Kayla Day truly went through a leap year in 2016. Santa Barbara’s teenage tennis phenom vaulted from one of many to number one and from amateur girl to professional woman.
Her progression was evident in the junior girls’ singles at three major tournaments. Day reached the round of 16 at the French Open, advanced to the semifinals at Wimbledon, and won the championship at the U.S. Open. Her sixth and final match in Flushing Meadows, New York, was a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Viktoria Kuzmova of Slovakia. With that triumph, Day secured the end-of-the-year No. 1 girls’ world ranking by the International Tennis Federation (ITF).
Day turned 17 on September 28 and could continue to compete for junior championships in 2017. One of the goals she proclaimed several years ago was, in fact, to win the Wimbledon girls’ title at 17. But at a gathering last week at the Santa Barbara Tennis Club, she announced her decision to leap into the WTA(Women’s Tennis Association) Tour as a professional.
“It was a tough decision,” Day said. “It was hard to pass up great colleges” — schooled by her parents and a tutor, she is a semester away from completing her high school requirements — “but tennis is something I want to wake up and do every day.”
Tennis Club pro Larry Mousouris, who guided Day through her youth career, said she’s paid her dues. “She embraces the difficult,” he said. “So many times, in so many matches, things get difficult.” Day frequently left the comforts of home, he added, to hone her game with stops from China to Eastern Europe. “She made the choice to leave paradise and go to hell and back.”
Day got a taste of competition with the pros in several minor WTA tournaments last year, and by virtue of winning the USTAGirls 18 national championship, she received a wild-card entry into the main draw of the U.S. Open. She won her first-round match before losing to No. 8–seeded Madison Keys, 6-1, 6-1. After that lesson, she mowed down the girls.
2016 was another extraordinary year for the Santa Barbara Tennis Patrons. We have the most incredible, dedicated and tireless executive director in CathyAnn Simon. She’s been at the helm for nearly sixteen years. And we have an incredible board of directors who provide great direction.
2016 was the year of “More!”
More kids reached (over 6,500) through our schools’ programs
More equipment left with the schools to keep tennis alive in their PE programs
More funds raised to keep the Santa Barbara City College men’s team alive – thank you John Sanford for your successful efforts.
With the support and collaboration of the Bryan Brothers Foundation we were able to send more kids to both Davis Cup in Portland and to Indian Wells BNP tournament.
We provided more scholarships for our Saturday Clinics
Our free Summer Mentorship camp had 30 participants, including 10 from the Westside Boys Club. The Camp was run by over 20 student volunteers from the SB Aces, our community service high school group.
Fifteen Aces helped coach the Santa Barbara Special Olympics tennis team weekly practice and were also involved in Special Olympics Tennis Classic.
The list could go on. Since you have the option to direct your donation to specific programs or our general funds, it’s important to know what the Tennis Patron’s mission is, and what are our immediate and long term use of funds. Our mission is to teach children, from Goleta to Carpinteria, life skills through the sport of a life time – tennis!
Our short-term goal is to maintain, enhance and refine our existing programs. Our primary focus continues to be on our Schools program. It successfully reaches the most children in the most cost effective manner and is a successful feeder into our other programs. We are looking to expand the number of schools, instructors and leave behind more equipment for each school. We are looking to expand the participation in our low-cost weekend clinics that we partner with the cities of Santa Barbara and Carpinteria – providing more scholarships and equipment to those in need as well.
Long term, we’d ultimately like to establish an endowment that can fund all our programs. To achieve this goal, we need a whole new approach to our fund-raising efforts and that is something the board is looking forward to establish. It’s important to let you know our goals and ambitions, even if long term goals aren’t articulated right now. But it can’t happen if we don’t put it out there and ask for your help – and your input. We’d love to hear from you. Thank you in advance for your generous contribution.
Applications now available for the Annual Bryan Brothers Scholarship.
Deadline is December 15, 2016
As the story goes by Kathy and Wayne Bryan, parents of the Bryan Brothers “…the Santa Barbara Tennis Patrons tournaments and programs were where Mike and Bob were first able to spread their wings as juniors…..” Now, they want to give back and would like to provide a deserving junior the same opportunity they had.
Bryan Brothers 2014 Scholarship recipient Aminah Hill along with Luca Pieretti and Kelly Coulson were among kids sponsored by the Bryan Brothers Foundation to go to Davis Cup match in Chicago and share the glory of the 100th career tournament title they won at the recent U.S. Open.
The Clinics are low cost and invited to drop-in. Instructors will teach the kids what the game of tennis is all about. All equipment is provided; just bring yourself and be ready to have fun!
Clinics are held at the following locations:
Where: Municipal Tennis Center 1414 Park Place, Santa Barbara 93103 Co-sponsored by the Santa Barbara Tennis Patrons and SB Parks and Recreation When: Saturdays-10 am-11:00 pm Ages K thru Second Grade When: Saturdays-11:00 am to 12:30 pm – Ages 3rd Grade and Up
Fee: First time FREE, then $7/clinic (financial assistance available)
Where: Carpinteria Community Pool Tennis Courts 5305 Carpinteria Avenue, Carpinteria 93013 When: Saturdays at 10:00 am
C0-sponsored with Carpinteria Parks and Recreation Fee: First time FREE, then $7/clinic (financial assistance available)
The “SB Aces” aka SB Tennis Patrons Mentors/Community Service Youth Group will be in full stride this summer!
Summer Junior Tennis Mentorship Program
Introduction to Tennis “The Sport for a Lifetime”
Where: San Marcos High School
When: July 25-29, 2016
Time: Monday thru Friday 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Who: 2nd – 8th graders
Here is your opportunity to learn basic tennis skills and meet new friends. Mentors from the area High schools will be mentoring the campers along with onsite Tennis Coaches. This program is for the novice student to experience a new and exciting sport. Rackets and necessary equipment will be provided. This camp is FREE.
50 students will be accepted based on financial need and desire.
Please fill out attach application and Release form and mail to:
SB Tennis Patrons
PO Box 3886
Santa Barbara, CA 93130
When: July 6 – August 17, 2016 Times: 9:00 am to 10:15 am Days: Mondays, Wednesday & Fridays Where: Municipal Tennis Courts 1414 Park Place, SB 93103 Cost: $10 for 6 Week Session Download Flier
Program provides kids with instruction with an emphasis in learning the basic tennis skills, having fun and sportsmanship! Racquets Provided!
Registration: There is a $10.00 registration fee to help cover some of the program expenses. Please make check payable to NJTL and fill out form on first day of session. Scholarships are available. Information: firstname.lastname@example.org
Randy Moharram Receives the Patrons Leadership Award in appreciation for his outstanding effort leading the tradition of the SBCC Men’s Tennis Program now and years to come!
A Year in Review! (Video by Andrew Tebbe) Click Here to View Video