June 29, 2016

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

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San Diego, Calif. – (May 30, 2016) – After receiving first-round byes at the USTA National Open Hard Court Championships, all 16 seeded players in the men’s singles draw will be in action in the second round on Tuesday at the historic Balboa Tennis Club.

Top-seed and defending men’s singles champion Emmanuel Mensah of San Diego will begin his title defense at 9 a.m. (PDT) against fellow San Diegan Luis Argote, who advanced with a hard-fought 6-1, 4-6, 6-1 first-round victory over Ryan Lee of La Canada Flintridge, Calif., on Monday morning following a 90-minute rain delay.

The 27-year-old Mensah, a local tennis teaching professional, played Davis Cup for Ghana from 2006 to 2013, representing his native country in 25 ties. In last year’s USTA National Open Hard Court singles final, Mensah defeated Jacob Brumm of Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., 6-1, 7-5 to win the title.

Sixth-seeded Brian Battistone of Las Vegas will also play his opening match on Tuesday. He will face unseeded Christopher Dalton of Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif. In 2010, the 36-year-old Battistone achieved a career-high No. 88 in the ATP World Tour doubles rankings.

In other first-round action on Monday, Alan Pleat of Roslyn, N.Y., defeated San Diego’s Maxwell Weishan, 7-6, 6-1 to move into the second round, where he will meet second-seeded Nicholas Kamisar of Sammamish, Wash. The 24-year-old Kamisar played collegiate tennis for the University of Washington.

Women’s first-round matches are scheduled to begin 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 Tuesday, May 31 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 5/23/16), 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.

USTA National Open Hard Court Championships
Balboa Tennis Club
San Diego, Calif.
Monday’s ResultsMen’s Singles
First Round
Alan Pleat, Roslyn, N.Y., def. Maxwell Weishan, San Diego, 7-6, 6-1
Krishna Samperio, Chula Vista, def. Rico Gore, Washington, D.C., 6-7, 7-5, 6-4
Luis Argote, San Diego, def. Ryan Lee, La Canada Flintridge, Calif., 6-1, 4-6, 6-1
Manuel Ortiz, La Jolla, def. Juan Cobas, Charlotte, N.C., 6-0, 6-0
Dimitri Doan, Corona, Calif., def. Yousef Benhamida, San Diego, Walkover (ill)
Christopher Dalton, Rancho Palos Verde, Calif., def. Wesley Tahara, Ladera Ranch, Calif., Walkover (ill)

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

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Sofia Kenin and Ulises Blanch Lead US Juniors to Compete at the French Open Junior Championships

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WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., May 26, 2016 – Ulises Blanch, the No. 3-ranked junior in the world, and 2015 USTA Girls’ 18s National Champion and US Open girls’ finalist Sofia Kenin lead a deep field of American boys and girls currently set to compete at the French Open Junior Championships in Paris.

With 12 girls and nine boys entered into the main draw or qualifying, the U.S. has the most players entered into the Roland Garros junior draw via direct acceptance by a wide margin. China and Japan, the next-highest countries, each have eight. Additionally, two of the top three girls’ seeds will be American – No. 2 Amanda Anisimova and No. 3 Kayla Day.

American juniors will look to continue their recent success at the French Open. Three of the boys’ singles semifinalists were American last year, with Tommy Paul beating Taylor Fritz in the first all-American French Open boys’ singles final, dating back to 1947. CiCi Bellis also reached the girls’ semifinals in 2015, while Paul, William Blumberg, Caroline Dolehide and Katerina Stewart were all doubles finalists.

USTA Player Development National Coaches Leo Azevedo, Sylvain Guichard, Jamea Jackson, Henner Nehles and Adam Peterson will be providing support to all American players participating in the French Open junior championships. Players participating in the main draw will receive a $1250 grant from USTA Player Development, and those players’ full-time, personal coaches traveling with them to Paris will also receive a $1250 grant.

U.S. Girls in French Open Juniors

Main Draw

Amanda Anisimova (14, Hallandale Beach, Fla.; Coaches: Konstantin and Olga Anisimova, Nick Saviano)

Kayla Day (16, Santa Barbara, Calif.; Coaches: Henner Nehles, Mike Gennette)

Usue Arconada (17, College Park, Md.; Coach: Frank Salazar)

Sofia Kenin (17, Pembroke Pines, Fla.; Coach: Alex Kenin and Stephen Huss)

Alexandra Sanford (17, Westerville, Ohio; Coach: Henner Nehles)

Maria Mateas (16; Braintree, Mass.; Coach: Calin Mateas)

Michaela Gordon (16, Los Altos Hills, Calif.; Coach: Alex Poorta)

Morgan Coppoc (17, Tulsa, Okla.; Coach: Trent Tucker)

Caty McNally (14, Cincinnati; Coach: Lynn Nabors-McNally)

#Claire Liu (16, Thousand Oaks, Calif.; Coach: Adam Peterson, Mike Gennette)

#Received a special exemption main draw entry with her results at this week’s Astrid Bowl junior tournament in Belgium.

Qualifying

Ellie Douglas (15, McKinney, Texas; Coach: Luis Herrera)

Natasha Subhash (14, Fairfax, Va.; Coach: Bear Schofield)

U.S. Boys in French Open Juniors

Main Draw

Ulises Blanch (18, Pompano Beach, Fla; Coaches: Daniel Garcia, Rodrigo Alvarez, Claudio Menna)

John McNally (17, Cincinnati; Coach: Lynn Nabors-McNally)

J.J. Wolf (17, Cincinnati; Coach: David Kass)

Nathan Ponwith (18, Scottsdale, Ariz.; Coach: Lou Belken)

Sam Riffice (17, Roseville, Calif.; Coach: Lori Riffice)

Vasil Kirkov (17, Tampa, Fla.; Coaches: Leo Azevedo, Stoyan Kirkov)

*Brandon Holt (18, Rolling Hills, Calif.; Coach: Peter Lucassen)

Qualifying

Oliver Crawford (17, Spartanburg, S.C.; Coaches: Anthony Stewart, Kelly Jones)

Gianni Ross (17, Chicago; Coaches: Jack Sharpe, Robbye Poole)

* Received a main draw wild card through a reciprocal agreement with the French Tennis Federation.

