Upcoming Manhattan Beach Junior Tournament



Don’t forget to enter the MANHATTAN BEACH WINTER JR OPEN(LEVEL 5)

Location:  Manhattan Beach

Tournament ID: 650020918

January 27-28

Deadline: Tuesday, January 23rd

Skill Level: Advanced

Click to enter:  http://tennislink.usta.com/tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=214616

Boys’ & Girls’ 10,12,14,16,18 and under Singles & Doubles


Tennis Holiday Party 2017

Well, we just capped off another amazing Mcc Tennis year with our annual holiday party. Louis and Chef Jesus along with the amazing Mcc Restaurant staff created a delicious buffet and a great price for the players to devour in the Galaxy Room. Everyone looked stunning in their holiday best attire with their special someones on their arms. Everyone’s non-tennis spouses who we rarely have the pleasure of seeing also joined in the festivities, making this a unique evening for our tennis program.

Gene recapped the winners from all our tournaments for the year, then announced the year-end awards. He also thanks the various captains, staff, and the tennis committee for their hard work in 2017. In the Smoothest Stroker category the winners were Massoud Djabbari & Susan Jolley. For Best Serve, the winners were Donna Leventhal & Robert Rudelius. In the Best Dressed category Ariel Sotolongo & Hillary Bibicoff won the honors. For Most Improved, Tess Gill & Russell Smith demonstrated that working hard on your game pays off. Finally, in the Sportspersonship category, Arnaud Dunoyer & Leslie Howard came away with a can of new tennis balls.  All the awards had multiple nominees. We thank the members who took the time to nominate and vote for the various year-end awards.

Please take a look at the 2018 Tennis Events Calendar and let Gene know if you’d like to be on his email list going forward. Let’s have a special 2018.

Palm Desert Tennis Trip 2017

The Mcc annual tennis trip of Palm Desert took place November 3-5. The plan was set to meet on Friday night for casual drinks and food at Rancho Las Palmas, the same resort where we planned to play mixed doubles on Sunday. The great thing about this event is the chance to meet new Mcc members who joined the trip and make friends at a club in the desert with new scenery surrounding a familiar thing we all love: a tennis court! We enjoyed drinks outside in the cool desert air while a reggae band played and tiki torches illuminated our faces.
On Saturday morning we ventured over to Ironwood Country Club, a very beautiful tennis and golf community on the north end of Palm Desert. Marc and Pas hosted us with coffee and doughnuts to get our blood sugar up before we hit the courts for men’s and women’s doubles matches. Pam and I paired the teams according to levels and encouraged everyone to mix around after playing a couple sets. Everyone had a good time playing on the green on green courts in the dry, eighty-degree sunshine. After the tennis, eleven of the players and spouses convened at Il Corso for a light lunch before going off to relax for the remainder of the afternoon by the pool or as was so generously offered by Jim Puerner, to watch some top college tennis at the Tennis Garden of Indian Wells. I saw an amazing men’s doubles semi-final in the national ITF Fall Tournament between Texas and Wisconsin.
On Saturday night, we ventured over to Vicky’s of Santa Fe, a wonderful California cuisine restaurant in Indian Wells. The restaurant had excellent food and drinks and were very accommodating to our group. The décor was southwestern and spacious. They also had live blues and dancing until 11pm. We took photos and exchanged tennis war stories whiles seeing some old friends who had moved to the desert years ago.
Sunday was the end of daylight saving time, so we got an extra hour of sleep before tennis at 11am. Mixed Doubles at Rancho Las Palmas can’t be beat. The beautiful, modern facility welcomed Mcc with open arms. Special thanks to Joan Hall and Robert, who set the matches up in advance according to our levels. Once again we enjoyed excellent tennis and comradrie with our sister club. I hope you can join us next year for the desert trip on November 9-11, 2018.

Marina City Club Sip ‘n Serve Tennis Starts tonight!

We have our Sip ‘n Serve class starting tonight (11/2) at 7pm on court #1. Cost is $25 for non-members to drop in and join the class. Music, tennis, and fun, what more could you ask for? See our sip ‘n serve page here for more info https://www.facebook.com/groups/389225447943117/

We play tennis from 7-8:30pm then go up to our club restaurant for drinks / food from 8:30-9:30. Hence Sip ‘n Serve. Really it’s serve ‘n sip, but it sounds better the other way!

Sip ‘n Serve Tennis is Back for Winter session at Mcc!

Sip ‘n Serve Tennis is Back at the Marina City Club (4333 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey, 90292) for the following dates:




Sip ‘n Serve will be held on court 1.  Cost is $25 per class or you can buy the series of 5 classes for $80.


Members of Mcc get the class for $15 / class or $50 for the series.


Class is 7-8:30pm with sippin’ to start at 8:45 in the Mcc Restaurant.


