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2012 Woody Tournament

Saturday, October 20th, 2012

Hey Tennis Friends!

A few months ago, back in June, before I began all of my reports for this past Summer of Tennis, I was invited to Toluca Lake Tennis Club to participate in a wood racket only tournament. After a few sessions of practice with my vintage rackets, I made a trip out to this great facility!

I had a great time visiting and socializing at The Sports Center Toluca Lake, also known as the Toluca Lake Tennis Club. If you live and/or work in their area, be sure to check out their amenities and programs at their website, here:
The Sports Center Toluca Lake

As my Tennis Friend, Rich, will attest, as long as my schedule and travel allows, I am always willing to come out to participate in, and cover, tennis events in your area. I am based in Southern California, and post my various travel plans ahead of time on Facebook.

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2012 USTA Senior Women National Hard Court Championships

Saturday, May 19th, 2012

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Earlier this week, I stopped by the USTA Senior Women National Hard Court Championships at the LaJolla Beach & Tennis Club in LaJolla, California. They had singles and doubles age divisions for the 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, and even the 90s! As usual, there was so much going on that I couldn’t have possibly included everything that was happening in this video report. This is why I always encourage you to get out to these events, to choose for yourself the matches that you want to watch!

CORRECTION:
I misspoke when recapping Tina Karwasky’s week. She had a bye in the first round, and bested her opponents without dropping a game in the next two rounds. In the interview, I indicated that she had only played one round.

The results for the matches that I featured in this video report are:

WOMEN’S 60s SINGLES SEMIFINALS (with seedings)
(1)Tina Karwasky d. (4)Molly Hahn 6-0, 6-1

(2)Mary Ginnard d. (3)Martha Downing 3-6, 6-4, 6-3

Ginnard’s doubles partner was also her opponent for the singles final: Tina Karwasky!
The 59-year-old Karwasky, who will turn 60 later this year, played on the women’s professional tennis tour in the 1980s. Playing at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club is a special experience for Karwasky. “This is one of the most beautiful spots in all of the United States,” she said. “I’ve been coming here ever since I was a little kid when my mother used to play senior tournaments and she used to leave me at the beach to build sand castles.”

WOMEN’S 60s SINGLES CHAMPIONSHIP
(1)Tina Karwasky d. (2)Mary Ginnard 6-2, 6-2

WOMEN’S 70s DOUBLES SEMIFINAL
(4) Sally Huss / Sheila Palmer d.
(2) Uta Hegberg / Diane Willauer 7-5, 5-2 Retirement (injury)

The 72 year old Huss, then Sally Moore, became the number one player in Southern California at age 13 in her division; the number one player in the United States at age 15 and the number one junior player in the world at the age 18. Then at 19, she was a semi-finalist in the women’s division at Wimbledon in 1959!

WOMEN’S 70s DOUBLES CHAMPIONSHIP
(1) Charleen Hillebrand / Suella Steel d.
(4) Sally Huss / Sheila Palmer 6-3, 6-4

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La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club

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2011 USTA 40 Hard Court Nationals

Saturday, December 10th, 2011

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Last weekend, I was invited to yet another local tennis event that had so much going on, that I couldn’t have possibly included everything that was happening in this video report. This is why I always encourage you to get out to these events, to choose for yourself the matches that you want to watch!

This tournament also featured the National 40 Mixed, Father/Son, and Grandfather/Grandson tournaments.

There was way too much to try to fit into this report. However, I did get to sit courtside, right on the court, on Court 2, and watch a very exciting match featuring Rowe/Rowe versus Ginepri/Ginepri! That’s right, current ATP Tour player Robbie Ginepri entered the tournament with his dad, Robert, and put on an amazing show for the appreciative crowd.

The results for the matches that I featured in the video report are:

WOMEN’S 40 SINGLES CHAMPIONSHIP
Jennifer Dawson d. Dina McBride 3-3, retired

Dina McBride was unseeded, and Jennifer Dawson was the #2 seed.

MEN’S 40 SINGLES SEMIFINAL
Oren Motevassel d. Jeff Greenwald 3-6, 6-3, 6-1

Jeff Greenwald, seeded #3, had reached an ATP Tour career high of 796 in 1990.
Oren Motevassel, seeded #2, had reach an ATP Tour career high of 161 in 1997.

