Monday, May 4, 2015

Tiilikainen wins sixth National 30 Indoor title

   The National 30 Indoor tournament is practically synonymous with Jan Tiilikainen.
   What Rafael Nadal is to the upcoming French Open, Tiilikainen is to the 30 Indoors.
   Tiilikainen, a 43-year-old Reno teaching pro from Finland, won the men's singles title in the USTA National Men's, Women's & Mixed 30 Indoor Championships for the sixth time today.
   The top-seeded Tiilikainen beat second-seeded Ryan ("Don't Call Me Nick") Sablan of Martinez 6-3, 7-5 at the Spare Time Indoor Tennis Center in the Sacramento suburb of Gold River.
   Tiilikainen, 5-foot-11 (1.80 meters) and 158 pounds (71.7 kilograms), also won the title in 2007 his tournament debut, 2008, 2010, 2011 and last year.
   Tiilikainen lost to 6-foot-5 (1.96-meter) Calle Hansen in the 2012 semifinals and 2013 final. Hansen, a former Pepperdine All-American from Sweden, did not return last year or this year.
   Marisue Jacutin-Mariona of Los Altos defeated Laura McGaffigan of Folsom 6-1, 6-4 for the women's title.
Men's singles
   Jan Tiilikainen (1), Reno, def. Ryan Sablan (2), Martinez, 6-3, 7-5.
Third place
   Vittorio Fratta, San Francisco, def. Thomas Morton, Citrus Heights, 6-1, 6-3.
Women's singles
Round robin
   Marisue Jacutin-Mariona, Los Altos, def. Laura McGaffigan, Folsom, 6-1, 6-4.
   Suzie Maciel, Sacramento, def. Noknoy Souliyonh, El Dorado Hills, 6-2, 6-2.
 Final standings
   Jacutin-Mariona 3-0, McGaffigan, 2-1, Maciel 1-2, Souliyonh 0-3.
Men's doubles
   Tyler Browne, Walnut Creek, and Nicholas Brunner (1), Sacramento, def. Justin Garcia, Folsom, and Whit Livingston, Sacramento, 6-3, 6-1.
Third place
   Mark Fairchilds, Modesto, and Jan Tiilikainen, Reno, def. Vittorio Fratta, San Francisco, and Pablo Schurig, Walnut Creek, 3-6, 7-6 (4), 6-0.
Women' doubles
   Lauren Barnikow and Francesca LaO (1), San Francisco, def. Isabella Kling, Orangevale, and Laura McGaffigan (2), Folsom, 7-5, 7-6 (2).
Third place
   Camille Benvenuti, Sacramento, and Stacey Griggs, Carmichael, def. Holly Jones, Rancho Cordova, and Laurie Smith, Elk Grove, walkover.
Mixed doubles
   Tyler Browne, Walnut Creek, and Francesca LaO (1), San Francisco, def. Marisue Jacutin-Mariona, Los Altos, and Pablo Schurig (2), Walnut Creek, 6-4, 6-3.
Third place
   Lauren Barnikow, San Francisco, and Derek Fitzpatrick, San Jose, def. Dave Hagiwara and Laura McGaffigan, Folsom, 7-6 (5), 6-3.


  1. Did any of these players have ATP rankings?

    1. Several men and women had world rankings. Here's a list with the players' career highs:
      Mark Fairchilds -- No. 755 in singles in 1986, No. 798 in doubles in 1987.
      Jan Tiilikainen -- No. 1,225 in singles in 1999.
      Tyler Browne -- No. 1,328 in singles in 2007.
      Francesca LaO -- No. 386 in singles in 1994, No. 251 in doubles in 1995.
      Lauren Barnikow -- No. 418 in singles in 2005, No. 200 in doubles in 2006.

  2. One of other guys that was in semis I think did as well , not sure which one it was. Could have been Kwong from Hong Kong, I saw him play Oren Motavassel in three sets in a money tournament in Stockton