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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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