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.
March 22, 2010
Maria Sharapova, winner of three Grand Slam women’s singles titles, headlines the roster for the Newport Beach Breakers, who will play their World Team Tennis regular season from July 5 to 22. The 20-year-old Sharapova, ranked No. 12 on the Women’s Tennis Assn. Tour, is one of three marquee players who will make appearances in Newport Beach. Her lone Breakers appearance is July 20 against the visiting Kansas City Explorers John McEnroe, a longtime member of the New York Sportimes, visits the Newport Beach home venue July 22 for the regular-season finale.
April 22, 2003
Richard Dunn Get your special markers out and circle the dates now -- John McEnroe and the New York Sportimes will play the Newport Beach Breakers July 15 and Martina Navratilova and the Philadelphia Freedoms will face the new World Team Tennis franchise July 26 at Palisades Tennis Club. In addition, the Breakers announced Monday that three-time Grand Slam champion Lindsay Davenport, a Palisades Club member and Laguna Beach resident who lived in Newport for seven years, will play for the local team at home July 8 against the Sacramento Capitals, a Tuesday night, and July 12 against the Springfield Lasers, a Saturday night.
July 3, 2010
The Newport Beach Breakers have a new home at The Tennis Club Newport Beach, and two new men's players in David Martin and Lester Cook. They also lost a mainstay. Irrelevant Week just ended in Newport Beach, but "The Desperate Housewives for Ramon Delgado" fan club is now just that: irrelevant. Delgado, the six-year men's singles anchor for Newport Beach who was also the 2008 World Team Tennis Male MVP, is no longer with the team. Fourth-year coach Trevor Kronemann, also the UC Irvine men's tennis coach, hopes Breakers fans don't have to be desperate anymore.
July 6, 2007
TEAM Each team has a coach and four players; two men and two women (five players if there is a marquee player on the team). Teams may name local alternates and substitute those players should a regular team member become injured during a match. Players are permitted to play in three sets per match. GAME Game scoring is no-ad (first team to win four points wins the game). Should the game reach deuce (three points each), the receiver chooses the side from which he/she will receive serve.
July 17, 2010
Morgan Boukather, a 6-foot-2 opposite who will be a senior in the fall at Corona del Mar High, has verbally committed to play volleyball at Stanford, her mother, Rebecca, said in an e-mail Saturday. Boukather, a Daily Pilot Dream Team selection, received several offers. She narrowed her choices to Duke, UCLA and the Cardinal. But a full-ride scholarship to play at Stanford was too hard to pass up for Boukather, who has wanted to attend the university since she was a child. Boukather, who can also play outside hitter, helped lead the Sea Kings to their fourth straight Pacific Coast League championship last season.
June 8, 2007
People around town are certainly familiar with the Toshiba Classic. This year's golf tournament, won by Jay Haas, once again earned $1 million plus for Hoag Hospital and other local charities. That, in turn, pushed the overall money earned in the last 10 years for charity to more than $10 million. Pretty impressive! However, life wasn't always so good for the Toshiba Classic. In the first couple of years the tournament struggled. Very little, if any, money found its way to local charities and many promises seemed to be made and not kept.
July 11, 2004
Rick Devereux With the arrival of the No. 1 men's doubles team in the world to its lineup, the set everyone was talking about following the Newport Beach Breakers' 20-17 victory over the Delaware Smash Saturday night in World Team Tennis was -- the women's singles? "The women's singles set was the key to the victory," said Mike Bryan, half of the Bryan Brothers duo. "We were behind and [Aniko Kapros] got us tied up going into the men's doubles. It took a lot of pressure off of [me and my brother, Bob]
July 29, 2006
The Newport Beach Breakers are the surprise team in the World Team Tennis semifinals today after a 6-8 regular season. But after defeating the Springfield Lasers, 23-18, in the wild-card match Thursday night, the Breakers still have a shot at making their third consecutive WTT final appearance. The Breakers (7-8) take on the Sacramento Capitals (10-4) today at 3 p.m. at Palisades Tennis Club. The Philadelphia Freedoms (8-6) face the New York Sportimes (10-4) at 7 p.m. The semifinal winners square off in the final on Sunday at 1 p.m., also at Palisades.
July 28, 2006
NEWPORT BEACH ? Thursday night's World Team Tennis wild-card showdown was the kind of match Newport Beach Breakers Coach Dick Leach had in mind for his team going into the season. Better late than never. Pete Sampras' first playoff appearance for the Breakers was fruitful, if not debilitating, and Anastassia Rodionova was the workhorse of the night. It all led to a 23-18 Breakers victory in overtime over the Springfield Lasers at Palisades Tennis Club. The victory propels the Breakers, who received an automatic bid into the playoffs before the season by virtue of being the host team for the postseason, into Saturday's semifinals.