By Bill Tamburrino
Ramona High’s tennis team wasn’t the only tennis star last week.
The players’ coach, Doug Failla, also had a good week. He won the 83rd San Diego District Championship in the Men’s 45 Singles Division. To win the championship, Failla had to beat
another Ramona resident in the finals.
Failla opened the tournament with a come-from-behind win over John Jeffries on Saturday, Sept. 3. He dropped the first set 3-6 and fought back to go 6-2 and 6-4 to advance to the semifinals.
On Sept. 4, Failla won his semifinal match over Teo Otuno in straight sets 6-1 and 6-1.
“The final match was a dog fight,” he said. “I play Leland Rolling about once a week and every match is a toss-up. He played for the U.S. Tennis Team last year in New Zealand and my goal is to make that team some day. I barely got him, so I know that he will be gunning for me the next time we play.”
Failla won the first set 6-1. Rolling rallied to win the second set 6-7. The final set was a marathon and Failla won 10-6.
Failla will be playing in the 85th Annual Pacific Southwest Tournament in Newport Beach in two weeks and then will start training for the 45-year-olds National Indoor Championships in Park City, Utah, in November.