San Diego’s Brandon Nakashima, currently ranked No. 75 in the ATP singles rankings, has entered the upcoming 132nd Annual Pacific Coast Men’s Doubles Championship scheduled for Friday, March 4 through Sunday, March 6 at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club, 2000 Spindrift Dr, La Jolla, CA 92037.
The 20-year-old Nakashima, one of the rising stars in men’s professional tennis, began the 2022 season in January by reaching the quarterfinals of the ATP 250 event in Sydney, Australia. He also played at the Australian Open, falling in the first round to seventh-seed and eventual semifinalist Matteo Berrettini of Italy 4-6, 6-2, 7-6 (5), 6-3.
This past month, Nakashima competed at ATP tournaments in Dallas and Delray Beach, Fla., where he advanced to the second round in each event. He played this week at the Abierto Mexicano, an ATP 500 tournament in Acapulco, Mexico.
Last October, Nakashima had the opportunity to compete in front of hometown fans when he played the San Diego Open ATP 250 tournament at Barnes Tennis Center. After defeating Italy’s Fabio Fognini 6-7 (5), 6-1, 7-5, he fell to top-seed Andrey Rublev of Russia 6-2, 6-1 in a second-round match.
Nakashima finished 2021 on a strong note when he advanced to the semifinals of the Intesa Sanpaolo Next Gen ATP Finals in Milan, Italy and reached a career-high No. 62 in the world.
Prior to turning professional in 2019, Nakashima played one season of collegiate tennis at the University of Virginia and was named 2019 ACC Freshman of the Year. For additional information on Nakashima, click here.
Nakashima will pair in the La Jolla tournament with his 18-year-old brother Bryce Nakashima, a nationally-ranked junior player who now competes on the International Tennis Federation World Tennis Tour.
“We were very excited when Brandon contacted us about playing in the Pacific Coast Men’s Doubles Championship. He is an amazing talent on the tennis court and definitely a player to watch on the ATP Tour,” said Tournament Director Bill Kellogg. “Local tennis fans will have a great opportunity to watch Brandon play some top-level doubles with his younger brother Bryce.”
In addition to Nakashima and his brother, the historic tennis event, which originated in Northern California in 1890, will feature a strong field of collegiate players, along with independent competitors including top teaching professionals, promising juniors, college coaches and former touring professionals.
Many of the best collegiate teams in the country are scheduled to compete, including:
Boston College Stanford
Ball State Southern Methodist University
California Lutheran University UC Berkeley
Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (CMS) UC Los Angeles
College of the Desert UC San Diego
Nebraska University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Pepperdine University of San Diego
Pomona Pitzer University of Southern California
San Diego Christian College Villanova
San Diego State University
La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club welcomes tennis spectators to view the tournament with free admission. On-site parking is available for a nominal fee.
Fans can tune-in to RadioTennis.com on Saturday, March 5 and Sunday, March 6 to listen to live audio play-by-play of the day’s matches on Court No. 1 at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club. Tennis broadcaster Ken Thomas will provide live web cast commentary at https://radiotennis.com/.
Named 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 some on the greatest names in tennis, including Jack Kramer, Ted Schroeder, Bobby Riggs, Pancho Segura, Don Budge, Tony Trabert, Stan Smith, Bob Lutz, Arthur Ashe, Dennis Ralston and John McEnroe.
The Club will also be hosting the USTA National Hard Court Championships for Women’s 50-90 age groups and the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club Hard Court Tournament for Men’s 60-85 age groups from Monday, May 16, through Sunday, May 22.
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.