June 29, 2016

USTA Names 2016 U.S. Paralympic Wheelchair Tennis Team

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(June 27, 2016) WHITE PLAINS, N.Y.  – The United States Tennis Association (USTA) and U.S. national wheelchair tennis team coach Dan James today announced the eight players who will represent the United States in the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sept. 9-16.

The U.S. will be one of 29 countries, represented by the 100 wheelchair tennis competitors from around the world, vying for gold in the men’s, women’s and quad events. The competition will take place at the Barra Tennis Center, the same venue used for the Rio 2016 Olympic tennis event.

“The USTA is extremely proud of the group of wheelchair tennis athletes who will represent the United States at this year’s Paralympic Games,” said Katrina Adams, USTA Chairman, CEO and President. “These athletes never stop to amaze me in all they can do within their sport. They truly embody the honor of being named a Paralympian. I’m looking forward to watching them compete as they look to claim gold.”

The men’s team will be led by Jon Rydberg (Woodbury, Minn.) and Steve Baldwin (San Diego).

The women’s team will feature Emmy Kaiser (Ft. Mitchell, Ky.), Dana Mathewson (San Diego) and Kaitlyn Verfuerth (Flagstaff, Ariz.).

The quad team, led by three-time doubles gold medalists David Wagner (Hillsboro, Ore.), and Nick Taylor (Wichita, Kan.), will also include second-time Paralympian Bryan Barten (Tucson, Ariz.). Wagner, who is currently the world No. 2 in singles and No. 1 in doubles, will be hoping to capture the illustrious gold medal in men’s quad singles at the Paralympics for the first time. Wagner won silver in singles at the Paralympics in 2004 and 2012.

Direct entries are based on ITF World Rankings from May 23, 2016. Similar to the wild-card rule at other tennis tournaments, the U.S. wheelchair tennis team has been granted Bipartite slots by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC). Bipartite slots allow the Paralympic event to allocate additional slots to countries competing in the events. Rydberg, Baldwin, Verfuerth and Barten were all granted Bipartite slots to compete in Rio.

Coach Dan James, of Seattle, will be assisted at this year’s Paralympics by assistant coach Jason Harnett, of Irvine, Calif., as well as team leader Emily Sandor, of New York.

This year’s Paralympic Games mark the seventh time wheelchair tennis will be part of the competition, and the fourth time the quad division will be included. The quad team of Wagner and Taylor won consecutive gold medals in doubles at the 2012 Games in London, 2008 Games in Beijing, and 2004 Games in Athens, Greece.

Wheelchair tennis was introduced to the Paralympic program in 1988 as an exhibition event before becoming a full medal sport at the 1992 Paralympic Games in Barcelona, Spain. Paralympic tennis is an open competition, eligible to those athletes with a mobility-related disability. All competitors must compete in a wheelchair. More than 4,200 elite athletes with physical disabilities from around the world are expected to compete in the 2016 Paralympic Games.

The USTA was officially designated by the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) as the national governing body for the Paralympic sport of wheelchair tennis in June 2002, becoming the first Olympic national governing body to earn this recognition. As the national governing body for wheelchair tennis, the USTA manages wheelchair tennis in the United States, including the sanctioning of tournaments, overseeing wheelchair rankings, creating and managing a High Performance program for developing elite disabled athletes, and selecting teams to compete internationally for the United States.

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Mary Joe Fernandez and Jay Berger Named Coaches of 2016 U.S. Olympic Tennis Team

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WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., June 23, 2016 – The USTA, the national governing body for the sport of tennis in the U.S., today announced that U.S. Fed Cup captain Mary Joe Fernandez and USTA Player Development Head of Men’s Tennis, Jay Berger, have been named, respectively, as the women’s and men’s coaches of the 2016 U.S. Olympic Tennis Team.  In addition, Dan James, Head U.S. National Wheelchair Team Coach, has been named coach of the U.S. Paralympic Wheelchair Tennis Team.

The 2016 Olympic Games will be held August 5-21 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, with the tennis competition being staged August 6-14 at the Barra Tennis Center. The 2016 Paralympic Games will be held September 7-18 with the tennis competition scheduled for September 9-16 at the same venue.  

“Each of the coaches who have been chosen to lead our U.S. teams has outstanding credentials and have proven themselves as great leaders and motivators,” said Katrina Adams, USTA Chairman, CEO and President. “The Olympics and Paralympics provide a magnificent stage for us to showcase the very best of tennis, and we are extremely fortunate to have Mary Joe, Jay, and Dan serve as coaches for our teams—and ambassadors for our sport—as we go for the gold in 2016.”

“To be able to represent the U.S. for a fourth time at the Olympics is a tremendous honor,” said Fernandez, 1992 & 1996 Olympic Doubles Gold Medalist.  “I’m excited and looking forward to helping the top American women as they look to capture medals in Rio.”  

“It’s the greatest honor to represent the United States, especially for the third time at the Olympics,” said Berger.  “I am looking forward to working with the guys in Rio and know the team is excited to climb up on the medal podium.”

“I could not be more proud to be coaching these great athletes and to be representing Team USA once again,” said James.  “The Paralympic Games are an amazing event as they offer these athletes the opportunity to showcase their sport and be seen by millions of fans around the world.”

The 2016 U.S. Olympic Tennis Team will consist of up to six men and six women, with a maximum of four men and four women competing in the singles competition and a maximum of two men’s and two women’s teams competing in doubles. The U.S. also will be able to place a maximum of two teams in the mixed doubles competition, which will be contested at the Olympic Games for just the second time.  The Olympic Tennis Team player nominations are made using the ATP World Tour and WTA rankings as of June 6.  The U.S. Olympic nominations are under the review of the ITF and will be formally announced in the coming weeks pursuant to the ITF’s Qualifications and Appeals timeline.

