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IRVINE NATIVE OUTLASTS AYENI IN FINAL

The steady groundstrokes of top-seeded Learner Tien overcame second-seeded Alafia Ayeni’s big serve and volley game on the way to a 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-4 victory and a second consecutive men’s singles championship at Barnes Tennis Center to open this year’s run of seven $15,000-purse ITF World Tour/USTA Pro Circuit events on the SoCal Pro Series.

LEXI WOLF AND TYLER LEE EARN SOCAL PRO SERIES MAIN DRAW BIDS

Since its inception in 2022, the SoCal Pro Series has been a launchpad for talent to shine in SoCal, preparing local players to take the next steps to play professional tennis.

FORMER WAVE CAMPANA SEEKING DOUBLE AT PRO SERIES IN SAN DIEGO

Carolyn Campana is the last of a trio of ex-Pepperdine University players that reached the Sweet 16 in this week’s SoCal Pro Series $15,000-purse ITF World Tour tournament.

NATIVE SAN DIEGAN AYENI PLAYING WELL ON HOME SOIL AT SOCAL PRO SERIES

One might consider Alafia Ayeni the ITF World Tour ironman of the 2024 SoCal Pro Series. He advanced to Thursday’s second round with a 6-4, 4-6, 6-1 victory over Australian Kody Pearson.

ADULT TENNIS NEWS

LEAGUE SECTIONALS RECAP: ADULT 40 & OVER 3.5/4.5 IN SAN DIEGO

More than 600 participants traveled to San Diego for a weekend of tennis, with play varying between the 3.5 and 4.5 levels and sectional champions crowned in four different divisions.

WEST PRESENTED WITH ADULT LEAGUE CAPTAIN OF THE MONTH HONORS

In a journey that began later than most, Wayne West has found comfort in the sport that has provided him with opportunities to remain active, meet friends, compete, and now lead a team.

PETER SMITH, BILL MOSS AMONG 2024 VON CRAMM CUP WINNERS

The ITF Masters 50, 55, and 60 World Team Championships saw a total of 101 teams compete in Mexico City for the ultimate award: a World Championship gold medal. 

USTA NTRP NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS CONCLUDE WITH DOUBLES ACTION

The NTRP National Championships for 2024 featured singles and doubles events for three age divisions: 18+, 40+ and 55+ and a mixed doubles event for the 18+ division. 

MIXED 18 & OVER  KICKSTARTS 2024 LEAGUE SECTIONALS SEASON

The first Adult League Sectionals of 2024 kicked off this past weekend as more than 500 players from all thirteen areas met in Orange County for three days of team competition.

MAURICE KOGON NAMED ADULT LEAGUE CAPTAIN OF THE MONTH

USTA Southern California is  proud to celebrate Torrance’s Maurice Kogon, who has been named the newest recipient of Adult League Captain of the Month honors.

JUNIOR TENNIS NEWS

CELEBRATING OUR JUNIOR TEAM TENNIS MOST VALUABLE PROVIDERS

This year, we are thrilled to honor the exceptional coaches and providers who have made significant contributions to the Junior Team Tennis program across Southern California.

JUNIORS CAPTURE HARDWARE AT NATIONAL L2 TOURNAMENTS

Southern California juniors took home seven USTA Level 2 National Tournament titles in singles and doubles from May 18-20 at various sites throughout the country.

NICO RIEGO DE DIOS NAMED JUNIOR TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR OF THE MONTH

The ITF Masters 50, 55, and 60 World Team Championships saw a total of 101 teams compete in Mexico City for the ultimate award: a World Championship gold medal. 

FORMER COLLEGE COACH MATIAS LOVES HELPING JUNIORS FIND THEIR PATH

For 13 years, April heading into May was a busy and stressful – yet the most exciting – time of the year for Dianne Matias as an NCAA Division I women’s tennis coach.

CHARLIE COOPER CROWNED WORLD CHAMP WITH USA WHEELCHAIR TEAM

For the first time in seven years, the U.S. juniors are World Team Cup champions after winning the title over the weekend to conclude this year’s competition in Antalya, Turkey.

MORE SOCAL SUCCESS AT MAY LEVEL 3 JUNIOR TOURNAMENTS

Southern California juniors took home 12 USTA Level 3 National Tournament titles in both singles and doubles from May 4-6 at various sites throughout the country. 

COMMUNITY TENNIS NEWS

CAROL CHOY REFLECTS ON A WHOLE NEW WORLD AS A USTA OFFICIAL

A love of engineering steered Carol Choy to a dream job working for DreamWorks Animation. It was a similar love affair with tennis that led Choy to become a certified USTA Official.

