by Bill Welch
Special to The R-C

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May 17, 2014
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Tenbroeck has scholarship

Former Douglas High School state tennis champion James Tenbroeck has received an athletic scholarship from Point Loma Nazarene College in San Diego.

Tenbroeck, 20, played in the No. 1 singles and doubles spot the last two years for San Diego Mesa College. He was named first-team All-Pacific Coast Athletic Conference (PCAC) as a freshman and sophomore. He was 34-16 in singles during in two seasons with the Olympians and 26-21 in doubles.

“James is probably one of the hardest working kids I’ve had in my 22 years of coaching,” coach Michael Hootner said on Mesa’s website. “James is an incredible young man and we are extremely proud of him. We are excited to watch him continue playing at Point Loma.”

Although receiving offers from other schools, he decided to remain in the San Diego area due to present employment opportunities. He also enjoys the weather and the abundance of high caliber tennis talent.

One of the highlights of his competitive career at Mesa was defeating Zach Lidster, the highly touted No. 1 singles player at College of the Desert (Palm Springs, Calif.), 7-6 (5), 6-4.

While also participating in non-school related tournaments, Tenbroeck upended a Davis Cup team member from Saudi Arabia, 7-5, 4-6, 6-3.

This summer, he will be employed as an assistant tennis instructor at the Rancho Santa Fe Country Club. He will be working with Chris Groh, who has coached many pro tour players, perhaps the most famous being Tommy Haas.

At Rancho Santa Fe, he has many opportunities to practice with visiting touring pros. Tenbroeck does have aspirations to compete on the pro tour circuit and will be doing that this summer. He will be able to retain his amateur status by not accepting any money.

At Douglas, Tenbroeck won the Nevada state boys singles championship as a sophomore in 2009.

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