Art Hernandez is ready to hold court. It's something he's become accustomed to.
The long-time Huntington Beach resident has several national senior tennis titles to his credit — seven to be exact — and on Friday begins defense of a championship he won last year in his own backyard: a doubles title at the Huntington Beach Open.
Pacific Sands Cabana Club in Huntington Beach is hosting the annual event, which is holding its 50th anniversary tournament starting Friday at various tennis venues in the city. The tournament continues Saturday and concludes with division finals Aug. 20-21 at the club.
The Unites Stats Tennis Assn.-sanctioned tournament includes Open players and National Tennis Rating-ranked players in Men's, Women's, Singles, Doubles and Mixed Doubles competitions. Division winners and runners-up earn trophies and cash prizes will be awarded to semifinalists and finalists in the Open divisions.
Hernandez, 45, won a doubles title partnered with Brian Morton (Newport Beach) in the Open division at last year's event. This year, he will be teamed with Carsten Hoffmann of Newport Beach in the Open division. Last year, Hernandez was ranked No. 1 nationally for doubles in the 35s and 40s divisions. In 2009, he was ranked No. 1 in doubles in three age groups: 30s, 35s and 40s.