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Pac 12

Pac-12 Announces men’s tennis player of the week

THIS WEEK: Riley Smith, USC
Extended his singles win streak to 10 in a row with 4 wins in USC’s 5 matches this week. Playing at the No. 1 doubles spot with Brandon Holt, Smith helped USC win doubles points in all 5 matches last week.

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Big West Conference

Bridge, Gerard earns Tennis Weekly Awards


Cooper Bridge won four times in singles, while Julie Gerard helped her squad extend its winning streak to six straight as this week’s Big West Tennis Athlete of the Week recipients.UC Riverside senior Cooper Bridge (Seal Beach, Calif./San Joaquin HS) posted four wins in singles to help the Highlanders to a 3-3 mark, earning Big West Men’s Tennis Athlete of the Week honors.

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The Brown & White

Acing Exams and Opponents: George Cooper Balances Tennis and CSB


Computer science and business major. Fraternity member. Student athlete. Many students at Lehigh can make the time to be one of these things, some can manage two and few manage to maintain all three obligations. Sophomore George Cooper has embraced the challenge, playing first singles and doubles on the Lehigh men’s tennis team while getting his degree in CSB.

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Big West Conference

McCann, Melounova earns Tennis Weekly Awards


Kyle McCann of UC Riverside and Petra Melounova of Hawai‘i were the top tennis performers for the Big West as the weekly honors were announced. UC Riverside sophomore Kyle McCann (San Jose, Calif./Los Alamitos HS) earned Big West Men’s Tennis Athlete of the Week honors after winning a combined four matches and helping the Highlanders to a pair of victories.

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Voyage LA

Meet Mitch Bridge of Southern California Tennis Academy

 

Meet Mitch Bridge, the Founder and Director of the SC Tennis Academy in Long Beach, CA. “During the tennis boom of the 70’s, I had 3 tennis courts at the end of my block where I would walk down to and play. I was motivated and inspired by Connor, Evert, McEnore and Borg. I liked the wooden rackets and art and brains of the game.”

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New York Times

Top Juniors Share Court Pedigree


For two American boys who reached junior finals at the U.S. Open, playing tennis was simply going into the family business. Brandon Holt, who reached the boys’ doubles final, is the son of Tracy Austin, who won the Open twice as a teen, in 1979 and 1981. Holt’s partner, Riley Smith, also has tennis lineage.

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ITA Tennis

Like Father, Like Son for USC Coach and Freshman

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“Winning a Father-Son championship was every bit as good as winning an NCAA team championship,” said Peter. “It’s not exactly the same feeling. When you win an NCAA team championship, you have a team and you take them from A to Z. But when you’re at a Father-Son, we’ve played for 10 years. It’s pretty special to be on the court doing something you love with someone you love.”

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Long Beach Post


Long Beach Coaching Duo Helping Youth Turn Tennis Skills Into Scholarships
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Peter Smith and Mitch Bridge made their first connection volleying and lobbing green felt balls over the net as team mates at Long Beach State during the late 80s. Two of the stars from the then number two ranked 49ers men’s tennis team went on to compete on the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) tour, earning WTA rankings, and in the case of Smith, coach a division one powerhouse program. But their love for tennis, the duo says, is only equaled by their love for Long Beach, the city where their tennis careers took off.

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