September 3, 2015

Megan McCray and Emmanuel Mensah Crowned Champions at USTA National Open Hard Court Championships

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San Diego, Calif. – (June 7, 2015) – Megan McCray of Oceanside, Calif., and Emmanuel Mensah of Imperial Beach, Calif., captured USTA gold balls as they won singles titles at the USTA National Open Hard Court Championships at the Balboa Tennis Club.

The 19-year-old McCray, who was seeded third, dominated fourth-seeded Jwany Sherif of El Cajon, Calif., winning 6-1, 6-2 in one-hour and 20 minutes. McCray dropped her serve in the opening game, but regrouped and rallied to win 12 of the next 14 games to wrap up the championship.

“I was pretty aggressive and coming in worked for me. One of the keys was not losing my serve again after that first game,” said McCray, who also won the tournament singles title in 2013. “These courts are comfortable for me.  I like the fast surface and the pace, it suits my game.”

In the men’s championship, third-seeded Emmanuel Mensah of Imperial Beach, Calif., won his first career USTA gold ball as he defeated seventh-seeded Jacob Brumm of Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., 6-1, 7-5 in one-hour and 35 minutes.

After losing the first set, the 16-year-old Brumm, who just completed his sophomore year at San Diego’s Torrey Pines High School, took a 5-2 in the second set. Just when it looked like the match would be pushed to a third set, Mensah began a furious comeback.

In the end, the experience of Mensah, a local tennis teaching professional, proved too much for Brumm as the 26-year-old native of Ghana swept the final five games of the match to win the title.

“I started getting tired and I realized he (Brumm) was pumped up and wasn’t going to quit. I had to step it up. I pushed myself and I was able to come back in the second set,” Mensah said. “I’m just happy. It’s the highlight of my career.”

It was a day to remember for McCray as she also the captured the women’s doubles and mixed doubles titles to end the tournament with three USTA gold balls.

She teamed in women’s doubles with sister Morgan McCray to defeat Sabastiani Leon of San Diego, and Sydney Van Alphen of Laguna Beach, Calif., 6-0, 6-2. Later in the day, McCray and Alan Chang of Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., won the mixed doubles title over Millie Yablonicky of Encinitas, Calif., and Simon Shen of  La Jolla, Calif., 6-2, 6-3

Complete scores and results as well as updated draws for all divisions can be found at:
http://tennislink.usta.com/Tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=153113

Former tournament champions include current American star Jack Sock and former touring tennis professionals Gretchen Magers, Rosalyn Nideffer and Allison Bradshaw.  The tournament was voted, “2011 Tournament of the Year” by the San Diego District Tennis Association.

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Singles Finals Set for USTA National Open Hard Court Championships

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San Diego, Calif. – (June 6, 2015) – Following a thrilling day of semifinal action, the men’s and women’s singles finals of the USTA National Open Hard Court Championships are set for Sunday at the Balboa Tennis Club.

Third-seeded Emmanuel Mensah of Imperial Beach, Calif., booked a spot in the men’s singles final as he used a steady baseline game to get past top-seeded Rob Bellamy of Pacific Palisades, Calif., 6-4, 6-4.

“Last year I lost in the semis, so to move one step ahead, it makes me the happiest guy right now,” Mensah said. “He (Bellamy) was the top seed and he’s going to bring his ‘A’ game. I got lucky on some points and it went my way. It was a good match.”

The 26-year-old Mensah has represented Ghana in Davis Cup play and is currently a tennis-teaching professional in Coronado, Calif. Mensah says he is looking forward to Sunday’s championship and the opportunity to win his first USTA gold ball.

Seventh-seeded Jacob Brumm of Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., will play Mensah for the men’s championship. Brumm advanced to the final by walkover as ninth-seeded Rae Lan of San Diego was unable to play their semifinal match due to a personal scheduling conflict.

In the women’s draw, fourth-seeded Jwany Sherif advanced to the women’s final after winning her semifinal match in three hours and eight minutes. The 19 year old from El Cajon, Calif., scored an exciting 2-6, 7-5, 6-3 victory over second-seeded Kristina Smith of Laguna Niguel, Calif.

