Court Report August 2016 (catch up edition)

Assembled by Jill Nagahara-Evans

President’s message

Dear MVTC members, I trust all of you are having a great summer and enjoying tennis. MVTC has a lot of activity going on with 4 USTA teams for the next season, tournaments in July and August and an Interclub vs San Carlos where MVTC won our Killer Squirrel back. We have our 50th anniversary events coming up on the weekend of September 17th. For a volunteer run club like MVTC to complete 50 years is indeed a great milestone we can all be proud of. Please join us in the celebrations. You can find the information to sign up on .

At the Fall General meeting, coincident with the 50th celebrations on September 17th, we will be proposing the Board of Directors slate for 2017 for General membership approval. If you are interested in volunteering, please let us know soon. Thanks to everyone who volunteers to keep this great club going ! Have a great summer !

Best Regards, Madan

Mountain View Tennis Club’s 50th Anniversary Celebration Weekend

The deadline for signing up for the Club’s 50th Celebration is just around the corner. Don’t miss out, register by mail by Wednesday August 31, 2016. The details of the events and the registration form can be found on the website.

MVTC Club Volunteers for….

April Spring Parade & Festival 2016

MVTC would like to acknowledge the following for their participation in the Mtn View Spring Parade and Festival this year on April 23, 2016. The parade had excellent representation from the Tennis Advisory Board (TAB), Myrna from the MVTC Club, a number of MVTC members and friends also participated in the festivities to make sure tennis was well-represented.

Chris Samuel, our USTA Santa Clara County representative, brought the USTA booth and giant USTA inflatable Kid’s Club booth in her van along with Todd Conley, also of USTA. Noah Banks, Bill Martin, Paul Ferguson, and others from the Tennis Advisory Board (TAB) marched in the parade. All tended the booths afterward along with Myrna, MVTC Social Chair; and Natalie Johnson of MVTC and MV Tennis with demos and signups to promote MVTC, USTA, Mountain View Tennis, and the game of tennis.

At Pioneer Park there was a long line of parents and kids at the booth wanting to play with Myrna and Todd. Chris was a one-woman show with the entire booth and canopy and materials from USTA and giveaways. It probably spawned over 70 new tennis players ages 3 and up.

The Tennis booth provided by USTA/Chris and manned by MV Tennis, Myrna, Noah and others was a huge success.

Fastest Serve of the West

MVTC had the opportunity to raise $240.00 for the club at the Bank of the West Tournament in July by helping out at the USTA Fast Serve Booth. It was a lot of fun. We had guys showing up in flip flops and blasting 90+ MPH serves. We also had a young junior teenage girl who hit 78 MPH. Quite impressive!

Big thank you to all the volunteers: Linda Anthony, Jeremy Chen, Harold Habeck, Perry Lim, Terrie Rayl, Doug Woolverton and Warren Yamaguchi. MVTC’s own Harold Habeck hit an impressive 92 MPH serve.

Contributed by Terrie Rayl

MVTC to Appear in Inside Tennis

We’ve read the magazine, we’ve met him in person, and we’ve interviewed the interviewer, now we will be appearing in the magazine, Inside Tennis!

Seeking publicity for the club for our 50th anniversary, we got a thoughtful response from Bill Simons, creator and publisher of Inside Tennis. Perhaps this is a onetime opportunity to show that we have gotten this far and to help us carry on to the next 50 years. He suggested a concept for an ad stemming from the article we submitted.

Look for it in the September/October US Open Preview issue of Inside Tennis, distributed August 22, 2016.

Submitted by Kathy Nichols

Tournament Summaries

April Mixed Doubles Tournament Summary

Thank you all for a wonderful tournament. It was great to have such a group of nice and fun players to share the tennis courts with on a beautiful Saturday morning. We had some really competitive matches too. The final match of mixed 7.0 was decided by a tie break in the second set. And while the mixed 7.5 final was a nail biter with the winning team clinching a third set tie break at 12-10, the mixed 6.0 final was won in no less dramatic fashion with a super tie break score of 10-8.

Congrats to the winners: Sameer and Lara (7.5 mixed), Frank and Joel (Mens 7.0), Ray and Wendy (7.0 mixed), and Lloyd and Natalie (6.0 mixed). Each winning player won a gift card of $15 from Swetka. (Lloyd and Natalie, I did not get a chance to give you your card. Please email me your address and I'll send them to you.)

I also want to take the opportunity to recognize some of our first time players: Joel, Lonnie, Aleta, Emily, Wendy, Namhee and Lara. I look forward to seeing you again in our next tournament.

Welcome back, Tom. It was great to reconnect with a long-time club member.

Jill, thanks as always for putting together a nice breakfast and lunch for us. You are a food magician.

And many thanks for those who helped with setting up and cleaning up.

