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California Men Team News
Hellman Tennis Complex Upgrade
Wednesday, 09/19/2012

Investing In Our Past To Advance Our Future
 
The Hellman Tennis Complex is the home of Cal men’s and women’s tennis programs. Hellman has served as the host facility for the 1996 Men's Rolex NorCal Regional Tournament, numerous NCAA regional competitions and was the site of the 1994 NCTA/Michael Chang Reach for the Stars tennis clinic.
 
Hellman Tennis Complex will soon be celebrating its 30th birthday. The most recent major improvements were made a decade ago.
 
Cal Tennis Meets The 21st Century
Hellman Courts proudly boast six of the best college tennis courts in the country. However, the remainder of the facility is missing the necessary infrastructure to adequately host visiting teams and tournaments or provide a fan experience equal to the quality of play. Cal Tennis has launched a vital facility upgrade that provides locker rooms for our studnet-athletes, and prime seating and public restrooms for our supporters.
 
Hellman Tennis Complex Upgrade
To meet our facility upgrade needs and maintain the Cal tennis program’s scholarship and operational needs, we are embarking on a two-year $2,500,000 campaign. The groundwork has been laid with an initial gift of $750,000 from Patricia and Kent Newmark. Kent, who received his B.A. and M.B.A. from Cal, was a member of both the tennis and track teams and is a member of the Big C Society.
 
We are actively seeking leadership gifts to complement the Newmark’s donation. Leadership gifts directed to the facility upgrade will be provided with a significant naming opportunity. With a minimum gift of $5,000 to the facility upgrade, you may leave your legacy through a name recognition on a new seat at the Hellman Tennis Complex while naming opportunities last (note: gifts to the facility upgrade are not eligible for annual seat donation credit for football and/or men’s basketball seating). All gifts, regardless of size, count towards the campaign. Gifts to the campaign that are not related to naming rights are eligible for football and/or men's basketball seat donation credit. Please contact Brian Raney, Annual Giving Manager in the Cal Athletics department, to learn more at 510-643-0888 or braney@berkeley.edu.
 
* Seat Naming Rights - $5K gift or above
* Court Naming Rights - $75K gift or above
* All gifts count towards the campaign
 
Cal Tennis Kick-Off at the Berkeley Tennis Club
The Berkeley Tennis Club played host to an outstanding Cal Tennis Kick-Off event on Thursday, August 30th. Over 120 people came out to support the teams and enjoy a delicious dinner catered by Compadres. The event marked the lauch of the Hellman Tennis Complex facilitiy upgrade campaign and guests were introduced to both the Cal men's and women's teams by head coaches Peter Wright and Amanda Augustus. Athletic Director, Sandy Barbour, kicked off the evening by acknowledging Cal Tennis Alum, Kent Newmark and his wife Pat, for their lead gift in the $2,500,000 million facility upgrade campaign. Laura Hazlett, Cal Athletics CFO, presented details on how people can be involved in the project. In addition, the Berkeley Tennis Club hosted a complimentary cocktail reception on the deck, overlooking an exhibition match featuring Cal coaches Amanda Augustus and Tyler Browne; along with NCAA Singles and Doubles champion Jana Juricova.
 
Thank you to everyone who attended the event! Whether you are a friend, parent, or alumnus of the tennis program, we look forward to having you support of the campaign every gift counts!
 
Chase Melton Earns All-Tournament Team Spot at Olympia Fields
A four-player contingent of Golden Bears played in the first fall event of 2012 - the Olympia Fields Country Club Fighting Illini Invitational in Olympia Fields, Ill. - that ended on Sept. 16. Sophomore Chase Melton captured a spot on the All-Tournament Team after winning all four of his singles matches. Junior Campbell Johnson and sophomores Gregory Bayane and Andrew Scholnick also competed in Illinois.

Bears Host USTA Junior National Team September 19
California continues its busy fall schedule when it hosts the USTA Junior National Team in an exhibition match on Wednesday, Sept. 19, at the Hellman Tennis Complex and Channing Tennis Courts. The Golden bears will take on eight of the top junior players in the nation in the event, which is free to the public.
 
The Cal squad includes such 2011-12 standouts as ITA All-American Christoffer Konigsfeldt, now a senior, and All-Pac-12 second-team selection Ben McLachlan, a junior. In the 2012-13 ITA Division I Preseason Men's Singles Rankings, McLachlan stands at No. 16, while Konigsfeldt is ranked at No. 124. In doubles, Konigsfeld/McLachlan have a No. 23 preseason ranking by the ITA.
 
The USTA juniors consist of the following eight players: Henry Craig, Jack Murray, Joseph Digiulio, Konrad Zieba, Robert Bellamy, Deiton Baughman, Gage Brymer and T.J. Pura.
 
2012 Audi Napa Valley Classic - September 21-23
Meadowood Napa Valley in St. Helena, Calif. will host some of the country's top collegiate players and eight of the America's top juniors in the Audi Napa Valley Classic Sept. 21-23. In addition to players from the USTA Junior National Team and Cal, the round-robin style tournament will feature players from Georgia, Harvard, Illinois, Stanford and Texas.
 
Upcoming Events
September 21st-23th: Cal Men's Tennis at Audi Napa Valley Tennis Classic (Meadowood, CA)
Ocotber 5th-7th: Cal Men's Tennis at Davis Invitational (Davis, CA)
Octber 12th-14th: Cal Men's Tennis at Battle of the Bay (San Francisco, CA)
October 19th-23rd: Cal Men's Tennis at ITA Regional Championships (Moraga, CA)
November 2nd-4th: Cal Men's Tennis at Pacific Tiger Fall Invitational (Stockton, CA)
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