Our excellent coaching staff and I are proud to update you on a new year of Stanford tennis. Look for a much improved men's team and another great season of women's tennis!
The $18 million Taube Tennis Center, after 20 years of construction, is now complete. Thanks to 1,500 of you who have joined to make it possible. It is perfectly suited to host this Spring's first-ever combined men's and women's NCAA Championship. All 18 courts are lighted, have spectator seating and have been re-surfaced. There remain only some small, transparent "touch-ups" to complete before the Championships begin. We will mail in early December an appeal for some help in this regard and for the NCAA Championships as well.
Special Thanx to Bob Keenan, Stanford tennis '48, for his participation in our team "Rows of Champions."
Card Court Club:
Our newly-formed Booster Club got off to a great start last year. Membership information for 2006 will be mailed in late January. We hope you will join with us to make Stanford Tennis better and stronger than ever. We value and need your support!
NCAA's: (May 18-29)
We have never undertaken such a big responsibility with Stanford tennis. This will be a tremendous Community Celebration of tennis. Here are a few of the features: Tennis Month Events @ Taube: (Designed to stimulate interest in the Championship)
- April 28-30 - USTA Senior League Championships (900 players)
- May 5-7 - USTA Mixed League Championships (600 players)
- May 12-14 - Possible Round of 64 and 32 NCAA play-offs
a) May 13 - Community Tennis Association TeamTennis Tournament
b) May 14 - Kid's Day Carnival, featuring USPTA's "Tennis Across America" hitting clinic (1,000 youths)
- May 18-23 - Women's & Men's NCAA Team Championships - final rounds (16 teams of each)
- May 23-29 - Women's & Men's NCAA Individual Championships (64 singles players and 32 doubles teams each)
- Over 450 players and 200 school coaches and officials
- 100 NCAA support staff, umpires, etc.
- 300 tournament volunteers (To help: contact tourney co-chairs Cameron Bianchi (email@example.com) or Liz Blum (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- 24 Volunteer Committees (Host Families, Banquets, Player Lounges, Hospitality, various Community/School Coordinators, Ushers, Memorabilia Sales, Alumni, etc.).
- Over 500 Ball Kids (Contact Andrea Barnes at email@example.com)
- Big Former Player Reunion (May 19-24) - Save the date - Info to follow in January. (Chair - Valerie Wilson (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Another season is about to commence and we look forward to getting our campaign under way especially with the exciting bonus of playing for the championship at home in May!
Our fall will begin with the All-American tournament at Riviera CC in Pacific Palisades in early October and we have just about the entire team playing in some event. We will be especially excited to watch freshman Jessica Nguyen and sophomore transfer Celia Durkin, both Southern Cal girls, get their Stanford careers under way. Both Alice Barnes and Anne Yelsey are in today's quarterfinals - checl www.itatennis.com for updates. Special thanks to John and Kathy Kissick of Pacific Palisades who house all the girls during this event each year.
The following weekend, October 15 and 16 we will help organizer Rosie Casals with a fundraiser for Marin County Breast Cancer Research at the beautiful Harbor Point Club in Mill Valley. Some of our players will partner with Martina Navratilova and Tracy Austin and members of the Cal team in a World Team Tennis format both afternoons while others will help out in the morning pro-ams. Please come up and support this event for a worthy cause!
Regionals will again be at Taube Tennis Center during the weekend of October 21-24 so stop by and see all of our players in action particularly the new members.
Finally our fall will conclude with our annual trip to the Orchid on the Big Island of Hawaii. Space is limited but still available if you would like to join this fabulous clinic with the teams and match with the University of Hawaii. Call Dwayne Thompson of Isle Travel at 408-923-5550.
CONGRATS to: Sue Hodgman Anawalt ('62) and Patty Fendick McCain ('87), now the University of Texas women's coach, on their induction into the Nor Cal Tennis Hall of Fame in July, Barbara ('79) and Kathy Jordan ('81) on their selection to the San Jose Sports Hall of Fame (Induction ceremonies at H-P Pavilion in San Jose Nov. 3 (contact Phil Winton, email@example.com, for dinner reservation information), and Sandra Birch (91) on her induction into the Stanford Sports Hall of Fame Sept. 30
We'll see you out at the courts!
We are looking forward to an exciting 2005-06 season. We would like to update you on what some of the players past and present have done this summer. And, what we are looking forward to this fall.
Summer 2005 Recap:
- Former players, Bob and Mike Bryan, Jared Palmer, Jim Thomas, Jeff Salzenstein, David Martin, Scott Lipsky, and Sam Warburg have had success this summer playing on the ATP, Challenger, and Futures tours. KJ Hippensteel and Ryan Haviland have both been injured. They hope to resume their tournament schedule in the near future.
- Congratulate Bob and Mike Bryan on winning the US Open Doubles, and along with Captain Patrick McEnroe, leading the US to a Davis Cup victory over Belgium. Also, Jim Thomas and Paul Goldstein reaching the U.S. Open semi-finals.
- Sam Warburg ended up ranked #1 in World Team Tennis doubles with Mark Knowles. Sam played for the Sacramento Capitals. They reached the Conference final. He also won two futures singles tournaments.
- Current players, James Pade won two futures doubles tournaments. Matt Bruch reached the third round of singles in the US Open Junior Tournament.
Matt Bruch Freshman Lake Forest, IL
KC Corkery Senior Manhattan Beach, CA
Ken Kao Freshman Cupertino, CA
Phil Kao Sophomore Cupertino, CA
Eric McKean Junior Portland, OR
Blake Muller Freshman Santa Barbara, CA
James Pade Junior Woodside, CA
Chris Rasmussen Sophomore Moraga, CA
Dave Ryan Junior Los Angeles, CA
James Wan Junior Woodbury, NY
Jon Wong Senior Los Altos Hills, CA
Jeff Zeller Freshman Centennial, CO
Schedule (Fall Quarter)
- Oct. 3-9 Polo Ralph Lauren/ITA All-American, Tulsa, OK (James Pade, James Wan, and Matt Bruch in the qualifying starting Oct. 3. KC Corkery in the main draw starting Oct. 6. Freshman Matt Bruch has reached the quarter finals and will play on Saturday - www.itatennis.com for up-dates.
- Oct. 7-9 Bronco Classic, Santa Clara University
- Oct. 21-25 ITA Regional, Santa Clara University
- Nov. 3-6 ITA National Individual Indoor Championships, Columbus, OH (for players that qualify from the ITA Regional, or All-American)
- Nov. 22 at Hawaii 1pm
New Volunteer Assistant Coach
I am pleased to announce that JJ Whitlinger (my son) will be helping the tennis program this year. He has recently graduated from Saint Maryís College. He was a four year member of the tennis team, and a politics major.
Sam Warburg and Phil Sheng have graduated. They will be missed. Dave, JJ and I are looking forward to the four freshman that will be joining the team. We like the combination of youth and experience. It should be an exciting season. We are looking forward to hosting the NCAA Championships in May.