) and Australia’s Thanasi Kokkinakis.

 

On the women’s side Karin Knapp (ITA) and Galina Voskoboeva (KAZ) will enter on protected rankings.

 

Australian Open Tournament Director Craig Tiley is looking forward to welcoming the world’s best players to Melbourne in January.

 

“We have an exceptionally strong field for Australian Open 2017, and it’s exciting to welcome two new world No.1s, and two new top seeds in Angie [Kerber] and Andy [Murray].

 

“We have been in regular contact with Roger [Federer] and Rafa [Nadal] and both are ready and excited for the Aussie summer, with Roger heading to Perth and Rafa to Brisbane for the first time.

 

“Like all the players, they can’t wait to get to Melbourne and start the year off well. We’re very excited about the changes onsite, and as always we have a few more surprises.

 

“The players already appreciate how close Melbourne Park is to the city, and how easy it is to get around. With the new bridge in place, and the whole precinct now facing the CBD, it’s even more convenient and I have no doubt all the players and fans will have a great time,” Tiley continued.

 

There will be 16 male qualifiers and 12 female qualifiers added to each draw, along with eight wildcards.

 

 

Women’s main draw wildcards (as at 8 December 2016)

 

US reciprocal: Kayla Day (USA)
French reciprocal: Myrtille Georges (FRA)
Asia Pacific Play-off: Luksika Kumkhum (THA)
Discretionary: Lizette Cabrera (AUS)
Discretionary x 4: TBC

 

 

Men’s main draw wildcards (as at 8 December 2016)

 

US reciprocal: Michael Mmoh (USA)
French reciprocal: Quentin Halys (FRA)
Asia Pacific Play-off: Denis Istomin (UZB)
Discretionary x 5: TBC

 

 

Men’s main draw acceptance list

 

ATP Rank First Name Last Name Nation
1 Andy Murray GBR
2 Novak Djokovic SRB
3 Milos Raonic CAN
4 Stan Wawrinka SUI
5 Kei Nishikori JPN
6 Marin Cilic CRO
7 Gael Monfils FRA
8 Dominic Thiem AUT
9 Rafael Nadal ESP
10 Tomas Berdych CZE
11 David Goffin BEL
12 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga FRA
13 Nick Kyrgios AUS
14 Roberto Bautista Agut ESP
15 Lucas Pouille FRA
16 Roger Federer SUI
17 Grigor Dimitrov BUL
18 Richard Gasquet FRA
19 John Isner USA
21 David Ferrer ESP
22 Pablo Cuevas URU
23 Jack Sock USA
24 Alexander Zverev GER
25 Gilles Simon FRA
25* Tommy Haas GER
26 Bernard Tomic AUS
27 Albert Ramos-Vinolas ESP
28 Feliciano Lopez ESP
29 Viktor Troicki SRB
30 Pablo Carreno Busta ESP
31 Sam Querrey USA
32 Philipp Kohlschreiber GER
33 Steve Johnson USA
34 Gilles Muller LUX
35 Martin Klizan SVK
36 Marcos Baghdatis CYP
37 Marcel Granollers ESP
38 Juan Martin del Potro ARG
39 Nicolas Mahut FRA
40 Paolo Lorenzi ITA
41 Federico Delbonis ARG
42 Fernando Verdasco ESP
43 Joao Sousa POR
44 Nicolas Almagro ESP
45 Kyle Edmund GBR
46 Andrey Kuznetsov RUS
47 Benoit Paire FRA
48 Borna Coric CRO
49 Fabio Fognini ITA
50 Florian Mayer GER
51 Mischa Zverev GER
52 Diego Schwartzman ARG
53 Karen Khachanov RUS
54 Stephane Robert FRA
55 Jiri Vesely CZE
56 Facundo Bagnis ARG
57 Mikhail Youzhny RUS
57* Tommy Robredo ESP
58 Malek Jaziri TUN
59 Robin Haase NED
60 Adrian Mannarino FRA
61 Thomaz Bellucci BRA
62 Alexandr Dolgopolov UKR
63 Jan-Lennard Struff GER
64 Yen-Hsun Lu TPE
65 Juan Monaco ARG
66 Daniel Evans GBR
67 Kevin Anderson RSA
68 Gerald Melzer AUT
69 Jeremy Chardy FRA
70 Guillermo Garcia-Lopez ESP
71 Horacio Zeballos ARG
72 Dustin Brown GER
73 Paul-Henri Mathieu FRA
74 Illya Marchenko UKR
75 Adam Pavlasek CZE
76 Taylor Fritz USA
77 Damir Dzumhur BIH
78 Pierre-Hugues Herbert FRA
79 Jordan Thompson AUS
80 Guido Pella ARG
81 Gastao Elias POR
81* Thanasi Kokkinakis AUS
82 Thiago Monteiro BRA
83 Renzo Olivo ARG
84 John Millman AUS
85 Konstantin Kravchuk RUS
86 Steve Darcis BEL
87 Andreas Seppi ITA
88 Donald Young USA
89 Mikhail Kukushkin KAZ
89* Dmitry Tursunov RUS
90 Ryan Harrison USA
91 Santiago Giraldo COL
92 Ricardas Berankis LTU
93 Dusan Lajovic SRB
94 Nikoloz Basilashvili GEO
94* Jerzy Janowicz POL
95 Carlos Berlocq ARG
96 Dudi Sela ISR
98 Rogerio Dutra Silva BRA
99 Daniil Medvedev RUS

