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By Matt Szabo | July 15, 2007
Rick Leach loved the sport of tennis. He couldn't get away from it, even at age 6. That was when his father, Dick, said Rick had his first sports injury. He had been playing so much tennis that he had injured his left elbow from overuse. The orthopedist said Rick would never play tennis again, and a sparkling career was nearly derailed before it really ever began. Game, set and match. But not so fast. The improvisation necessary in a sport like tennis took over. The young lefty switched to playing right-handed until the injury could heal.
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By Dominic Perrone | July 12, 2006
NEWPORT BEACH ? The Newport Beach Breakers' victory over Houston was decisive, clinched early in the fifth set. Underneath the jubilant exterior of the match's result was a trend that kept the fate of Tuesday's match at Palisades Tennis Club from being sealed earlier. Multiple-game leads disappeared either fully or partially with regularity, a problem in World Team Tennis which counts games won, not sets won. Anastassia Rodionova's women's singles set, the fourth of the night, was no exception, but the Russian pulled out a late surge for her first singles victory of the season and Ramon Delgado clinched the match in men's singles for a 23-16 triumph.
NEWS
January 26, 2000
Noaki Schwartz Fortunately for organizers of the First Paramount Pro-Am Tennis Classic, forecasters are predicting a sunny weekend. The event will be held at the Newport Beach Tennis Club this Friday through Sunday. The classic will kick off with a player auction over cocktails and hors d'oeuvres. Whole teams will then face the auction block. The tournament will run from Saturday morning through Sunday and include former Grand Slam titleholders Scott Davis, Rick Leach, Brian MacPhie and Jim Grabb.
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By Dave Thorpe | July 5, 2006
When the Newport Beach Breakers open the World Team Tennis season Thursday against the host Springfield Lasers, the father-son tandem of Dick and Rick Leach will reunite as coach and player. The last time they were in those roles was 1987, when Rick Leach played for the USC men's tennis team and Dick Leach was the Trojans coach. Rick Leach has played on several different World Team Tennis squads over 10 years, including Springfield, the Kansas City Lasers, the St. Louis Aces, a now-defunct Boise squad and the former Newport Beach Dukes.
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January 14, 2008
Orange County tennis greats Rick Leach and Scott Davis will and other top pros will participate in a tennis tournament Feb. 2 to raise money for local athlete Howard Dell. Dell, the fitness director for the Newport Beach Tennis Club, suffers from terminal liver disease, the same disease that claimed the life of Walter Payton. The Howard Dell Pro-Am tournament will raise money for the Olympian and former pro football player. Dell, who competed on the 1988 Canadian bobsled team, is also a substitute teacher at Corona del Mar High.
SPORTS
June 4, 2006
It will be an all-local final in men's open doubles as the Roy Emerson Adoption Guild Classic tennis tournament ends today. Palisades Tennis Club's Rick Leach and UC Irvine's Brian Morton will face Newport Beach's Kaes Van't Hof and Newport Beach Tennis Club's Scott Davis in the final at 1 p.m. at Newport Beach Tennis Club. The women's open doubles final features Corona del Mar's Cierra Gaytan-Leach and McCall Jones against UCI's Inna Agababian and Jonni Seymour. Area residents and players from Newport-Mesa area tennis clubs will compete in 15 other finals today at the tournament, now in its 45th year.
SPORTS
July 22, 2006
HARTFORD, Conn. ? The Newport Beach Breakers fell to 0-5 on the road with a 23-16 World Team Tennis loss to the Hartord FoxForce on Friday at the Apple Arena at Blue Fox Golf Course. The Breakers (4-7) continue to reside in fifth place in the six-team Western Conference, with three regular-season matches remaining. The mixed doubles tandem of Rick Leach and Tina Krizan gave Newport Beach its lone set victory when they produced a 5-4 triumph. Pete Sampras lost in men's singles, 5-2, to Glenn Weiner.
NEWS
July 12, 2003
The Kansas City Explorers defeated the Newport Beach Breakers, 21-20, in a World Team Tennis match Friday night at the Plaza Tennis Center in Mission, Kansas. The Breakers, who host Springfield at 7 tonight at the Palisades Tennis Club, fell to 1-3 as the Explorers won a super tiebreaker, 7-6, to win the match. Kansas City's Rachel McQuillan and Laura Granville beat Newport' Maria Sharapova and Eva Dyrberg in women's doubles, 5-3, to open the match, then Granville topped Sharapova in women's singles, 5-3. In mixed doubles, Kansas City's McQuillan and Rick Leach edged Sharapova and Josh Eagle, 5-4. In men's doubles, Eagle and Brian MacPhie defeated Leach and David Wheaton, 5-4, then MacPhie tied the match with a 5-1 victory over Wheaton in men's singles, before pulling it out in a super tiebreaker.
