2013 WTT: OC Breakers III

August 25th, 2013

Hey Tennis Friends!

Even though the World Team Tennis regular season is over, I like to keep the enthusiasm alive by continuing, throughout the year, to share the fun of going to one of these events.

In this featured match from last month’s brief season, the Breakers take on the Bryan Brothers and a new team for the league, the Texas Wild. Despite my extensive emcee duties, this time I was able to get more comprehensive coverage. Check it out!

Two of the five events were decided with a tiebreaker! As much as I am a fan of the Bryan Brothers, it was great to see the team of Johnson/Huey pull out a win against these future hall-of-famers.

Because I only feature selected highlights, trying to spread out the “winners” evenly, most of the points are presented out of sequence. This is why I do not provide a running score for the competition. I am only trying to give 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 next year’s season of Southern California’s World Team Tennis team, go to the official Orange County Breakers website to sign up for their e-mail list: BreakersTennis.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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2013 USTA Mixed League II

August 18th, 2013

Hey Tennis Friends!

It’s back to my “time shifted” coverage of my favorite USTA League play: The mixed doubles season! For this match, my partner, Kelly, could not make it. Since we are playing as a team, we were both taken off of the schedule for this particular date. Unfortunately, another member of our team got injured in the warm-up, so, I was called in, at the last minute, to fill in for this evening match . . .

Our first set lasted 34 minutes.
Our second set lasted 21 minutes.

USTA League rules in “Friend at Court” state that if one player or team is more than 15 minutes late: the penalty is a default”
Fortunately, I was able to rush down to the courts and make it to the match on time!

My results for this season, so far, are:

Local District/Area 4.0 Doubles
1-win, 1-loss

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- Marcus Tennis

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2013 USTA Girls’ 16s & 18s Nationals

August 10th, 2013

Hey Tennis Friends!

Just two days ago, on Thursday, I checked in on the USTA Girls’ 16s & 18s National Hard Court Championships at the Barnes Family Tennis Center in San Diego, California. At stake at these Championships is the title of National Champion, and with it a Wild Card entry into the main draw of the US Open Women’s Championships for the 18s Champion in singles and doubles!

As usual, there was so much going on that I couldn’t have possibly included everything that was happening at the facility 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!

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

GIRLS’ 18 SINGLES Round of 16 (with seedings)
(1)Sachia Vickery d. (15)Spencer Liang 6-0, 6-2

Vickery, from Miramar, Florida, has played professional tennis tournaments in Mexico, France, Canada, and around the United States this year as she recently established a career high singles ranking of #230 on the WTA Tour.
Liang, from Potomac, Maryland, received the USTA Bill Talbert National Sportsmanship award at the International Hall of Fame Championships this year.

GIRLS’ 18 DOUBLES Quarterfinal (with seedings)
Kourtney Keegan / Rachel Pierson
d. (7)Brooke Austin / Madeline Lipp 6-1, 6-3

The unseeded team of Keegan/Pierson are both eighteen. Kourtney Keegan, from Roswell, Georgia, is a recent graduate of Blessed Trinity High School, in her hometown. Rachel Pierson, from Princeton, New Jersey, made the final round in doubles at the $10,000 ITF event in Austin, Texas last month.
The seventeen year old Austin, from Indianapolis, Indiana, was a semifinalist in singles at this event last year, as featured in my 2012 report from this event. Eighteen year old Madeline Lipp, from Lake Forest, Illinois, recently graduated from Lake Forest High School.

As of this posting, here are the semifinals of the girls’ 18s singles. The first is set to begin at 9:30am, and the second, not before 11:00am on Saturday:

Taylor Townsend v. Allie Kiick
Sachia Vickery v. Brooke Austin

In doubles, Keegan/Pierson came up against Tennis Friends Gabby Andrews and Taylor Townsend in the semifinal round. The 2012 Junior Australian Open winning team-up dispatched the challengers 6-0, 6-1. Townsend/Andrews are the number one seeds, and scheduled to play the final against Tennis Friends Sachia Vickery and Allie Kiick, the number two seeds, at 3:00pm on Saturday.

For more complete scores and entries to this tournamnet, follow this link:
2013 USTA Girls’ National Championships

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- Marcus Tennis

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2013 Southern California Open V

August 3rd, 2013

Hey Tennis Friends!

It’s quarterfinal day at the Southern California Open!
Once again, I have a show full of interviews and highlights. What a great way to finish my week of reporting!

Women’s Singles Quarterfinals
Virginie Razzano d. Petra Kvitova 6-7(6), 7-5, 7-6(8)
What an amazing match! It lasted for 3 hours and 35 minutes! The second longest match on the WTA tour this year. Razzano’s personal issues and injuries took their toll on her ranking over the past couple of years. As she said in the press conference, “I am not a robot!”, meaning that there is more to her life than tennis, and other complications can have an emotional toll. But, she is a fighter, and certainly proved that with this win today!

Ana Ivanovic d. Roberta Vinci 6-1, 6-7(1), 6-2
A see-saw match, and a second quarterfinal three-setter, made for a long day of tennis. The third quarterfinal also went three sets, which pushed the doubles match that I was going to cover onto the camera-unfriendly Court 2.

For tickets and more information on the Southern California Open
at the La Costa Resort and Spa in Carlsbad, CA, visit their web site here:
SouthernCaliforniaOpen13.com

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2013 Southern California Open IV

August 1st, 2013

Hey Tennis Friends!

This show is seriously jam-packed with tennis stars!
Only three days left: quarterfinals, semifinals, and the championship. Don’t miss out!

Women’s Singles
Urszula Radwanska d. Jelena Jankovic 6-2, 4-6, 6-3
Jankovic is still going strong this year by making the semis in Miami, the finals in Charleston, and winning on clay in Bogota. It’s great to see someone with such longevity in the game still ranked high: #16! She is still in the doubles draw at this tournament with partner Katarina Srebotnik.
Radwanska has had hard court wins this year over Sloane Stephens (#17) and Roberta Vinci (#16), and made the semifinals of Dubai.

Agnieszka Radwanska d. Daniela Hantuchova 6-3, 6-3
Hantuchova’s sixth title was on grass this year at Birmingham, England. The former number five ranked player’s other five singles titles are all on hard court.
Radwanska has twelve career singles titles, with two of them added this year. Both of those new titles were on hard court. The Radwanska sisters are on opposite sides of the draw, and could very possibly meet in the final.

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- Marcus Tennis

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