July 16, 2008
NEWPORT BEACH — Anna Kournikova was predictably the show Wednesday night at the Newport Beach Breakers’ home match against the St. Louis Aces. Heads turned no matter what the Russian-born starlet, who won two Grand Slam doubles titles in her career, was doing. But, as the match went on at Breakers Stadium at Newport Beach Country Club, it became clear which team was better. When Kournikova took the court for mixed doubles, the last set of the night, her Aces’ chances were about as slender as Kournikova herself.
May 14, 2003
Melanie Neff For all you ladies out there, July might be a good month to plan for your summer vacation, or else just plan to lock up your men for the month, because Maria Sharapova is coming to town. The hottest thing to come to Newport Beach since, well, OK, she's no hotter than 90% of the high school girls walking around town, but Teen People magazine selected her as one of "20 teens that will change the world," and the hoopla has begun. The 16-year-old Russian tennis phenom, who will make her debut with the Newport Beach Breakers on the World Team Tennis tour July 8 at Palisades Tennis Club, is touted as the next Anna Kournikova, but that is based strictly on looks, and that is where the comparisons end. "There really is nothing to say," Sharapova said during a conference call Tuesday.
July 6, 2007
Anna Kournikova may be more well-known for her beauty than her tennis prowess. But don't mistake the 26-year-old as just a pretty face. The Russian-born Kournikova won 16 doubles titles as a professional and won the women's doubles title at the Australian Open in both 1999 and 2002, partnering with Martina Hingis each time. Kournikova has been off the pro tour since 2003 but is in her fourth year playing with World Team Tennis' Sacramento Capitals, who visit the Newport Beach Breakers tonight at 7 in the Breakers' season opener.
January 25, 2000
MELBOURNE, Australia - Lindsay Davenport is getting plenty of work in under her belt at this year's Australian Open. Davenport, from Newport Beach, along with her partner Corina Moranio advanced to fourth-round action in women's doubles following Monday's 6-0, 6-1 win over Sabine Appelmans and Rita Grande. Her doubles win came less than 24 hours after defeating Russia's Anna Kournikova, 6-4, 6-3, in singles action. Davenport will take on Julie Halard-Decugis in quarterfinal action today.
July 1, 2005
The Newport Beach Breakers of World Team Tennis open their season Tuesday against the visiting Springfield Lasers at 7 p.m. at Palisades Tennis Club. Looking to defend their WTT championship, the Breakers, who defeated the Delaware Smash, 23-17, in last year's championship match, return key player Ramon Delgado, last year's league finals MVP. Newport Beach stunned the five-time defending champion Sacramento Capitals last season in the Western Conference semifinal to advance to the championship match.
April 3, 2003
Lindsay Davenport, we knew about. John McEnroe and Martina Navratilova? That's two more sellouts at Palisades Tennis Club. But Russian teen phenom Maria Sharapova? There's the golden nugget promoters are seeking. There's no high-price tag for Sharapova [not yet, anyway], and after Wednesday's World Team Tennis draft to fill roster spots on the league's 10 teams [two men and two women on each team], it appears the league's newest franchise, the Newport Beach Breakers, struck gold.
June 3, 2007
We should all be celebrating Allison Stokke's quest for a state pole-vault championship. Instead, most folks are discussing how the Newport Harbor High School's star athlete has drawn unwanted attention on the Web for her looks. On the Internet they're known as "lurkers." In the real world they've been called "chauvinist pigs," and what's happening to Stokke is a very public display of "locker-room talk." Later this month, we'll celebrate 35 years since Title IX mandated more access to sports for high school and college female athletes.
July 3, 2007
NEWPORT BEACH — There are no more renderings needed to show what Breakers Stadium is supposed to look like. People interested in the Newport Beach Breakers' new home can now take a look at the Newport Beach Country Club's parking lot. Breakers Stadium finished construction over the weekend and on Monday, the Breakers' staff and media were allowed to walk through as the final touches are being put before the opener on Friday. The Breakers open the season against the Sacramento Capitals and Anna Kournikova at 7 p.m. in the facility that seats around 2,200 spectators.
June 13, 2007
The Newport Beach Breakers of World Team Tennis will play seven home matches at the new Breakers Stadium at the Newport Beach Country Club on July 6, 7, 10, 15, 16, 22 and 25. Pete Sampras, Anna Kournikova, Maria Sharapova, Venus Williams and John McEnroe are Breakers team members and will be competing. Net proceeds from the 2007 season will benefit the Hoag Hospital Foundation and other Orange County charities. All matches will start at 7 p.m. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. Volunteers are needed to help with duties, including admissions/ will call, corporate hospitality, scoring and transportation, and are required to work a minimum of three home matches.
June 10, 2008
Newport Beach Breakers team chairman Alan H. Beyer, M.D., will be giving a presentation on the Breakers tonight at 7 at the Newport Beach Yacht Club. The theme for the free event is “A Look at World Team Tennis: A Newport Beach Tradition Takes a New Direction,” and it will discus the Breakers’ partnership with Hoag Hospital. There will also be a reception from 5 to 6 p.m. Parking is available. Free parking is available in the Surgery Center parking lot on Bayside Drive, with on-site parking available for NBYC members only.