*Denotes protected ranking

 

 

Women’s main draw acceptance list

 

WTA rank First Name Last Name Nation
1 Angelique Kerber GER
2 Serena Williams USA
3 Agnieszka Radwanska POL
4 Simona Halep ROU
5 Dominika Cibulkova SVK
6 Karolina Pliskova CZE
7 Garbiñe Muguruza ESP
8 Madison Keys USA
9 Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS
10 Johanna Konta GBR
11 Petra Kvitova CZE
12 Carla Suárez Navarro ESP
14 Elina Svitolina UKR
15 Timea Bacsinszky SUI
16 Elena Vesnina RUS
17 Venus Williams USA
18 Roberta Vinci ITA
19 Caroline Wozniacki DEN
20 Barbora Strycova CZE
21 Samantha Stosur AUS
22 Kiki Bertens NED
23 Shuai Zhang CHN
24 Caroline Garcia FRA
25 Daria Gavrilova AUS
26 Daria Kasatkina RUS
27 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova RUS
28 Timea Babos HUN
29 Irina-Camelia Begu ROU
30 Ekaterina Makarova RUS
31 Laura Siegemund GER
32 Monica Puig PUR
33 Yulia Putintseva KAZ
34 Anastasija Sevastova LAT
35 Sloane Stephens USA
36 Coco Vandeweghe USA
37 Yaroslava Shvedova KAZ
38 Monica Niculescu ROU
39 Alison Riske USA
40 Misaki Doi JPN
41 Alizé Cornet FRA
42 Kristina Mladenovic FRA
43 Belinda Bencic SUI
44 Jelena Ostapenko LAT
45 Christina McHale USA
45* Karin Knapp ITA
46 Eugenie Bouchard CAN
47 Ana Konjuh CRO
48 Naomi Osaka JPN
49 Sara Errani ITA
50 Johanna Larsson SWE
51 Annika Beck GER
52 Katerina Siniakova CZE
53 Julia Goerges GER
54 Jelena Jankovic SRB
55 Andrea Petkovic GER
56 Viktorija Golubic SUI
57 Lesia Tsurenko UKR
58 Yanina Wickmayer BEL
59 Shelby Rogers USA
60 Kristyna Pliskova CZE
61 Lauren Davis USA
62 Lucie Safarova CZE
63 Ana Ivanovic SRB
64 Tsvetana Pironkova BUL
64* Galina Voskoboeva KAZ
65 Kirsten Flipkens BEL
66 Lara Arruabarrena ESP
67 Anna-Lena Friedsam GER
68 Louisa Chirico USA
69 Kateryna Bondarenko UKR
70 Pauline Parmentier FRA
71 Danka Kovinic MNE
72 Qiang Wang CHN
73 Madison Brengle USA
74 Oceane Dodin FRA
75 Catherine Bellis USA
76 Heather Watson GBR
77 Cagla Buyukakcay TUR
78 Kurumi Nara JPN
79 Vania King USA
80 Sorana Cirstea ROU
81 Mirjana Lucic-Baroni CRO
82 Kristina Kucova SVK
83 Camila Giorgi ITA
84 Shuai Peng CHN
85 Saisai Zheng CHN
86 Evgeniya Rodina RUS
87 Carina Witthoeft GER
88 Nicole Gibbs USA
89 Varvara Lepchenko USA
90 Naomi Broady GBR
91 Denisa Allertova CZE
92 Sabine Lisicki GER
93 Irina Khromacheva RUS
94 Nao Hibino JPN
95 Magda Linette POL
96 Risa Ozaki JPN
97 Maria Sakkari GRE
98 Irina Falconi USA
99 Jana Cepelova SVK
100 Donna Vekic CRO
101 Kateryna Kozlova UKR
102 Francesca Schiavone ITA
103 Ying-Ying Duan CHN
104 Mandy Minella LUX
105 Marina Erakovic NZL
106 Sara Sorribes Tormo ESP
107 Patricia Maria Tig ROU

