2014/12/22

Singles Championships to Headline Sunday’s Action at USTA National 40 Hard Court Championships

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(December 6, 2014) La Jolla, Calif. With the completion of the semifinal round, men’s and women’s singles championships will take center stage on Sunday as the USTA National 40 Hard Court Championships will come to a close at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club.

The women’s final will pit top-seeded Jennifer Dawson of Carlsbad, Calif., against third-seeded Dina McBride of Stevenson Ranch, Calif. In the men’s final, defending champion and second seed Tony Bujan of Tustin, Calif., will take on top-seeded Oren Motevassel of San Jose, Calif.

Under bright, sunny skies on Court No. 1, Dawson, a local tennis teaching professional, overwhelmed unseeded Christy Panter of West Hills, Calif., 6-1, 6-0 in 50 minutes in a semifinal match. Dawson, the 2011 tournament champion, has dropped only a single game in her three matches leading up to the final.

In the other women’s semifinal, McBride, a 43-year-old tennis teaching professional in Valencia, Calif., ousted 2009 tournament champion Ros Nideffer of San Diego, 6-3, 7-5 in one-hour and 50 minutes on Court No. 2. McBride defeated the second-seeded Nideffer in the 2012 final, but lost to the former touring professional in last year’s semifinal.

“I’m so happy I got through it. I can’t believe it. I had to stay patient and I couldn’t give away any points,” McBride said following her victory. “It’s so exciting to be back in the final. It’s going to be tough because Jennifer (Dawson) is so tough. I just have to stay focused.”

Dawson and McBride, who both played collegiate tennis at the University of San Diego, have previously twice in the National 40s at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club. Dawson won the 2011 final over McBride, who retired with an injury in the first set. In last year’s tournament, Dawson won the USTA Bronze Ball, defeating McBride, 6-2, 6-0 in the 3rd/4th Place match.

In the men’s semifinals, Bujan defeated fifth-seeded Michael Chang of Anaheim, Calif., 6-3, 6-1 on Court No. 2 in one-hour and 15 minutes. The semifinal was a rematch of last year’s men’s final when Bujan defeated Chang, 6-2, 3-6, 6-0 to win the title.

In the other semifinal, Motevassel outlasted 2009 champion and sixth seed Jeff Greenwald of San Anselmo, Calif., 6-4, 6-1. Motevassel, a former touring tennis professional who was ranked as high as No. 161 in the world, fell to Bujan in last year’s men’s semifinal, 6-3, 7-5.

Sunday’s Singles Championship Schedule (All starting times are PST)

Men
11 a.m. –
Oren Motevassel (1), San Jose, Calif., vs Tony Bujan (2), Tustin, Calif.

Women
9:30 a.m. -
- Jennifer Dawson (1), Carlsbad, Calif., vs. Dina McBride (3), Stevenson Ranch, Calif.

The USTA National Father & Son and Grandfather & Grandson Hard Court Doubles Championships will also conclude on Sunday. 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 began at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club in 2003.

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 champions in each division will received 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 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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Rain Shortens Tuesday Schedule at USTA National 40 Hard Court Championship

(December 2, 2014) La Jolla, Calif.- Persistent rain throughout the day washed out all but one main draw singles match at the USTA National 40 Hard Court Championship at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club.

With men’s third-round and women’s second-round matches scheduled, play began at 8 a.m. (PST), but rain began to fall shortly before 9 a.m. and play was suspended. Play resumed at 1:30 p.m., but at approximately 2:20 p.m., matches were suspended again due to rain.

At 3:30 p.m., all matches were postponed for the day and rescheduled for Wednesday, with play scheduled to begin at 8 a.m.

Top-seeded Oren Motevassel of San Jose, Calif., playing on Court No. 1, won the first set 6-0, in his third-round match against Misha Yevtich of Las Vegas before play was suspended for the day. Their match will resume on Wednesday morning. Motevassel is a two-time tournament singles champion, having won the title in 2011 and 2012.

