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USTA National Open Hard Court Tennis Championships

June 11, 2012
Spinosa and De Simone Wrap Up Respective Singles Titles at

USTA National Open Hard Court Championships at Balboa Tennis Club

Both Players Awarded USTA Gold Balls After Winning National Championship

San Diego, Calif. - (June 10, 2012) – Second-seeded Clarke Spinosa of Claremont, Calif. and Gabriella De Simone of Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., had a day to remember at the Balboa Tennis Club as both players captured singles titles at the USTA National Open Hard Court Championships.

Spinosa, who plays intercollegiate tennis for the University of San Diego, defeated seventh-seeded Campbell Johnson of Rancho Santa Fe, 2-6, 6-1, 6-1, in the men's singles final.

The 19-year-old De Simone, a member of the women's tennis team at the University of Southern California, defeated second-seeded Megan McCray of Oceanside, 6-1, 6-0, in the women's singles final.

After exchanging service breaks in the first set to open the women's singles final, De Simone won 11 consecutive games on her way to winning the title. Afterwards she said the score did not indicate how tough the match was.

"She (McCray) really made me work for every point. I stayed focused and competed really well." De Simone said. "This win is really good for my confidence. I'm really happy about it."

In the men's singles final, Spinosa dropped the opening set against the 20-year-old-Johnson, who has played the last two years at the University of Georgia.

However, Spinosa cut down on his unforced errors and picked up the level of his game and won the next two sets to claim the title. It was the fourth straight three-set victory of the tournament for Spinosa.

"I just wanted to come out and be aggressive, but Campbell was playing well in the first set. He had me on the run and he was really attacking," said Spinosa, who credited his fitness for helping him win after losing the first set.

"I just wanted to stay out there as long as possible and see if I could break him down," he said. "We had a lot of long points and Campbell got a little tired."

Following their title matches, both champions were awarded a USTA gold ball for winning the national tennis event. It is the first time Spinosa and De Simone have won gold balls.

The runner-up in each division received a USTA silver ball. There was also a 3rd/4th place playoff for the USTA bronze ball.

For complete scores and results, go to:

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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