SPORTS
March 28, 2007
The 2007 version of the Newport Beach Breakers will be similar to last season's team which advanced to the World Team Tennis finals. In the four-round WTT Player Draft held in Miami, the Breakers selected Rick Leach and Ramon Delgado from last season's squad, along with Lauren Albanese and Michaela Pastikova. The four will play with Pete Sampras, the all-time leader in Grand Slam titles, who returns for his second year on the Breakers. Sampras will play only one home match this season, July 10 against the Sacramento Capitals, for the Breakers who won the WTT title in 2004.
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By Matt Szabo, matthew.szabo@latimes.com | June 24, 2011
Don't ask Devin Bowen to make a prediction for this weekend at the second annual Mesa Verde Invitational tennis tournament. The former Estancia High, Texas Christian University and pro doubles standout knows just how tough the tournament will be. When you have players like Rick Leach and Scott Davis in the mix, there figures to be no shortage of high-level doubles play. "I wouldn't want to try to pick a winner," said Bowen, partnered with former TCU teammate and current TCU men's tennis head coach David Roditi.
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By Steve Virgen | March 25, 2010
Cierra Gaytan-Leach is at a happy place in her life right now. The former Corona del Mar High standout is playing pro tournaments and training at Advantage Tennis Academy in Irvine before she leaves for the University of Texas in August. Since she was a sophomore at CdM it had been her dream to play for the Longhorns. Now as the months approach to summer, the 18-year-old is gaining more excitement. It’s been a little more than three years since a controversial article was published about her in the Daily Pilot.
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By Matt Szabo | July 9, 2008
Life with a 13-month-old son is hard enough. For Laguna Beach resident Lindsay Davenport, taking care of her son Jagger while trying to resume a pro tennis career has been an exercise in patience. Davenport, 32, has gotten used to telling people her son is not named after Rolling Stones lead man Mick Jagger. But that doesn’t mean the kid doesn’t demand attention sometimes, as Davenport said in a media conference call Wednesday. “We’ve had [incidents]
SPORTS
January 14, 2008
Orange County tennis greats Rick Leach and Scott Davis will and other top pros will participate in a tennis tournament Feb. 2 to raise money for local athlete Howard Dell. Dell, the fitness director for the Newport Beach Tennis Club, suffers from terminal liver disease, the same disease that claimed the life of Walter Payton. The Howard Dell Pro-Am tournament will raise money for the Olympian and former pro football player. Dell, who competed on the 1988 Canadian bobsled team, is also a substitute teacher at Corona del Mar High.
SPORTS
July 21, 2007
Former world No. 1 Lindsay Davenport plays in World Team Tennis for the first time since 2003 tonight, when she plays a home match for the Sacramento Capitals against the Newport Beach Breakers at 7. Davenport, who won three Grand Slam singles titles, is playing her first WTT match since she played for the Breakers in '03. Davenport, who is married to Rick Leach's brother Jon, had her first child, Jagger, last month in Newport Beach. She recently answered questions during a media conference call.
SPORTS
July 19, 2007
NEW YORK — The Newport Beach Breakers were tied heading into the last set but lost a road match to the New York Buzz, 20-16, Wednesday at CDPHP Stadium. The Breakers (3-6) led throughout the night until the final two sets. But New York's Greta Arn beat Newport Beach's Michaela Pastikova, 5-2, in women's singles to tie the match at 15-15. In mixed doubles, Arn and Rik de Voest then teamed for a 5-1 victory over Pastikova and Rick Leach, clinching the match for New York (5-5)
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By Matt Szabo | July 15, 2007
Rick Leach loved the sport of tennis. He couldn't get away from it, even at age 6. That was when his father, Dick, said Rick had his first sports injury. He had been playing so much tennis that he had injured his left elbow from overuse. The orthopedist said Rick would never play tennis again, and a sparkling career was nearly derailed before it really ever began. Game, set and match. But not so fast. The improvisation necessary in a sport like tennis took over. The young lefty switched to playing right-handed until the injury could heal.
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By Matt Szabo | July 13, 2007
Lauren Albanese played the final set of the night in each of the Newport Beach Breakers' first three matches this season. But Albanese, who advanced to the second round at last year's Australian Open and U.S. Open, doesn't mind. The 17-year-old from Florida, who is the youngest full-time player on the Breakers by 10 years, is making a name for herself. Albanese, who currently ranks 224th on the WTA Tour in singles, is 1-4 in singles for the Breakers and 1-4 in women's doubles with teammate Michaela Pastikova.
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