In other matches scheduled for Wednesday, defending champion and second seed Tony Bujan of Tustin, Calif., will face unseeded Leonardo Goldstein of San Diego in a third-round match. The 44-year-old Bujan, a left-hander, is a tennis teaching professional, an instructor and training coach in San Clemente, Calif.

Third-seeded Jeff Tarango, the tournament singles champion in 2010, is scheduled to take on unseeded Jawad Bisharat of La Jolla, Calif., in a third-round encounter. The 46-year-old Tarango, a former touring professional, was ranked as high as No. 42 in the world in singles and No. 10 in doubles during his career on the ATP World Tour.

In the Women’s 40 draw, top-seeded Jennifer Dawson of Carlsbad, Calif., will play her second round match against unseeded Mariko Atoji of San Diego. Dawson, a local teaching professional, is a former tournament champion, winning the 2011 championship.

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 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.

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Top Men’s Seeds Advance at USTA National 40 Hard Court Championships

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(December 1, 2014) La Jolla, Calif.After receiving first-round byes, the top three men’s seeds all scored impressive straight-set, second-round victories on opening day of the United States Tennis Association National 40 Hard Court Championships at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club.

Top seed Oren Motevassel of San Jose, Calif., wasted little time in dispatching unseeded Steve Heroux of Hidden Hills, Calif., 6-1, 6-0. Motevassel, the tournament champion in 2011 and 2012, will face unseeded Misha Yevtich of Las Vegas in a third-round match at 9 a.m. (PST) on Tuesday.

Defending champion and second seed Tony Bujan of Tustin, Calif., advanced to the third round with a 6-1, 6-1 win over unseeded Brian Matek of Placentia, Calif. Bujan will play the winner of a Monday evening second-round match between John Sellars of Dallas and Leonardo Goldstein of San Diego on Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. (PST).

“It feels good to be back. I love playing here. It’s like a vacation, a resort destination. It’s great,” Bujan said following his second round victory. “It’s a really tough draw this year. There are a lot more players to play through. It’s going to be tougher to win.”

Third-seeded Jeff Tarango also reached the third-round as the former touring tennis professional cruised past unseeded George Espinosa of Bonita, Calif., 6-1, 6-2 in a second-round match. Tarango, the tournament singles champion in 2010, will play unseeded Jawad Bisharat of La Jolla, Calif., on Tuesday at 9:30 a.m.

Jennifer Dawson of Carlsbad, Calif., the women’s singles top seed, received a first-round bye on Monday and will play her second round match on Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. (PST) against unseeded Mariko Atoji of San Diego.

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 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 USTA National Hard Court Championships are as follows:

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. 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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USTA Nominates Katrina Adams as Chairman of the Board, CEO and President

 

From the USTA: WHITE PLAINS, NY, November 17, 2014 – The USTA Nominating Committee has announced the nomination of Katrina M. Adams as USTA Chairman of the Board, CEO and President to serve a two-year term beginning January 1, 2015.  Adams has served on the USTA Board of Directors for 10 years and is currently completing a two-year term as First Vice President.  In her new role, Adams will become the first African-American and first former professional tennis player to serve as the association’s Chairman of the Board, CEO and President.

 

Adams began serving a two-year term as First Vice President of the USTA in January 2013. Previously, she served one term as Vice President, 2011-12, and three consecutive two-year terms as a Director at Large, 2005-10. In the current term, Adams serves on the USTA’s Budget Committee, International Committee, Executive Committee and Compensation Committee. She also serves on the board of directors of the USTA Foundation and the International Tennis Hall of Fame. Adams also is a member of the Grand Slam Board and the ITF Davis Cup Committee.

 

Adams previously served as board liaison to the USTA’s 17 sections as well as the USTA Foundation and the USPTA. Prior to that, she was the board liaison to the Professional Tennis Council, and she also has served on the USTA Player Development Committee and the USTA Grievance Committee. She also has served on the ITF Rules of Tennis Committee.

