Men's Tennis Hosts Land Rover Napa Valley Tennis Classic

Sept. 9, 2008

BERKELEY, Calif. - The California men's tennis team gets the 2008 fall individual tournament season off to a start this weekend as it hosts the Land Rover Napa Valley Tennis Classic in St. Helena, Calif. Play opens at 9 a.m. and concludes at 5 p.m. on Friday (Sept. 12) and Saturday (Sept. 13). The round-robin tournament concludes on Sunday (Sept. 14) with matches taking place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Golden Bears welcome two-time defending NCAA champion Georgia, Harvard and Illinois to California.

Partnering with Land Rover and Nike, the three-day competition takes place at the famed Meadowood Resort, the tournament's major sponsor. The Napa Valley Tennis Classic was founded by current California head coach Peter Wright and Meadowood tennis director Doug King eight years ago. King was a standout player for the Bears from 1973-76. Since 2000, the three-day event has showcased many of the nation's best teams and top players in collegiate men's tennis.

Last year, the Bears played host to Georgia, USC and North Carolina. Cal captured eight singles victories and one doubles win over the course of tournament including the first career wins for many Bear freshmen. Senior Geoff Chizever and sophomore Pedro Zerbini teamed up for a 9-8(4) victory over Clay Donato and David Stone of North Carolina for what would turn out to be the first of 21 doubles wins together.

Admission to the 2008 Land Rover Napa Valley Tennis Classic is complimentary. Mumm Napa Valley Winery will host a sparkling wine pour and Land Rover will be offering test drives of the latest vehicles at the Meadowood facilities on Saturday, Sept. 13. Please visit www.meadowood.com for more information or call (707) 963-3646 to make reservations at the resort.

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