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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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On vacation until April 4

Mar 26, 2015

   I'll be on vacation until Saturday, April 4. Thank you for reading NorCal Tennis Czar.

Djokovic overcomes nerves, tops Federer for title

Mar 23, 2015
Djokovic overcomes nerves, tops Federer for title

Novak Djokovic matched Roger Federer's record of four titlesat Indian Wells. Photos by Paul Bauman   INDIAN WELLS -- Take heart, hackers.   Even the best players in the world -- indeed, of all time -- get nervous on the court. Somet...

Djokovic to play Federer in ‘ultimate final’

Mar 21, 2015

   Note: Photos will be added to this story soon.   INDIAN WELLS -- Roger Federer is most closely associated with Rafael Nadal.   After all, Federer owns a record 17 Grand Slam singles titles, and Nadal is tied with Pete S...

Serena withdraws; Raonic saves 3 MPs, upsets Nadal

Mar 20, 2015

   INDIAN WELLS -- It couldn't happen again.   But it did.   A Williams sister withdrew shortly before her semifinal in the BNP Paribas Open.   Serena Williams, who had boycotted the tournament for 14 years, pull...

Lisicki ousts defending champ in BNP thriller

Mar 19, 2015

   INDIAN WELLS -- Sabine Lisicki and Flavia Pennetta seemed like unlikely candidates to produce a classic today in the quarterfinals of the BNP Paribas Open.   Sure, Lisicki reached the 2013 Wimbledon final at 23 years old, losing ...

Lopez, 33, upsets Nishikori to reach BNP quarters

Mar 18, 2015

   INDIAN WELLS -- Feliciano Lopez is playing the best tennis of his career at the advanced age of 33.   The Spaniard, ranked a career-high No. 12, took out No. 5 Kei Nishikori 6-4, 7-6 (2) today to reach the quarterfinals of the BN...

Ex-Sacramento champion banned for 15 years

Mar 18, 2015
Ex-Sacramento champion banned for 15 years

Wayne Odesnik, playing in the NapaChallenger last September, committeda second doping offense. Photo byPaul Bauman   INDIAN WELLS -- Wayne Odesnik's career, it appears, is over after a second doping offense.   The 29-year-old Florid...

Pennetta, 33, shocks Sharapova at Indian Wells

Mar 18, 2015
Pennetta, 33, shocks Sharapova at Indian Wells

Maria Sharapova lost to defending champion Flavia Pennetta3-6, 6-3, 6-2 in the fourth round of the BNP Paribas Open.2014 photo by Paul Bauman   Flavia Pennetta is still going strong at age 33.   The No. 15 seed and defending champio...

Dream team: California acquires Bryan brothers

Mar 17, 2015
Dream team: California acquires Bryan brothers

Bob, left, and Mike Bryan watch the action in 2013 at Sunrise Mallin the Sacramento suburb of Citrus Heights. Photo by Paul Bauman   Sacramento's new World TeamTennis franchise won't have coach Wayne Bryan this season.   But Califor...

Radwanska, Wawrinka lead exodus from BNP

Mar 16, 2015
Radwanska, Wawrinka lead exodus from BNP

Heather Watson, shown in 2012, shocked No. 7seed Agnieszka Radwanska in the third roundat Indian Wells. Photo by Paul Bauman   Four top-10 seeds -- three women and one man -- lost on Sunday in the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells.  ...

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