The United States has won 21 Olympic medals in men’s and women’s tennis—more than any other nation—since the sport returned as a full medal sport in 1988.  U.S. players have won 15 medals at the Paralympic Games, including the gold medal every year in the Quad doubles division since that event’s inception in 2004.

The 2016 U.S. Paralympic Wheelchair Tennis Team will consist of a maximum of four men and four women in the wheelchair singles competition, with no more than two doubles teams in the wheelchair doubles competition.  In the quad wheelchair competition, a maximum of three players may compete in the event, with a maximum of three in the singles event and one team in the doubles event. Team nominations will be based on ITF Wheelchair Tennis World Rankings as of May 23, 2016. The Paralympic team will be announced the week of June 27.

It will be the seventh time that wheelchair tennis has appeared at the Paralympic Games as a full medal sport, having made its debut as a demonstration sport at Seoul 1988. Wheelchair tennis was fully admitted to the Paralympics at Barcelona 1992, where men’s and women’s singles and doubles were contested. After further successful events at Atlanta 1996 and Sydney 2000, the quad class was introduced at Athens 2004. Paralympic tennis is an open competition, eligible to those athletes with a mobility-related disability. All competitors must compete in a wheelchair.

The USTA was officially designated by the USOC as the national governing body for the Paralympic sport of wheelchair tennis in June 2002, becoming the first Olympic national governing body to earn this recognition.  As the national governing body for wheelchair tennis, the USTA manages wheelchair tennis in the United States, including the sanctioning of tournaments, overseeing the ranking systems, creating and managing a High Performance program for developing elite disabled athletes and coaches. 

All athlete and staff nominations to the 2016 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic teams are subject to approval by the United States Olympic Committee.

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On The Call with Venus Williams

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(June 15, 2016) New York, NY – Venus Williams held a media conference call on Wednesday to discuss summer plans and her participation in the Bank of the West Classic tournament, part of the Emirates Airline U.S. Open Series. Also on the call were Vickie Gunnarsson, Tournament Director, Bank of the West Classic and J. Wayne Richmond, General Manager, Emirates Airline US Open Series.

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BRENDAN McINTYRE: Hello, everyone. Thank you for joining us today on the call. A special thank you to Venus Williams, who is joining us today after recently committing to play in the 2016 Bank of the West Classic, marking her 13th appearance in Stanford, which includes an impressive seven appearances in the singles final, capturing two titles.

The Bank of the West Classic, a WTA Tour event, will launch the Emirates Airline US Open Series again this year, beginning on July 18th.

I’d also like to welcome to the call Bank of the West Classic tournament director, Vickie Gunnarsson; and Emirates Airline US Open Series manager, J. Wayne Richmond.

At this time I’m going to turn it over to J. Wayne for a few remarks.

J. WAYNE RICHMOND: I’ll make this very brief.

As we kick off year 13, I wanted to thank the Bank of the West and the WTA Tour for doing this call with us, but more importantly Venus, to you, for taking the time to do this call. We know you have a lot on your schedule getting ready for Wimbledon.

It hit me this morning looking at this that, Venus, you were the very first final we ever broadcast in 2004 on the series from Stanford. It’s kind of a perfect fit to have you on this call. Thank you for being part of it.

I’ll turn it over to Vickie Gunnarsson from Bank of the West.

VICKIE GUNNARSSON: Hello, everybody. Great to have everyone on the call. We appreciate your support. Thanks to the media for attending. A special thank you to Venus for taking the time to participate.

We are excited to once again be the starting event of the Emirates Airline US Open Series. We have a great player field at the Bank of the West Classic this year, highlighted by Venus, of course, and Aga Radwanska. But overall 13 out of 20 players on our acceptance list have won at least one career WTA title, and many will represent their countries at the Olympics. We expect this year’s tournament to be highly competitive.

This is the 46th year of the tournament. But more importantly, this is Bank of the West’s 25th year as our title sponsor. They are an amazing partner and a great supporter of women’s tennis.

So thank you to everyone for participating on the call. Hopefully we’ll see you in Stanford.

BRENDAN McINTYRE: At this time we’ll open up the call for questions.

Q. Venus, I’m wondering if there’s any sort of additional challenge when it comes to figuring out the right way to schedule your summer during an Olympic year.
VENUS WILLIAMS: Additional challenges? Absolutely because the Olympics is such a highlight, but at the same time it’s important to play tournaments so you can continue with success on the tour.

Also for me it’s making sure I have a little bit of a break. This year I’ve been very successful. I will be starting out with Stanford, Bank of the West, then playing one more event, then heading off to Rio is my plan.

Q. Venus, I would like your comment on the young American players who are coming up, possibly their chances at Wimbledon. You and Serena are going to be clearly leading the American charge, but we have CoCo Vandeweghe who played some very good tennis lately, and Madison Keys. Are you encouraged by the fact there might be some young players, Sloane Stephens in the mix, too, to follow in your steps as a great Wimbledon player?
VENUS WILLIAMS: Yeah, absolutely. The surface at Wimbledon has changed a lot since I first started. It’s a lot more forgiving, so it gives a lot of players more opportunity to be able to adjust quicker to the grass. Hopefully we’ll be able to see that with the young Americans.

But they’ve been playing really well, especially this year. That’s great news for obviously the Olympic team and Fed Cup and all of the above. It’s pretty exciting prospects.

Q. Venus, you’ve gone through different ways of prepping for the Olympics. Back in 2004 you played some tournaments before. The last couple you’ve kind of gone in straight from Wimbledon. Talk about what it meant to play tournaments leading into the Olympics, and then did you feel like it has any effect not playing events before the last couple Olympics?
VENUS WILLIAMS: You know, it’s kind of hard to remember because it happens every four years. So I don’t really remember how I felt or what tournaments I played four years ago.