 

In addition to her role as First Vice President, Adams is a contributor on CBS Sports Network’s first all-female sports show, “We Need to Talk,” and serves as a television analyst for Tennis Channel. She also is a contributor to Tennis Magazine and tennis.com, providing instruction articles and videos, and serves as the executive director of the Harlem Junior Tennis and Education Program in New York City.

 

Adams played for 12 years on the WTA tour, and was ranked as high as No. 67 in singles and No. 8 in doubles. She captured 20 career doubles titles. While a player, Adams served on the board of directors of the WTA as a player representative for four one-year terms and on the WTA’s Players Association for five two-year terms. She was honored with the WTA’s Player Service Award in 1996 and 1997.

 

Adams attended Northwestern University as an undergraduate, majoring in communications, and helped the Wildcats to a Big Ten championship in 1986. She was an NCAA All-American in 1986 and 1987, and in 1987 became the first African-American NCAA doubles champion.

 

A Chicago native, Adams has been inducted into the Northwestern Hall of Fame. She also was inducted into the USTA Midwest Section Hall of Fame in 2005, the Chicago District Tennis Hall of Fame in 2008 and the Black Tennis Hall of Fame in 2012. Adams currently lives in White Plains, N.Y., and Lakewood Ranch, Fla. She is a member of the USTA Eastern Section.

 

In addition to Adams’ nomination, the following individuals have been nominated as the slate of new Officers and Directors of the USTA Board:

 

Alexander Boyd (Andy) Andrews IV, of the USTA Southern Section, living in Raleigh North Carolina, currently a Director at Large on the USTA Board of Directors and is nominated to serve as First Vice President.  Andrews has served multiple terms on the Board of Directors for the USTA Southern Section, the USTA Southern Section Patrons Foundation, the USTA North Carolina Tennis Foundation, and the Raleigh Racquet Club, to name a few.  He has chaired a successful campaign that raised more than $1.6 million for the North Carolina Tennis Association to build its office complex and a Hall of Fame facility and raise $1.7 million for the North Carolina State J.W. Isenhour Tennis Center.   Andrews is presently CEO of Dominion Realty Partners, a real estate development company that has been involved in more than $2.5 Billion Dollars of development in North Carolina, Virginia, South Carolina and Georgia. He is a former standout junior, collegiate & professional tennis player, having won 19 professional titles while on the men’s pro tour in singles and doubles and was all ACC and a two-time All American at North Carolina State University.

 

Thomas S. Ho, of the USTA Texas Section, is nominated to serve a second consecutive term as Vice President. He also serves on the Budget Committee and the Compensation Committee.  Ho previously served on the USTA Board as an elite Athlete 2009-2010. At 15, Ho was the youngest male to play in the US Open main draw, and he ultimately achieved a career-high ranking of No.85 in singles and No.13 in doubles. He earned a B.A. in economics in 2001 from Rice University, where he was Phi Beta Kappa and served as a volunteer assistant with the tennis team. After graduation, Ho worked within the financial services industry with Goldman Sachs and UBS. He is currently a Principal with Heidrick and Struggles, a worldwide executive search firm, where he is a member of the Global Industrial and Financial Officers practice. Ho is a current member of the Texas Section Management Committee, and served on the Houston Tennis Association Gala benefit committee.

 

Donald L. Tisdel, of the USTA Pacific Northwest Section, is nominated to serve a second consecutive term as Vice President.  He previously served three consecutive terms as Secretary-Treasurer on the USTA Board of Directors and a term as Director at Large from 2004-2006.  Tisdel has served as Chair of the Budget Committee and is a member of the Audit, Compensation, and Investment Committees.   He also is a member of the USTA Foundation Board of Directors. He currently serves as the Senior Operating Partner of Northwest Capital Appreciation, Inc., a private equity firm he co-founded. Under Tisdel’s direction, Northwest Capital formed two private equity partnerships that control four diverse companies with aggregate revenues exceeding $5 billion and a work force of approximately 2,300 employees. Tisdel has been involved in tennis in the Pacific Northwest section since 1967 including co-founding two indoor tennis clubs.

