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Top-Seed,Alessandro Damiano Ventre, Cruises at the USTA National Open Hard Court Championships

June 07, 2012
Top-Seeded Alessandro Damiano Ventre Cruises Into Fourth Round of

USTA National Open Hard Court Championships at Balboa Tennis Club

Top-seed Gabriella DeSimone to Play Opening Round Women's Singles Match at 9 a.m. Thursday

San Diego, Calif. - (June 6, 2012) – Alessandro Damiano Ventre of Costa Mesa, Calif. hopes the third time is the charm at the USTA National Open Hard Court Championships being played this week at the Balboa Tennis Club.

The top-seeded Ventre, ranked No. 935 on the ATP World Tour, has played the tournament on two previous occasions, losing in the semifinals in 2009 and in the finals in 2010.

This year, the 26-year-old native of Brazil could be on his way to the title as he cruised past San Diego's Jason Welborn, 6-0, 6-0 in a third-round match which took a little over an hour.

After receiving a first-round bye, Ventre has been impressive in advancing to the fourth round without the loss of a single game.

"This is the third time I played here. I really enjoy the environment. There are always a lot of people coming out to the courts to watch the matches," Ventre said. "There are a lot competitive players and good college players here."

Ventre, who possesses lightning-quick racquet speed on his forehand, knows what he has to do to keep winning this week at the Balboa Tennis Club. "I have to be focused on every single point. I have to put in a lot of first serves and basically fight for every point. We'll see how it goes," he said.

In other third-round action, second-seeded Clarke Spinosa of Claremont, Calif. eliminated Gregory Garcia of Poway, Calif., 6-3, 6-2, to advance to the fourth round. Fourth-seeded Jonathan Pearlman of New York, N.Y., also advanced to Thursday's fourth-round with a 6-2, 6-1, victory over Patrick Guion of Carlsbad, Calif.

Top-seeded Gabriella DeSimone of Rancho Santa Fe will play her opening match in the women's singles draw against Regina Suarez of La Quinta at 9 a.m. (PDT) on Thursday.

De Simone is a two-time San Diego Section California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) champion, who recently completed her freshman year at the University of Southern California.

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

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.



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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