August 26, 2016

Amy Frazier Wins USTA National 40 Hard Court Championships

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La Jolla, Calif. – (December 4, 2015) – Former touring professional Amy Frazier of Rochester, Mich., capped a great week at the USTA National 40 Hard Court Championships as she defeated second-seed and defending champion Dina McBride of Stevenson Ranch, Calif., 6-1, 6-3 to win the women’s singles title.

The top-seeded Frazier, who won eight career WTA singles titles and four doubles championships, was playing in her first USTA National Senior tournament since she retired from the women’s professional tennis tour in 2006.

On a cool, overcast morning at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club, Frazier, 43, won the first set of the women’s final in 28 minutes as she broke McBride’s serve four times. Frazier, who played in the singles draws of 71 Grand Slam tournaments during her professional career, continued her solid play in the second set as she held serve at love in the opening game and went on to take a 4-1 lead.

McBride, a tennis teaching professional who was attempting to win her third tournament singles title, came back to win the next two games to close Frazier’s second set lead to 4-3, but Frazier quickly got back on track, dropping only three points in the final two games to close out the match in 64 minutes.

“Yesterday really helped me, having such a tough match. Today I played the big points better,” Frazier said. “It was great. I had a really fun week. It was a fun event and everyone was so nice. I’m thrilled. It was kind of special that my husband and my daughter were here.”

During her professional tennis career, some of Frazier’s fondest memories came in the San Diego-area as she defeated Steffi Graf in 1999 and Martina Hingis in 2000 at an upper-level WTA tournament in nearby Carlsbad, Calif.

Frazier now has another fond memory in San Diego after adding a USTA Gold Ball to her tennis resume for winning the USTA National 40 Hard Court women’s singles championship.

The men’s singles semifinals are set for Saturday. Top-seeded Tony Bujan of Tustin, Calif., will play third-seeded Oren Motevassel of San Jose, Calif., while fourth-seeded Marcio Carlsson of Las Vegas, goes up against ninth-seeded David Smith of San Francisco. Both matches will begin at 10:30 a.m. (PST).

Sunday’s men’s singles final is scheduled for 10 a.m. (PST).

To view full draws for each division, please go to: http://tennislink.usta.com/Tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=153472#&&s=7Draws2

Matches on Saturday, Dec. 5 and Sunday, Dec. 6, will begin at 9 a.m. (PST). Spectator admission is free and on-site parking is available for a nominal fee.

The USTA National Father/Son and Grandfather/Grandson Hard Court Doubles Championships began on Friday and concludes Sunday. The Father/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 nation. The Grandfather/Grandson Championship is a relatively new competitive division that started at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club just a few years ago.

By Fred Sidhu

USTA National 40 Hard Court Championships
La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club
La Jolla, Calif.
Friday’s ResultsWomen’s Singles
Championship
Amy Frazier (1), Rochester, Mich., def. Dina McBride (2), Stevenson Ranch, Calif., 6-1, 6-3Saturday’s Schedule
Men’s Singles
Semifinals
10:30 a.m.
Tony Bujan (1), Tustin, Calif., vs. Oren Motevassel (3), San Jose, Calif.,
Marcio Carlsson (4), Las Vegas, vs. David Smith (9), San Francisco

For complete scores and results, go to: http://tennislink.usta.com/Tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=153472#&&s=8Results0

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Top Seed Amy Frazier Reaches Final of USTA National 40 Hard Court Championships

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La Jolla, Calif. – (December 3, 2015) – It wasn’t easy, but former touring tennis professional Amy Frazier of Rochester, Mich., outlasted third-seeded Jennifer Dawson of Carlsbad, Calif., 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 to advance to the women’s singles championship of the USTA National 40 Hard Court Championships.

Playing in an early morning semifinal at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club, Frazier won the opening set after scoring a key service break in the ninth game and appeared headed to a straight-set victory as she broke Dawson twice to establish a 4-1 second-set lead.

