Kayla Day had home court advantage at the Santa Barbara Tennis Club on Friday, September 25 when she defeated UCSB player Camille Kiss 6-1, 6-2 in the singles final of the $25,000 Central Coast Home Health and Hospice Women’s Pro Invitational.
Kayla, who was nine years old when she took her first lesson from Larry Mousouris at Santa Barbara Tennis Club, grew up playing Santa Barbara Tennis Patrons tournaments. She launched her professional career in 2016 as a 17-year-old after winning the U.S. Open Junior championship and a match in the main draw of the U.S. Open. Her WTA ranking had risen as high as 122, but she has had a couple of difficult years, battling through injuries and illness. Her many local fans and supporters were thrilled to see her win the first professional tournament that she has played since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.