But I do know that, no matter what, at the Olympics you got to figure out a way to play your best, no matter what the circumstances, because it only happens every four years.

Thankfully for me, I have a lot of experience. That will help me out in the long run.

Q. Venus, since your diagnosis several years back, you’ve played a lot of tennis, and recently some very good tennis. Has it gotten a lot easier for you to manage it? Have you found some new ways to manage it? Is there a way that you can keep yourself healthy more easily than you were at first?
VENUS WILLIAMS: Yeah, I mean, of course the first couple years are really tough because there’s no road map. There’s no one who says, This is how you do it, this is how you manage it. It’s challenging.

But I’ve always wanted to rise to the challenge and the occasion. That’s not how I see it, as a disadvantage, but a challenge I’ve had to overcome.

I’m always looking for different ways that I can be at my best, whether it’s eating, resting, different training regimens, whatever it may be.

It’s definitely a constant search. I never give up.

Q. Venus, this part of the season, playing on the North American hard courts, what is your favorite thing about it? Also, as a player, what does it mean to have a series of tournaments like this package for you to play?
VENUS WILLIAMS: Yeah, it’s great to play at home in front of the home crowd. That’s the highlight. Being at home, being able to just play in the U.S., and there’s not as many opportunities as there was when I first started to play in the U.S., so it’s become really special at this point. It really becomes the last opportunity to do so until March. I really cherish that.

I love hard courts. A lot of people think my favorite surface is grass, but actually I grew up on hard courts, so I prefer that. I feel right at home on it.

Q. Venus, can you talk about how important it is for you to have the series as a preparation for the US Open.
VENUS WILLIAMS: Yeah, absolutely. Coming in, of course, you want to come in strong, playing a lot of matches, hopefully winning titles. It gives you confidence going into such a big event as the US Open.

But even if you don’t win, you’re able to hone your game, work through mistakes or chinks in your armor.

Unfortunately, as much as you train, there’s always something to work on. It gives you the opportunity to figure out, What do I need to perfect at this moment in time?

Q. We saw your dress that you’re going to be wearing in Rio. I wanted to ask a little bit about that in terms of the inspiration. Aside from needing the red, white and blue, what else inspired you? Also, what tips do you have for the newbies going into the Olympics about trading pins?
VENUS WILLIAMS: Well, the dress, my dress at the Olympics is always inspired by Wonder Woman. Each and every Olympics it’s Wonder Woman as the inspiration. It never changes.

Second, trading pins, you know, it’s definitely about trading pins, but once you start trading pins, you find out it’s about meeting people. That experience of meeting somebody you’ll maybe never see again, but the connection you have with them, the joy you have from meeting them, that is the best part of it all. It’s an interesting byproduct that you don’t expect. Then you have your pins for memories when you look back to remember those times at the Olympics. That’s awesome as well.

Q. With the Wonder Woman inspiration, are you going to have gold wristbands or is that too much?
VENUS WILLIAMS: I should. I’ll probably do a special Olympic hair, though. Maybe I’ll come back with colored hair. I haven’t done that in a while.

BRENDAN McINTYRE: Thanks, everyone, again for getting on the call. A special thank you to Venus. We look forward to the start of the Emirates Airline US Open Series at the Bank of the West Classic starting on July 18th.

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USTA Girls’ 16s and 18s To Take Place August 6-14 in San Diego

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(June 15, 2016) San Diego, Calif.  – The United States Tennis Association Girls’ 16s & 18s National Championships are scheduled to be played August 6-14, 2016 at the Barnes Tennis Center, located at 4490 W. Point Loma Blvd, San Diego, CA, 92107.

Nearly 400 girls aged 16 and 18 and under will compete for the title of National Champion, as well as a wild card entry into the Women’s Singles main draw of the US Open (for the 18s Champion) and a wild card into the US Open Junior Championships (for the 16s Champion). The 18s Doubles Champions will also receive a wild card into the US Open Women’s Doubles main draw.

“Nearly every American on today’s women’s professional tennis tour has played in this tournament. It’s been amazing to watch past participants such as Madison Keys, Sloane Stephens, Shelby Rogers and Coco Vandeweghe advancing in their pro careers,” said Co-Tournament Director Ellen Ehlers. “The Girls’ 16s &18s Nationals gives fans a great opportunity to watch stars of the future.”

The Girls’ 16s event will begin on Saturday, Aug. 6 and conclude with the singles and doubles finals on Saturday Aug. 13. The Girls’ 18s tournament will get underway on Sunday, Aug. 7 and conclude with the 18s singles championship on Sunday, Aug. 14. Both divisions will feature 192-player singles draws and doubles draws with 96 teams. The starting time for each day will be announced in July.

The Opening Ceremony for the USTA National Girls’ 16s & 18s National Championships is scheduled for 5 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 6 at the Barnes Tennis Center. The guest speaker will be former tennis professional Gigi Fernandez, who won 17 Grand Slam doubles titles and was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2010.

Early-round matches will also be played at secondary sites at San Diego State University’s Aztec Tennis Center, 5375 Remington Rd., San Diego, CA, 92115, from Saturday, Aug. 6 through Tuesday, Aug. 9 and University of San Diego’s Skip and Cindy Hogan Tennis Center, 5998 Alcala Park, San Diego, CA 92110, from Sunday, Aug. 7 through Wednesday, Aug. 10.

Admission and on-site parking at the Barnes Tennis Center is free each day of the tournament. For fans watching matches at SDSU and USD, admission is free, but there is a nominal charge for on-campus parking. University parking regulations will be strictly enforced.

A complete player list will be available in early July. To view the official tournament website, please go to: http://www.ustagirlsnationals.com/.

