2015/01/25

Qualifier Takanyi Garanganga wins USTA Pro Circuit Long Beach Pro Futures

Takanyi Garanganga photo by Chris Ganz

Takanyi Garanganga photo by Chris Ganz

By Steve Pratt

LONG BEACH, Calif., (Jan. 18, 2015) – For three straight days Takanyi Garanganga dropped the first set at the USTA Pro Circuit Long Beach Futures Pro Tournament, and teetered on the brink of elimination. And each time he came back to pull out improbable victories, including Sunday’s final match of the $15,000 tournament played at the El Dorado Park Tennis Center.

 

The 24-year-old Garanganga, of Harare, Zimbabwe, rallied once again to defeat No. 6-seeded Frederik Nielsen of Denmark, 6-7 (5), 6-3, 6-4, in the final to capture the $2,160 first-place check and 27 valuable ATP ranking points.

 

Ranked No. 382 in the world, Garanganga did it the hard way all week. Having traveled from Amsterdam where he was training, he missed the entry deadline and showed up last week to sign into qualifying needing a wild card. Garanganga sat through two days of rain delays last Saturday and Sunday where not one ball was hit and then played and won every match he played for seven consecutive days, including two in qualifying and five in the main draw.

 

“I missed the deadline but I had to come here anyway on my way to Maui (for next week’s USTA Pro Circuit Challenger),” Garanganga said. “It was actually good for me to get the matches at the start of the year. I wasn’t playing very good at the beginning so it was good for me.”

 

The final was a match of momentum shifts and the large crowd on hand enjoyed the high-level tennis. Nielsen opened strong with an early break and led 4-1 in the first when midway through the sixth game Garanganga reached wide for a forehand and seemed to roll his right ankle.

 

He took a medical timeout and had his ankle wrapped, proceeded to break Nielsen’s serve and quickly got it to 4-4. In the first-set tiebreaker, Nielsen fell down 5-2 and on the eighth point following a missed forehand wide, Nielsen launched a ball halfway to downtown L.A. and was given a ball abuse warning.

 

But that seemed to lift his level of play as Nielsen then hit two big serves to pull it to 5-4. Garanganga missed a critical overhead long to make it 6-5 Nielsen, who then served out the set, which finally ended after an hour and 15 minutes.

 

Garanganga said he didn’t think back to the quarterfinals and semis where he also dropped the first set before coming back. “I just keep playing,” he said. “I just kept waiting for my chances. I was just playing in the moment and wasn’t thinking about past.”

 

He added: “I’m tired. I’m tired and my body is feeling it. But I will take a day off and then fly to Maui probably on Wednesday.”

 

Final Singles Results:

q: qualifier

Takanyi Garanganga (q), Zimbabwe def. Frederik Nielsen (6), Denmark, 6-7 (5), 6-3, 6-4

 

Final Doubles Result:

Nick Meister, U.S. / Eric Quigley (3), U.S., def. Dimitar Kutrovsky, Bulgaria / Dennis Novikov (4), U.S., 6-3, 6-2

 

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Wimbledon Doubles Champ Frederik Nielsen Reaches Final of USTA Pro Circuit $15,000 Long Beach Futures Tournament

By Steve Pratt

LONG BEACH, Calif., (Jan. 17, 2015) – Steadiness and experience have gone along way for Frederik Nielsen this week at the USTA Pro Circuit $15,000 Long Beach Futures Tournament taking place at the El Dorado Park Tennis Center.

 

The 31-year-old 2012 Wimbledon doubles champion and No. 6-seeded singles player this week, Nielsen of Denmark held off 2014 NCAA singles runner-up Alex Sarkissian from Glendale, 3-6, 6-4, 6-3, to advance to Sunday’s final.

 

Nielsen, who avenged a 2013 loss to Sarkissian at the Aptos Challenger in their only career meeting, will play qualifier Takanyi Garanganga of Zimbabwe in the 11 a.m. final.

 

Garanganga battled to the very end against hometown favorite Jason Jung of Torrance, pulling out the close 6-7 (2), 7-6 (5), 6-4 victory over the No. 3 seeded former University of Michigan star.

 

The average age of the four players Nielsen beat this week was an average age of 19.5, including Martin Redlicki (19), Mackenzie McDonald (19), Stefan Kozlov (16) and Sarkissian (24).

