Art Hernandez is ready to hold court. It's something he's become accustomed to.
The former UC Irvine standout has several national senior tennis titles to his credit — seven to be exact — and will attempt to add another this weekend by defending a championship he won last year in his own backyard: a doubles title at the Huntington Beach Open.
Pacific Sands Cabana Club in Huntington Beach is hosting the annual event, which is holding its 50th anniversary tournament that began Friday at various tennis venues in the city.
Hernandez, a Huntington Beach resident, and partner Carsten Hoffmann won in Sunday's quarterfinals and will play in a semifinal Saturday at 3 p.m. at SeaCliff Tennis Club in Huntington Beach.
The final is scheduled Sunday at 4 p.m. at Pacific Sands Cabana Club.
The event, sanctioned by the United Stats Tennis Assn., includes open players and nationally ranked players in men's, women's, singles, doubles and mixed doubles competitions. Division winners and runners-up earn trophies and cash prizes will be awarded to semifinalists and finalists in the Open divisions.