 

 

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Ros Nideffer Wins Third Straight 50s Singles Title at USTA National Women’s 50-90 Hard Court Championships

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La Jolla, Calif. – (May 14, 2016) –  Former touring professional Ros Nideffer of San Diego continued her dominating play in the 50s singles division of the USTA National Women’s 50-90 Hard Court Championships as she won her third straight title and fourth championship in the last five years on Saturday at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club.

On a cool and cloudy day, the 55-year-old Nideffer fended off a strong challenge in the singles final against Nathalie Herreman-Bagby, a 50-year-old from Pacific Palisades, Calif., who also played on the women’s professional tennis tour. Nideffer won a hard-fought 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 victory, which took two hours and 35 minutes.

Nideffer experienced early-match nerves and a spate of unforced errors as she fell behind 4-0 early in the first set.  However, she began to relax and find her rhythm as she won three of the next four games. Despite losing the first set 6-3, when she dropped her serve in the ninth game, the momentum of the match began to switch in Nideffer’s favor.

At 4-4 in the second set, Nideffer won eight straight points, breaking Herreman-Bagby’s serve at love and then held her own serve at love to win the set 6-4 and level the match at one-set all. In the third set, Nideffer took control and used three service breaks to take a 5-0 lead and went on to close out the set and match 6-1.

Nideffer attributed her slow start in the early stages of the match to problems with her serve. “It made me nervous and it started to worry me. That put more pressure on the rest of my game. I was spraying balls and missing shots,” she said. “I knew if I could pull myself together, I could get back into the match.”

When asked about how she felt winning the tournament title for the third consecutive year, Nideffer responded, “It’s kind of a shock to look at it that way. It’s nice to have that record. It’s satisfying.”

Saturday’s 50s singles final marked the first time in 23 years Nideffer and Herreman-Bagby, a native of France, played against each other. During their days as touring professionals on the Women’s Tennis Association circuit in the 1980s and 1990s, they split six head-to-head career meetings. Their last meeting on the WTA tour was in 1993 in Carlsbad, Calif.

In other tournament action, top-seeded Tina Karwasky of Glendale, Calif., successfully defended her singles title in the 60s division, as she defeated second-seeded Carolyn Nichols of Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., in the final 6-3, 6-4 in one-hour and 33 minutes.

In the 70s singles championship, top-seeded Brenda Carter of Charleston, S.C., played a near flawless match as she breezed past second-seeded Betty Wachob of Panama City, Fla., 6-1, 6-0.

Sunday’s schedule, which will conclude the tournament, will feature consolation matches beginning at 9 a.m. (PDT).

Full draws for each division are available at:
http://tennislink.usta.com/Tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=170897

La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club welcomes tennis enthusiasts to view the tournament with free admission. On-site parking is available for a nominal fee. Draws will be posted at the Beach Club. Tournament attendees and spectators are invited to dine at the Club’s Snack Bar and Club Dining restaurant during the tournaments.

The La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club started each of these events and has hosted them since inception. Designated one of the Top 50 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.

About the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club, Inc. – The La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club is a fourth-generation, family-owned and operated company dedicated to the operation of a 14-acre beachside resort. The resort includes three properties, including the exclusive La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club, the 128-room La Jolla Shores Hotel and the award-winning Marine Room restaurant. Resort amenities include 14 championship tennis courts, a nine-hole Par-3 golf course, two swimming pools, two additional oceanfront restaurants and cocktail lounges, and one of Southern California’s only private beaches. For more information visit LJBTC.com.
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USTA National Women’s 50–90 Hard Court Championships
La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club
La Jolla, Calif.
Saturday’s Results

Women’s 50 Singles
Championship
Ros Nideffer (1), San Diego, def. Nathalie Herreman Bagby (2), Pacific Palisades, Calif., 3-6, 6-4, 6-1

Women’s 60 Singles
Championship
Tina Karwasky (1), Glendale, Calif., def. Carolyn Nichols (2), Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., 6-3, 6-4

Women’s 70 Singles
Championship
Brenda Carter (1), Charleston, S.C., def. Betty Wachob (2), Panama City, Fla., 6-1, 6-0

Women’s 90 Singles
Round Robin
Catherine Hall, Newport Beach, Calif., def. Helene Salvetat, Hossegor, France, 6-1, 6-0
Rita Price, Aurora, Colo., def.  Joyce Vanderpol, Blaine, Wash., 6-2, 6-1

For complete scores and results, go to:
http://tennislink.usta.com/Tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=170897#&&s=8Results0

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Former WTA Pros Ros Nideffer and Nathalie Herreman-Bagby to Meet in 50s Division final of USTA National Women’s 50-90 Hard Court Championships

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La Jolla, Calif. – (May 13, 2016) – When Ros Nideffer and Nathalie Herreman-Bagby played on the Women’s Tennis Association circuit during the 1980s and 1990s, they faced each other six times, with the last meeting taking place in 1993.

The two former touring tennis professionals will meet again on Saturday at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club for the first time in 23 years, as they play for the 50s singles title at the USTA National Women’s 50-90 Hard Court Championships  at 10:30 a.m. (PDT).

“This is the match I’ve been looking forward to playing – against Nathalie. It should be fun. It’s great that we’re both still playing and enjoying the game,” said Nideffer, who is attempting to win the 50s singles title for the third straight year. “Hopefully we’ll enjoy (the match) and challenge each other. It will be a tough match. I’m going to have to play well.”

Herreman-Bagby, 50, a native of France who now lives in Pacific Palisades, Calif., clearly recalled the first time she played Nideffer when she was just 17 years old. “I remember my first victory against her because it was a really big moment for me. It was at the French Open in 1983 and I had a wild card. I was the underdog and I played well,” she said.

