June 26, 2016

Emmanuel Mensah Defends USTA National Open Hard Court Singles Title

Emmanuel Mensah

San Diego, Calif. – (June 5, 2016) – Top-seed and defending champion Emmanuel Mensah of Imperial Beach, Calif., won his second straight USTA National Open Hard Court singles title with a 7-5, 6-1 victory over eighth-seeded Stefan Menichella of Santa Barbara, Calif., in the men’s final at the Balboa Tennis Club.

Mensah matched the hard-serving Menichella, who plays collegiate tennis for Pepperdine University, game for game in a spectacular start to the opening set. After holding serve in the 11th game to take a 6-5 lead, Mensah hit a winning backhand service return on double break point to break Menichella’s powerful serve and secure the first set.

In the second set, Mensah took command, winning six of the next seven games, as he varied the pace of his game and hit low shots to keep the 6-foot-5-inch Menichella off-balance. Mensah, a former Davis Cup player in his native country of Ghana, went on to close out the match in one-hour and 50 minutes.

“I would like to congratulate Stefan. He played an amazing match today. I got lucky on some of the crucial points. He likes to hit big, he’s a big guy. I tried to keep the balls low and bring him in because I know he’s very solid at the baseline. Everything worked well for me,” Mensah said.

“Defending the title makes me feel good. Winning the title the first time was a very happy moment in my life, the second time, it’s double happiness,” Mensah added. “It’s an honor to win this tournament. A lot of good players have won it, so I’m proud to be among them.”

Top-seeded Jessica Failla captured the women’s singles title as the 18-year-old from Ramona, Calif., dominated second-seeded Salma Ewing of Long Beach, Calif., 6-0, 6-2 in the final, which took one-hour and 25 minutes to complete.

“It feels amazing. It’s a great feeling. I love this tournament so much,” Failla said. “I haven’t been able to play it the last couple of years, but I’m so glad I was able to be here in my hometown and at Balboa, it’s so beautiful.”

Failla was asked about having to face Ewing, a talented 15-year-old junior player, in the title match. “She’s the type of player you have to stay on because she has a really good game. She hits really hard and is always looking to come in. I just tried to do my best and play every single point to the best of my ability,” Failla said.

The winners of each division of the USTA National Open Hard Court Championships were awarded a USTA gold ball, while the runner-up received a USTA silver ball. A 3rd/4th place playoff took place for the USTA bronze ball. Prize money was distributed to both finalists as well as third and fourth place finishers in each division.

The men’s singles champion received a wild card into the qualifying draw for this year’s USTA Men’s $10K Pro Futures tournament in Laguna Niguel, Calif., while the women’s singles champion earned a qualifying wild card for next year’s $25,000 Morgan Run Women’s Open at Morgan Run Club & Resort in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.

USTA National Open Hard Court Championships
Balboa Tennis Club
San Diego, Calif.
Sunday’s Results

Men’s Singles
Championship
Emmanuel Mensah (1), Imperial Beach, def. Stefan Menichella (8), Santa Barbara, Calif., 7-5, 6-1

Men’s Doubles
Championship
Stefan Menichella and Spencer Simon, Santa Barbara, Calif., def. Sebastian Bader (5), San Juan Capistrano, Calif., and Xavier Smith, Chula Vista, 6-3, 6-4

Women’s Singles
Championship
Jessica Failla (1), Ramona, def. Salma Ewing (2), Long Beach, Calif., 6-0, 6-2

Women’s Doubles
Championship
Kaitlyn Christian (1), Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., and Jessica Failla, Ramona, def. Alexa Corcoleotes (2), Hillsborough, Calif., and Salma Ewing, Long Beach, Calif., 6-2, 6-2

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Friday’s Summary & Results — USTA National Open Hard Court Championships

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San Diego, Calif. – (June 3, 2016) – It wasn’t easy, but the top seeds at the USTA National Open Hard Court Championships scored straight-set victories over tough opponents to advance to Saturday’s singles semifinals at the historic Balboa Tennis Club.