WOMEN’S 40 DOUBLES CHAMPIONSHIP
Alissa Finerman / Erika Smith
d. Gretchen Magers / Ros Nideffer 6-4, 6-3

Here is a press report from the Sunday finals:

In a singles final featuring two former touring professionals, second-seeded Oren Motevassel of Sunnyvale, Calif., defeated defending champion and top-seed Jeff Tarango of Manhattan Beach, Calif., 6-4, 6-3, to win the USTA National 40 Hard Court Championships men’s singles title.

It was a year ago when these same two left-handed players met in the tournament final as Tarango dropped the first set of the 2010 title match before coming back to win the next two sets and capture the championship.

In this year’s final, which was played on Court No. 1, Tarango and Motevassel each fought off break points early in the first set, but with the scored tied at 3-3, Tarango hit two straight double faults to lose serve and give Motevassel a 4-3 lead.

Two games later, Motevassel served for the set and at 40-15 Tarango smacked a crosscourt forehand long to give Motevassel the first set in 59 minutes.

Despite losing his serve to open the second set, Tarango came back to take a 2-1 lead but Motevassel, playing solid, steady tennis from the baseline broke Tarango twice and won four straight games to take a 5-2 lead.

Tarango got one of the breaks back when Motevassel’s crosscourt forehand passing shot landed wide to make the score 5-3. As Tarango served to stay in the match and get back on serve, he fell behind 15-40 and faced two match points.

On the first match point, Tarango approached the net, but Motevassel responded with a near perfect lob which Tarango pushed wide with a high backhand to end the match in one-hour and 45 minutes.

After being awarded a USTA gold ball for winning the national championship, Motevassel spoke about the difference between losing last year’s three-set final and winning the title this year.

“After last year I was kind of upset. I had the match. I was up a set and I was up a break. I just lost a little focus.
I was playing too defensive from the back and allowed him (Tarango) to dictate. I played too tentative last year,” he said.

“I was focused today. I had a good game plan and it worked fine,” Motevassel said. “I took the ball a little earlier. I put him on the defense more. Getting the ball more on the rise helped me a lot today.”

Motevassel plans to return to the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club to defend his title next year. “I plan to come back. I like coming here. It’s a nice place and a good venue. It’s fun to play here,” he said.

Top-seeded Brett and Brian Joelson of Beaverton, Ore., the eight-time defending Father and Son National Hard Court champions saw their eight-year winning streak come to an end as they dropped a thrilling 6-7 (9), 7-6 (5), 7-5 decision in the semifinals to fourth-seeded Peter and Tanner Smith of Los Alamitos, Calif. before a large crowd on Court No. 2.

Peter Smith, the head coach of the University of Southern California men’s tennis team, and his 16-year-old son Tanner, fell in the Father and Son final to third-seeded Travis Rettenmaier of Las Vegas, Nev. and Tom Rettenmaier of Fountain Valley, Calif., 6-4, 3-6, 6-4.

MEN’S SINGLES CHAMPIONSHIP
Oren Motevassel d. Jeffrey Tarango 6-4, 6-3

FATHER/SON DOUBLES CHAMPIONSHIP
Travis Rettenmaier / Tom Rettenmaier
d. Peter Smith / Tanner Smith 6-4, 3-6, 6-4

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La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club

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2011 La Habra Fall Tournament

Saturday, December 3rd, 2011

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Last weekend, I was invited to another local tennis venue that had a USTA sanctioned Open, and other NTRP levels, event. Because of a recent rain on the qualifying weekend, prior to the main draw weekend, the schedule was a little compressed, but, that made for a more concentrated tennis day!

CORRECTION:
In the on-screen graphics, I had misspelled Jelena’s last name. The correct spelling is “Durisic”.

The results for the matches that I featured in the video report are:

MEN’S OPEN SINGLES QUARTERFINALS
Dennis Novikov d. Raymond Sarmiento 6-4, 6-4

Daniel Kosakowski d. Daniel Nguyen 6-1, 3-6, 6-3

WOMEN’S OPEN SINGLES CHAMPIONSHIP
Jelena Durisic d. Rio Kitagawa 6-3, 2-6, 6-4

The scores for the Men’s Open Singles Semifinal rounds were:

Dennis Novikov d. Derek A. Siddiqui 6-3, 7-6

Daniel Kosakowski d. Dennis Mkrtchian 3-6, 7-6, 6-3

In the Men’s Open Singles Championship, which was held the next day, on a Monday, the two top seeds, #1-Daniel Kosakowski and #2-Dennis Novikov battled it out with Kosokowski winning the contest: 6-3, 6-2.