*Denotes protected ranking

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Tennis Channel To Recap 2016 Season

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Mary Carillo to Host Men’s and Women’s
Year in Review December 12 at 8 p.m. ET
LOS ANGELES, December 6, 2016 -Tennis Channel is doubling its Year in Review coverage in 2016 by airing two hour-long shows dedicated to both the men’s and women’s tours, respectively. The network will debut the women’s Year in Review on December 12, at 8 p.m. ET, which will be immediately followed by the ATP Year in Review at 9 p.m. ET.
Both editions will be hosted by Mary Carillo, who will be joined by Hall of Famers Tracy Austin (@thetracyaustin) and Lindsay Davenport (@LDavenport76), and former players and coaches Justin Gimelstob (@justingimelstob) and Paul Annacone (@paul_annacone). The panel will discuss the season’s most compelling storylines, which include Maria Sharapova’s suspension following a failed drug test, Stan Wawrinka’s upset of Novak Djokovic in the US Open final and Andy Murray becoming the year-end No. 1. Along with a recap of the 2016 season’s biggest news, “Player of the Year” will be named for both the WTA and ATP tours. Additionally, over the course of the evening, the team will look ahead to 2017 and discuss what to expect when play resumes in January.
This is the second installment of Tennis Channel’s Year in Review but it is the first time the network is devoting an hour to each of the two professional tours. Last year, Tennis Channel named Novak Djokovic as “Player of the Year” and the US Open semifinal between Roberta Vinci and Serena Williams as “Match of the Year.”
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Istomin, Kumkhum win Australian Open 2017 Wildcards

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Denis Istomin (UZB) and Luksika Kumkhum (THA) will compete in the main draw of Australian Open 2017 after winning the AO Asia-Pacific Wildcard Play-off finals in Zhuhai, China.

 

Top seed Istomin, of Uzbekistan, beat second seed Duckhee Lee 7-5 6-1 to secure the coveted men’s wildcard, while Thailand’s Kumkhum overcame Kai-Chen Chang of Chinese Taipei 6-4 6-3 to cement her place in women’s main draw.

 

“For me, the Australian Open is a very special tournament for my career,” Istomin said.

 

“In 2006 I played my first Grand Slam match at Melbourne Park, and it was with Roger Federer. For the last nine years I have never missed to play in the main draw.

 

“I want to say thanks to Tennis Australia and China Tennis Association for organising this event, to offer such a great opportunity for the Asian players to get a chance to play at a Grand Slam.”

 

In the women’s final, Kumkhum said she was looking forward to returning to the Australian Open, a Grand Slam that feels like home for the 23-year-old.

 

“I’m very happy that I won today.” Kumkhum said.

 

“I actually have played in the Australian Open since (being a) junior. And I don’t know why, I really like playing there in Melbourne, and had some good results too.