Emmanuel Mensah of Imperial Beach, Calif., the men’s No. 1 seed and defending champion, got past ninth-seeded David Goulak of Oak Park, Calif., 6-4, 6-4 in the quarterfinals, while Jessica Failla, the women’s top-seed from Ramona, Calif., fought off a second-set set comeback against fifth-seeded Maya Smith of Houston and went on to win 6-1, 7-5.

The 27-year-old Mensah, a native of Ghana where he played Davis Cup, will play Tim Sah of San Diego in a semifinal match scheduled for 10:30 a.m. (PDT).  Sah, the fourth-seed, eliminated sixth-seeded Brian Battistone of Las Vegas, in a thrilling quarterfinal match, 6-4, 7-5.

In the women’s quarterfinals, Failla won the first set handily and looked to be in command in the second set, but the momentum shifted.  “I was up a set and 4-1 and then she (Smith) really changed her game. She had a big serve and started coming to net. It was tough for me,” Failla said. “I just tried to fight through it. I knew she was going to be really tough. I just stuck to my game plan and stayed focused out there.”

Failla, who plays collegiate tennis for the University of Southern California, will take on fifth-seed Michalle Okhremchuk of San Diego in the semifinals at 9 a.m. (PDT).  Okhremchuk ousted fourth-seeded Kristina Smith of Laguna Niguel, Calif., 6-3, 7-6 (4) in another quarterfinal match.

The 18-year-old Failla grew up playing at the Balboa Tennis Club and is enjoying competing at this week’s national tennis tournament close to home. “I played here ever since I was young. I love the courts, they’re pretty quick,” she said. “I love being here in my hometown and not having to deal with hotels and flights.”

In other men’s quarterfinal action, second-seeded Nicholas Kamisar of Sammamish, Wash., defeated fifth-seeded Saxon Buehning (5), Essex Fells, N.J., 6-3, 6-4. Kamisar will face eighth-seeded Stefan Menichella of Santa Barbara, Calif., in the semifinals at 10:30 a.m. (PDT).

For a complete list of seeded players and updated men’s and women’s singles draws, go to: http://tennislink.usta.com/Tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=162217

Matches will begin at 9 a.m. (PDT) on Saturday, June 4. The men’s and women’s singles finals are slated for noon on Sunday, June 5. Admission for spectators is free and open to the public. On-site parking is free.

The winners of each division of the USTA National Open Hard Court Championships 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.  Prize money will be distributed to both finalists as well as third and fourth place finishers in each division.

The men’s singles champion will receive a wild card into the qualifying draw for this year’s USTA Men’s $10K Pro Futures tournament in Laguna Niguel, Calif., while the women’s singles champion will earn a qualifying wild card for next year’s $25,000 Morgan Run Women’s Open at Morgan Run Club & Resort in Rancho Santa Fe.

The USTA National Open Hard Court Championships, which was voted, “2011 Tournament of the Year” by the San Diego District Tennis Association, has had several distinguished participants in past events. American men’s tennis star Jack Sock, who is currently No. 25 in the ATP World Tour singles rankings (as of 5/16/16), won the tournament singles title in 2010. Coco Vandeweghe, a quarterfinalist at Wimbledon last year, earned a USTA bronze ball at the 2007 Hard Court Championships. Former WTA touring professionals Gretchen Rush and Ros Nideffer won the Women’s Open Doubles title seven times and Alison Bradshaw won the singles title in 2007.

The 2016 USTA National Open Hard Court Championships are sponsored by Wilson, San Diego District Tennis Association, United States Tennis Association, Graphic Interfaces, Kashi, LGBT Chiropractic, Minuteman Press of Mission Valley, CH Court Tech, Echo Sports & Third World Sports, Inc., Bauer Insurance, the San Diego Aviators, and Martinis Above Fourth | Table + Stage.

