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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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Sacramento loses legends tournament

Dec 17, 2014
Sacramento loses legends tournament

James Blake, 34, beat John McEnroe, 55, to win the ChampionsShootout in Sacramento in February. Photo by Paul Bauman   Professional tennis in Northern California suffered another blow last week when Sacramento lost its legends tournament afte...

Mayo brothers win Junior Orange Bowl openers

Dec 17, 2014

   Brothers Keenan and Aidan Mayo of Roseville in the Sacramento area won their opening matches today at the Junior Orange Bowl in Coral Gables, Fla.   Keenan Mayo, seeded third, received a first-round bye and overwhelmed Christophe...

Bellis clinches year-end No. 1, wins doubles title

Dec 14, 2014
Bellis clinches year-end No. 1, wins doubles title

CiCi Bellis, 15, meets the press after stunning Australian Open runner-up DominikaCibulkova in the first round of the U.S. Open in August. Photo courtesy of USTA   Despite falling short of the Orange Bowl girls 18 singles title, CiCi Bellis h...

Riffice completes rare double; Bellis upset

Dec 13, 2014
Riffice completes rare double; Bellis upset

Sam Riffice and one of his coaches, Amine Khaldiof the Gold River Racquet Club in the Sacramentoarea, relax after a tough workout. File photocourtesy of Amine Khaldi   Today was bittersweet for Northern California in the Orange Bowl. &nb...

Bellis gains Orange Bowl quarters; Gordon falls

Dec 12, 2014

  CiCi Bellis and Michaela Gordon, 15-year-old residents of the San Francisco Bay Area, both faced qualifiers in the third round of the girls 18s at the Orange Bowl on Thursday.   Only Bellis won, though.   Atherton's Bellis, ...

Gordon, 15, ousts No. 4 seed in Orange Bowl

Dec 10, 2014
Gordon, 15, ousts No. 4 seed in Orange Bowl

Michaela Gordon of Saratoga upset fourth-seeded AnnaKalinskaya of Russia 6-3, 6-2 in the second round of thegirls 18s at the Orange Bowl. 2014 photo by Paul Bauman   Having grown up in South Dakota and the San Francisco Bay Area, Michaela Gor...

Roseville’s Riffice advances in Orange Bowl

   Second-seeded Sam Riffice of Roseville in the Sacramento area defeated Alexandre Rotsaert of Boca Raton, Fla., 7-5, 6-3 today in the second round of boys 16s at the Orange Bowl on clay in Plantation, Fla.   Riffice, who won last ...

Bellis, Riffice win odd Orange Bowl openers

   CiCi Bellis and Sam Riffice, Northern California 15-year-olds who are seeded second in their age groups, won their Orange Bowl openers on clay in Plantation, Fla., today in unusual fashion.   Bellis, from Atherton in the San Fran...

Book review: "Facing Federer"

Book review: "Facing Federer"

Roger Federer meets the press at the BNP Paribas Open in IndianWells in March. Photo by Paul Bauman   Roger Federer must have some flaws -- if not on the court, then off.   Maybe he doesn't floss daily. Maybe he occasionally forgets...

Roseville’s Riffice wins prestigious junior title

Roseville’s Riffice wins prestigious junior title

Roger Federer posed with Sam Riffice, far left, three yearsago at the La Quinta resort in the Palm Springs area. Riffice,12 at the time, is now 6 feet tall. Also shown are Riffice's coach, Amine Khaldi, second from left, and Khaldi's friendSteve Mohibi...

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