Ryan Peus wins bronze ball at Winter Nationals. Ryan’s says, “My favorite part of the tournament was hanging out with my friends!”. Congratulations to all the Santa Barbara Juniors who were selected to play in this Level One National Tournament in Arizona!
William says, “It was interesting because there were lots of kids from other countries like Peru, Jamaica, Philippines, South Africa and Italy. I enjoyed the competition!”
William with his tennis pals and Tournament Director Rick Workman:
Brandon Nakashima(1st place singles boys 9s); William Grant (4th placeboyssingles 9s); Andrew Ton (won boys 11s doubles/from northern cal); Govin Nanda (runner-up 9s doubles with BrandonNakashima)
The Koury Classic results for current and future Junior Team Tennis, High School Players and Schools Program Participants ages 6-16:
Boys 10 (Green Group): 1st Gabriel Farhadian, 2nd Tim Hirsch and 3rd Zaron DeSilva
Boys 10 (Red Group): 1st Tie Peter Tebbe/Kai Wilkinson and 3rd Taylor Kleine
Girls 10: 1st Kathyrn Monroy, 2nd Ingrid Blau and 3rd Luca Pieretti
Boys-Girls 12 (Green Group): 1st Chris Anderson, 2nd Chris Lane and 3rd Natasha Fleisher
Boys-Girls 12 (Red Group): 1st Gabby Medvene, 2nd Matt McClintok and 3rd Ryan Hodosy
Boys-Girls 14-16 (Green Group): 1st Peter Bermant, 2nd Matthis McComb and 3rd Jeff McDaniel
Boys-Girls 14-16 (Red Group): 1st Austin Trevillian, 2nd Burke McComb and 3rd Greg Steigerwald
Wayne Bryan invited twenty five of the leaders in tennis to gather to discuss ways to improve attendance at college tennis matches. The meeting took place at the beautiful Malibu Racquet Club on Monday October 18. The goal of the meeting was for the industry experts to share their best ideas and to brainstorm on ways to help promote college tennis and to have college tennis help promote other areas of tennis like the Tennis Channel and the Farmers Classis/L.A. Open.
Fresh off their third U.S. Open championship and ninth career Grand Slam title, the all-time winningest men’s doubles team and world No. 1s Bob andMike Bryan will be joined by Top 25 players and good friends Mardy Fish and Sam Querrey at the K-Swiss All Star Tennis Fest & Wine Tasting event Saturday, Sept. 25, at the Spanish Hills Country Club.
The Bryan Bros. and their Foundation recently announced they would be awarding a $5,000 grant to both the Ventura County Junior Tennis Association and the Santa Barbara Tennis Patrons to financially assist a promising junior player from each area.
“Both the VCJTA and the Santa Barbara Tennis Patrons tournaments and programs were where Mike and Bob were first able to spread their wings as juniors,” said the twins’ father, Wayne Bryan. “Now, they want to give back and would like to provide a deserving junior the same opportunity they had.”
The schedule for the day is as follows:
- 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.:Pro-Am Tournament where participants will get to play with some of the world’s best players.
- 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.:Wine tasting and live music.
- 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.:Pro Tennis Exhibition.
Participating restaurants and wineries include: Spanish Hills Country Club, Capistrano’s, Yolandas, Enoteca Toscana, We Olive, Hahn Wineries, Bianchi Wineries, Ventura County Wine Trails and the California Wine Club.
Contact: Dave McKinney; (805) 388.5000 at Dave@bbtennisfest.com
For media inquiries: Steve Pratt; (310) 408-4555; at Sprattt@aol.com
Last weekend saw a fun filled Novice tournament completed. Click through for the results
Boys 14’s: Champion Joseph Kavaloske (Santa Inez)/Finalist Cody Stevens (Lompoc)
Boys 12’s: Champion Matthew McClintock (Santa Barbara)/ Finalist: Dominik Marro (Simi Valley)
Boys 10’s: Champion: Jack Boxall (Santa Clarita)/Finalist: Peter Tebbe (Santa Barbara) Boys 8’s: Champion: Conner Eddy (Agoura Hills)/Finalist: Marcus Sebastian (Woodland Hills)
Girls 14-16’s: Champion: Katherine Redberg (San Luis Obispo)/Finalist: Caraline Redberg (San Luis Obispo)
Girls 10-12’s: Champion: Carley McDaniel (Santa Barbara)/ Finalist: Lauren Sebastian (Woodland Hills)
Girls 8’s: Champion: Katherine Monroe (Santa Barbara)/Finalist: Luca Pieretti (Santa Barbara)
Jerry Beaver built the Santa Barbara Tennis Patrons on a rock – although there were days when it felt like the rock had landed on him.