About The Balboa Tennis Club
In addition to the USTA National Open Hard Court Championships, the Balboa Tennis Club is the site for many prestigious tournaments throughout the year, such as the Maureen Connolly Balboa Open, the San Diego District Championships, and the San Diego Metropolitan Tournament. The club, which is also the home of the San Diego Tennis Hall of Fame, boasts over 1,400 members, and is visited by approximately 6,000 day pass visitors each year. As a nonprofit organization, Balboa Tennis Club is dedicated to offering the finest facilities at an affordable price to help foster and develop the great game of tennis in San Diego.

The history of the Balboa Tennis Club dates back to 1922 when a small group of tennis enthusiasts raised $5,000 among themselves, and with the cooperation from the City Recreation Department, constructed six tennis courts adjacent to the present War Memorial Building.

On April 24, 1924, the San Diego Tennis Association received a lease to operate the courts for the public. The following year, a small clubhouse with locker rooms was built, but it was not until June 1939 that Articles of Incorporation were drawn up, and the Balboa Tennis Club actually was formed as a public, nonprofit corporation to foster and develop the game of tennis in San Diego and to encourage competitive play with other clubs of this and other communities.

The club flourished many years at its original location and aided many young players in developing their games. In June 1966, the club moved to its present location and in July 1983, assumed all the operational responsibilities of the Morley Field Tennis Complex. In 1989 Balboa Tennis Club was rated as America’s Best Public Tennis Facility by the USTA. In 2000, the San Diego District Tennis Association named BTC as Club of the Year. In 2003, it received the Outstanding Tennis Facility award from the USTA for large facilities in the United States.

USTA National Open Hard Court Championships
Balboa Tennis Club
San Diego, Calif.
Friday’s ResultsMen’s Singles
Quarterfinals
Emmanuel Mensah (1), Imperial Beach, def. David Goulak (9), Oak Park, Calif., 6-4, 6-4
Nicholas Kamisar (2), Sammamish, Wash., def. Saxon Buehning (5), Essex Fells, N.J., 6-3, 6-4
Timothy Sah (4), San Diego, def. Brian Battistone (6), Las Vegas, 6-4, 7-5
Stefan Menichella (8), Santa Barbara, Calif., def. Xavier Smith (9), Chula Vista, 7-5, 3-0, ret. (injury)

Women’s Singles
Quarterfinals
Jessica Failla (1), Ramona, def. Maya Smith (5), Houston, 6-1, 7-5
Salma Ewing (2), Long Beach, Calif., def. Hiromi Sasano (5), La Mesa, 7-6 (3), 6-2
Parris Todd (5), Newport Beach, Calif., def. Kaitlyn Christian (3), Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., 6-4, 6-0
Michalle Okhremchuk (5), San Diego, def. Kristina Smith (4), Laguna Niguel, Calif., 6-3, 7-6 (4)

For complete scores and results, go to: http://tennislink.usta.com/Tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=162217

 

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Thursday’s Summary & Results — USTA National Open Hard Court Championships

 

San Diego, Calif. – (June 2, 2016) – Top-seeded Jessica Failla of Ramona, Calif., began her quest for the women’s singles title at the USTA National Open Hard Court Championships with a dominating 6-0, 6-1 victory over unseeded Brooke Biddle of Dallas at the Balboa Tennis Club.

The 18-year-old Failla, who just completed her first year of intercollegiate tennis at the University of Southern California, moves into Friday’s quarterfinals, where she will meet fifth-seeded Maya Smith of Houston at 9 a.m.

“Everyone in this tournament is really good and I try to do my best every single match. Today I came out and I knew what I needed to do and how I needed to play. I didn’t focus on who I was playing or what round it was. I just focused on myself and what I’ve been working on,” Failla said following her opening match.

Failla, who captured the CIF San Diego Section singles title in 2013, appreciates the opportunity to play a national tennis tournament, like the USTA National Open Hard Court Championships, close to home.

