September 21, 2013
COSTA MESA - Past versus present UCLA men's tennis squared off Saturday in the semifinals of the Costa Mesa Pro Classic and, this time, experience triumphed, as Haythem Abid toppled Marcos Giron at the Costa Mesa Tennis Center. In the other semifinal, West Covina high school senior Ernest Escobedo defeated another former college star, Jeff Dadamo. Abid and Escobedo play Sunday following the doubles championship that starts at 10 a.m., which pits Giron and fellow UCLA teammate Mackenzie McDonald against South African duo, Keith-Patrick Crowley and Matt Fawcett.
September 18, 1999
The grande dame of tennis, Dodo Cheney, will return to Newport Beach this month, but without her longtime doubles partner, Corky Murdock, who passed away in July. Murdock, whose death was sudden, was a favorite among friends and participants in the U.S. National Senior Women's Hard Court Championships (65s and 75s) at the Newport Beach Tennis Club, which hosts the sixth annual event Sept. 27 through Oct. 2. "Corky was a beloved player by everybody, a very colorful player," said tournament director Norma Veal of the Newport Beach Tennis Club.
September 17, 2002
Richard Dunn COSTA MESA -- As the main draw begins today in singles and doubles in the Diadora Pro Championships at Costa Mesa Tennis Center, brothers Cameron Ball, a June graduate of Corona del Mar High, and Carsten Ball still have a chance to advance out of the qualifier in doubles in the $10,000 United States Tennis Association Futures Tour event. The Ball brothers will face Danny Westerman and Jeremy Wurtzman in the final qualifying match of the tournament today (not before 1 p.m.)
April 9, 2005
Bryce Alderton Costa Mesa, Corona del Mar and Newport Beach are well represented by junior tennis players prepared to play in the Easter Bowl United States Tennis Association national spring championships, which begin today with singles and doubles matches in girls and boys 14s and 16s age divisions at the Riviera Resort in Palm Springs. Players in the 18s division, which for the first time is considered both an International Tennis Federation and USTA event, begin competition Monday.
October 2, 1999
NEWPORT BEACH - Dodo Cheney (La Jolla), the all-time winningest player in United States Tennis Association history with over 300 gold balls, won her sixth doubles title in six years Friday at the U.S. National Senior Women's Hard Court Championships at the Newport Beach Tennis Club. Cheney and partner Lucy Dettmer (Palo Alto) defeated Ellie Harbula (Sylmar) and Carolyn Henry in a hard-fought 75s final, 1-6, 7-5, 7-5. Three other finals are scheduled for today, with action starting at 9 a.m. In the 65 singles, defending champion Ada Cowan (Palo Alto)
March 20, 2013
COSTA MESA - The Costa Mesa Pro Classic is providing its own version of March Madness at Costa Mesa Tennis Center. Through two rounds, only five of the top eight seeds remain in singles competition, and only one of the four top-seeded doubles pairs is alive. In singles play, third-seeded Bradley Klahn of Poway moved on, as did fourth, fifth and seventh seeds Matt Reid of Australia, Hans Podlipnik-Castillo of Chili, and Sanam Singh of India. Dropping out were sixth-seeded Daniel Kosakowski of Downey, who was beaten by Torrance's Jason Jung, and eighth-seeded Joshua Milton upended by America's Dennis Nevolo.
March 23, 2013
COSTA MESA - No. 3-seeded Bradley Klahn of Poway upended second-seeded Tennys Sandgren Saturday to advance to the finals of the Costa Mesa Pro Classic at the Costa Mesa Tennis Center. Klahn will face Min Hyeok-Cho, who had little problem dispatching fellow South Korean Jin Sun Nam. The championship match will begin at 11 a.m. on Sunday. Following the championship, a 10-and-under tennis play day will be offered at the Costa Mesa Tennis Center. Klahn, 22, ranked No. 226 in the world, fell behind, 3-0, in the first set to Sandgren, ranked 216th.
March 27, 2000
Richard Dunn The greatest tennis tradition in Newport Beach, the Adoption Guild Tennis Tournament, finally has the blessing of the United States Tennis Association ... after nearly four decades. For the first time, the venerable charity event, which started on a single court at the Balboa Bay Club in 1962, will be sanctioned by the USTA and count toward individual sectional and national rankings. Further, tennis legend Roy Emerson, the winner of 12 Grand Slam singles championships, has lent his name in support of the 39th annual Adoption Guild, which has made numerous changes this year and is one of the oldest sporting events in Orange County.
March 3, 2000
LOS ANGELES - The boys 12 and under tennis team from the Newport Beach Tennis Club reached the finals of the USTA Junior Team Tennis Southern California Section Tournament before losing to La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club in the championship held at UCLA. Under Coach Dave Sherbeck of the NBTC, Parker Rhodes, Kyle Schneekluth and John Leonard each played solid singles matches, while Cole Pavlovich and Connor Whalen played as an undefeated doubles team. The team won their division in the Orange County Penn League to qualify for the Southern California Section Tournament.
November 15, 2002
Rajeev Ram of the United States, the only qualifier still alive, rallied to knock off Nenad Toroman of South Africa in a wild second-round match Thursday, 1-6, 6-3, 7-6 (6), and advance to the quarterfinals of the second annual Costa Mesa Pro Classic at Costa Mesa Tennis Center. Of the eight singles players remaining in the main draw, only Ram and Croatia's Sasa Tuksar are unseeded. The event is part of the men's USTA Futures circuit. Top-seeded Yeu-Tzuoo Wang, third-seeded Doug Bohaboy, fourth-seeded Jose De Armas, fifth-seeded Mike Scheidweiler, sixth-seeded Raven Klassen and seventh-seeded Mark Hilton have also advanced to today's quarterfinals.