However, Dawson, a local tennis teaching professional who has represented the United States in international senior competition, rallied and won five straight games to win the second set and even the match.

Frazier opened the third set with a service break and then held for a 2-0 lead. With the support of the home crowd, Dawson once again rallied and after holding serve in the third game, broke Frazier’s serve to tie the set score at 2-2.

Cutting down on errors, Frazier, who was once ranked No. 13 in the world, used her experience and eventually pulled ahead. She broke Dawson’s serve in the fifth and seventh games of the deciding set on her way to the victory, which took two hours.

“It was super tough. She ran down a ton of balls. It was hard. I had to just keep going for my shots,” said Frazier, who is playing in her first USTA Senior National event since retiring from the women’s professional tennis tour in 2006.

“I made some errors because she ran down so many balls. I was just going for too many shots. I got my patience back at the end of the second,” Frazier added. “It could have gone either way. Luckily, I won a few more of the big points in the third (set).”

Defending champion Dina McBride of Stevenson Ranch, Calif., advanced to her second straight women’s final as she breezed past unseeded Fanny Gamble of San Rafael, Calif., 6-1, 6-0 in the other singles semifinal. McBride, a tennis teaching professional, also won the tournament title in 2012.

“I’m looking forward to it (final). Dina won it last year, so obviously it’s going to be a super tough match. I’m just excited to come back tomorrow,” said Frazier as she spoke about the final, which is scheduled for Friday at 10:30 a.m. (PDT).

In men’s quarterfinal action, top-seeded Tony Bujan of Tustin, Calif., got past fifth-seeded Jeff Greenwald of San Anselmo, Calif., 6-3, 6-4 to move into the semifinals. The two-time defending champion will face third-seeded Oren Motevassel of San Jose, Calif., on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. (PDT).

Motevassel, a former touring tennis professional who won the National 40 Hard Court singles title in 2011 and 2012, defeated ninth-seeded Jesse Ponwith of Scottsdale, Ariz., 6-1, 6-3.

To view full draws for each division, please go to: http://tennislink.usta.com/Tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=153472#&&s=7Draws2

Matches will begin at 8 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 4. On Saturday, Dec. 5 and Sunday, Dec. 6, matches are scheduled to start at 9 a.m. (all times are PST). Spectator admission is free and on-site parking is available for a nominal fee.

Also on the tournament agenda is the USTA National Father/Son and Grandfather/Grandson Hard Court Doubles Championships, which begins Friday, Dec. 4 and concludes Sunday, Dec. 6. The Father/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 nation. The Grandfather/Grandson Championship is a relatively new competitive division that started at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club just a few years ago.

By Fred Sidhu

USTA National 40 Hard Court Championships
La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club
La Jolla, Calif.
Thursday’s ResultsMen’s Singles
Quarterfinals
Tony Bujan (1), Tustin, Calif., def. Jeff Greenwald (5), San Anselmo, Calif., 6-3, 6-4
Oren Motevassel (3), San Jose, Calif., def. Jesse Ponwith (9), Scottsdale, Ariz., 6-1, 6-3
Marcio Carlsson (4), Las Vegas, def. Michael Chang (5), Anaheim, Calif., 6-0, 6-1
David Smith (9), San Francisco, def. Shibu Lal, Novato, Calif., 6-2, 6-4Women’s Singles
Semifinals
Amy Frazier (1), Rochester, Mich., def. Jennifer Dawson (3), Carlsbad, Calif., 6-4, 4-6, 6-2
Dina McBride (2), Stevenson Ranch, Calif., def. Fanny Gamble, San Rafael, Calif., 6-1, 6-0Friday’s Schedule
Women’s Singles Championship
10:30 a.m.
Amy Frazier (1), Rochester, Mich., vs. Dina McBride (2), Stevenson Ranch, Calif.

