July 23, 2005
Chris Yemma By the time 7 p.m. rolls around tonight, Palisades Tennis Club will be packed to maximum capacity. The draw? Maria Sharapova, female tennis beauty and phenom, will be playing her lone match of the season for the Newport Beach Breakers tonight against visiting St. Louis. Approximately 1,550 tickets were sold by Thursday, Breakers' Ticket Sales Manager Scott Gwartz said, while the remaining available slots are expected to be snatched up when individual tickets go on sale at 2 p.m. today.
July 9, 2003
Bryce Alderton The lights went out. They went out again. Then again. But nothing was going to stop the Newport Beach Breakers from defeating the visiting Sacramento Capitals, 23-14, in the hosts' World Team Tennis home debut Tuesday night at the Palisades Tennis Club. After the Breakers' Lindsay Davenport went up, 3-0, in her five-game singles set against Elena Likhovtseva, the lights on center court went out, causing a grown from the crowd of nearly 2,000 who came to watch the unveiling of the second installment of World Team Tennis to Newport Beach.
July 31, 2003
The Cure Parkinson's Program has joined forces with the World Team Tennis Newport Beach franchise known as the Breakers. At a celebrity match starring John McEnroe held at the Palisades Tennis Club in Newport Beach, a formal announcement of this united front was made public The program, a national charitable organization based in Newport Beach, was founded by sports marketing guru Jim Warsaw, who suffers from Parkinson's,...
April 6, 2003
One of the oldest and largest charity doubles tennis tournaments in the country has just raised the bar another notch with prize money. The venerable Roy Emerson Adoption Guild Tennis Tournament, long the pride of Newport Beach tennis, announced recently that it has increased the purse for this year's 42nd annual event, which is played throughout clubs in the area. Newport Beach Tennis Club is the tournament headquarters. This year's prize money of $27,000 is more than double of last year's takings.
January 2, 2003
BOB FRANCY A teacher and administrator for 39 years in the Newport-Mesa Unified School District who had stints at all four district high schools, he was associated most with Estancia High. He was principal at Estancia from 1970-84 and again for a brief interim term when he filled in during the late 1990s. He was also intermim district superintendent and is remembered fondly by those he worked with for his passion and fairness. The Costa Mesa resident's time as Estancia principal coincided with great athletic success at the school.
May 14, 2003
No pressure. Yeah, right. "You're going to love this beat," my editor Rich Dunn told me. "It is the best beat to cover. I wish I didn't have to give it up." But how do I fill the shoes of someone who the tennis community has already repeatedly told me how much they'll miss him. "Rich treated us so well," said one. "He's the best," said another. No pressure. I will say one thing, you guys make it easy. The phone calls have been rolling in with notes and items on tennis tidbits happening around the community, as well as well-wishers congratulating me on my new position.
July 20, 2002
Richard Dunn Charlie Eaton, one of the area's true tennis pioneers and the founder of the Adoption Guild Tennis Tournament in Newport Beach, died of cancer Thursday morning. He was 85. Eaton, who gave tennis lessons in the early years of the Balboa Bay Club, started what has long been considered one of the oldest and largest charity doubles tournaments in the United States. Once awarded a proclamation by the city of Newport Beach for his Adoption Guild efforts, Eaton has roots in Newport Beach that date back to the 1940s and was thought of by some as Orange County's preeminent tennis figure.
December 26, 2000
Richard Dunn The Champions Tour on the worldwide men's senior tennis circuit is returning to Newport Beach, only this time at Newport Beach Tennis Club. Club owner Steve Joyce said John McEnroe is a "definite" to play in the event, billed as the Newport Beach Champions, May 9-13. In June 1998, The Challenge was held at the Palisades Tennis Club in Newport Beach, but Palisades owner/operator Ken Stuart said he declined an offer to host the Newport Beach Champions.
October 21, 2001
Richard Dunn Irv Goldberg and club tennis in Newport Beach go hand in hand like his two forehands and no backhand, but the ambidextrous senior tennis player is known for another unique style on the court. His friendly personality. Goldberg's wife, Gloria Zigner, said she's never heard anyone say anything derogatory about her husband of 14 years. But, of course, she's bias. "I'm his PR person," she quipped. But Goldberg's magic touch on the tennis court and in the business world, as well as his remarkable comeback from two hip replacement surgeries (one on each side)
March 13, 2007
With the Newport Beach Country Club's main event — the Toshiba Classic golf tournament — still fresh in his mind, golf club property owner Robert O Hill wants to upgrade the golf club and adjacent tennis club. He's getting ready to expand public outreach on the project and slog through the long process of getting approval from Newport Beach and California Coastal Commission officials. But he can't seem to catch a break from the city. A few months ago, he faced a possible city condemnation of the tennis club property on East Coast Highway near Jamboree Road so the city could build a city hall there.