For the safety of all concerned and because of all the uncertainties and complications resulting from COVID-19, the San Diego District Tennis Association has decided to cancel this year's Tennis Fest, scheduled for Sunday, June 14. We look forward to holding the event in 2021 and thank all the pros and vendors for their continued support. We'll see you next year!

     Due to the heightened concerns surrounding the COVID-19 virus, effective immediately USTA Southern California will suspend all USTA sanctioned programs and events, including Adult and Junior Tournaments, League Tennis, Junior Team Tennis, USTA Schools programs, Tennis on Campus, Team Challenges, and Wheelchair Events. This suspension is in effect through June 30, 2020.

     The health and safety of all players, staff, fans and volunteers are our foremost concern. The USTA’s goal will be to reschedule events where possible following this suspension period. Additionally, recognizing the evolving and fast-changing nature of this situation, the USTA will continue to monitor and assess conditions to make future determinations about events and activities taking place after May 31st.

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DAVID SANDERLIN, Ph.D (1943 - 2020)

     From the time he was 6 years old and found a backboard to hit against near his home in El Cajon, to playing Grandfather-Grandson doubles tournaments with his two grandsons, David has had a love affair with tennis. David’s father gave him his initial stroke instruction, “from a book.” After that, David took the bit in his teeth and developed his strong all court game on his own. David’s determination made him a force to be reckoned with in Southern California, then nationally.

     After winning the CIF singles crown and graduating from Granite Hills, Coach Morgan of UCLA offered David a scholarship to play alongside teammates Arthur Ashe, Charlie Pasarell, & David Reed. Together, they won the NCAA national title in 1965. Before and after graduating from UCLA, David played in major tournaments all across the country. In 1964, He reached the round of 16 at the US Open.

     David then enrolled at Notre Dame. Upon earning his doctorate in Medieval Studies, Dr. Sanderlin taught history for five years at California State University, Northridge.

In a happy homecoming, he then accepted a teaching position and department chair at Miramar College. Dr. Sanderlin took the opportunity to expand his teaching subject matter into his other field of expertise: tennis. He initiated tennis classes at Miramar and developed advanced tennis concept courses such as strategy, court coverage, and doubles positioning. David continued to teach tennis at Miramar for 25 years.

     Tennis has been in David’s family for decades. His parents were both highly educated authors as well as tennis players. David’s younger brother, Johnny, followed in his brother’s footsteps. He was a top 11 year old in Southern California. Then, at the age of 11, Johnny was diagnosed with leukemia and with the love and support of his family and friends, he lived to nearly 16. In those years, Johnny, like his big brother, made an impact on the national tennis scene. Johnny and his partner, Roy Barth, won the 13 & under National Doubles Championship. Johnny and mother, Owenita, are memorialized by a junior tournament named for them at the Barnes Tennis Center. David’s legacy of family first values has been manifest throughout the years. He has made it his mission to involve and enrich his entire family in the “sport of a lifetime.”

JULY 12-30, 2020

MARCH 9-22, 2020

The San Diego District Tennis Association was established in 1973 to serve the tennis community by providing activities, programs, sanctioned tournaments and leagues in San Diego county. The SDDTA is the local affiliate of the Southern California Tennis Association (SCTA) and the United States Tennis Association (USTA).

San Diego District Tennis Association
2221 Morley Field Dr.

San Diego, CA 92104
Ph: (619) 299-8647    Email:

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