“Tournaments like this help my game so much. The more matches I play, the better I feel about my game. It’s important for me to get a lot of play in this summer before the next college season,” Failla said. “It’s great to have events like this in San Diego…with great players coming from all over.”

In men’s fourth-round action, top-seed and defending champion Emmanuel Mensah of Imperial Beach, Calif., eliminated ninth-seed Jared Thompkins of San Diego 6-3, 6-3. The 27-year-old Mensa, a local tennis teaching professional, advances to the quarterfinal round, where he will face ninth-seeded David Goulak of Oak Park, Calif., at 10:30 a.m. on Friday.

Second-seeded Nicholas Kamisar of Sammamish, Wash., was extended to a first-set tiebreak in his fourth-round match versus ninth-seeded Derek Miller of San Diego, but still advanced with a hard-fought 7-6 (6), 6-4 victory in two-hours and 17 minutes.

The 24-year-old Kamisar, who played collegiate tennis for the University of Washington and Gonzaga University, will take on fifth-seeded Saxon Buehning of Essex Fells, N.J., in Friday’s quarterfinals at 10:30 a.m.

For a complete list of seeded players and updated men’s and women’s singles draws, go to: http://tennislink.usta.com/Tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=162217

Matches will begin at 9 a.m. (PDT) on Friday, June 3 and Saturday, June 4. The men’s and women’s singles finals are slated for noon on Sunday, June 5. Admission for spectators is free and open to the public. On-site parking is free.

The winners of each division of the USTA National Open Hard Court Championships 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.  Prize money will be distributed to both finalists as well as third and fourth place finishers in each division.

The men’s singles champion will receive a wild card into the qualifying draw for this year’s USTA Men’s $10K Pro Futures tournament in Laguna Niguel, Calif., while the women’s singles champion will earn a qualifying wild card for next year’s $25,000 Morgan Run Women’s Open at Morgan Run Club & Resort in Rancho Santa Fe.

The USTA National Open Hard Court Championships, which was voted, “2011 Tournament of the Year” by the San Diego District Tennis Association, has had several distinguished participants in past events. American men’s tennis star Jack Sock, who is currently No. 25 in the ATP World Tour singles rankings (as of 5/16/16), won the tournament singles title in 2010. Coco Vandeweghe, a quarterfinalist at Wimbledon last year, earned a USTA bronze ball at the 2007 Hard Court Championships. Former WTA touring professionals Gretchen Rush and Ros Nideffer won the Women’s Open Doubles title seven times and Alison Bradshaw won the singles title in 2007.

 

USTA National Open Hard Court Championships
Balboa Tennis Club
San Diego, Calif.
Thursday’s Results

Men’s Singles
Fourth Round
Emmanuel Mensah (1), Imperial Beach, def. Jared Thompkins (9), San Diego, 6-3, 6-3
Nicholas Kamisar (2), Sammamish, Wash., def. Derek Miller (9), San Diego, 7-6 (6), 6-4
Timothy Sah (4), San Diego, def. Jamie Vance, Henderson, Nev., 6-0, 6-0
Brian Battistone (6), Las Vegas, def. William LeFevre (9), San Diego, 6-1, 6-4
Stefan Menichella (8), Santa Barbara, Calif., def. Peter Trhac, San Diego, 6-3, 6-1
David Goulak (9), Oak Park, Calif., def. Ryan Seggerman (7), Coronado, 6-4, 6-4
Saxon Buehning (5), Essex Fells, N.J., def. Brendan McClain (9), Ventura, Calif., 4-1, ret. (injury)
Xavier Smith (9), Chula Vista, def. Jacob Brumm (3), Rancho Santa Fe, walkover (injury)

