La Jolla, Calif. – (December 5, 2015) – After a thrilling day of semifinal action at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club, the men’s singles final pairing is set at the USTA National 40 Hard Court Championships .
Two-time defending champion and top-seed Tony Bujan of Tustin, Calif., will face fourth-seeded Marcio Carlsson of Florianopolis, Brazil, in the men’s singles championship, which is scheduled for 10 a.m. (PST) on Sunday.
Live audio play-by-play of the match will be broadcast on RadioTennis.com. To hear all the action, log on to: www.RadioTennis.com.
In Saturday’s semifinals, Bujan eliminated third-seeded Oren Motevassel of San Jose, Calif., 6-3, 6-4 and Carlsson overpowered ninth-seeded David Smith of San Francisco 6-2, 6-1.
Bujan will attempt to win this third consecutive USTA National 40 Hard Court singles title, but to do so, he will have to get past Carlsson, who was a top-ranked junior player in singles and doubles in Brazil as well as a past member of Brazil’s Davis Cup team.
The 40-year-old Brazilian competed on the ATP World Tour from 1991 to approximately 2003 and achieved his career-high singles ranking of No. 119 in the world in 1998. During his time on the men’s professional tennis tour, Carlsson competed against players such as Gustavo Kuerten, Michael Chang and Jim Courier.
In reaching the men’s singles final, Carlsson has breezed past five opponents with the loss of only four games. “All of the matches were tough. There were good rallies. It was tough, even though the result doesn’t look like it,” said Carlsson.
“It would be an honor and a pleasure to win the tournament, but I know that I have a difficult match tomorrow. I have to fight and play my best tennis,” Carlsson added. “I’ve enjoyed playing this tournament so much. I’ve never been here before. The courts are unbelievable and it’s been a great time.”
To view full draws for each division, please go to: http://tennislink.usta.com/Tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=153472#&&s=7Draws2
USTA National 40 Hard Court Championships
La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club
La Jolla, Calif.
Tony Bujan (1), Tustin, Calif., def. Oren Motevassel (3), San Jose, Calif., 6-3, 6-4
Marcio Carlsson (4), Brazil, def. David Smith (9), San Francisco 6-2, 6-1
Neel Grover (1), Laguna Beach, Calif., and Peter Smith, Long Beach, Calif., def. Jared Jacobs (5), Scottsdale, Ariz., and William Quest, Ventura, Calif., 6-1, 5-7, 6-3
(1) Tracie Currie (1), Ventura, Calif., and Debbie Spence-Nasim, Carlsbad, Calif., def. Jennifer Dawson (2), Carlsbad, Calif., and Jenny Keller, La Jolla, Calif., 6-4, 6-3
For complete scores and results, go to: http://tennislink.usta.com/Tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=153472#&&s=8Results0
Written by Fred Sidhu