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POMONA VALLEY HOSPITAL MEDICAL CENTER USTA PRO CLASSIC
LA Women's Tennis Championships
LA Tennis Open, UCLA Campus
 

 


Jack Kramer
August 1, 1921 - September 12, 2009

TENNIS ICON JACK KRAMER MEMORIALIZED
By Kelly Richards


LOS ANGELES, CA - The last live professional tennis tournament he saw was the one he created, the Los Angeles Open.

Jack Kramer, perhaps the man most responsible for shaping modern professional tennis, died Saturday September 12 from cancer of the connective tissues. He was 88.

A pioneer, Kramer took players from amateurs paid under the table to pros paid prize money.

In 1947, he won Wimbledon. In ’46 and’47, back-to-back U.S. Championships, the precursor to today’s U.S. Open. Kramer also held seven other Grand Slam doubles titles.

Before he went into his last U.S Championship final, Kramer decided to turn pro because, quite frankly, he said he needed the money. The tennis world had to sit up and take notice after his city-to-city tournaments attracted better and better players and more and more fans. That was the beginning of the ATP, the American Tennis Professionals.

And, in a backhanded way, Kramer is also responsible for the WTA, the Women’s Tennis Association. He never thought the “ladies” could attract as big of crowds as the men and therefore should not earn as much. That’s when another legend, Billie Jean King, defected and started the Virginia Slims Tennis Tour.

Kramer also led the way in sports endorsements. Practically an entire generation of tennis players cut their teeth on the ‘Wilson Kramer” racket. Selling more than 30 million, it became the most popular racket ever made. Earning 2.5 percent of the profits, Kramer eventually renegotiated the deal with the sporting goods giant because he said he was making more than the company president.

He used some of that money to buy the Jack Kramer Tennis Club in Rolling Hills, on the Palos Verdes Peninsula near Los Angeles, where tennis greats like Pete Sampras and Tracy Austin grew up playing.

Born in Las Vegas, Kramer knew how to play the odds and used that in his tennis game. He played “percentage” tennis; making the shots he had the best chance of winning. Kramer was also known for his aggressive serve and volley game.

Five sons survive him. One son, Bob Kramer, still runs the yearly summer tournament his father started at UCLA.
 
FORMER SOCAL RESIDENT BOCKO TAKES OUT STANFORD’S KLAHN IN FINAL AT POMONA VALLEY HOSPITAL MEDICAL CENTER USTA PRO CLASSIC
By Steve Pratt

CLAREMONT, CA. – Matej Bocko stayed back on the baseline and waited for the exact times to strike in his straight-set final win over Stanford sophomore Bradley Klahn on Sunday at the Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center USTA Pro Classic.

The fifth-seeded Bocko, who spent some of his most formative tennis-playing years as a junior in Southern California, now resides in South Florida. He earned $1,300 for his 7-6 (4), 6-3 win over a frustrated Klahn, who came in unseeded and starts his second year at Stanford on Monday.

“I really consider myself an American,” said Bocko, 25, after the match with no hint of an Eastern European accent. “I still have my working visa and am proud of my Slovakian citizenship but it’s just that I’ve spent most of my time over here in the States.”  MORE...

 
 
2009 WTA Tour - LA WOMEN'S TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS  Held at the Home Depot Center, Carson, Ca.
Tournament Coverage - Day 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | FINALS
Qualifying Draw    Main Singles Draw   Main Doubles Draw  
www.latennischamps.com
 


Flavia Pannetta (ITA)

All Photos by Adam Davis

PENNETTA OF ITALY WINS LA TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS
By Kelly Richards

CARSON, CA - In the biggest win of her career, Italy’s Flavia Pennetta took the 2009 Los Angeles Women’s Championship at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California Sunday. She beat Australia’s Samantha Stosur in straight sets, 6-4, 6-3.

Stosur came out strong but started making mistakes midway through the first set. With eight double faults, her usually powerful serve failed to deliver. Pennetta seemed to even have an answer for the Aussie’s wicked slice kicker, a serve that sends her opponents scrambling to return.

“She was very hard to beat,” said Pennetta. “I was afraid of her serve.”

By the end of the first set, the 14-ranked Italian was pushing Stosur side to side with punishing ground strokes. Stosur just couldn’t keep up.

“I think she got a pretty decent amount of first serves in. When I got chances on second serves I wasn’t able to split the court very well,” the 25-year-old said.

In the second, Pennetta was consistent and steady while Stosur struggled with error after error.

“I didn’t put enough pressure on her,” said Stosur. “I think that was the difference today.”

With 22 titles, Stosur is no stranger to the winner’s circle in doubles. But she has yet to win a singles tournament. On the other hand, the 27-year-old Italian has won seven, now eight, WTA championships.

“Sure I’m disappointed,” Stosur said. “I would have loved to have won my first title today, but it wasn’t meant to be. I played a very good player today and she played a little better than me. It’s certainly something I’m going to build on the rest of the year.”

Italy has built its recent winning Fed Cup international team around Pennetta, a key factor in a tennis renaissance there. “Women’s tennis in Italy has improved a lot in the last three years,” she said. “After we won the Fed Cup everything changed. It’s pretty important now.”

This is the second time in as many years Pannetta has made it to the finals. Last year she lost to Russia’s Dinara Safina. It was a win that sent Safina on the road to her number one ranking.

"I enjoy to play this tournament,” she said. “I feel great here. I'm completely focused here."
 

 

Flavia Pannetta (ITA)

 

Sam Stosur (AUS)

 

 

DOUBLES CHAMPIONSHIP

In the doubles final, Chia-Jung Chang of Taipei won her second consecutive LA doubles final this time teaming with Zi Yan of China to beat Russia’s Maria Kirilenko and Agnieszka Radwanska, 6-0, 4-6, 10-7. The pair will split $34,000 while the runners-up get $17,600.

Said Chuang: “This is the second year that I have won the doubles title here (won with Yung-Jan Chan last year). I was very happy that I could come back and win again. We had a very good week even though this was our first time playing together. We played very good all week and I hope we can play this good next week in Cincinnati.”

Yan couldn’t remember a tournament where she’s played so many close matches. All four of the pair’s wins came in super tiebreakers. “Every match went to match tiebreaker so it was very good experience for us,” Yan said. “This was my 16th doubles title, but my first one in a long time (2008 Strasbourg). I am very happy to win another title.”

 

Tennis on TV - Tennis Channel

Monday, Aug. 10 9:30 PM (TAPE)
Tuesday, Aug. 11 1:00 PM (TAPE)
Wednesday, Aug. 12 10:00 PM (TAPE)

 

 
2009 ATP Tour - LA TENNIS OPEN held on the UCLA Campus
Tournament Coverage - Day 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | FINALS
 

 

Sam Querrey (USA) - 2009 LA TENNIS OPEN CHAMPION

  Bryan Brothers hold up 5 for 5-time Doubles Champions

Photos by Adam Davis

QUERREY GETS IT DONE
By Kelly Richards

Los Angeles - It was a true Southern California celebration at the Los Angeles Tennis Open Sunday. Four of the six finalists at the annual UCLA tournament were locals: Sam Querrey from Thousand Oaks, Bob and Mike Bryan from Camarillo and newcomer Carsten Ball from Newport Beach. FULL STORY
 


 

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