Third-seeded Megan McCray of Oceanside, Calif., will face Sherif in the singles championship. McCray, who won the tournament in 2013, dispatched fifth-seeded Mira Ruder-Hook of Denver, 6-2, 6-2 in the semifinals. Ruder-Hook, who plays collegiate tennis for the University of Michigan, could not contend with McCray’s consistency or speed during the straight-set match.

Sunday’s schedule will feature the women’s singles championship at 9 a.m., followed by the men’s singles championship, not before 11 a.m. Admission for spectators is free and open to the public. On-site parking is free. (All times are PDT)

Complete scores and results as well as updated draws for all divisions can be found at:
http://tennislink.usta.com/Tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=153113

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.  All draws will have consolation events.

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USTA National Open Hard Court Championships– Friday Results

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San Diego, Calif. – (June 5, 2015) – It was a tough day for the top seeds at the USTA National Open Hard Court Championships. One top seed tumbled out of the tournament after a tough three-set loss, while the other top seed needed almost three and a half hours to advance.

On a cool, cloudy morning at the Balboa Tennis Club, top women’s seed Alexandra Valenstein of Laguna Beach, Calif., was ousted by hard-hitting Mira Ruder-Hook of Denver, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 in three hours and two minutes in a quarterfinal match on Court No. 8.

Ruder-Hook, the fifth-seed who stands 6 foot 2, recently completed her freshman year at the University of Michigan, where she posted a 22-17 record in singles and a 24-10 record in doubles.

“The girls here are all really tough. There is no easy round. I just have to stay focused and play one match at a time,” Ruder-Hook said after her quarterfinal victory. “This tournament is well-run. It’s been awesome and the weather is fantastic.”

Third-seeded Megan McCray of Oceanside, Calif., will take on Ruder-Hook in Saturday’s semifinals. McCray, the 2013 tournament singles champion, breezed past Haley Giavara of San Diego, 6-1, 6-0 in her quarterfinal encounter.

Top men’s seed Rob Bellamy of Pacific Palisades, Calif., advanced to the semifinals, but it wasn’t easy as he needed three-hours and 18 minutes to get past ninth-seeded Saxon Buehning of Essex Fells, N.J., 7-6 (6), 2-6, 7-5.

Buehning, the 20-year-old son of former touring tennis professional Fritz Buehning, served for the match at 5-3 in the third set. However, Bellamy came through with a key service break and then tied the final set at 5-5 after holding serve.

In the 11th game, Bellamy picked up the level of his game and pressured Buehning, who double faulted on break point to give Bellamy a 6-5 lead. The top-seed went on to serve out the match.

Bellamy will face third-seeded Emmanuel Mensah of Imperial Beach, Calif., in Saturday’s semifinals. Mensah, who also reached last year’s semifinals, eliminated eighth-seeded Yates Johnson of New Braunfels, Texas, 6-4, 7-5 in a quarterfinal match.

Saturday’s schedule will feature women’s semifinal singles matches beginning at 9 a.m.; followed by men’s semifinal singles matches at 11 a.m. Admission for spectators is free and open to the public. On-site parking is free. (All times are PDT)

Complete scores and results as well as updated draws for all divisions can be found at:
http://tennislink.usta.com/Tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=153113

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.  All draws will have consolation events.

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USTA National Open Hard Court Championships – Thursday Results

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San Diego, Calif. – (June 4, 2015) – A year ago Alexandra Valenstein of Laguna Hills, Calif., lost in the women’s singles final of the USTA National Open Hard Court Championships. This year, the 18-year-old returns as the number one seed and is looking to capture the title.

On a cool and cloudy day at the Balboa Tennis Club, Valenstein took the first step towards the championship as she dispatched 21-year-old Desiree Tran of Lake Elsinore, Calif., 6-2, 6-2 in her opening match of the tournament.

“This tournament was so supportive and positive (last year). The energy was fantastic. I came back and aimed my sights on that championship,” Valenstein said. “My expectations this year are to play some good tennis and some good players, have some fun out there and enjoy it.”

Valenstein has been competing this year in International Tennis Federation (ITF) and USTA Pro Circuit events. Later this fall, she will begin her collegiate tennis career at Texas Tech University.