 

“I feel like at home every time being there, not far from Bangkok, the weather and everything, I think if someone gets used to hot weather, they will like Melbourne too.”

 

Doubles events concluded in Zhuhai on Saturday, with Chinese Taipei duo Hseih Cheng Peng and Yang Tsung-Hua winning the men’s doubles wildcard, and Chan Chin Wei (TPE) and Junri Namigata (JPN) scoring the women’s doubles wildcard.

 

Junior titles were also determined over the weekend, with reigning wildcard champion Mu Tao (CHN) and 16-year-old Yuan Chengyiyi (CHN) securing positions in the boys’ and girls’ singles events at the Australian Open Junior Championships.

 

Australian Open 2017 Asia-Pacific Wildcard Winners

Men’s Singles – Denis ISTOMIN (UZB)

Women’s Singles – Luksika KUMKHUM (THA)

Boys Singles – MU Tao (CHN)

Girls Singles – YUAN Chengyiyi (CHN)

Men’s Doubles – HSEIH Cheng Peng (TPE) and YANG Tsung-Hua (TPE)

Women’s Doubles – CHAN Chin Wei (TPE) and Junri NAMIGATA (JPN)

Australian Open 2017 will take place at Melbourne Park from 16 – 29 January.

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Jeff Greenwald Wins USTA National 40 Hard Court Championships

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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.”

For final tournament results and updated draws for each division, please go to:
http://tennislink.usta.com/Tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=170902

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.
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USTA National 40 Hard Court Championships
La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club
La Jolla, Calif.
Sunday’s Results

Men’s Singles
Championship

Jeff Greenwald (6), San Anselmo, Calif., def. Oren Motevassel (4), San Jose, Calif., Walkover (injury)

Men’s Doubles
Championship

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

Women’s Doubles
Championship

Eleanor Hammargren (1) and Jennifer Lyons, San Clemente, Calif., def. Amy Alcini (3), Malibu, Calif., and Carolina Blouin, Augusta, Ga., 6-1, 6-3

Mixed Doubles
Championship

Tracie Currie (1), and William Quest, Ventura, Calif., def. Brett Buffington (3), La Jolla and Ros Nideffer, San Diego, 6-3, 6-1

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Hiromi Sasano Wins Wins Women’s Singles at USTA National 40 Hard Court Championships

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SAN DIEGO’S HIROMI SASANO CROWNED WOMEN’S SINGLES
CHAMPION AT USTA NATIONAL 40 HARD COURT CHAMPIONSHIPS

4th Seeded Oren Motevassel to Face 6th Seeded Jeff Greenwald in Men’s Singles Final
La Jolla, Calif. – (December 3, 2016) – Fourth-seeded Hiromi Sasano of San Diego defeated top-seeded Dina McBride of Stevenson Ranch, Calif., 6-1, 5-5, ret., to capture the women’s singles title at the USTA National 40 Hard Court Championships at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club.

McBride, who was attempting to win the National 40 Hard Court Championships for the third time after winning titles in 2012 and 2014, suffered a right leg injury in the 11th game of the second set and was unable to continue the match.

The 41-year-old Sasano, a native of Chiba, Japan, jumped out to a quick start in the championship match and won the first set in 30 minutes as she broke McBride’s serve in the third, fifth and seventh games with the loss of only three points.

In the second set, Sasano continued her strong play, capitalizing on two service breaks to build a commanding 5-2 lead. However, the momentum of the set began to swing in McBride’s favor as she cut down on her unforced errors and began extending the rallies.

McBride staged a spirited comeback and won the next three games to knot the set at 5-5. With Sasano serving in the 11th game, McBride held a break point at 30-40, when she suffered her injury and was forced to retire.

Following the match, Sasano was overcome with mixed emotions. She was excited to win the match, but she also knew what McBride was going through. In last year’s tournament, Sasano had to retire from her second-round match after one game due to a back injury and was taken off the court in a wheelchair.

“It was an exciting match. In the first set, I told myself to attack, because that’s how I play. In the second set I lost a little patience and I was a little tight. Overall I thought I played well,” Sasano said. “I had a goal of getting a (USTA) gold ball this year. It’s awesome. That’s what I wanted since last year.”

