Suzie Matzenauer knows coaching tennis is her future.
Her present, though, is playing and winning tournaments.
Matzenauer, a 2006 Bellarmine Prep graduate currently ranked No. 1 in women’s singles in the Pacific Northwest, returns to this week’s Pacific Northwest Open Tennis Championship, where she won the 2010 singles title.
The 122nd edition of the annual tournament begins Monday at Tacoma Lawn Tennis Club.
“The Pacific Northwest tournament has been my favorite tournament,” Matzenauer said.
“The energy is awesome at the courts, and regardless if I win or lose, my family and friends are always cheering me on from the sidelines.”
Matzenauer’s family has had plenty to cheer about through
the years. It began at Bellarmine Prep, where she won a state doubles championship in 2006, finished second in singles in 2005 and played on four state-title teams for the Lions.
In college, she earned all-Big West Conference first-team singles and doubles honors in 2009 and 2010 for Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo. Since then, she has played on the USTA Pacific Northwest circuit and won, most recently the GPTC/Nike Open in Beaverton, Ore., earlier this month. Matzenauer won the singles and mixed doubles titles there, but the tournament she likes best is the event in her hometown..
Meanwhile, Matzenauer already has taken steps to becoming a coach. She was an assistant at Cal Poly in 2011 and currently is on staff at the Stafford Hills Tennis Club in Tualatin, Ore.
There’s a wealth of knowledge the 25-year-old Matzenauer, who grew up idolizing Andre Agassi and modeled her game after the eight-time men’s Grand Slam singles champion, can share. She virtually grew up on the court as her parents were professional tennis players in the Czech Republic.
She started playing as a 6-year-old and was playing competitive tournaments by the time she was 11. Matzenauer decided that she wanted to become a coach while playing tournaments in Europe during high school. She said she enjoyed picking out the flaws, and correcting them, in her swing.
“I want to be a coach one day, preferably at a Division I school,” she said. “I love tennis, and I want to be a part of this game for as long as I can.”
122nd PACIFIC NORTHWEST OPEN TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS
When: Monday through Sunday.
Where: Tacoma Lawn Tennis Club
2012 champions: Gail Brodsky, Kirkland (women’s singles); Cameron Klinger, San Jose, Calif., and Brian Wilson, Redmond (men’s open doubles); Denise Dy and Irina Tereschenko, Seattle (women’s open doubles); Clement Reix, Reno (men’s singles); Brian Battistone, Las Vegas, and Brodsky (mixed doubles).
The skinny: Brodsky will be back to defend her women’s singles title she won a year ago. Battistone will team up with Brodsky once again as they prepare to aim for a second consecutive title in the mixed doubles category. Nevada resident Reix is returning this year to defend his 2012 title. There will be a total of 128 players competing during this week’s championships. For tournament’s seeds, see Scoreboard, Page B7.
Schedule: Monday, 4 p.m. -7:30 p.m.; Tuesday, 10 a.m-7 p.m.; Wednesday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Thursday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday, final for women’s singles at 11 a.m.; final for men’s singles at 12:30 p.m.; finals for all doubles at approximately 2 p.m.
Admission: Daily pass, $5; tournament pass, $20.