May 3, 2016

Men’s Singles Final Set for Sunday at the USTA National 40 Hard Court Championships

Tony Bujan

Tony Bujan

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.
Saturday’s Results

Men’s Singles
Semifinals
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

Men’s Doubles
Championship
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

Women’s Doubles
Championship
(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

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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

Amy Frazier

Amy Frazier

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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Wednesday’s Summary & Results – USTA National 40 Hard Court Championships

La Jolla, Calif. – (December 2, 2015) – After playing a 16-point game to open her quarterfinal singles match, top-seeded Amy Frazier thought she might have a long day at the USTA National 40 Hard Court Championships at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club.

However, her opponent, unseeded Hiromi Sasano of La Mesa, Calif., suffered a back injury. Despite receiving treatment from the tournament trainer during the changeover, Sasano had to retire from the match, sending Frazier into the semifinals with a 1-0, ret., victory.

“There were a lot of deuces and a lot of good points (in the first game). Obviously we wanted to play. Her back injury seemed serious.” Frazier said following Sasano’s retirement. “I’m happy to be playing again, but there are no happy feelings right now.”

Frazier, a former touring tennis professional who was ranked as high as No. 13 in the world, won 14 USTA Gold Balls as a junior player. When asked if she had any thoughts about winning a gold ball in her first USTA Senior National, she responded, “I really don’t want to think about that. My junior gold and silver balls are probably my most treasured tennis memories. It’s a big deal, but there is a lot of tennis left to be played.”

Awaiting Frazier in Thursday’s semifinals is 2011 singles champion Jennifer Dawson of Carlsbad, Calif., who defeated Zeynep Aynaci of San Francisco, 6-1, 6-1 in a quarterfinal match earlier in the day. Their semifinal encounter is scheduled for 9 a.m.

The other women’s singles semifinal, which will also be played at 9 a.m., features defending champion Dina McBride of Stevenson Ranch, Calif., against unseeded Fanny Gamble of San Rafael, Calif.

Men’s quarterfinal matches are also scheduled for Thursday. At 9 a.m., top-seeded Tony Bujan of Tustin, Calif., is scheduled to face fifth-seeded Jeff Greenwald of San Anselmo, Calif. Third-seeded Oren Motevassel of San Jose, Calif., will take on ninth-seeded Jesse Ponwith of Scottsdale, Ariz. At 9:30 a.m., fourth-seeded Marcio Carlsson of Las Vegas will play fifth-seeded Michael Chang of Anaheim, Calif., while unseeded Shibu Lal of Novato, Calif., takes the court against ninth-seeded David Smith of San Francisco.

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. Thursday, Dec. 3 and 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.

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

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

Men’s Singles
Third Round
Tony Bujan (1), Tustin, Calif., def. Brian Matek, Placentia, Calif., 6-1, 6-2
Jeff Greenwald (5), San Anselmo, Calif., def. Leon Bax (9), Mountain View, Calif., 6-2, 6-3
Oren Motevassel (3), San Jose, Calif., def. Leonardo Bravo (9), San Diego, 6-1, 6-3
Michael Chang (5), Anaheim, Calif., def. Richard Spurling, Los Angeles, 6-2, 6-2
Marcio Carlsson (4), Las Vegas, def. Greg Failla, Ramona, Calif., 6-0, 6-0
Shibu Lal, Novato, Calif., def. Kerry Safdie (5), San Diego, 4-6, 6-3, 5-5 Ret. (ill)
David Smith (9), San Francisco, def. Lewis Miller, Denver, 6-4, 6-1
Jesse Ponwith (9), Scottsdale, Ariz., def. Elson De Cantuaria (5), Santa Ana, Calif., 4-6, 7-5, 3-1 Ret. (injury)

Women’s Singles
Quarterfinals
Amy Frazier (1), Rochester, Mich., def. Hiromi Sasano, La Mesa, Calif., 1-0, Ret (injury)
Jennifer Dawson (3), Carlsbad, Calif., def. Zeynep Aynaci, San Francisco, 6-1, 6-1
Fanny Gamble, San Rafael, Calif., def. Mercedes Michel (4), New York, 2-6,7-6 (3), 6-2
Dina McBride (2), Stevenson Ranch, Calif., def. Carolyn Nichols, Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., 6-3, 6-1

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Top Seeds Advance at USTA National 40 Hard Court Championships

Amy Frazier

Amy Frazier

(December 1, 2015) La Jolla, Calif. – On a beautiful, sunny day at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club, the men’s and women’s top singles seeds scored impressive straight-set victories in the second round to easily advance at the USTA National 40 Hard Court Championships.

Former Women’s Tennis Association star Amy Frazier of Rochester, Mich.,breezed to a 6-1, 6-0 victory over unseeded Cynthia Delgado of La Jolla, Calif., in 42 minutes to move into the quarterfinals. The 43-year-old Frazier is playing in her first USTA National tournament since retiring from the women’s professional tennis tour nearly 10 years ago.

