Monday, November 2, 2015

Garcia, Livingston take Sacramento Clay Court title

(Left to right) substitutes Justin Garcia and Whit Livingston sit on the California
Dream bench with coach David Macpherson and players Tennys Sandgren and
Neal Skupski during a World TeamTennis match in the Sacramento suburb of
Citrus Heights in July. Photo by Paul Bauman
   Justin Garcia and Whit Livingston defeated Eric Roberson and Yasmin Schnack 6-4, 6-2 after a five-hour rain delay on Sunday to win the Open Division of the ninth annual Sacramento Clay Court League.
   Garcia and the 32-year-old Livingston -- who played at UC Davis and USC, respectively -- split $1,000. They played on opposing teams in last year's final as Garcia and Jeff Shin beat Scott Colby and Livingston 6-4, 6-4.
   Roberson and Schnack, who lost together in the first round of mixed doubles in the 2013 U.S. Open, shared $500. Schnack, 27, helped UCLA win the NCAA title as a sophomore in 2008 and was named the Pacific-12 Conference Player of the Year in 2010. Roberson, 29, played at Boise State.
   Earlier Sunday, Bryan Paveglio and Chris Potthast beat Chris Evers and Dave Hagiwara 6-4, 6-4 for the 40-and-over title. Paveglio and Potthast divided $500, and Evers and Hagiwara split $250.
   Laura McGaffigan and Bella Norton won the 9.0 division to collect $100 each.
   The matches were played at the Orangevale home of Ben Combs, a former owner of the now-defunct Sacramento Capitals in World TeamTennis. He owns one of the few clay courts in the Sacramento area.

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