Women’s Singles
Second Round
Jessica Failla (1), Ramona, def. Brooke Biddle, Dallas, 6-0, 6-1
Salma Ewing (2), Long Beach, Calif., def. Aida Garcia, Coronado, 6-1, 6-0
Kristina Smith (4), Laguna Niguel, Calif., def. Cassidy Ferrell, San Diego, 6-1, 6-2
Parris Todd (5), Newport Beach, Calif., def. Amy Huang, San Diego, 6-0, 6-4
Michalle Okhremchuk (5), San Diego, def. Lindsay Brown, San Diego, 6-2, 6-3
Hiromi Sasano (5), La Mesa, def. Soizette Simmons, Brooklyn, N.Y., 6-1, 6-1
Maya Smith (5), Houston, def. Maika Adair, San Diego, 6-2, 6-4
Kaitlyn Christian (3), Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., def. Cydnee Wilkinson, Washington, Utah, 6-0, 6-1

For complete scores and results, go to: http://tennislink.usta.com/Tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=16221

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Wednesday’s Summary & Results — USTA National Open Hard Court Championships

San Diego, Calif. – (June 1, 2016) – Jessica Failla, the top seed in the women’s draw of the USTA National Open Hard Court Championships, will play her opening match at 9 a.m. (PDT) on Thursday at the Balboa Tennis Club. The 18-year-old Failla received a first-round bye and will face unseeded Brooke Biddle of Dallas in a second-round match.

Failla, a resident of Ramona, Calif., captured the San Diego Section CIF singles title in 2013 and recently completed her freshman year at the University of Southern California. The 18-year-old posted a 23-13 record in singles and finished at 20-5 in doubles for the Trojans.

In men’s singles action earlier today, top seed and defending men’s singles champion Emmanuel Mensah of Imperial Beach, Calif., overcame a strong challenge against unseeded Ryan Kreis of Hoffman Estates, Ill., but advanced to the fourth-round with a 6-4, 6-3 victory. Mensah will take on ninth-seeded Jared Thompkins on Thursday.

“I had to play a close one today. The competition is getting tougher. I tried to play a little aggressive, but he (Kreis) was just solid. I took a step back and relaxed and everything started flowing,” Mensah said. “I’m taking it match by match and having fun. Winning the title again would be a very good accomplishment.”

The 27-year-old Mensah is a tennis teaching professional who played Davis Cup for Ghana from 2006 to 2013 and represented his native country in 25 ties. He is ranked No. 6 in Southern California in the men’s singles Open Division according to the latest USTA rankings.

In other third-round action, second-seeded Nicholas Kamisar of Sammamish, Wash., easily advanced to the fourth round as he swept past unseeded Srikar Kuchibhotla of Mason, Ohio, 6-0, 6-0. The 24-year-old Kamisar, who played collegiate tennis for the University of Washington, will go up against ninth-seeded Derek Miller of San Diego on Thursday.

Third-seeded Jacob Brumm of Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., also moved into the fourth-round with a 6-0, 7-6 (3) victory over unseeded Ignacio Martinez of Weston, Fla. Brumm, who reached last year’s singles final, will play ninth-seeded Xavier Smith of Chula Vista, Calif., in his next match.

For a complete list of seeded players and updated men’s and women’s singles draws, go to: http://tennislink.usta.com/Tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=162217

Matches will begin each day at 9 a.m. (PDT) from Thursday, June 2 through Saturday, June 4. The men’s and women’s singles finals are slated for noon on Sunday, June 5. Admission for spectators is free and open to the public. On-site parking is free.

The winners of each division of the USTA National Open Hard Court Championships 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. Prize money will be distributed to both finalists as well as third and fourth place finishers in each division.

The men’s singles champion will receive a wild card into the qualifying draw for this year’s USTA Men’s $10K Pro Futures tournament in Laguna Niguel, Calif., while the women’s singles champion will earn a qualifying wild card for next year’s $25,000 Morgan Run Women’s Open at Morgan Run Club & Resort in Rancho Santa Fe.