Come by and see friends, play tennis, and have a drink plus some chow.


Parking Note: Follow the yellow line to the guest parking on the first floor of the parking garage. Park there, exit the same way you entered, go to the left and up the stairs to court #1 which is on top of the parking. If the top level is full, you must drive to the bottom of the structure where there is lots more parking. Exit the stairwell and go up 1 ½ flights to the street. Turn right through the breezeway then right again and up the stairs just past shipping & receiving (where the bathrooms are) to court #1.

Gene’s Tip of the Month: October 2017

                Do you get annoyed when your friend asks to play tennis with you or “hit around”, but they are a 3.0 and you are a 4.0? What makes this scenario worse is when you can’t find another game with people at your level. Why not make a practice session out of it, without telling your friend? The secret is to first, limit your options. For example, decide that you are not going to lob or slice anything if those are your best shots. Instead, work on your topspin backhand and a flat, low forehand if those are shots you’ve always wanted to develop, but never work on in matches with players at your own level. Will you make more errors? Yes, almost certainly. Will you also get better at hitting those shots? Certainly. Will your friend be happy? Yes! If you really are considerably better, they will still be excited to play with you.
                Another way to get a solid tennis workout with a weaker opponent is to only hit to their strongest shot. Most players prefer the forehand. So, when playing with them, hit everything to their strength. It’s not a sound strategy for winning, but it will make the match more competitive. It also forces you to work on controlling the ball to a particular section of the court, the third most important mission every tennis player has. Limiting the area of the court you can use is one of the best ways to improve one’s game as evidenced by all the drills and practice games that require players to use only half the court. This also limits your ability to win through maneuvering. Instead you must outlast or “hit through” your opponent, which often times is the only way to defeat someone who moves well. This develops patience, one of the great attributes of any successful tennis player.
                There are dozens of ways to make a practice session with a weaker player exciting and challenging. Feel free to contact me for other suggestions for creating a challenging win-win. If you come up with other practice tricks in this situation feel free to post them to our Mcc Tennis Facebook page or email them to me at gdesrochers@seabreezemgmt.com.

Oh Calcutta Preview!


2016 Calcutta Players

This year we are hoping to have the biggest Calcutta Auction Nite in Mcc history! To do that, we need your help. Namely, we need you to attend the auction nite and join in with your Mcc friends in bidding on the teams.  I’ve had two info-graphics created to make understanding the Calcutta Auction and Tournament easy. Please review those and feel free to email me with questions at gdesrochers@seabreezemgmt.com with question / concerns.  I recommend you align yourself with a friend in what Richard Reinjohn terms a “consortium” for bidding purposes. This gives you a larger pool of money to buy teams with and reduces your personal risk of losing money.  I expect to have 15-20 teams this year. As of this writing, I already have 27 players signed up and the tournament is still almost a month away.

YOU DO NOT HAVE TO KNOW TENNIS TO PARTICIPATE! Last year, the winner was not a tennis player. He bid $200 on the winning team of Barb Fier & Tony Cane. He wound up winning over two-thousand dollars!  In addition, you can feel good about participating in this event because a percentage of the proceeds go to The Boys & Girls Club of Venice. We have made this generous donation to that group for over fifteen years now. Last year they had me attend their fund-raising dinner as we are loyal donors. It would be great if this year we could exceed all our past donations by having more folks attend and bid on teams.

Please join us in the Galaxy Room on October 6th from 6:30-8pm for an exciting night of bidding and Mcc camaraderie.  No reservations necessary. Invite friends and family to join in the fun.  We will have prizes for the highest bidder and raffle prizes for all who are present.

I also invite everyone to come watch the matches on Oct. 7-8, especially the finals on Sunday, October 8th at 1pm on court #1. There will be food and drink for all in attendance who come to support our tennis players and program.

Calcutta Tournament Infographic

Calcutta Auction Infographic

A-B Tennis Potluck 2017

Our annual A-B Potluck is a social event to bring players of all skill levels together for fun, social tennis and food!  This year we had sixteen lovely ladies participating with all levels from 3.0-4.5 represented. We paired a player at or below 3.5 with a player at or above 3.5 in each round where they played seven games. After each round, each player got a new partner and we played four rounds, so that everyone got to meet some new people and play against others who they rarely play. After over two-and-a-half hours of tennis where everyone played with some competitive fire as well as kindness befitting a social round robin, all the players retreated back to the Tennis Desk for drinks and food provided by the players themselves. We had hummus, fried chicken, guacamole, chips, salads, wine, and much more. My mouth is watering as I write this! The players hung around until almost five o’clock, chatting about their tennis and life. Many new members met other new players and the established players were able to become closer to their good friends while making new ones. We love events like that that break down the cliques and bring all levels and personalities together to make Mcc even more inclusive than it already is!  All matches were played in a wonderful, competitive, yet friendly spirit. Every player also received a red rose for participating. Special thanks to our very own pregnant Georgie LaLonde for coming out to help Gene and Priscilla keep everything smooth and organized. We love the ladies of Mcc!

