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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Bay Area players capture Little Mo titles

Oct 31, 2014

   Two players from the San Francisco Bay Area won titles Monday in the Little Mo Nationals in Austin, Texas.   In an all-Bay Area final, fourth-seeded Madeleine Jessup of Menlo Park beat unseeded Ria Bhakta of Saratoga 6-1, 6-3 in ...

Rankings, TV schedule, calendar

Oct 30, 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 -- Career-high No. 733 in singles (+8), ca...

Rankings, TV schedule, calendar

Oct 21, 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. 741 in singles (-1), career-high No...

Kozlov, 16, falls in Valencia opener on ATP tour

Oct 21, 2014
Kozlov, 16, falls in Valencia opener on ATP tour

Stefan Kozlov, shown during the recent Sacramento Challenger,
lost to 37th-ranked Martin Klizan in the Valencia Open 500.
Photo by Paul Bauman
   Sixteen-year-old phenom Stefan Kozlov shouldn't feel too bad about losing to Martin Klizan 6-3, 6-3 on Monday in the first round of the Valencia (Spain) Open 500...

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...

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