Cerritos Tennis Center Tennis Director Chris Chutikorn has spearheaded grass root efforts to bring tennis to the earthquake victims of Canoa, Ecuador right after the city got hit by a devastating earthquake in May 2016.
Cerritos Tennis Center has worked with Emirates Airlines for five years to organize a field trip for the Cerritos tennis community where 70 kids and 30 adults were able to go to watch the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells from 2011- 2015.
Cerritos Tennis Center develops a community outreach program to help Artesia High School's Boys Varsity Tennis Team win their first match in 5+ seasons. This community outreach program was featured in the Los Cerritos Community News. http://issuu.com/lccn/docs/cerritosnewsmay72010/4
The Artesia High School Boys Varsity Tennis Team celebrates their first victory in over 5+ seasons. They received free tennis training at the Cerritos Tennis Center through a community outreach initiative developed by Cerritos Tennis Center manager, Bram Sada, and head pro, Joseph Lizardo.
The Cerritos Tennis Center helps generate funds for the Leal Elementary School's Performing Arts Program by creating a carnival booth at Lealfest on May 22, 2010.
Competitive Junior Tennis back in Cerritos
The tennis courts at the Cerritos Tennis Center at Cerritos Regional County Park have a long history of top youth playing USTA (United States Tennis Association) junior open tournaments. Pete Sampras, Jim Courier and Michael Chang are examples of youth players who used to play tournaments here in Cerritos. Sampras and Courier would also come here for round robin match play regularly on weekends as youth players. Unfortunately, it’s been many years since the courts at Cerritos Regional County Park have hosted a sanctioned USTA junior open tennis tournament.
On Presidents Day Weekend, Saturday, February 13 – Monday, February 15, 2010, Cerritos hosted the 1st Annual Cerritos Regional Park Junior Open Tournament. Over 300 youth tennis players from across the Los Angeles area came to Cerritos to compete to gain points for their junior rankings. Matches begin at 8am each day and went through to 9pm. The Cerritos Regional Park is located at 19700 Bloomfield Avenue (cross street is 195th Street).
Bram Sada, Manager of the Cerritos Tennis Center, was very pleased to get the approval of the USTA to bring junior tournaments back to Cerritos. “Since I began managing the Cerritos Tennis Center last year, the tennis community had been urging me to bring back USTA junior tennis tournaments to the Cerritos area. Many could not understand why there was an annual Cerritos Invitiational Junior Tournament on the USTA calendar but that tournament had nothing to do with Cerritos since the matches were always held in Long Beach, Seal Beach and Lakewood. With the lobbying efforts of key community members, we were able to successfully gain approval from the USTA. It will be very nice to have a Cerritos tennis tournament that the Cerritos community can call its own since it really will be played in Cerritos.”
Because it is the first year of the tournament, Bram Sada only hoped to get around 100 youth entrants. In the end, the tournament had 334 entrants. The funds used for the tournament will be used to help upgrade and repair the tennis courts in Cerritos Regional Park. The goal next year for the tournament will be to develop opportunities for local businesses in the area to sponsor and support the tennis tournament in different ways.