Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Kendrick suspension reduced, new rankings, etc.

   The Court of Arbitration for Sport reduced Robert Kendrick's one-year doping suspension to eight months Monday in Lausanne, Switzerland.
   The 31-year-old Fresno native is eligible to return Jan. 22, 2012, one week after the Australian Open begins. The full decision, with reasons, will come "in due course," the International Tennis Federation said in a news release.
    Kendrick must forfeit his 15,000 euros ($21,571) in prize money and 10 ATP ranking points from his first-round loss in the French Open. However, he may keep his 3,905 euros from a grass-court tournament in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands, in June.
   Kendrick tested positive for methylhexaneamine at the French Open on May 22. He appealed the ban by the ITF, saying he took a capsule to fight jet lag and had no intent to enhance his performance.
   The ITF accepted Kendrick's explanation but noted that he did not apply for a therapeutic-use exemption and that players are reponsible for anything they ingest.
   Ranked a career-high No. 69 in 2009, Kendrick has dropped to No. 120. He reached the singles final of the Sacramento Challenger in 2008 and 2010 and won the doubles title there with Brian Wilson in 2007.
   Seeing stars -- John McEnroe, Tracy Austin and Bob and Mike Bryan headline the field for the seventh annual Esurance Tennis Classic, Sept. 23-25 at the The Club at Harbor Point in Mill Valley. McEnroe and Austin will appear on Sept. 25 only.
   Proceeds benefit the To Celebrate Life Breast Cancer Foundation and the Youth Tennis Advantage.
   For more information, call (415) 383-6114 or visit http://www.tennisclassic.org/.
   Lipsky wins --  Unseeded Colin Fleming of Great Britain and Scott Lipsky, a former Stanford star living in Huntington Beach, stunned second-seeded Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Marcin Matkowski of Poland, 3-6, 7-6 (1), 10-4 tiebreak in the first round of doubles at the $625,000 Winston-Salem (N.C.) Open.  
   New rankings -- Following are this week's world rankings of players with Northern California ties (change from last week in parentheses):  
   Bob Bryan, 1998 NCAA doubles champion from Stanford -- No. 1 in doubles, no singles ranking.
   Mike Bryan, 1998 NCAA doubles champion from Stanford -- No. 1 in doubles, no singles ranking.
   Scott Lipsky, 2002 NCAA doubles runner-up from Stanford -- No. 28 in doubles (+1), no singles ranking.
   Mark Knowles, Capitals -- No. 38 in doubles (-7), no singles ranking.
   Dmitry Tursunov, Folsom resident -- No. 44 in singles (no change), No. 94 in doubles (no change).
   David Martin, 2002 NCAA doubles runner-up from Stanford -- No. 103 in doubles (-1), No. 701 in singles (-3).
   John Paul Fruttero, ex-Cal star -- No. 154 in doubles (+11), 1,229 in singles (-7).
   Jimmy Wang, Folsom resident -- No. 383 in singles (no change), No. 677 in doubles (-5).
   Dusan Vemic, Capitals -- No. 498 in doubles (-2), No. 1,504 in singles (-8).
   Kiryl Harbatsiuk, former Sacramento State star -- No. 747 in singles (-37), No. 1,223 in doubles (-196).
   Vania King, Capitals -- No. 7 in doubles (no change), No. 105 in singles (-16).
   Raquel Kops-Jones, 2003 NCAA doubles champion from Cal -- No. 51 in doubles (+1), no singles ranking.
   Christina Fusano, Sacramento native, 2003 NCAA doubles champion from Cal, Plymouth resident -- No. 174 in doubles (+1), no singles ranking.
   Yasmin Schnack, Elk Grove resident -- No. 219 in doubles (+2), No. 378 in singles (+3).
   NorCal Hall adds four -- Larry Stefanki, Meredith McGrath, Larry Huebner and Carolyn Nichols were inducted into the Northern California Tennis Hall of Fame last month.
   Stefanki earned All-America status at Cal and reached No. 35 in the world in singles before coaching Marcelo Rios and Yevgeny Kafelnikov to No. 1 in the world. Stefanki currently coaches former world No. 1 Andy Roddick.
   McGrath won the 1990 NCAA women's doubles title with Stanford teammate Teri Whitlinger, attained career highs of No. 5 in the world in doubles and No. 18 in singles, and won the 1995 U.S. Open mixed doubles title with former Cal All-American Matt Lucena.
   Huebner was known was "Mr. Tennis" in his hometown of Fresno, and Nichols represents the United States around the world as a top senior player.
   Super Seniors to represent U.S. -- The USTA selected five Northern Californians to represent the United States in the ITF Super Senior International Team Championships, Oct. 10-15 in Antalya, Turkey.
   Picked for the team were Martha Downing of Shingle Springs, Dori deVries of Reno, Tony Dawson of Carmel, Charlie Hoeveler of Ross and Ken Robinson of San Carlos.
   The ITF Super Senior World Individual Championships are scheduled for Oct. 16-23 in Antalya.
   Donations sought -- The Fair Oaks Racquet Club, which will celebrate 50 years of tennis at Miller Park in 2012, seeks tax-deductible donations for improvements. Checks made out to the Fair Oaks Recreation Foundation can be mailed to the Fair Oaks Racquet Club, P.O. Box 672, Fair Oaks, CA, 95628.
   The club plans a fundraiser at Chevy’s in Gold River from noon to 9 p.m. Wednesday, a booth at the Fair Oaks Chicken Festival on Sept. 17 and a tournament on Oct. 15. Businesses are asked to donate prizes for the tournament.
   For more information, visit http://www.forctennis.com/.

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