 

Patrick J. Galbraith, of the USTA Pacific Northwest Section, is nominated to serve a second consecutive term as Secretary- Treasurer and previously served three terms as an Elite Athlete and a Director at Large on the USTA Board of Directors. He has served as Chair of the Budget Committee and as Vice Chair of the Investment Committee. A professional tennis player from 1989 until 2000, Galbraith is a two-time winner of the US Open Mixed Doubles Championship. He ended 1993 as part of the No.1- ranked men’s doubles team with partner Grant Connell, and went on to win the World Doubles Championship in 1995. Galbraith, a member of the 1996 Davis Cup team, finished his career with 36 doubles titles. He is a Certified Financial planner (CFP) and is currently Vice President-Wealth Management for UBS Financial Service, Inc.

 

David A. Haggerty, of the USTA Middle States Section, will serve as Immediate Past President on the USTA Board of Directors.   He served on the USTA Board of Directors from 2007 to the present, currently as the Chairman, CEO and President. Prior to his national board service, Haggerty served on the USTA Middle States Board of Directors from 2001-2006. Haggerty also serves the International Tennis Federation as a Vice President. He had an extensive tennis industry career including CEO and President of Head USA and Penn Racquet Sports from 1998 until his retirement in 2010. Haggerty currently is an external Board Director of Kepner Tregoa, a global management firm specializing in rational process management. He is Co-Chair of Friends of Cadwalader Park, which has raised more than $800,000 to build a new tennis center in Trenton, New Jersey.

 

Fabrizio Alcobe-Fierro, of the USTA Florida Section, is nominated for his first term as Director at Large on the USTA Board of Directors. A lifelong tennis player, parent of competitive junior players and enthusiast, Alcobe-Fierro is Senior Vice President of the Univision Networks at Univision Communications Inc., the premier media company serving Hispanic America. He is responsible for overseeing the administration, human resources, on-air talent, Teleton USA, Education Week and the transformation of Univision Communications’ television linear networks and digital content groups. Fabrizio brings more than 16 years of extensive experience in media communications, organizational management, and global leadership. He joined Univision from Interpublic Group (IPG), where he was senior vice president of Global Compensation. During his tenure at IPG, Fabrizio made many contributions and provided leadership in all matters related to global human resources management as well as played an active role in the company’s diversity and inclusion efforts. Prior to joining IPG, he held various senior executive roles at Euro RSCG, WPP and Towers Watson. He holds a Masters in Public Administration from Columbia University and Industrial Engineer title from Universidad Iberoamericana.

 

Joan E. Baker, of the USTA Northern Section, is nominated to serve a second consecutive term as Director at Large on the USTA Board of Directors.  Baker has a rich history of USTA organizational knowledge at both the sectional and national levels. She began serving USTA Northern as junior endorser in 1995 and served continually, ultimately serving as President and Sectional Delegate from 2005-2006. Since then she has served on the USTA Nominating Committee from 2007-2010, chairing the Committee from 2009-2010. In her first term as a USTA Board member, Baker served as Chair of the Audit Committee and a member of the Budget Committee. Baker is a lifelong tennis player, passionate about the health benefits of playing the sport.  She is a three-time recipient of the prestigious USTA Northern President’s Award and was inducted into the USTA Northern Hall of Fame in 2009. She is a Certified Financial Planner (CFP) and was the Founder and President of Advantage Benefits, Inc., an employee benefits company that helped owners maximize benefits to valued employees while containing costs.

 

Mark D. Ein, of USTA Mid-Atlantic Section, is nominated for his second consecutive term as Director at Large of the USTA Board of Directors. Ein is an investor, entrepreneur and philanthropist, who has successfully built a series of growth companies across a diverse set of industries. Ein is the Co-Chairman and Principal Shareholder of Kastle Systems, LLC, a provider of commercial office building managed security systems. In addition, he is the Chairman and CEO of Capitol Acquisition Corp (NASDAQ:CLAC) and the Vice-Chairman of Two Harbors Investment Corporation, a NYSE-listed (TWO) residential mortgage REIT. Mr. Ein is also the founder and owner of the Washington Kastles, a World Team Tennis (WTT) franchise. Ein has received several honors for his contributions to tennis and the community, including induction into the USTA Mid-Atlantic Tennis Hall of Fame in 2013.