The men’s singles final, which will take place at 9 a.m. (PST) on Sunday, will feature two former tournament champions. Fourth-seeded Oren Motevassel of San Jose, Calif, the singles champion  in 2011 and 2012, will take on 2009 singles champion Jeff Greenwald of San Anselmo, Calif.

The 49-year-old Motevassel, who reached a career-high singles ranking of No. 161 on the ATP World Tour in 1997, reached Sunday’s final with a 3-6, 6-1, 6-3 semifinal victory over fifth-seeded Jesse Walter of Mercer Island, Wash.

The 50-year-old Greenwald, who is seeded sixth, continued his remarkable tournament run as he stunned top-seeded Stuart Ross Duncan of Laguna Beach, Calif., 6-4, 5-7, 6-3 in a three-hour semifinal match.

For the latest tournament results and updated draws for each division, please go to:
http://tennislink.usta.com/Tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=170902

Admission for spectators is free and onsite parking is available for a nominal fee.

The USTA National Father/Son and Grandfather/Grandson Hard Court Doubles Championships will conclude on Sunday.

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.

USTA National 40 Hard Court Championships
La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club
La Jolla, Calif.
Saturday’s Results

Women’s Singles
Championship
Hiromi Sasano (4), San Diego, def. Dina McBride (1), Stevenson Ranch, Calif., 6-1, 5-5, ret. (injury)

Men’s Singles
Semifinals
Jeff Greenwald (6), San Anselmo, Calif., def. Stuart Duncan (1), Laguna Beach, Calif., 6-4, 5-7, 6-3
Oren Motevassel (4), San Jose, Calif., def. Jesse Walter (5), Mercer Island, Wash., 3-6, 6-1, 6-3

For complete scores and results, go to: tennislink.usta.com/Tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=170902#&&s=8Results2

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Saturday Schedule – USTA National 40 Hard Court Championships

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USTA National 40 Hard Court Championships
La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club
La Jolla, Calif.
Saturday’s Schedule

Women’s Singles
Championship — 9 a.m. (PST)
Dina McBride (1), Stevenson Ranch, Calif., vs. Hiromi Sasano (4), San Diego

Men’s Singles
Semifinals — 10:30 a.m. (PST)
Stuart Duncan (1), Laguna Beach, Calif., vs. Jeff Greenwald (6), San Anselmo, Calif.
Oren Motevassel (4), San Jose, Calif., vs. Jesse Walter (5), Mercer Island, Wash.

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Three-Time Defending Champion Tony Bujan Beaten at USTA National 40 Hard Court Championships 

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La Jolla, Calif. – (December 1, 2016) – There will be a new men’s singles champion this year at the USTA National 40 Hard Court Championships after fifth-seeded Jesse Walter of Mercer Island, Wash., scored a dramatic 6-7 (8), 6-4, 6-3 quarterfinal victory over three-time defending champion Tony Bujan at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club.

After losing the first set that took nearly 90 minutes to complete, Walter rebounded in the second set, securing a critical service break in the seventh game to take a 4-3 lead. Later in the 10th game of the set, Walter fought off three break points to hold serve and win the set to even the match at one set all.

In the third set, Walter built a 3-1 lead with an early service break and went on to close out the match in three hours and 18 minutes, ending Bujan’s three-year reign as the USTA National 40 Hard Court men’s singles champion.

Walter advances to a semifinal meeting with fourth-seeded Oren Motevassel of San Jose, Calif., on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. (PST). The 49-year-old Motevassel, a former touring professional on the ATP World Tour, won the tournament singles title in 2011 and 2012.

Top-seeded Stuart Ross Duncan of Laguna Beach, Calif., faced his toughest test of the tournament so far, but managed to overcome eighth-seeded Leon Bax of Mountain View, Calif., 6-4, 7-5. Duncan will face sixth-seeded Jeff Greenwald of San Anselmo, Calif., in the semifinals on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. (PST). Greenwald, a former tournament champion, won the singles title in 2009.