Beaver, the organization’s founding president, will be inducted into the Patrons’ Hall of Fame during a reception on Saturday at 3 p.m. at the Tennis Club of Santa Barbara, in between the final rounds of the Santa Barbara Open and the USTA Men’s National 50 Hard Courts.
“This began as an experiment,” Beaver said, “but a lot of people wound up getting involved.”
Beaver and several other tennis players were surveying the construction of the Santa Barbara Tennis Club when the idea for a junior tennis organization was concocted.
“There’s a rock up there in front of courts 3, 4 and 5, and we were standing there when somebody said, ‘You know, we’ve got to get a junior tennis program going,’ ” Beaver recalled. “Somebody said, ‘Well, Beaver, you’ve got three little kids – why don’t you take it on?’ ”
Little did he know that the organization that he’d help start in April of 1971 would now be running five USTA junior tournaments, four club junior events and even four adult tournaments. The Patrons run the Santa Barbara Open, which is in its 74th year.
Beaver expected “about 30-to-40 kids” to register when he started the Patrons’ junior tournament series in the summer of 1971.
“We wound up having 150 kids enter,” he said. “We caught it at the right time. Tennis took off during the 1970s.”
His sons – David, Philip and John – all played in the Patrons for many years. Beaver even got his wife, Helene, involved.
“All of a sudden, this thing was overwhelming,” he said. “There was no committee or anything. I said, ‘I need help! So Helene very graciously quit her paying job to take over as secretary of the Patrons.”
“It really mushroomed once the kids started telling their friends,” Helene added.
Beaver played tennis for many years until vision problems forced him to put his racket away two months ago.
“I hated quitting tennis,” Beaver said. “But I’m very pleased that the Patrons is still going strong after 39 years.”
Her name is Kathleen Christine but she goes by “KC.” I know I’m dating myself, but when I hear the name “KC” I think “KC and the Sunshine Band” and try not to bust a disco move or break into song. (Just kidding about busting a move – can’t happen, never could.) But that Pavlovian reaction is about to end. (Thank God!) Now when I hear the name “KC” – while I still might think sunshine – I’ll be thinking tennis too. Meet KC Egger – a breath of sunshine in the junior tennis community and the worthy recipient of the Bryan Brothers Foundation scholarship administered through the Santa Barbara Tennis Patrons.
Kathy and Wayne Bryan, parents of the famous and world number one doubles duo, explain why they started this scholarship “…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. In conjunction with this scholarship, Amber Bottleson donated a junior membership at Tennis Club of Santa Barbara to make this a complete tennis scholarship package.
The criteria set for the scholarship was:
- Boy or girl 10-12 years of age who resides in the Santa Barbara area
- Promising tennis talent
- Good sportsmanship and character
- Good academics
- In need of financial support
- 100 word essay from applicant on why they want to play tennis
- Letter(s) of recommendation
Well KC didn’t just meet these requirements – she blew them away – especially when it comes to character and academics. And I don’t mean she is a character – although with her quick wit and infectious smile she is at that – but she has Character with a capital C.
KC was first introduced to tennis at the Saturday junior clinics at the Municipal Courts with Dave Weider, a program sponsored by the City of Santa Barbara and the Tennis Patrons. She still continues with these clinics but now she can be found helping out – a way, she says, for her to give back to the sport and those who have helped her. She joined Tom Horton’s clinic at Knowlwood when she became more serious about the sport. Jeff Thomson saw her playing there, and she joined his clinic as well. Then she met Miguel Hernandez there as well. Miguel saw KC’s potential and passion for the sport and took her under his wing and a team was born.
This sixth grader at Monte Vista competes in Math Super Bowls, represented her school in the County Spelling Bee and is in the Gate program. But wait – there’s more. She won the school’s literary program “garnering two first places out of four categories.” She tried to go to Stanford University’s summer technology camp but was too young. (Hopefully next year.) When asked if she knew where she wants to go to college and what she wants to study, there was no hesitation in her response – Stanford and nanotechnology! Nanotechnology? Are you kidding me? (Her father’s influence!)
Together and with the direction of her coach Miguel, the Tennis Patrons will administer scholarship funds of $2,500 to help pay for lessons, tournaments, and travel expenses over the coming year. In addition, the Bryans will be providing equipment, shoes and apparel from their sponsors, Prince, K-Swiss and Oakley. And having the membership from the Tennis Club gives KC an additional venue to play and spread her own “tennis wings.”
Keep an eye out for KC. This young lady has a lot to offer. Like those of us who watched the Bryan brothers grow up – in ten years you just might be able to “I knew KC when…” and it might not be just f her tennis skills that prompt you to say that.