 

Sarkissian held a 4-2 lead with Nielsen serving in the second set, and had two break points to go ahead 5-2 and serve out the match. But Nielsen stayed steady and held on to win the game and eventually the set.

 

“At the start of the match I felt like he was a step ahead of me and he was playing better than me and faster than me,” Nielsen said. “I started slicing and slowing the pace down.”

 

He added: “Physically I feel amazing, and mentally I feel tough. All and all I’m very happy with where I’m at.”

 

Nielsen has made some time for some sight-seeing this week and has been enjoying the picture-perfect 72-degree sunny weather this week. On Friday, he saw the sunset and views of the Pacific from the Griffith Observatory, and on Saturday evening he was headed to the Santa Monica Pier for dinner.

 

He surprised many with his 6-0 win in a third set against Kozlov in the quarterfinals on Friday. “I think it’s very tough to evaluate him now because of his age,” Nielsen said of Kozlov. “He’s only 16 years old and it’s outrageous his composure and how impressive he handles everything. I do feel he let me play a little too much on my terms and that he may have some physical limitations over the next couple of years. But he’s very mature and he’s a great fighter. I’m just glad I was able to beat him now.”

 

USTA League Captain’s Appreciation Day is Sunday, Jan. 18, beginning at 10:30 a.m. The tournament is free and open to the public.

 

Saturday’s Semifinal Singles Results:

q: qualifier

Frederik Nielsen (6), Denmark, def. Alex Sarkissian, U.S., 3-6, 6-4, 6-3

Takanyi Garanganga (q), Zimbabwe, def. Jason Jung (3), U.S., 6-7 (2), 7-6 (5), 6-4

 

Friday’s Final Doubles Result:

Nick Meister, U.S. / Eric Quigley (3), U.S., def. Dimitar Kutrovsky, Bulgaria / Dennis Novikov (4), U.S., 6-3, 6-2

 

Sunday’s Final Singles Schedule

Starting at 11 a.m. PT

Frederik Nielsen (6), Denmark, vs. Takanyi Garanganga (q), Zimbabwe

 

SINGLES:                  Prize Money                Points

Winner                         $2,160                         27

Runner-up                   $1,272                         15

Semifinalist                 $753                            8

Quarterfinalist             $438                            3

Round of 16                $258                            1

Round of 32                $156                            —

 

DOUBLES:                Prize Money (per team)

Winner                         $930

Runner-up                   $540

Semifinalist                 $324

Quarterfinalist             $192

Round of 16                $108

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Jason Jung Reaches Semis of Long Beach Pro Futures Tournament

By Steve Pratt

(January 16, 2015) LONG BEACH, Calif. – Jason Jung did everything on Friday during the USTA Pro Circuit $15,000 Long Beach Pro Futures Tournament semifinals that he wasn’t able to do against Mitchell Krueger last Sunday night in the final of the USTA Southern California Futures Tournament played at USC.

 

The 25-year-old No. 3-seeded Jung, who grew up just up the 405 Freeway in Torrance some 15 miles north from the tournament site at the El Dorado Park Tennis Center, avenged a bad finals loss to Krueger just five days ago in which he managed to win just three games. On Friday, Jung advanced to his second straight Futures semifinal in recording a come-from-behind victory over the No. 7-seeded Krueger of Aledo, Texas, 6-7 (5), 7-6 (7), 6-4.

 

The former University of Michigan standout Jung is trying to win his third career USTA Pro Circuit Futures singles title. His last came in 2013 at the $10,000 Futures in Edwardsville, Ill. He spent most of last spring and summer competing overseas in ITF-level events in Korea and China. At Michigan, he received All-Big Ten honors in 2010 and 2011 and ranks fourth all-time in Wolverines’ history with 88 career doubles wins.

 

“This is my fourth year surprisingly as a pro,” Jung said. “It’s going to have to a big year for me with some big jumps and hopefully I’ll be able to play some Grand Slams.”

 

He added: “Hopefully there’s not too much pressure on me and I can have some fun. But I’m going to go for it and if it doesn’t happen, that’s OK.”