The USTA National Open Hard Court Championships, which was voted, “2011 Tournament of the Year” by the San Diego District Tennis Association, has had several distinguished participants in past events. Current American men’s tennis star Jack Sock, who is currently No. 25 in the ATP World Tour singles rankings (as of 5/23/16), won the tournament singles title in 2010. Coco Vandeweghe, a quarterfinalist at Wimbledon last year, earned a USTA bronze ball at the 2007 Hard Court Championships. Former WTA touring professionals Gretchen Rush and Ros Nideffer won the Women’s Open Doubles title seven times and Alison Bradshaw won the singles title in 2007.

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Top Seed Emmanuel Mensah Begins Title Defense at USTA National Open Hard Court Championships

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San Diego, Calif. – (May 31, 2016) – Top seed and defending men’s singles champion Emmanuel Mensah of San Diego began his title defense at the USTA National Open Hard Court Championships on a successful note as he eliminated fellow San Diegan Luis Argote 6-4, 6-0 in an early-morning second round match today.

On a cool, cloudy day at the Balboa Tennis Club, Mensah scored a critical service break at 5-4 to win the first set and then cruised through the second set without the loss of a game to advance to a third-round encounter against Ryan Kreis of Hoffman Estates, Ill., on Wednesday at 9 a.m. (PDT).

“I’m very happy to be back. There is a lot of pressure to defend the title, but I’m ready. There are no easy matches here and you have to be ready for every match,” said Mensah, who received a first-round bye. “There are a lot of solid players (in the draw) and the competition is tough.”

The 27-year-old Mensah is a local tennis teaching professional who played Davis Cup for Ghana from 2006 to 2013 and represented his native country in 25 ties. He is currently ranked No. 6 in the men’s singles Open Division in Southern California according to the latest USTA rankings.

Sixth-seeded Brian Battistone of Las Vegas got off to a strong start with a 6-3, 6-1 win over unseeded Christopher Dalton of Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., to advance to the third round where he will meet Thomas Tomczak of Glendale, N.Y.  Battistone, 36, is a former touring tennis professional who achieved a career-high No. 88 in the ATP World Tour doubles rankings in 2010.

In other second-round action, second-seeded Nicholas Kamisar of Sammamish, Wash., advanced with a 6-1, 6-2 victory over unseeded Alan Pleat of Roslyn, N.Y.  The 24-year-old Kamisar, who played collegiate tennis for the University of Washington, will face unseeded Srikar Kuchibhotla of Mason, Ohio in a third-round match on Wednesday.

Women’s first-round matches are scheduled to start on Wednesday.  Jessica Failla of Ramona, Calif., the women’s top seed, received a first-round bye and will play her second-round match on Thursday at 9 a.m. (PDT).  Failla captured the San Diego Section CIF singles title in 2013 and recently completed her freshman year at the University of Southern California.  The 18-year-old posted a 23-13 record in singles and finished at 20-5 in doubles for the Trojans.

For a complete list of seeded players and updated men’s and women’s singles draws, go to: http://tennislink.usta.com/Tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=162217

Matches will begin each day at 9 a.m. (PDT) from Wednesday, June 1 through Saturday, June 4. The men’s and women’s singles finals are slated for noon on Sunday, June 5. Admission for spectators is free and open to the public. On-site parking is free. All draws will have consolation events.

The winners of each division of the USTA National Open Hard Court Championships 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.  Prize money will be distributed to both finalists as well as third and fourth place finishers in each division.

The men’s singles champion will receive a wild card into the qualifying draw for this year’s USTA Men’s $10K Pro Futures tournament in Laguna Niguel, Calif., while the women’s singles champion will earn a qualifying wild card for next year’s $25,000 Morgan Run Women’s Open at Morgan Run Club & Resort in Rancho Santa Fe.

