Hard court championships get under way in La Jolla on Monday

Frances Chandler (Jackson, Tenn.) is returning to defend her singles title in the women’s 50s. Last year, she defeated Tracy Houk of Half Moon Bay, Calif. in the Women’s 50s singles final. Courtesy photos
Frances Chandler (Jackson, Tenn.) is returning to defend her singles title in the women’s 50s. Last year, she defeated Tracy Houk of Half Moon Bay, Calif. in the Women’s 50s singles final. Courtesy photos

The La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club will host the United States Tennis Association (USTA) National Senior Women’s Hard Court Tennis Championships on Monday. The event will be played through Sunday, May 20.

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Frances Chandler (Jackson, Tenn.) is returning to defend her singles title in the women’s 50s. Last year, she defeated Tracy Houk of Half Moon Bay, Calif. in the Women’s 50s singles final. Courtesy photos

Events include both singles and doubles in the 50 and over, 60 and over, 70 and over, 80 and over, and 90 and over age groups. The women’s events are national championships and attract the best players from all over the country in each age group, making this field of competitors the strongest in the country in each age division.

The La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club’s 40th Annual Spring Senior Championships for men will also take place that week in conjunction with the women’s events. Although the men’s events are not national championships, they will feature many senior players who regularly compete in national tournaments. The men’s events will include singles and doubles for 60 and over, 65 and over, 70 and over, 75 and over, 80 and over, and 85 and over age groups. Total participation for both the men’s and women’s tournaments is expected to be 300-plus players.

The La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club started each of these events and has hosted them since their inception. Designated one of the Top 50 Tennis Resorts in the world by Tennis Resorts Online, the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club’s reputation as a top tennis destination started in 1942 when it attracted its first major tournament, the Pacific Coast Men’s Doubles Championship.

Admission to this week-long tournament is free and open to the public with a snack bar and dining facility on-site. There is a nominal fee for on-site parking. Draws will be posted at the Beach Club and will be available via LJBTC.com. Daily matches will start at 8 a.m.

   
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