July 26, 2003
Steve Virgen If there was confirmation of Coach Dick Leach's opinion that the officiating was poor, it came shortly after his Newport Beach Breakers lost, 20-19, to the Kansas City Explorers at Palisades Tennis Center Friday. Kansas City Coach Paul Smith actually apologized to Leach about a pivotal no-call. With the Breakers leading, 19-18, Maria Sharpova appeared to be rallying from a 2-3 deficit. In the four-point game, Sharapova led Aniko Kapros, 3-2, but then came controversy.
July 7, 2007
The clock ticked toward the Newport Beach Breakers' opening match of the season Friday. Fans lined up in droves to see Anna Kournikova in action. And officials at Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian kept their fingers crossed. The hospital, whose foundation took over operations of the World TeamTennis squad earlier this year, stands to receive nearly all of the Breakers' proceeds over the next three years. The foundation already rakes in around $1 million with its annual Toshiba Classic golf tournament, but it remains to be seen how profitable its new endeavor will be. "I don't know that we have a financial goal for this year," said Debra Legan, Hoag's vice president of marketing and communications.
July 11, 2005
Chris Yemma Patrick Rafter could be the male version of Anna Kournikova or Maria Sharapova. Coincidentally, all three have made, or will make, stops in Newport Beach in tennis matches against, or for, World Team Tennis' Newport Beach Breakers. Rafter is making his Newport debut tonight playing for the visiting Philadelphia Freedoms in a match against the Breakers at 7 at Palisades Tennis Club. One of the three tennis superstars to grace Palisades during the Breakers' season, Rafter, a former No. 1 player and two-time Grand Slam singles champion, could resemble to women what Kournikova or Sharapova resemble to men. "He's likable, loose and has an infectious enthusiasm that men love," Breakers' General Manager Jim Haley said last month.
July 9, 2005
1. What opened this week? A. The Orange County Fair B. The latest "Star Wars" film C. A seat on the Newport Beach City Council D. A new gate at John Wayne Airport 2. What famous pro tennis player was in Newport Beach last week to face the Breakers? A. Lindsay Davenport B. Jimmy Connors C. Anna Kournikova D. Anna Kournikova, but I don't think she still qualifies as a pro tennis player 3. A report released that surveyed the cleanliness of water in streams around Newport Beach cited what as the main source of contamination?
June 11, 2008
Kaes Van’t Hof already calls Newport Beach home. More specifically this summer, he will call Newport Beach Country Club home. That’s where Van’t Hof will play his home matches for the Newport Beach Breakers this World Team Tennis season, the team announced Wednesday. The Breakers begin their season July 3 at Sacramento, with the first home match two days later against Kansas City. The team needed to add Van’t Hof because Bruno Echagaray will not be playing as he recovers from back surgery.
August 9, 2007
NEWPORT BEACH — A.G. Longoria, the tennis coach of the boys' and girls' teams at Sage Hill School, won't have much of a summer vacation this week. That's because the coach will be directing a new national tournament at the Balboa Bay Club Racquet Club. There will be five national regional qualifiers, along with three Southern California teams, competing in the X Team Tennis National High School Tournament, that starts today and runs through Sunday at the BBCRC. Local teams are invited to compete in the qualifying tournament to fill three spots in the national draw.
July 3, 2008
With Wimbledon wrapping up, fans are being treated to spectacular play across the pond from players like Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Venus and Serena Williams. But Saturday night, local tennis fans will get a treat of their own: the Newport Beach Breakers are back in town for another World Team Tennis season. The Breakers have their home opener Saturday night at 7 at Newport Beach Country Club, against the Kansas City Explorers. Last year, the team sold out five of its seven home matches, and raised money for Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian in the process.
October 12, 2004
Rick Devereux If you ever get a chance to meet tennis star Andy Roddick, don't tell him his serve doesn't look that fast. You might regret it. At the World Team Tennis Smash Hits event at the Bren Events Center Monday, a fan yelled to the world's No. 2-ranked tennis player known for his blistering serve that his serves look faster on television than in real life. Roddick stopped the exhibition mixed doubles set he was playing with Tracey Austin against Andre Agassi and Anna Kournikova to talk with the heckler.
July 6, 2004
Steve Virgen In regard to what took place on the court, Newport Beach Breakers Coach Dick Leach said it best when he reacted with "this is as good as it gets" after his team won its season opener, 21-20, against the Springfield Lasers. But the Palisades Tennis Club plans to get much hotter than Monday night because breakthrough star and Wimbledon champion Maria Sharapova will make her appearance in eight days when the Breakers take on the Sacramento Capitals.
August 19, 2006
PEIRSOLS STAND OUT VICTORIA, B.C. — Newport Harbor High product Aaron Peirsol won the 100-meter backstroke on Thursday at the Pan Pacific Swimming Championships, finishing the race in a Canadian-record time of 53.32 seconds. Younger sister Hayley Peirsol was a strong second in the 1,500 freestyle on Thursday, finishing in 15 minutes, 57.36 seconds. Aaron Peirsol, a three-time Olympic gold medalist and the reigning world champion in the 100 back, was ahead at the halfway point and finished well ahead of runner-up Ryan Lochte (54.02)