Jeremy, Tournament Director

Results Mixed 7.5-8.0 Winners: Lara Norman-Stowers/Sameer Ladiwala Mixed 7.0 Winners: Wendy McWalter/Ray Uribes Mixed 6.0 Winners: Natalie Johnson/Lloyd Oki Men's 6.5-7.0 Winners: Frank Mammadov/Joel Young

July Tournament Summary

We had nice turnout for our July Mixed Doubles tournament. Tournament Director Jeremy Chen did a great job as usual in making the draws fair and competitive. We had 6 teams in Division I (7.5 and above), 6 teams in Division 2 (7.0) and 4 teams in Division 3 (6.0 and under). The results:

Division I: Jennifer Adams/Brook Lee (winners) vs Kathy Nichols/Michael Alvarez 3-6, 6-4, 1-0 (10-2)

Division II: Sara Pawloski/Dana Glusovich (winners) vs Rie Collett/Perry Lim 7-5, 6-1

Division III: Steve Boljonis/Sara Martin (winners) vs Lloyd Oki/Emily Gupta 6-3,3-6, 1-0 (10-8)

We had great food provided by our food director Jill Nagahara-Evans. We want to give special thanks to Nora Hayward for once again generously donating cool designer sunglasses to the winners. The weather was nice and warm for some fun tennis.

August Interclub MVTC vs. San Carlos

Our interclub rival match was hosted by San Carlos Tennis Club at Carlmont High School. It was a beautiful summer day to hang out with friends while playing tennis, eating delicious food and drink all provided by San Carlos. Mixed doubles with 8 games played (7-point Coman tiebreak), or 45” time limit, whichever came first was the format. The tournament included MVTC being armed with 24 solid MVTC club members to take the win 23-13, along with claiming back our beloved squirrel trophy.

Thanks to Jeremy for organizing the squirrelly crew. Stay tuned for details for the October interclub match where we reciprocate hosting San Carlos, and they try and steal the Squirrel trophy back.

Photos of Interclub Tourney at San Carlos

August Singles Tournament

We had the triumphant return of our singles tournament with 25 players. 16 Men and 9 Women in 4 divisions. The Mens draw had some last minute requests but we were unable to accommodate due to the limit of 8 players per division. Lesson here is to always register early to guarantee your spot. The weather was good, food tasty, and the tennis fun. We introduced a World Team Set to 5 games option to speed things along which some players appreciated.

Mens Division I (4.0 to 5.0): Final: Vignesh Iyer (Winner) vs Kyle Shin: 6-2, 2-6, 1-0 (10-6). Semi: Vigesh Iyer (Winner) vs Perry Lim 1-5, 5-2, 1-0 (10-7), Kyle Shin (Winner) vs Michael Alvarez 6-2, 6-1. Quarters: Kyle Shen (Winner) vs Sameer Ladiwala 7-6, 4-1 Ret.,Michael Alvarez (Winner) vs Peter Dollinger 7-5, 6-2, Vignesh Iyer (Winner) vs Steve Lai 5-1, 5-1. Perry Lim (Winner) vs Mike Rogers 5-0, 5-1. Consolation: Steve Lai (Winner) vs Peter Dollinger 5-1, 6-4

Division II (3.0 to 3.5) Final: C. Tung (Winner) vs Nad Karim: 5-1, 1-5, 1-0 (11-9). Semi: Nad (walkover), C. Tung (Winner) vs Steven Boljonis 5-0, 5-0. Quarters: N. Karim (Winner) vs Julian Tham 5-1, 5-2. Jim Hayes (Winner) vs H. Govindarajan 6-0, 6-1. Steven Boljonis (Winner) vs Arjun Vasan 6-1, 6-0. C. Tung (Winner) vs Todd Young 5-1, 5-0. Consolation: Todd Young (Winner) vs H. Govindarajan 5-3, 3-5, 1-0 (10-6)

Women Division I (3.5 to 4.0) Final: Fer Padilla (Winner) vs Lily Dao-Tran 6-2, 6-4. Semi: Fer Padilla (Winner) vs Izumi Yaskawa 5-2, 1-5, 1-0. Lily Dao-Tran (winner) vs Kathy Nichols 5-2, 5-2. Quarters: Izumi Yaskawa (winner) vs Aleta Nye: 6-4, 4-6, 1-0, Lily Dao-Tran (winner) vs Sumin Elarde 5-1, 5-0. Consolation: Sumin Elarde (winner) vs Kathy Nichols 5-3, 5-2.

Women Division II (3.0 to 3.5): Round Robin: R. Fang (winner) vs Nagahara 5-4, 5-4. R. Fang (winner) vs Vournazos 3-6, 6-0, 1-0, Nagahara vs Vournazos 6-3, 4-0 Ret.

Submitted by Perry Lim

USTA Report

Mountain View Tennis Club continues to sponsor a variety of USTA teams. Over the summer Warren Yamaguchi has captained a men's 55+8.0 team, while Linda Anthony has taken on leadership of a women's 55+ 8.0 team. In all, 27 MVTC members participated in these two teams.

For the upcoming fall league season, the club is running four teams. John Farcich will be at the helm of a mixed 55+7.0 team. Hamid Rafiei, ever the dedicated captain, will take charge of two combo teams: Men's 7.5 and 8.5. Jill Nagahara-Evans will champion a women's 7.5 combo team. Team registration for the upcoming leagues season is now closed.

I want to thank Warren, Linda, John, Hamid and Jill for helping make USTA league play an integral part of what MVTC has to offer our members.

For the future, I encourage anyone who has yet to captain a team to consider taking on this important club role. Being a team captain can be both fun and fulfilling. The nuts and bolts of the job are easy to learn and the club is here to support you. If you are interested now or for the future, simply send me an email with any questions you have. I am here to consult, and I promise I will not “hard-sell” anyone who feels the role is not right for them. That said, if you have wanted to play USTA league tennis and have not found a team within the club to fit your interest or playing level, being a captain is a good way to make it happen.

Jim Evans USTA@