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by William J. Kellogg
President, La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club
Column #1, January 10th, 2006
weekend before Valentine's Day will produce opportunities for
"Love" as Davis Cup tennis comes to the La Jolla Beach
& Tennis Club, February 10-12, 2006 for the first
round "Tie" between the United States
and Romania. Davis Cup tennis matches come with
an abundant measure of national pride so this will be some of
the most exciting professional tennis you will ever see.
those that are wondering, a "Tie" is just another word
for a match between two countries. The catch is that when two
countries compete against each other in the Davis Cup format,
a "match" consists of five actual tennis matches
- four singles matches and one doubles match. Therefore, when
one tries to describe the encounter between two countries, the
listener can become hopelessly confused when the word "match"
is used - hence the need to come up with another term to describe
the encounter between two countries. The word "Tie"
doesn't mean that both countries have the same score and couldn't
decide who won.
gotten past that point, many people then typically
ask if the Davis Cup has ever come to the La Jolla Beach &
Tennis Club before. While many tennis scholars would
argue vehemently that it has never been here, the undeniable truth
is that is has been in La Jolla before. The Davis Cup is one of
the most spectacular trophies in all of sport and, as you can
see from the photo below, it was put on display at the club in
the early to mid 1960's. My grandfather, William Scripps
Kellogg, conspired with Perry T. Jones, President
of the Southern California Tennis Association, to bring
the actual trophy to La Jolla to put on display for a short time.
Ironically, the Davis Cup will NOT come to La Jolla for the USA
vs. Romania Tie so we will NOT be able to say the Davis Cup came
to La Jolla this time around.
just how does the "Tie" get decided and how does one
win the Davis Cup? I'm out of time and space so you will
just have to read the sequel to this fascinating tale to find
is a picture of the Davis Cup itself when it was put on display
many years ago at the LJBTC. Pictured alongside the trophy are
Perry T. Jones and William Scripps Kellogg - two of the driving
forces of tennis in Southern California for nearly a half-century.
The picture was taken by Alice Dutton.
William J. ("Bill") Kellogg
is President of the La Jolla
Beach & Tennis Club, Inc. He also
chairs the United States Tennis Association's Davis Cup Committee
and in this capacity fosters
community involvement when Ties are held in the United States.
Kellogg currently serves on the
Tennis Federation's Seniors Committee, serves as a Vice-President
of the Southern California Tennis Association and is a past President
of the San Diego District
Tennis Association and Youth Tennis San Diego.
to New this Week.....Davis
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