2014 WTT: San Diego Aviators II

July 22nd, 2014

Hey Tennis Friends!

The 2014 World Team Tennis season is winding down. I went out to another event with my local team, the San Diego Aviators, and got some great highlights and interviews!

Only three more home matches for this season, including one TONIGHT, as of this posting!

Of course, when I was speaking with the Bryan brothers about their “tournaments together”, I was referring to their tournament championship wins together. I’m not even sure if anyone has tallied up how many tournaments that they have actually played in together.

Did Michael Russell just tip me off that he was retiring after this years’ U.S. Open? He is the oldest player in the Top 100, just three months older than Tommy Haas, but he has proven that he can still get good wins on the ATP Tour with his quarterfinal beat down of Lleyton Hewitt in Memphis this year. He reached the semifinal of that event, but has not had a doubles win in 2014.

Mike has been on GroundsPass.net before and is one of my favorite players, not just because of his athleticism and drive, but he is also a short player like I am. I cannot play a “tall man’s” game, so I look to dynamic players like Russell to inspire me to keep up the good work.

I’ve given you a taste of what it is like attending one of these events. In order to get the full experience, you REALLY have to come down and see the action LIVE and in person!

The World Team Tennis season is a short one, and there are only THREE home matches left for the Aviators, including this Thursday’s semifinal playoff, so don’t wait, get your tickets now! Their marquee players will ALL be playing the last THREE matches. That’s right, you can come see Daniela Hantuchova and the Bryan Brothers at each remaining home match.

For information on the current season of Southern California’s brand new World Team Tennis team, go to the official San Diego Aviators website: SanDiegoAviators.com

Or, look for YOUR local team
on the official World Team Tennis website here: wtt.com

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- Marcus Tennis

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2014 WTT: San Diego Aviators

July 15th, 2014

Hey Tennis Friends!

The 2014 World Team Tennis season has begun and I made a stop by the newest team in the league that just so happens to be right in my area: the San Diego Aviators!

In this featured match the Aviators take on the Boston Lobsters in the comfort of indoor air conditioning. What a great way to get out of the Southern California heat!

Before the match, I had a brief talk with Megan Moulton-Levy who told me that this time she is glad that she is playing with Coco Vandeweghe, rather than against her, like last season! By the way, Coco has moved up one notch since this video was recorded and is currently #41 in the world!

For the record, Daniela Hantuchova’s Grand Slam mixed doubles championship wins include:
2001 Wimbledon with Leos Friedl
2002 Australian Open with Kevin Ullyett
2005 Roland Garros with Fabrice Santoro
2005 U.S. Open with Mahesh Bhupati

I’ve given you a taste of what it is like attending one of these events. In order to get the full experience, you REALLY have to come down and see the action LIVE and in person!

The World Team Tennis season is a short one, and there are only THREE home matches left for the Aviators, so don’t wait, get your tickets now! Their marquee players will ALL be playing the last THREE matches. That’s right, you can come see Daniela Hantuchova and the Bryan Brothers each remaining home match.

For information on the current season of Southern California’s brand new World Team Tennis team, go to the official San Diego Aviators website: SanDiegoAviators.com

Or, look for YOUR local team
on the official World Team Tennis website here: wtt.com

Be sure to share GroundsPass.net with your other Tennis Friends using the social networking buttons, below.

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I’ll see you next time, with more tennis, . . . outside the lines!

- Marcus Tennis

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2013 WTT: OC Breakers IV

July 7th, 2014

Hey Tennis Friends!

To celebrate the opening of the 2014 World Team Tennis season, let’s take a quick look back at one of last year’s events to show you what to expect!

In this featured match from last year’s brief season, the Breakers take on Sam Querrey and the Sacramento Capitals. Despite my extensive emcee duties for the team, I was able to get a very cool interview, as well as a surprise interview, and special announcement at the end!

The World Team Tennis season is a short one, and there are only SEVEN home matches, so don’t wait, get your tickets now!

I’ve given you a taste of what it is like attending one of these events. In order to get the full experience, you REALLY have to come down and see the action LIVE and in person!

For information on the current season of Southern California’s brand new World Team Tennis team, go to the official San Diego Aviators website to sign up for their e-mail list: SanDiegoAviators.com

Or, look for YOUR local team
on the official World Team Tennis website here: wtt.com

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- Marcus Tennis

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2014 USC v. UCLA

May 11th, 2014

Hey Tennis Friends!

The ultimate in college tennis match-ups out in the Western United States has got to be the crosstown rivalry between the University of Southern California and the University of California, Los Angeles!

Once again, I was invited out by the USC Trojans’ men’s tennis team. This time it was against UCLA, and I filed this report:

It was great to see so many Tennis Friends, old and new, out there playing their hearts out. My thanks to Greg Labanowski (USC) and Grant Chen (UCLA) for making sure that I got my post-match interviews from each team.

Here are the results for the matches that I featured:

#2 DOUBLES:
Di Giulio/Thompson (UCLA)
def. Crystal/Quiroz (USC) 8-7(3).

#4 SINGLES (with college singles rankings):
#95 Max de Vroome (USC)
def. #74 Brymer (UCLA) 6-3, 4-6, 6-3

Here is a comprehensive post match report from the UCLA team:
No. 5 Men’s Tennis Suffers 4-2 Loss to No. 3 USC

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- Marcus Tennis

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2014 ASICS Easter Bowl Ntl Spring Champs II

May 4th, 2014

Hey Tennis Friends!

It’s a brand new venue for the USTA & ITF National Spring Championships, now known as the ASICS Easter Bowl! Here is my second report, finals day for the ITF singles:

Here are the scores for the matches that I featured (seedings in parenthesis):

BOYS’ 18s SINGLES CHAMPIONSHIP
(1) Francis Tiafoe d. (unseeded) Nathan Ponwith 7-6 (3), 3-6, 6-2
After the match, Tiafoe was told by his traveling coach, Frank Salazar, that he would move up from No. 7 in the ITF world junior rankings, to No. 2, becoming the highest ranked U.S. junior in the world.
“That would be huge if I’m No. 2 in the world,” he said. “If I am I’d be very happy.”
Tiafoe wore a silver crown necklace that a parent in College Park gave him after he won the Orange Bowl International in December, and it’s become a good luck charm. “Some people think I’m getting a big head for it,” Tiafoe explained. “But he said ‘you’re the king now,’ and I wasn’t going to say no to it.”
Tiafoe can’t wait to get on the red clay in Paris once the French Open starts May 25. “That’s some place and I’m really looking forward to being there,” he said. “I’ve been watching that tournament on TV since I was 6 years old. I plan to get on the grounds early and hit with guys like Sam (Querrey), Stevie (Johnson) and Jack (Sock).

GIRLS’ 18s SINGLES CHAMPIONSHIP
(4) CiCi Bellis d. (11) Katie Swan 6-3, 6-1
Bellis is looking to head to Europe for the junior Slams, as well as the Italian Open. “I can’t wait to get on the red clay,” she said. “I love it.”
The win marked the second straight ASICS Easter Bowl title for Bellis as she won the 16s last year.
Said Swan: “I’m happy she won. I mean, if it was going to be anyone I’m glad it’s her. She’s a great player.”

Tennis Channel was also out there covering finals weekend of this event, and will air their program in May. Be sure to check their listings.

Additional information in this report was provided by the ASICS Easter Bowl PR Press Aide, Steve Pratt.

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- Marcus Tennis

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