In 1986, San Diego hosted the first ever Cal Cup competition which was created to foster camaraderie among the major California
tennis clubs—Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Diego. This competition has been held every year since 1986 and
brings together Open and A level players to compete for the Cup.
In 2002, as Cal Cup was planning its 17th annual competition with its sister clubs in San Francisco and Los Angeles, new
members learning of the Cal Cup format asked for a similar event to be created for B level players. André Lalias,
the SDTF President at the time, worked with representatives from our sister clubs in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and
Seattle. Together, they created the Pacific Cup ("Pac Cup") competition. Vancouver joined the competition in 2003 and
Palm Springs was added in 2008.
Recognizing the need for an event along the lines of Cal and Pac Cup for C level players, 2011 SDTF Board members Allen Sanchez
and Scott Guiltner worked with representatives from our sister clubs in San Francisco and Los Angeles. Together, they
created the West Coast Cup competition.
While both Open and A players compete in Cal Cup, Open players are generally given priority. As a result, A level players
began to clamor for a cup of their own, and once again, SDTF led the way. Thanks to the tireless work of long time SDTF
member and board chairperson, Frank January, the Gold Cup was born. In 2017, the first annual Gold Cup competition was
held, featuring teams from San Francisco, Los Angeles, and San Diego.