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Match-ups set for SFs and Finals at the 123rd Annual Pacific Coast Men's Doubles Championships



March 04, 2012
SUNDAY'S SEMIFINAL MATCH-UPS ARE SET FOR 123rd ANNUAL PACIFIC

COAST MEN'S DOUBLES CHAMPIONSHIPS AT LA JOLLA & BEACH & TENNIS CLUB

Championships Final Scheduled For Approximately 1 p.m. (Pacific Time) on Sunday Afternoon

La Jolla, Calif. - (March 3, 2012) – Another chapter will be written in the long history of the Pacific Coast Men's Doubles Championships as the tournament comes to a close on Sunday with the semifinals and championship scheduled to be played at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club.

Sunday's schedule will begin with the first semifinal at 9 a.m. (PT) as Warren Hardie and Clay Thompson of UCLA will face the independent team of Kris Kwinta and John Peers.

At approximately 10:30 a.m. (PT), the second semifinal match between defending champions Bradley Klahn and Ryan Thacher of Stanford and Sebastian Fanselow and Jenson Turner of Pepperdine will take place.

The championship match, which will feature the winner of each semifinal match, will begin at approximately 1 p.m. (PT).

On Saturday afternoon, Klahn and Thacher got through a tough first set in their quarterfinal match against Chasen Melton and Ben McLachlan of UC Berkeley (Cal) and went on to score a 6-4, 6-1, victory to advance to the semifinals.

If Klahn and Thacher win the championship on Sunday, they will be the first team in over 20 years to win back-to-back titles at the Pacific Coast Men's Doubles Championships.

The last team to accomplish the feat was Stanford's Jared Palmer and Jonathan Stark, who won the Pacific Coast Men's Doubles Championships in 1990 and 1991.

"I'm really happy with the way we've been playing…we've been getting a little bit better each match so far. We're looking forward to the semis tomorrow," Thacher said following the quarterfinal victory.

"One of our strengths at this point is our experience together. We've been playing as a team for two and a half years now, so we have a good feel where each other is going to be on the court. When we're returning and serving well, that gives us a big advantage," he added.

Even though many athletes don't like to look ahead when they play a tournament, Thacher said he and Klahn came into this year's tournament with the expectation and hope that they would be in the position to win a second consecutive title.

"It would be a great honor with all of the names who have played this tournament throughout the years," Thacher said. "To win it one time was awesome and to have the chance to be in there for a second is icing on the cake."

Spectator admission to the 123rd Annual Pacific Coast Men's Doubles Tennis Championships is free and open to the public. On-site parking is available for a nominal fee.

For the full tournament draw, go to:

http://tennislink.usta.com/TOURNAMENTS/TournamentHome_New/Tournament.aspx?T=113637

Named "Club of the Year" for 2011 by the San Diego District Tennis Association and 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 when it attracted its first major tournament – the Pacific Coast Men's Doubles Championship in 1942.

The Annual Pacific Coast Men's Doubles Championship is one of the five-oldest tennis events in the world and the second oldest tennis event in the United States. First held in 1890 at The Hotel Del Monte in Monterey, California, the event was created to promote the sale of real estate on the Monterey peninsula. The original concept pitted the best players from the East versus those from the West. This coast-to-coast rivalry was the inspiration for the Davis Cup. Past winners of the Pacific Coast Men's Doubles Championship include Jack Kramer, Ted Schroeder, Bobby Riggs, Pancho Segura, Don Budge, Tony Trabert, Stan Smith, Bob Lutz, Arthur Ashe, Dennis Ralston, John McEnroe, and many other world-class champions.

Boasting a long legacy within the tennis community, the Club offers a full range of lessons, clinics, camps and services by their Tennis Staff, including Director of Tennis Conan Lorenzo and a variety of experienced United States Professional Tennis Association pros.

For more information please visit www.LJBTC.com. The La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club will also be hosting the USTA National Hard Court Championships for Women's 50-90 age groups and the club's 40th Annual Spring Senior Championships for Men's 60-85 age groups on Monday, May 14, through Sunday, May 20.

About the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club, Inc. – Celebrating its 75-year anniversary in 2010, the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club is a fourth-generation, family-owned and operated company dedicated to the operation of a 14-acre beachside resort. The resort includes three properties, including the exclusive La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club, the 128-room La Jolla Shores Hotel and the historic Marine Room restaurant. Resort amenities include 14 championship tennis courts, a nine-hole Par-3 golf course, two swimming pools, two additional oceanfront restaurants and cocktail lounges, and one of Southern California's only private beaches. For more information visit www.LJBTC.com.

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123rd Annual Pacific Coast Men's Doubles Championships

March 1-4, 2012

La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club

La Jolla, Calif.

J. Fred Sidhu

(619) 282-5706 (O)

(619) 507-6943 (C)

Twitter: @JFredSidhu

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