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Details Announced for 126th Annual Pacific Coast Men’s Doubles

5 Mar, 2015


La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club Ready to Host

Tournament officials have announced the seeds and main draw for the 126th Annual Pacific Coast Men’s Doubles  Championship, which is scheduled for  Thursday, March 5 through Sunday, March 8 at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club, 2000 Spindrift Dr, La Jolla, Calif., 92037.
 
The Pacific Coast Men’s Doubles Championship features top collegiate tennis players from across the country as well as a strong field of independent competitors, which includes teaching professionals, top junior players, college coaches and former tour players.
 
The tournament, which is the second oldest tennis event in the United States, uses a dual seeding system in which the top 16 collegiate doubles teams and the top 16 independent doubles teams are each seeded in the same draw. A total of 119 doubles teams are competing for this year’s title.
 
Yannick Hanfmann and Roberto Quiroz of the University of Southern California are the top-seeded collegiate team. Hanfmann and Quiroz, members of USC's 2011, 2012 and 2014 NCAA Championship teams, captured the doubles title at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) National Indoor Championships last November at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y.  The USC seniors are ranked No. 2 in the ITA Division I Men's National Doubles Rankings (as of 2/24/15).
 
John Kelly of Charlottesville, Va., and current touring tennis professional Denis Kudla are the top-seeded independent team. The 22-year-old Kudla competed in the Australian Open main singles draw for the third time in the last four years this past January after clinching the USTA Pro Circuit Australian Open Wild Card Challenge last fall. Kudla, who holds six USTA Pro Circuit singles crowns and four doubles titles, is currently ranked No. 129 in the ATP World Tour Singles Rankings.

 

For the Pacific Coast Men’s Doubles Championship draw and the complete list of seeded teams, please go to:  http://tennislink.usta.com/Tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=153473
 
The starting times for each day of the tournament will be as follows:  Thursday, March 5 – 2 p.m.; Friday, March 6 – 8 a.m.; Saturday, March 7 and Sunday, March 8 – 9 a.m. (All times are PST) Sunday’s schedule will feature the semifinals, followed by the final (after suitable rest).
 
RadioTennis.com will provide live streaming audio play-by-play of the Pacific Coast Men’s Doubles Championship for the early rounds on Friday, March 6 and the Semifinals and Final on Sunday, March 8. To access the broadcast, go to www.RadioTennis.com
 
La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club welcomes tennis spectators to view the tournament with free admission. On-site parking is available for a nominal fee. For information, please visit www.LJBTC.com.

The San Diego United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA) Divisional Convention will be held concurrently with the Pacific Coast Men’s Doubles Championship at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club on Sunday, March 8. The convention, which begins at 8 a.m. (PST), will feature a full-schedule of guest speakers including former touring tennis professional and tennis coach Larry Stefanki and National USPTA CEO/Executive Director John Embree. For additional convention information, contact Don Gomsi at USPTASD@hotmail.com.

Named “Club of the Year” for 2011 by the San Diego District Tennis Association and one of the “Top 50 Tennis Resorts in the World” by Tennis Resorts Online, the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club's reputation as a top tennis destination started when it attracted its first major tournament – the Pacific Coast Men's Doubles Championship in 1942. The tournament is one of the five-oldest tennis events in the world and the second oldest tennis event in the United States. First held in 1890 at The Hotel Del Monte in Monterey, California, the event was created to promote the sale of real estate on the Monterey peninsula. The original concept pitted the best players from the East versus those from the West. This coast-to-coast rivalry was the inspiration for the Davis Cup. Past winners of the Pacific Coast Men’s Doubles Championship include Jack Kramer, Ted Schroeder, Bobby Riggs, Pancho Segura, Don Budge, Tony Trabert, Stan Smith, Bob Lutz, Arthur Ashe, Dennis Ralston, John McEnroe, and many other world-class champions.

The Club will also be hosting the USTA National Hard Court Championships for Women’s 50-90 age groups and La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club Hard Court Tournament for Men’s 60-85 age groups on Monday, May 11, through Sunday, May 17.

About the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club, Inc. – La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club is a fourth-generation, family-owned and operated company dedicated to the operation of a 14-acre beachside resort. The resort includes three properties, including the exclusive La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club, the 128-room La Jolla Shores Hotel and the award-winning Marine Room restaurant. Resort amenities include 14 championship tennis courts, a nine-hole Par-3 golf course, two swimming pools, two additional oceanfront restaurants and cocktail lounges, and one of Southern California’s only private beaches. For more information, visit www.LJBTC.com.

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