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Third Round of USTA National Open Hard Court Championships at Balboa Tennis Club



June 06, 2012
Second-Seeded Clarke Spinosa Gets Past Danny Riggs To Move Into Third Round of USTA National Open Hard Court Championships at Balboa Tennis Club

Top-seeded Alessandro-Damiano Ventre of Riverside, Calif. Easily Advances to Third Round

San Diego, Calif. - (June 5, 2012) – Second-seeded Clarke Spinosa was down 5-2 and two service breaks in the first set of his second round match at the United States Tennis Association National Open Hard Court Championships before he staged a strong comeback to eliminate Danny Riggs of Pompano Beach, Fla., 7-6 (3), 6-0.

Spinosa, a member of the University of San Diego men's tennis team, got off to a slow start and struggled to find his rhythm in the first set against Riggs, the 19-year-old grandson of former Wimbledon champion Bobby Riggs.

"He was playing really well in the first set. He was being very aggressive. I was trying to come in a lot, but he was hitting some ridiculous passing shots and I really couldn't do much," said Spinosa, who is competing in his first event since playing in USD's season-ending second round loss to UCLA in the NCAA tournament last month.

As Riggs served for the first set at 5-2, Spinosa stepped up his game and became more aggressive and broke serve. That was the turning point of the match as Spinosa regained the momentum and won four of the next five games to force a tiebreak.

After winning the tiebreak to close out the first set, Spinosa continued to keep the pressure on Riggs, who plays collegiate tennis at Cornell University. The second seed broke serve three times to build a 5-0 second set lead and went on to serve out the match.

"In the second set, I just wanted to come out and keep my foot on the gas pedal," Spinosa said. "I just thought if I get a break and a hold right away….I can just keep rolling."

Spinosa advances to the third round where he will play Gregory Garcia of Poway, Calif. at 10 a.m. (PDT) on Wednesday.

In other second round action, top-seeded Alessandro-Damiano Ventre of Riverside, Calif. defeated Juan Cobas of Santee, Calif. 6-0, 6-0. Ventre, ranked 935 in the ATP World Tour rankings, will face San Diego's Jason Welborn in a third round match at 9 a.m. (PDT) on Wednesday.

For the current schedule and the latest scores and results, go:

http://tennislink.usta.com/TOURNAMENTS/TournamentHome_New/Tournament.aspx?T=118307

Matches will begin at 9 a.m. (PDT) through the end of the tournament on Sunday, June 10.

The winners of each division will be awarded a USTA gold ball, while the runner-up will be awarded a USTA silver ball. There will also be a 3rd/4th place playoff for the USTA bronze ball. All draws will have consolation events.

Admission for spectators to the week-long tournament is free and open to the public. On-site parking is free. Lunch can be purchased at Babycakes Balboa Park, a California casual café located at the Balboa Tennis Club.

Former tournament champions include current American stars Jack Sock and CoCo Vandeweghe and former touring tennis professionals Gretchen Magers, Rosalyn Nideffer and Allison Bradshaw. The USTA National Open Hard Court Championships was voted, "2011 Tournament of the Year" by the San Diego District Tennis Association.

About The Balboa Tennis Club

In addition to the USTA National Open Hard Court Championships, the Balboa Tennis Club is the site for many prestigious tournaments throughout the year, such as the Maureen Connolly Balboa Open, the San Diego District Championships, the San Diego Metropolitan Tournament. The club, which is also the home of the San Diego Tennis Hall of Fame, boasts over 1,400 members, and is visited by approximately 6,000 day pass visitors each year. As a nonprofit organization, Balboa Tennis Club is dedicated to offering the finest facilities at an affordable price to help foster and develop the great game of tennis in San Diego.

The history of the Balboa Tennis Club dates back to 1922 when a small group of tennis enthusiasts raised $5,000 among themselves, and with the cooperation from the City Recreation Department, constructed six tennis courts adjacent to the present War Memorial Building.

On April 24, 1924, the San Diego Tennis Association received a lease to operate the courts for the public. The following year, a small clubhouse with locker rooms was built, but it was not until June 1939 that Articles of Incorporation were drawn up, and the Balboa Tennis Club actually was formed as a public, nonprofit corporation to foster and develop the game of tennis in San Diego....and to encourage competitive play with other clubs of this and other communities.

The club flourished many years at its original location and aided many young players in developing their games. In June 1966, the club moved to its present location and in July, 1983, assumed all the operational responsibilities of the Morley Field Tennis Complex. In 1989 Balboa Tennis Club was rated as America's Best Public Tennis Facility by the USTA. In 2000, the San Diego District Tennis Association named BTC as Club of the Year. In 2003, it received the Outstanding Tennis Facility award from the USTA for large facilities in the United States.

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USTA National Open Hard Court Championships

June 4-10, 2012

Balboa Tennis Club

San Diego, Calif.

J. Fred Sidhu

(619) 282-5706 -- Office

(619) 507-6943 -- Cell

Twitter: @JFredSidhu

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