March 30, 2006 |
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.
April 25, 2005 |
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.
April 25, 2004 |
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.
April 24, 2004 |
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."
April 24, 2003 |
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.
April 27, 2002 |
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.