 

Ranked No. 321 in the world rankings, Jung will face qualifier Takanyi Garanganga of Zimbabwe in Saturday’s second semifinal. Garanganga beat current USC senior Yannik Hanfmann of Germany also in comeback fashion, taking the final two sets in a 3-6, 6-1, 6-3 victory.

 

Garanganga is currently ranked No. 382 in the world but had to get into qualifying with a wild card because he was a late entry and missed the deadline. Garanganga, who won the African Junior Championship at the age of 14, was discovered by Atlanta-based coach Brian de Villiers who brought him to the United States.

 

He turned down offers to play collegiately at the University of Georgia and the University of Illinois to focus on a professional career. Last year he posted wins over current Top 80 player Sam Groth and NCAA champion Marcos Giron.

 

In the first semifinal starting at 11 a.m., it will be Frederik Nielsen of Denmark, the No. 4 seed, against the unseeded former Pepperdine star Alex Sarkissian of Glendale, Calif. Nielsen needed three sets to beat 16-year-old Stefan Kozlov (7-6 (5), 4-6, 6-0) while Sarkissian eliminated qualifier Mico Santiago in another close match (7-6 (5), 6-2).

 

Serving was the key for Nielsen, who had eight aces and three doubles faults compared to eight double faults and three aces for Kozlov.

 

In the doubles final, a pair of former collegiate stars Nick Meister (UCLA) and Eric Quigley (University of Kentucky), the No. 4 seeds, defeated the No. 3 team of Dimitar Kutrovsky of Bulgaria of Dennis Novikov, also formerly of UCLA, 6-3, 6-2.

 

Friday’s Quarterfinal Singles Results:

q: qualifier

Frederik Nielsen (6), Denmark, def. Stefan Kozlov, U.S., 7-6 (5), 4-6, 6-0

Alex Sarkissian, U.S., def. Mico Santiago (q), U.S., 7-6 (5), 6-2

Jason Jung (3), U.S., def. Mitchell Kruerger (7), U.S., 6-7 (5), 7-6 (7), 6-4

Takanyi Garanganga (q), Zimbabwe, def. Yannik Hanfmann, Germany, 3-6, 6-1, 6-3

 

Friday’s Final Doubles Result:

Nick Meister, U.S. / Eric Quigley (3), U.S., def. Dimitar Kutrovsky, Bulgaria / Dennis Novikov (4), U.S., 6-3, 6-2

 

Saturday’s Semifinal Singles Schedule

Starting at 11 a.m. PT

Frederik Nielsen (6), Denmark, vs. Alex Sarkissian, U.S.

Followed by Jason Jung (3), U.S., vs. Takanyi Garanganga (q), Zimbabwe

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Top Two Seeds Fall in USTA Long Beach Futures Tournament

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By Steve Pratt

(January 15, 2015) LONG BEACH, Ca– It was a tough day for the top-two seeded players as the second round of singles play was completed on Thursday at the USTA $15,000 Pro Circuit Long Beach Futures Tournament.

 

Sixteen-year-old phenom Stefan Kozlov dusted aside top-seeded Dennis Novikov, 6-0, 6-1, on a day that saw every match played at the El Dorado Park Tennis Center end in straight sets.

 

“Stefan played flawless tennis today,” said last week’s Southern California Futures Tournament promoter Peter Smith, who is doing the same this week at the home site of the Southern California Junior Tennis Academy he runs with Mitch Bridge. “He was in control the entire time. He has a bright future ahead of him.”

 

Smith’s housemate this week and his former USC player Daniel Nguyen, the No. 2 seed, lost to current USC senior and qualifier Yannick Hanfmann from Karlsruhe, Germany, 6-4, 6-3.

 

“I haven’t been out here since the juniors, good ol’ boys’ 14s,” Nguyen said about playing at El Dorado Park, a couple of blocks away from Smith’s home. “I remember a lot of long days here, and the Frisbee golfers.”

 

Nguyen battled through a touch of food poisoning during the first round on Wednesday in which he said he “felt like puking” on the court several times.

 

The big stage is nothing new to Kozlov, who lost in the Wimbledon Junior singles final last summer, and in the fall, reached the final of the $100,000 USTA Pro Circuit Challenger in Sacramento, Calif., losing to current world No. 35 Sam Querrey. By reaching the Sacramento final at age 16, he became the youngest American to reach a Challenger final since Andre Agassi in 1986.