After scoring a 6-1, 7-5 victory over Nideffer in the first round at Roland Garros in their first encounter, Herreman-Bagby won their next two meetings, however Nideffer came back to win their final three head-to-head matches.

Saturday’s 50s singles final won’t be the first time Nideffer and Herreman-Bagby have played against each other in San Diego County. In 1987 they squared off at a WTA event at the nearby San Diego Tennis & Racquet Club and then in 1993 they met once again at the WTA tournament at the La Costa Resort & Spa in Carlsbad, Calif.

Here is a recap of the six head-to-head WTA meetings between Nideffer and Herreman-Bagby:

Year    Tournament           Round    Surface         Winner
1983    French Open           R128       Clay               Nathalie Herreman — 6-1 7-5
1984    Hilton Head, S.C.     R64         Clay               Nathalie Herreman — 7-6 (1) 6-4
1987    San Diego               R32         Hard               Nathalie Herreman — 7-6 (4) 6-3
1991    Sydney                    R32         Hard               Ros Nideffer — 6-2 3-6 6-4
1991    Palm Springs           R64         Hard               Ros Nideffer — 6-2 6-2
1993    San Diego               R32         Hard               Ros Nideffer — 6-1 2-6 6-3

Two other singles finals will also be played on Saturday. The 70s singles championship will pit top-seeded Brenda Carter of Charleston, S.C., against second-seeded Betty Wachob of Panama City, Fla., at 9 a.m.  In the 60s singles final, top-seed and defending champion Tina Karwasky of Glendale, Calif., faces second-seeded Carolyn Nichols of Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., at noon (all times are PDT).

In Friday’s tournament action, top-seeded Dori Devries of Rancho Mirage, Calif., and second-seeded Dorothy Matthiessen of Pasadena, Calif., played for three-hours and 12 minutes before Devries came away with a thrilling 7-5, 6-7 (4), 6-4 victory to win the 80s singles championship.

Sunday’s schedule, which will conclude the USTA National Women’s 50-90 Hard Court Championships, will feature Consolation finals.

Full draws for each division are available at:
http://tennislink.usta.com/Tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=170897

USTA National Women’s 50–90 Hard Court Championships
La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club
La Jolla, Calif.
Friday’s Results

Women’s 80 Singles
Championship
Dori Devries (1), Rancho Mirage, Calif., def.  Dorothy Matthiessen (2), Pasadena, Calif., 7-5, 6-7 (4), 6-4

Saturday’s Schedule
Women’s 70 Singles — 9 a.m.
Championship
Brenda Carter (1), Charleston, S.C., vs. Betty Wachob (2), Panama City, Fla.

Women’s 50 Singles — 10:30 a.m.
Championship
Ros Nideffer (1), San Diego, vs. Nathalie Herreman Bagby (2), Pacific Palisades, Calif.

Women’s 60 Singles — 12:30 p.m.
Championship
Tina Karwasky (1), Glendale, Calif., vs. Carolyn Nichols (2), Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.

For complete scores and results, go to:
http://tennislink.usta.com/Tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=170897#&&s=8Results0

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Former Touring Pros Ros Nideffer and Nathalie Herreman-Bagby to Face-Off in Final of USTA National Women’s 50-90 Hard Court Championships

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La Jolla, Calif. – (May 12, 2016) – Ros Nideffer and Nathalie Herreman-Bagby, two former touring tennis professionals, won semifinal matches in the 50s singles division and will face each other in the finals of the USTA National Women’s 50-90 Hard Court Championships on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. (PDT) at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club.

On a cool, overcast morning, Nideffer, the top-seed and two-time defending champion, needed only 61 minutes to breeze past fourth-seeded Anna Zimmermann of Indianapolis 6-0, 6-1 on Court No. 2. Nideffer got off to a fast start, losing only six points in the first set, which took 23 minutes.

Nideffer, a resident of the San Diego community of Rancho Bernardo, was ranked as high as No. 15 in the Women’s Tennis Association singles rankings in 1990. She is a former French Open doubles champion and two-time Wimbledon singles quarterfinalist.

On Saturday, Nideffer will attempt to win her third straight USTA 50s Hard Court title and fourth overall. She won her first 50s title in 2012 (she did not enter in 2013).

Herreman-Bagby of Pacific Palisades, Calif., who is seeded second, advanced to the final after winning her semifinal match, but it wasn’t easy as she needed two hours and 32 minutes to overcome third-seeded Judy Newman of Scotts Valley, Calif., 6-2, 4-6, 6-3.

After splitting the first two sets, Herreman-Bagby and Newman were deadlocked at 3-3 in the third set, when Herreman-Bagby went on an impressive run, winning 12 of the final 14 points and breaking Newman’s serve twice, to capture the final set and the match.

“It was a tough match. I’m really happy that I won. I wasn’t very confident during the match. She is a tough player to play,” Herreman-Bagby said. “The courts are a little bit slow for me. With the weather, the balls are a little heavy. In the third set, it made a difference coming to the net.”

The 50-year-old Herreman-Bagby was ranked as high as No. 42 in the WTA singles rankings in 1986. A former member of the French Fed Cup team, Herreman-Bagby reached the fourth round at Wimbledon in 1990 and has one career WTA singles title and two doubles crowns.

The women’s 80s singles final will highlight Friday’s tournament schedule. Top-seeded Dori Devries of Rancho Mirage, Calif., will play second-seeded Dorothy Matthiessen of Pasadena, Calif., at 9:30 a.m. (PDT).

In the women’s 60s singles division, top-seed and defending champion Tina Karwasky of Glendale, Calif., got past fourth-seeded Leslie Airola Murveit of Portola Valley, Calif., 6-2, 6-2 to advance to Saturday’s final, which is scheduled at noon (PDT). Karwasky will face second-seeded Carolyn Nichols of Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., who blanked third-seeded Sherri Bronson of Scottsdale, Ariz., 6-0, 6-0.

