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- Part II.
by The Social Diary Columnist &
Photographer Margo Schwab
1 of the Davis Cup ended with a tie of the
"Tie" so to speak. Andy Roddick of the USA was defeated
by Andrei Pavel of Romania, but not without giving Roddick giving
it his all. Victor Hanescu of Romania played well against James
Blake of the USA, but ultimately Blake prevailed. Just in time
too, the sun was setting.
- Lisa Araiza with John Campbell, General Manager of the La Jolla
Beach & Tennis Club, Dr. Robert Singer with friends from Rancho
But there was more
to this week already than just Day 1 of competition. Earlier in
the week, players enjoyed an incredible USTA hosted dinner at
the The Marine Room. Executive Chef
Bernard Guillas presided over a menu that included
passed appetizers of Maine lobster cappuccino with Yuzu foam,
duck comfit quesadilla, a starter of Maine Lobster salad with
fingerling potatoes, haricots verts, tomato-confit and truffled
vinaigrette, Black Angus filet mignon with Chef Bernard vegetable
creations. For dessert there was a lemon gratin, winter berries,
pistachio madeleine and Armagnac griottes. Wines offered included
Hook & Ladder 2003 and Jacob's Creek "Reserve" Shiraz
2002. All enjoyed yet another great La Jolla seaside sunset.
The two teams exchanged
gifts, handshakes and well wishing's.
- Scott Stay, the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club Golf Pro and
his wife Tara Stay of the University Club, Dr. Stuart Marshall,
Jane and Nick Wyer)
Earlier the same
day as the USTA Dinner at The Marine Room, the Bryan Brothers,
Mike Bryan and Bob Bryan paid a visit to the Barnes Center. The
twin Bryans helped host a clinic for young tennis players. La
Jolla Beach & Tennis Club President William J. aka "Bill"
Kellogg describes the day well. "The event at the Barnes
Tennis Center made it evident that Mr. Barnes'
dream has been realized. With over 700 hundred kids from all corners
of San Diego County in attendance, this was truly an event to
Clinics like this
are part of the USTA's mission "to promote and develop the
growth of tennis," and "to get more people playing tennis
on more courts in more places."
And the Davis Cup
has done just that since 1900 when Harvard's Dwight Filley Davis
first initiated the Davis Cup competition. From an initial competition
of 2 countries, the Davis Cup has evolved to a record 142 countries
for the year 2001
- International tennis commentator Dick Enberg, Romanian's Andrei
Pavel signing autographs, Andrei Pavel)
and pieces of Davis Cup history include Andy Roddick's record
serve speeding in at a blazing 155 mph in 2004, and the longest
continuous Davis Club match between John McEnroe and Mats Wilander
in 1982. A record 6 hours and 22 minutes. Whew.
The strangest trivia
could be cow dung listed as the official court surface for the
1963 Davis Cup final between the USA and India. The location was
the Cricket Club of India in Bombay. No players have requested
cow dung as their surface of choice since.
- Scott Johnston with Pierrette Featherby, Place Tegland, San
Diego Police Officer Vanessa Holland and fellow officer)
- Opening Ceremonies - Bryan Brothers, Andy Roddick)
On Day 2 of the Davis
Cup, a beautiful ceremony started the day as did Day 1. Except
this had quite the addition. Right at the end of the USA National
Anthem, fighter jets from Miramar roared past just overhead. And
the crowd joined in with thunderous applause as the doubles match
of Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan for the USA versus Victor Hanescu
and Horia Tecau of Romania got under way.
The doubles match
began with amazing team work by both countries. And then "it"
happened. Victor Hanescu, noticeably in pain, asked for a medical
time out. An impartial doctor, Dr. Stuart Marshall, a La Jolla
Beach & Tennis Club member as well, was called courtside.
The crowd was hushed. Victor was being checked on his back as
he lay down on the court. More quiet. Then cheers as Victor returned
to the court with Horia.