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La Habra Tennis Center

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2011 iTennis/Andulka Park Open

Saturday, November 5th, 2011

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Last weekend, one of my local tennis venues had a USTA sanctioned Open event, and I was there to cover it. What follows are excerpts from my comprehensive press coverage, as well as my video report from the three day event known as the iTennis/Andulka Tennis Center Adult Open Championships.

3 OF TOP 5 SO-CAL MEN & TOP 2 SO-CAL WOMEN
COMPETE IN INAUGURAL EVENT

RIVERSIDE, CA., (Oct. 28, 2011)– Despite the early start of 8:00am, the cool morning soon turned to some heated competition. With a handful of international entries, the main draw is much more diverse than just a local tournament. There are entries from Canada, Australia, Russia, and Slovakia, to name a few.

Petra Jurova @2011 iTennis/Andulka Tennis Center Adult Open Tennis Championships


Petra Jurova
#2 Seed
Women’s Singles

Petra came to this tournament from her native Slovakia. She is here, in the United States to practice her game preparing for play in 10k and 25k WTA Tour events. Petra currently holds the number two ranking in women’s singles, for Open players in the USTA Southern California Section. After blanking Camille Requiestas 6-0, 6-0 in her first round, she said she is feeling very good about her game.

LUIS PEREZ @2011 iTennis/Andulka Tennis Center Adult Open Tennis Championships


Luis Perez
#2 Seed
Men’s Singles

The number four ranked men’s singles Open player in the USTA Southern California Section, Luis Perez, after a bye in the first round, made easy work of an injured Otis Vu, 6-0, 6-0, in the round of 16. “I was playing good, and he was tired from the first match, so, it was a good match for starting the tournament, getting in the rhythm”, observed Perez. A couple of months ago, Perez was in Riverside to take home the championship trophy at the Lynn Scott Memorial Tournament. “I like to play weekend tournaments, I like to compete. Every time I go to a new tournament, it’s a new experience for me, which is great!”

AMIT INBAR @2011 iTennis/Andulka Tennis Center Adult Open Tennis Championships


Amit Inbar
#4 Seed
Men’s Singles

The number five singles Open player in the USTA Southern California Section, Amit Inbar, took less than an hour to dispatch Kevin Griffin 6-0, 6-1 in his second round match. “I’m feeling confident in my game and feeling positive in my play.” Inbar, a current senior at UCLA, who recently was a finalist in last month’s Calabasas Pro Open Championships, followed with, “It’s a great atmosphere, it’s a nice facility. It’s my first time in Riverside, and I’m very impressed!”

WITH FEW EXCEPTIONS, MOST SEEDS
BATTLE THROUGH INAUGURAL EVENT

Brian Battistone @2011 iTennis/Andulka Tennis Center Adult Open Tennis Championships

RIVERSIDE, CA., (Oct. 29, 2011) – The successful first day of this inaugural event was followed by another “perfect weather” day for the next rounds. The start time of 8:30am quickly burned off the cool morning into a battlefield of hot action on the hard courts!

Three of the top five seeds in men’s singles, Robert Yim, Amit Inbar, and Peter Lucassen, made it through the round of 16 in straight sets. Brian Battistone, with his unique double-handled racket and volleyball serve, fought off a tough competitor, Tyler Pham, to advance to the quarterfinal in three sets, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3.

The afternoon began with the men’s singles quarterfinals. The top seeds left in the draw, Battistone (3), Perez (2), and Inbar (1), won all of their matches in two sets. The fourth quarterfinal, pitted the number one seed, Robert Yim, against the number five seed, Peter Lucassen. That match ended in Lucassen’s favor with a walk-off retirement by Yim.