A-B Potluck Group Photo

2017 Mcc Men’s Singles Final

This year’s men’s singles tournament featured eight strong contenders in a three-week round robin melee. At the end, we came away with four worthy players in the semi-finals: Massoud Djabbari versus Brandon Boyce & Terry Treacy versus Ryan Sokolowski.  Massoud and Brandon battled it out on Friday afternoon with Brandon coming out swinging to take the first set. After that, Massoud settled into his attacking game with great approach shots and solid volleys to seize the second and third sets for the victory 5-7, 6-2, 6-2.  Ryan and Terry waited until Saturday morning to play therefore played a single pro-set to eight games to see who would face Massoud in the finals later that day. Ryan came out strong, winning the first game by breaking Terry’s serve. After that, although many points were grueling, Terry established a rhythm of heavy topspin and kick serves to win the next seven games for a 7-1 lead. At that point, Ryan loosened up and won the next two games with some big forehands and good first serves. In the final game of the match, Terry served well, drawing three return errors to set up match points at 40-0. After squandering the first two, Terry drew the error for the 8-3 victory and a place in the finals.

Massoud Djabbari & Terry Treacy

The final felt intense right from the start with Terry exhibiting his patented Lleyton Hewitt “c’mon” after winning game points. Massoud kept a calm demeanor but looked determined to make Terry pay for any short balls by driving his forehand and coming in. Terry edged out a hold to start the match the proceeded to break Massoud for a 2-0 lead. From that point on, they had long games with both players struggling on service placement. Four consecutive breaks of serve later, the score was 4-2.  Then, just when it looked like another break was coming as Terry tried to deal with the overhead sun on the north side of court one, he figured out a good toss position and held serve to go up 5-2.  Massoud followed suit, holding serve for 5-3 and putting the pressure on Terry to serve out the first set. Terry got three out of five first serves in, resulting in a hold to fifteen to take the opening set 6-3.

In the second set, Massoud had the privilege of serving first, however, after a close game with some good aggressive play, Massoud missed a forehand long to give the early break to Terry. Terry followed with an easy hold and again had a strong start to the second set with a 2-love lead. Massoud held serve in the next game, putting pressure on Terry. The following game (fourth of the second set) was the longest of the match. Massoud had three break chances, but each time Terry came up with a solid serve and forced the error off the return. Finally, Terry held with a heavy forehand into the open court that Massoud caught late and floated wide. With the momentum provided by winning a tight game, Terry proceeded to run out the remaining games with two breaks and a hold for the victory 6-3, 6-1. Congrats to both guys for a well-played match and a good tournament.

Please keep your eyes out for emails announcing our next event.

Marina City Club 2017 Women’s Singles Finals


Susan Jolley & Karen Barry

This year’s women’s singles finals featured two quality players who came out of a six-player round robin qualifying to reach the finals. Susan Jolley came into the final undefeated in round robin play while Karen Barry suffered her lone loss to Susan in a three-set battle royale over two days. The match took place on a hot sunny Saturday in the late morning. The first set was quite contentious with both players establishing their serves early as the match started with seven holds until Karen Barry went to serve a 3-4. The game started like many of the others with Karen hitting hard slice backhands and Susan driving both her forehand and backhand high and deep into the court as Karen looked to take one out of the air and charge the net. On break point at 30-40, Susan came up with some brilliant defensive lobs and finally drew the error as Karen ran out of steam trying to reach an overhead.  Susan had the first break of the match. In the ninth game, Susan served well, drawing two return errors and winning another long, baseline exchange with a down-the-line forehand that Karen could not track down. On set point, Karen tried to be aggressive, but pushed a volley long giving Susan the first set 6-3.

The second set started with a shaky game from Karen as Susan established an early break of serve. Then, on Susan’s serve, Karen returned some hard slicing backhands, however, those seemed to play right into Susan’s counter-punching style. She used Karen’s pace to constantly change the direction on the ball, running Karen side to side until there was nothing left in the tank. By the end of the third game, the long rallies and the sun were taking their toll on Karen as Susan maintained control of the middle of the court and Karen had to scramble. While several games went to deuce in the latter half of the second set, the game points showed that Susan was willing to run down every ball until there was nothing left in the tank. Susan finally took the match 6-3, 6-0 with great defense and amazing determination. Susan seized the day and is our 2017 Mcc Women’s Singles Champion. Congrats to both finalists and all the players who were brave enough to throw their hat into the ring this year.