Play started, but
it didn't last long. Victor was clearly injured. The match was
(pictured here - San Diego's Finest,
the San Diego Police Department Special Events' Team, Chris and
Debbie Neils with Chris and Lorna McKellar)
here - Chris and Lorna McKellar, doubles play starts, Romania's
Victor Hanescu is injured, Victor Hanescu getting checked by Dr.
- Roger and Laurie Joseph, Donna and Charlie Berwanger with friend)
here - Libby and Allie Hooker, Harry Rudoph with friend)
What looked like
one of the shortest Davis Cup match days, soon changed. The crowd
hailed John McEnroe down from The Tennis Channel's announcer's
booth for a double's challenge. It was agreed between the McEnroe
Brothers and the Bryan Brothers to play an exhibition doubles
match. It was to take place right away between Patrick McEnroe
and the Bryan Brothers, Mike and Bob.
John McEnroe clearly
relished being his controversial self. His view of shots in and
out differed from the linesmen's calls. Quite a few John McEnroe
"you cannot be serious" comments were heard. But it
was all in fun. The Bryan Brothers nicely toyed with the McEnroes.
After all the Bryan's are the number one doubles team in the world!
Then humor set in
as the Bryan Brothers grabbed 2 umbrella girls by the hands and
played the McEnroes. The Bryan's still won.
- the McEnroes versus the Bryan Brothers, John McEnroe disputing
a line call)
- John McEnroe looking for the ball in planter, the Bryan Brothers
with umbrella girls in tow "handily" beating the McEnroe's)
- more McEnroe fun antics, John McEnroe giving a unique finger
- McEnroe's scoring a point, match over, McEnroe's congratulating
- John McEnroe leaving the stadium)
- Ann Field with friend)
(pictured here - event host,
USTA Committee Host Chairman, President of the La Jolla Beach
& Tennis Club - Bill Kellogg, USA Team Captain Patrick McEnroe
with the Bryan Brothers, Mike Bryan, and Bob Bryan after the Davis
Cup doubles match and the doubles exhibition match)
- the Bryan brothers with Romanian Daily Sports Reporter Liviu
Sipiceanu of Bucharest's Gazeta Sporturilor (>www.gsp.ro)
and Liviu's God-Son)
with the Bryan Brothers, Patrick McEnroe et al.)
- Bryan Brothers and Patrick McEnroe leaving the Media press conference,
Anita and Bud Collins of www.budcollinstennis.com)
- Bud Collins with Tennis Magazine's Joel Drucker, Andrei Pavel
of Romania, Andrei Pavel with friend)
- Sue with Bob Kellogg, Romania's Razvan Sabau, Hannah Holladay
with Cynthia Roseman)
All in all a day
of contrasts, not unlike Day number 1.Again, a great exhibition,
a great day. And alot of well wishing's for Victor Hanescu.
As some guests went
home to rev up for Day 3 of the Davis Cup, others relaxed at the
La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club dining room. Some of those tennis
folk included MGM Grand Las Vegas' Lornie Kuhle
who caught up with his tennis friends, John McEnroe
and Brad Douglass from The Tennis Channel.
As Brad later related, 'Johnny Mac was in great storytelling mode
Saturday night." John McEnroe was also in great Davis Cup
spirit as he showed earlier that day by volunteering to play the
doubles tennis exhibition.
- John McEnroe with colleagues, The Tennis Channel guys including
Team spirit, competition,
going the extra distance - just a few of the qualities the Davis
Cup, ITF, the USTA, and tennis programs like those offered at
the Barnes Tennis Center inspire!
* Margo Schwab has
produced, written, interviewed and photographed for various media
organizations since 1989. Schwab has a B.A. degree
from Scripps College and a Masters of
Business degree from the University of San Diego.
Schwab volunteers for numerous charity organizations. She also
continues to lobby for water safety and for family violence mitigation.
Schwab is the owner and publisher of The Social Diary.
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