For complete scores and results, go to: http://tennislink.usta.com/Tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=153472#&&s=8Results0

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Amy Frazier Set to Play Tuesday at USTA National 40 Hard Court Championships

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(November 30, 2015) La Jolla, Calif. – After receiving a first-round bye, top-seeded Amy Frazier of Rochester, Mich., will play her opening round match of the USTA National 40 Hard Court Championships at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club on Tuesday at 11 a.m. (PST). Frazier will face unseeded Cynthia Delgado of La Jolla, Calif.

The 43-year-old Frazier, who competed on the Women’s Tennis Association tour for more than 15 years, won eight career WTA singles titles and four doubles championships. She also reached the quarterfinals of the 1992 Australian Open and the 1995 US Open.

In first-round men’s singles action, fifth-seeded Jeff Greenwald of San Anselmo, Calif., cruised past Wade Murphy of Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., 6-1, 6-1.  Greenwald, who won the tournament singles title in 2009, will take on unseeded William Casas of Rancho Mission Viejo, Calif., in a second-round match on Tuesday.

Following his first-round victory, the 49-year-old Greenwald was asked what motivates him to come back to play in the tournament each year. “This is a tournament that I love. Everyone loves being here. The La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club is amazing,” he said. “The beach and the tennis and all the people you get to know over the years, it’s fun to reconnect. The way the tournament is run is amazing.”

Two-time defending men’s champion and top-seed Tony Bujan of Tustin, Calif., received a first-round bye. Bujan, a three-time All-American at Texas Christian University in the early 1990s, is scheduled to play unseeded Carter Hedrick of Manhattan Beach, Calif., on Tuesday in a second-round match at 9 a.m. (PST).

Defending women’s singles champion and second seeded Dina McBride of Stevenson Ranch, Calif., also received a first-round bye and will play her first match on Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. (PST) against unseeded Julie Silveira of Orinda, Calif.

To view full draws for each division, please go to: http://tennislink.usta.com/Tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=153472#&&s=7Draws2

Matches will begin at 8 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 1 through Friday, Dec. 4. On Saturday, Dec. 5 and Sunday, Dec. 6, matches are scheduled to start at 9 a.m. (all times are PST). Spectator admission is free and on-site parking is available for a nominal fee.

Also on the tournament agenda is the USTA National Father/Son and Grandfather/Grandson Hard Court Doubles Championships, which begins Friday, Dec. 4 and concludes Sunday, Dec. 6. The Father/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 nation. The Grandfather/Grandson Championship is a relatively new competitive division that started at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club just a few years ago.

USTA National 40 Hard Court Championships
La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club
La Jolla, Calif.
Monday’s Results

Men’s Singles
First Round
Carter Hedrick, Manhattan Beach, Calif., def. George Espinosa, Bonita, Calif., WO (ill)
Esteban Altuna, Norco, Calif., def. Patrick Rost (9), San Diego, 7-5, 7-5
Brian Matek, Placentia, Calif., def. Yoram Tal, San Francisco, 6-0, 6-0
William Casas, Rancho Mission Viejo, Calif., def. Carlos Mejia, San Ysidro, Calif., 6-1, 6-1
Thomas Cooper, Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., def. Aaron Stark, Carlsbad, Calif., 6-2, 6-3
Christopher Criblez, Laguna Hills, Calif., def. Jeff Ray, San Diego, 6-0, 6-2
Leonardo Bravo (9), San Diego, def. David Wagner, San Diego, 6-0, 6-0
Joshua Prager, Yuba City, Calif., def. Remus Siclovan, Winnetka, Calif., 6-2, 6-1
Mike Brown, La Jolla, Calif., def. Eric White, Elk Grove, Calif., 6-2, 6-1
Jesse Ponwith (9), Scottsdale, Ariz., def. Brett Maginn, Cardiff, Calif., 6-4, 6-2
Jawad Bisharat, La Jolla, Calif., def. John Sellars, Dallas, 6-2, 6-3
Juan Araque (9), Yorba Linda, Calif., def. Jan Gleisner, San Diego, 6-3, 7-6 (6)
Chad Kawahara, San Diego, def. Dave Kuhn, Elk Grove, Calif., 6-3, 4-6, 6-3
Michael Chang (5), Anaheim, Calif., def. Jon Idemoto, San Francisco, 6-2, 6-1
Greg Failla, Ramona, Calif., def. Robert Bull, Phoenix, 6-1, 6-1
Nicolas Chasseray (9), San Francisco, def. James Moulton, Wilmette, Ill., 6-1, 6-4
Marcio Carlsson (4), Las Vegas, def. Carl Flint, Yorba Linda, 6-0, 6-0
Trent Aaron, San Pedro, Calif., def. Kosei Ohno, Kirkland, Wash., 6-1, 6-0
David Smith (9), San Francisco, def. Joshua Schwartz, San Diego, 6-0, 6-0
Lewis Miller, Denver, def. Manuel Ortiz, La Jolla, Calif., 6-1, 6-3
Jeff Greenwald (5), San Anselmo, Calif., def. Wade Murphy, Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., 6-1, 6-1