The USTA National Open Hard Court Championships, which was voted, “2011 Tournament of the Year” by the San Diego District Tennis Association, has had several distinguished participants in past events. Current American men’s tennis star Jack Sock, who is currently No. 25 in the ATP World Tour singles rankings (as of 5/16/16), won the tournament singles title in 2010. Coco Vandeweghe, a quarterfinalist at Wimbledon last year, earned a USTA bronze ball at the 2007 Hard Court Championships. Former WTA touring professionals Gretchen Rush and Ros Nideffer won the Women’s Open Doubles title seven times and Alison Bradshaw won the singles title in 2007.

 

 

USTA National Open Hard Court Championships
Balboa Tennis Club
San Diego, Calif.
Tuesday’s ResultsMen’s Singles
Second Round
Emmanuel Mensah (1), San Diego, def. Luis Argote, San Diego, 6-4, 6-0
Nicholas Kamisar (2), Sammamish, Wash., def. Alan Pleat, Roslyn, N.Y., 6-1, 6-2
Brian Battistone (6), Las Vegas, def. Christopher Dalton, Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., 6-3, 6-1
Derek Miller (9), San Diego, def. Logan Powell, Amarillo, Texas, 6-3, 6-4
Ignacio Martinez, Weston, Fla., def. Tyler Baird, Corona Del Mar, Calif., 6-0, 6-1
Stefan Menichella (8), Santa Barbara, Calif., def. Ross Killingbeck, Del Mar, 6-0, 6-0
Jared Thompkins (9), San Diego, def. Derek James, Phoenix, 6-1, 6-1
Francis Filipovich, San Diego, def. Chris Palacio, El Centro, Calif., 6-0, 6-0
Ryan Seggerman (7), Coronado, def. Ahmed Essaiydy, Phoenix, 6-0, 6-1
Teo Ortuno, San Diego, def. Michael Espinosa, San Diego, 6-0, 6-0
Srikar Kuchibhotla, Mason, Ohio, def. Antonio Zuazo, San Diego, 6-1, 6-2
Warren Race, Dallas, def. German Ziella, San Diego, 6-0, 6-0
Jamie Vance (9), Henderson, Nev., def. Ryan Ray, San Diego, 6-3, 6-2
Ryan Stanbury, Los Angeles, def. Spencer Warren, Escondido, 6-2, 6-0
Xavier Smith (9), Chula Vista, def. Danny Ballez, Chula Vista,6-3, 6-1
Thomas Tomczak, Glendale, N.Y., def. Matthew Miller, San Diego, 6-4, 6-1
Alan Chang, Rancho Santa Fe, def. Tristen Shaw, San Diego, 6-1, 6-4
Ryan Kreis, Hoffman Estates, Ill., def. James Han, Mountain View, Calif., 6-0, 6-1
Jack Vance, Henderson, Nev., def. Ivan Smith, Chula Vista, 7-6 (0), 6-3
Andy Chang, Rancho Santa Fe, def. Ryan Torio, Chula Vista, 6-3, 6-2
Jason Welborn, San Diego, def. Xavier Granja, San Diego, 6-0, 6-2
Brendan McClain (9), Ventura, Calif., def. Rand Hogen, La Jolla, 6-0, 6-0
Saxon Buehning (5), Essex Fells, N.J., def. Dimitri Doan, Corona, Calif., 6-0, 6-0
David Goulak (9), Oak Park, Calif., def. Jason Pongsrikul, San Diego, 6-0, 4-0, ret. (injury)
Vidith Huot, Providence, R.I., def. Dion Earl, Mesa, Ariz., withdrew (injury)

For complete scores and results, go to: http://tennislink.usta.com/Tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=162217

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Monday’s Summary & Results — USTA National Open Hard Court Championships

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San Diego, Calif. – (May 30, 2016) – After receiving first-round byes at the USTA National Open Hard Court Championships, all 16 seeded players in the men’s singles draw will be in action in the second round on Tuesday at the historic Balboa Tennis Club.

