Greatest Performances in ITA/Riviera Women’s All-American Tennis Championships History
Although the beautiful Riviera Tennis Club, in Pacific Palisades, California, has hosted the ITA/Riviera Women’s All-American Tennis Championships since 1986, the tournament actually began on the other side of the country in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. The prestigious championship was inaugurated in 1983, and remained in Myrtle Beach for five years before moving to the West Coast. Since the cross-country move, there have been a number of great players who have triumphed in this ITA fall classic, including among others three-time champion Sandra Birch, WTA Tour stalwart Jill Craybas, and recent US Open darling Irina Falconi.
“This tournament is special for several reasons,” explained Dr. Fred Ho, Chair of the Riviera Tennis Committee. “It is fully supported by the Riviera Tennis Club members through direct cash contributions and donation of auction items. It is such a unique experience for the players, as they are housed at the homes of members from Beverly Hills to Malibu. Lastly, the field is the deepest of any national women’s collegiate tennis event.” And, as David Benjamin, ITA Executive Director, added: “The ITA/Riviera All-American Championships is a wonderful way to kick-off our fall season, and serves as a fantastic preview for the year ahead!”
Listed below are some of the more memorable championship performances throughout the years.