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USTA National Hard Court Championships Tournament Back on Schedule After Rain Postpones Play on Tuesday and Wednesday

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(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
Men
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.

Women
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:
http://tennislink.usta.com/Tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=138250

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.

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USTA National Hard Court Championships begin December 1 at La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club

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 (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:
http://tennislink.usta.com/Tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=138250

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.

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Spinosa and Santamaria Headline USTA National Open Hard Court Championships

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San Diego, Calif. – (May 31, 2013) – The United States Tennis Association National Open Hard Court Championships are set to begin at 9 a.m. (PDT) on Monday, June 3 at the Balboa Tennis Club, 2221 Morley Field Drive, San Diego, Calif., 92104. The week-long national tennis event will conclude with the finals on Sunday, June 9.

One of the many highlights in this year’s tournament, which features some of the top open players in the country, is the return of defending men’s singles champion Clarke Spinosa of Claremont, Calif. He is the top-seed in this year’s men’s singles draw.

Spinosa recently completed his junior year at the University of San Diego, where he was co-captain of the USD men’s collegiate tennis team and helped lead the Toreros to the 2nd round of the NCAA Championships. In last year’s USTA National Open Hard Court Championships, Spinosa got past Campbell Johnson of Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., 2-6, 6-1, 6-1, in the men’s singles final.

The top seed in the women’s draw is Sabrina Santamaria of Los Angeles, who just finished her sophomore year at the University of Southern California, where she teamed with Kaitlyn Christian of Orange, Calif. to win the NCAA Doubles Championship this past Monday. Santamaria finished this year with a 31-5 singles record for the Trojans and is ranked No. 2 in the NCAA Division I Women’s Rankings.

Gabriella DeSimone of Ranch Santa Fe, Calif., the tournament’s 2012 women’s singles champion, will be unable to defend her title due to scheduling conflicts. However, she will team with Steven Forman of Del Mar, Calif. to play in the Mixed Doubles competition.

“It’s going to be a fantastic week of tennis. With this being an Open tournament, there are junior players, college players, teaching professionals and even senior players competing in the same event,” said Tournament Director Colleen Clery Ferrell. “I invite fans to come to the Balboa Tennis Club and watch some great tennis next week.”

Starting time for each day of the tournament will be 9 a.m. (PDT) Monday, June 3 through Sunday, June 9. Admission for spectators to the week-long tournament is free and open to the public. On-site parking is free. Lunch can be purchased at Babycakes Balboa Park, a California casual café located at the Balboa Tennis Club.

Players will compete in Men’s Singles and Doubles, Women’s Singles and Doubles as well as Mixed Doubles. Consolation events in all divisions will also be offered. For complete tournament draws, go to:
http://tennislink.usta.com/Tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=125688

The winners of each division 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.

Former tournament champions include ATP touring professional Jack Sock and University of Southern California players Zoe Scandalis and Gabriella DeSimone, as well as former WTA touring professionals Gretchen Magers, Rosalyn Nideffer and Allison Bradshaw.

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