Top-seed and defending men’s singles champion Emmanuel Mensah of San Diego will begin his title defense at 9 a.m. (PDT) against fellow San Diegan Luis Argote, who advanced with a hard-fought 6-1, 4-6, 6-1 first-round victory over Ryan Lee of La Canada Flintridge, Calif., on Monday morning following a 90-minute rain delay.

The 27-year-old Mensah, a local tennis teaching professional, played Davis Cup for Ghana from 2006 to 2013, representing his native country in 25 ties. In last year’s USTA National Open Hard Court singles final, Mensah defeated Jacob Brumm of Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., 6-1, 7-5 to win the title.

Sixth-seeded Brian Battistone of Las Vegas will also play his opening match on Tuesday. He will face unseeded Christopher Dalton of Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif. In 2010, the 36-year-old Battistone achieved a career-high No. 88 in the ATP World Tour doubles rankings.

In other first-round action on Monday, Alan Pleat of Roslyn, N.Y., defeated San Diego’s Maxwell Weishan, 7-6, 6-1 to move into the second round, where he will meet second-seeded Nicholas Kamisar of Sammamish, Wash. The 24-year-old Kamisar played collegiate tennis for the University of Washington.

Women’s first-round matches are scheduled to begin on Wednesday.  Jessica Failla of Ramona, Calif., the women’s top seed, received a first-round bye and will play her second-round match on Thursday at 9 a.m. (PDT).  Failla captured the San Diego Section CIF singles title in 2013 and recently completed her freshman year at the University of Southern California.  The 18-year-old posted a 23-13 record in singles and finished at 20-5 in doubles for the Trojans.

For a complete list of seeded players and updated men’s and women’s singles draws, go to: http://tennislink.usta.com/Tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=162217

Matches will begin each day at 9 a.m. (PDT) from Tuesday, May 31 through Saturday, June 4. The men’s and women’s singles finals are slated for noon on Sunday, June 5. Admission for spectators is free and open to the public. On-site parking is free. All draws will have consolation events.

The winners of each division of the USTA National Open Hard Court Championships 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.  Prize money will be distributed to both finalists as well as third and fourth place finishers in each division.

The men’s singles champion will receive a wild card into the qualifying draw for this year’s USTA Men’s $10K Pro Futures tournament in Laguna Niguel, Calif., while the women’s singles champion will earn a qualifying wild card for next year’s $25,000 Morgan Run Women’s Open at Morgan Run Club & Resort in Rancho Santa Fe.

The USTA National Open Hard Court Championships, which was voted, “2011 Tournament of the Year” by the San Diego District Tennis Association, has had several distinguished participants in past events.

Current American men’s tennis star Jack Sock, who is currently No. 25 in the ATP World Tour singles rankings (as of 5/23/16), won the tournament singles title in 2010. Coco Vandeweghe, a quarterfinalist at Wimbledon last year, earned a USTA bronze ball at the 2007 Hard Court Championships. Former WTA touring professionals Gretchen Rush and Ros Nideffer won the Women’s Open Doubles title seven times and Alison Bradshaw won the singles title in 2007.

USTA National Open Hard Court Championships
Balboa Tennis Club
San Diego, Calif.
Monday’s ResultsMen’s Singles
First Round
Alan Pleat, Roslyn, N.Y., def. Maxwell Weishan, San Diego, 7-6, 6-1
Krishna Samperio, Chula Vista, def. Rico Gore, Washington, D.C., 6-7, 7-5, 6-4
Luis Argote, San Diego, def. Ryan Lee, La Canada Flintridge, Calif., 6-1, 4-6, 6-1
Manuel Ortiz, La Jolla, def. Juan Cobas, Charlotte, N.C., 6-0, 6-0
Dimitri Doan, Corona, Calif., def. Yousef Benhamida, San Diego, Walkover (ill)
Christopher Dalton, Rancho Palos Verde, Calif., def. Wesley Tahara, Ladera Ranch, Calif., Walkover (ill)

For complete scores and results, go to: http://tennislink.usta.com/Tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=162217

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