“Playing in a tournament that has such high-level competition is fantastic,” said Valenstein, who will play  a $10,000 USTA Pro Circuit event in Charlotte, N.C., next week. “This is a good preparation tournament for me.” Valenstein is scheduled to face fifth-seeded Mira Ruder-Hook of Denver in the quarterfinals.

Brandon Nakashima’s impressive tournament run came to an end on Thursday afternoon on Court No. 5, as the 13-year-old San Diego resident lost to fellow San Diegan Rae Lan 6-1, 6-7, 7-5 in a fourth-round match that took two-hours and 40 minutes to complete.

After splitting the first two sets, Rae, the No. 9 seed, took a 5-3 lead in the final set. Nakashima rallied to tie the set at 5-5. However, Rae scored a critical service break in the eleventh game and would go on to serve out the match.

In other men’s fourth-round action, top-seeded Rob Bellamy of Pacific Palisades, Calif., eased past ninth-seeded Addison Appleby of La Jolla, Calif., 6-0, 6-2 and third-seeded Emmanuel Mensah of Imperial Beach, Calif., eliminated ninth-seeded Henry Ji of Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., 6-2, 6-2.

Friday’s schedule will feature women’s quarterfinal singles matches beginning at 9 a.m., followed by men’s quarterfinal singles matches at 11 a.m. Admission for spectators is free and open to the public. On-site parking is free. (All times are PDT)

Complete scores and results as well as updated draws for all divisions can be found at:
http://tennislink.usta.com/Tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=153113

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.  All draws will have consolation events.

Former tournament champions include current American star Jack Sock and former touring tennis professionals Gretchen Magers, Rosalyn Nideffer and Allison Bradshaw.  The tournament was voted, “2011 Tournament of the Year” by the San Diego District Tennis Association.

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USTA National Open Hard Court Championships – Wednesday Results

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San Diego, Calif. – (June 3, 2015) – Following a day off, players in the men’s singles main draw will be back in action at the USTA National Open Hard Court Championships. An exciting day of fourth-round singles matches will highlight Thursday’s schedule at the Balboa Tennis Club.

Top-seeded Rob Bellamy of Pacific Palisades, Calif., will take on ninth-seeded Addison Appleby of La Jolla, Calif., while third-seeded Emmanuel Mensah of Imperial Beach, Calif., plays ninth-seeded Henry Ji of Rancho Santa Fe, Calif. Both matches will begin at 10:30 a.m. (PDT).

Thirteen-year-old Brandon Nakashima will look to continue his amazing run at the tournament. But to reach the quarterfinals, he will need to get past fellow San Diegan Rae Lan, who is seeded ninth. Their fourth-round encounter is set to start at 11 a.m. (PDT).

After receiving a first-round bye, top-seeded Alexandra Valenstein of Laguna Hills, Calif., will play her second-round match in the women’s draw on Thursday. The 18-year-old Valenstein, who will play collegiate tennis at Texas Tech University this fall, is scheduled to face unseeded Desiree Tran of Lake Elsinore, Calif., at 11 a.m. (PDT).

Third-seeded Megan McCray of Oceanside, Calif., will play her second-round match against Sydney Van Alphen of Laguna Beach, Calif., at 9 a.m. (PDT). McCray captured the singles title at the USTA National Open Hard Court Championships in 2013.

Complete scores and results as well as updated draws for all divisions can be found at:
http://tennislink.usta.com/Tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=153113

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.  All draws will have consolation events.

Matches will begin at 9 a.m. each day of the tournament. The semifinals will be played on Saturday, June 6. The schedule on Sunday, June 7 will feature the women’s singles final at 9 a.m., followed by the men’s singles final, not before 11 a.m. Admission for spectators is free and open to the public. On-site parking is free. (All times are PDT)

Former tournament champions include current American star Jack Sock and former touring tennis professionals Gretchen Magers, Rosalyn Nideffer and Allison Bradshaw.  The tournament was voted, “2011 Tournament of the Year” by the San Diego District Tennis Association.