Last month, Nichols defeated Karwasky 6-1, 6-1 in the singles final of the USTA National Women’s 60 Clay Court Championships in Baton Rouge, La. In last year’s USTA National 60 Hard Court Championships at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club, Karwasky scored a thrilling 3-6, 7-6 (4), 7-5 victory over Nichols in the final.

Full draws for each division are available at:
http://tennislink.usta.com/Tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=170897

Live audio play-by-play of tournament action on Saturday, May14 and Sunday, May 15 will be available on RadioTennis.com.  Tennis broadcaster Ken Thomas will provide the web cast commentary.

USTA National Women’s 50–90 Hard Court Championships
La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club

La Jolla, Calif.
Thursday’s ResultsWomen’s 50 Singles
Semifinals
Ros Nideffer (1), San Diego, def. Anna Zimmermann (4), Indianapolis, 6-0, 6-1
Nathalie Herreman Bagby (2), Pacific Palisades, Calif., def. Judy Newman (3), Scotts Valley, Calif., 6-2, 4-6, 6-3

Women’s 60 Singles
Semifinals
Tina Karwasky (1), Glendale, Calif., def. Leslie Airola Murveit (4), Portola Valley, Calif., 6-2, 6-2
Carolyn Nichols (2), Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., def. Sherri Bronson (3), Scottsdale, Ariz., 6-0, 6-0
Women’s 70 Singles
Semifinals
Brenda Carter (1), Charleston, S.C., def. Charleen Hillebrand (4), Harbor City, Calif., 6-1, 6-1
Betty Wachob (2), Panama City, Fla., def. Catherine Anderson (3), Del Mar, Calif., 6-4, 3-6, 6-4

Women’s 80 Singles
Semifinals
Dori Devries (1), Rancho Mirage, Calif., def. Carol Wood (3), Rockville, Md., 6-0, 6-2
Dorothy Matthiessen (2), Pasadena, Calif., def. Mary Lynch (4), Rockport, Texas, 6-1, 6-2

Women’s 90 Singles
Round Robin
Rita Price, Aurora, Colo., def.  Helene Salvetat, Hossegor, France, 6-0, 6-0
Catherine Hall, Newport Beach, Calif., def.  Joyce Vanderpol, Blaine, Wash., 6 2, 6 3

For complete scores and results, go to:
http://tennislink.usta.com/Tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=170897#&&s=8Results0

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Top Seed Nideffer Advances at USTA National Women’s 50–90 Hard Court Championships

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La Jolla, Calif. – (May 11, 2016) – Top seed and two-time defending champion Ros Nideffer easily advanced to the 50s singles semifinals of the USTA National Women’s 50-90 Hard Court Championships as she defeated sixth-seeded Kristin Fudalla of Portland, Ore., 6-1, 6-2.

Nideffer, a former touring tennis professional who was ranked as high as No. 15 in the Women’s Tennis Association singles rankings in 1990, will face fourth-seeded Anna Zimmermann of Indianapolis in Thursday’s semifinals at 9:30 a.m. (PDT) at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club.

“It was a little tough. The conditions were slow and my timing was a little bit off. I missed some volleys I shouldn’t have missed,” Nideffer said following her victory. “I was able to focus and pull it together and obviously play better.”

On the bottom half of the 50s singles draw, second-seeded Nathalie Herreman-Bagby of Pacific Palisades, Calif.,  moved into the semifinals with an impressive 6-0, 6-1 win over seventh-seeded Christina Kaus of San Diego.

The 50-year-old Herreman-Bagby is also a former touring tennis professional who was ranked as high as No. 42 in the WTA singles rankings in 1986. She was a member of the French Fed Cup team and reached the fourth round at Wimbledon in 1990.

Herreman-Bagby, who is now a dual citizen of France and the United States, played on the women’s professional tour from 1983 to 1995 and is competing in her first USTA National 50s singles event. She will take on third-seeded Judy Newman of Scotts Valley, Calif., in a semifinal match on Thursday at 10 a.m. (PDT).

“It’s been good. It’s been fun. I still love playing and I feel really good when I’m on the tennis court. I’ve seen friends I haven’t seen in a long time,” Herreman-Bagby said as she spoke about playing senior tennis. “I’m playing pretty well and I’m confident about my game. I just have to stay fit.”

In the women’s 60s singles division, top-seed and defending champion Tina Karwasky of Glendale, Calif., and second-seeded Carolyn Nichols of Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., reached the semifinals with straight-set victories. In Wednesday’s quarterfinal action, Karwasky eliminated Deborah Burgess of Franklin, Wis., 6-2, 6-0 and Nichols swept past San Diego’s Yoko Anderson 6-0, 6-0.

The women’s 80s singles final will be played on Friday at 10:30 a.m. The women’s 70s singles final will take place on Saturday at 9 a.m., followed by the women’s 50s singles final at 10:30 a.m. and the women’s 60s singles final at noon.  The women’s 90s singles division, which is using a round-robin format, will complete the final round on Saturday, starting at 9 a.m. (All times are PDT). Sunday’s schedule will feature consolation finals.

The start times for each day of the championships are as follows: Thursday, May 12  and Friday, May 13 – 8 a.m.; Saturday, May 14 and Sunday, May 15 – 9 a.m. (All times are PDT).

Full draws for each division are available at:
http://tennislink.usta.com/Tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=170897

Live audio play-by-play of tournament action on Saturday, May14 and Sunday, May 15 will be available on RadioTennis.com.  Tennis broadcaster Ken Thomas will provide the web cast commentary.

The La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club’s 44th Annual Men’s Senior Championships is also taking place in conjunction with the women’s events and includes both singles and doubles for 60 and over, 65 and over, 70 and over, 75 and over, and 80 and over age groups. Although the men’s events are not national championships, they will feature many senior players who regularly compete in national tournaments. Total participation for both the men’s and women’s tournaments is expected to be 300-plus players.

