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Tony Bujan and Dina McBride Take Singles Titles at USTA National 40 Hard Court Championships

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(December 7, 2014) La Jolla, Calif.  Two players in their forties, who still love the thrill of competing on a tennis court,  won singles titles at the USTA National 40 Hard Court Championships on a bright, sunny day at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club.

In the men’s championship, second-seeded Tony Bujan of Tustin, Calif., successfully defended his singles title by defeating top-seeded Oren Motevassel of San Jose, Calif., 6-2, 6-4 in one-hour and 35 minutes.

Bujan, a 44-year-old Orange County-based teaching professional, won the first set in 65 minutes and broke the 47-year-old Motevassel, a former two-time tournament champion, in the opening game of the second set. Bujan went on to win the match as he easily held each of his second-set service games with the loss of only four points.

“It just feels great to play well. I love playing and I love competing. Tennis has done so much for me,” Bujan said. “He (Motevassel) doesn’t overpower you, but he doesn’t miss. He’s crafty with his backhand. I just tried to stay aggressive and dictate and keep him off-balance.”

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Earlier in the day, third-seeded Dina McBride of Stevenson Ranch, Calif., captured the women’s singles championship with an impressive, 6-4, 6-2 victory over top-seeded Jennifer Dawson of Carlsbad, Calif., in one-hour and 25 minutes.

Playing on Court No. 1, the 43-year-old McBride, a teaching professional in Valencia, Calif., took the opening set over Dawson in 30 minutes and would go on to build a commanding 5-0 lead in the second set on her way to winning the title.

In 2011, McBride lost the singles final to Dawson when she had to retire due to a leg injury in the first set. She came back to win the championship in 2012 with a victory over former touring professional Ros Nideffer in the final. This year, McBride overcame an injury early in the tournament.

“I won it on just faith and believing. Coming in I felt great, but I got injured in the first round and didn’t think I was going to be able to pull through. I just took it one match at a time,” said McBride, who became emotional as she spoke about winning the title this year.

“Every year, you never know how you’re going to feel. I had to seize the moment because these opportunities don’t come around too often. I love tennis. I love the game and I love competing it’s just fun,” McBride added.

Bujan and McBride were awarded USTA gold balls for winning national titles.

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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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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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