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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”Read More
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.
Like Father, Like Son for USC Coach and Freshman
“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.”
Long Beach Post
Long Beach Coaching Duo Helping Youth Turn Tennis Skills Into Scholarships
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.