Laguna Competes in Ojai Invitational, League and Division Match-Play; Eats Famous Shortcake

Phillip Hicks Eats Strawberry Shortcake at The Ojai

It’s been a busy week and a half for the Laguna Owls, with four matches and two players competing in the oldest and most prestigious tournament in California.

The high school division of The Ojai is an invitation-only event, pitting the top 64 singles players and doubles teams in CIF against each other in individual competition. Laguna Blanca’s Tristan Prinz and Phillip Hicks were entered and accepted as a doubles squad, while Ben Furukawa made the alternate list but did not have the opportunity to compete. Continue reading

Leslie Allen Santa Barbara Open Tournament Recap: Coach Thorpe Loses Three-Setter in the Finals

Trevor Thorpe Leslie Allen Open Finals 2014

Over the weekend I had the rare opportunity to play a USTA men’s open tournament for only the second time in the last five years. I got a good draw and built on each win, stepping up my game as the opponents got more challenging, and by the end of the weekend I had won three matches and booked a ticket to the finals. Here’s the recap, including a play-by-play of the finals match, with photos courtesy of Les Morales Photography: Continue reading

Thorpe Tennis Video Series: Baseline Groundstrokes with Tristan Prinz

I have been working with Tristan Prinz for almost three years now and he’s getting to a really nice level at this point. He’s been on a roll in practice of late, and looks ready to make a big jump this year in high school play.

Here is some baseline rallying we’ve been doing to get him in rhythm and improve his court fitness. This video is also a great way to compare righty and lefty strokes, as I will be in the foreground a bit in the beginning before Tristan moves to that position.

Thorpe Tennis: 2013 Year-in-Review

This last year was perhaps the most rewarding, and certainly the most successful year so far for Thorpe Tennis. I feel fortunate to continue working with players and teams across the Santa Barbara area and particularly to impact the lives of our young students.

A few highlights from the year at Thorpe Tennis: Continue reading

Summary of 2011-2012 School Year + Summer

Braemar 2011 - Thorpe Tennis (61)

It’s been quite a while between updates on the Thorpe Tennis blog, but it certainly hasn’t been an uneventful time out on the courts.

After a rough girls’ season over at Cate, some of the girls are looking ready to make another run at the playoffs this coming year. I’m excited to see what a healthy Marina Narain can do as a senior and if our last few court sessions are any indicator, Mady Snider is looking very dangerous coming into her final season. I’m also looking forward to seeing what all the hard work Kate Dehlendorf and I have put into her game over the last year will yield.

On the boys’ side, I’ve been working very hard with a number of players who are really turning the corner. It’s hard to pick a few guys to mention because there are really quite a few working hard and making gains. In particular, Jack Espy, Martin Barnick, Benji Sorensen, and Ben Furukawa have shown some real progression. Ben just recently won the K&W Junior Satellite Classic in San Diego without dropping a set and has been finishing in the top two of most of the local club tournaments all summer.

My younger students are also showing great promise. Alex Furukawa has performed well in local tournaments this summer and Daniel Newton made a strong showing in his tournament debut (much better than my 0-10 start when I was his age!!!). These two and a few others I teach are all headed to Laguna Blanca for high school, so this is 2x good news to me! I’m making a prediction for the future of the Condor League now: Laguna will be the dominant force and it’s coming soon.

Lately, I have been thinking about how important it is to show improvement over time, especially to those that improve. Sometimes it can be hard to see one’s own progression because it happens one day at a time, whereas, looking from the outside (perhaps a parents perspective, watching matches occasionally), change is evident immediately. One way I intend to do this is through more video analysis and archiving, but I also hope to pick this blog back up again. The future is bright and it’s important to celebrate and make note as things unfold.

Braemar Summer Jr. Satellite

Well, it’s been another successful week for Thorpe Tennis. The weather was warm and some played quite a few matches in the Braemar Satellite one-weekend tournament. By the end of the weekend, the group was able to bring home the runner-up trophy in the Boys’ 14’s age-group, and the champions’ trophy in Boys’ 16’s doubles. Here’s how it happend: Continue reading

Braemar Junior Satellite

This weekend marks the first of what I hope will be many tournament trips with my high school tennis students. The Braemar Junior Satellite was attended by Marina Narain, Mady Snider, and Troy Ritter all of whom posted some impressive results.
Troy was competing in his first USTA tournament and won his first match in the B16’s division with a score of 6-3, 6-1. Later Saturday evening, he played a tough match against eventual champion Jeremy Wacker and fell 6-4, 6-3.
Troy was happy to have the experience under his belt and looks forward to more success as he transitions from basketball to tennis season this week for the Laguna Blanca Owls.
Marina Narain was another first time USTA tournament player this weekend, and she is off to an impressive start. Over the weekend, Marina won four matches en-route to winning the G16’s division. She began her tournament with a close three-set match against the top seeded player in her draw and continued to build confidence in the following matches.

Mady Snider is no stranger to the USTA junior circuit, but it’s been a while since she’s been a regular. With a renewed sense of purpose, Mady took out the top seed in her draw with a barrage of winners and followed that win with another Sunday evening to win the G18’s tournament. She looks forward to building confidence in her rally-ball in preparation for the next tournament trip, where we will be headed to Santa Monica.
Thorpe Tennis finished the Braemar JR Satellite with a 7-1 match record and will next be in action at the Dudley Cup the first two weekends of April.