The USTA National Open Hard Court Championships is sponsored by San Diego District Tennis Association, CH Court Tech, Graphic Interfaces, Kashi, Third World Sports, Uptown Acupuncture, Wilson and Bauer Insurance Inc.

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USTA National Open Hard Court Championships – Tuesday Results

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San Diego, Calif. – (June 2, 2015) – The USTA National Open Hard Court Championships has been a showcase for young players who have gone on to compete at the highest levels of the game. Jack Sock, a Wimbledon doubles champion, won the tournament title here in 2010 and CoCo Vandeweghe, ranked as high as No. 32 in the world, was a semifinalist in 2007.

This year, a star of the future could be making his mark at the tournament. On a cool, breezy afternoon, 13-year-old Brandon Nakashima faced fellow San Diegan Jared Thompkins, a tall, hard-hitting 19-year-old, in a third-round match at the Balboa Tennis Club.

Nakashima, who ended 2014 as the top-ranked player in the country in the Boys’ 14s, played a solid baseline game from start to finish and patiently waited for the left-handed Thompkins to commit errors. In the end, he advanced to the fourth round with a 6-1, 6-4 victory.

“Once I got the first-set, I got my groove going. I played pretty well. I just kept getting the ball back to him consistently, and I eventually pulled through,” said the soft-spoken Nakashima.

Reaching the fourth round of the USTA National Open Hard Court Championships has been a big surprise for Nakashima, who had no expectations when he entered the tournament. “I didn’t expect to go this far. I’m pretty happy, and I’ll just keep going with my matches,” he added.

Nakashima, who is unseeded, will play his fourth-round match at 11 a.m. (PDT) on Thursday against ninth-seeded Rae Lan of San Diego.

Third-seeded Emmanuel Mensah of Imperial Beach, Calif., also moved into the fourth round as he defeated Christopher Dalton of Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., 6-3, 6-1. The 26-year-old Mensah, a native of Ghana, has represented his country in Davis Cup, most recently in 2013.

Players in the men’s main singles draw will get a well-deserved day off and will play their fourth round matches on Thursday. Women’s first-round matches will highlight Wednesday’s schedule.

Alexandra Valenstein of Laguna Hills, Calif., the women’s top seed, received a first-round bye and will play her opening match on Thursday. The 18-year-old Valenstein has been competing in International Tennis Federation (ITF) and USTA Pro Circuit events this year. She will play collegiate tennis at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas, this fall.

Complete scores and results as well as updated draws for all divisions can be found at:
http://tennislink.usta.com/Tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=153113

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.  All draws will have consolation events.

Matches will begin at 9 a.m. (PDT) each day of the tournament. The semifinals will be played on Saturday, June 6. The schedule on Sunday, June 7 will feature the women’s singles final at 9 a.m. (PDT), followed by the men’s singles final, not before 11 a.m. (PDT). Admission for spectators is free and open to the public. On-site parking is free.
Fans attending the tournament can dine at the Hidden Gem Café at Balboa Park, a new eatery located at the Balboa Tennis Club. The café offers breakfast items, sandwiches, salads, smoothies, drinks and more. The Café will be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (PDT) during the National Open Hard Court Championships.

Former tournament champions include current American star Jack Sock and former touring tennis professionals Gretchen Magers, Rosalyn Nideffer and Allison Bradshaw.  The tournament was voted, “2011 Tournament of the Year” by the San Diego District Tennis Association

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USTA National Open Hard Court Championships – Monday Results

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San Diego, Calif. – (June 1, 2015) – Top-seeded Rob Bellamy of Pacific Palisades, Calif., overcame a slow start to defeat unseeded Michael Sperry of Mill Valley, Calif., 7-5, 6-2 to reach the third round of the USTA National Open Hard Court Championships at the Balboa Tennis Club.

Bellamy, who recently completed his sophomore year at USC, where he posted a 14-6 singles record, will face unseeded Dhruv Yadav of Chagrin Falls, Ohio in a third-round match on Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. (PDT).

“I had a good run last year. I lost in the semifinals. It’s a well-known tournament and you get a lot of good matches,” said the 20-year-old Bellamy. “You play these tournaments, not to win one or two rounds, but you want to go all the way.”

