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April 21, 1994 | DANA HADDAD
More than 100 area tennis players, and several more from high school and college teams in the region, will participate in the 95th Ojai Valley tennis tournament which starts today at various locations throughout Ojai and Ventura County. Ojai, is considered the oldest and one of the largest tournaments in the United States sponsored by one club. Singles action starts today with 700 matches being played by 1,400 of the 1,600 total entrants in 34 divisions.
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April 29, 2007 | Lauren Peterson, Times Staff Writer
Lindsey Nelson is showing that she is comfortable on almost any stage. The USC junior, who majors in creative writing and minors in theater, used energetic and passionate play to take all the drama out of her semifinal match against Stanford senior Theresa Logar in the Pacific 10 Conference championships Saturday at the 107th Ojai Valley tennis tournament. Nelson, ranked No. 9 nationally by the Intercollegiate Tennis Assn.
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April 21, 1994 | WENDY WITHERSPOON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The year was 1938 and the sound of playing cards slapping on a table mixed with occasional laughter wafted from a dimly lit hotel room in the small town of Ojai. At one corner of the table sat 16-year-old Jack Kramer, deeply engrossed in a late-night game of poker with some friends. They had gathered to while away the evening after competing in the Ojai Valley tennis tournament during the day. No one knew then what an impressive tennis career awaited Kramer.
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April 28, 2007 | Lauren Peterson, Times Staff Writer
USC's Lindsey Nelson and California's Susie Babos look on course to duel again. Babos defeated Nelson for the 2006 NCAA singles championship, and after each recorded victories Friday, they are headed toward a possible meeting in the Pacific 10 Conference individual championships at the Ojai Valley tennis tournament at Libbey Park in Ojai.
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April 27, 2002 | LAUREN PETERSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Ojai Valley tennis tournament will lose the distinction of being the oldest amateur tennis tournament in the country next year, when prize money will be awarded to winners in men's and women's open singles and doubles. A commitment to a total purse of $10,000, split in a manner still to be determined, has been made by the Ojai Valley Tennis Club, the nonprofit organization that runs the 102-year-old tournament.
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April 29, 1990 | MIKE PENNER
For 37 years now, Dick Leach has tasted the orange juice, taken the tea, walked through the valley and reveled in the simple truth that shades this setting as much as the towering oak and eucalyptus trees. Old tennis players never die, they just keep coming back to Ojai. Since 1953, Leach has been involved in the Ojai Valley tennis tournament as either a player, coach or spectator, which makes him a good source of reference, unless you're interested in the first 54 years.
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April 25, 2001 | LAUREN PETERSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Banners and signs trumpeting the return of the largest annual event in Ojai have been hung at the entrance to Libbey Park and in the archways and on utility posts of the arcade across the street. Hospitality tents dot the park's landscape. Tarps to be used as sunscreens have been raised, and the umpires' chairs, scorecards and towels have been taken out of storage and delivered to their destinations. Decisions have been made regarding what events will be scheduled. The draws are set.
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April 27, 1991 | DAVID COULSON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Mike and Bob Bryan could be venturing into unfamiliar territory today in the Ojai Valley tennis tournament--their first competitive match against each other. If the Camarillo twins both win their semifinal-round matches this morning, they would face each other at 11 a.m. today at Libby Park. Although the 12-year-olds are among the top 10 players in the nation in the United States Tennis Assn.'s boys' 14-and-under rankings, they have never met on the court.
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April 28, 1991 | DAVID COULSON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Alejandro Hernandez proved to be double trouble in singles for Bob and Mike Bryan on Saturday at the Ojai Valley tennis tournament, but White and White was just right for a doubles championship. Hernandez, who splits his time playing out of San Diego in U. S. junior events and in Tijuana to compete in Mexican tournaments, won his boys' 14 singles semifinal match Saturday morning with an impressive 6-1, 6-4 win over Camarillo's Bob Bryan.
