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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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Bellis, 15, wins second Challenger title in two weeks

Oct 20, 2014
Bellis, 15, wins second Challenger title in two weeks

CiCi Bellis, shown in 2012, routed No. 6 seedYsaline Bonaventure 6-2, 6-1 to win the $25,000Florence (S.C.) Open. Photo by Paul Bauman   Only 15 years old, CiCi Bellis of Atherton in the San Francisco Bay Area won her second $25,000 Challenge...

Sacramento-area coach honored

Oct 17, 2014

   The USTA recently announced its 2014 No-Cut Coach All-Star team, including Mark Shahan of Antelope Valley High School in the Sacramento area.
   The No-Cut Coach All-Star team recognizes 14 exceptional high school coaches throughout the nation who implement a no-cut policy that welcomes all interested students to be...

Altamirano to attend Virginia, hold off on pros

Oct 17, 2014
Altamirano to attend Virginia, hold off on pros

Collin Altamirano of Sacramento practices with Ryan Harrisonduring the recent $100,000 Sacramento Pro Circuit Challenger.Photo by Paul Bauman   Collin Altamirano has decided that professional tennis can wait.   The Sacramentan, last...

Sacramento Challenger to stay, director says

Oct 15, 2014
Sacramento Challenger to stay, director says

Sacramento Challenger tournament director Brian Martinez,middle, poses with champion Sam Querrey and runner-upStefan Kozlov. Photo by Paul Bauman   After a few anxious months, the future of the $100,000 Sacramento Challenger appears secure.&n...

Rankings, TV schedule, calendar

Oct 14, 2014

WORLD RANKINGS   Players with Northern California ties ranked in the top 1,000 in the world (change from last week in parentheses): Men   Collin Altamirano, 18-year-old Sacramento resident -- No. 740 in singles (+4), No. 880 in dou...

Querrey completes NorCal Challenger sweep

Oct 13, 2014
Querrey completes NorCal Challenger sweep

Sam Querrey, shown earlier in the week, defeated JohnMillman 6-4, 6-2 to win the $100,000 Tiburon Challenger.Photo by Paul Bauman   The Sam Querrey Show ended Sunday after a three-week engagement.   The 6-foot-6 (1.98-meter) U.S. Da...

Bellis, 15, breaks through with singles crown

Oct 12, 2014
Bellis, 15, breaks through with singles crown

CiCi Bellis displays her award for winning the USTA Girls 18National Championships in San Diego in August.Photo courtesy of JFS Communications   CiCi Bellis won her first ITF Pro Circuit singles title today.   The 15-year-old reside...

Querrey to play for NorCal Challenger sweep

Oct 12, 2014
Querrey to play for NorCal Challenger sweep

Sam Querrey, serving earlierin the week, beat Matt Reid6-3, 6-4 to reach the Tiburonfinal. Photo by Paul Bauman   Only John Millman stands in the way of a Northern California Challenger sweep for Sam Querrey.   They reached the fina...

Aussie upsets No. 2 seed in Tiburon Challenger

Oct 11, 2014
Aussie upsets No. 2 seed in Tiburon Challenger

John Millman, shown last week in Sacramento, beat second-seeded Tim Smyczek on Friday in the quarterfinals of the$100,000 Tiburon Challenger. Photo by Paul Bauman   John Millman took another step in his comeback from shoulder surgery. &n...

Giron tops No. 3 Klahn; No. 2 Smyczek stages big rally

Oct 10, 2014
Giron tops No. 3 Klahn; No. 2 Smyczek stages big rally

Marcos Giron, top, ousted No. 3 seed BradleyKlahn, below, on Thursday in Tiburon in abattle of reigning and former NCAA singleschamps, respectively. Photos by Paul Bauman   Third-seeded Bradley Klahn exited the $100,000 First Republic Bank Ti...

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