The 117th edition of “The Ojai” was played the last week of April throughout Southern California’s idyllic Ojai Valley.
Rich in history, the Ojai is one of the few remaining tournaments from the 19th century still in existence. This year, it celebrates its 117th anniversary.
If you grew up playing the game in Southern California, the Ojai was part of your story; its list of champions is a who’s who of American tennis.
Tennis.Life was on site, bringing you the stories and sharing the flavour of the historic event. More than 1,500 players and more than 750 volunteers took part.
Here are the stories we told.
We began with a scene-setter, as longtime Tennis Week magazine writer Linda Pentz remembers the idyllic setting, and all the tennis tales that grew around it.
Tennis.Life chief editor and Southern California native Barry Buss checked in with his own memories of the tournament.
Finally, Buss explores the conflict between the historic traditions of the tournament, and what it must do to stay relevant in the 21st century.
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