Third-seeded Emmanuel Mensah of Imperial Beach, Calif., eliminated Mason Beiler of Palm Harbor, Fla., 6-1, 6-4 to advance to the third round. The 26-year-old Mensah is a native of Ghana and has represented his county in Davis Cup matches, most recently in 2013.

Brandon Nakashima of San Diego moved into the third round when second-seeded Kalman Boyd of Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., retired early in the first set of their second round match due to illness. The 13-year-old Nakashima finished 2014 as the top-ranked player in the Boys’ 14s division in the United States.

First-round women’s singles matches will be played on Tuesday and Wednesday, beginning at 9 a.m. (PDT).  Alexandra Valenstein of Laguna Hills, Calif., is the women’s top seed.

After receiving a first-round bye, Valenstein will play her opening match on Thursday against the winner of a first-round match between Hillary Ramage of Encinitas, Calif., and Desiree Tran of Lake Elsinore, Calif.

The 18-year-old Valenstein has been competing in International Tennis Federation (ITF) and USTA Pro Circuit events this year. She will be playing collegiate tennis at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas, this fall.

Complete scores and results as well as updated draws for all divisions can be found at:
http://tennislink.usta.com/Tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=153113

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.  All draws will have consolation events.

Matches will begin at 9 a.m. (PDT) each day of the tournament. The semifinals will be played on Saturday, June 6 and the finals are scheduled for Sunday, June 7. Admission for spectators is free and open to the public. On-site parking is free.

Fans attending the tournament can dine at the Hidden Gem Café at Balboa Park, a new eatery located at the Balboa Tennis Club. The café offers breakfast items, sandwiches, salads, smoothies, drinks and more. The Café will be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (PDT) during the National Open Hard Court Championships.

Former tournament champions include current American star Jack Sock and former touring tennis professionals Gretchen Magers, Rosalyn Nideffer and Allison Bradshaw.  The tournament was voted, “2011 Tournament of the Year” by the San Diego District Tennis Association.

The USTA National Open Hard Court Championships is sponsored by San Diego District Tennis Association, CH Court Tech, Graphic Interfaces, Kashi, Third World Sports, Uptown Acupuncture, Wilson and Bauer Insurance Inc.

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Draws Announced for USTA National Open Hard Court Championships

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San Diego, Calif. – (May 29, 2015) – The list of seeded players and main draws have been announced for the upcoming United States Tennis Association National Open Hard Court Championships, according to tournament officials.

The national tournament, which features some of the top Open Division players in the country, is scheduled for June 1-7, 2015 at the Balboa Tennis Club, 2221 Morley Field Drive, San Diego, Calif., 92104.

The top seed in the men’s singles division is Rob Bellamy of Pacific Palisades, Calif.  The 20-year-old Bellamy recently completed his sophomore year at USC, where he posted a 14-6 singles record. Bellamy helped USC to a 4-0 win over the University of Idaho in the first round of the NCAA Championships earlier this month, as he won his singles match in the No. 6 position in straight sets.

Eighteen-year-old Alexandra Valenstein of Laguna Hills, Calif., is the top seed in the women’s singles division.  Valenstein, who has been competing this year in International Tennis Federation and USTA Pro Circuit events this year, will be playing collegiate tennis at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas, this fall.

“This tournament has always had very tough draws.  In 2007, Coco Vandeweghe was a semifinalist, and in 2010, Jack Sock won the men’s singles title,” said Tournament Director Colleen Clery Ferrell.  “We have quite a few talented players looking to win the title this year and we’re expecting a great week of tennis at next week’s national tournament.”

The list of seeded players and complete draws for all divisions can be found at the following link:
http://tennislink.usta.com/Tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=153113

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.  All draws will have consolation events.

First-round matches are scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. (PDT) on Monday, June 1. Admission for spectators is free and open to the public. On-site parking is free.

Fans attending the tournament can dine at the Hidden Gem Café at Balboa Park, a new eatery located at the Balboa Tennis Club. The café offers breakfast items, sandwiches, salads, smoothies, drinks and more. The Café will be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (PDT) during the National Open Hard Court Championships.

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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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