Challenger of Calabasas
WTT Smash Hits
Billie Jean King
Returns to Cal State Los Angeles
Country Club Clay Court Championships
JP Morgan Chase open - WTA Tournament
CountryWide Classic Tournament, Los Angeles (UCLA Campus)
$50,000 USTA Pro Circuit
Main Draw PDF
October 16 - 23, 2006
Mark Philippoussis (AUS) wins
his 2nd title in 2006 at the $50,000 Calabasas Challenger defeating Amer
Delic (USA) 6-7, 7-6, 6-3. Robert Kenderick (USA) and Cecil Mamiit (PHI)
defeat Harel Levy (ISR)/Sam Warburg (USA) 5-7, 6-4, 10-5 to take the
Cecil Mamiit (PHI)
Hosting the tournament is the Calabasas
Tennis & Swim Club run by Top Seed Tennis Academy. Tuesday night, Top
Seed Academy hosted USTA/WTT league Night. Tennis community leaders were
recognized for their dedication to tennis in the San Fernando Valley.
2006 - THE YEAR FOR
BILLIE JEAN KING
Team Billie Jean
King and Team Elton John
Irvine, CA - The
14th Annual Advanta/World Team Tennis Smash Hits to benefit the Aids
Services Foundation Orange County and the Elton John Aids Foundation
returned to Orange County September 14. The event was held at the Bren
Center on the Campus of UC Irvine, and was co –hosted by WTT founder and
USTA National Tennis Center namesake Billie Jean King and music legend
Sir Elton John. Playing a World Team Tennis format on teams captained by
the hosts were tennis superstars Pete Sampras, Andy Roddick, Anna
Kournikova and Rennae Stubbs.
Sir Elton John displayed his tennis prowess when he teamed up with Andy
Roddick in an entertaining twist on mixed doubles against Anna
Kournikova and Rennae Stubbs. Spectators behind the baseline were given
baseball gloves to shag Roddick’s fast ball serves (for the few aces
that the ladies allowed), but it was John’s forehand that did the most
damage. The match was followed by mixed doubles with Roddick/Kournikova
against the team of Sampras/Stubbs.
The feature match of the evening was a server’s dual between the 14 time
Grand Slam champ Pete Sampras and 2006 U.S. Open runner-up Andy Roddick.
Sampras showed he still had a wicked serve and volley combo, taking the
two WTT format sets 5-3, 5-3, and secured a 10-15 victory for team
Jean King. This was Roddick’s last stop on his way to the United States
Davis Cup match in Moscow against Russia this week. Sampras made his pro
tennis comeback this summer, playing WTT for the Newport Beach Breakers,
and has been a great supporter of WTT Smash Hits throughout his career.
The evening began with a VIP reception and live auction, which featured
hot bidding for Billie Jean King’s 2007 U.S. Open and Wimbledon box seats
and a signed Sir Elton John piano bench. Including the $184,000 netted
from the auction, the event’s proceeds topped $350,000, which will go
directly to community based AIDS support and prevention programs.
To learn more about the Elton John Aids Foundation (EJAS), the AIDS
Service Foundation Orange County, or World Team Tennis pro or
recreational leagues, visit the following websites:
BILLIE JEAN KING RETURNS TO CAL STATE L.A.
SEPTEMBER 30 TO SERVE STUDENTS
Los Angeles, CA – Tennis legend Billie
Jean King will return to California State University, Los Angeles
Saturday, Sept. 30, to demonstrate that—whether it’s tennis, fighting
for equality or supporting student-athletes’ success at her alma
mater—she serves with vigor and passion.
For the ninth straight year, Cal State L.A. will host “Billie Jean King
and Friends Presenting the Joe Shapiro Award.” The day’s events include
a morning tennis clinic and pro-am tournament on campus, lunch at the
University Club, and a tribute dinner and auction at the Ritz-Carlton
Huntington Hotel in Pasadena.
Sherwood Country Club Clay
Court Championships - August 12 - 20, 2006
Event - JPMorgan Chase Open - Home Depot Center,
Coverage of the 2006 JPMorgan Chase Open|
5 | Finals
2006 Draw Sheet
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Real tennis fans go to the Home Depot Center in Carson...and
with this Sunday's final they were not disappointed. The
JPMorgan Chase Open final match between Elena Dementieva (RUS)
and Jelena Jankovic (SCG) was a treat for all tennis fans. In
fact, if you were not a tennis fan, you definitely are one now.
Elena Dementieva of Russia remained calm and focused in her 6-3,
4-6, 6-4 win over Jelena Jankovic of Serbia. She needed all her
fitness and persistence as Jankovic, with a game very similar to
her own, courageously fought for every point. The points were
often deep, long baseline rallies which gave the crowd time to
invest in each player. Dementieva was clearly the more fit
player. She hit with speed and precision to take the first set.
Jankovic gained the favor of the crowd in the second set when
Dementieva tried a drop shot and Jankovic was able to reach it
for a winner. Jankovic would have spurts of aggression only to
lose the next couple points. Throughout the match, Dementieva
appeared confident and calm. At the beginning of the third set
Jankovic was treated for the heat. At 0-5 in the third. Jankovic
appeared revived and was able to win four more games to 4-5
before Dementieva finally claimed the title.
The match took two hours and 23 minutes. The heat was a factor
and the players iced themselves on every changeover. In her
interview, Jankovic said about Dementieva, "She is really fit.
One of the better fit on the tour. I need to improve my fitness
so I can play these long matches".
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When asked about the US Open, Jankovic stated "I think I can do
damage. I believe in myself". On the road to this final,
Jankovic took out Samantha Stosur (who beat Lindsay Davenport in
the first round) and then Serena Williams in the Semifinals. Her
ranking will rise to #21 after this week.
About Dementieva, Jankovic said "Elena is used to people
attacking her serve so she is ready to defend it. I was
expecting her to double fault more but she didn't."
Dementieva, currently ranked #6 on the Sony/Erickson WTA Tour,
has always been coached by her mother but is now being coached
by her brother. "I feel like I'm just getting to my best game."
she stated. "This is really an amazing feeling to win a title."
she said, "For sure we will celebrate this win." When asked
about her fitness, Dementieva responded, "I could play best of
five sets." When I am playing, I only feel the fatigue
after the match." About playing in Los Angeles, "I always
have great results playing here." She is going to
take a break and skip Montreal, but is scheduled for New Haven
and then the US Open where she will definitely need her best
The Home Depot Center is an outstanding tennis venue. The
intimate seating allows the crowd to feel as though they are
almost participating in the match. The fans were roaring after
some of the long points. Even though the expected main entrants
like Sharapova and Williams did not make it to the end, the
stadium was full and the tennis was memorable..
CountryWide Classic Tennis Tournament
July 24 - 30, 2006, UCLA - Los Angeles Tennis Center