 

Michael J. McNulty III, of the USTA Southern Section, is nominated for his first term as Director at Large on the USTA Board of Directors.  He is the founder and Officer of the Lake Area Community Tennis Association.  McNulty is the former President of USTA Louisiana and the USTA Southern Section.  He currently serves as Delegate representing the USTA Southern Section. McNulty also currently serves as Council Chair to the USTA Rules Council and is a member of the ITF Constitutional Committee.  He  is  the  former  Tournament  Chairman  and  current  member  of  the  Tournament  Steering Committee for the BB&T Atlanta Open, the tournament that annually kicks off  the Emirates Airline U.S. Open Series.  McNulty is a partner in the law firm of Plauche Smith & Niest, and is considered one of America’s top attorneys in the area of insurance defense, specializing in the areas of construction, products and premise liability.

 

Andrew A. Valdez, of the USTA Intermountain Section, is nominated for his third consecutive term as Director at Large on the USTA Board of Directors. He is a former member of the USTA Intermountain Section Board of Directors and Executive Committee. Valdez is the founder and current board member of The Village Project Mentoring Program that teaches tennis to youth under the Juvenile Court, emphasizing life skills and values, and he is a co-founder of Tennis and Tutoring Program (2009-present), which was developed as an after-school program in cooperation with Utah Tennis Association. Valdez obtained his law degree from the University of Utah, College of Law. He served as Utah State Juvenile Court Judge for 20 years after working as a Trial Lawyer of the Salt Lake Legal Defenders Association and as a Trial Lawyer of the US Army Judge Advocate General Corps in Nuremberg, Germany. Valdez recently attained Senior Judge Status.  Valdez also authored No One Makes It Alone, a memoir that chronicles how the sport of tennis and acts of kindness enabled him to overcome the poverty and struggles of his childhood.

 

Kathleen J. Wu, of the USTA Texas Section, is nominated for her first term as Director at Large on the USTA Board of Directors. Wu currently serves as the 2013-2014 USTA Chair to the Diversity & Inclusion Committee.  She currently is also a member of the Executive Committee and Management Committee of the USTA Texas Section. Since 2007, Wu has also served as USTA Texas’s Vice President of Recreational Tennis and Vice President of Administration, and is currently its General Counsel.  In addition, she has served on the Board of Directors for the Dallas Tennis Association as well as on several other charitable and civic boards.  Wu is an influential and longtime partner at Andrews Kurth, where she serves as Co-Chair of the Business Transactions department. She has been repeatedly recognized by her colleagues and the media as one of the country’s leading lawyers specializing in real estate and finance transactions, and is a leading speaker and author on issues affecting women and minorities in the legal profession.

 

Lauren Barnikow, of the USTA Northern California Section, is nominated to serve her first term as a Director at Large on the USTA Board of Directors. Lauren will be one of three elite athletes on the board.She has been an Account Executive at Google from 2006 to the present. Barnikow’s expertise in the ever-changing technology industry includes brand marketing and digital media strategy for Fortune 1000 companies. She was a nationally and internationally ranked junior tennis player with extensive experience with USTA Player Development. Lauren played professionally from 2004 to 2006, winning 1 singles title and 3 doubles titles on the USTA and ITF Pro Circuits and reached a career high doubles ranking of No. 200 in the world. Barnikow has captained a Women’s Open Team for Northern California every year since 2010.  She was a starting member of three NCAA championship teams at Stanford University, where she graduated with a B.A. in International Relations in 2004.

