(November 26, 2014) La Jolla, Calif. - The 42nd annual United States Tennis Association (USTA) National Hard Court Championships will get underway on Monday, December 1 at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club, The national tennis event will continue through Sunday, Dec. 7.
Competition is slated for men and women in singles, doubles and mixed doubles in the National 40 and Over events. Also on the agenda is the USTA National Father & Son and Grandfather & Grandson Hard Court Doubles Championships beginning Friday, Dec. 5.
Defending Men’s 40s singles champion Tony Bujan of San Clemente, Calif., is seeded second this year. He is joined by four former tournament singles champions among the men’s seeded players.
Oren Motevassel of San Jose, Calif., the 2012 and 2011 tournament champion, is the Men’s 40s singles top-seed. Jeff Tarango of Manhattan Beach, Calif., is seeded third. He won the tournament title in 2009.
Peter Smith of Long Beach, Calif., is seeded fourth. Smith won three consecutive tournament singles titles from 2005 to 2007. Jeff Greenwald of San Anselmo, Calif., who captured the singles championship in 2009, is seeded sixth.
Three former tournament champions have entered the Women’s 40 Division. Jennifer Dawson of Carlsbad, Calif., the 2011 singles tournament champion, is the top-seed. Ros Nideffer of San Diego (Rancho Bernardo), who won the 40s title in 2009, is seeded second.
Seeded third in the Women’s 40s draw is Dina McBride of Stevenson Ranch, Calif. She captured the 40s singles title at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club in 2012.
Hank Pfister of Bakersfield, Calif., is scheduled to compete in the Men’s 40s doubles competition. The 61-year-old Pfister, a former touring professional, captured the 1978 French doubles title. He was also a doubles runner-up at the 1982 US Open and the 1981 Australian Open.
Murphy Jensen of Saint Simons Island, Ga., is entered in the National Father and Son event. The 46-year-old Jensen, a former touring professional, was the French Open doubles champion in 1993.
“We are absolutely delighted to have such an outstanding field of competitors for this year’s tournament,” said Tournament Director Bill Kellogg. “We are anticipating a spectacular week of exciting championship tennis.”
To view the list of seeded players for each division and complete draws, please go to:
The starting times for each day of the USTA National Hard Court Championships are as follows:
9 a.m. — Monday, Dec. 1
8 a.m. — Tuesday, Dec. 2 through Friday, Dec. 5
9 a.m. – Saturday, Dec. 6 and Sunday, Dec. 7
The tournament finals are scheduled to be played on Saturday, Dec. 6 and Sunday, Dec. 7. The La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club welcomes tennis spectators to view the tournament with free admission.