La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club welcomes tennis enthusiasts to view the tournament with free admission. On-site parking is available for a nominal fee. Draws will be posted at the Beach Club. Tournament attendees and spectators are invited to dine at the Club’s Snack Bar and Club Dining restaurant during the tournaments.

The La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club started each of these events and has hosted them since inception. Designated one of the Top 50 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.

USTA National Women’s 50–90 Hard Court Championships
La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club
La Jolla, Calif.
Wednesday’s Results

Women’s 50 Singles
Quarterfinals
Ros Nideffer (1), San Diego, def. Kristin Fudalla (6), Portland, Ore., 6-1, 6-2
Nathalie Herreman Bagby (2), Pacific Palisades, Calif., def. Christina Kaus (7), San Diego, 6-0, 6-1
Judy Newman (3), Scotts Valley, Calif., def. Eleanor Hammargren (5), San Clemente, Calif., 7-5, 6-3
Anna Zimmermann (4), Indianapolis, def. Colleen Clery Ferrell (8), San Diego, 6-3, 6-4

Women’s 60 Singles
Quarterfinals
Tina Karwasky (1), Glendale, Calif., def. Deborah Burgess, Franklin, Wis., 6-2, 6-0
Carolyn Nichols (2), Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., def. Yoko Anderson, San Diego, 6-0, 6-0
Sherri Bronson (3), Scottsdale, Ariz., def. Donna Drosner (8), Whitefish Bay, Wis., 6-4, 6-2
Leslie Airola Murveit (4), Portola Valley, Calif., def. Andrea Barnes (5), Palo Alto, Calif., 6-3, 7-5

Women’s 70 Singles
Quarterfinals
Brenda Carter (1), Charleston, S.C., def. Carolann Castell (5), Kirkland, Wash., 6-3, 6-2
Catherine Anderson (3), Del Mar, Calif., def.  Ann Hunt (6), Hilton Head Island, S.C., 7-5, 7-5
Charleen Hillebrand (4), Harbor City, Calif., def. Patti Boyer (8), Lotus, Calif., 6-0, 6-1

Women’s 80 Singles
Quarterfinals
Dori Devries (1), Rancho Mirage, Calif., def. Claire Zoeller, Santa Fe, N.M., 6-0, 6-0
Dorothy Matthiessen (2), Pasadena, Calif., def. Christiane Jackson, Wilmington, N.C., 6-2, 6-2
Carol Wood (3), Rockville, Md., def. Betty Hill, Burr Ridge, Ill., 6-2, 6-1
Mary Lynch (4), Rockport, Texas, def. Laurine Leach, Weston, Mass., 6-3, 6-1

Women’s 90 Singles
Round Robin
Joyce Vanderpol, Blaine, Wash., def. Helene Salvetat, Hossegor, France, 6-0, 6-0

For complete scores and results, go to:
http://tennislink.usta.com/Tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=170897#&&s=8Results0

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Top Seeds Advance at USTA National Women’s 50-90 Hard Court Championships

Ros Nideffer

Ros Nideffer

La Jolla, Calif. – (May 10, 2016) – When Ros Nideffer competed on the women’s professional tennis tour, she played at the highest level, achieving a career-high No. 15 in the Women’s Tennis Association singles rankings in 1990 and twice reaching the singles quarterfinals at Wimbledon.

This week, the 55-year-old Nideffer, who lives in the San Diego community of Rancho Bernardo, is playing in the USTA National Women’s 50-90 Hard Court Championships at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club and is attempting to win the 50s singles title for the third consecutive year and fourth-time overall.

On a cool and overcast Tuesday morning, Nideffer, who won her first 50s title in 2012, advanced to the quarterfinals with a convincing 6-0, 6-0 second-round victory over unseeded Nancy Abler-Sanchez of San Diego. The two-time defending champion will face sixth-seeded Kristin Fudalla of Portland, Ore. on Wednesday at 10 a.m.

Nideffer, who did not play the event in 2013, credits her experience on the women’s professional tour and an all-court game for her success in the 50s National Hard Court Championships. “I’m strong and I’m fast compared to other people my age,” Nideffer said. “I can stay back and I can come in. I have a variety of shots to draw from and I can mix it up. I’m just excited to play. I’m just challenging myself.”

If Nideffer advances to the 50s singles final, she could face second-seeded Nathalie Herreman-Bagby, a former touring tennis professional, who was ranked as high as No. 42 in the WTA singles rankings in 1986. She reached the fourth round at Wimbledon in 1990.

In the women’s 60s singles division , top-seed and defending champion Tina Karwasky of Glendale, Calif., and second-seeded Carolyn Nichols of Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., cruised into the quarterfinals after scoring impressive second-round victories. Karwasky blanked San Diego’s Sue Sprague 6-0, 6-0, while Nichols eliminated Ginny Beneke of San Diego 6-1, 6-0.

Tournament officials announced the schedule of singles finals for each division. The women’s 80s singles final will be played on Friday, May 13 at 10:30 a.m. The women’s 70s singles final will take place on Saturday, May 14 at 9 a.m., followed by the women’s 50s singles final at 10:30 a.m. and the women’s 60s singles final at noon. The women’s 90s singles division, which is using a round-robin format, will complete the final round on Saturday, starting at 9 a.m. (All times are PDT). The schedule on Sunday, May 15 will feature consolation finals.

The start times for each day of the championships are as follows: Wednesday, May 11 through Friday, May 13 – 8 a.m.; Saturday, May 14 and Sunday, May 15 – 9 a.m. (All times are PDT).

Full draws for each division are available at:
http://tennislink.usta.com/Tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=170897

The La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club’s 44th Annual Men’s Senior Championships is also taking place in conjunction with the women’s events, and include both singles and doubles for 60 and over, 65 and over, 70 and over, 75 and over, and 80 and over age groups. Although the men’s events are not national championships, they will feature many senior players who regularly compete in national tournaments. Total participation for both the men’s and women’s tournaments is expected to be 300-plus players.

