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Abrams coming full circle

May 02, 2003

When Geoff Abrams first appeared on my tennis radar as a 13-year-old,

he quickly inherited the "phenom" label as a junior player. But what

I remember most about him was his intelligence. I mean, this kid was

sharp. Well spoken. Maturity beyond belief.

During one of our early conversations, Abrams, who trained once a

week with the UC Irvine men's tennis team as an Ensign eighth grader

in 1992, told me he would love to play tennis professionally one day

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and make a living at it. But he also said his goals included

attending Stanford and getting into medicine, one day becoming a

doctor.

Abrams retired from playing the United States Tennis Association

men's satellite circuit last year, following an All-American career

at Stanford, and now, according to his mother, Nancy, has been

accepted to medical school at UC San Diego.

Abrams, who will start medical school in September, has been

working in drug studies for Prescription Solutions in Costa Mesa for

the past year, while applying to medical schools.

A former Newport Harbor High standout who was ranked No. 1 in the

nation by the USTA in the 14s during his junior career, Abrams had

enough of the globe-trotting lifestyle on the pro tennis circuit,

while barely earning enough money to break even. He played on three

NCAA championship teams at Stanford before joining the pro circuit.

His new adventure should be quite a challenge. Congratulations.

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The Costa Mesa Tennis Center will once again host an open

community pre-qualifying tournament for the ATP Tour's Mercedes-Benz

Cup at UCLA.

Costa Mesa is one of 10 sites in six counties throughout Southern

California, and the only facility in Orange County, to play host to a

pre-qualifying tournament. The Costa Mesa event is Saturday and

Sunday and May 10-11.

The singles winner and finalist and the winning doubles team from

each pre-qualifying tournament will have the opportunity to enter the

Wild Card Tournament July 17-20. The winner of the Wild Card

Tournament earns an automatic entry into the Mercedes-Benz Cup July

28-Aug. 3. Details: (310) 208-3838, ext. 224.

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The Palisades Tennis Club is scheduled to face Laguna Niguel

Racquet Club on Saturday in the finals of the Private Tennis Club

Association of Orange County Club Challenge Cup.

Top-seeded Palisades, the Challenge Cup's two-time defending

champion, knocked off Ridgeline Country Club in the quarterfinals,

18-3, following a first-round bye, then topped Rancho San Clemente

Tennis and Fitness Club in the semifinals, 17-4, in April.

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