LA JOLLA–Men’s defending singles champion and top seed Stuart Ross Duncan cruised into the third round of the USTA National 40 Hard Court Championships with an impressive 6-0, 6-1 victory over unseeded Jeffrey Weinstein of Long Beach.
Playing on a cool and cloudy morning on Court 1 at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club, the 43-year-old Duncan, a resident of Laguna Hills dominated from the start and established a 6-0, 5-0 lead before Weinstein held serve. Duncan went on to serve out the 13th game at love to close out the match in 55 minutes.
“I feel humbled, very lucky and grateful. This is such a great tournament. I’m happy to be here,” Duncan said as he spoke about his expectations coming into this week’s national championship. “I would like to play well. If I play well, good things will happen. I expect to do well. I have high hopes. I’m cautiously optimistic.”
Duncan will go up against ninth-seeded Ryan Pang of Mercer Island, Wash., in a third-round match on Wednesday.
Fifth seed Francisco Clavet, a former ATP touring professional who was ranked as high as No. 18 in the world, also advanced to the third round. The 51-year-old left-hander from Madrid, Spain, eased past John Gallelli of Seattle, 6-0, 6-1.
Clavet, who finished in the ATP Tour Top 100 for 12 consecutive years during his professional tennis career, will face 9th seeded William Casas of Ladera Ranch, Calif., on Wednesday.
In other men’s second-round action, second-seeded Jeff Greenwald of San Anselmo, Calif., had a tough challenge against unseeded Greg Failla of Ramona, but advanced with a hard-fought 7-5, 6-3 victory. Third-seeded Tony Bujan of Santa Ana dispatched Justin Work of Culver City, 6-2, 6-2.
On Wednesday, Greenwald will play ninth-seeded Pavel Levitanus of Laguna Niguel, Calif., while Bujan will take on another ninth seed, Guillermo Cosson of Houston. Greenwald and Bujan are both former three-time tournament champions.
Three-time defending women’s singles champion and top-seed Hiromi Sasano of San Diego received a first-round bye and will play her first match of the tournament on Wednesday. She will meet unseeded Christen Bartelt of Malibu in a quarterfinal match.
Second-seeded Amanda Parson Siegel of Santa Ana booked her spot in Wednesday’s quarterfinals as she eliminated Leora Grimshaw of Novato, Calif., 6-1, 6-0 in Tuesday’s first-round action.
Due to the high probability of rain on Wednesday morning, tournament officials have revised the starting time for men’s third-round and women’s quarterfinal singles matches. Weather permitting, play on Wednesday is now scheduled to begin at 2 p.m.
The starting times for each day of the tournament are as follows:
2 p.m. – Wednesday, December 4
8 a.m. – Thursday, December 5 through Saturday, December 7
9 a.m. – Sunday, December 8
La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club welcomes tennis spectators to the tournament with free admission. Onsite parking is available for a nominal fee.
The USTA National Father/Son and Grandfather/Grandson Hard Court Doubles Championships will be contested at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club from December 6 through Sunday, December 8. The Father/Son Championship has been held continuously at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club since 1959, and attracts the top father and son tennis teams in the nation. The Grandfather/Grandson Championship is a relatively new competitive division that started at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club in 2003.
Fans can tune-in to RadioTennis.com on Saturday, December 7 and Sunday, December 8 to listen to live audio play-by-play of the day’s matches on Court No. 1. Tennis broadcaster Ken Thomas will provide live web cast commentary at https://radiotennis.com/.
USTA National 40 Hard Court Championships Tuesday’s results:
Men’s Singles – Second Round
Stuart Duncan (1), Laguna Hills, Calif., def. Jeffrey Weinstein, Long Beach, Calif., 6-0, 6-1
Jeff Greenwald (2), San Anselmo, Calif., def. Greg Failla, Ramona, Calif., 7-5, 6-3
Tony Bujan (3), Santa Ana, Calif., def. Justin Work, Culver City, Calif., 6-2, 6-2
Francisco Clavet (5), Madrid, Alcobendas, def. John Gallelli, Seattle, 6-0, 6-1
Ryan Pang (9), Mercer Island, Wash., def. Damian Mooney, Manhattan Beach, Calif., 6-1, 6-1
Samuel Schroerlucke (5), Memphis, Tenn., def. Per Nordstrom, Hong Kong, 6-3, 6-1
Cornel Catrina (9), Costa Mesa, Calif., def. Bruce Ives, San Diego, 6-0, 6-1
Brett Masi (4), Long Beach, Calif., def. Kevin Smith, Chula Vista, 6-0, 6-0
Andrew Cheney (9), Scottsdale, Ariz., def. Kerry Safdie, San Diego, 6-1, 6-0
Matthew Semler (9), Portland, Ore., def. Michael Chang, Anaheim, Calif., 6-4, 3-6, 6-2
Dan Hiddleson (5), Corte Madera, Calif., def. Sergio Rico, La Jolla, 3-6, 6-4, 3-0 retired (injury)
Valter Paiva (9), Long Beach, Calif., def. Bach Nguyen, Garden Grove, Calif., 6-2, 6-3
William Casas (9), Ladera Ranch, Calif., def. Steven Vanderwesthuyzen, Lexington, Ky., 6-4, 6-4
Guillermo Cosson (9), Houston, def. Jeffrey Owens, Simi Valley, Calif., 6-3, 6-2
Ramin Pejan (5), Laguna Beach, Calif., def. Matthias Schmidt, Santa Monica, Calif., 6-2, 6-0
Pavel Levitanus (9), Laguna Niguel, Calif., def. Bo Johnson, Portland, Ore., 6-3, 7-5
Women’s Singles – First Round
Christen Bartelt, Malibu, Calif., def. Amy Endres, San Diego, 6-2, 7-5
Dina McBride (3), Valencia, Calif., def. Lisa Otten, Oceanside, 6-0, 6-0
Carla Zarbo, Chula Vista, def. Dianne Lee, Austin, Texas, 6-4, 6-7 (5), 7-6 (3)
Michele Mouttapa-Matek, Placentia, Calif., def. Hillary Park, La Mesa, 6-3, 6-4
Mariko Atoji, San Diego, def. Fanny Gamble (4), San Rafael, Calif., 6-1, 6-3
Claris Oas, Carlsbad, def. Nevanna Sacks, La Jolla, 6-2, 6-1
Amanda Parson Siegel (2), Santa Ana, Calif., def. Leora Grimshaw, Novato, Calif., 6-1, 6-0