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Sep 3rd, 2009, 11:38 PM

Pro tennis returning to La Costa

By Nicole Vargas (http://www3.signonsandiego.com/staff/nicole-vargas/)
Union-Tribune Staff Writer
12:06 p.m. September 3, 2009

After a two-year hiatus, women's professional tennis is returning to San Diego County.
The Women's Tennis Association this week approved the return of a premier tournament to La Costa Resort and Spa in August 2010, officials connected to the new tournament announced.
The event, which has yet to secure a title sponsor, will be one of the five WTA tournaments comprising the Olympus U.S. Open Series. It will be owned and managed by Octagon, a sports and entertainment management agency based in Virginia, and run again by longtime tournament director Raquel Giscafre.
“This tournament will build upon the long tradition of professional tennis at La Costa and will provide the world's best players with an ideal competitive environment on the road to the U.S. Open,” said Micky Lawler, Octagon's managing director of tennis, in a statement today.
The event at La Costa will replace the LA Women's Tennis Championships on the WTA calendar. That tournament, described on its own Web site as a Tier II event, had been hosted at the Home Depot Center in Carson in early August since 2004 after 21 years at the Manhattan Beach Country Club.
Before the Acura Classic was played locally for the last time in 2007, women's professional tennis had passed through San Diego annually for nearly a quarter-century.
Born as the $50,000 Ginny of San Diego event in 1984, it evolved over 24 years into a $1.34 million Tier I tournament on the WTA Tour, attracting many of the game's finest.
The 2007 installment was won by top-seeded Maria Sharapova of Russia.

V's a star
Sep 3rd, 2009, 11:47 PM
:bounce: I luv San Diego wish i lived there

Sep 4th, 2009, 01:04 AM
I also love S.D. and have given great thought to moving there. But the economy and taxes in CA are busted.

Sep 4th, 2009, 01:07 AM
Aww that sucks for me anyway because it's the only tournament within driving distance though. Now I have to go to San Diego and that's a really long drive. Plus the USTA headquarters of the west is in Carson where the LA tourney is.

Sep 4th, 2009, 01:13 AM
This deserves to happen.
There weren't that many people at the women's LA tourni this year.
San Diego has always been a popular spot for players and fans.
Even a tempermental player like Conchita Martinez loves San Diego.

Sep 4th, 2009, 01:29 AM
San Diego was almost always the best tour stop. Eliminating it from the schedule was a huge mistake. It's nice that there will be tennis there again.

Sam L
Sep 4th, 2009, 01:32 AM
I don't see why they can't have both L.A and San Diego.

I like the concept of the California Slam: Stanford, San Diego and Los Angeles.

Bring all of them back I say.

Sep 4th, 2009, 01:33 AM

Sep 4th, 2009, 01:34 AM
I don't see why they can't have both L.A and San Diego.

I like the concept of the California Slam: Stanford, San Diego and Los Angeles.

Bring all of them back I say.

I like it too, my fave did it twice. :angel:

Marilyn Monheaux
Sep 4th, 2009, 01:38 AM
That's great news! Maria always won when she played there:p