(December 4, 2014) La Jolla, Calif. – Following two days of rain delays and match postponements, the USTA National Hard Court Championships got back on schedule as over 100 matches were played under sunny skies at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club.
The men’s and women’s singles quarterfinals are set for Friday after third and fourth round matches were completed in the men’s draw and second round matches were finished in the women’s draw.
Top-seeded Oren Motevassel of San Jose, Calif., breezed into the men’s quarterfinals with a pair of impressive wins on Thursday. He completed his rain-delayed third round match, defeating unseeded Misha Yevtich of Las Vegas, 6-0, 6-1. Later in the day, Motevassel, a former two-time tournament champion, eliminated ninth-seeded Leon Bax of Mountain View, Calif., 6-0, 6-1 in the fourth round.
Third-seeded Jeff Tarango was forced to a third-set match-tiebreak in his fourth-round encounter against Mike Brown of La Jolla, Calif., but the 2010 tournament champion ultimately prevailed, 6-3, 4-6, (10-7). Tarango is playing singles in the USTA National Hard Court Championships for the first time since losing in the 2011 singles final to Motevassel.
“It feels good to be healthy and moving around. It’s not easy. Every match is tough out here. I’ve played a couple of lefties and now I’m starting to see the ball a little better.” said Tarango, who is also playing in Men’s Doubles and Mixed Doubles this week.
“I’ve been playing in La Jolla since I was seven years old (in the juniors). I have some great memories playing Pete Sampras and Michael Chang,” Tarango added. “Coming back to a class place like the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club brings back all of those memories, so it really fires you up. You almost forget you’re 46 years old.”
Friday’s Singles Quarterfinal Schedule
8 a.m. – Oren Motevassel (1), San Jose, Calif., vs. Nicolas Chasseray (9), San Francisco
8 a.m. – Jeffrey Tarango (3), Manhattan Beach, Calif., vs. Jeff Greenwald (6), San Anselmo, Calif.
8 a.m. – Michael Chang (5), Anaheim, Calif., vs. Pierre Mareschal (9), Pasadena, Calif.
8 a.m. – John Saviano (9), Los Altos Hills, Calif., vs. Tony Bujan (2), Tustin, Calif.
9:30 a.m. – Jennifer Dawson (1), Carlsbad, Calif., vs. Maria Nunez, San Diego
10 a.m. – Marlo Carruth (4), Studio City, Calif., vs. Christy Panter, West Hills, Calif.
10 a.m. – Fanny Gamble, San Rafael, Calif., vs. Dina McBride (3), Stevenson Ranch, Calif.
10 a.m. – Julie Gaynor, Las Vegas, vs. Ros Nideffer (2), San Diego
All starting times are (PST).
The USTA National Father & Son and Grandfather & Grandson Hard Court Doubles Championships are scheduled to begin on Friday, December 5, with matches concluding Sunday, December 7. The Father and 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 U.S. The Grandfather/Grandson Championship is a relatively new competitive division that began at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club in 2003.
The starting times for the remaining sessions of USTA National Hard Court Championships are as follows:
8 a.m. — Friday, Dec. 5
9 a.m. – Saturday, Dec. 6 and Sunday, Dec. 7
For the latest updated tournament scores, results and draws for each division, go to:
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. On-site parking is available for a nominal fee.
The champions in each division will receive a USTA gold ball. The runner-up in each division will be presented with a USTA silver ball. There will be a 3rd / 4th place play-off for a USTA bronze ball.