 

Todd C. Martin, of the USTA Florida Section, who was appointed to fill an Elite Athlete vacancy on the USTA Board of Directors during the 2011-2012 term, was subsequently nominated to serve a full term 2013-2014, and is nominated again for the 2015-2016 term as an Elite Athlete and Director at Large. Martin has served as the Board Liaison to the Pro Tennis Council and as a member of the USTA Davis Cup, Fed Cup, Olympic and Paralympic Committees. A former professional player, Martin achieved a career-best No. 4 in the world and reached the final of the 1999 US Open and the 1994 Australian Open. In his career, Martin won eight singles titles and five doubles titles, and was President of the ATP Players Council for 8 of the 14 years he played professionally. Martin also was a mainstay of the U.S. Davis Cup team and helped the team win the Davis Cup championship in 1995. He also represented the U.S. at the Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia, in 2000. As of September 6, 2014, Martin serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum in Newport, Rhode Island.  In 1994, Martin founded the Todd Martin Development Fund (TMDF), which provides tennis, education, and leadership programs for at-risk youth of mid-Michigan and currently operates as both a National Junior Tennis League and a USTA First Serve chapter.

 

Chanda R. Rubin, of the USTA Southern Section, is nominated to serve a third consecutive term on the USTA Board of Directors as an Elite Athlete and Director at Large. She serves as Board Liaison to the Professional Tennis Council.   Rubin, a former world No.6 player, has represented the U.S. as a member of the 1996 and 2004 Olympic Teams, as well as the US Fed Cup team from 1995-1997 and 1999-2004.  She was inducted into the Southern Tennis Hall of Fame in 2009, the Louisiana Tennis Hall of Fame in 2012, and the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame in 2013.  Rubin completed her undergraduate degree in Economics with a minor in Finance from Harvard Extension School in 2013. She is active in philanthropic causes, including the Children’s Museum, the American Heart Association, the Women’s Sports Foundation, the Breast Cancer Association, and the United Negro College Fund.  She has established the Chanda Rubin Tennis and Scholarship Foundation, which provides funding for youth playing opportunities and scholarships.

 

Mary Carillo, L. Ali and Katrina Adams

Mary Carillo, L. Ali and Katrina Adams

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USTA Recognizes ACEing Autism in Los Angeles Program with National Award

USTA President Dave Haggerty and Adaptive Tennis Community of the Year Aceing Autism Co-Founder Richard Spurling

USTA President Dave Haggerty and Adaptive Tennis Community of the Year Aceing Autism Co-Founder Richard Spurling

(November 13, 2014) The USTA announced that ACEing Autism in Los Angeles has been awarded the 2014 USTA National Adaptive Tennis Community Service Award.  The organization will be honored during the annual USTA Tennis Development Workshop (TDW) held Nov. 6-9 at the Sheraton Atlanta, in Atlanta. The USTA bestows this recognition upon a program or program leader that has demonstrated continued excellence, dedication and service in tennis for an adaptive tennis community.

 

ACEing Autism’s program director is Richard Spurling, an active member of the USTA Adaptive Tennis Committee, who was awarded the 2013 PTR Humanitarian of the Year Award. Spurling is also a speaker for USPTA and PTR. Started in the summer of 2008 by Spurling and his wife Dr. Shafali Jeste in Boston as a family run organization, ACEing Autism moved to the West Coast shortly after and in May of 2010 partnered with UCLA’s adaptive reaction program in Los Angeles.

 

“On behalf of the ACEing Autism Board we are extremely grateful for this honor,” Spurling said. “I share this award with my staff,  our 30 program directors and the hundreds of high school and college student volunteers who bring tennis into the lives of families that are affected by autism spectrum disorder.”

 

ACEing Autism uses tennis as a means of engaging children on the autism spectrum. It allows these kids to have fun and learn the sport as well as increases hand-eye coordination, motor development, improvement of social skills, attention, enhancing health and fitness, and self-confidence. ACEing Autism has 30 tennis programs in 10 states serving the needs of about 500 children with autism on a weekly basis, who represent a variety of cognitive, special and physical abilities.

 

The USTA Adaptive Tennis National Community Service Award was established in 2003.  To qualify for a program award, the program must have been in existence for a minimum of three consecutive years and be either a registered USTA Adaptive Tennis program or have a USTA Adaptive Tennis affiliation.  To qualify for an individual award, the recipient must have worked with an Adaptive Tennis program for a minimum of three consecutive years.

