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:
Joseph Di Giulio/Clay Thompson (UCLA)
def. Nick Crystal/Roberto Quiroz (USC) 8-7(3).

#4 SINGLES (with college singles rankings):
#95 Max de Vroome (USC)
def. #74 Gage 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

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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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2014 ASICS Easter Bowl Ntl Spring Champs

April 26th, 2014

Hey Tennis Friends!

It’s a brand new venue for the USTA & ITF National Spring Championships, now known as the ASICS Easter Bowl! I made an appearance on semifinal day to bring you this report:

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

GIRLS’ 18s SINGLES SEMIFINAL
(4) CiCi Bellis d. (1) Sofia Kenin 6-3, 4-6, 6-4
Desperately wanting to play in her third straight ASICS Easter Bowl final, Bellis, rallied to win the last four games, after being down 4-2 in the third set, to beat Kenin.
“I had to stay really focused and try not to give away any free points,” said Bellis, the No. 4 seeded player who reached the Girls’ 14s final in 2012 and won the 16s last year. “I was really scared being down 4-2. And nervous.”
Bellis, who turned 15 four days before, will face fellow newly turned 15-year-old and No. 11-seeded Katie Swan of Wichita, Kansas. Swan, who moved to the United States a year ago from Bristol, England, downed Michaela Gordon, the No. 7 seed from Saratoga, California, 6-0, 6-4, in the other semifinal.
After winning the first set, Bellis said she knew Kenin was prepared to play in her fourth straight three-set match. “She’s a fighter and she never gives up,” Bellis said. “She’s a good player. When I won the first set I said to myself, ‘You have two more sets to go.’ ”
Bellis called the ASICS Easter Bowl, “literally my favorite tournament. I don’t know why it’s so special, but it just is. Maybe it’s because it’s during my birthday.”
Bellis won the important ITF Grade 1 Carson International Spring Championships last week and is looking to join Melanie Oudin and Krista Hardebeck as recent back-to-back Carson and ASICS Easter Bowl 18s winners.

BOYS’ 18s SINGLES SEMIFINAL
(1) Francis Tiafoe d. (13) Robert Levine 6-2, 6-2
Top-seeded Tiafoe, of College Park, Maryland, advanced to his first ASICS Easter Bowl final. He will play unseeded Nathan Ponwith of Scottsdale, Arizona, in the Boys’ 18s final. Ponwith beat Aron Hiltzik, Wilmette, Illinois, 7-6 (5), 6-4 in the other semifinal. Hiltzik was forced to call for a trainer near the end of the match to work on an injured shoulder.
Ponwith’s parents Jesse and Pam own the All About Tennis shop in Scottsdale and the Ponwith’s were named USTA Southwest Family of the Year in 2010.
Ponwith last played Tiafoe in the semifinals of Les Petits As, a top 14-and-under event in Tarbes, France, two years ago where he lost in three sets.
“I’m excited,” he said. “I’ve wanted to play Francis for a while now. It’s been tough because the expectations are high for the guys born during my year.”
Ponwith was referring to the current top three players from the U.S. born the same year (1998) as him and who are each currently ranked in the Top 10 of the world ITF rankings: Stefan Kozlov (No. 4), Tiafoe (No. 7) and Michael Mmoh (No. 9).

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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2013 USTA Mixed League III

April 19th, 2014

Hey Tennis Friends!

Because of the seasonal hiatus, there will be some “time shifted” coverage of events. The dates may reflect the previous year, but, it is ALL NEW content!

Now, on to my favorite USTA League play: Mixed doubles!

Our first set lasted 27 minutes.
Our second set lasted 36 minutes.
Our third set lasted 31 minutes.

Unfortunately, this was my final match of the season with my partner, Kelly. She moved out of state shortly after this, which means I’m currently looking for another great 4.0 mixed partner :-)

My final results for this season are:

Local District/Area 4.0 Doubles
1-win, 2-losses

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