About USTA Girls’ 16s – 18s Nationals:
The USTA Girls’ 16 & 18s National Championships are the premiere hard court tennis tournaments for amateur and professional American girls aged 18 and 16 and under in the United States. In 2010, both age groups began playing their events concurrently at San Diego’s Barnes Tennis Center. Tournament participants, who represent nearly every state in the United States, have been endorsed by their respective USTA Section or have received USTA special exemptions based on their results in qualifying tournaments, junior rankings, or results on the WTA Tour or International Tennis Federation Junior Circuit. Past tournament champions include Chris Evert, Tracy Austin, Andrea Jaeger, Zina Garrison, Mary Jo Fernandez, Jennifer Capriati and Lindsay Davenport.

 

 

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Emmanuel Mensah Defends USTA National Open Hard Court Singles Title

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San Diego, Calif. – (June 5, 2016) – Top-seed and defending champion Emmanuel Mensah of Imperial Beach, Calif., won his second straight USTA National Open Hard Court singles title with a 7-5, 6-1 victory over eighth-seeded Stefan Menichella of Santa Barbara, Calif., in the men’s final at the Balboa Tennis Club.

Mensah matched the hard-serving Menichella, who plays collegiate tennis for Pepperdine University, game for game in a spectacular start to the opening set. After holding serve in the 11th game to take a 6-5 lead, Mensah hit a winning backhand service return on double break point to break Menichella’s powerful serve and secure the first set.

In the second set, Mensah took command, winning six of the next seven games, as he varied the pace of his game and hit low shots to keep the 6-foot-5-inch Menichella off-balance. Mensah, a former Davis Cup player in his native country of Ghana, went on to close out the match in one-hour and 50 minutes.

“I would like to congratulate Stefan. He played an amazing match today. I got lucky on some of the crucial points. He likes to hit big, he’s a big guy. I tried to keep the balls low and bring him in because I know he’s very solid at the baseline. Everything worked well for me,” Mensah said.

“Defending the title makes me feel good. Winning the title the first time was a very happy moment in my life, the second time, it’s double happiness,” Mensah added. “It’s an honor to win this tournament. A lot of good players have won it, so I’m proud to be among them.”

Top-seeded Jessica Failla captured the women’s singles title as the 18-year-old from Ramona, Calif., dominated second-seeded Salma Ewing of Long Beach, Calif., 6-0, 6-2 in the final, which took one-hour and 25 minutes to complete.

“It feels amazing. It’s a great feeling. I love this tournament so much,” Failla said. “I haven’t been able to play it the last couple of years, but I’m so glad I was able to be here in my hometown and at Balboa, it’s so beautiful.”

Failla was asked about having to face Ewing, a talented 15-year-old junior player, in the title match. “She’s the type of player you have to stay on because she has a really good game. She hits really hard and is always looking to come in. I just tried to do my best and play every single point to the best of my ability,” Failla said.

The winners of each division of the USTA National Open Hard Court Championships were awarded a USTA gold ball, while the runner-up received a USTA silver ball. A 3rd/4th place playoff took place for the USTA bronze ball. Prize money was distributed to both finalists as well as third and fourth place finishers in each division.

The men’s singles champion received a wild card into the qualifying draw for this year’s USTA Men’s $10K Pro Futures tournament in Laguna Niguel, Calif., while the women’s singles champion earned a qualifying wild card for next year’s $25,000 Morgan Run Women’s Open at Morgan Run Club & Resort in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.

USTA National Open Hard Court Championships
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San Diego, Calif.
Sunday’s Results

Men’s Singles
Championship
Emmanuel Mensah (1), Imperial Beach, def. Stefan Menichella (8), Santa Barbara, Calif., 7-5, 6-1

Men’s Doubles
Championship
Stefan Menichella and Spencer Simon, Santa Barbara, Calif., def. Sebastian Bader (5), San Juan Capistrano, Calif., and Xavier Smith, Chula Vista, 6-3, 6-4

Women’s Singles
Championship
Jessica Failla (1), Ramona, def. Salma Ewing (2), Long Beach, Calif., 6-0, 6-2

Women’s Doubles
Championship
Kaitlyn Christian (1), Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., and Jessica Failla, Ramona, def. Alexa Corcoleotes (2), Hillsborough, Calif., and Salma Ewing, Long Beach, Calif., 6-2, 6-2

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Friday’s Summary & Results — USTA National Open Hard Court Championships

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San Diego, Calif. – (June 3, 2016) – It wasn’t easy, but the top seeds at the USTA National Open Hard Court Championships scored straight-set victories over tough opponents to advance to Saturday’s singles semifinals at the historic Balboa Tennis Club.

Emmanuel Mensah of Imperial Beach, Calif., the men’s No. 1 seed and defending champion, got past ninth-seeded David Goulak of Oak Park, Calif., 6-4, 6-4 in the quarterfinals, while Jessica Failla, the women’s top-seed from Ramona, Calif., fought off a second-set set comeback against fifth-seeded Maya Smith of Houston and went on to win 6-1, 7-5.

The 27-year-old Mensah, a native of Ghana where he played Davis Cup, will play Tim Sah of San Diego in a semifinal match scheduled for 10:30 a.m. (PDT).  Sah, the fourth-seed, eliminated sixth-seeded Brian Battistone of Las Vegas, in a thrilling quarterfinal match, 6-4, 7-5.

In the women’s quarterfinals, Failla won the first set handily and looked to be in command in the second set, but the momentum shifted.  “I was up a set and 4-1 and then she (Smith) really changed her game. She had a big serve and started coming to net. It was tough for me,” Failla said. “I just tried to fight through it. I knew she was going to be really tough. I just stuck to my game plan and stayed focused out there.”

Failla, who plays collegiate tennis for the University of Southern California, will take on fifth-seed Michalle Okhremchuk of San Diego in the semifinals at 9 a.m. (PDT).  Okhremchuk ousted fourth-seeded Kristina Smith of Laguna Niguel, Calif., 6-3, 7-6 (4) in another quarterfinal match.