In the women’s singles draw, fourth-seeded Hiromi Sasano, a 41-year-old native of Chiba, Japan, eliminated fellow San Diegan and second-seed Ros Nideffer 6-7 (7), 6-4, 6-4 in a thrilling semifinal match on Court No. 2 that lasted three-hours and 25 minutes.

After dropping the first set tiebreaker, Sasano fell behind 4-2 in the second set, but rallied to win four games in a row to send the match to a deciding third set, where she broke Nideffer in the critical ninth game to clinch the victory.

Sasano, a San Diego-based tennis teaching professional, will play in the women’s singles final on Saturday at 9 a.m. (PST), against number-one seed and former two-time tournament champion Dina McBride, who blanked third-seeded Fanny Gamble of San Rafael, Calif., 6-0, 6-0 in the semifinals.

For the latest tournament results and updated draws for each division, please go to the following link:
http://tennislink.usta.com/Tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=170902

The starting times for the final three days of the tournament will be as follows: 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.

The USTA National Father/Son and Grandfather/Grandson Hard Court Doubles Championships will take center stage on Friday with early-round matches on the tournament schedule. Both Father/Son and Grandfather/Grandson events will conclude on Sunday.

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.

 

USTA National 40 Hard Court Championships
La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club
La Jolla, Calif.
Thursday’s Results

Men’s Singles
Quarterfinals
Stuart Duncan (1), Laguna Beach, Calif., def. Leon Bax (8), Mountain View, Calif., 6-4, 7-5
Oren Motevassel (4), San Jose, Calif., def. Joshua Prager (13), Yuba City, Calif., 6-0, 6-0
Jesse Walter (5), Mercer Island, Wash., def. Tony Bujan (2), Tustin, Calif., 6-7(8), 6-4, 6-3
Jeff Greenwald (6), San Anselmo, Calif., def. Marcio Carlsson (3), Newport Beach, Calif., 3-2, ret. (injury)

Women’s Singles
Semifinals
Dina McBride (1), Stevenson Ranch, Calif., def. Fanny Gamble (3), San Rafael, Calif., 6-0, 6-0
Hiromi Sasano (4), San Diego, def. Ros Nideffer (2), San Diego, 6-7 (7), 6-4, 6-4

For complete scores and results, go to: tennislink.usta.com/Tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=170902#&&s=8Results2

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Women’s Semifinals Set at USTA National 40 Hard Court Championships

Dina McBride

Dina McBride

WOMEN’S SINGLES SEMIFINAL PAIRINGS SET AT
USTA NATIONAL 40 HARD COURT CHAMPIONSHIPS

Top-Seed Duncan and 2nd Seeded Bujan Advance to Men’s Quarterfinals
La Jolla, Calif. – (November 30, 2016) – Top-seeded Dina McBride of Stevenson Ranch, Calif., and second-seeded Ros Nideffer of San Diego (Rancho Bernardo) dominated their opponents in Wednesday’s quarterfinal action to advance to the women’s singles semifinals of the USTA National 40 Hard Court Championships at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club.

McBride, a two-time former tournament champion, used an all-court game to eliminate unseeded Mariko Atoji of San Diego, 6-1, 6-1 in 58 minutes. McBride will play her semifinal match on Thursday at 9 a.m. (PST) against third-seeded Fanny Gamble of San Rafael, Calif.

Nideffer, a former WTA touring professional, scored a convincing 6-0, 6-2 victory over unseeded Carolina Blouin of Augusta, Ga., to set up a semifinal match against fourth-seeded Hiromi Sasano of La Mesa, Calif., which is scheduled for Thursday at 9 a.m. (PST).

Earlier this year, the 56-year-old Nideffer captured the USTA National 50 Hard Court Championships at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club. She entered this week’s National 40 tournament in an effort to raise the level of her game.

“I was playing a little bit more and I was hoping with that motivation to practice, that I would be able to up my game to a higher level. I’ve been trying to serve and volley a little bit more and trying to work on my first serve,” said Nideffer, who reached the Wimbledon singles quarterfinals in 1989 and 1988. “Knowing that I have to compete against younger players is a good motivation.”

