August 17, 2011
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.
January 10, 2011
COSTA MESA — The state appellate court has agreed to extend the Orange County Fairgrounds hearing to give Gov. Jerry Brown time to review the case, according to court records. The hearing date has not been set yet, but it's no longer taking place Feb. 8. The Department of General Services, which is in charge of selling the fairgrounds, asked the court and the parties involved in the lawsuit opposing the sale of the property to give the new governor 30 days to review the case and determine how he wishes to proceed.
June 24, 2008
The sign on the gate of the 12 tennis courts at OCC reads, “The OCC Tennis Facility is reserved for scheduled physical education classes, team events and approved rentals. The court is therefore subject to closure during these times.” I take that to mean that if it isn’t one of those times, the courts will be open for use by the public. Often they are, but often they’re not. Last week I ran into a coach while hitting a tennis ball against the wall on one of the three remaining handball courts.
August 9, 2008
State Sen. Tom Harman agrees with a state appellate court’s decision to allow children to be home schooled by parents who may not have a teaching credential, he said in a news release Friday. The court’s decision is a reversal from its stance earlier this year, when the California’s 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals effectively prohibited parents statewide from home schooling their children, affecting an estimated 166,000 children, if they did not have a teaching credential.
May 25, 2004
RICK DEVEREUX There is a reality TV show where contestants see the best plastic surgeons, cosmetic dentists and therapists in hopes of turning an ugly duckling into a swan. While never an ugly duckling, the Mesa Verde Tennis Club might win if it was a contestant considering all of the changes taking place and being planned. To begin with, all 10 tennis courts were resurfaced with Plexipave, the same surface used at Flushing Meadows in New York. The process started May 3 and people were swinging racquets on the new courts May 14. Randy Meyers, director of tennis, said using the same surface as the one used at the U.S. Open was no coincidence.
July 13, 2011
Costa Mesa resident Reese Stalder won a boys' 14 doubles title Tuesday at a USTA national tournament at Woodbridge Tennis Club in Irvine. Stalder won with his partner, Rafael Lenhard of Carlsbad. The No. 2 seeds defeated No. 7-seeded Max Pham of Newport Coast and Ryan Cheng of San Marino, 8-6, in the championship match. Stalder is ranked No. 3 in Southern California in boys' 14 doubles. He will be a freshman at Newport Harbor High in the fall. His older sister Samantha, who will be a junior at Harbor, is in the semifinals of the Chapman tournament this weekend.
January 27, 2010
On Jan. 21, the U.S. Supreme Court voted 5 to 4 to overturn limits that had been in place for a century on how much money corporations could spend on influencing voters in federal elections. The court’s conservative bloc ruled that corporations have the same right to free speech as do individuals, so the government cannot place limits on how much corporations spend on helping out their preferred candidates. Democrats and the Obama administration criticized the court’s decision, saying it was a victory for big-money special interest groups that allows such interests to spend freely in federal campaigns and "drown out the voices of everyday Americans."
January 11, 2002
June Casagrande NEWPORT BEACH -- Many remember her from the days when there was little more than four tennis courts and a card table. She remembers when there was nothing there at all. After 36 years as one of Newport Beach Tennis Club's most central characters, Carole Johnson, is retiring. Amid hundreds of members and well-wishers, the club co-founder and longtime employee said her goodbyes this week over salad and iced tea. "We'll really miss you," Cathie Hall told Johnson at the well-attended, casual goodbye luncheon Thursday.
September 29, 2004
The Mesa Verde Tennis Club is starting to catch up with the Mesa Verde Country Club in terms of redesign and renovation. Last March the golf clubhouse received an $8.1 million renovation. This May the tennis courts were resurfaced with Plexipave, the same surface used at Flushing Meadows, N.Y., for the U.S. Open. But between the beautiful courts and the pristine clubhouse lies the tennis clubhouse. "It was a temporary building when it was built 40 years ago," said Rolf Jaeger, chairman of the tennis committee.
February 26, 2009
Retired tennis great Andre Agassi is coming to Newport Beach this summer as part of the World TeamTennis tour, league officials announced Thursday. The league pits former and current tennis champions from John McEnroe to Serena Williams against each other in coed matches played on multicolored courts. Agassi retired from the professional tennis circuit a few years ago as one of the oldest premier tennis players on tour, having earned eight grand slam titles. He played World TeamTennis before from 2002 to 2004.