 

“What Richard Spurling and ACEing Autism have done for children with Autism is simply amazing,” said Kurt Kamperman, Chief Executive, Community Tennis, USTA. “ACEing Autism is dedicated to ensuring that everyone with special needs has the opportunity to participate in a meaningful tennis experience. We are proud to acknowledge their efforts with this award.”

 

In the fall of 2013, ACEing Autism launched new programs in Tampa; Charlotte; Encinitas, Calif.; and Riverside Park, N.Y., with plans to expand to nine new areas by the end of this year. For more information on ACEing Autism, go to: www.aceingautism.com.

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Serena Williams Receives Written Apology from Russia’s Tennis Chief

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(October 23, 2014) Serena Williams told media in Singapore at the WTA Finals on Thursday that she has received a written apology from Russian Tennis President Shamil Tarpischev.

During her post-match news conference after dismantling Eugenie Bouchard 6-1, 6-1 said: “Yes, I have received ‑‑ he has reached out to apologize to both myself and my sister.”

“It was written. No, I did not speak to him,” Williams added.

The WTA fined and suspended Tarpischev for offensive comments made during his appearance on a Russian TV show including referring to the Williams sisters as the “Williams brothers.”

The WTA fines the Russian tennis chief $25,000 and suspended from tour for a year.

 

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Update: WTA Fines and Suspends Shamil Tarpischev for Williams Sisters Comments

 

 

(October 17, 2014) Before this week’s Kremlin Cup in Moscow, Russian Tennis Federation President Shamil Tarpischev during the taping of a Russian late-night television show called Evening Urgant, called Venus and Serena Williams “brothers.“

The WTA has come down on Tarpischev fining him the maximum allowed under the WTA tour rules, $25,000 and suspending him from tour for a year for his comments about Serena and Venus Williams.

The WTA Tour wants Tarpischev to be stripped from his position as chairman of the Kremlin Cup tournament for one year.

Here are the full statements from WTA Chairman and CEO Stacey Allaster and US Tennis Association President, Chairman and CEO Dave Haggerty.

 

 

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USTA response to recent comments by Shamil Tarpischev regarding the Williams sisters

“As the President of the USTA and a member of the Board of Directors of the International Tennis Federation, I call on Shamil Tarpischev to issue a formal apology to Venus and Serena Williams. As the President of the Russian Tennis Federation and a member of the International Olympic Committee, Mr. Tarpischev is expected to conduct himself with the highest degree of integrity and sportsmanship. Unfortunately, his comments do not embody either of these traits and in fact were reprehensible.”

— Dave Haggerty, President, Chairman and CEO, USTA

 

October 18, 2014 Update: An official statement from the Russian Tennis Federation and Tarpischev was released on Sunday.

The Associated Press reported on the statement, here are a few excerpts:

Tarpischev: Williams comments meant as jokes

Asked whether he regretted his comments, Tarpischev told The Associated Press at the Kremlin Cup that the program on which he spoke was “a humorous show,” adding: “I don’t answer stupid questions.”

When asked about his ban, Tarpischev said: “I can’t comment. I don’t understand it.”

In a statement released later by the Russian Tennis Federation, Tarpischev denied any “malicious intent” and said his quotes had been taken out of context.

“I didn’t want to offend any athlete with my words,” he said. “I regret that this joke … has garnered so much attention. I don’t think this incident deserves so much fuss.”

The Williams sisters are “outstanding athletes” who “personify strength and perseverance,” he added.

Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko told the ITAR-Tass agency that he regretted that Tarpischev had made the comments and that his suspension was “an unpleasant fact,” but suggested his sanction should be reduced.

“It’s probably worth trying to get the punishment softened,” Mutko said.