 

On Friday, Kozlov can swap Wimbledon stories with No. 4-seeded Frederik Nielsen, who he plays in the quarterfinals at 10 a.m. Nielsen won the doubles title at Wimbledon in 2012.

 

In the doubles final on Friday not before 3:30 p.m., it will be last week’s Southern California Futures champs Novikov and Dimitar Kutrovsky of Bulgaria against former UCLA star Nick Meister and former University of Kentucky All-American Eric Quigley.

 

Thursday’s Second-Round Singles Results:

q: qualifier; wc: wild card

Alex Sarkissian, U.S., def. Ji Sung Nam, Korea, 6-4, 6-2

Jason Jung (3), U.S., def. Eric Johnson (wc), U.S., 6-3, 6-1

Mitchell Kruerger (7), U.S., def. Sekou Bangoura, U.S., 6-2, 6-1

Yannik Hanfmann (q), Germany, def. Daniel Nguyen (2), U.S., 6-4, 6-3

Mico Santiago (q), U.S., def. Kyle McMorrow, U.S., 6-0, 6-0

Takanyi Garanganga (q), Zimbabwe, def. Michael Grant (wc), U.S., 6-2, 7-5

Stefan Kozlov, U.S., def. Dennis Novikov (1), U.S., 6-0, 6-1

Frederik Nielsen (6), Denmark, def. Mackenzie McDonald, U.S., 7-6 (2), 6-4

 

Thursday’s Semifinal Doubles Results:

Dimitar Kutrovsky, Bulgaria / Dennis Novikov (4), U.S., def. Karim Hossam, Egypt / Junior Ore, U.S., 6-2, 6-2

Nick Meister, U.S. / Eric Quigley (3), U.S., def. Sekou Bangoura, U.S. / Ji Sung Nam (2), Korea, 6-3, 6-4

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Genesen, Chen Win USTA Winter National Championships and Earn Wild Cards into Future USTA Pro Circuit Events

(January 6, 2015) The USTA announced on Tuesday that top young juniors William Genesen (17, Tulsa, Okla.) and Kelly Chen (15, Cerritos, Calif.) won the USTA Winter National Championships Boys’ and Girls’ 18s singles titles last week in Scottsdale, Ariz., each earning wild card entries into future USTA Pro Circuit events.

 

Eighth-seeded Genesen, rated as a Top-20 recruit in the Class of 2016 by TennisRecruiting.net, defeated unseeded Alafia Ayeni (15, San Diego), 6-4, 6-1, to win the Boys’ 18s title. No. 2-seeded Chen, who won a USTA Pro Circuit $10,000 women’s event in 2014, becoming the youngest USTA Pro Circuit women’s champion in 10 years, beat No. 10 Mia Horvit (17, Palm City, Fla.), 6-3, 7-6(3).

 

The Winter National Championships consisted of 128 singles players / 64 doubles teams in the 18s, 16s, 14s and 12s age divisions. They were played on outdoor hard courts at Scottsdale Ranch Park (18s and 16s) and the Jim Refkin Tennis Center in Tucson, Ariz. (14s and 12s).

 

JJ Wolf (Cincinnati) and Morgan Coppoc (Tulsa, Okla.) took the Boys’ and Girls’ 16s singles titles. No. 2-seeded Wolf defeated No. 3 Jake Van Emburgh (Verona, Wisc.), 7-6(1), 6-2, while Coppoc beat Chiara Lommer (Skokie, Ill.), 6-2, 2-6, 7-5.

 

Govind Nanda (Redlands, Calif.) and Cali Jankowski (Carlsbad, Calif.) won the Boys’ and Girls’ 14s singles titles. Nanda defeated Jaycer Calleros (San Antonio), who also won the Boys’ 14s doubles title, with Kevin Zhu (Pearland, Texas), 7-5, 4-6, 6-1, while Jankowski overcame Sara Choy (San Francisco), 6-4, 6-4.

 

Niroop Vallabhaneni (Scottsdale, Ariz.) beat Jameson Corsillo (Boca Raton, Fla.), 6-1, 6-4, to take home the Boys’ 12s singles crown, while Gianna Pielet (El Paso, Texas) won the Girls’ 12s title by defeating Mae Canete (Los Angeles), 0-6, 6-3, 6-2.

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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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