The 18-year-old Failla grew up playing at the Balboa Tennis Club and is enjoying competing at this week’s national tennis tournament close to home. “I played here ever since I was young. I love the courts, they’re pretty quick,” she said. “I love being here in my hometown and not having to deal with hotels and flights.”

In other men’s quarterfinal action, second-seeded Nicholas Kamisar of Sammamish, Wash., defeated fifth-seeded Saxon Buehning (5), Essex Fells, N.J., 6-3, 6-4. Kamisar will face eighth-seeded Stefan Menichella of Santa Barbara, Calif., in the semifinals at 10:30 a.m. (PDT).

For a complete list of seeded players and updated men’s and women’s singles draws, go to: http://tennislink.usta.com/Tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=162217

Matches will begin at 9 a.m. (PDT) on Saturday, June 4. The men’s and women’s singles finals are slated for noon on Sunday, June 5. Admission for spectators is free and open to the public. On-site parking is free.

The winners of each division of the USTA National Open Hard Court Championships 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.  Prize money will be distributed to both finalists as well as third and fourth place finishers in each division.

The men’s singles champion will receive a wild card into the qualifying draw for this year’s USTA Men’s $10K Pro Futures tournament in Laguna Niguel, Calif., while the women’s singles champion will earn a qualifying wild card for next year’s $25,000 Morgan Run Women’s Open at Morgan Run Club & Resort in Rancho Santa Fe.

The USTA National Open Hard Court Championships, which was voted, “2011 Tournament of the Year” by the San Diego District Tennis Association, has had several distinguished participants in past events. American men’s tennis star Jack Sock, who is currently No. 25 in the ATP World Tour singles rankings (as of 5/16/16), won the tournament singles title in 2010. Coco Vandeweghe, a quarterfinalist at Wimbledon last year, earned a USTA bronze ball at the 2007 Hard Court Championships. Former WTA touring professionals Gretchen Rush and Ros Nideffer won the Women’s Open Doubles title seven times and Alison Bradshaw won the singles title in 2007.

The 2016 USTA National Open Hard Court Championships are sponsored by Wilson, San Diego District Tennis Association, United States Tennis Association, Graphic Interfaces, Kashi, LGBT Chiropractic, Minuteman Press of Mission Valley, CH Court Tech, Echo Sports & Third World Sports, Inc., Bauer Insurance, the San Diego Aviators, and Martinis Above Fourth | Table + Stage.

About The Balboa Tennis Club
In addition to the USTA National Open Hard Court Championships, the Balboa Tennis Club is the site for many prestigious tournaments throughout the year, such as the Maureen Connolly Balboa Open, the San Diego District Championships, and the San Diego Metropolitan Tournament. The club, which is also the home of the San Diego Tennis Hall of Fame, boasts over 1,400 members, and is visited by approximately 6,000 day pass visitors each year. As a nonprofit organization, Balboa Tennis Club is dedicated to offering the finest facilities at an affordable price to help foster and develop the great game of tennis in San Diego.

The history of the Balboa Tennis Club dates back to 1922 when a small group of tennis enthusiasts raised $5,000 among themselves, and with the cooperation from the City Recreation Department, constructed six tennis courts adjacent to the present War Memorial Building.

On April 24, 1924, the San Diego Tennis Association received a lease to operate the courts for the public. The following year, a small clubhouse with locker rooms was built, but it was not until June 1939 that Articles of Incorporation were drawn up, and the Balboa Tennis Club actually was formed as a public, nonprofit corporation to foster and develop the game of tennis in San Diego and to encourage competitive play with other clubs of this and other communities.

The club flourished many years at its original location and aided many young players in developing their games. In June 1966, the club moved to its present location and in July 1983, assumed all the operational responsibilities of the Morley Field Tennis Complex. In 1989 Balboa Tennis Club was rated as America’s Best Public Tennis Facility by the USTA. In 2000, the San Diego District Tennis Association named BTC as Club of the Year. In 2003, it received the Outstanding Tennis Facility award from the USTA for large facilities in the United States.

USTA National Open Hard Court Championships
Balboa Tennis Club
San Diego, Calif.
Friday’s ResultsMen’s Singles
Quarterfinals
Emmanuel Mensah (1), Imperial Beach, def. David Goulak (9), Oak Park, Calif., 6-4, 6-4
Nicholas Kamisar (2), Sammamish, Wash., def. Saxon Buehning (5), Essex Fells, N.J., 6-3, 6-4
Timothy Sah (4), San Diego, def. Brian Battistone (6), Las Vegas, 6-4, 7-5
Stefan Menichella (8), Santa Barbara, Calif., def. Xavier Smith (9), Chula Vista, 7-5, 3-0, ret. (injury)

Women’s Singles
Quarterfinals
Jessica Failla (1), Ramona, def. Maya Smith (5), Houston, 6-1, 7-5
Salma Ewing (2), Long Beach, Calif., def. Hiromi Sasano (5), La Mesa, 7-6 (3), 6-2
Parris Todd (5), Newport Beach, Calif., def. Kaitlyn Christian (3), Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., 6-4, 6-0
Michalle Okhremchuk (5), San Diego, def. Kristina Smith (4), Laguna Niguel, Calif., 6-3, 7-6 (4)

For complete scores and results, go to: http://tennislink.usta.com/Tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=162217

 

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US Open Tickets Go On Sale To The Public on June 6, 2016

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From the USTA: WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., June 3, 2016 – The USTA today announced that tickets to the 2016 US Open will go on sale to the general public on Monday, June 6, starting at 9:00 a.m. ET.  The 2016 US Open will be played at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y., Monday, August 29 through Sunday, September 11.

Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day presented by Hess, a full-day tennis and music festival for families and children, will kick off the US Open, taking place on Saturday, August 27.  Tickets for the 2016 US Open and the Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day presented by Hess stadium show can be purchased:

  • at USOpen.org
  • by calling Ticketmaster at 1-866-OPEN-TIX
  • at all Ticketmaster outlets

Payment can be made by credit card – American Express is the Official Card of the US Open.  For ticket plan availability, group sales, disabled seating and other US Open information, call 1-866-OPEN-TIX.

The 2016 US Open will feature day sessions beginning at 11:00 a.m. and night sessions beginning at 7:00 p.m. from Monday, August 29 through the quarterfinals on Wednesday, September 7.  The Women’s Singles Semifinals are scheduled for 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 8, and the Men’s Singles Semifinals for 3:00 p.m. on Friday, September 9.  The Women’s Singles Final is scheduled for 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 10, with the Men’s Singles Final at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 11.

The 2015 US Open saw Novak Djokovic capture his second US Open men’s singles championship, defeating Roger Federer in the final,  with first-time Grand Slam and US Open women’s singles champion Flavia Pennetta defeating country-woman Roberta Vinci in an all-Italian women’s final.

For the second-straight year, the US Open will be distributed across the ESPN family of networks, on ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPN3. In addition, an hour-long Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day presented by Hess special will air at 2:00 p.m. on ABC, on Sunday, August 28.

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Thursday’s Summary & Results — USTA National Open Hard Court Championships

 

San Diego, Calif. – (June 2, 2016) – Top-seeded Jessica Failla of Ramona, Calif., began her quest for the women’s singles title at the USTA National Open Hard Court Championships with a dominating 6-0, 6-1 victory over unseeded Brooke Biddle of Dallas at the Balboa Tennis Club.

The 18-year-old Failla, who just completed her first year of intercollegiate tennis at the University of Southern California, moves into Friday’s quarterfinals, where she will meet fifth-seeded Maya Smith of Houston at 9 a.m.

“Everyone in this tournament is really good and I try to do my best every single match. Today I came out and I knew what I needed to do and how I needed to play. I didn’t focus on who I was playing or what round it was. I just focused on myself and what I’ve been working on,” Failla said following her opening match.

Failla, who captured the CIF San Diego Section singles title in 2013, appreciates the opportunity to play a national tennis tournament, like the USTA National Open Hard Court Championships, close to home.

“Tournaments like this help my game so much. The more matches I play, the better I feel about my game. It’s important for me to get a lot of play in this summer before the next college season,” Failla said. “It’s great to have events like this in San Diego…with great players coming from all over.”

In men’s fourth-round action, top-seed and defending champion Emmanuel Mensah of Imperial Beach, Calif., eliminated ninth-seed Jared Thompkins of San Diego 6-3, 6-3. The 27-year-old Mensa, a local tennis teaching professional, advances to the quarterfinal round, where he will face ninth-seeded David Goulak of Oak Park, Calif., at 10:30 a.m. on Friday.

Second-seeded Nicholas Kamisar of Sammamish, Wash., was extended to a first-set tiebreak in his fourth-round match versus ninth-seeded Derek Miller of San Diego, but still advanced with a hard-fought 7-6 (6), 6-4 victory in two-hours and 17 minutes.

The 24-year-old Kamisar, who played collegiate tennis for the University of Washington and Gonzaga University, will take on fifth-seeded Saxon Buehning of Essex Fells, N.J., in Friday’s quarterfinals at 10:30 a.m.

For a complete list of seeded players and updated men’s and women’s singles draws, go to: http://tennislink.usta.com/Tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=162217

Matches will begin at 9 a.m. (PDT) on Friday, June 3 and Saturday, June 4. The men’s and women’s singles finals are slated for noon on Sunday, June 5. Admission for spectators is free and open to the public. On-site parking is free.

The winners of each division of the USTA National Open Hard Court Championships 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.  Prize money will be distributed to both finalists as well as third and fourth place finishers in each division.

The men’s singles champion will receive a wild card into the qualifying draw for this year’s USTA Men’s $10K Pro Futures tournament in Laguna Niguel, Calif., while the women’s singles champion will earn a qualifying wild card for next year’s $25,000 Morgan Run Women’s Open at Morgan Run Club & Resort in Rancho Santa Fe.

The USTA National Open Hard Court Championships, which was voted, “2011 Tournament of the Year” by the San Diego District Tennis Association, has had several distinguished participants in past events. American men’s tennis star Jack Sock, who is currently No. 25 in the ATP World Tour singles rankings (as of 5/16/16), won the tournament singles title in 2010. Coco Vandeweghe, a quarterfinalist at Wimbledon last year, earned a USTA bronze ball at the 2007 Hard Court Championships. Former WTA touring professionals Gretchen Rush and Ros Nideffer won the Women’s Open Doubles title seven times and Alison Bradshaw won the singles title in 2007.

 

USTA National Open Hard Court Championships
Balboa Tennis Club
San Diego, Calif.
Thursday’s Results

Men’s Singles
Fourth Round
Emmanuel Mensah (1), Imperial Beach, def. Jared Thompkins (9), San Diego, 6-3, 6-3
Nicholas Kamisar (2), Sammamish, Wash., def. Derek Miller (9), San Diego, 7-6 (6), 6-4
Timothy Sah (4), San Diego, def. Jamie Vance, Henderson, Nev., 6-0, 6-0
Brian Battistone (6), Las Vegas, def. William LeFevre (9), San Diego, 6-1, 6-4
Stefan Menichella (8), Santa Barbara, Calif., def. Peter Trhac, San Diego, 6-3, 6-1
David Goulak (9), Oak Park, Calif., def. Ryan Seggerman (7), Coronado, 6-4, 6-4
Saxon Buehning (5), Essex Fells, N.J., def. Brendan McClain (9), Ventura, Calif., 4-1, ret. (injury)
Xavier Smith (9), Chula Vista, def. Jacob Brumm (3), Rancho Santa Fe, walkover (injury)