Live audio play-by-play of tournament action on Saturday, May14 and Sunday, May 15 will be available on RadioTennis.com. Tennis broadcaster Ken Thomas will provide the web cast commentary.

 

USTA National Women’s 50–90 Hard Court Championships
La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club
La Jolla, Calif.
Tuesday’s Results

Women’s 50 Singles
Second Round
Ros Nideffer (1), San Diego, def. Nancy Abler-Sanchez, San Diego, 6-0, 6-0
Nathalie Herreman Bagby (2), Pacific Palisades, Calif., def. Dorian Sailer, San Diego, 6-0, 6-0
Judy Newman (3), Scotts Valley, Calif., def. Sheila Walker, Washington, D.C., 6-0, 6-0
Anna Zimmermann (4), Indianapolis, Ind., def. Tai Sisson, San Dimas, Calif., 6-0, 6-2
Eleanor Hammargren (5), San Clemente, Calif., def. Kerry Rickert, Middleton, Wis., 6-0, 6-0
Kristin Fudalla (6), Portland, Ore., def. Fiona Taylor, La Jolla, WO (injury)
Christina Kaus (7), San Diego, def. Maria Nunez, San Diego, 6-2, 6-2
Colleen Clery Ferrell (8), San Diego, def. Michelle Martinez, Kilauea, Hawaii, 6-2, 6-2

Women’s 60 Singles
Second Round
Deborah Burgess, Franklin, Wis., def. Carol Gay (7), San Diego, WO (Ill)
Tina Karwasky (1), Glendale, Calif., def. Sue Sprague, San Diego, 6-0, 6-0
Leslie Airola Murveit (4), Portola Valley, Calif., def. Yolanda Therrien, Elkton, Ore., 6-1, 6-0
Andrea Barnes (5), Palo Alto, Calif., def. Mary Firek, Redlands, Calif., 6-2, 6-4
Donna Drosner (8), Whitefish Bay, Wis., def. Ellen Furman, San Diego, 6-3, 6-0
Sherri Bronson (3), Scottsdale, Ariz., def. B’Ann Gabelt, Madison, Wis., 6-2, 6-1
Yoko Anderson, San Diego, def. Chieko Holt (6), Klamath Falls, Ore., WO (Ill)
Carolyn Nichols (2), Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., def. Ginny Beneke, San Diego, 6-1, 6-0

Women’s 70 Singles
Second Round
Brenda Carter (1), Charleston, S.C., def. Diane Link, Pacific Palisades, Calif., 6-1, 6-1
Betty Wachob (2), Panama City, Fla., def. Kathie Meyering, Fredericksburg, Texas, 6-0, 6-0
Catherine Anderson (3), Del Mar, def. Susan Frieder, Wailuku, Hawaii, 6-0, 6-0
Charleen Hillebrand (4), Harbor City, Calif., def. Brookes Byrd, Davis, Calif., 6-2, 6-1
Carolann Castell (5), Kirkland, Wash., def. Lyn Tietz, Oak Brook, Ill, 6-1, 6-0
Ann Hunt (6), Hilton Head Island, S.C., def. Judy Nichols, Port Hueneme, Calif., 6-1, 6-1
Mary Alice Pisani (7), Reno, Nev., def. Heather Fiscalini, Modesto, Calif., 6-1, 6-1
Patti Boyer (8), Lotus, Calif., def. Ann Loose, Sandia Park, N.M., 6-1, 6-4

Women’s 80 Singles
First Round
Betty Hill, Burr Ridge, Ill., def. Ann Schwartz, Poway, Calif., 6-0, 6-0

Women’s 90 Singles
Round Robin
Rita Price, Aurora, Colo., def. Catherine Hall, Newport Beach, Calif., 6-1, 6-3

 

Written by Fred Sidhu

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Defending 50s Champion Ros Nideffer Plays Tuesday at USTA National Women’s 50-90 Hard Court Championships

 

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La Jolla, Calif. – (May 9, 2016) – After a first-round bye, top-seed and defending two-time 50s champion, Ros Nideffer will play her opening round singles match of the USTA National Women’s 50-90 Hard Court Championships on Tuesday at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club.

Nideffer, who is attempting to win her third straight 50s singles title and fourth overall, will face San Diego’s Nancy Abler-Sanchez at 11:30 a.m. (PDT). Abler-Sanchez, who is unseeded, defeated Jill Sickle of Chicago 6-3, 7-6 (2) in Monday’s first-round action.

The 55-year-old Nideffer, who lives in the San Diego community of Rancho Bernardo, is a former touring tennis professional. In 1990 she reached a career-high No. 15 in the Women’s Tennis Association singles rankings. Nideffer is also a two-time Wimbledon singles quarterfinalist and a former French Open doubles champion.

In other first-round action on Monday, Brenda Carter of Charleston, S.C., the top-seed in the 70s singles division, cruised into the second round with an impressive 6-0, 6-0 victory over Emina Minka Kulenovic of La Jolla, Calif.

Carter, who turns 70 next month, has been playing tennis for over 50 years and has earned 48 gold USTA balls for winning national championships in various singles and doubles divisions.

Following her first-round victory, Carter was asked about how she felt coming into the tournament as the No. 1 seed and her chances of winning the tournament. “In our division, you feel very fortunate to be seeded No. 1 because we’re pretty deep. Anything can happen on any day. It puts some pressure on you, but having some pressure makes you a little bit more focused,” she said. “I take it one day at a time and I don’t look any further than that.”

After receiving first-round byes, the top seeds in the 60s singles division will play their second-round matches on Tuesday. Top-seed and defending champion Tina Karwasky of Glendale, Calif., faces San Diego’s Sue Sprague and second-seeded Carolyn Nichols of Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., will play Ginny Beneke of San Diego. Both matches are scheduled to begin at 10:30 a.m. (PDT)

The women’s national championships include both singles and doubles in the 50 and over, 60 and over, 70 and over, 80 and over, and 90 and over age groups. These events are national championships and have attracted the best players from all over the country in each age group, making this field of competitors the strongest in the country in each age division.

