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2014 Pacific Coast Men’s Doubles Championship Coming to La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club

Pepperdine's Francis Alcantara and Alexander Sarkissian named top seed for 125th Annual Pacific Coast Men's Doubles Championship this week in La Jolla.

Patch file photo.
Patch file photo.
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. 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.

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

The complete tournament draw and full list of seeded players is available online.

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.

—La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club

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