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LA resident claims another doubles crown


Courtesy of Karl Lee
Karl Lee, right, and doubles partner Benjamin Kittay proudly display their awards for winning the Boys 12 Doubles division of the National Hardcourt Championships Aug. 8 in Arkansas.

Tennis player Karl Lee has reinforced his ranking – No. 1 in the nation in the Boys 12 Doubles division – by winning another championship.

The Los Altos resident teamed with Benjamin Kittay of Potomac, Md., to claim the doubles title in their age group at the National Hardcourt Championships Aug. 8 in Little Rock, Ark.

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Jacobson computes his way into USTA NorCal Hall of Fame


Courtesy of Kyra Geithman/USTA Northern California
Bill Jacobson of Los Altos Hills, the man behind the CompuTennis CT120 tennis computer, was inducted into the USTA Northern California Hall of Fame Aug. 6.

Unlike most inductees, Bill Jacobson didn’t earn a spot in the United States Tennis Association Northern California Hall of Fame for his playing ability.

The Los Altos Hills resident impacted the sport through technological innovation. Jacobson was the lead developer of the world’s first tennis analysis computer – the CompuTennis CT120.

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LA 12-year-old ranks No. 1 nationally in boys doubles


When it comes to tennis, Karl Lee doesn’t mind sharing the spotlight. Singles is fine, but the Los Altos resident would rather play with a partner.

“I prefer doubles,” Karl said. “I like team sports.”

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Fafek flourishes at MV Open, finishes second in men's singles


Togasaki Denny Fafek, a graduate of Los Altos High, placed second in Men’s Open Singles last month at the Mountain View Open tennis tournament at Cuesta Park. Fafek fell to Gunn High senior Andy Zhou in the final.

The 47th annual Mountain View Open tennis tournament didn’t produce any hometown champions, but one local made it to the finals.

Denny Fafek, a Mountain View resident and Los Altos High graduate, finished as the runner-up in the Men’s Open Singles division at the tourney, held over Memorial Day weekend at the Cuesta Park Tennis Center. Fafek fell to Andy Zhou, a senior at Gunn High, by the score of 6-4, 7-5.

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Owls' pursuit of perfection ends at state tennis tourney


Courtesy of Dixie Macias
The Foothill College men’s tennis team lost just once this season. Front, from left: Brenden Lum, Braden Holt, Arya Tarani, Daniel Kim and Nico Holzach. Back: coach Dixie Macias, Felipe Resende, Nikolay Petrov, David de Backre, Ryan Lam, James Han and assistant Michael Woods. Not pictured: Richard Feldmanis.

The Foothill College men’s tennis team dominated Northern California the past seven years – and this season was no different.

Guided by coach Dixie Macias, who has been with the program for 25 years, the Owls went undefeated in the regular season (19-0) and cruised to the Coast Conference championship last month.

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Owens owns qualifier: Pinewood player trounces competition, advances to CCS individual tournament


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Pinewood School singles player Gabe Owens, a junior, last week qualified for the Central Coast Section individual tournament.

Pinewood School tennis player Gabe Owens faced little resistance last week at the West Bay Athletic League’s Central Coast Section qualifier. He dispatched all four foes in straight sets – losing just four games along the way – to win the singles side of the two-day tourney.

The upcoming CCS individual tournament should prove more challenging for the junior.

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