Even though Nideffer has lost only three games in her two tournament matches this week, she is careful not to take her semifinal opponent lightly. “My next match is really tough. Hiromi is young and fit and hits the ball well. She’s match tough. I’ve got my work cut out for me,” Nideffer said.

In the men’s singles draw, top-seeded Stuart Ross Duncan of Laguna Beach, Calif., continued his strong play as he breezed past 14th seeded Kerry Safdie of San Diego, 6-0, 6-1 in fourth-round action. Duncan, who has dropped only two games in three matches, will play eighth-seeded Leon Bax of Mountain View, Calif., in a quarterfinal match on Thursday at 9 a.m. (PST).

Three-time defending men’s singles champion Tony Bujan faced a tough test in his fourth-round encounter, but came through with a hard-fought 6-4, 6-4 victory over ninth-seeded Ryan Pang of Mercer Island, Wash. Bujan, seeded second, will face fifth-seeded Jesse Walter of Mercer Island, Wash., in the quarterfinals on Thursday at 9 a.m. (PST).

For the latest tournament results and updated draws for each division, please go to:
http://tennislink.usta.com/Tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=170902

The starting times for each day of the tournament will be as follows: Thursday, Dec. 1 and 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.

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.
Wednesday’s Results

Men’s Singles
Fourth Round
Stuart Duncan (1), Laguna Beach, Calif., def. Kerry Safdie (14), San Diego, 6-0, 6-1
Tony Bujan (2), Tustin, Calif., def. Ryan Pang (9), Mercer Island, Wash., 6-4, 6-4
Marcio Carlsson (3), Newport Beach, Calif., def.  Michael Chang (11), Anaheim, Calif., 7-5, 6-2
Oren Motevassel (4), San Jose, Calif., def. Julien Heine (12), Laguna Beach, Calif., 6-0, 6-2
Jesse Walter (5), Mercer Island, Wash., def. Nicolas Chasseray, San Francisco, 6-2, 6-1
Jeff Greenwald (6), San Anselmo, Calif., def. Danny Castro, San Luis Obispo, Calif., 6-3, 6-1
Leon Bax (8), Mountain View, Calif., def. Daniel Hiddleson (10), Kentfield, Calif., 0-6, 6-3, 6-1
Joshua Prager (13), Yuba City, Calif., def. Scott Lindsey (7), Roswell, Ga., 5-7, 6-4, 7-5

Women’s Singles
Quarterfinals
Dina McBride (1), Stevenson Ranch, Calif., def. Mariko Atoji, San Diego, 6-1, 6-1
Ros Nideffer (2), San Diego, def. Carolina Blouin, Augusta, Ga., 6-0, 6-2
Fanny Gamble (3), San Rafael, Calif., def. Cindi Juncal, San Clemente, Calif., 6-0, 6-2
Hiromi Sasano (4), La Mesa, def. Maria Nunez, San Diego, 6-1, 6-1

For complete scores and results, go to: tennislink.usta.com/Tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=170902#&&s=8Results2

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Top Seeds Advance at USTA National 40 Hard Court Championships

LJBTC

TOP MEN’S AND WOMEN’S SEEDS EASILY ADVANCE
AT USTA NATIONAL 40 HARD COURT CHAMPIONSHIPS
Wednesday’s Action to Begin at 8 a.m. (PST) at La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club

La Jolla, Calif. – (November 29, 2016) – Top-seeded Stuart Ross Duncan of Laguna Beach, Calif., and second-seeded Tony Bujan of Tustin, Calif., scored impressive straight-set victories to easily advance to the fourth round of the USTA National 40 Hard Court Championships at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club.Playing on Court No. 1 on a bright, sunny day, the 40-year-old Duncan took only 50 minutes to dispatch unseeded Matthew Conrad of Wichita, Kan., 6-0, 6-0. He will face 14th seeded Kerry Safdie of San Diego on Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. (PST).

Bujan, the three-time defending men’s singles champion, eliminated unseeded Michael Peltz of Irvine, Calif., 6-1, 6-0 on Court No. 2. Bujan will take on ninth-seeded Ryan Pang of Mercer Island, Wash., on Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. (PST).

