Men's Tennis Gears Up for Battle of the Bay Tennis Classic

Oct. 28, 2009

BERKELEY - The California men's tennis team will send four players to the inaugural Battle of the Bay Classic hosted by the University of San Francisco at the Cal Club this weekend (Oct. 29-Nov. 1). The Golden Bears will be represented by junior Zach Gilbert and sophomores Nick Andrews, Sky Lovill and Tommie Murphy in the four-day event which includes players from host USF, Stanford, Saint Mary's College and Santa Clara. Admission is free to the general public.

The Battle of the Bay is an Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) sanctioned event that will count towards NCAA Division I singles and doubles rankings. The weekend will also highlight former ATP professionals in an invitational tournament. Action begins Thursday (Oct. 29) with the qualifying rounds. Singles play will begin at 10 a.m. PT, with doubles qualifying immediately following.

Round of 16 main-draw play begins at 10 a.m. PT on Friday, Oct. 30. Singles quarter- and semifinal matches take place on Saturday, Oct. 31, at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. PT respectively. Championship matches will be played on Sunday, Nov. 1, beginning at 11 a.m. Sunday is also Kids Day at the Cal Club from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. PT; a special event put on by Harper for Kids, a local non-profit organization, in conjunction with the USF men's tennis program.

The Cal Club is located at 1770 Scott Street, San Francisco, 94115. For more information and a detailed schedule of events, please visit For results, please visit

About the Cal Club | Founded in 1884, the California Tennis Club has a rich history of hosting world-class tennis dating back to Pacific Open in the 1950's-60's. The club is the oldest existing tennis club west of the Mississippi River and the eighth oldest tennis club in the United States. The Cal Club, as it is referred to by its members, is a proud member of the elite international organization, the Centenary Tennis Clubs, with clubs exceeding 100 years in age from all over the world.

About Harper for Kids | Harper for Kids, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization was formed in 2008. Its purpose is to provide children with educational and enrichment programs to cultivate, inspire and develop leadership skills and promote healthy character development. The mission of Harper for Kids is to teach children important life skills that will empower them to achieve their personal best in life. The HFK vision is that its enrichment programs will help children develop good character and inspire adults in the lives of those children to be good role models of important core ethical values and help foster a healthy community. The organization was founded by Tim and Peanut Harper.

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