The start times for each day of the championships are as follows: Tuesday, May 10 through Friday, May 13 – 8 a.m.; Saturday, May 14 and Sunday, May 15 – 9 a.m. (All times are PDT).

Full draws for each division are available at:
http://tennislink.usta.com/Tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=170897

The La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club’s 44th Annual Men’s Senior Championships are also taking place the same week in conjunction with the women’s events, and will include both singles and doubles for 60 and over, 65 and over, 70 and over, 75 and over and 80 and over age groups. Although the men’s events are not national championships, they will feature many senior players who regularly compete in national tournaments. Total participation for both the men’s and women’s tournaments is expected to be 300-plus players.

Live audio play-by-play of tournament action on Saturday, May14 and Sunday, May 15 will be available on RadioTennis.com. Tennis broadcaster Ken Thomas will provide the web cast commentary.

 

USTA National Women’s 50–90 Hard Court Championships
La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club
La Jolla, Calif.
Monday’s Results

Women’s 50 Singles
First Round
Maria Nunez, San Diego, def. Christine Roth, Telluride, Colo., 6-1, 6-0
Michelle Martinez, Kilauea, Hawaii, def. Diane Ghiron, Encinitas, 7-5, 2-6, 6-3
Kerry Rickert, Middleton, Wis., def. Janene Christopher, San Diego, 6-1, 6-0
Tai Sisson, San Dimas, Calif., def. Lisa Otten, Carlsbad, 6-3, 6-0
Fiona Taylor, La Jolla, def. Kathryn Bieker, Lihue, Hawaii, 6-4, 6-2
Nancy Abler Sanchez, San Diego, def. Jill Sickle, Chicago, 6-3, 7 6 (2)

Women’s 60 Singles
First Round
Sue Sprague, San Diego, def. Lori Fischer, Aptos, Calif., 6-1, 6-1
Deborah Burgess, Franklin, Wis., def. Gail Murayama, Half Moon Bay, Calif., 6-2, 6-3
Yolanda Therrien, Elkton, Ore., def. Robin Dierenfield, Santa Barbara, Calif., 6-1, 6-1
Ellen Furman, San Diego, def. Anna Greer, Boca Raton, Fla., 6-2, 6-2
Mary Firek, Redlands, Calif., def. Rebecca Wheeler, Mountain View, Calif., 6-0, 6-1
Yoko Anderson, San Diego, def. Carolyn Boardman, Mercer Island, Wash., 6-0, 6-1
B’Ann Gabelt, Madison, Wis., def. Pamela Morrow, Palm Springs, Calif., 6-2, 6-3
Donna Drosner (8), Whitefish Bay, Wis., def. Becky Bock, Encinitas, 6-0, 6-0

Women’s 70 Singles
First Round
Brenda Carter (1), Charleston, S.C., def. Emina Minka Kulenovic, La Jolla, 6-0, 6-0
Ann Hunt (6), Hilton Head Island, S.C., def. Jane Fetter, La Jolla, 6-0, 6-0
Ann Loose, Sandia Park, N.M., def. Sandra Herron, Carpinteria, Calif., 6-1, 6-0
Patti Boyer (8), Lotus, Calif., def. Gail Arem, Ventura, Calif., 6-1, 7-5
Charleen Hillebrand (4), Harbor City, Calif., def. Lynn Sanford, Scottsdale, Ariz., 6-2, 6-1
Lyn Tietz, Oak Brook, Ill., def. M. Lanelle Titello, San Clemente, Calif., 6-1, 6-0
Carolann Castell (5), Kirkland, Wash., def. Sharon Ploor, Franklin, Wis., 4-6, 6-2, 6-2
Diane Link, Pacific Palisades, Calif., def. Susan Keizer, Davis, Calif., 6-0, 6-0

For complete scores and results, go to:
http://tennislink.usta.com/Tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=170897#&&s=8Results0


Written by J. Fred Sidhu

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Taylor Townsend Clinches USTA French Open Wild Card

Taylor Townsend

Taylor Townsend

 

(May 7, 2016) Taylor Townsend will make her third consecutive appearance in the main draw of the French Open after winning 2016 USTA Pro Circuit Roland Garros Wild Card Challenge. Townsend reached the final of the $75,000 Revolution Technologies Pro Tennis Classic in Indian Harbour Beach, Fla., on Saturday, giving her at least 150 points in the wild card challenge. No other American woman can surpass her in the standings. The 20-year-old Townsend will meet fellow American Jennifer Brady in Sunday’s final in Indian Harbour Beach, which will be streamed live on www.procircuit.usta.com. 

Townsend won the $50,000 Boyd Tinsley Clay Court Classic in Charlottesville, Va., and reached the final of the $50,000 Hardee’s Pro Classic in Dothan, Ala.

USTA Player Development awards a French Open main-draw wild card to one American man and one American woman who earn the most ATP World Tour and WTA Tour ranking points in a series of USTA Pro Circuit clay-court events this spring. Ranking points from two out of the three men’s and women’s events are used and combined to calculate the point total and determine the French Open wild card recipient. If a player competes in more than two events, only his or her two best tournaments are counted in calculating the point total. Only players who have not earned direct acceptance into Roland Garros are eligible for the wild card.

Townsend, who was a world-ranked Top 100 player as recently as last year, is currently ranked No. 208 in the world. She also won the 2014 USTA Pro Circuit Roland Garros Wild Card Challenge and had an impressive run to the third round with a win over No. 20 seed Alize Cornet. Townsend also competed in the French Open last year. Townsend turned pro at the start of 2013 and, in her first WTA-level main-draw match, beat then-No. 57 Lucie Hradecka in the first round in Indian Wells. She followed that up with her impressive run to the third round of the 2014 French Open. She then went on to compete at Wimbledon and the US Open in 2014 and at the Australian Open and French Open in 2015. Also in 2015, she made her Fed Cup debut in the World Group II First Round in Argentina, where she played doubles. In addition to her USTA Pro Circuit singles title in Charlottesville this year, Townsend has won five USTA Pro Circuit doubles titles in 2016 with Asia Muhammad. Townsend is also a former junior standout, clinching the year-end ITF No. 1 junior ranking in 2012 to become the first American girl to hold that position since Gretchen Rush in 1982. She ascended to No. 1 by winning the Australian Open junior singles and doubles titles, as well as the junior doubles titles at the US Open and Wimbledon. Also in 2012, she led the U.S. to the Junior Fed Cup championship.