Because of the limitations of video camera placement on the outer courts, I could only capture the matches on Center Court. Here is my video report for day two’s Center Court events:

The results for the matches that I featured in the video report are:

Lindsey Nelson d. Mazy Watrous 6-3, 6-0

Amit Inbar / Luis Perez
d. Julian Barham / Robert Ortiz 6-0, 6-3

Abraham Hewko / Andrew Scorteanu
d. Trent Aaron / Brian Battistone 6-4, 1-6, [10-8]

Petra Jurova @2011 iTennis/Andulka Tennis Center Adult Open Tennis Championships


Petra Jurova
#2 Seed
Women’s Singles

In the second women’s singles semifinal, the number four seed, Shayne Austin, fell to Petra Jurova 7-6(1), 6-4. Since Jurova had only dropped a total two games in her first two rounds, this was a little more than she was used to. “It’s so hot!”, said a relieved Jurova, who is not yet used to what locals consider mild temperatures for the Inland Empire. “For me it was really difficult, because I’m not used to it at all.” After a post-match massage, she added, “I’m good now, and ready for the finals tomorrow!”

SEMIFINALS & FINALS BRING OUT THE CROWD
AT INAUGURAL EVENT

RIVERSIDE, CA., (Oct. 30, 2011)– The beautiful weather continued for the third, and final, day of this inaugural event. After an early men’s singles semifinal round, finalists Amit Inbar and Brian Battistone headed to the proverbial locker room to await the afternoon championship round.

Lindsey Nelson @2011 iTennis/Andulka Tennis Center Adult Open Tennis Championships


Lindsey Nelson
#1 Seed
Women’s Singles

The women’s singles championship round featured the top two seeds, who also happen to be the top two players in Southern California, at the Open level. Lindsey Nelson, the number one seed, used her skillful serve and aggressive baseline game to overpower the number two seed, Petra Jurova. In just less than an hour, Nelson dismissed Jurova, 6-1, 6-0. Nelson had felt really good about her play this week, “You, kind of, just get used to the conditions. It’s a little different here, the ball’s hot, travels fast”, said the Orange Country resident, “You get used to playing matches again, and it gets easier!”

Brian Battistone @2011 iTennis/Andulka Tennis Center Adult Open Tennis Championships


Brian Battistone
#3 Seed
Men’s Singles

With Battistone’s eye catching two-handled racket (you read that correctly, “TWO-HANDLED RACKET”), and his revolutionary volleyball-style serve, he confounded his opponent more often with his serve, than his gameplay. Inbar had his own success with his powerful serve, and occasional following volley, but, in the end, it was the more consistent Battistone who would prevail, 6-3, 6-4. “I, personally, felt confident in my serve,” assessed Battistone, “My first serve percentage wasn’t that great, but, my second serves, I was putting in a lot of action, going for my second serves.” Though he spends his time between Los Angeles and Las Vegas, he used to play football for Palm Desert High School, and had not been to Riverside in many years. He was pleasantly surprised by this new facility, “This tournament is fantastic! It exceeded my expectations in every way. It was really a pleasure to be here!”

In the Women’s doubles final, the team of Alejandra Borja and Andulka teaching pro Marcela Montanha defeated the sister team-up of Clarissa and Camille Requiestas, 6-0, 6-3.

Luis Perez & Amit Inbar @2011 iTennis/Andulka Tennis Center Adult Open Tennis Championships


Amit Inbar & Luis Perez
#2 Seeds
Men’s Doubles

The final match of the tournament was the men’s doubles championship, and featured the number four seeds, Abe Hewko and Andy Scorteanu, against the number two seeds, Amit Inbar and Luis Perez. Hewko, a tennis student of Scorteanu’s, came up with a couple of big serving aces at critical points during the match. With a lot of variety in the gameplay, the crowd was entertained by the high-speed ground strokes and quick net-volley battles. In the end, Inbar/Perez were too much for their opponents, and prevailed with a 6-4, 6-0 championship win. Perez, who had retired against his partner in their earlier singles semifinal, was able to recover from his earlier injury in time for the doubles final. According to Perez, they cemented the win by picking it up in the second set, “We started returning better, in the second set, . . . giving them more trouble.” Inbar followed with, “They were a good team, and they put up a fight, but, we came out on top!”

Located in Riverside, California, here is the link where you can find more information about this facility:

AndulkaTennis.com

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