WHAT PARENTS SHOULD KNOW: WHY KIDS SHOULD PICK UP A RACQUET

In a world that has become increasingly dominated by screens and electronics, the importance of physical activity can not be overstated, especially for the youth.

WIMBLEDON CHAMP PO UNDERSTANDS IMPORTANCE OF AAPI MONTH

Kimberly Po is immensely proud of her heritage and ethnic background – her father is from Singapore and her mother’s side were Japanese immigrants to California in the early 1900s.

HOW TO DEFEAT YOUR NEGATIVE THOUGHTS DURING A MATCH

Playing well when you’re under significant pressure at a tennis tournament is all about controlling your focus of concentration both before AND during your matches.

THE TON FAMILY’S BOND THROUGH TENNIS AND OFFICIATING

A sport fostering familial bonds and community, tennis has united people since its inception. One family from Fountain Valley has embraced tennis not only as players but also as officials.

USTA FOUNDATION AND STAN SMITH SURPRISE LA YOUTH AHEAD OF PREMIERE

During the visit, the USTA Foundation announced a grant to resurface tennis courts at BGCMLA’s Challengers Club in South L.A., further enhancing the facilities for young athletes in the area.

COLLEGE TENNIS NEWS

SOCAL’S RODITI, BOWEN LEAD TCU TO NCAA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP

Junior rivals growing up in Orange County, then teammates at TCU, Dave Roditi and Devin Bowen have come full circle to lead the Horned Frogs to their first-ever NCAA team championship.  

AFTER 70 YEARS, THE OJAI TOURNAMENT SAYS GOODBYE TO THE PAC-12

It was a bittersweet ending as the venerable Ojai Tennis Tournament said goodbye to the Pac-12 Conference during the playing of the 122nd tournament at Libbey Park the last week of April. 

SOCAL TEAMS AND PLAYERS GEAR UP FOR NCAA D1 CHAMPIONSHIPS

Teams that punched their ticket to the NCAA tournament are ready for play to begin this week. Selections have also been announced for the singles and doubles championships.

CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT TIME FOR SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA SCHOOLS

As the regular college tennis season reaches its climax, the excitement escalates among teams and players preparing for the pinnacle of competition: the Conference Championships.

UC-SAN DIEGO WINS TENNIS ON CAMPUS SECTIONALS IN CLAREMONT

UCSD claimed the TOC sectional title for the first time in a decade by beating UCLA in the finals and clinched a bid to 2024 Nationals in Georgia to represent SoCal alongside four other schools.

SPORTSMANSHIP 52: UC-IRVINE’S NOAH ZAMORA PAIRS TALENT AND RESPECT

Today, it has become a rarity to find athletes who pair excellent play alongside exceptional behavior. One of the few who shows both of these qualities at the highest level is Noah Zamora.

PRO TENNIS NEWS

TIEN CLAIMS SINGLES AND DOUBLES AT SOCAL PRO SERIES IN SAN DIEGO

Top-seeded Learner Tien outlasted No. 2 seed Karue Sell, 6-7 (6), 6-2, 6-2, on Sunday at Barnes Tennis Center to win the men’s singles title on week #1 of the SoCal Pro Series.

GORZNY GOES FROM CLINCHING NCAA TITLE TO THE SOCAL PRO SERIES

It’s what every junior and college tennis player dreams of – clinching the final match at 3-all to win the NCAA team championship. Two weeks ago, it was Sebastian Gorzny living that dream.

NOAH ZAMORA SURGES INTO QUARTERFINALS AT SAN DIEGO SOCAL PRO SERIES

Noah Zamora began the 2024 SoCal Pro Series with tempered expectations, based on the rude awakening he received in last year’s series. Now, he’s adjusting his sights.

BEGIN YOUR PRO TENNIS JOURNEY WITH THE NEW SOCAL OPEN TOUR

Kicking off the month of May, USTA Southern California launched its inaugural SoCal Open Tour, a series of tournaments designed to help elite players make the jump to the professional level.

TIEN, GIAVARA SECURE TOP SEEDS AT THE FIRST WEEK OF THE SOCAL PRO SERIES

Year three of the SoCal Pro Series begins this week with the first of seven consecutive weeks of $15K men’s and women’s professional tournaments on the USTA Pro Circuit.

WHERE ARE THEY NOW: RANCHO PALOS VERDES’ ENA SHIBAHARA

One of the most prolific talents to emerge from the Southern California tennis landscape, Ena Shibahara is now proving to be one of the best players in the section’s history.