April 29, 1985 |
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.
April 26, 1991 |
For several years, USC's Julie Tullberg was the queen of the courts at the Ojai Valley tennis tournament. But Thursday's first-round play found her struggling to regain the form that once allowed Tullberg to win a national junior championship and All-American honors in her freshman season. Tullberg, of Ojai, was beaten by Cal's Emilie Viqueira, 6-1, 6-3, in the opening round of the Pacific-10 women's singles. That marked a quick exit for a local favorite who has already won three titles at Ojai.
April 25, 1991 |
It's going to be a tight squeeze, but the longstanding tradition of serving orange juice at the Ojai Valley Tennis Tournament will continue--only this year it's going to take some concentration. The freeze that hit the county last winter has made oranges a scarcer commodity. So it's going to take some improvising to serve the usual 15,000 cups of juice at the four-day amateur tournament that begins today.
April 21, 1988
The Ojai Valley tennis tournament, the oldest and largest amateur event held at one location in the United States, will start its four-day run today at Ojai. The 89th event in the series will include the Pacific 10 Southern Division men's and women's championship matches, the collegiate invitational, the men's and women's community college title matches, the men's and women's open and several junior events. Championship matches will be played at Ojai's Libbey Park Saturday and Sunday.
April 23, 1987
The 88th Ojai Valley tennis tournament will be held today through Sunday. A total of 1,320 matches will be played in 30 divisions, including the Pacific 10 Southern Section men's and women's championships in both singles and doubles. Junior finals and semifinal matches in all other divisions will be held Saturday. The rest of the finals are Sunday. The matches will be played at Libbey Park, Ojai Valley Inn and Ojai Valley Racquet Club.
May 1, 1989
Saddleback College rallied behind its doubles team of Jamil Atcha and Gavin Fenske to gain a share of the men's community college team title at the Ojai Valley tennis tournament Sunday. Saddleback trailed Santa Barbara City by a point, but Atcha and Fenske defeated Sean Angel and Dayne Gingerich, 4-6, 7-5, 6-4, to force a tie. The teams finished with 16 points each. West Valley and Orange Coast tied for third with 11 points. Billy Miller of Santa Barbara City defeated Ed Peregrino of Saddleback, 6-2, 6-3, to win the singles title.
April 27, 1989
UCLA, California, Stanford and USC--four of the seven top-ranked men's college tennis teams and all from the Pacific 10--will be competing in the Ojai Valley tennis tournament today through Sunday. UCLA, No. 1 ranked nationally, will be trying to win the the Pac-10 championship and strengthen its position going into next month's National Collegiate Athletic Assn. tournament in Athens, Ga. UC Irvine, ranked No. 4 in the nation, is the favorite to win the title in the Big West Conference.
April 24, 1988 |
The 89th Ojai Valley tennis tournament was marred by bad weather Saturday--rain and hail--that caused matches to be postponed until later in the day. Then, only eight matches were completed before play was stopped again, shortly before 2 p.m. Tournament officials decided to postpone the matches until 7:30 a.m. today.
May 2, 2000
Susanna Lingman Woodbridge, Tennis Upset top-seeded Iris Ichim in the girls' 18s quarterfinals at the Ojai Valley tennis tournament Friday. Lingman, a junior, had a surprisingly easy match against the 14-year-old Romanian who lives in Beverly Hills, winning, 6-4, 6-1. Lingman then lost to Saddleback's Kim Nguyen the following day in the semifinals, 6-2, 6-0. Nguyen, a two-time Times' Orange County player of the year, lost to Ojai's Erin Burdette in the finals, 6-1, 6-1.
April 26, 1990
Stanford will bring its top-ranked men's and women's tennis teams to the Ojai Valley in a warmup for the upcoming NCAA tournament and is expected to lead the way in Ojai Valley tennis tournament today through Sunday. Sandra Birch and Stanford teammate Meredith McGrath are the top two ranked women's players in the Volvo Tennis/Collegiate rankings, and Stanford's Jonathan Stark is the No. 2-ranked men's player. Byron Black of USC is ranked No. 5, and Trisha Laux of USC is ranked No.