2011 French Open junior champion Bjorn Fratangelo, 22, of Pittsburgh, earned the men’s wild card. Fratangelo finished the wild card challenge with 115 points by winning the $50,000 St. Joseph’s/Candler Savannah Challenger in Savannah, Ga., and by reaching the semifinals of the $100,000 Joey Gratton Sarasota Openin Sarasota, Fla. Fratangelo will be making his French Open main-draw debut later this month with the wild card. He is ranked No. 115 in the world.

The USTA first used the wild card challenge format for its 2012 French Open wild cards, won by Melanie Oudin and Brian Baker. Oudin and Baker each advanced to the second round at that year’s French Open and subsequently broke into the Top 100. In 2013, Alex Kuznetsov and Shelby Rogers earned the wild cards, with Rogers winning her first-ever Grand Slam singles match at the French Open. In 2014, young American Taylor Townsend and veteran Robby Ginepri received the wild cards, with Townsend becoming a top storyline by reaching the Roland Garros third round. Last year, teenagers Frances Tiafoe and Louisa Chirico secured the wild cards.

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US Davis Cup Team to Host Quarterfinal Tie Versus Croatia in Beaverton, Oregon

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From the USTA: WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., May 5, 2016 – The USTA today announced that the Tualatin Hills Tennis Center in Beaverton, Ore., has been selected as the site for the 2016 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group Quarterfinal between the United States and Croatia, July 15-17.  Davis Cup will return to the greater Portland area for the first time since hosting the 2007 Davis Cup Final versus Russia, where the U.S. captured their last Davis Cup title, defeating the Russians, 4-1. Founded in 1900, Davis Cup by BNP Paribas is the World Cup of Tennis. It is the largest annual international team competition in sport, with 135 nations entered in 2016.

The best-of-five match series begins on Friday, July 15, with two singles matches featuring each country’s No. 1 player against the other country’s No. 2 player. Saturday’s schedule features the pivotal doubles match. And the final day of play on Sunday features the two “reverse singles” matches, when the No. 1 players square off, followed by the No. 2 players meeting each other in the final match. All matches are best-of-five sets until one nation clinches the tie. A revised schedule for Sunday may take place if a team clinches in the third or fourth match.

The USTA will be constructing a 6,000-seat stadium around the current main court at the Tualatin Hills Tennis Center in Beaverton. The USTA has partnered with the Oregon Sports Authority to bring this event to the Portland area.  

“Portland holds a special place in U.S. Davis Cup history when we won the title here in 2007,” said Katrina Adams, USTA Chairman of the Board, CEO, and President. “We are thrilled to bring world-class tennis back to the area with Beaverton as our host and help grow the game in this community. We look forward to fans filling the stands and coming out to cheer on Team USA as we try to move one step closer to the Davis Cup trophy once again.”

Tickets will go on sale to the public on Friday, June 3, at 10 a.m. PT. An exclusive pre-sale for USTA members will take place on Wednesday, June 1, and Thursday, June 2. From Friday, June 3, through Thursday, June 23, only three-day ticket packages will be sold at prices ranging from $90 to $500 ($30 to $166 per day), representing the greatest initial ticket value.  Beginning on Friday, June 24, at 10 a.m. PT and pending availability, fans will then have access to only single-day tickets for Friday, Saturday, or Sunday with prices ranging from $40 to $175 per day. Fans are encouraged to purchase three-day ticket packages to take advantage of the best prices and to ensure availability.

Tickets may be purchased by visiting www.usta.com/daviscup or by calling 888-484-USTA (8782).

This is the fourth time that the greater Portland area has hosted Davis Cup. Portland’s Memorial Coliseum played host to the last three ties, including the 2007 Davis Cup Final, where Andy Roddick, James Blake and Bob and Mike Bryan won the last Davis Cup title for the U.S. over Russia. The Memorial Coliseum also hosted Davis Cup in 1981 and 1984, in which the U.S. won both of those match-ups against Australia.

“We are absolutely delighted to welcome the return of the Davis Cup back to the Portland area following the US Davis Cup Championship match hosted here nine years ago,” said Drew Mahalic, CEO, Oregon Sports Authority. “We look forward to hosting the most prestigious tennis event in the world this coming July and we know all tennis fans in Oregon and the Northwest will be ecstatic about the opportunity to witness the best in tennis once again.”

The winner of this match advances to the World Group Semifinal, held September 16-18, for a chance to compete for the 2016 Davis Cup title.

U.S. Davis Cup Team Captain Jim Courier will select the four players to represent the United States no later than ten days prior to the event.  Croatia is likely to be led by 2014 US Open singles champion Marin Cilic, who is currently ranked No. 11 in the world.

Croatia holds a 3-0 record over the United States in Davis Cup, one of only three countries that hold a winning record over the U.S. The U.S. last faced Croatia in the 2009 World Group Quarterfinal in Porec, Croatia, in which Croatia won 3-2 with Cilic and Ivo Karlovic leading the team. The U.S. also faced Croatia in the 2005 World Group First Round in Los Angeles and in the 2003 World Group First Round in Zagreb, Croatia. This will be the United States’ first home tie since 2014 in Hoffman Estates, Ill., as the U.S. team competed on the road against Great Britain and Uzbekistan last year and faced Australia in Melbourne this year.

The site selection is subject to final approval by the International Tennis Federation. Tennis Channel will present live daily coverage of the World Group Quarterfinal.

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