AMERICAN VAL WILDER WINS TWO MEN’S 50 TITLES AT INTERNATIONAL
TENNIS FEDERATION SENIORS WORLD INDIVIDUAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
Tournament Director Bill Kellogg Proclaims Two-week International Event a Total Success
La Jolla, Calif. – (February 19, 2012) – Val Wilder of Fort Worth, Texas capped off an incredible week at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club as he won both the singles and doubles titles in the Men’s 50 division at the 2012 International Tennis Federation Seniors World Individual Championships.
The fourth-seeded Wilder faced third-seeded Mike Fedderly of Palm Desert, Calif. in the Men’s 50 singles final on Sunday morning on Court No. 1.
After splitting the first two sets, Wilder served to stay in the match at 5-6 and would fight off two match points before holding serve. He then went on to win the championships with a thrilling 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (3) victory.
Later in the afternoon, Wilder teamed with Fedderly to win the Men’s 50 doubles championship as they defeated Ross Hessler of Mission Viejo, Calif., and Jon Tyrell of Sierra Madre, Calif., 3-6, 7-5, 6-3.
“There is something about this place…every time I come here, my game always rises to another level. I love playing here…it’s like coming home.” Wilder said. “Every match I felt like I was getting better and better, stronger and stronger. I’m still shocked I was able to win two world titles. That’s pretty amazing.”
Last week, Wilder earned a silver medal in the ITF Seniors World Team Championships as he helped lead his team to the final of the Fred Perry Cup (Men’s 50) competition where they fell to France 2-1. He said winning the two gold medals in the individual competition this week “definitely” takes the sting out of the previous week’s loss.
In other tournament action, second-seeded Jeff Tarango of Manhattan Beach, Calif. scored a 6-3, 3-6, 7-5 victory over Marcus Hilpert of the Netherlands to win the singles title in the Men’s 40 division.
As the 2012 ITF Senior World Championships came to a close, Bill Kellogg, Tournament Director and President of the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club, said the event was an example of the great things that can happen when the community-oriented people of San Diego work together.
“This prestigious international tennis event, which we began planning for over a year ago, certainly would not have been possible without the community effort and long hours that were put in. San Diego should be very proud for the way everyone came together and made this tournament a complete success,” Kellogg said.
“I would like to thank the San Diego Sports Commission, including Kristen Auten, Lexie Sarkisian and Whitney Goodman, and each of our tournament sites and their staff — the Balboa Tennis Club, Barnes Tennis Center, La Costa Resort & Spa, Morgan Run Club & Resort, San Diego Tennis & Racquet Club, La Jolla Tennis Club and La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club,” Kellogg added.
“We also owe a great deal of gratitude to our valued sponsors, Babolat, Bank of America/Merrill Lynch – The Hegardt Group, CH Court Tech, Tennis Warehouse and Vitamin Water.”
For the final draws and results for the 2012 ITF Seniors World Individual Championships, go to: http://www.itftennis.com/seniors
Recently designated one of the Top 50 Tennis Resorts in the world by Tennis Resorts Online, the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club’s reputation as a top tennis destination started in 1942 when it attracted its first major tournament, the Pacific Coast Men’s Doubles Championship. The club will be hosting the 123rd edition of The Pacific Coast Men’s’ Doubles Championships in March 2012, and the USTA National Hard Court Championships for Women’s 50-90 age groups in May 2012.
For more information on Tennis Events at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club please visit http://www.LJBTC.com. For information on the ITF Senior World Championships please visit http://www.ITFSanDiego.com.
About the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club, Inc. – Celebrating its 75-year anniversary in 2010, the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club is a fourth-generation, family-owned and operated company dedicated to the operation of a 14-acre beachside resort. The resort includes three properties, including the exclusive La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club, the 128-room La Jolla Shores Hotel and the historic Marine Room restaurant. Resort amenities include 14 championship tennis courts, a nine-hole Par-3 golf course, two swimming pools, two additional oceanfront restaurants and cocktail lounges, and one of Southern California’s only private beaches. For more information visit http://www.LJBTC.com.
ITF Seniors World Individual Championships
San Diego, Calif.
Surface: Hard Court
At La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club
Men’s 35 Singles
Roberto Menendez, Spain
Men’s 35 Doubles
Greg Evans and Michael Evans, Australia
Women’s 35 Singles
Noelia Perez-Penate, Spain
Women’s 35 Doubles
Cammy Macgregor and Debbie Spence-Nasim, United States
Mixed 35 Doubles
Maria Bergenheim, Estonia, and Thassilo Haun, Germany
Men’s 40 Singles
Jeff Tarango, United States
Men’s 40 Doubles
Rick Leach and Mickey Maule, United States
Women’s 40 Singles
Jurate Hardy, Australia
Women’s 40 Doubles
Deborah Higa and Jami Jones, United States
Mixed 40 Doubles
Tracie Currie and Rick Leach, United States
Men’s 45 Singles
Jeff Greenwald, United States
Men’s 45 Doubles
John Letts and Bruce Man-Son-Hing , United States
Women’s 45 Singles
Jennifer Dawson, United States
Women’s 45 Doubles
Alissa Finerman and Erika Smith, United States
Mixed 45 Doubles
Debbie Spence-Nasim and Steve Dawson, United States
Men’s 50 Singles
Val Wilder, United States
Men’s 50 Doubles
Mike Fedderly and Val Wilder, United States
Women’s 50 Singles
Rosalyn Nideffer, United States
Women’s 50 Doubles
Ros Balodis and Leanne Swaysland, Australia
Mixed 50 Doubles
Brenda Foster, Australia, and Chris Hearn, Great Britain
Men’s 55 Singles
Mark Vines, United States
Men’s 55 Doubles
Ross Persons and Daniel Waldman, United States
Women’s 55 Singles
Diane Barker, United States
Women’s 55 Doubles
Kathy May Fritz and Susan Wright, United States
Mixed 55 Doubles
Robin Harris and Angel Lopez, United States