Women’s Singles
Second Round
Jessica Failla (1), Ramona, def. Brooke Biddle, Dallas, 6-0, 6-1
Salma Ewing (2), Long Beach, Calif., def. Aida Garcia, Coronado, 6-1, 6-0
Kristina Smith (4), Laguna Niguel, Calif., def. Cassidy Ferrell, San Diego, 6-1, 6-2
Parris Todd (5), Newport Beach, Calif., def. Amy Huang, San Diego, 6-0, 6-4
Michalle Okhremchuk (5), San Diego, def. Lindsay Brown, San Diego, 6-2, 6-3
Hiromi Sasano (5), La Mesa, def. Soizette Simmons, Brooklyn, N.Y., 6-1, 6-1
Maya Smith (5), Houston, def. Maika Adair, San Diego, 6-2, 6-4
Kaitlyn Christian (3), Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., def. Cydnee Wilkinson, Washington, Utah, 6-0, 6-1

For complete scores and results, go to: http://tennislink.usta.com/Tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=16221

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Wednesday’s Summary & Results — USTA National Open Hard Court Championships

San Diego, Calif. – (June 1, 2016) – Jessica Failla, the top seed in the women’s draw of the USTA National Open Hard Court Championships, will play her opening match at 9 a.m. (PDT) on Thursday at the Balboa Tennis Club. The 18-year-old Failla received a first-round bye and will face unseeded Brooke Biddle of Dallas in a second-round match.

Failla, a resident of Ramona, Calif., captured the San Diego Section CIF singles title in 2013 and recently completed her freshman year at the University of Southern California. The 18-year-old posted a 23-13 record in singles and finished at 20-5 in doubles for the Trojans.

In men’s singles action earlier today, top seed and defending men’s singles champion Emmanuel Mensah of Imperial Beach, Calif., overcame a strong challenge against unseeded Ryan Kreis of Hoffman Estates, Ill., but advanced to the fourth-round with a 6-4, 6-3 victory. Mensah will take on ninth-seeded Jared Thompkins on Thursday.

“I had to play a close one today. The competition is getting tougher. I tried to play a little aggressive, but he (Kreis) was just solid. I took a step back and relaxed and everything started flowing,” Mensah said. “I’m taking it match by match and having fun. Winning the title again would be a very good accomplishment.”

The 27-year-old Mensah is a tennis teaching professional who played Davis Cup for Ghana from 2006 to 2013 and represented his native country in 25 ties. He is ranked No. 6 in Southern California in the men’s singles Open Division according to the latest USTA rankings.

In other third-round action, second-seeded Nicholas Kamisar of Sammamish, Wash., easily advanced to the fourth round as he swept past unseeded Srikar Kuchibhotla of Mason, Ohio, 6-0, 6-0. The 24-year-old Kamisar, who played collegiate tennis for the University of Washington, will go up against ninth-seeded Derek Miller of San Diego on Thursday.

Third-seeded Jacob Brumm of Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., also moved into the fourth-round with a 6-0, 7-6 (3) victory over unseeded Ignacio Martinez of Weston, Fla. Brumm, who reached last year’s singles final, will play ninth-seeded Xavier Smith of Chula Vista, Calif., in his next match.

For a complete list of seeded players and updated men’s and women’s singles draws, go to: http://tennislink.usta.com/Tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=162217

Matches will begin each day at 9 a.m. (PDT) from Thursday, June 2 through Saturday, June 4. The men’s and women’s singles finals are slated for noon on Sunday, June 5. Admission for spectators is free and open to the public. On-site parking is free.

The winners of each division of the USTA National Open Hard Court Championships 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. Prize money will be distributed to both finalists as well as third and fourth place finishers in each division.

The men’s singles champion will receive a wild card into the qualifying draw for this year’s USTA Men’s $10K Pro Futures tournament in Laguna Niguel, Calif., while the women’s singles champion will earn a qualifying wild card for next year’s $25,000 Morgan Run Women’s Open at Morgan Run Club & Resort in Rancho Santa Fe.

The USTA National Open Hard Court Championships, which was voted, “2011 Tournament of the Year” by the San Diego District Tennis Association, has had several distinguished participants in past events. Current American men’s tennis star Jack Sock, who is currently No. 25 in the ATP World Tour singles rankings (as of 5/23/16), won the tournament singles title in 2010. Coco Vandeweghe, a quarterfinalist at Wimbledon last year, earned a USTA bronze ball at the 2007 Hard Court Championships. Former WTA touring professionals Gretchen Rush and Ros Nideffer won the Women’s Open Doubles title seven times and Alison Bradshaw won the singles title in 2007.

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Top Seed Emmanuel Mensah Begins Title Defense at USTA National Open Hard Court Championships

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San Diego, Calif. – (May 31, 2016) – Top seed and defending men’s singles champion Emmanuel Mensah of San Diego began his title defense at the USTA National Open Hard Court Championships on a successful note as he eliminated fellow San Diegan Luis Argote 6-4, 6-0 in an early-morning second round match today.

On a cool, cloudy day at the Balboa Tennis Club, Mensah scored a critical service break at 5-4 to win the first set and then cruised through the second set without the loss of a game to advance to a third-round encounter against Ryan Kreis of Hoffman Estates, Ill., on Wednesday at 9 a.m. (PDT).

“I’m very happy to be back. There is a lot of pressure to defend the title, but I’m ready. There are no easy matches here and you have to be ready for every match,” said Mensah, who received a first-round bye. “There are a lot of solid players (in the draw) and the competition is tough.”