For complete scores and results, go to: http://tennislink.usta.com/Tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=153472#&&s=8Results0
Written by Fred Sidhu

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Former WTA Player Amy Frazier Enters USTA National 40 Hard Court Championships

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(November 20, 2015) La Jolla, Calif. –  Former Women’s Tennis Association star Amy Frazier, who was ranked as high as No. 13 in the world, has entered the United States Tennis Association National 40 Hard Court Tennis Championships scheduled for Nov. 30 – Dec. 6 at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club.

The 43-year-old Frazier, a resident of Rochester, Mich., won eight career WTA singles titles and four doubles championships. She also reached the quarterfinals of the Australian Open in 1992 and the US Open in 1995.

Frazier, who retired from the women’s professional tennis tour in 2006, is no stranger to San Diego area tennis fans. She scored two of the biggest wins of her career in nearby Carlsbad, Calif., as she defeated Steffi Graf in 1999 and Martina Hingis, who was ranked number-one in the world, in 2000.

“We are very happy to have Frazier playing in our tournament. Spectators are going to have a great time watching a player of her caliber,” said Tournament Director Bill Kellogg. “Both the men’s and women’s fields are very strong this year and we’re looking forward to a great week of tennis.”

In addition to Frazier, other top players entered in the women’s singles draw, include defending champion Dina McBride of Stevenson Ranch, Calif., who also won the singles title in 2012, and 2011 champion Jennifer Dawson of Carlsbad.

The USTA national tournament will feature men’s and women’s singles and doubles divisions as well as a mixed doubles event. Participants will include former touring pros and the nation’s strongest players in this age group.

The tournament’s list of seeded players and draws will be available on Wednesday, Nov. 25 at the following link: http://tennislink.usta.com/Tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=153472

Matches will begin at 9 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 30 and 8 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 1 through Friday, Dec. 4. On Saturday, Dec. 5 and Sunday, Dec. 6, matches are scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. (all times are PST).

Also on the tournament agenda is the USTA National Father/Son and Grandfather/Grandson Hard Court Doubles Championships, which begins Friday, Dec. 4 and concludes Sunday, Dec. 6. The Father/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 nation. The Grandfather/Grandson Championship is a relatively new competitive division that started at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club just a few years ago.

Spectator admission for all divisions is free and on-site parking is available for a nominal fee.

Recently designated one of the Top 100 Tennis Resorts in the world by Tennis Resorts Online, the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club’s reputation as a top tennis destination started in 1942 when it attracted its first major tournament, the Pacific Coast Men’s Doubles Championship. The Club will be hosting the 127th edition of The Pacific Coast Mens’ Doubles Championships in March 2016, and the USTA National Hard Court Championships for Womens’ 50-90 age groups in May 2016.

Written by Fred Sidhu

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