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on Carson, California

May 2, 2007

Re: the Roadmap, it’s good to see that the J.P. Morgan Chase L.A. Open — “the ultimate tennis celebration” — will be a featured SEWTA stop. Whodathunk that the Carson would get such a high profile? First they get an IKEA, then billionaire Phil Anschutz (of AEG) adds David Beckham to the roster for the L.A. Galaxy (a Major League Soccer team that calls Carson’s Home Depot Center home). Becks has made a mark, too, opening an American arm of his eponymous soccer training academy in the city.

All Carson needs is a swank restaurant or two, some good publicists, and it’s set. Who’s gonna step up? Perhaps Gyu-Kaku Torrance?

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san diego tourney says goodbye to tier I status

May 2, 2007

We’ve heard a lot of hemming and hawing about Monte Carlo and Hamburg losing their Masters Series designations, so here’s a post about the little women:

As a part of the SEWTA’s Road Map 2010, the Acura Classic will lose its Tier I status. And its promoters, Raquel Giscafre and Jane Stratton, are closing up shop instead of fighting the SEWTA’s decision.

(Another unfortunate victim of this change is the USTA, whose U.S. Open Series — an excellent marketing campaign for the summer hard court North American tournaments that has gained traction in the last few years [save for the confusing points race] — will have to be retooled.)

steffi grafThe San Diego Union-Tribune did a story on the duo, who built this tournament into a must-stop for the elite female players. Steffi Graf (right) won here 4 times, Venus Williams thrice, and Martina Hingis and Lindsay Davenport each racked up two trophies. This tournament also has the distinction of being the last one Graf played as a pro; she retired during her second round match against Amy Frazier in 1999.

amanda coetzer On a personal note: This is the first pro event I ever attended, in 1997. I still remember making the drive to the La Costa Resort and Spa in Carlsbad (the host venue). I saw Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario play Sandrine Testud and Monica Seles beat Ai Sugiyama. I even stood in line to get Amanda Coetzer‘s autograph (left).

I’ll be sad to see it go.

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as if rutgers athletics hasn’t suffered enough…

May 2, 2007

To add insult to injury (or is it injury to insult?), six athletic teams at Rutgers University are packing up in the next few weeks after being eliminated from the school’s roster because of Title IX.

The teams are men’s tennis, swimming, diving, lightweight and heavyweight crew, and men’s and women’s (!) fencing.

Save Rutgers Tennis lobbied and raised funds to help keep tennis afloat, but coudn’t convince the University otherwise. (See the multiple missives they posted on the site.)

The team played their last match on April 19, falling to St. Joseph’s 5-2.

From the Daily Targum, who spoke with head coach Mikey Cook about his tennis team:

“I thought the team did a great job staying focused,” Cook said. “If they didn’t play hard, they would have wasted the opportunity that they had. You only get so many years to play college tennis.”

To the team: CBHM hopes that you can find a new, equally-fulfilling outlet for your tennis.

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