Wednesday Apr 29 2009
Granite Bay, Loomis teens capture tennis titles
By: Staff Report
Granite Bay’s Kassidy Jump captured the girls 16-and-under singles title and Brett Bacharach of Loomis the boys 14-and-under singles title at the Spare Time Junior Tennis Championships. The USTA NorCal tournament was hosted by Johnson Ranch Racquet Club and Gold River Racquet Club on April 11—12 and April 18—19. Ranked No. 1 in both the USTA NorCal girls 10-and-under and girls 12-and-under age divisions, Jump began competing in the 16-and-under age group shortly after her 13th birthday. The holder of four USTA NorCal 16-and-under Open titles, her victory at the Spare Time Junior Championships marks her first championship level title in this age division. Jump trains at the Spare Time Junior Tennis Academy under Rich Andrews, the corporate tennis director and academy tennis director for Spare Time Clubs. “Kassidy is so strong and so quick,” Andrews said in a recent release from the academy. “She has an Agassi style game. She has a strong serve and she plays close to the baseline—attacking the ball on the rise and then following up with a strong swinging volley off either side. She’s tough to compete against.” Having coached her for four years at the Spare Time Junior Tennis Academy, Rich Andrews also compliments Kassidy’s strong work ethic. “Kassidy is amazingly focused,” he said. “She plays tennis six days a week. She practices in the morning Tuesdays through Fridays. In the afternoon, she does her school work. On weekends, she plays tennis tournaments. She rests on Mondays.” Jump, who is currently home-schooled, enters Granite Bay High School as a freshman this fall. A high school freshman, Bacharach plays No. 1 singles for the Del Oro High School boys tennis team, where he has compiled a 10?0 winning record. He credits some of his success in the tournament to the competition he faces in high school league play. His father and coach, Cris Bacharach, head tennis professional at Johnson Ranch Racquet Club agrees. “The opportunity to compete on Tuesdays and Thursdays against older and more experienced players has matured Brett’s game,” Cris Bacharach said in a recent news release. “It’s helped raise his playing level above normal for his age group.” Cris Bacharach also cites the opportunities Brett receives through the Spare Time clubs as an important factor in his son’s success. “Brett plays tennis all year, Cris Bacharach said. “In the winter, he practices at the Spare Time Indoor Tennis Center. Plus, there are so many tennis players at the Spare Time clubs. Brett plays and trains with everyone—juniors at the Spare Time Junior Tennis Academy and adults throughout Sacramento. It all adds up.” Currently ranked No. 5 in USTA NorCal boys 14-and-under singles, Brett Bacharach began playing tennis as a four-year-old in the pee wee program at Johnson Ranch. In 2008, as a first year 14-and-under player, he was the winner of four USTA NorCal open singles titles. His victory at the Spare Time Junior Tennis Championships is also his first championship level title. Roseville’s Breanna Bachini, a 15-year-old who reached the finals in the girls 18-and-under division, is another local player who delivered a strong performance. Bachini was ranked No. 1 in the USTA NorCal girls 14-and-under division when she was 13 years old. Now 15, she holds the No. 2 ranking in the USTA NorCal girls 18-and-under division. She returned to competitive play last spring, after a one year layoff to recover from leg surgery. Bachini also trains with Andrews. “Breanna really worked on her technique and her fitness after her surgery,” Andrews said. “She learned to play what I call efficient tennis. It compliments her natural athleticism.” Bachini, who practices or competes daily, wants to be a tennis professional. She has already played one professional satellite tournament as an amateur, winning her first round match in the qualifying event. “She is an aggressive player,” Andrews said. “She wants to achieve a lot with her tennis. Right now her goal is to be No. 1 in her division and to play in the national girls eighteens this summer. She is so disciplined and so directed that she’ll make it.” USTA NorCal offers junior tennis players six levels of competitive play. Junior players competing in a championship level tournament are highly skilled, advanced tennis players. Championship tournaments are USTA Level 5 national events. Competitors in a championship tournament are awarded USTA NorCal ranking points and USTA National ranking points based on their results.