Experience and youth highlight talented PNW field

// 122nd Pacific Northwest Open begins July 23

  • LOOKING FOR MORE. Dasha Ivanova, a 16-year-old from Portalnd, Ore., should again make noise in the women's bracket after advancing to the finals last year. (Photo by Rocky Ross)

Top tennis players from around the region are again converging on Tacoma for the start of the 122nd Pacific Northwest Open Championships, set to take place at the Tacoma Lawn Tennis Club from July 23-28.

Recent tournament results and other factors will still have an impact on how the field shapes up for the week, but the early outlook seems to point to another entertaining group.

Defending men’s champion Clement Reix, ranked the 404th singles player in the world, should be among the headliners of the tournament and looks to defend his crown.

Also returning to the men’s field is 2011 quarterfinalist Oren Motevassel, who has been strong in tournaments lately, and Brian Battistone, who was one of the more entertaining players in last year’s field after displaying his two-handled racket and unique serve.

“I’m expecting the older guys to come through,” said Tacoma Lawn Tennis Club head pro Nick Moxley, who took over the position in January.

But Moxley noted that a strong contingent from Boise State University will again make the trek to Tacoma, including number-one player Andy Bettles, who hails from England. Also making the trip are seasoned participants Clancy and Luke Shields, who have had solid showings in recent years, and Garrett Patton.

Moxley also said that 31-year-old Adrian Bohane, a former Ohio State player who has a victory over Andy Roddick on his resume, could also be a part of the field. He added that some younger players, including University of New Mexico freshman Riaan Du Toit – who originally hails from South Africa – and Olympia High grad John Stormans, could have “the possibility of coming up with upsets.”

While the women’s field is also not solidified, there are a number of probable participants that should catch the eye. The field could include a pair of former winners, including 2009 champion Kelcy McKenna and local standout Suzanne Matzenauer, who took the title in 2010. Two-time defending champion Gail Brodsky will not be returning to the field, but 16-year-old Dasha Ivanova should return after an impressive run to claim second place last year.

Former University of Washington standout Denise Dy is another probable participant after placing second in 2011 and advancing to the quarterfinals last year, while Arizona State University senior Jacqueline Cako will also make some noise.

The tournament begins with the open qualifying tournaments on July 23 at 10 a.m., and the round of 32 for the men’s and women’s singles tournaments begins on July 24 at noon. The women’s singles final is set for July 28 at 11 a.m., while the men’s final follows it at 12:30 p.m. and the doubles finals are set for later in the day. For more info on the tournament visit http://www.tltc.us/page6.html.


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