“This was the first full singles match I’ve played since 2006. I’m just happy to be playing. This is fun. We’re all here because we love tennis,” Frazier said following her opening match victory. “I was nervous because I hadn’t played a singles match in so long, but as it went on, my nerves sort of settled.”

These days, the former touring professional, who won eight career WTA singles titles, is married and busy raising her 4 ½ year-old daughter and teaching tennis. “I still enjoy playing and my daughter had never been to California. It’s a fun thing to come and play some tennis and enjoy the beautiful weather,” she said.

Frazier, who played in 20 consecutive US Opens during her professional career, will face unseeded Hiromi Sasano of La Mesa, Calif., in a quarterfinal match scheduled for Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. (PST).

In men’s second round singles action earlier in the day, two-time defending champion and top-seed Tony Bujan of Tustin, Calif., eliminated unseeded Carter Hedrick of Manhattan Beach, Calif., 6-1, 6-0 in 45 minutes, as he controlled the tempo of the match from start to finish.

“I’m just trying to build my game as I go,” said Bujan, who admitted that he spends most of his time teaching tennis and doesn’t play very many tournaments during the year. “I have a pretty tough draw. There are a lot of good players in this tournament and I have to take one match at a time.”

Bujan, who is attempting to win the men’s singles title for the third consecutive year, will play unseeded Brian Matek of Placentia, Calif., in the third round at 9:30 a.m. (PST) on Wednesday.

In other men’s second round singles action on Tuesday, second-seeded Josh Osswald of Covington, Ky., who received a first-round bye, was eliminated in his opening match, as he fell to unseeded Lewis Miller of Denver, 6-1, 6-1.

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. Wednesday, Dec. 2 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.

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.

By Fred Sidhu

USTA National 40 Hard Court Championships
La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club
La Jolla, Calif.
Tuesday’s ResultsMen’s Singles
Second Round
Tony Bujan (1), Tustin, Calif., def. Carter Hedrick, Manhattan Beach, Calif., 6-1, 6-0
Brian Matek (Placentia, Calif., def. Esteban Altuna, Norco, Calif., 6-0, 6-3
Oren Motevassel (3), San Jose, Calif., def. Christopher Criblez, Laguna Hills, Calif., 6-0, 6-1
Leon Bax (9), (Mountain View, Calif., def. Thomas Cooper, Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., 6-1, 6-2
Lewis Miller, Denver, def. Josh Osswald (2), Covington, Ky., 6-1, 6-1
David Smith (9), San Francisco, Calif., def. Leonardo Goldstein, San Diego, 6-0, 6-3
Kerry Safdie (5), San Diego, def. Trent Aaron, San Pedro, Calif., 6-4, 6-1
Shibu Lal, Novato, Calif., def. Octavian Popaluca, San Diego, 6-0, 6-0
Greg Failla, Ramona, Calif., def. Nicolas Chasseray (9), San Francisco, Calif., 6-1, 6-3
Michael Chang (5), Anaheim, Calif., def. Chad Kawahara, San Diego, 6-4, 6-1
Richard Spurling, Los Angeles, def. Juan Araque (9), Yorba Linda, Calif., 3-6-, 6-2, 6-4
Jesse Ponwith (9), Scottsdale, Ariz., def. Jawad Bisharat, La Jolla, Calif., 6-3, 6-3
Elson De Cantuaria (5), Santa Ana, Calif., def. Mike Brown, La Jolla, Calif., 6-4, 1-6, 6-0
Leonardo Bravo (9), San Diego, def. Joshua Prager, Yuba City, Calif., 6-2, 6-3
Jeff Greenwald (5), San Anselmo, Calif., def. William Casas, Rancho Mission Viejo, Calif., 6-0, 6-2

Women’s Singles
Second Round
Amy Frazier (1), Rochester, Mich., def. Cynthia Delgado, La Jolla, Calif., 6-1, 6-0
Zeynep Aynaci, San Francisco, def. Maria Nunez, San Diego, Walkover
Hiromi Sasano, La Mesa, Calif., def. Ginger Phillips, Louisville, Colo., 6-1, 6-2
Jennifer Dawson (3), Carlsbad, Calif., def. Mariko Atoji, San Diego, 6-1, 6-0
Fanny Gamble, San Rafael, Calif., def. Christine Anzai, San Diego, 6-2, 6-2
Mercedes Michel (4), New York, def. Camila Gill, San Diego, Withdrew
Dina McBride (2), Stevenson Ranch, Calif., def. Julie Silveira, Orinda, Calif., 6-0, 6-0
Carolyn Nichols, (Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., def. Becky Recavarren, Fountain Valley, Calif., 6-0, 6-0

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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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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