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125th Annual Pacific Coast Men's Doubles Championship starting tomorrow

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Pepperdine's Francis Alcantara and Alexander Sarkissian named top seeds for the tournament. Peter Smith and Kaes Van’t Hof named top-seeded independent team at historic tennis event

La Jolla, Calif. - (February 26, 2014) – The 125th Annual Pacific Coast Men’s Doubles Championship, featuring many of the best NCAA Men's college tennis teams in the country and a strong field of independent players, will begin at 5 p.m. (PST) on Thursday, Feb. 27 at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club. The tournament concludes on Sunday, March 2.

The historic event, which began in 1890, will feature 113 doubles teams this year. The tournament uses a duel seeding system for the field of players from 17 intercollegiate teams (please see full list below) and independent competitors, which include teaching professionals, junior players, college coaches and former tour players

Francis Alcantara and Alexander Sarkissian of Pepperdine University are the top-seeded intercollegiate doubles team. They received a first-round bye and will play their opening round match on Friday, Feb. 28 at 11:30 a.m. (PST).

The top-seeded independent team is comprised of Peter Smith of Long Beach, Calif. and Kaes Van’t Hof of Newport Beach, Calif. Smith, the men’s head tennis coach at the University of Southern California, and Van’t Hof received a first-round bye and will play at 2 p.m. (PST) on Friday, Feb. 28.

The starting time for each day will be as follows: Thursday, Feb. 27 – 5 p.m.; Friday, Feb. 28 – 8 a.m.
Saturday, March 1 – 9 a.m.; Sunday, March 2 – Semifinals at 9 a.m.; Championship Final will begin at approximately 1:30 p.m. (all times are PST).

The complete tournament draw and full list of seeded players is available at: http://tennislink.usta.com/Tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=138252

La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club welcomes tennis spectators to view the tournament with free admission. On-site parking is available for a nominal fee.

Collegiate teams entered in the 2014 Pacific Coast Men’s Doubles Championship:

Boston College
Claremont McKenna-Mudd-Scripps College (CMS)
Oklahoma State University
Pepperdine University
Rice University
St. John’s University
San Diego State University (SDSU)
Stanford University
University of California, Davis (UC Davis)
University of California, Berkeley (CAL)
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
University of California, San Diego (UCSD)
University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV)
University of San Diego (USD)
University of Southern California (USC)
Villanova University
William & Mary

Named “Club of the Year” for 2011 by the San Diego District Tennis Association and 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 when it attracted its first major tournament – the Pacific Coast Men's Doubles Championship in 1942. The tournament is one of the five-oldest tennis events in the world and the second oldest tennis event in the United States. First held in 1890 at The Hotel Del Monte in Monterey, California, the event was created to promote the sale of real estate on the Monterey peninsula. The original concept pitted the best players from the East versus those from the West. This coast-to-coast rivalry was the inspiration for the Davis Cup.

Past winners of the Pacific Coast Men’s Doubles Championship include Jack Kramer, Ted Schroeder, Bobby Riggs, Pancho Segura, Don Budge, Tony Trabert, Stan Smith, Bob Lutz, Arthur Ashe, Dennis Ralston, John McEnroe, and many other world-class champions.

The Club will also be hosting the USTA National Hard Court Championships for Women’s 50-90 age groups and La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club Hard Court Tournament for Men’s 60-85 age groups on Monday, May 12, through Sunday, May 18.

About the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club, Inc.
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 award-winning 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 www.LJBTC.com.

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