 

 

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USTA Names Teams for ITF Super-Seniors World Team Championships

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USTA ANNOUNCES TEAMS FOR 2014

ITF SUPER-SENIORS WORLD TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS

 

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. – The United States Tennis Association (USTA) has announced the players who will represent the United States at the 34th International Tennis Federation (ITF) Super-Seniors World Team Championships, which will be held Oct. 13-18, in Antalya, Turkey.  The tournament is the senior tennis equivalent of the Davis Cup and Fed Cup competitions, with top American tennis players representing their countries in the 60-, 65-, 70-, 75- and 80-and-older age groups. The ITF Super-Seniors World Team Championships is the most prestigious team event on the ITF Seniors circuit.

 

The U.S. will enter the event as the defending champions in six groups: the Von Cramm Cup, Jack Crawford Cup, Bitsy Grant Cup and Gardnar Mulloy Cup among the men’s divisions, and the Alice Marble Cup and Queens’ Cup among the women’s divisions.

 

Since the inception of the ITF Super-Seniors World Team Championships in 1981, the number of competitors taking part in the tournament has increased each year. In 1993, the ITF made the decision to divide the Seniors World Championships into two groups: Seniors (35-55) and Super-Seniors (60-80).

 

Following the ITF Super-Seniors World Team Championships, the World Individual Championships will take place, Oct. 19-26.

 

Below is a list of the players representing the U.S. at the 2014 ITF Super-Seniors World Team Championships.

 

Von Cramm Cup – Men’s 60 & over

  1. Mark Meyers, Houston
  2. Geoff Cykman, San Francisco
  3. Tony Dawson, Austin, Texas
    4.  Tom Smith, Alpharetta, Ga. Captain

 

Britannia Cup – Men’s 65 & over

  1. Brian Cheney, Chandler, Ariz., Captain
  2. Les Buck, Ashville, N.C.
  3. Mike Dahm, Dayton, Ohio
  4. Armistead Neely, Atlanta

 

Jack Crawford Cup – Men’s 70 & over

  1. Jimmy Parker, Santa Fe, N.M. Captain
  2. Allan Carter, Boca Raton, Fla.,
    3. Jack Metalksky, Manhattan Beach, Calif.
    4. Jody Rush, Tumwater, Wash.

 

Bitsy Grant Cup – Men’s 75 & over

  1. Lester Sack, New Orleans, La.
  2. Fred Farzanegan, Tampa, Fla., Captain
  3. Robert Quall, Merced, Calif.
  4. William Wolff, Fort Worth, Texas.

 

Gardnar Mulloy Cup – Men’s 80 & over

  1. King Van Nostrand, Vero Beach, Fla
    2. Neil Hurlbut, Big Canoe, Ga.
    3. John Powless, Madison, Wis.
  2. George McCabe, Oxford, Ohio Captain

Alice Marble Cup – Women’s 60 & over

  1. Tina Karwasky, Glendale, Calif., Captain
    2. Sherri Bronson, Scottsdale, Ariz.
    3. Rita Giles, Falls Church, Va.
    4. Sue Bramlette, Houston

 

Kitty Godfree Cup – Women’s 65 & over

  1. Martha Downing, Shingle Springs, Calif.
  2. Brenda Carter, Charleston, S.C., Captain.
    3. Carol Clay, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
    4. Kathy Bennett, Laguna Woods, Calif.

 

Althea Gibson Cup – Women’s 70 & over

  1. Charleen Hillebrand, Harbor, City, Calif.,
    2. Cathie Anderson, Del Mar, Calif., Captain
    3. Suella Steel, La Jolla, Calif.
    4. Lee Delfausse, Concord, N.H.

 

Queens’ Cup – Women’s 75 & over

  1. Doris de Vries, Rancho Mirage, Calif., Captain
    2. Roz King, San Diego
    3. Burnette Herrick, Tarboro, N.C.,
    4. Ria Graham, New Port Richey, Fla.

 

Doris Hart Cup – Women’s 80 & over

  1. Mary John Lynch, Rockport, Texas,
    2. Margaret Canby, San Antonio, Texas, Captain.
    3. Doris “Jane” Lutz, Sarasota, Fla.
    4. Rose Austin, Naples, Fla.
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