This year marks the first time Duncan is playing in the USTA National 40 Hard Court Championships. In 2011 and 2012 he captured the singles title at the USTA National 35 Hard Court Championships.

Duncan, who played in the Pacific Coast Doubles Championships at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club in 1996 while playing for Pepperdine University, said he feels humbled to enter this week’s tournament as the number one seed and knows he’ll have to play well to win the USTA National 40 Hard Court singles title.

“I just have to go out there and play to win. I’m going to have to play aggressively. There are some really strong players. Some guys aren’t even seeded. There are a lot of dark horses out there,” Duncan said. “It would be a dream for me to win. It feels like a pro tournament. It’s by far the best National I’ve ever been to.”

In the women’s singles draw, top-seeded Dina McBride of Stevenson Ranch, Calif., blanked Tai Sisson of San Dimas, Calif., 6-0, 6-0 to reach the quarterfinals. She will play San Diego’s Mariko Atoji on Wednesday at 10 a.m. (PST).

Second-seeded Ros Nideffer of San Diego (Rancho Bernardo) also advanced to the quarterfinals as she cruised past Heather Walsh of Cabin John, Md., 6-1, 6-0. Nideffer, a former WTA touring professional, will go up against Carolina Blouin of Augusta, Ga., on Wednesday.

For the latest tournament results and updated draws for each division, please go to:
http://tennislink.usta.com/Tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=170902The starting times for each day of the tournament will be as follows: Wednesday, Nov. 30 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.

USTA National 40 Hard Court Championships
La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club
La Jolla, Calif.
Tuesday’s Results

Men’s Singles
Third Round
Stuart Duncan (1), Laguna Beach, Calif., def. Matthew Conrad, Wichita, Kan., 6-0, 6-0
Tony Bujan (2), Tustin, Calif., def.  Michael Peltz, Irvine, Calif., 6-1, 6-0
Oren Motevassel (4), San Jose, Calif., def. Samuel Schroerlucke, Memphis, Tenn., 6-4, 3-6, 6-3
Jesse Walter (5), Mercer Island, Wash., def. Greg Failla, Ramona, 6-3, 6-1
Jeff Greenwald (6), San Anselmo, Calif., def. Patrick Crow, Lake Forest, Calif., 6-4, 6-2
Scott Lindsey (7), Roswell, Ga., def. Leonardo Goldstein, San Diego, 6-1, 6-3
Leon Bax (8), Mountain View, Calif., def. Jesse Ponwith, Scottsdale, Ariz., 6-4, 6-4
Ryan Pang (9), Mercer Island, Wash., def. Patrick Rost, San Diego, 6-1, 6-3
Daniel Hiddleson (10), Kentfield, Calif., def. Elson De Cantuaria, Santa Ana, Calif., 6-4, 1-0, ret.
Michael Chang (11), Anaheim, Calif., def. Constantine Ananiadis, Wellington, Ohio, 6-2, 6-3
Nicolas Chasseray, San Francisco, def. Wade Murphy, Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., 6-0, 6-2
Joshua Prager (13), Yuba City, Calif., def. Shibu Lal, Novato, Calif., 3-6, 6-4, 6-3
Danny Castro, San Luis Obispo, Calif., def. Jeff Thomsen, Newport Beach, Calif., 3-6, 6-3, 6-4

Women’s Singles
Second Round
Dina McBride (1), Stevenson Ranch, Calif., def. Tai Sisson, San Dimas, 6-0, 6-0
Ros Nideffer (2), San Diego, def. Heather Walsh, Cabin John, Md., 6-0, 6-1
Hiromi Sasano (4), La Mesa, def. Dianne Lee, Austin, Texas, 6-0, 6-0
Carolina Blouin, Augusta, Ga., def. Bethann Valine, San Diego, 6-2, 6-2
Maria Nunez, San Diego, def. Nevanna Sacks, La Jolla, 7-6 (6), 6-0
Cindi Juncal, San Clemente, Calif., def. Vanessa Bogenholm, Los Gatos, Calif., 6-4, 6-0
Mariko Atoji, San Diego, def. Terri Bourne, La Jolla, 6-0, 6-0

 

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