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April 29, 1985 | MIKE PENNER, Times Staff Writer
Tradition is still on center court at the Ojai Valley Tennis Tournament, still plugging away from the baseline, but at 86, it has managed to lose a step or two. Imagine this: The annual Friday night dance, for years an exercise in evening gowns and suits and ties, has gone mod. Yep, no more pomp and circumstance for the players. This year, the musical entertainment was provided by a local Top-40 cover band called--brace yourself--The Bumps.
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April 30, 2006 | Lauren Peterson, Times Staff Writer
The nearly constant stream of whispered platitudes, applause and encouragement showered on Sam Querrey barely kept pace with the rising young star's repertoire of prodigious serves and well-placed shots. The 18-year-old Querrey manhandled Noah Newman, a 28-year-old former UCLA player, in a 6-2, 6-4 semifinal victory Saturday in the men's open division of the 106th Ojai Valley tennis tournament at Libbey Park.
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March 30, 2006 | Steve Pratt, Times Staff Writer
Before they became among the best their sports had ever seen, Pete Sampras and Tiger Woods were Southern California teenagers performing in old, venerable tournaments that had been around since the turn of the 20th century. Before the first Rose Bowl was played in Pasadena in 1902, tennis was played in Ojai. Before the first Santa Anita Handicap was run in 1935, golf was played at country clubs all around Los Angeles. And before the CIF State track meet started in 1915, Carpinteria played host to hosted its first track meet.
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April 25, 2005 | Lauren Peterson, Times Staff Writer
Stanford senior Sam Warburg defeated Washington senior Alex Vlaski, 7-5, 7-5, to win the Pacific 10 Conference singles championship at the Ojai Valley tennis tournament for the second year in a row, but he wasn't the only player in repeat mode, as encore showings abounded and double duty was common during finals Sunday at Libbey Park in Ojai. Warburg, who also teamed with K.C.
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April 23, 2005 | Lauren Peterson, Times Staff Writer
The biggest draw in the first two days of the 105th Ojai Valley Tennis Tournament strode off the court, his strawberry-blond hair beneath his baseball cap darkened with sweat and his face brightened by a satisfied grin. Thousand Oaks High junior Sam Querrey left without a victory Friday, falling, 6-3, 2-6, 6-4, to top-seeded ATP tour pro Cecil Mamiit in front of about 300 spectators during the men's Open singles quarterfinals at the Ojai Valley Inn and Spa.
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April 25, 2004 | Elia Powers, Times Staff Writer
For all his recent travels, amid the inconsistencies of life as an American immigrant, Adriano Biasella has found a welcoming, one-weekend-a-year home in the hills of Southern California. He has come to past Ojai Valley tennis tournaments with lofty expectations, carried various affiliations and maintained a dominant style. He coasted through the men's community college and open divisions the last two years, each time earning an individual title.
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April 24, 2004 | Elia Powers
One season after she became Oregon's first women's Pacific 10 singles champion, junior Daria Panova made an early exit from the conference tournament Friday on Day 2 of the Ojai Valley tennis event. USC freshman Anca Anastasiu started slowly but came back to eliminate the second-seeded Panova, 4-6, 6-0, 6-3, in the quarterfinals. "It was a good match," Anastasiu said. "I thought I played pretty well."
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April 25, 2003 | Lauren Peterson, Times Staff Writer
Josh Lederman played two hard-fought matches at the 103rd Ojai tournament Thursday, but his opponents weren't all he battled. Lederman, a sophomore at North Hollywood Harvard-Westlake High, suffers from Guillain-Barre syndrome, a rare condition that causes nerve inflammation and affects muscle strength, balance and coordination. In severe cases, the disorder can cause paralysis and be life-threatening if the diaphragm and breathing are affected.
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April 24, 2003 | Lauren Peterson, Times Staff Writer
Change is a new watchword for the Ojai Valley tennis tournament, the way tradition has been in the past, and will remain, organizers insist, once the dust settles from recent renovation and revitalization efforts completed just in time for this year's competition. "The Ojai tournament is the Ojai tournament," said Bob Jarboe, president of the Ojai Valley Tennis Club, the nonprofit group that organizes and runs the four-day event. "All the stuff we've always done, we're going to do this year too.
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