The 27-year-old Mensah is a local tennis teaching professional who played Davis Cup for Ghana from 2006 to 2013 and represented his native country in 25 ties. He is currently ranked No. 6 in the men’s singles Open Division in Southern California according to the latest USTA rankings.

Sixth-seeded Brian Battistone of Las Vegas got off to a strong start with a 6-3, 6-1 win over unseeded Christopher Dalton of Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., to advance to the third round where he will meet Thomas Tomczak of Glendale, N.Y.  Battistone, 36, is a former touring tennis professional who achieved a career-high No. 88 in the ATP World Tour doubles rankings in 2010.

In other second-round action, second-seeded Nicholas Kamisar of Sammamish, Wash., advanced with a 6-1, 6-2 victory over unseeded Alan Pleat of Roslyn, N.Y.  The 24-year-old Kamisar, who played collegiate tennis for the University of Washington, will face unseeded Srikar Kuchibhotla of Mason, Ohio in a third-round match on Wednesday.

Women’s first-round matches are scheduled to start on Wednesday.  Jessica Failla of Ramona, Calif., the women’s top seed, received a first-round bye and will play her second-round match on Thursday at 9 a.m. (PDT).  Failla captured the San Diego Section CIF singles title in 2013 and recently completed her freshman year at the University of Southern California.  The 18-year-old posted a 23-13 record in singles and finished at 20-5 in doubles for the Trojans.

For a complete list of seeded players and updated men’s and women’s singles draws, go to: http://tennislink.usta.com/Tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=162217

Matches will begin each day at 9 a.m. (PDT) from Wednesday, June 1 through Saturday, June 4. The men’s and women’s singles finals are slated for noon on Sunday, June 5. Admission for spectators is free and open to the public. On-site parking is free. All draws will have consolation events.

The winners of each division of the USTA National Open Hard Court Championships 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.  Prize money will be distributed to both finalists as well as third and fourth place finishers in each division.

The men’s singles champion will receive a wild card into the qualifying draw for this year’s USTA Men’s $10K Pro Futures tournament in Laguna Niguel, Calif., while the women’s singles champion will earn a qualifying wild card for next year’s $25,000 Morgan Run Women’s Open at Morgan Run Club & Resort in Rancho Santa Fe.

The USTA National Open Hard Court Championships, which was voted, “2011 Tournament of the Year” by the San Diego District Tennis Association, has had several distinguished participants in past events. Current American men’s tennis star Jack Sock, who is currently No. 25 in the ATP World Tour singles rankings (as of 5/16/16), won the tournament singles title in 2010. Coco Vandeweghe, a quarterfinalist at Wimbledon last year, earned a USTA bronze ball at the 2007 Hard Court Championships. Former WTA touring professionals Gretchen Rush and Ros Nideffer won the Women’s Open Doubles title seven times and Alison Bradshaw won the singles title in 2007.

 

 

USTA National Open Hard Court Championships
Balboa Tennis Club
San Diego, Calif.
Tuesday’s ResultsMen’s Singles
Second Round
Emmanuel Mensah (1), San Diego, def. Luis Argote, San Diego, 6-4, 6-0
Nicholas Kamisar (2), Sammamish, Wash., def. Alan Pleat, Roslyn, N.Y., 6-1, 6-2
Brian Battistone (6), Las Vegas, def. Christopher Dalton, Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., 6-3, 6-1
Derek Miller (9), San Diego, def. Logan Powell, Amarillo, Texas, 6-3, 6-4
Ignacio Martinez, Weston, Fla., def. Tyler Baird, Corona Del Mar, Calif., 6-0, 6-1
Stefan Menichella (8), Santa Barbara, Calif., def. Ross Killingbeck, Del Mar, 6-0, 6-0
Jared Thompkins (9), San Diego, def. Derek James, Phoenix, 6-1, 6-1
Francis Filipovich, San Diego, def. Chris Palacio, El Centro, Calif., 6-0, 6-0
Ryan Seggerman (7), Coronado, def. Ahmed Essaiydy, Phoenix, 6-0, 6-1
Teo Ortuno, San Diego, def. Michael Espinosa, San Diego, 6-0, 6-0
Srikar Kuchibhotla, Mason, Ohio, def. Antonio Zuazo, San Diego, 6-1, 6-2
Warren Race, Dallas, def. German Ziella, San Diego, 6-0, 6-0
Jamie Vance (9), Henderson, Nev., def. Ryan Ray, San Diego, 6-3, 6-2
Ryan Stanbury, Los Angeles, def. Spencer Warren, Escondido, 6-2, 6-0
Xavier Smith (9), Chula Vista, def. Danny Ballez, Chula Vista,6-3, 6-1
Thomas Tomczak, Glendale, N.Y., def. Matthew Miller, San Diego, 6-4, 6-1
Alan Chang, Rancho Santa Fe, def. Tristen Shaw, San Diego, 6-1, 6-4
Ryan Kreis, Hoffman Estates, Ill., def. James Han, Mountain View, Calif., 6-0, 6-1
Jack Vance, Henderson, Nev., def. Ivan Smith, Chula Vista, 7-6 (0), 6-3
Andy Chang, Rancho Santa Fe, def. Ryan Torio, Chula Vista, 6-3, 6-2
Jason Welborn, San Diego, def. Xavier Granja, San Diego, 6-0, 6-2
Brendan McClain (9), Ventura, Calif., def. Rand Hogen, La Jolla, 6-0, 6-0
Saxon Buehning (5), Essex Fells, N.J., def. Dimitri Doan, Corona, Calif., 6-0, 6-0
David Goulak (9), Oak Park, Calif., def. Jason Pongsrikul, San Diego, 6-0, 4-0, ret. (injury)
Vidith Huot, Providence, R.I., def. Dion Earl, Mesa, Ariz., withdrew (injury)

For complete scores and results, go to: http://tennislink.usta.com/Tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=162217

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