NorCal Tennis Czar

NorCal Tennis Czar NorCal Tennis Czar focuses on Northern California professional, collegiate, junior and recreational tennis. The blog includes tournament coverage, player profiles, examination of issues and trends, columns, book reviews and more.

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Emotional Jullien leads Saint Mary’s over Santa Clara

Apr 19, 2014

   Jenny Jullien, playing her last home match, defeated Katie Le 7-5, 4-6, 6-2 at No. 1 singles to lead No. 46 Saint Mary's over Santa Clara 5-2 on Friday in Moraga.   Jullien is ranked 12th nationally and Le 27th.   "It w...

Challenger champ Hibi changes mind, turns pro

Apr 18, 2014
Challenger champ Hibi changes mind, turns pro

Mayo Hibi won the $50,000 FSP Gold River Women'sChallenger at 17 last July. Photo by Paul Bauman   Mayo Hibi, who won a $50,000 Challenger in the Sacramento area last July at 17 years old, has decided to turn professional rather than attend U...

Rankings mover of the week: Sam Querrey

Apr 16, 2014
Rankings mover of the week: Sam Querrey

Sam Querrey defaulted his semifinal in Houston with a pinchednerve in his back. Photo by Paul Bauman   Sam Querrey can't seem to get a break.   Just when the 26-year-old San Francisco native and former Sacramento Capital in World Te...

TV schedule, college result, calendar

Apr 15, 2014

TV SCHEDULE(All times in California)Wednesday    Monte Carlo (men), early rounds, Tennis Channel, 1:30-9:30 a.m. (live), 2 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Thursday (repeat).Thursday   Monte Carlo (men), round of 16, Tennis Channel, 1:30-9:30 a.m. (l...

Bellis wins girls 18 title in Easter Bowl

Apr 14, 2014
Bellis wins girls 18 title in Easter Bowl

CiCi Bellis topped Katie Swan 6-3, 6-1for the girls 18 title in the Easter Bowl.2012 photo by Paul Bauman   Fourth-seeded CiCi Bellis of Atherton outclassed 11th-seeded Katie Swan of Wichita, Kan., 6-3, 6-1 Sunday to win the girls 18 title in...

John McEnroe Q&A: U.S. tennis needs athletes

Apr 13, 2014
John McEnroe Q&A: U.S. tennis needs athletes

John McEnroe talked to reporters at the Champions Shootoutin Sacramento in late February. Photo by Paul Bauman   John McEnroe may be a nightmare for chair umpires, but he's a dream for journalists.   Talkative, knowledgeable, outspo...

Bellis, Mayo, Volynets reach Easter Bowl finals

Apr 13, 2014

   Three Northern Californians will play for singles titles today in the Easter Bowl, one of the top junior tournaments in the United States.
   Advancing Saturday in Indian Wells were fourth-seeded CiCi Bellis of Atheron in the girls 18s, second-seeded Keenan Mayo of Roseville in the boys 14s and sixth-seeded Katie Volynets of Walnut...

Sac State women’s 13-year streak ends; Easter Bowl

Apr 12, 2014
Sac State women’s 13-year streak ends; Easter Bowl

The Sacramento State women's tennis team, coached by Dima Hrynashka (front left)poses after winning the 2012 Big Sky Conference tournament. Photo by Paul Bauman   The Sacramento State women went 13 years without losing a Big Sky Conference ma...

Notes: NorCal Hall of Fame to add Maze, others

Notes: NorCal Hall of Fame to add Maze, others

UC Davis women's coach Bill Maze, left,talks with an official during a match lastyear. Photo by Paul Bauman   The USTA Northern California Tennis Hall of Fame recently announced the addition of five members.   Bill Maze, John Hubbel...

Rankings mover of the week: Nicole Gibbs

Rankings mover of the week: Nicole Gibbs

Nicole Gibbs is close to reaching her career high of No. 166in the world in singles. 2012 photo by Paul Bauman   Nicole Gibbs, who turned pro last June out of Stanford, is approaching her career-high singles ranking.   The 21-year-o...